Presentation on theme: "Running an Education-Based Athletic Program"— Presentation transcript:
1Running an Education-Based Athletic Program Dr. David Hoch, CMAADirector of Athletics (retired)April 15, 2011
2Just what is Education-Based Athletics? Philosophical concept promoted by NFHS/NIAAAStudent-centered approachEducational, Life-long valuesOpportunities to grow & develop
3School or Athletic Department Mission Statement What is stated in your document?Often a disconnect between statements & practicality/realityMay need to educate administration, parents & community (of course you have to buy-in first)
4Athletic Mission Statement …to create an environment that maximizes student participation, supports academic progress and promotes physical and social development. It is expected that all participants display competitive spirit, outstanding sportsmanship and exemplary character through the year.Penncrest HS (PA)
5Another Example of Mission Statement …will provide a wide variety of athletic opportunities that will aid in the overall development of our students. Participation in athletics will provide students with significant opportunity to become involved with other students and their coaches in an educational experience that takes place outside their classroom.Loveland HS (OH)
6Hiring the ‘Right’ Coach is a good Starting Point - not Isolated Effort Intertwined with mentoring …and evaluationAn individual who fits into (values) education-based philosophyIt isn’t all about winningIf I hire an individual …I have an obligation to help them improve and grow (from grad class in 1981; made huge impression upon me!)
7Winning is not Everything? Life-long values & qualities are more important outcomesPerseverance, leadership, teamworkSportsmanship, citizenship, respect … all fall into formulaAND coaches have direct contact & influence athletesMany talk about these values – does your hiring reflect them?
8What about Winning?Coaches should plan, prepare & have players strive to winWinning based upon formula:60-65% athletic ability20-25% coaching10-20% lack of injuries, realistic schedule, weather & luckDo you hire for winning? Or Education-Based Athletics?
9You should want Coaches who are: Positive and encouragingNurturingA teacher …not restricted to classroom - of lifelong valuesA role modelThese qualities should guide your hiring; basis for mentoring AND basis for evaluation process
10Locating Quality Coaches Teachers within buildingTeachers at middle schoolsBut key word is ‘Quality’What is best for the athletes and program?Who best fits your desired profile/ qualities for Education-based athletics?
11Interview Questions to Reveal Fit for Education-Based Program: Give 1 or 2 examples of how you dealt with a sportsmanship issue on your team. …orProvide the candidate with an actual situation that occurred & ask how they would handle itBe straight-forward & ask where winning fits into the equation of high school sports
12Additional Interview Questions … Why do you want to coach? …And a variation would be, why do you want to coach at our school? Answer better involve: Helping young people grow & develop!What is a ‘Teachable Moment’ and give me an example that you used with your team?
13What is Mentoring Coaches for Education-based Athletics? GuidingTeachingInspiringProddingLeadingMoldingEncouragingPraising…and more …
14Mentoring not just for New Coaches!!! Obviously inexperienced coaches – a lot to learnAthletics – like life – constant developments, changeAll coaches need to growHelp, mold them into Education-based coaches
15Topics for Teachable Moments within Mentoring of Coaches: HazingCommunication skillsDealing with parentsAthletes & the InternetMedia protocolsHow to nurture athletesEncouraging academicsDealing with parentsPositive motivationCollege recruitingDealing with parents …get the idea that this is important?…And others
16One plea with Mentoring Coaches in Education-based Athletics!!! Be strong for your coaching staffSome parents (and administrators) don’t understand that there is more than winning – other outcomes are also importantHelp / protect your coachesGive them strategies for dealing with these pressures!!!
17Hiring & Mentoring Ties-in with Evaluation in Education-based Athletics W-L record should have no bearingLitmus test: Are your athletes having a good experience, learning & representing school in exemplary fashion?Hire for these qualities; mentor for these qualities & base your evaluation on these qualities
18Hire & Mentor based upon same desired Qualities / Goals of your Program What’s important to your program? What type of coach do you want?Someone who buys into Education-based AthleticsQualities: Teacher, positive, enthusiastic, encouraging, role model …This is also what you evaluate
19Part the Coach plays in your Program: Prepare athletes with sound instruction – can evaluate thisProvide positive encouragement – can evaluate thisTeach life-long values and skills – can evaluate thisPromotes academics – can evaluate thisRole model – can evaluate this
20Beyond Winning – how do we measure Success? Some Benchmarks: The participation rate of program – great barometerNumber of coaches who earned NFHS certificationNumber of coaching courses taken; clinics attendedAthletic Director’s certification – CAA; CMAA
21Additional Benchmarks: Number of athletes who earned Minds in Motion, or etc.Teams involved in community serviceSportsmanship awards – may be a little difficult to ascertainStability of coaching staffOthers?
22How do you Recognize Success? Nothing wrong with championship banners, but what else?Sign board recognizing nationally certified coachesAnnounce Minds in Motion Award winners
23Additional Recognition of Success Publicize community service efforts on websitePost participation rate in newsletters; websiteBe creative & look for ways to market the educational benefits of your program
24Do you run an Education-based Athletic Program? Easy to say that you believe in Education-based athletics …Actions speak louder than wordsThe welfare & development of student-athletes has to be paramountIt is much more than wins!