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Event Management
May 5, 2019
By Dr. David Hoch, CMAA, CIC Finding enough money to effectively operate an athletic program is often a challenge for an athletic administrator. Budgets are commonly bare-boned and this means that administrators have to look for additional sources for financial support. As one possible solution, an athletic director might think about raising the ticket prices in order to produce more gate revenue to help close the gap. Before you jump at this possibility, however, you really should think about... more
April 28, 2019
  By Rick Spriggs - Head Coach/Ulster Fillies College Showcase 16U/18U Tournament Director/Ulster Fillies      Clinic Coordinator/Elite Collegiate Skills Camps   The vast majority of ( if not all) high school programs have a high percentage players who are participants on travel sports teams as well. It's inherent in the structure of both, and outside factors beyond their control, that these two levels of youth sports knock heads against one other, but it doesn't have to be that way.  There are... more
April 27, 2019
  By Dr. David Hoch, CMAA, CIC A critical tool to help ensure that communication is effectively and properly undertaken in your athletic program is to have an established chain of command. This is particularly vital when dealing with complaints from parents. It is important that everyone knows where the process has to begin and also to understand why this needs to be done. The following is an example of a typical chain of command Coach Head Coach Athletic Director Principal... more
Leadership
April 27, 2019
By Dr. David Hoch, CMAA, CIC In athletic departments, there are different types of and reasons for holding meetings. Some are informational in nature and are held for parents, coaches and various constituents of the program. There are also times in which an athletic administrator is looking for input in the form of suggestions, ideas or solutions. Since the purpose of these meetings is to find the best possible approach or solution, you want them to be planned and organized to produce the best... more
April 27, 2019
  By Dr. Richard P. Borkowski It was the habit of some high school track team members to have fun by tossing a broom handle like a spear at unsuspecting team members entering the locker room. The idea was not to hit them, only to scare them. One day a player missed and the broomstick hit his teammate in the eye. The key to this 1960's lawsuit centered on the lack of supervision in the locker room. How could this type of horseplay have gone on for weeks? The case, won by the plaintiff,... more
Facilities
April 23, 2019
  Gone are the days when there were only scoreboards for keeping score and gaining the attention of fans. With video displays, schools can now do so much more at their games. From engaging fans to raising revenue to providing learning opportunities for students, video display boards provide a number of benefits to athletic departments. Enhancing the Experience Perhaps the most obvious advantage of having a video display at your athletic facility is that it creates a more exciting atmosphere for... more

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