Articles

May 5, 2019
In directing your athletic department and setting a path for the future, you need to honestly evaluate where your department is today. This is a critical big-picture task that every athletic director needs to undertake. In an article on AthleticManagement.com, former North Hills High School (Pittsburgh, PA) Athletic Director Dan Cardone details seven big-picture areas that every athletic director should use to self-evaluate their programs. HOW STRONG IS YOUR CHAIN OF COMMAND? One of the... more
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

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