April 6, 2019
  By Dr. David Hoch, CMAA, CIC There should be little doubt that e-mail has played a huge role in the way that athletic administrators communicate. It is quick, efficient and much of the daily details and athletic department business are handled with this medium. However, there may also be some situations and reasons that a personal conversation would actually be better and more appropriate. When, why and how should you use each vehicle? The following considerations should help. Use e-mail to... more
Progressive Programs
April 1, 2019
  By Sarah Stackhouse If you ever find yourself in the small, rural border town of Limestone, Maine, you might just spot a penguin. Not the black and white aquatic bird found at the South Pole, but a high school student attending the Maine School of Science and Mathematics (MSSM), where the penguin is our mascot. The sighting of penguins is a recent occurrence. Traditionally, student-athletes at MSSM participated in sports with the nearby Limestone Community School (LCS) Eagles. It was a... more
March 30, 2019
It's officially spring, and even in the Midwest and Northeast, there are signs of spring-like weather, so all teams can finally be practicing and playing outdoors. In many parts of the country, the playing fields at schools are thawing out and in need of attention before they are going to be used non-stop for practices and games. In an article for the the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA), Thomas Serensits of Penn State University, provided many tips for athletic departments to follow in... more
Progressive Programs
March 29, 2019
Note: This is the third part of a series on Emory University's program to denote achievement within its athletics department.   The first article focused on program as it relates to the Emory coaches and other atlhetic dpartment staff. The second article focused on the initiative from the student-athlete perspective.  By Amy Bryant One more prong of the integrity initiative at Emory includes recognition. While most athletic awards focus on performance, “Elevated Eagles” are spotlighted solely... more
March 29, 2019
  Note: This is the second part of a series on Preparing Against the Threat of an Active Shooter at Your Sporting Events.  Here's a link to read the first article. by David Stern and Nicole Sorce On Sept. 7, 2018, in the final minutes of its Homecoming football game, gunshots rang out at Hoover High School in Des Moines, Iowa. The gunshots had come from a parking lot adjacent to the stadium and involved students and community members who had previously been in the stadium. Fortunately, no one... more
March 29, 2019
By Dr. David Hoch, CMAA, CIC The moment that a person accepts a high school coaching position, he or she automatically becomes a role model. It isn’t up for debate and there are no exceptions. Programs which operate within the education-based athletics concept require this function or aspect from coaches. They must be role models! Even though the expectation should be clear, athletic administrators may need to reinforce it with their coaches. After all, one should never assume that everyone... more