As have many of you, I recently underwent a week of teacher in-service training here at Victory Baptist Academy. For many schools, in-service week is a dreaded time of mandatory meetings and supposed preparation for the upcoming school year. However, our administrator, Matt Ticzkus, is well connected and always has fantastic speakers lined up for our staff each year. (he reads the blog, so I’m scoring brownie points here) This week we had the privilege of hearing Dr. Phil Johnson of Global Next speak on a variety of topics. However, one of his lectures really connected with me. The notes from that lecture really got me thinking about how I coach and lead today’s generation of athletes: Generation Z.
It was a tough start to the week for our team at basketball camp a few weeks ago. We had made the thirteen hour drive to Cleveland, TN to attend Coach T’s Championship Basketball Camp at Lee University. When most people at the camp found out we were from Texas they gave me the “you must be crazy” look when they realized how far we came. I was in a bad place mentally and spiritually after the first few games.
If you’ve been visiting TheAthleticDirectors.com for any length of time then you’ve probably heard us reference Coach Kevin Templeton or, as he is known by many, Coach T. The Lord has greatly blessed Coach T’s ministry over the years. He has held a variety of positions at public schools, Christian schools, and Christian universities. All of Coach T’s experience and wisdom have finally been summed up in his book, To the Hilt: Coaching Character for Life. This is not your average coaching philosophy book. Allow us to help persuade you to pick up a copy for yourself and add it to your library.
Our school hired a new teacher/coach for the upcoming school year. I’m very excited, but also kind of bummed out. Since the new coach is coming, I won’t be needed as much in some of our sports. While I look forward to the freeing up of my schedule, I’m a little hesitant to step out of some of the sports that I had been coaching. Most of this is because I’m a control freak, but another huge reason is that I truly enjoy interacting with young people in an athletic setting. I hate thinking that I might be losing opportunities to make an impact.
This is the second article in this series. The goal is to help those of us who have been trying to establish or fix the culture of the athletic departments at our Christian schools. In the first article we talked about the need to keep things in perspective by not panicking. We also highlighted the need for relaxation in order to help us as athletic directors fight the daily battle of culture change. In today’s post we look to help you get to the root of why positive athletic culture didn’t click in your school’s athletic department.
For today’s Media Monday post we’d like to direct our readers to the Hardwood Hustle podcast. Bob Jones University athletic director and men’s basketball coach Neal Ring sits down with Alan and Adam to talk hoops, athletic directing, and more. Check it out! It’s a great listen.
For many Christian schools the athletic season ends with the last basketball game. Aside from participation in individual sports here and there, the secondary student body goes into a state of athletic dormancy. This can be so detrimental to not only your school’s athletic department but also to you secondary program as well. Athletic directors must keep momentum rolling through the doldrums of spring. If your school does not currently participate in spring team sports, then this post is for you.
This video would be a great video to show to the parents at your school. The younger the athletes the better. As a parent it’s easy to lose focus on the true issues. We all want our kids to win. However, sometimes we allow our desires to get in the way of most important. Check out the video; maybe you can use it.
I’ve always viewed book reviews as sort of a cop-out from a blogging standpoint. There’s no original content in a book review. It’s just one writer rehashing and summarizing something that a more accomplished, more popular writer has already said. But King Solomon was right when he said, “there is no new thing under the sun.” The goal here is not to necessarily to review The Leftovers: Basketball, Betrayal, Baylor and Beyond, but to convince you why the kids in your Christian school athletic department should read it.
Baseball season is in full swing, so this post might be a bit too late. However, all coaches regardless of sport, age-level, or experience should watch this video. As athletic directors, we could take many of the things that are mentioned in this video and include them in our policy handbooks. The video comes from DNA Sports. They have assembled a great YouTube channel of youth baseball coaching advice.