8 Tips for Hosting Athletic Events (Part 2)

Do you want your athletic department to make some money? Of course you do! Hosting athletic events is the best way to bolster your athletic budget. If it wasn’t for the athletic events that we hosted each year at VBA, our athletic department would drop into the red by mid basketball season. Last week we gave you the first four tips for hosting athletic events. Today we round out the list with the final four.

8 Tips for Hosting Athletic Events (Part 1)

One of the best ways to raise money for each sport or for your athletic department as a whole is by hosting athletic events. This isn’t a big secret. Every coach and athletic director gets multiple emails and phone calls inviting their teams to tournaments, jamborees, and meets every season. The key, however, to making these events work for you is the execution. Anyone can get a bunch of teams together in one place to play, but the execution of your plan is what ultimately makes the event successful for you.

Including Home School Athletes in Your Athletic Department

When I first arrived in Texas I was very surprised by the amount of Christian schools (including ours) that rely on participation from home school athletes in order to field an athletic department. I definitely had mixed feelings about the situation. You can read more about how this policy can affect your athletic department in a previous article. However, today we’d like to look at a more specific angle. How do you include home school athletes in your team?

Impacting Lives from the AD’s Office

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.

Know the Pulse of Your Parents

Ah, parents. They are a major part of our athletic departments. With them we can do great things. Without them, we probably get fired. If you google the phrase “athletic director and parents” most of the first responses are tips on how to “deal with” parents. (full disclosure: we’ve written a few articles in this tone as well) While there are some parents that we definitely have to “deal with,” we would rather learn how to “work with” the parents of our athletes. It is for this reason that you as the AD need to know the pulse of your parents.

When Culture Doesn’t Click (Part 3)

In the final installment of our “When Culture Doesn’t Click Series” we look at some steps that you can take after you have completed the analysis stage. Once you’ve taken the appropriate time to address the personal, relational, and public reasons of why the desired athletic culture isn’t taking hold in your athletic department, you need to begin to move forward.

When Culture Doesn’t Click (Part 2)

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.

When Culture Doesn’t Click (Part 1)

We have talked a fair amount about the culture of your athletic department. Developing a positive athletic culture is the most important thing that the athletic director can do. It takes leadership skills and extra work that many would deem unnecessary. The culture of a Christian school athletic department is especially important as we seek to use athletics to point our athletes to Christ. Unfortunately, though, despite the efforts of the athletic director and coaches, sometimes culture just doesn’t click. Then what?

Avoid Losing Momentum in the Spring

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.

Media Monday: How Awesome Would Kronum Be?

Ok, there is no real practical value to this version of Media Monday. If you’re pressed for time or not into awesome things, then don’t click. But seriously, Christian schools, can we get a Kronum league going? I would travel any distance to try this. Honestly, the first challenge would be learning the rules. After that, though, it looks like a real blast. I know it will never happen, but we can dream, right?