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?
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.
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?
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.
In our final post of the “Are We Doing It Right Series” we are going to take a look at how our athletic departments at Christian schools should reflect the community of believers that we find in the local church. The whole purpose of this multi-part series is to help us to think through how athletics at the Christian school can be more philosophically aligned with the mission and make-up of the local church. The importance of making sure that we operate our athletic departments in this way is key in helping to train our athletes to continue to grow and serve after they have left our programs.
Wow, it’s been a while since the last installment of Media Monday. Today’s video comes to us from Alan Stein and Stronger Team. I’m sure many of you are familiar with his work and perhaps have already seen this video. The title speaks for itself. Clearly it’s directed at overuse injuries caused by basketball, but the concept is universal in youth sports. As athletic directors and coaches, we have a direct influence over the amount of games that athletes play while under our watch. Overspecialization is a problem in today’s youth sports culture. Not only should athletes train more than they practice, but they should also participate in different sports in the off-season in order to give certain muscle groups a break. Don’t be part of the problem; be part of the solution.
This is the third post in our “Are We Doing it Right?” series. Last week we posed the question as to whether or not we were empowering our athletes not only on the field but also in their spiritual lives. We sought to connect the dots between the relationship of our athletic department and its participants to training them to live a vibrant, active spiritual life. Today we’re going to see how we can use our athletic department, teams, and programs to deepen their relationship with God. Today’s post should be both philosophical and practical. Join us!