March 2014
April Reminder Checklist for ADs

Spring may be the most hectic time of the year for high school athletic directors - weather permitting.  Here is a checklist of some of the things you might want to keep track of in April.

This list was created by the Washington Secondary School Athletic  Administrators'  Association (WSSAAA) .  Did you miss the March list? Get it here.


March 2014
NFHS Gives Thumbs Up to Heads Up

The NFHS has announced that it is proud to partner with USA Football in support of Heads Up Football.

USA Football's Heads Up Football program delivers coach certification, in-person coach training, safer tackling techniques, proper equipment fitting and vital protocols in concussion recognition and response as well as heat preparedness and hydration.

Read NFHS Executive Director Bob Gardner's comments regarding "Heads Up" here.


March 2014
Putting a Little Bench Spirit Into the Game

For some, March Madness begins this week.  In Maine, particularly at Colby College, the Madness has been a growing part of the season since a coach called out his "bench" players for not getting into the proper spirit to support their on-court teammates.


March 2014
Parental Threats Prompt Iowa Coaches to Resign

All five girls basketball coaches for Independence (Iowa) schools announced their resignations on Friday last week. Assistant coach Rob Ratchford said Monday that he and the other four coaches made that decision, after dealing with a recent string of unreasonable accusations and criticism from a handful of parents of players.

Ratchford said he is well aware that as a coach, criticism comes with the territory. "You read things on social media and you try to ignore those kinds of things, people approaching you on game day and phone calls on game day, and phone calls after the game."

However, Ratchford said some parents have gotten out of hand, constantly questioning decisions made by coaching staff, and even threatening him in one case.


March 2014
AD Reminders for March

Looking for a few tips on how and what to deal with this month as a high school athletic director?  Here is a sample of things to keep in mind as the month of March progresses.  This list was originally created by the Washington Secondary School Athletic  Administrators’  Association (WSSAAA) .  Did you miss the February list ? Check it out here.



March 2014
Two Rivals Join to Assist an Ohio Student

What began as a small fund-raiser for a fellow student, "took on a life of its own," in the words of Piqua High School Athletic Director Chip Hare during a ceremony at the school on Tuesday. Just weeks before the Piqua vs. Troy boys basketball game in February, students began work on a way to raise money for classmate Brandon Burnside, a sophomore, who is suffering from a serious illness. The suggestion was made to join forces with traditional rival Troy High School, to make a unified effort to help Burnside.



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