By: Bill Fitzgerald | NSIAAA Executive Director
Three times every year, coaches and student-athletes end a sport season and move on to another. Some do off-season work for the sport just completed by going to club activities or an in-school program to improve specific skills.
Regardless of the time of year, the Athletic Director always has duties to finish from the previous competitions as well as items to get ready for the next season on the school agenda. It does not matter how the previous activities ended in regard to playoffs or state championships, the next season is always right around the corner. With that in mind, it is always a good idea to have a detailed list to make sure that the transition of activities from season to season always goes smoothly for everyone involved; coaches, athletes, administrators, teachers, and parents.
Here are a few keys things to consider when ending each season:
During essentially the same time that you are closing down the season of some sports and activities, it is important to have good preparation on the part of everyone involved in the next group of offerings. Some key considerations:
These are just a few of the things that can be garnered from attending at least 15 minutes of practice each week. Make sure your times are varied, and if needed, ask a coach for a practice plan to help you time your visit. Discussion afterwards in a positive manner always helps the coaches understand that you are there to help them in any way that you can. Most of the time you will "catch" your coaches doing good things, but occasionally there will be things that need attention and change. Information learned during personal visits to practices and events is much better than hearing about problems later from concerned parents or athletes.
These are just some of the important things to consider, and you can always continue to add personal preferences to your list. By being organized and planning for the change in activities, an AD can take some of the worry out of the "free time" between seasons!