Ethical Issues Impacting High School Sports

Report
BACKGROUND
• Executive Director- NY
• 2 Years
• Associate Director- NM
• 10 Years
• High School/ Middle School
Teacher/ Coach- TX
• 3 Years
AREAS OF INTEREST
• Future of high school sports
• Where will we be in 20 years?
• Impact of high school sport participation on GPA,
School Attendance and Discipline
• Promoting the value and
benefits of education based
athletics
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
• Everything right about education today is found in high school
athletics:
• Community Support
• Teamwork
• Coaches recruiting kids for their “team”
• Practice after school day
• Goal setting
• Leadership development
• Competition (victory/ defeat)
THE ROLE OF HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
• Extension of the classroom
• Character building
• Life long lessons
• Leadership laboratory
THE ROLE OF HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
• Next level of competition
• “My son is going to play Division I”
• Professional Sports
• Self Promotion
• Role models?
ARE WE ON THE DEFENSIVE?
• “Saving our programs”
• “Building support”
• “Ensuring value”
• “Promoting programs”
• NYSPHSAA does not seek to prepare
students for the next level of
competition, but the next level of life
CONSTANT CHALLENGE
• 3 P’s
• 1) Protect
• 2) Preserve
• 3) Promote
RIVALRIES
• Healthy rivalries
• Fierce competition
• Respect
• Passion
• Crackdown model
• Enforce traditional codes of conduct
• Ownership model
• Empower students and parents
• Structured events to bring communities together
RIVALRY TO BE PROUD OF……
• Joint effort
• T-shirts/ buttons with both school logos
• Welcome opposing team as guests rather than
“visitors”
COACHING ETHICS
• Lack respect
• Lack integrity
• Lack understanding
COACHING ETHICS
HOW DO WE ENSURE STUDENT SAFETY?
• Athletic trainers & shrinking budgets
• Pressure on coaches & students to succeed
• Community, parents, media, etc.
• Concussions
• Specialization
SI.COM
NOV. 2012
HONESTY IS THE KEY
• Dr. Gregory Stewart
• Tulane University
SPECIALIZATION
• Three sport athletes are nearly extinct
• Entertainment options today
• 44.5 hours per week in front of a screen
• AAU/ Club Sports
• Quest for College
Scholarships
CONSEQUENCES OF SPECIALIZATION
• Over use injuries
• Becomes a job
• Lack of ability to adapt to diverse situations
• Reduced participation numbers
• Greater focus on “me” instead
of “team”
PROMOTING SPORTSMANSHIP
• Innovative & Creative
• Messaging in new ways
• Social Media
• New programs
NAIA FIVE STAR LEADERSHIP
STAY IN THE GAME
• Recognize those schools who have no disqualifications at
any level for the entire school year.
BATTLE OF THE FANS
• Program to recognize positive sportsmanship.
• Schools submit videos online via YouTube.
DEALING WITH PARENTS
• More active today
• Behavior towards coaches, officials
• Social media
• More investment
• Time, Money, Travel and Training
• More information
• Internet makes everyone an expert!
PARENTS 10 COMMANDMENTS
• 1) Always encourage your child.
• 2) Do not criticize your child.
• 3) Do not criticize other children.
• 4) Do not yell at officials.
• 5) Do not allow your child to quit a team.
• 6) Do not ask a coach about playing time.
• 7) Do not miss your child’s game if possible.
• 8) Do not force your child to play.
• 9) Do not speak poorly about a coach.
• 10) Allow your child to
have fun.
ROLE OF THE MEDIA
• Accommodate without catering
• Pressure to get the story
• The media has a job just like you
• Be prepared
• Speed is much more
important than deliberation
THE MEDIA
• Media reports on planes that crash, not those that
land.
EVERYONE IS A WINNER MENTALITY
• Winning at all cost
• “Whatever it takes”
• Devalue winning
• Revised focus on winning
EVERYONE GETS A TROPHY
• Sports “should” teach life lessons.
• Everyone doesn’t always win in life.
• In Life, the most effort doesn’t equal winning
• Creates entitlement attitudes
• Need a balance that is age appropriate
• Give kids a goal (most improved, best team
player, hardest worker, MVP, etc.)
THANK YOU
• Robert Zayas
• [email protected]
• 518-925-6631 (cell)
• 518-690-0771 (work)
• @RobertZayasNY

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