Strategies for Fostering Multi-Sport Participation Sandy Searcy, IHSAA Assistant Commissioner NIAAA Conference, December 2012 MULTIPLE SPORT ATHLETES MULTIPLE SPORT ATHLETES DEION SANDERS 2 Super Bowl Wins Only person to play in Super Bowl and World Series ABBY WAMBACH Olympic Gold Medal, World Cup Champion Lettered in basketball in high school TONY GONZALEZ 12 time pro bowler Leads all TE in receiving yards and touchdowns Cal Basketball team made it to Sweet Sixteen CHARLIE WARD 1993 Heisman Winner 1st round pick of the NY Knicks BABE DIDRIKSON ZAHARIAS Golf, Track and Field, Baseball 2 Gold Medals, AAU National Championship Founding member of LPGA LISA LESLIE 4 Olympic Gold Medals State Champ in long jump and high jump TONY GWYNN 8 Batting Titles 7 Silver Slugger Awards Hall of Fame in 2007 Basketball at San Diego State Records for assists in a season and career TAMIKA CATCHINGS NCAA Champion, WNBA Champion, and Olympic Gold Medalist Volleyball State Champion in high school PAT RILEY NBA champion coach Drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 1967 MISTY MAY-TREANOR 3 Olympic Gold Medals State Runner-up in high jump in 1993 JIMMIE JOHNSON 5-time NASCAR Champion Participated in water polo, swimming and diving at Granite Hills High School JACKIE JOYNER-KERSEE 3-time gold medalist in track 19th all time leading scorer in basketball at UCLA #1 on Sports Illustrated list of Top 50 Female Athletes BO JACKSON 1985 Heisman Trophy Winner 4th all-time SEC rushing leader All-Star for the Kansas City Royals WHY DO KIDS PARTICIPATE IN SPORTS? 1989 Michigan State University Study on Sport Participation 1. To have fun 2. To do something I’m good at 3. To stay in shape 4. To learn new or to improve my skills 5. To play as part of a team “To win” was the 8th ranked response BENEFITS OF MULTI-SPORT PARTICIPATION Improved Health & Wellness • Injury rate will decrease – ending that “never ending cycle with no off-seasons in one sport.” • American Academy of Pediatrics – blames parents; recommends training at correct level, having qualified coaches, and avoid specializing until as late as possible. • Overuse issues reduced BENEFITS OF MULTI-SPORT PARTICIPATION Improved Athletic Performance Development of other athletic skills Athleticism Teamwork & Leadership skills Mental aspects BENEFITS OF MULTI-SPORT PARTICIPATION College participation and scholarship opportunities improve. Academic scholarships to athletic scholarships 70:1. Recruiting opportunities increase. BENEFITS OF MULTI-SPORT PARTICIPATION o Character Development o Student athlete learn how to adapt to different coaching styles o Student athlete develops team loyalty and pride o Experimentation MULTI-SPORT PARTICIPATION With a college scholarship being the end goal for some athletes, how do you encourage high school students to play more than one sport? Indiana Athletic Directors offered ideas on what strategies and programs they have implemented to promote multi-sport athletes. LEADERSHIP FROM THE TOP DOWN Hire coaches who really believe in the multisport concept. Incorporate language into the annual coach’s evaluation document. Meet with head coaches on a regular basis to discuss the importance of promoting multi-sport participation. LEADERSHIP FROM THE TOP DOWN Identify multi-sport participation as the number one priority. Actively promote sports outside of a coach’s season. Encourage coaches to promote multi-sport participation by being visible at other sporting events. LEADERSHIP FROM THE TOP DOWN Require all coaches to meet together to talk about yearly plans prior to each season. Do not permit out-of-season coaches to conduct open facility time on the same night as a regularly scheduled in-season contest. Restrict use of facilities for strength and conditioning during peak practice times after school. LEADERSHIP FROM THE TOP DOWN Require meetings of coaches with student athletes who wish to participate in multiple sports in the same season. Either coach can refuse to allow such participation which ends the process. A written contract is created by both coaches and filed with the AD. LEADERSHIP FROM THE TOP DOWN Schedule summer workouts as an athletic department, not as individual sports. Coaches must meet with the student-athlete and their parents to discuss schedules and find a way to make it work. LEADERSHIP FROM THE TOP DOWN Encourage coaches to promote their athletes to run track in the Spring as a way to condition and build their athleticism. One Twenty sports, ONE team. - multiple teams must come together as one if they are going to be successful. Allow in-season athletes to attend open gyms of other sports should they choose . LEADERSHIP FROM THE TOP DOWN Establish a schedule for out of season weightlifting supervision which can be utilized by all athletes not in season. Do not allow off-season conditioning programs to begin until after Labor Day in the fall and not until after Thanksgiving in the winter. Hire a strength coach specifically for conditioning. MARKETING MULTI-SPORT PARTICIPATION Recruiting Video – Jeffersonville High School http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OHbeE96R8Y Name a captain from each fall sport to help recruit kids to our sport. Attend the contest of a different sport as a team to demonstrate support. Conduct drill sets in practice that recreate soccer footwork, or football blocking so that kids know that our sport and their sport mesh. MARKETING MULTI-SPORT PARTICIPATION o Send postcards to kids in other sports when they are successful. o Talk about their sports during practice. o Consistently pass out literature and recognize those who are participating in other sports. o Use FACEBOOK AND TWITTER to consistently tell keep the school community up to date. MARKETING MULTI-SPORT PARTICIPATION Conducts SPORTS PERFORMANCE Class (advanced PE). Student athletes from 20 different sports work together lifting weights and doing footwork drills. They are told they are one team and they need to pull for each other. JEFFERSONVILLE HIGH SCHOOL Created a power point presentation to encourage football players to come out for wrestling Jeffersonville Red Devil Wrestling FOOTBALL TO WRESTLING A GREAT COMBINATION! WINTERIZE OUR FOOTBALL TEAM “Wrestling is a sport for discipline and it breeds toughness, it has helped me tremendously!!." Roddy White – All-Pro Receiver, and wrestling state champion SUMMER PARTCIPATION IHSAA rules permit coaches to work with their student athletes during the summer with no limitations. Many athletic departments have established strategies which allow student athletes to participate in multiple sports without schedule conflict. SUMMER PARTCIPATION Schedule all camps and open gyms for the winter sports in June, and schedule Fall sports conditioning in July. The summer conditioning program should be open to all sports - boys and girls. The top 3 grades work together - there is a separate class for incoming freshmen. Hire an outside group athletic training group that will work with the athletes during the summer. SUMMER PARTCIPATION Coaches plan summer schedules to allow players to participate in multiple sports. 1st 3-4 weeks are reserved for spring and winter sports. Summer: The last 4 weeks of the summer are reserved for fall sports. SUMMER PARTCIPATION Schedule conditioning sessions several times throughout the day so that all student- athletes can participate. Designate specific sport days. Monday = Fall, Tuesday = Winter, Thursday = Spring. Hire a strength and conditioning coach to oversee all summer workouts. RECOGNITION PROGRAMS Many schools offer incentives for participating in multiple sports. RECOGNITION PROGRAM Award a letter jacket to the student-athlete who: Earns 4 varsity letters, or 3 in one sport and; “Defends” these letters by playing the sport through their senior year. RECOGNITION PROGRAM A letter jacket may only be earned by a two or more sport student-athlete. Athlete-Of-The-Year Award is issued to the senior boy and girl who have accumulated the most points during their four-year career. RECOGNITION PROGRAM Point system for Participation 1 unit of credit - Freshman or JV level 2 units of credit – Varsity level Athletic Clock - 12 units, with at least 8 at the varsity level School Blanket - 18 units, with at least 14 at the varsity level Athletic Ring - 23 units RECOGNITION PROGRAM The local newspaper recognizes a male and female senior who has participated in 3 varsity sports. Award a watch to any student-athlete who is a 3-sport athlete for four years. Start encouraging multi-sport athletes in grade school. One small high school awards a trophy to any student athlete who participates in 6 sports their 7th and 8th grade years. RECOGNITION PROGRAM Loyalty Award is provided for student athletes who participate in 10 sports and earn 5 varsity letters. The highest athletic award, a blanket, is awarded to an athlete who participates in 3 sports a year for a minimum of 3 years - one being his or her senior year. Questions?