Why Participate?

Declining participation in high school athletics is a trend nationwide.  There are several reasons for this which will vary depending on whom you talk to.  Those who are pro-athletics will claim sports specialization and year round options at the club level; kids will point out that there are so many other things to do; parents…
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Whose Experience Is It?

Between the content of my email/voice mail inbox and the recent headlines from Independence, Iowa, about their girls’ basketball coaches, I feel like this is as good a time as any to address the true experience of high school athletics. In my opinion, this is the busiest time of the year for a North Dakota…
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Competitive Levels

There’s a great quote from the football movie “The Program.”  The head coach is in the office of some administrator arguing about the importance of football to the university.  At one point, he drops the line, “When was the last time 80,000 people showed up to watch a kid do a [chemistry] experiment?”  While I…
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Be Someone Worth Copying

Full disclosure about the following post: I am severely biased.  I am the son of a coach, which is to say that my dad is a coach.  Like most young kids, I was going to be all kinds of things when I grew up, but when I was old enough to know better, I wanted…
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GFPS Athletic Department Goals

I didn’t realize how tough the first post would be until I sat down in front of my computer to type this.  The best place to start?  I figure where I start with our coaches is as good a place as any.  This is the first of two posts explaining how we structure our overall…
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