Leadership: Professional Development
AB Conference: Note & Float
by Paul Steinbach December 2009
Attendees of Tom Griffiths' morning seminar, "The New Standard of Care in Aquatics: It Ain't What It Used to Be," received a yellow rubber wristband embossed with the phrase "Note & Float." Had these same individuals been of a younger age and about to enter a swimming pool under Griffiths' watch, they would have received the bands only by failing to prove themselves worthy of the pool's deep end. The bands are used by facility operators to identify non-swimmers and are worn in concert with a flotation jacket. It's an idea that Griffiths borrowed from the YMCA and piloted with thousands of kids this summer at Penn State University. "It went much better than we anticipated," says Griffiths, who likens life jackets for non-swimmers to car seats for children. "We're doing it because we believe supervision is just not cutting it."
AB Conference: Military Fitness Specialists' Mission
by Andrew Cohen December 2009
As Budgets Shrink, Athletic Directors Find Themselves In the Classroom or Out of a Job
by Michael Popke March 2009
As districts slash expenses, some athletic directors find themselves in either the classroom or the unemployment line.
Take Responsibility; Ice Breaker; Who Loves This Game?
by Michael Popke May 2007
Reviews of Managing Sports Organizations: Responsibility for Performance; FASTHockey.com; and Taking Shots: Tall Tales, Bizarre Battles and the Incredible Truth about the NBA
Scripting and Role Playing for Effective Management
by Mike James August 2006
With carefully scripted responses and role-playing exercises, staff members will spread the same message and avoid embarrassing miscommunications.