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AD Digest - February 2022

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February 2022 | VOL. 6THE AD DIGESTOFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF THE CIAAAIN THIS ISSUE• AD Article of the Month• 2022 NADC Information• 720C Coming Up!• AD Job Description• CIAAA Apparel• Sportfactor Resource of the Month•MORE!ciaaa.cainfo@ciaaa.ca1.888.618.4530AD Article of the MonthFor What Else?Derek ZachariasBriercrest Christian Academy During the fall of 2020, I found myself not doing two things that I had done every year of my 27-year career. Due to the specic Covid-related restrictions within my province and school division I was not coaching or supporting our other school-based athletic programs through my role as an AD. In full disclosure, I was tired, and the change of routine was somewhat welcomed…I had time to explore other hobbies, I engaged with taking leadership courses through CIAAA, and I spent added time with my wife and family. While I was able to enjoy some alternate activities on a personal and professional level, I also felt a sense of sorrow and guilt as I listened to the questions of my student-athletes. Do you know when we might get to practice again? Have you heard anything about if or when our leagues might start? Is there any way we can just get together and play? As it was, our 2020-2021 school sport seasons, maybe like yours, were canceled.

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AD DIGEST | Vol. 6 As we moved into this school year, the fall of 2021 held more hope for our student-athletes who once again had the opportunity to form teams, to train together, and to compete in school-based athletics. This is not to say that our fall sport seasons, and now our winter sport seasons have been easy. We have had hiccups and hurdles to overcome. Canceled practices, postponed games, proof of vaccination policies, tournaments with changing schedules, and our team rosters continually morphing due to positive tests and close contacts. In our province, the coaches, the league and tournament coordinators, the ofcials commissioners and the school based AD’s have taken on an incredible workload to keep our school teams playing. This last December I recall sitting in my ofce, working to re-schedule postponed basketball games when I simply stopped as my mind was overcome with one thought.For what else would so many people give up so much of their time? There are a few good causes that I am sure we could all come up with, but it was at this moment that I again realized how much I love and value what school sports offers to our students.What motivates us? There have been multiple occasions in the last year when I have had to answer my own questions: Why do we give the energy and time? Why do we provide the enormous effort in scheduling and re-scheduling? Why does it make a difference in our schools and the lives of our students? Each time I get to this mental place, I remind myself to open and re-read our Athletics Program Philosophy and Mission Statement. Some of you will be old enough to remember the movie City Slickers (1991). There is a dramatic scene where Curly and Mitch are engaged in a deep conversation and Curly says, “You know what the secret to life is? One thing. Just one thing. Once you gure it out, you stick to that…”. Metaphorically, your school’s Philosophy of Athletics and/or Mission Statement should be that “one thing” to the life of your programs. I can’t tell you what the philosophy of athletics for your school should be, but if you haven’t looked at it in a while, do ciaaa.cainfo@ciaaa.ca1.888.618.4530that. If your school doesn’t have one, get together with some colleagues and collaborate to build one, if your philosophy doesn’t align with the mission and vision for your school anymore, x it. There are all kinds of resources available to assist you with writing or editing your school’s Athletic Philosophy. A great place to start would be to talk with other AD’s in your area. Look at the schools around you who have consistently well-structured and successful programs. What drives and motivates them? Search out athletic philosophy statements from other schools and use the best ideas you can nd. The CIAAA courses give you an opportunity to connect with AD’s from across the country. The Leadership Training Course 501C Philosophy, Organizational Structure, and Professional Development provides participants the space to begin thinking about the value of having a strong philosophy. There are plenty of places to start, the important thing is to act, get a functional and understandable Athletics Philosophy in writing. Once you have an Athletic Philosophy or Mission Statement developed, it is critical to communicate, communicate, communicate. There is value in having your coaches, athletes, parents and stakeholders understand what your program’s pillars are and how they impact the direction and decisions that are made at the school and team level. As you onboard new coaches into your program, or as coaches onboard new athletes onto their teams, an orientation of the Athletic Philosophy of the school can pay dividends for everyone. The more you can articulate your guiding principles the better you will motivate and inspire those around you. In his book Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, Simon Sinek states, “Working hard for something we do not care about is called stress, working hard for something we love is called passion.”. This passion is what I observe in the coaches, AD’s and coordinators who have volunteered to keep school-based athletics operating over the last months. Beyond a doubt, the work has not been easy or without challenges, but the work is crucial to the holistic health of our student-athletes. When the work is hard, when it is frustrating, when it is time consuming and draining, remember your why, remember your philosophy and mission, remember your `one thing` and stick to that.

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AD DIGEST | Vol. 6ciaaa.cainfo@ciaaa.ca1.888.618.4530720C ADDED TO WINTER WEBINARS!Character based educational athletics can only truly succeed when the entire community — School Board, Superintendent, Principal, Parents and Boosters — support and embrace the values and views lived daily in the school setting by the student and strategies needed to implement these programs within the entire community athletes, coaches, athletic department and school faculty. Without question, teachable moments in athletics prepare students for life when the whole community supports and reinforces those life lessons. This course will empower the athletic administrator to help motivate in order to be a key gure in helping the school community to understand and embrace important character expectations for the school program.Click Here to Register Now!ATHLETIC DIRECTOR JOB DESCRIPTION TEMPLATEWe have created a sample Athletic Director job description to help our members demonstrate to their school administration the role they are taking on outside of their teaching position. The job description outlines various tasks and responsibilities an Athletic Director may take on throughout the year. There are blank spaces provided for Athletic Directors to add in tasks that may be specic to their role in their school. We encourage you to download the template, add your specic tasks and responsibilities in, and meet with your administration to review the role and what supports you require.AD Job Description Template

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Conference WebsiteJoin your fellow Athletic Directors to learn, share, and connect at the 2022 CIAAA Virtual National Athletic Directors Conference. For 3 days on April 20 - 23, the CIAAA will offer LTP Courses, Workshops, Keynote Speakers, Forums, and more to help you in your role as an Athletic Director.Check out our conference website for schedules, session descriptions, and registration details.Early Bird Pricing of $150 (Includes 1 LTP) is on until March 21.LTP CoursesWorkshopsGeneral SessionsThe rst 150 people to register receive a conference gift!12“I’ve loved being a part of two CIAAA Conferences. I wish I knew of this conference early into my days as AD (18 years as an AD, but still learning!)”14 3Take advantage of the variety of LTP courses being offered. We are launching 2 brand new courses, make sure to check them out!1 course is included in your registration!These 1 hour workshops are a great way to learn about the latest trends & information in school sport! Workshops will be recorded & available for registrants following the conferenceWe have 3 great general sessions you won’t want to miss! Keynotes by Marnie McBean & Angus Reid, and a general forum where you can learn and network with your fellow Athletic Directors.

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Keynote SpeakersMarnie McBean, O.C.Canada’s Chef de Mission, 2020 Tokyo Olympics | 3x Olympic Gold MedalistMarnie McBean is one of Canada’s most decorated Olympians, and an expert in turning potential into performance. As Canada’s chef de mission at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and a former Specialist in Olympic Athlete Preparation and Mentoring for the Canadian Olympic Committee, McBean prepared athletes emotionally and psychologically to ensure that they performed at their highest level. Drawing on her years of experience as a performance coach and a top competitor herself, she leaves audiences with a recipe for success that can be applied to all endeavors.Angus Reid2x Grey Cup Champion | Author - Thank You Coach!From a physical and talent perspective, Angus Reid had no business playing professional football for 13 seasons, earning multiple all-stars and winning two Grey Cup Championships. It was through his relentless determination and the extensive guidance of others that his dream became a reality.Today, Angus travels North America speaking with companies, schools, and teams about what it really takes to make it and win. His successful TEDx talks, “Why We Need High School Football” and “Mastering the Skill of Trust” have garnered him both praise and respect.Presented by:Presented by:Support to AttendWe would love to have you join us for all or even part of the conference. This Athletic Director centered conference is a great chance to connect and learn with your peers across Canada. We have created template for a letter of support that you to bring to your administration in the hopes it will help you in getting approval to join us.Letter of Support Template

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AD DIGEST | Vol. 6ciaaa.cainfo@ciaaa.ca1.888.618.4530RESOURCE OF THE MONTH February’s Resource of the Month comes to us from our Ofcial Wellness Partner, REPerformance. The Non-Off Season Training Plan will help you keep things in perspective and program what is appropriate for your student-athletes. Further, it will take you through specic exercises for student-athletes in grades 7 - 12 that follow the LTAD. • The Non Off Season Training PlanDo you have any resources that you think might be useful to your fellow Athletic Directors? Send them our way!Reminder to activate your membership to gain access to out full Resource Bank! ASAA, BCSS & SHSAA Athletic Directors receive free a membership, email for information.Created by: REPerformanceRESOURCE OF THE MONTHTHE NON-OFF SEASONTRAINING PLANC H E C K I T OU T!Check out our new CIAAA Apparel!This year we have Men’s and Women’s Champion 1/4 Zip Shirts for sale. • $60.00 (includes shipping)All shirts will be shipped following our April Conference. Order Apparel Here!APPARELOur platform uses assessments to create fitness plans scaled to each student’s ability. This allows them to see and celebrate their progress, and to form healthy habits for life. Habit[hab it] (noun)a usual way of behaving : something that a person does often in a regular and repeated wayLearn more at www.reperformanceapp.comon Twitter @CanadianIAAAon Facebook @CIAAAssociationInstagram @CanadianiaaaFollow Us on Social Media!

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AD DIGEST | Vol. 6ciaaa.cainfo@ciaaa.ca1.888.618.4530Our platform uses assessments to create fitness plans scaled to each student’s ability. This allows them to see and celebrate their progress, and to form healthy habits for life. Habit[hab it] (noun)a usual way of behaving : something that a person does often in a regular and repeated wayLearn more at

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