CIAC SUPPORT FOR ATHLETIC
The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference
(CIAC) and the National Federation of State High School Associations
(NFHS) endorse the position of Director of Athletics as an integral
part of the administrative team of a high school. The position is essential
to the coordination and implementation of a wholesome athletic program.
Many aspects of today’s high school sports program - such as
the litigation climate, staffing problems, budgetary concerns, sports
medicine implications, Title IX, first-aid/CPR certification, sportsmanship,
and non-teaching coaches- require sound leadership which can only be
provided by a competent athletic administrator.
State Department of Education Mandated Coaching Education The SDE now mandates that all coaches receive ongoing CEU’s. In order to help coaches obtain these CEU’s a majority of the athletic administrators in Connecticut attend workshops to become authorized to provide valuable in-service training to their coaches.
State Department of Education Mandated Evaluation of Coaches Effective in 2005, the state has issued a directive to school systems that ALL coaches at ALL levels, must be evaluated. This now means all head coaches as well as JV, freshman and middle school coaches will be evaluated by an athletic administrator. This is a task and size load that can very easily be equated to what a building principal would be asked to do but with much more support staff.
CIAC Advancements in Technology All CIAC student eligibility information and forms, such as rosters, intent-to-enter, facilities usage, request for higher division, tournament entry, etc., which were previously distributed and delegated to a sport coach for submittal, now must be submitted online with a password protected program by the athletic administrator. In individual sports like indoor and outdoor track, wrestling, swimming, tennis and golf, the athletic administrator has to enter each athlete’s performance record for the entire season. This year the CIAC, in an attempt to make its organization even more efficient, has required the daily reporting of scores which has become yet another responsibility of the athletic administrator.
Officials Organizations Employ the Use of Technology Many, and soon to be ALL, officials organizations employ the same type of scheduling and reporting of online information. In addition to submitting all schedules and pertinent team information through the CIAC web site, the athletic administrator has to re-enter the same information on different web sites to meet the needs of officials scheduling coordinators.
Leagues Employ the Use of Technology
Most leagues now utilize an online scheduling program to facilitate
schedule changes and cancellations. Each time technology is used to
improve the efficiency of an organization it increases the workload
of the athletic administrator.
CIAC Expansion in Use of Technology The CIAC continues to seek ways to expand its on-line capabilities. In addition, the daily tasks of the athletic administrator will continue to increase as more students are involved in sports programs and additional sports programs are sponsored.
CIAC’s Plan to Assess Athletic Programs
CIAC will soon embark upon the assessment of member school athletic
programs. This is an excellent initiative, but once again, the athletic
administrator will be the person responsible for this process.