• 21 JUN 17

    Round-Up of JSF’s 2nd Annual “State of Play’ Symposium

    On June 21st at the Hershey Middle School LGI Skye Eddy Bruce, a soccer legend and coach educator from Changing the Game Project, led a highly interactive and fast-paced workshop focused on three broad topic areas:

    1. The Important Role of Rec Orgs – Why Kids Play Sports and What Makes Them Want to Stop Playing

    2. What Kids Want from Coaches — Beyond the X’s and O’s

    3. Parent Engagement – Building Trust in the Coach/Parent Relationship

    There were fourteen individuals representing 8 of our community’s twelve rec organizations in attendance.  There were also two last minute cancellations, so all tolled we had 10 of the 12 rec orgs signed-up to participate. Workshop evaluations indicated a very high level of satisfaction with the session and also provided recommendations on how JSF can best support rec organizations over the next year.

    After a careful analysis of the written feedback from the attendees and consideration of the on-site impressions of the JSF board members who attended the symposium (6 JSF board members were in attendance), the JSF board identified the following priorities for 2017 – 2018 (the JSF fiscal year runs from July 1 – June 30):

    1. Recruit coaches from non-traditional sources to help augment the coach recruitment efforts of rec organizations

    2. Establish the capacity to initiate coach/volunteer background checks for coaches on a co-op basis in order to reduce administrative burdens and costs for individual rec organizations

    3. Offer periodic baseline training in the fundamentals of coaching and safety (non-sport specific) to coaches

    4. Maintain a registry of “ready coaches” who have been background-checked and who have received the baseline training

    5. Organize a rec sports showcase night and rec sports sampling week

    6. Re-examine the Sun/JSF marketing partnership in the Fall to determine if the benefits warrant continuation and if JSF has sufficient resources to continue

In order to undertake these activities, JSF will establish a rec sports advisory council so that the activities can be customized to meet the needs/interests of our diverse rec community.  It is understood that not every rec organization will be interested in every activity proposed above, but by working together through the rec sports advisory council it is believed that each rec organization who wishes can derive some benefit.