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Summer Prep for Education-Based Athletics

Okay, ADs—it’s summer. We have time to take a deep breath and start planning for the upcoming school year. Think about the equation for change—Discontent + Vision + First steps > Resistance—and begin planning your own growth as a professional and how you’ll continue making room in the win-at-all-costs sports culture for purpose based athletic…

How the AD Association Can Support Education-Based Athletics

The purpose of the InSideOut Initiative is to transform the current win-at-all-costs sports culture where the value is often defined by the scoreboard, into one that defines and promotes sports as a human growth experience. While this clear purpose may seem a bit daunting given our sports culture, it’s good to be reminded that the…

Creating a Collective Transformational Purpose Statement

The Five-Step Implementation Pathway clearly outlines the foundational actions to becoming an InSideOut School. One of those steps that requires buy-in and consensus from all participants is the creation of a Collective Transformational Purpose Statement. Whether you are working with a team, the athletic department or the entire school community, the key to a strong…

Using Data to Support Transformational Coaching

“Most of the world will make decisions by either guessing or using their gut. They will be either lucky or wrong.” – Suhail Doshi, CEO, Mixpanel In the increasingly omnipresent world of sports analytics and sabermetrics, data are all around us—and most often this data focuses on performance outcomes. InSideOut coaches and ADs see the value and power…

Resistance: Can We Still Be Good?

This is the third of a three-part series about managing and moving past resistance to change in your school community. You can read the first blog post here and the second blog post here. Have you heard the story titled “The elephant and the rope?” Elephants born into captivity at birth are tied to a rope….

The Power of a Coaches Cohort

This past year as Athletic Administrators in Minnesota, we were invited to be a part of an InSideOut Initiative “AD Cohort” focused on personal and professional growth as well as to learn practical strategies to implement at our own schools. The only stipulation we had was to commit to our own communities that we were…

A New Standard for Eureka High

The emphasis on teamwork has never been preached as much as it is being these days at Eureka High. It’s not a new concept, just a different emphasis. Less of a revolution, more of an evolution. A sort of cultural evolution. “It’s about character development,” Athletic Director Kristie Christiansen said. And so much more. It’s…

Transformational Coaching Evaluations

“For teachers, as for students, the most effective evaluation comes from someone who sits beside us and helps us grow.”  Carol Ann Tomlinson A quality coaching evaluation process is needed to support a values-driven, education-based high school sports culture. For coaches and administrators interested in anything from freshening up your evaluation program to undergoing a…

First Four Steps of Turning Vision into Action

This is the second of a three-part series about managing and moving past resistance to change in your school community. You can read the first blog post here. Change is not the problem—it’s the resistance to change that is the problem. As school and sports leaders, it can feel like you’re constantly taking two steps…

Helping Youth See Their Value with Education-Based Athletics

Today’s students are under an incredible amount of pressure: academic pressure, achievement pressure, peer pressure, performance pressure and parental pressure to name a few. All of this is occurring at a developmental time in life when they are starting to separate from their parents and family in search of an identity and a path for…