WHERE ARE WE AT – CLASS A? • NSAA Enrollment Figures 2014-2015 • SCHOOL ENROLLMENT AVG. CLASS SIZE • Elkhorn South 794 265 • Gretna 654 218 • Elkhorn 607 202 • Blair 521 174 • Norris 487 162 • Waverly 414 138 • Plattsmouth 390 130 • Nebraska City 316 105 • BENNINGTON 275 92
FORMER CONFERENCE SCHOOLS • BENNINGTON 275 92 • Platteview 263 88 • Wahoo 207 69 • Ashland-Greenwood 202 67 • Douglas County West 186 62 • Fort Calhoun 165 55 • Arlington 136 45 • The NSAA uses enrollment figures for grades 9-11 of the current school year to establish classifications for the next season. The figures are usually released sometime around December. • Elkhorn South is at the Top of Class B / Bottom of Class A depending on what sport OR what schools are combining in a sport. • Platteview is at the Top of Class C / Bottom of Class B depending on what sport OR what schools are combining in a sport.
STUDENT INVOLVEMENT • 80% of BHS students were involved in at least one activity this past year. • Over 40% are participating in 2 or more activities. • Band (62), Chorus (93), Volleyball (35), Baseball (42), Boys Basketball(38) & Football (61) were the highest involved activities. • Involvement increased almost 13% from 2012-13 to 2013-14 (440 to 496). • Attrition rate for all activities was 5.4% (496 to 469).
NSAA ELIGIBILITY • Enrolling as a freshman establishes your eligibility at your “home school.” • Must have passed 20 hours (4 classes) the previous semester & be currently enrolled in 4 classes (20 hours) to participate. • 8 semesters to compete during High School. • 19 years old on or after August 1 = INELIGIBLE.
TRANSFERS & OPTION ENROLLMENT • Bennington does not accept Option or Open Enrollment students due to being at operating capacity for the district. • March 15th is the deadline to submit Learning Community / Open Enrollment Paperwork. • May 1st is the NSAA deadline for eligibility declarations by all schools. • UNDUE INFLUENCE in the NSAA & EMC.
CONCUSSIONS & IMPACT TESTS • LB 260 – The Concussion Awareness Act. Effective July 2012; holds organizations accountable for the education, diagnosis & treatment of individuals believed to have suffered a concussion. • IMPACT TEST – Establishes a baseline of cognitive operations involving reaction times, memory & recognition.
RETURN TO PLAY & LEARN • Athlete is diagnosed with a concussion… • Removed from activity, parents notified & referral form(s) sent home with athlete. • Evaluated by a licensed health care professional. • Receive clearance to return to activity participation by the LHCP. • Complete the return to play progression. • Parent/Guardian submits the signed clearance form to the school.
PHYSICAL EXAMS • NSAA Bylaw 3.4: Each student who expects to participate in athletic contests shall present the school with certification that he/she is physically fit to participate on an annual basis. • Any physical taken May 1st or after will be considered part of summer vacation. • Recommended after Memorial weekend. • Not required for Summer camps or leagues.
INSURANCE • Family Insurance is considered the primary source of care in the event of an injury that results in medical treatment. • Additional insurance is available (SAR) • NSAA provides catastrophic coverage for grades 9-12, BPS has purchased coverage for grades 7 & 8. • Excess medical, dental, rehab or custodial care. • Loss of life, long term disability, Post-incident Crisis.
COMMUNICATION • Schedules, Practices & Contests • Hard Copy Calendars • Weebly Site – http://bennbadgerathletics.weebly.com/ • Coaches & Administration • E-mail, phone & texting. • District Calendar / R School Today • Twitter - @WeRBennington
COACHES & SPONSORS • Proactive Communication regarding expectations, schedules, conflicts & team activities. • Appropriate Topics: Philosophy, Rules & Handbook Interpretations, Lettering Policy, Logistical Questions (departure, return, release to parent). • Off Limits: Playing Time, Game Management, Position Assignment.
MORE COACHES • Evaluated on an annual basis: Professionalism, Organization/Management, Program Development & Coaching Performance. • Contacting Coaches • Consider that there is another side to the story. • 24 hours after a game. • Unsatisfied? Contact the Head Coach or AD. • Tasked with maximizing the potential of the team while developing individuals.
SPORTSMANSHIP • This includes the parents, relatives and patrons that attend contests. • Abusive or Vulgar language towards coaches or officials. • Gestures or Constant screaming during a contest. • Confrontational and/or Emotionally Unstable. • Intoxicated / Under the Influence of Alcohol and/or Drugs.
FROM THE ATHLETES • Screaming at the Officials. • Constantly yelling at players, coaches, officials. • Stay away from the dugouts, sidelines, team entries & locker rooms. • Support the coach & support my teammates. • Not really interested in immediate analysis. • Don’t go behind my back. Help me be independent.
DATES TO REMEMBER • ACT DATES: 9/13 (SB & VB), 10/25 (State Marching Band), 12/13 (WR & BB), 2/7, 4/18 & 6/13. • December 24-28 is the mandatory NSAA Moratorium. • Homecoming Dance is October 11, 2014. • Prom is April 11, 2015.
College Eligibility • Must register with www.ncaaclearinghouse.net and/or www.playnaia.org • This is done after the completion of Junior Year. • Set up separate accounts – use the athlete’s e-mail accounts / information • $70 for each registration ($140 total) • ACT / SAT scores must come directly from the testing site. • Print off transcript request form from the account and turn it into the Guidance Office. • It is an on-going PROCESS that takes weeks (not a day).
COLLEGE SIGNINGS • Division I & II have “Signing Days” and/or “Signing Periods” for their respective sports. • Division III & NAIA schools do not have “Signing Days.” • Signing Celebration will take place in May. • Contact Mr. Lamberty or Mr. Rischling if you would like to be part of the this event.
THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT • Parent Support is one of the top indicators of athletic program success – we want you at the games. • REMEMBER – it is no longer your opportunity to prove yourself to others. • Be visible, be a resource, support your child, support the coach & BE POSITIVE.
FINAL THOUGHTS • Protect your child’s eligibility – check with the school before participating in non-sanctioned NSAA events. • Everyone’s experience is different when it comes to Activities & Athletics. • In competition there will be winners & losers, highs & lows, achievements & disappointments – help our kids handle it.