2012 UIAAA CONFERENCE Saturday, April 28St. George, Utah Rob Cuff, CAA Executive Director UHSAA
UHSAA You Are Us & We Are You! Teamwork • Essential to Success! • Common Purpose • Common Goals • Cooperative Effort
The Case for High School Activities… “The NFHS and its membership believe that interscholastic sports and fine arts activities promote citizenship and sportsmanship. They instill a sense of pride in community, teach lifelong lessons of teamwork and self-discipline and facilitate the physical and emotional development of our nation’s youth.”
TRUEPURPOSE Educate & Inspire Lifelong Values! RESPECT, HONESTY, INTEGRITY, LEADERSHIP, PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY, TEAMWORK
Teach what matters most! Character Counts …for a lifetime
7,536,753= Over 50% enrolled in HS, participate in athletics! Over 3.1 million girls & 4.4 million boys participated. For the 20th consecutive year… participation in high school activities increased What is the purpose of HS activities? EDUCATION!
Take Part. Get Set For Life.
Surveys show students participate in high school activities “to have fun.”
“High School activities capture it all—the excitement of competition, the thrill of wearing the school colors, learning valuable lessons for a lifetime and…
…the admiration of young kids watching their idols and dreaming of the day they will play for ‘Coach.’”
Coaches are one of the most influential people in the lives of their athletes. They have the opportunity and the responsibility to teach valuable lessons that can impact the development of a child… for a lifetime.
How Can Administrators Help? • Hire Coaches of Character • Communicate and Train often • Ensure activities are a positive experience • Instill the value of good sportsmanship • Emphasize the teaching of life lessons • Lighten the intense pressure to win • Down play “winning at all costs”
WE are UHSAA! Together—WE can make a difference!