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The individual also might have aspirations of a golf career
after college.
On the other hand, an athlete on a Division III
non-core sports team, even though an accomplished
competitor, likely plays the sport for enjoyment, with
goals considerably more modest. These studentathletes,
often have to fit the team into their busy
work, or extracurricular activities.
When coaching my Division III team, I operated far
differently than when I was at Division I. Practices
were shorter, and I usually worked around the players'
availability. I remember telling the players that even
though attendance at practices was important, the actual
matches against other schools were the main priority.
I also worked more on a player's fundamentals when
coaching Division III teams, as opposed to the upper levels.
Their skills were not as refined, therefore more teaching
was required.
As unlikely as it seems, there are also numerous
similarities in coaching at the separate divisions. One area
of commonality is that the competitive fire is in all athletes
regardless of level. It is always more pleasurable to coach
an athlete when they are passionate about an activity.
When I was coaching at a Division III school, and looking
to hire an assistant, the athletic director searching would
ask the applicants, " How important is winning to you? "
The only acceptable reply according to him was that
" winning was of the utmost importance. " Coaches
always need to be aware that results matter, regardless
of the level.
Another similarity is there are many aspects of the
daily job that are comparable, except at the higher levels,
everything is intensified. This pertains to practices,
matches, time commitments, travel, and other facets of
the program. Plus, players in the three divisions are all
student-athletes, with academics at the forefront.
Collegiate Division II programs are sometimes thought
of as being in the middle of the other two levels with their
operating guidelines. Coaches often like the balance that
Division II athletics offers compared to the other two
divisions. There is the benefit of having scholarships
to offer, without the added pressure of being at the
top echelon.
At each collegiate division, the coach has to be aware
of NCAA rules about recruiting, practices, and academic
eligibility. These directives vary depending on the
division, as well as the sport. For example, non-core
sports will have parameters specific to them, as opposed
to football programs.
Therefore, while coaching at the three division ranks
might seem miles apart, there are certainly enough
commonalities also. And the bond that ties these coaches
together is the passion they have for their respective
teams, whatever that level might be.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of May June 2024

Between The Lines
A.D.ministration
CSCCa Strength Focus
2024 State of the Industry: A.D.'s describe the landscape of high school sports
Beyond the Scoreboard: Six impacts of signage in athletic departments
Equal Playing Field: Insights into coaching at all three NCAA divisions
Q&A.D.: with MHSAA executive director Mark Uyl
On the Rise: Esports - Special Advertising Section
Grappling with Structure: Outlining practice formats for high school wrestlers
Facility Focus
2024 Tech Guide
Sole Survivor: VKTRY Insoles' advanced technology helps athletes reduce injuries
Optimal Oxygen: VO2 Max scores can correlate with athletic success
Joint Effort: Hudl, Snap! Mobile partnership aims to revolutionize athletic fundraising
Youthful Changes: Coaches notice changes throughout the youth sports landscape
Product Focus
Product Marketplace
Ad Index
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May June 2024 - 3
May June 2024 - Between The Lines
May June 2024 - 5
May June 2024 - A.D.ministration
May June 2024 - 7
May June 2024 - 8
May June 2024 - 9
May June 2024 - CSCCa Strength Focus
May June 2024 - 11
May June 2024 - 2024 State of the Industry: A.D.'s describe the landscape of high school sports
May June 2024 - 13
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May June 2024 - 17
May June 2024 - Beyond the Scoreboard: Six impacts of signage in athletic departments
May June 2024 - 19
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May June 2024 - 21
May June 2024 - Equal Playing Field: Insights into coaching at all three NCAA divisions
May June 2024 - 23
May June 2024 - 24
May June 2024 - 25
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May June 2024 - 27
May June 2024 - Q&A.D.: with MHSAA executive director Mark Uyl
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May June 2024 - 30
May June 2024 - On the Rise: Esports - Special Advertising Section
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May June 2024 - Grappling with Structure: Outlining practice formats for high school wrestlers
May June 2024 - 32
May June 2024 - 33
May June 2024 - Facility Focus
May June 2024 - 35
May June 2024 - 36
May June 2024 - 2024 Tech Guide
May June 2024 - Sole Survivor: VKTRY Insoles' advanced technology helps athletes reduce injuries
May June 2024 - 39
May June 2024 - Optimal Oxygen: VO2 Max scores can correlate with athletic success
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May June 2024 - Joint Effort: Hudl, Snap! Mobile partnership aims to revolutionize athletic fundraising
May June 2024 - 47
May June 2024 - Youthful Changes: Coaches notice changes throughout the youth sports landscape
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May June 2024 - Product Focus
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