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TAKING on
TECH
Implementing new devices and software into
athletics must start with a detailed plan
By Kolin Harbecke, contributing writer
As technology continues to advance, it also continues to
broaden its range of beneficiaries. The use of technology
has been seen to enhance many different areas, and this
includes athletics.4
Technology moved its way into the sports sector by
its advances in coaching aids, displays and connectivity.
Knowing the benefits of these technological advances
helps grow an athletic department and can ultimately
make it more successful.
Where to start
When building an athletic technology plan, the first
step should be forming a committee and completing a
needs assessment. When forming a committee, be sure
to include members who will most likely be affected.
Coaches, a technology specialist, the head of maintenance,
an administrator, and a few student-athletes are all ideal
individuals to include.
In the committee meetings, share the vision for the
athletic program. Keep in mind that this vision is what
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the committee is trying to achieve, not just simply
finding ways to add technology into the program without
purpose. Be sure that the technology aligns with the
program vision and is also beneficial to the studentathletes
and coaches in the program. A needs assessment
should be completed to discover what technology would
be the most purposeful to the program.
Creating a tech plan
An athletic technology plan should be constructed
and put into place stemming from the needs assessment
and the collaboration of the committee. A major mistake
is incorporating technology that has no benefit to the
program but only shows that some type of technology has
been used.
Along with the results of the needs assessment and the
committee's collaboration, it's also critical to consider the
budget and the school's technology infrastructure. These
two factors are not only crucial to the implementation of
the plan, but can also give a plan direction. Consulting

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