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A season of significance doesn't happen by accident. It's vital to provide training for team leaders and captains. We can't simply expect leadership, we must explain it.

The following free resources will be beneficial for A. D.s who are committed to developing student leadership.

Resources for Athletic Directors

Article / Delusion of DrugsArticle / Delusion of Drugs
Craig Hillier
Imagine a smooth voice on a television advertisement asking, "Are you looking for a way to destroy your health, lose friends, and slow your team's progress?" Who would say yes to this product? It doesn't sound very appealing does it? . . . more details

Article / Beyond The AsteriskArticle / Beyond The Asterisk
Craig Hillier
Beyond the Asterisk begins with a question: "How would you describe your role as a captain/team leader". This question is answered and illustrated by the words of past and current team captains. The highlights the challenges and more. . . . more details

Audio Resources
Audio Interview / The Magic of ActivitiesAudio Interview / The Magic of Activities
Bill Cordes
Group activities can be a fun way to teach valuable leadership lessons and to create unity within a team. Bill Cordes has been working with youth groups across the country for over 20 years. In this interview he shares with Craig some of his insights on bringing out the magic in a group activity.

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Audio Interview / Creating an Effective Student Athletic Advisory Council
Scott Garvis
Athletic Director Scott Garvis talks to Craig about how to form an effective Student Activity Council. Scott talks about the advantage for an AD of having a group of committed team leaders who an AD can bounce ideas of of and who in effect can connect an AD to all student athletes. . . . more details

Gum ActivityGum Activity
What are some reasons why a team leader may start strong and then lose their commitment? What can happen to a team leader who gives an initial burst of energy and then quickly loses their drive? This activity will challenge students to take the "extra step" to become strong powerful leaders. . . . more details

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