Hello Everyone! Hopefully your winter seasons are going well and you survived the winter deep freeze in January! As I was putting together this issue,I was reflecting on leadership.We talk about leadership all the time in athletics. Coaches often comment, “He’s a great leader.” “We need leaders on this team.” “How can we develop leadership with our athletes?” “She is a born leader.” But what is leadership? One of my favorite books on developing leadership is Competitive Leadership by Brian Billick, and in his book he says, “It’s not about being a perfect leader. It’s about being effective in the way you draw the best from yourself and your team.” As coaches we have to be leaders.Whether you are the assistant freshman coach or the head varsity coach, you have a responsibility to be a positive and effective leader for your athletes and your fellow coaches.How do you become a great leader or how can you better lead your staff or team? I have not found one definitive answer to that question.What I have learned through my years as a coach and athletic administrator is that we never stop learning how to lead.We learn from our mentors,from coaches that we had as high school and collegiate players and even way back when we participated in youth sports.

Seeking out the people you admire as a leader and talking with them about how they lead and inspire is an ongoing process. It can be fellow coaches, school administrators, business leaders, anyone who leads young people or adults. We need to be great leaders, inspire our athletes to be great leaders,and help them build their leadership skills.The athletes we have today will be the leaders of tomorrow!

I hope you enjoy this issue of the TORCH; we have tried to add more coaching content with every issue. We have some great articles this edition including an article about Sally Roberts, the author of “Wrestle like a Girl” that is especially inspirational! Another new venture we are embarking on with the Illinois Coaches Association is hosting, in conjunction with the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association and USA Football, the first Illinois Youth Football Summit in April. Good luck to everyone as we head to the finish of our winter seasons. I look forward to seeing many of you at the state tournaments, clinics and all-star events.

The Illinois Coaches Association is here to help you anyway we can. If you need something please do not hesitate to contact us!

lighting the way by sharing ideas ICA Winter 2019 Drew Potthoff Executive Secretary Illinois Coaches Association EXECUTIVE SECRETARY’S COLUMN Coaches, in the end, our career W/L record just won’t matter. It won’t be what we will want others to remember us by. All that will matter will be who we helped, how we went about it & the lasting impression we left on those who crossed our path. live each day with tHAt in mind.


NEW FOR THE ILLINOIS COACHES ASSOCIATION The ICA is constantly working to improve sports activities for young people as well as benefits for coaches.

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At the ICA, we feel this is a benefit which all coaches can take advantage of by becoming an ICA Member. (Check the information in this publication) RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP!

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF BENEFITS AVAILABLE. We are excited to announce that the ICA website has a new look and many new features that will Benefit our membership. Please go to www.icacoach.org Did you know that the Illinois Coaches Association now has a Twitter account? Follow the ICA, coaches and high schools around the state: @ICA_Illinois “Coaches Corner” in everyTorch that will include articles written by our coaches for our coaches. If you have an article, idea, new drill or special play you would like to share, please send it to me. Email your articles directly to me at soboad@yahoo.com I have taken the liberty of the first “Coaches Corner” to submit my own article.

This article is for all of the coaches who have had, or will have the pleasure of coaching their own son or daughter. Coaching your own children can be a challenge, but the rewards can be limitless.The submission is something I wrote for my son when I was coaching him in youth football. Check it out in “Coaches Corner”; I hope you enjoy it. d

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INDEX Lighting the way by sharing ideas THEREWILLBEOBSTACLES. THEREWILLBEDOUBTERS. THEREWILLBEMISTAKES. BUTWITHHARDWORK, THEREARENOLIMITS. CHAIRMAN SPORT SCHOOL EMAIL Carlin Nalley CAPS Lisle H S ncnalley@aol.com Dave Rodgers Baseball East Peoria HS dr2559@gmail.com Steve Allen Boys Basketball Springfield Lutheran HS allens@wcusd15.org Chris Neville Golf Pekin HS cnevelle@pekinhigh.net Mike Manahan Wrestling Olympia HS mikemanill@aol.com Henry Johnson Athletic Director (Retired) coachj41@hotmail.com Skip Tarran At-Large (Retired) skip255@aol.com Zach Keene Girls Basketball Macomb HS Sara Kinney Membership skinney53@gmail.com Ken Jakalski Boys Track Lisle HS coachj1@aol.com Ken Jakalski Cross Country Lisle HS coachj1@aol.com Lucy Gilbert Softball Deer-Creek Mackinaw lgilbert@deemack.org Kevin Crandell Football Rochelle HS kcrandall@rthssd212.org Ed McNally Soccer Mother McAuley HS mcsocr1@aol.com Jim Caliendo Swimming (Retired) Open Positions Tennis, Volleyball, Lacrosse March 7-9 & 14-16 ICA conducts 3 point contest at IHSA Boys State Basketball Tournament March 28-30 IHSFCA Spring Clinic, Hilton Garden Inn, Champaign, IL TBA Spring Board Meeting June 15 ICA/Shrine All State Game @ Illinois Wesleyan University June 25-26 NHSACA Awards Program - Bismark, ND TBA ICA/MC Strong All Star Baseball Game Corn Crib Stadium< Bloomington, IL Achieving Peak Performance The Illinois Coaches Association is endorsing Educational Resources as a source for Graduate Level Classes.

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Encourage young people interested in football to pursue this avocation, or at least visit with some veteran official about the benefits of this involvement. Who knows where it could lead them!! Contact the IHSA 309-663-6377 HELP NEEDED AT GIRLS STATE TRACK MEETS—Due to many conflicts and the overlapping with Boys Sectional Meets, The IHSA Girls State Track Meet has a need for event officials. Interested parties contact Kraig Garber at 309-663-6377 or 2715 McGraw Drive, Bloomington, IL 61702-2715 3 1 Executive Secretary’s Continued 2 Adrenaline Fundraising Advertisement 3 Dates to Remember 3 Sports Chairmen 4 Salley Roberts Article 5 ICA Scholarship Winners 6 Scholarship 7 Gatorade 8 Membership 9 Ken Jakalski Article 10 Sport Decal 11 IBCA Hall of Fame 12 ICA MC Strong Baseball All Star Game 13-17 Illinois High Footbal Coaches Association 18 ICA Shrine Photos 19 Hilton Garden Inn/Homewood Suites 20 MaxPreps 21 Athletics After School 22 Good Reads, All State Softball Site 23 Wilson, Porter, Gatorade 24,25 Loomis & Lapann, Inc 26 NHSACA Awards 27 USA Football 28 Three Reasons 29 Loomis & Lapann 30 JasonFoundation 31 ProTech 32 Gatorade 33 Riddell 34 WWW.ICACOACH.ORG


Lighting the way by sharing ideas 4 Sally Roberts ... a life saved through wrestling By Randy Kinred Sally Roberts has a voice and a platform. She has earned such things through time in a juvenile detention cell, on a wrestling mat and in combat gear. Her story serves to empower and inspire. Five minutes into an appearance Friday at Illinois State, she had a slouching 60-year-old sportswriter sitting up straighter in his chair. Imagine her impact on the folks who really matter. Roberts travels the country on behalf of Wrestle Like A Girl, the nonprofit organization she founded in 2016. Its mission is multifaceted, but at its core is “the premise that girls can do anything and that through sport, they can realize their full potential.” You’ll find that in her bio on the Wrestle Like A Girl website.

In person, you see it in her eyes, hear it in her impassioned words.

Roberts spoke to ISU female athletes Friday, imploring them to “fail forward” and “lead from the front” and “get comfortable with being uncomfortable” and “be brave.” She urged them to be confident and advocate for themselves and “be thankful for the hurdles in life.” Why hurdles? “Those hurdles are what even the playing field,” she said. Saturday, Roberts was at Illinois Wesleyan’s Shirk Center for the Midwest Laborers 15th annual Midwest Nationals Wrestling Tournament, lending support to a push for more sanctioned girls high school state wrestling tournaments nationwide.

A two-time world bronze medalist, Roberts found success on the mat ...

and so much more. Introduced to wrestling in eighth grade, her first victory was over the life she was leading. “Growing up, my mother had been married five times. I didn’t like being at home,” Roberts said. “After school I was shoplifting, breaking into houses. I got arrested so many times, a detention officer said, ‘If you don’t find something to do after school, you’re going to be going to jail.’ “I tried out for softball, volleyball, basketball. I got cut from all of them. I was not athletic. Wrestling was a no-cut sport and I thought, ‘If I never quit, I won’t to go jail.’ That forever changed the trajectory of my life.” The youngest of three children, she became the first in her family to graduate high school, college and earn a master’s degree.

After wrestling against boys through junior high and high school, Roberts began to excel in women’s wrestling and spent eight years as a resident of the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. She won three nationals titles, the 2003 World Cup championship and world bronze medals in 2003 and 2005. In her sights was a spot on the 2008 Olympic team. She was “utterly convinced” it would happen. Roberts made the finals at the Olympic Trials but finished second. Only the winner qualified for the Olympic team. “It completely devastated me,” she said. “I went into a deep depression.” Newly divorced and her Olympic dream crushed, Roberts said she sat on the edge of her bed and “cried for about three months straight.” And then?

I did what any irrational, depressed person would do. I went to the nearest Army recruiter and said, ‘I want the absolute toughest job that any woman can have right off the street,’” Roberts said. “He said, ‘Welcome to Special Operations.’” She served six years as a special operations soldier and volunteered for deployment to Afghanistan. After considering herself “a failure as an athlete and a failure as a wife,” Roberts says she ultimately, “Failed forward.” Now, married again and living in Colorado Springs, she is committed to creating opportunities for girls and women through wrestling.

The goal is to help them “become leaders in life.” She will tell you that starts with establishing more high school girls wrestling programs and state tournaments.

When girls are able to wrestle against other girls, there is an increase in retention rate and a decrease in injuries,” Roberts said. “Beyond that, girls tend to feel more comfortable wrestling against other girls and society tends to feel more comfortable having girls wrestle other girls. “At the end of the day, whatever the mechanism is that’s going to increase those female wrestlers or female athletic participants, we want to encourage that. The platform of wrestling, the platform of athletics, is the building block for the next generation of leaders.” There is no better example than Roberts, a confident and courageous woman who will fight for herself, her team, her country and, now, anyone with the desire and commitment to ‘Wrestle Like A Girl.’ USA Wrestling’s Woman of the Year is a 38-year-old dynamo who makes you aim high.

And sit up straight.


5 Lighting the way by sharing ideas Jake Potthoff Marian Central Catholic High School Attending Illinois Wesleyan University Madison Williard Carbondale High School Attending Truman State University Zach Williard Carbondale High School Attending Truman State University Aliyah Welter Monticello High School Attending Louisville University Jane Thomas Geneseo High School Attending St. Ambrose University (Picture Not Available) Madison Williard Zach Williard Jake Potthoff Aliyah Welte Congratulations! For the twentythird year the ICA has scholarships available to a son or daughter of a ICA member.

This year the offerings include four young adults. We feel that this is a substantial benefit of membership.

Students application process includes an essay, academic standing and recommendations by school personnel. The screening process is handled by the ICA Board of Directors. 2018 Illinois Coaches Association Scholarship Winners


Lighting the way by sharing ideas 6 Drew Pothoff/ 1520 Senaca Court / Woodstock IL 60098

  • Athletes should drink enough fluid to maintain hydration without over-drinking.
  • Flavored, cold, lightly salted sports drinks like Gatorade® Thirst Quencher are important, because sodium helps maintain the athlete’s desire to drink and retain the fluid consumed.
  • Athletes need to think about their entire athletic schedule when it comes to fueling (not just when they are competing).
  • Encourage them to drink plenty of fluids throughout the day to replace the fluids lost through sweat.
  • Rest and recovery are an essential part of avoiding heat illness.
  • Ensure your athletes have time for breaks during practices.
  • Encourage athletes to get 6-8 hours of sleep each night in a cool environment if possible.
  • Remind athletes to drink cool fluids to help maintain their body temperature.
  • If your athletes experience heat illness, help them lower their body temperature by laying them down in a cool place with their legs elevated, applying cool, wet towels to their body and having them drink cool fluids.
  • Remind athletes to check their urine color before practice. If it’s the color of pale lemonade, that’s a sign of being hydrated.
  • Take weather into account and give athletes opportunities to drink during practice.
  • Teach athletes to pay attention to how they feel, including their thirst and energy levels. Lighting the way by sharing ideas
Lighting the way by sharing ideas 8 ALL ACTIVE MEMBERSHIPS INCLUDE:
  • The ICA Newsletter ‘The Torch’
  • $1,000,000 Liability Insurance Policy
  • Illinois Coach of the Year Awards
  • Eligibility of Son or Daughter to Compete for one of five $750 Scholarships Annually
  • Sponsor of Annual All Star Games in Football and Baseball
  • Nomination of Coaches for IHSA Advisory Committees in All Sports
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  • Clinic Participation - locally, statewide, nationally
  • Opportunity to earn up to 6 credit hours with clinic participation
  • Increase in recognition for deserving coaches
  • Reduced fees to all Clinics ATTENTION: ATTENTION - COACHES, ATHLETIC DIRECTORS & PRINCIPALS The ICA appreciates those of you have joined in the past. The school membership program makes it possible for more coaches to become members of their professional organization at a small cost per coach. Membership in the ILLINOIS COACHES ASSOCIATION also gives you membership in the National High School Athletic Coaches Association. We are the only coaching organization that can offer this bonus. Jr. High Membership $25.00 per year plus $1 for each coach High School Membership: 1–10 Coaches $50.00 per year plus $8 for each coach 11–20 Coaches $75.00 per year plus $8 for each coach Over 20 $100.00 per year plus $8 for each coach ROSTER OF ALL COACHES ON STAFF School Name _ _ Address _ _ City _ _ State _ _ Zip _ _ SCHOOL MEMBERSHIP FORM Coach Sport(s) Home Address Individual Membership $20.00 Retired Membership $5.00 NAME _ _ Last First Middle Initial ADDRESS _ _ Street City State Zip SPORTS COACHED _ _ HOME PHONE _ _ SCHOOL NAME _ _ ADDRESS _ _ Street City State Zip icacoach.org Complete application and mail with check payable to ICA to: Drew Potthoff, Illinois Coaches Association, 1510 Seneca Court, Woodstock, IL 60098

FILLING TANKS OR GOIND FULL THROTTLE? ARE WE TRAINING ATHLETES FOR THE REAL DEMANDS OF THEIR SPORT? There is a good reason why gas pump nozzles have an auto cut-off, but many of us aren’t happy unless we put in just a little bit more because we believe that a little more is better. That is the dilemma facing coaches when it comes to how much strength and conditioning is needed for the multi-sport high school athlete. And if we “overfill” our athletes, the result is more complicated than unnecessary spillage. It is the possibility of injury. In the words of Coach Kurt Hines, “I’m all for innovation and Strength and Conditioning, but some of this stuff is getting out of hand.

Rather than trying to impress each other on Twitter, let’s help our players to master the basics, build upon the fundamentals, and to actually get better at the sports they play.” But our concerns are real. If we believe we are under-filling our athletes’ tanks, we worry that our players might not be able to produce on the field at critical times late in the game. How many times have you heard coaches say things like, “we seemed to run out of gas in the fourth quarter, so we train to prevent that from happening,” Some coaches can remember when the 1.5 mile test run was the standard for football.

The result was subjecting players to the kind of activities that would enable them to “pass that fitness test.” For football, we were conditioning our athletes for game plays that required bursts of seven seconds by having them run 400 meter reps or half miles, things that Mike Boyle refers to as “non-specific foolishness.” In other words, we were training to give our athletes a full tank in order to achieve a standard we thought the sport demanded. Ironically, the test we were training them to pass never reflected the realities of actual game play, or the amount of time at high intensity players actually performed.

Basically, we were training for a test that didn’t even apply to the actual tests athletes would experience on the field. This kind of “tank overfilling,” at least as it related to football, may have come to an end thanks to Plainfield North’s football and track coach Tony Holler, (insert Holler image)whose “Feed the Cats” training program emphasized planned dosing of high intensity sprints. He questions whether football players and track sprinters need to develop the endurance capacity of distance runners. And he applies a simple overarching philosophy: keep everything less than five seconds and at full intensity.” Taking a distance training approach with athletes whose success on the field comes down to being explosive and fast will be detrimental to developing the actual qualities we are trying to maximize.

What we know will benefit a distance runners may be unnecessary for an athlete who sport depends on speed or power. Sprinters are the “top fuel dragsters” of track Dragsters traditionally raced for a quarter of mile, not twenty-five times one mile. As Holler says in his “Feed the Cats” Data Driven Speed Training Program: “Don’t apply distance principles for sprinters; forget about endurance, V02 max, sit and kicks, threshold runs, Joe Newton, triathlons, race strategy, EPO, drafting, getting boxed in, blood doping, fartlek runs, intervals, Jack Daniels, junk miles, LSD, negative splits, tempo runs, and Prefontaine.

Forget it all. Sprinters are different. Don’t treat your cats like dogs.” This approach is catching on, as evidenced by the number of football and track clinics Holler has been speaking at around the country.

Controversial? No doubt, but Holler raises a valid question: Do we really need to improve the aerobic capacity of athletes whose sports require explosive movements and high speed? It is not enough for coaches to have simple answers to such questions. We need to question the answers themselves. If we did that, we might discover, as Holler has, that filling the tanks to go farther and longer should really not be the priority in all sports. We need to have engines tuned to achieve high intensity bursts of speed. If the sport requires athletes to perform like top fuel dragsters, we shouldn’t be concerned with filling tanks to move—like tanks.

To conclude with a point established earlier, dragsters race for a quarter of a mile, and even less now that the speeds they achieve can be dangerous. They shouldn’t be tuned to run a quarter’s worth of miles.

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Lighting the way by sharing ideas 11 Facing off for the first time in one of the biggest events of the season, were two former teammates, both Hall of Fame Coaches and both winners of 800+ games. The Nokomis Redskins hosted the Lincoln Railsplitters in a non-conference game that packed the gym with former classmates, relatives, and great basketball fans. Preceding the Saturday, January 26 game, the IBCA recognized Nokomis High School for their 1526 all-time wins and counting. Since the 1909-1910 season, the Redskins have won countless conference and tournament championships, captured 23 district or regional titles, and earned 5 trips to the IHSA State Tournament.

Past coaches who were also inducted into the IBCA Hall of Fame include: Loren Wallace – who travelled from Arizona to witness the game between his two former players - and the late Maury Hough who also coached the Lady Redskins to class 1A state championships in 1998 & 1999. The last Illinois coach to surpass the 800 victory mark was current IBCA President Neil Alexander during the 2017-18 season. Coach Al gladly presented his former teammate with a Silver Whistle – a token of appreciation from the IBCA.

At this time, the IBCA congratulates Coach Steve Kimbro and all players, coaches and fans – past and present – on both great achievements. IBCAHallofFameCoaches

ILLINOIS COACHES ASSOCIATION 2019 ​ SENIOR​ ​ ALL-STAR GAME Date: Saturday, June 29​ th​ (45​ th​ Annual) Venue: The Corn Crib – Normal, IL (Home of the Normal Cornbelters) Presented by: The Illinois Coaches Association and The Michael Collins Foundation Things to know about the nomination process: ➢ Nominate only deserving SENIORS based on their 2019 season stats, citizenship, and college opportunity ➢ No limit on the number of SENIOR nominations per school ➢ You may nominate your senior as a pitcher, as a position player, or both ➢ If you wish to nominate a player for BOTH pitcher and position player, you must complete ALL requested information for BOTH ➢ Online SENIOR nominations will be open May 1​ st​ – May 24​ th​ at the following link ​ bit.ly/icamcstrongallstar ➢ Any questions, please contact Dave Rodgers (309-657-5502 by call/text) or email at ​ dr2559@gmail.com​ ➢ All varsity coaches will receive an email in late April with a NOMINATION LINK ➢ Put a reminder in your calendar to nominate your top senior(s) May 1st Why this event?

ALL FREE! No cost to participate ➢ One 9-inning game ➢ Wonderful venue – all turf, 6,000 seat Corn Crib Stadium ➢ Provided to participant: Batting Practice Jersey and All-Star Plaque ➢ An MVP award for both teams 2019 Selection Committee At-Large:​ Jim Collins (Chairman), Dave Rodgers (Chairman), Jim Hall (IHSBCA) South: ​ Tim Funkhouser – Edwardsville, Jim Steinwart – Springfield, Dave Greer – Pleasant Plains Central: ​ Chris Hawkins – Normal West, Eric Stone – Metamora, Wayne Meyer – Leroy-Pete Meyer - Lisle North: ​ Mike Napolean – New Trier, Jay Wayland – Rock Island, Eric Regez – Herscher, Bria Aversa – Kaneland Lighting the way by sharing ideas 12

Lighting the way by sharing ideas 13 ILLINOIS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL COACHES ASSOCIATION 2019 FOOTBALL CLINIC SCHEDULE (Tentative) THURSDAY MARCH 28, 2019 3:00-7:30 PM Registration Hilton Garden Inn 3:30-5:30 PM Demo/Practice Memorial Stadium/Irwin Center Illinois Staff/Team 7:00-9:15 PM Illinois Football Staff Speaking Hilton/Holiday Inn (formerly Hawthorn) 9:30-11:30 PM Chalk Talk/Social Hour Alumni Room FRIDAY MARCH 29, 2019 6:00 AM Exhibitor Set up/Recruiting Fair Hilton/Holiday Inn (formerly Hawthorn) 7:00 AM Registration Hilton Garden Inn SESSION 1 Junior College / Division 3 / Division 2 Coaches Speaking 8:00-9:00 AM HOLIDAY INN (formerly Hawthorn Suites)  Mike Babcock – McKendree University Head Coach, “The Vertical Passing Game” – White Oaks 1  Mark Yanule – St.

Xavier University Assistant Coach, “Pass Protection” – White Oaks 2  Kyle Langhoff – MacMurray College Assistant Coach, “ 4-2-5 Defensive Coverages vs Trips” – Grand Prairie 1 & 2  Chad Braun – Monmouth College Head Coach, “Defending the Triple Option – Savoy Room  Matt Foster – College of DuPage Head Coach, “Defensive secondary Play – Champaign Room  Nick Pesik – Wisconsin Whitewater Wide Receivers Coach, “Developing Wide Receivers” – Grand Prairie 3 & 4 HOMEWOOD SUITES  Dave Ragone and Keegan Jones – Augustana College Assistant Head Coach and Running Backs Coach, “Special Teams-Drills/Skills Implementation” – Illinois Room (Homewood Suites)

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Lighting the way by sharing ideas 21 "Amateurs practice until they get it right; Pros practice until they can't get it wrong." ―Navy SEALs "I learn something new about the game almost every time I step on the course." — "A goal is just an awesome way to force growth on yourself." ―Deena Kastor Don't let fatigue make a coward of you." — Steve Prefontaine

Lighting the way by sharing ideas 22 ALL STATE SOFTBALL NOMINATION SITES. 1AGreg Neisler / gneisler@lth5.k12.il.us 2APhilip Applebee / applebep@mfschools.org 3ADwain Nance / fisherman0916@yahoo.com 4AJen Tyrrell / jtyrrell@d230.org COMPETITIVE LEADERSHIP WRESTLE LIKE A GIRL Calling all Authors! Do you have an article, coaching drill, coaching philosophy or innovative idea you want to share? Send it to us and we will put it in the TORCH and on ethe webiste: Email submissions directly to soboad@yahoo.com

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Lighting the way by sharing ideas 26 Remember, we work daily with parents’ most prized possessions, their children. The ICA website is www:icacoach.org The ICA continues to make efforts to increase benefits for coaches and young people.

We have partnered to provide an opportunity for members to participate in a plan that would help save $ on your electricity costs. Look elsewhere in this publication for the information from Constellation Energy. “They call it coaching but it’s teaching. You do not just tell them — you show them the reasons.” -Vince Lombardi 2019 NHSACA Coach of the Year Finalists Rich Montgomery Athletic Director Rock Falls High School Neil Alexander Basketball Lincoln High School LeRoy Milsaps Boys Track & Field Cahokia High School Don Iverson Girls Cross Country Naperville North High School Mike Bare Soccer Peoria Notre Dame High School Donne Dulle Volleyball Mt.

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Lighting the way by sharing ideas 27 ILLINOIS YOUTH FOOTBALL SUMMIT Share ideas, best practices and discuss issues facing youth football to prepare for the 2019 season. This open forum will bring together youth football leaders from leagues throughout the entire state of Illinois. This forum is brought to you by the Illinois Coaches Association, Illinois High School Football Coaches Association and USA Football to help advance and grow the game together. Where: When: Topics Include:
  • Football Development Model
  • State legislation update
  • Positive coaching
  • Town Halls with prominent high school coaches and youth league commissioners QUESTIONS April 6, 2019 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. (check-in starts at 9:00 a.m.) Illinois Wesleyan University Bloomington, IL REGISTER A complimentary lunch will be provided. Please contact Mike Cuzzone, USA Football Regional Manager, at mcuzzone@usafootball.com.

Lighting the way by sharing ideas 28 3 reasons why your child should play youth footbal By Peter Schwartz A few years ago, my son’s football team was handing out game jerseys during training camp. Our program orders the jerseys in advance in assorted sizes with numbers already on them. Once they’re given out, the last names are added to them. Bradley looked at the jerseys in his size and settled on No. 3. A short time later, another child picked out his jersey. I don’t remember exactly what number it was, but let’s just say it was 65. One of his parents was overheard saying something to the effect of ...

That number is not good. My son is a wide receiver, and wide receivers don’t wear that number in the NFL.” I really don’t know if the parent was serious, but it brings up an important topic. If your child is playing youth football because you think he’s making it to the NFL, then he’s playing youth football for the wrong reason. The numbers against that happening are just astronomical.

The funny part is that my wife and I joke with people from time to time that when it comes to Bradley, we don’t need the NFL. We just want a college scholarship. Calm down. We know that the chances of that are also slim. In fact, the NCAA publishes those percentages each year so parents have a realistic view of what’s in front of their children. Now, there is no doubt there are kids who are playing youth football today who will make it to the NFL. Others will reach the college level, and most will see their playing careers end in high school or earlier. The dream of playing at the highest level possible is admirable, but it should not be the reason your child takes the field.

Here are three reasons why your child should play youth football: 1. For the love of the game.˚ Children should never play a sport they don’t like. My wife and I discuss that with both of our children. Bradley plays football because he loves the sport. He’s been around it from a young age as I used to take him to practices when I was the radio announcer for the New York Dragons of the Arena Football League. From the baby carrier to running around with the players after practice, Bradley fell in love with football and carries that passion to this day.

2. Physical activity. We live in a society where an increasing number of children are inactive. According to a 2017 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, 1 in 6 U.S. children are obese. A little fun playing Madden is fine, but not moving around is not good for a child. Kids need to be active and playing something. Whether it’s tackle or flag football, those are great ways for a child to run around and stay in shape. 3. Teamwork and discipline.˚ During my 26 years in sports media, I’ve had many football players tell me the sport played a big role in their lives, not just on the field, but also off the field.

I’ve also had many parents tell me how important it is for their kids to play, and I’ve seen this as well during the six years that Bradley has played. Playing youth football is a great way to build discipline in a child, and it is a terrific tool for learning how important teamwork is. It’s a sport where you really have to concentrate on your job and be able to trust what your teammates are doing.

Every kid who plays youth football dreams of making it to the NFL. It could just be having a catch with a parent or sibling, and children will pretend they are hauling in the game-winning catch in the Super Bowl. It’s great to dream and to have goals in life, but that’s just a kid being a kid. A parent shouldn’t have such lofty expectations or put that kind of pressure on a child. Children should play football because they like it, to have fun and to learn some important life lessons. My son Bradley loves playing football, and he would love to play at the next level. We go to see our local high school team play from time to time, and Bradley wonders what it would be like to be out on that field in five years or so if the opportunity comes about.

But that’s not why he plays. He plays because it’s fun, he’s making friends for life, and he’s using it as a tool to grow. That’s all my wife and I can ask for as parents. Peter Schwartz is a sports anchor for the CBS Sports Radio Network, FOX News Headlines 24/7 and WCBS 880 Radio in New York. His older son, Bradley, plays youth tackle football on Long Island while his younger son, Jared, plays flag football. Peter, his wife Sheryl and the boys are busy cheering on the New York Jets when they’re not at a youth football field.

29 Lighting the way by sharing ideas As a membership benefit, coverage is provided by the Commercial General Liability Policy issued to the National Organization of Coaches Association Directors.

This policy will provide general liability coverage to the Illinois Coaches Association and its members. Houston Casualty Company August 1, 2018 – August 1, 2019 $1,000,000 Each Occurrence $1,000,000 General Aggregate (per Member) $1,000,000 Products/Completed Operations $1,000,000 Personal & Advertising Injury $ 300,000 Fire Damage $ 50,000 Sexual Abuse (per Member) Excluded Medical Payments  Educator Professional Liability  Participant Legal Liability for insured members  Liability assumed under insured written contract  Defense Cost outside limits  The use of automobiles, buses, watercraft and aircraft  Property of others in the care, custody, and control of the insured.

This insurance does not apply to members that coach at an AllToday, most Coaches are involved in some type of sports camp. Please note that our General Liability Program follows insured members while working at camps and/or conducting their own personal camp. In addition, Participant/Accident Coverage is required for coaches and/or participants. Should an accident occur during a camp, clinic or event, this secondary coverage helps offset the loss suffered by families affected by such accidents. As a member benefit of your state coaches association, all members in good standing have a $1,000,000 General Liability policy limit that provides coverage for their coaching activities.

In order to protect the General Liability policy from potential claims, the insurance company has mandated that all coaches must obtain signed waivers and provide Participant/Accident insurance for their participants. In order to obtain a certificate of insurance showing proof of insurance or naming an additional insured, the following must be in place:  Waivers: Signed waivers showing indemnification language  Participant/Accident Insurance: You must have Participant/Accident coverage in place for all participants attending sports camps.

Camp Insurance Request form is available on our website: www.loomislapann.com www.loomislapann.com (P) 800-566-6479 | (F) 518-792-3426 Greg Joly gjoly@loomislapann.com Lori George lgeorge@loomislapann.com K B ll kboller@l i l GENERAL LIABILITY INSURANCE PROGRAM CARRIER POLICY PERIOD LIMITS OF INSURANCE CAMP INSURANCE COVERAGES EXCLUSIONS INSURANCE ADMINISTRATOR NEW PROCEDURE FOR CAMP INSURANCE PURCHASE INSURANCE

Lighting the way by sharing ideas Get Involved You have taken an enormous step to help fight the problem of youth suicide by simply visiting our website.

Thank you for your desire and efforts in keeping more than dreams alive, one young person at a time. There are many things you can do to get involved with not only The Jason Foundation, but youth suicide prevention & awareness efforts as a whole. Obviously, the first thing you need to do if you haven’t already is educate yourself on the problem and how to recognize and assist atrisk youth.

Ways to get involved can vary specifically from students, parents, teachers and youth workers. Getting involved can be as simple as telling your friends about The Jason Foundation & youth suicide. However The Jason Foundation has endless ways for a community or individual to get more involved. JFI has educational programs, specialized programs geared towards teens, donation opportunities, annual fundraising events, and social media campaigns. Whatever you choose to invest in, we’ll be working together to save more young lives!If you are experiencing a crisis, please call 911 or 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433) Thank you for your interest in The Jason Foundation and the prevention of youth suicide.

The foundation receives many request and regrets that we cannot answer each request personally however please see our Frequently Asked Questions to help us devote our time to our mission. JASONFOUNDATION.COM 30

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