Resources for Sport Administrators

Free resources for Sport Administrators

Resources contributed by Nate Baldwin.

Nate Baldwin is a Recreation Programmer with the City of Appleton Parks & Recreation Department. His impact has lead to an incredible growth in youth sports program participation, with the APRD program being recognized as the 2018 inaugural Project Play Champion in 2018.

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Considerations for Running A Quality Sport Club

1. Appreciating the importance of the club having a clear vision and mission.

2. Developing goals that support the club’s mission.

3. Developing a sound strategic plan for the club.

4. Recognizing the types of organizational structures.

5. Developing or revise a clubs articles of incorporation or constitution.

6. Appreciating the importance of developing policies and procedures to provide structure for the club.

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1. Developing a Professional Profile

2. Recognizing a leadership style that fits you

3. Using individual and organizational power effectively

4. Playing Ethical Politics

1. Appreciating Talent over Skills

2. Create environment where staff members: have autonomy, can attain mastery and understand their purpose

3. Allow staff to be great at what they do best.

4. Let the staff know how what they do contributes to the organization.

5. Let your staff know you care about them as people

6. Create an environment where the staff cares about one another.

  1. Assess your Current Brand’s Perceived Quality, Associations and Awareness
  2. Position your club the right way in the mind of the customer
  3. Communicate and Live your Brand Attributes
  4. Focus on the Five P’s of a Quality Sports Club: Product, Price, Promotion, Place and Public Relations in meeting your Customers Wants and Needs.
  1. Communicating with your customers
  2. Listening to praise but more importantly complaints.
  3. Highlighting the quality of the club to the members.
  4. Promoting the value, the members get in return for their membership fees.
  5. Rewarding member loyalty.
  6. Communicating the clubs values and ethics and for what it stands.

Tim Adams

Tim is the Founder and Executive Director of Free Footie. He's a former Reporter with CBC Edmonton, with a Journalism and English Major from Carleton University.

Tim's LinkedIn Free Footie's Facebook | Free Footie's Twitter | More about Tim

Administration Process for Running a Quality Sport Club

  1. Developing well-defined job descriptions
  2. Having a well-structured and consistent hiring process
  3. Orientating your new employees to the organization and its culture.
  4. Providing Employee Enrichment and Professional Development Opportunities
  5. Evaluating staff for purpose of professional and organizational development.

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  1. Following sound budgeting and accounting practices.
  2. Determining potential revenues streams and which are essential and those that are ancillary
  3. Determining operating expenses for the club.
  4. Developing plan for realistic revenue growth.
  5. Developing financing plan for major capital projects.
  1. Appreciating a Club’s Legal Liability
  2. Understanding the types and Elements of Negligence
  3. Knowing Relevant Laws, Statues and Regulations
  4. Understanding the elements and types of contracts
  5. Managing Risks Effectively
  1. Knowing the difference between corporate partnership and fund-raising
  2. Recognizing what the sport club desires in a corporate partnership.
  3. Understanding the needs of the corporate partner.
  4. Developing and effective a partnership proposal.
  5. Evaluating the effectiveness of a corporate partnership.
  1. Identifying fundraising means that are consistent with the clubs brand.
  2. Mobilizing the club membership for successful fund-raising campaigns.
  3. Utilizing the rule of thirds in fund-raising for a capital project.
  4. Appreciating the use of the internet in fundraising efforts.
  5. Researching, writing and implementing grant proposals.

Rick Benson

Rick is the Executive Director of Softball BC. He is a Parks, Recreation and Sport Tourism Committee member, and he also coaches an adult fastpitch softball team.

Rick's LinkedIn | Softball BC's Website


Steve Boyle

Steve is the CEO of the National Association of Physical Literacy (naplUSA), and he is also the CEO of 2-4-1 Sports. He is widely recognized as the national leader of Sport Sampling and Physical Literacy.

Steve's LinkedIn naplUSA's Facebook | Steve's Twitter


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