I D EAS TH AT W OR K BY TED D’ALESSIO R E T I R E D AT H L E T I C S D I R E C T O R - M I L L B U R N H . S .
I recently shared this idea with IAA Magazine subscribers. It is really very simple but has proven to be extremely valuable to me throughout my career. It is a bit “old school” but it has allowed me to obtain information that would not normally be stored on a computer. On July 1st, of each year, I would purchase an accordion file. The file would consist of 30 or more compartments; enough for each sport that we field at Millburn High School (29 sports). Throughout the school year, I would file any information that pertained to a particular sport. That information would normally include articles from local newspapers, sport specific correspondence of any kind i.e., parents, officials, colleagues and opposing coaches etc. I also included team rosters (all levels), tournament seeding, team/player accomplishments, statistics, disciplines, community service, All Conference, County & State Recognition, final team rankings in the Conference County and State levels, End of Season Report submitted by Head Coaches and any other relevant documents pertaining to a particular team for that season and throughout the school year. This folder has served as a great reference for me over the years. If a question did arise years later concerning any aspect of a team or team member during that school year I knew just where to find it. In addition to having this information available at my fingertips, it also served as the main resource for our Schools Hall of Fame Committee. At the end of the school year I would simply removed the entire folder and stored it in our school’s athletic closet. Upon retirement, I had accumulated a history (23 years) of athletic information all located in one area. Each year I would replace the old folder with a new one and the process would repeat its self once again. Any questions please feel free to email me at; email@example.com.
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