BADGER TRACKS- NOTES FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, DAN KLINKHAMMER TRUSTED COACHES VERIFICATION CARD
’m a WWII baby boomer, born in 1952. So, I grew up in the 50’s and 60’s and graduated high school in 1970. The 50’s were pretty tame compared to the 60’s. I grew up In the middle of atomic war scares, the Cuban Missile crisis, the JFK, RFK and MLK assassinations, the Civil Rights movements and Vietnam War protests. So, the world was in some major “cold war” turmoil but one thing that I DON’T remember hearing or seeing was the daily reports of youth sport coaches sexually or physically molesting kids. ALL of my grade school and high school coaches were wonderful, well intended, hardworking individuals that could be trusted with any kid in town. That doesn’t seem to be the case since the turn of this century. It sickens me to read or hear about some of the disgusting behavior that has been uncovered. It was just a little over 2 years ago when the national news reports surfaced regarding the alleged sexual misconduct of Jerry Sandusky (Penn State Asst. Football Coach), Bernie Fine (Syracuse Asst. Basketball Coach) and Bobby Dodd (AAU President and Executive Director). And unfortunately, those high profile cases appear to be just the tip of the iceberg.
prevention and detection of sexual and physical abuse situations. To that end, we were one of the first statewide youth sports organizations to preach the need for Background Checks for Coaches and Officials. We followed that up by implementing Codes of Conduct for all the players, coaches, officials, administrators and volunteers. Once we had all of that in place, we started recommending that youth coaches get themselves better educated. Playing a little high school or college ball and owning a whistle and a clip board, doesn’t make you a qualified youth sport coach. So, when the Sandusky, Fine and Dodd stories became daily headlines in the Sports page, I started to focus on what else should we be doing? The simple answer came to me on the long drive home from Grandma’s house during Christmas break………………………we needed “Trusted Coaches!!!” Realizing that most coaches are volunteers and have limited time available, we came up with four basic needs for every coach: 1) Background Checks, 2) Coaches Education, 3) Concussion Training and 4) Basic First Aid Training.
Coaches Education: Volunteer coaches need to “get their minds right” before they ever take on the responsibility of coaching kids. The Positive Coaches Alliance’s Double Goal Coaches education program Since I graduated from college in 1976, my first does that. The PCA does have some additional X’s and priority had always been the safety of the kids that O’s videos but the Double Goal Coaches program is participate in our events but I fully admit that being designed to teach coaches the basics of coaching kids. on the lookout for pedophiles was NOT on my radar. I There are some good coaches’ education tools out was always more concerned with unsportsmanlike there but we researched them all and are convinced conduct and potential physical abuse of the athletes that the PCA’s program is the BEST! FYI, Mark by some knucklehead coach that thought slapping, Murphy, the Green Bay Packers President, is one of pushing or kicking his/her players was the way to the national spokespersons for the PCA and we hope “teach a kid” how to play. However, since the early to help Mark spread the word in Wisconsin. 2000’s, EVERYBODY’S focus should include the
First Aid Training: If you play sports, you are going to get some “owwweeees,” but when that happens will your kid’s coach know how to diagnose or treat that injury? You can’t always rely on the Trainer to treat your kid’s injuries. A large share of injuries happen in practice and the coach may be the only adult on the field or in the building. For your child’s safety, the coach needs to know the basics and should be properly equipped to administer proper first aid. And sometimes, the key to first aid knowledge is to know what NOT TO DO!!!!
to their “Trusted Coaches Card” that will be mailed directly to those coaches that successfully pass all four components of the program. Note: We are suggesting that these Trusted Coaches cards would be valid for 3 years, however, if your association needs to do a background check every year, we can do those annual background checks for $15.00 per coach, with volume discounts available.
We researched the four components of the Trusted Coaches program and quickly realized that the rack rate cost of these four services was in the vicinity of $95.00 per coach AND the time commitment was much longer than most volunteer coaches are willing to invest. So, we focused on cutting the cost and lessening the time to complete the basic four components of the Trusted Coaches Card. In order to do that, we had to shoot our own concussion video and our own First Aid Video. Then we followed up by striking an agreement with the PCA to get a significant discount on their on-line Double Goal Coaches videos. The last piece of the puzzle fell into place when we were recently approved to conduct background checks through a nationally accredited screening service.
Minnesota the MYAS, we like options and we think you do too! Nobody is telling you that you have to run your coaches thru this program. We created this service to foster better coaches, lessen the burden for those volunteer administrators and to help insure the safety of your kids. Only you can determine how much that is worth, but we’ve done everything we can to make this service user friendly and affordable. We will keep you posted on the arrival of the finished product.
All of the above will be delivered through a new website that we are building, specifically for the Trusted Coaches Card. We are in the final stages of completion and we expect to have this service Background Checks: Passing a national background available to the public on or before June, 2014. Note: check should be the first step in the process used for The Trusted Coaches website will also feature a selecting a coach. In my opinion, a county or statewide background check is worthless! You need to “national registry” component to it, so parents can check to see if their child’s coach has participated and know if that prospective coach has any record of passed the basic elements of the Trusted Coaches misconduct ANYWHERE in the nation. The bad guys move around a lot and they aren’t willing to tattle on program. themselves. Here at the WSS and at our sister organization in
When the dust settled, we were able to get the price down to $35.00 per coach, which includes a National Background Check, the PCA Coaches education program and the first aid and concussion videos. All delivered on-line!!! Each participating coach will also have to download a photo, which will be transferred
Lastly, we believe that this sort of concept and service sets us apart from all of the other “event operators” out there. This is proof of our commitment to youth sports in Minnesota and Wisconsin. And now you know how we spend some of those entry fee dollars that you send us!!
By: Brian Meeter, WSS Marketing Director
ith a growing organization such as the Wisconsin Sports Services, little victories have a way of motivating our team. Within just a few short weeks before our first Badgerland State Championship basketball tournament, we began the search for a sponsor for this tournament. Why so late? We wanted to make sure we had a solid product to offer any potential sponsor. First-year tournaments can be hard to attract sponsors, especially if you don’t know what your numbers are going to be. Well, we landed our sponsor, Gerhards Kitchen and Bath Stores, www.GerhardsStore.com. They have 13 locations across the Upper Midwest and are in all the markets where we hold the state tournaments, which was a big help. This was definitely a victory for our team, and we celebrate every victory. A few key things made this event worth sponsoring and gave me the confidence to go out there and actively seek a sponsor. First, the number of teams participating in our tournament saw a steady stream of growth. From 60 one week, to 90 the following, all the way up to 150 teams, our staff was getting the word out about our tournament. With 150 teams, the sponsorship package became a lot more attractive. Secondly, our web traffic was increasing quite drastically as we were signing up more teams, sending out more registration materials, and doing a terrific job of digital marketing. With a vibrant tournament developing and a website that was growing daily, the tournament was viable; now it was just up to me to find the right sponsor. The key to our success in finding a sponsor was that we now had something concrete to offer. Sponsorship budgets have tightened in the past 6+ years. Businesses seem to be interested in sponsoring again, but they seem more likely to sponsor a product with legs rather than just an idea. Once our tournament had legs, it was easier to promote to potential sponsors. Below is a list of sponsorship opportunities. Contact Brian Meeter for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-780-2054.
Badgerland State Basketball Championships (NOT AVAILABLE)
Badgerland Nationals Wrestling Tournament (Partially Available)
Badgerland Baseball Ring Sponsor (Available)
Fall Fast Pitch (Partially Available)
Tournament Central (Some Spots Available)
Tournament Index for each sport (Some Spots Available)
Badgerland Baseball Championships (Partially Available)
Badgerland Super Saver Basketball Tournaments (Partially Available)
Thank you for considering our sponsorship opportunities. For more information and to get a first-hand view of our work, visit www.wisportsservices.org.
Badgerland Baseball Championships Update
By: Jake Wenzel, WSS Staff
isconsin Sports Services is proud to announce that the Madison Mallards, Green Bay Bullfrogs, and La Crosse Loggers have agreed to provide a night at the ballpark for all teams
participating in the Badgerland Baseball Championships. On the nights of July 25 and 26 after teams get done competing on the field for the BBC, they will get the opportunity to sit back and watch some of college baseballâ€™s finest players. The night will also include each team getting introduced in front of the crowd
2014 BBC Locations July 25-27, 2014
10u - Kaukauna, WI 11u - Waukesha, WI 12u - Holmen, WI 13u - Marshall, WI 14u - Kaukauna, WI
before the game, throwing out the first pitch, and having a meet and greet with the college players and coaches after the game. We hope that the opportunity for these young athletes to see what it takes to play at the highest level is something that they will cherish for a lifetime. We would like to thank the Madison Mallards, Green Bay Bullfrogs, and La Crosse Loggers for providing the opportunity for players, coaches, and parents of the BBC to enjoy Americaâ€™s pastime. The WSS is looking forward to having all of your teams compete in the BBC this summer and would like to wish everybody good luck as their seasons get underway.
To stay current with information regarding the 2014 BBC and other baseball events, please check our website at www.wisportsservices.org.
By: Lance Klinkhammer, WSS Staff
ow, that was a lot of fun. I still can’t believe it’s over! There was some great basketball played over the past two weekends in the state of Wisconsin at the WSS Boys’ & Girls’ Badgerland State Basketball Championships. Our WSS staff put a lot of time and effort into organizing this
tournament over the past few months and I’m very proud to say that our inaugural event turned out to be an absolutely wonderful success in 2014! We’re already planning for more teams and more playing locations, and we can’t wait for March of 2015 to get here so we can do it all over again. On a personal note, I enjoyed meeting many of the participating coaches and players at the event for the first time these past few weekends and so did the rest of our WSS staff. I was very impressed by the classy behavior exhibited by everyone throughout the duration of the tournament. It is my belief that demonstrating good sportsmanship is more important than winning or losing at competitive events as it is vital in creating a positive experience for all. There were some very intense games played; credit the players and coaches for leaving their very best on the court this weekend and their graciousness for the game,
regardless of the outcome. Thank you to all teams for playing this year in the Badgerland State Basketball Championships!
Without further ado, here are your 2014 WSS Badgerland State Champions! GIRLS
4th GRADE – WAUKESHA SOUTH
4th GRADE – PEWAUKEE BLACK
5th GRADE – MONONA GROVE
5th GRADE TIER I – KIMBERLY WHITE
6th GRADE – OCONOMOWOC
5th GRADE TIER II – GREEN BAY NOTRE DAME
7th GRADE – APPLETON NORTH
6th GRADE TIER I – NICOLET
8th GRADE — MILTON
6th GRADE TIER II – WAUKESHA NORTH 7th GRADE TIER I – MADISON EAST 7th GRADE TIER II – FREEDOM
8th GRADE TIER I – JANESVILLE
I’d like to thank all those that partnered with us to create a wonderful event in 2014. Although it’s not possible to recognize every individual who assisted with the event, I’d like to extend a special thank you to: Boys and Girls Club of Greater La Crosse
Pius XI High School & Grizz Sports
Jake Erickson, Nick Bernhardt & AJ Halverson
Bruce & Nate Janczak
Brookfield Central High School/Booster Club
Ripon Backboard Club/Ripon High School
Dave Carnell & Staff
TJ Rogers, Danelle Phillips & Traci Merrill
SEA’s of Stoughton & Verona
Rich Mosley & Family
Amy Slaby, Doug Slaby & Larry Anderson
Fox Valley Lutheran High School
South Milwaukee High School
Shawn Hill & Staff
Ante Udovicic, Jeff Ness & Pete Narrai
Higher Level Camps
Wisconsin Lutheran College
Cheryl Mohr & Family
We would also like to thank all the families and friends for coming out this weekend to support their coaches and players who participated in the first-ever WSS Badgerland State Basketball Championships. We hope you all had a wonderful experience at our event!
atch for our upcoming USSSA Spring Basketball 5-on-5 tournament opportunities the weekend of May 31st-June 1st and June 14th! We’ll also be coordinating a 3-on-3 event on Saturday, June 15th. Information will be available shortly on our website about these event on June 15th. and we’ll be sending information out to all teams that participated in our Badgerland State Basketball Championships once it is available.
Congratulations 4th Grade Girls!!
Congratulations 5th Grade Girls!!
Congratulations 6th Grade Girls!!
Congratulations 7th Grade Girls!!
Congratulations 8th Grade Girls!!
Congratulations 4th Grade Boys!!
Congratulations 5th Grade Tier 1 Boys!!
Congratulations 5th Grade Tier II Boys!!
Congratulations 6th Grade Tier I Boys!!
Congratulations 6th Grade Tier II Boys!!
Congratulations 7th Grade Tier I Boys!!
Congratulations 7th Grade Tier II Boys!!
Congratulations 8th Grade Tier I Boys!!
Congratulations 8th Grade Tier II Boys!!
WSS ADULT SLOW PITCH
ere in the Midwest we’ve “enjoyed” some slightly warmer weather recently,
indicating that the grip of the polar vortex might be loosening its chokehold that has made hibernating bears of us all. As the ground thaws and the snow melts, our thoughts eventually turn to summertime activities and slow pitch softball tops the list. Teams and leagues are already forming and most tournament schedules are almost complete. Be sure to include on that list the USSSA State Tournament being held in Janesville the weekend of August 9-10 at the beautiful Dawson Fields Complex. All of the information for the State Tournament is
published on the WSS website.
Wisconsin Tournament Series We are formulating a new program in Wisconsin in an attempt to network all of the tournaments being held around the state. The Tournament Index is already built, which allows tournament operators to post their events to be advertised to the softball community. In addition, we are reaching out to local tournaments to gauge interest about being included in the Wisconsin Tournament Series which is a collection of tournaments that offers paid berths to the USSSA State Tournament. So far we’ve received really good feedback and have added a couple of tournaments to this series. The local events are not
By: Adam Klinkhammer, WSS Staff required to be USSSA sanctioned and can continue to use their own playing rules. Being included in the tournament series gives additional value to the local event, including featured advertising on the WSS website. If you are interested in learning more about the Wisconsin Tournament Series, please contact Adam Klinkhammer at email@example.com or call the WSS office at 608-210-1710.
League Management System Through our robust NGIN web site, we are able to offer vast capabilities to league administrators and their teams. While USSSA-sanctioned leagues will be able to use a custom league web site for free, we also offer the League Management System to all adult slow pitch leagues for a small per-team fee. Features included in the League Management System include but are not limited to posting of registration forms/deadlines, rules, umpire information, creation of league-wide schedules, easy game score updating, league standings, league announcements, and more. Every team will be provided a custom web page with a full suite of features that includes an online roster, player stats, team-specific game schedules, message boards and photo galleries, all controlled entirely by the team through the permission-based system. Every league will also be offered the use of RainOut Line, which is the latest and greatest weather communication tool on the market today that helps keep the entire league in-the-know regarding inclement weather. More information regarding the League Management System is published on the WSS web site.
n January, we were contacted by a group from Sheboygan called Mid Lake Softball about the possibility of sanctioning their new start-up league with the USSSA. There have been some rumblings in the press lately about the
future of slow pitch softball in the Sheboygan area due to some issues between the city and the existing softball association. The city has decided to terminate their contract with the old softball group and have agreed to let Mid Lake run the Wildwood Softball Complex in 2014. Mid Lake and the WSS have agreed to partner this year with Mid Lake becoming the first USSSA-sanctioned league in Wisconsin! By sanctioning their league with USSSA, the Mid Lake Softball organization will be covered by a $2 million liability insurance policy through USSSA as well as enjoying all the bells and whistles of the WSS NGIN-powered website. We encourage any and all leagues to discover the benefits they can receive by sanctioning with the USSSA.
For more about Adult Slow Pitch Softball in Wisconsinâ€“ Contact Adam at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 608-210-1710
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