Archive for the ‘International Sport’ Category

D1 Coaching Contact: Academic Success

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Coaches all too often receive large bonuses when their team is winning, but why not for their team’s academic success?

Education Secretary Arne Duncan believes:

Universities need to tie bonus pay of their coaches and athletics directors more prominently to their college athletes’ academic performance

And so do we!

Key elements to a coach’s contact located in the academic incentive clause include:

  • Implement policies and demonstrate behavior that advances academic success
  • A flat bonus for meeting graduation rates or academic progress rate (APR) scores
  • A team cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher

Meeting each element would earn the coach a bonus money signmoney signmoney sign

Penalties should also be in place to regulate a decrease in a team’s academic performance.

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Let’s not forget UConn’s recent NCAA Tournament suspension for low Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores

 

 

 

Grambling was also hit hard with binding force for low APR scores.

Sanctions should also be in place for a decrease in APR score, which include:

  • Limited practice
  • Shortened season
  • Game forfeiture
  • Scholarship reduction

After a scholarship reduction sanction, the next step is to implement an Academic Enhancement Team to aid student-athletes.

The following link by the Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics sheds light on the athletic and academic discrepancies in a coach’s contract.

Do you ever wonder which school would win in an NCAA Academic Performance Tournament?

You’re not the first. In fact, Inside Higher Ed has an academic tournament giving the student-athletes and fans bragging rights in the classroom.

ncaa academic winnerThe 2014 winner is Kansas.

 

 

 

 

 

SCOREEEEE!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABGzMMkpFFc

Here is video describing what exactly SportStream is and all the cool features. I mean who would’t want a hot babe delivering cheeseburgers and beer to you while watching the game?? It’s complete perfection. Just kidding none of those awesome features are added sadly.

When watching professional games on television either NFL, NBA or even NHL it is very important now to keep updated with what is going on in the social media world. Well Bob Morgan now CEO of SportStream came up with a brilliant idea for all you sport fanatics. He developed a website based off of most major social media sites, Twitter and Facebook, that brings all important sporting news together in one place. This means you can simply go to one spot and find all the important information regarding the current sport issues or evens. No more searching or using a hashtag to try and figure out what play you just missed.

 Distribution. This is one of the key factors in SportStream’s growth potential. While Morgan pointed out the strong user engagement numbers and advertising potential with their own applications, SportStream’s greatest growth opportunity comes from increasing adoption from more teams, organizations, and networks to utilize and customize SportStream’s robust platform.

This is Bob Morgan’s main goal to try and spread the word about this great application or download that is available. It makes it so much easier on sport fans to go to one place and be able to keep up to date will the latest information and also able to chat, comment, or tweet with other friends. This is a fantastic idea. It is such a pain to have to take the time to switch from Facebook to Twitter constantly while trying to watch a game to try and figure out if a player’s injury is severe, what other teams won and other important information on the games. It isn’t very popular right now but I have a feeling once its out it will become one of the most popular sport social media sites.

Sustainable Sochi? At Least It’s Not In Beijing

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

The last three Olympics have been hosted by two countries that are some of the largest perpetrators of carbon emissions and production, Canada and China, and now Russia is going to  try and host the games with a sustainable vision. It is hard to believe that these countries can keep an agreement of long term sustainability when they all have halted climate change agreements and increased drilling in places like the arctic circle. If Russia is not sustainable on a national level, can they be sustainable in Sochi?

With a population of 343,334 in 2010 it is 3,000 people smaller than Vancouver was in 2010, but Vancouver is a port city and Sochi is a resort town on the shores of the black sea. If Sochi is going to be sustainable in the short or long term they must plan accordingly for the increased tourism both during and after the games. An increase in tourism is often associated with the “backlash” of the Olympics but this does not necessarily mean the City’s population will grow at an exceeded rate. Many cities (i.e. Johannesburg) hosting International events like the World Cup and Olympics have spent economic and environmental resources building facilities that cannot be supported or used in the years afterward.  In other words they overestimate the development that their city is capable of.

If Sochi commits to limiting excess infrastructure, a sustainable games can be achievable because it is resort city that is used to and can adapt to a short term increase in population. Their short term success is also boosted by the implementation of the Sustainable Management System which outlines thoughtful impact assessment and a responsible plan-do-check-act process. Information on the SMS can be found below

http://www.sochi2014.com/en/games/strategy/sustainability/progress/

 

 

 

Sochi Needs Help – Volunteers to the Rescue!

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

volunteers_facts_3_03http://vol.sochi2014.com/en/about/facts/

Let us take a moment to understand that any olympics could not have been completed without the help of people volunteering. They volunteer their time, their money and their pride to come together to help the hosting country. People who volunteer are part of the social dimensions under the sustainability and tourism section from the book. Why people volunteer are for a variety of reasons; some just want to volunteer to be a part of the nostalgia sport tourism and be connected to the hallmark sporting event, and belong to a sense of community. In the book it states,

“In recent years, there has been a growing focus on the social benefits of event sport tourism for communities. Many believe that the social benefits are the true legacy of hosting a megaevent.” – Pedersen et. al, 2011.

Since Sochi is hosting the Olympics, Russia wants to take pride in making sure that they provide their volunteers with the top-of-the-line qualities they can benefit from. We are humans, we need to belong; and what better way to feel you belong to a community by becoming a volunteer.

With the Sochi Olympics, they want to select 25,000 from the 180,000 plus applicants who so desperately wanted to become a volunteer. How does one become a volunteer for Sochi, from the website it explains,

 For the first time in the history of the Games, volunteers will be trained not only in the host city, but across the whole country, in 17 cities at 26 volunteer centers…. The organizers of the 2014 Games face the task of giving the volunteers the necessary knowledge and skills within a very tight schedule and of inspiring the volunteers to make the Sochi Olympics the best in history.  Sochi website, 2013. http://vol.sochi2014.com/en/news/11/8987/

Sochi is in good sustainability progress by selecting people who want to volunteer, and are worthy.

A Hit or Miss????

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Are the plans for Sochi 2014 achievable? Sochi’s plan for hosting the Winter Olympics has six different plans in mind. They start with healthy living, barrier-free world, modern technologies, in harmony with nature, economic prosperity, and finally culture and national values.

For starters I believe the healthy living plan is a great idea. I really agree that with the hosting of the Winter Olympics it should bring motivation to locals, children and participants in sports and physical activity. In my opinion if I knew Durango was going to host the Winter Olympics, you better believe I would want to be come more involved with participating in these sports or just to simply improve my physical fitness level. I also totally agree that medical services will rise in quality and bring forth more attention.

On the barrier-free world I can also see this plan working out. I have worked with people and children that have disabilities. It is remarkable how their attitude changes so drastically when they realize that they can also participate in the same activities that all the others can. I believe we  can all work together to help these unfortunate people understand that their importance in life, especially sport, is just as important as anyone else.

With the face paced growth of technology I completely believe that their aspect of modern technologies will work . In the technology world almost anything is possible. These new advancements of the UIS portal is a fantastic idea it can help participants and spectators, internationally, be able to easily make their stay a less of a hassle.

In harmony with nature is one of the most important steps I believe in the plan. It should be mandatory at all big sporting events like these to make rules and regulations on how much of an impact any set up can take on the environment. Nothing would make a person more upset than if a huge event like this was supposed to help their local economy but instead it completely destroyed their scenery and surrounding environment.

The last step of the plan I agree with is the economic prosperity. The object of this step is to help the local economy as much as possible. This means new jobs, volunteer movement and the upbringing of more business to local companies. If it works according to plan the place of Sochi should see a huge economic gain.

The last step of the plan I am questionable about. When bringing up cultural and national believes it is a touchy subject. Some countries care so strongly about their culture that any  new interruptions to that can cause some tension. If someone has a set belief on something it is very difficult to change their mind.

In this YouTube video it shows just a glimpse of what creations they are going to and have added to the location to make it easier for spectators and participants. It shows the technology part of the plan does not seem to be an issue.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uluVnk7kBgE

Over all I believe Sochi’s plan for the Winter Olympics in 2014 is a great idea. If the plan works it could be a huge economic and intellectual gain for the area.

A Sustainable Sochi….?

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Can Sochi reach sustainability by the 2014 Winter Olympic Games?

Yes, I believe Sochi can and will reach a level of sustainability by February 2014. In particularly, the “Games with minimal impact on climate” seems to be a very achievable goal, considering the fact that most of the current issues or environmental challenges in Sochi are a direct result of the current system being extremely outdated.

One way in which Sochi can reduce their impact on the environment is by updating their current transportation system. A number of their current environmental issues such as air pollution and poor traffic flow, will be reduced in severity by constructing a newer transportation system.

In addition to updating their transportation system, their plans to update their waste management systems will also play a huge role in being more environmentally friendly. The reduction of water consumption, implementing water collection techniques, recycling, and the construction of waste water drainage systems will only further reduce the effects the games have on the environment.

The next prong to the three prong sustainability approach is economic sustainability. Through the construction of new sports facilities, roads and railways, hotels, athlete village builds, as well as many other construction projects, Sochi should see a good result in their economic growth.

Taking into consideration that one of the proposed plans was to ensure:

“the predominant us of local and regional labor resources, materials, components, and equipment”.

http://www.sochi2014.com/en/games/strategy/sustainability/economy/

One would expect at minimum, a decent amount of economic growth for the city of Sochi.

In addition, according to the Sochi 2014 website:

“the Olympic Project has already created and supported 239 thousand new jobs”

(http://www.sochi2014.com/en/games/strategy/sustainability/economy/).

With that type of job growth, it would almost seem impossible not to see the economy around Sochi, strengthen.

The last factor of the sustainability model is the social aspect. The promotion of leading a healthy lifestyle is occurring and their goals for this aspect are also quite achievable. With the construction of new sport facilities it will allow Sochi to host large scale events after the completion of the Olympics and Paralympics. By hosting large sports event, a good portion of the cities population will gain motivation to participate in sports and physical activities. Both of these are steps to living a healthier life. The new facilities will also allow for a broaden sports participation options.

It appears as though Sochi can, and if all goes as planned, will reach some stage of sustainability. The level of sustainability reached will all depend on how well the planners execute the proposed plans.

Sochi 2014…push in the right direction or pushing too hard?

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

The Sochi Organizing Committee stages and prepares for the 2014 Olympic Games.  The purpose of the committee is to make a large amount of opportunities from the Games in Sochi for keeping alive long-term development in the area.  While preparing for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, the Organizing Committee sees sustainability to mean creating positive changes in the area socially, economically and environmentally.  They believe that this can be done by the resources available.  For the committee to achieve the sustainability they strive for, six main areas of topics will prepare for the stagings of the event.  These six topics include: healthy lifestyle, harmony with nature, barrier-free environment, economic prosperity, modern technologies and culture and national values.  To be able to reach these six topics, a program of action in the field of sustainability within the Olympic project for 2011-2014 has been created. http://www.sochi2014.com/en/games/strategy/sustainability/

 

The six topics to achieve sustainability are good topics to start to find achievement.  Unfortunately, it seems as though some of the topics may be more attainable than others as well as realistic.  Economic Prosperity absolutely has the possibility to achieve its goals.  The Olympic Games is a celebration of sports and events that brings the entire world together in competition.  To be able to see first hand the best of the best compete against one another is an incredible opportunity and site to see.  Since people love watching the Games, it will bring greater numbers in population to the place in which it is held, Sochi.  The Organizing Committee sees this as a huge opportunity to “ensure long term sustainable development and prosperity of the city of Sochi, the Krasnodar region and all of Russia.”  They hope to see this as providing a more stable economic development for the area which can develop the job market.  In preparation for the Games, new roads, railways, and other types of transportation opportunities are arising.  This infrastructure and new venues will allow for Sochi to develop as a city, but for the development of Russia as well.

http://www.sochi2014.com/en/games/strategy/sustainability/economy/

 

The area of modern technologies is an area that can be achieved by the committee.  With the progress that as been made through technology in the past years, broadcasting through media and the technological devices that run it have allowed for better footage and coverage of the event.  The Organizing Committee says:

“The technological solutions of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee will provide high quality services to all of their clients: The Olympic and Paralympic Families, athletes, media, Games personnel, the spectators at the stadiums and the international audience of the Games.”

http://www.sochi2014.com/en/games/strategy/sustainability/technology/

 

Topics such as healthy living will be very difficult to achieve.  This will be very difficult to accomplish because of personal lifestyle and decisions that people make individually.  The Organizing Committee says that they want to make healthy eating, stop making smoking and drinking popular, and help increase the physical activity level of a person.  The Games is a time of celebration of sport and competition across the world.  In times of celebration, people tend to enjoy smoking and drinking, which will make it very difficult to become an activity in minority.  Trying to make people change their current ways of living by asking them to increase their physical activity and decrease the amount of alcohol and smoking is nearly impossible.  If people want to change, they will.  Promoting a healthy lifestyle at the Games would be beneficial because it would be informative, but it would not be pushing people in directions that they do not want to go.

 

In conclusion, it appears as though the Organizing Committee has some great ideas for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games.  Unfortunately, some topics would appear to be incredibly difficult, for it pushes people in directions that they are not ready for.  Some types of change are greater and more significant than others, and because of this people have to want to see that change.