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San Antonio Sports Sidelines - February 2014
San Antonio Sports

February, 2014


i play! afterschool kickoff
Changing Lives

Hall of Fame

NCAA Championship City

What is the role of a youth sports coach?

There has been much discussion and controversy following the airing of "Friday Night Tykes" on the Esquire Network that follows teams in the Texas Youth Football Association. The reality series, which provides a glimpse as to how one organization positions its coaching philosophy, is not representative of the impact made by the vast majority of youth coaches.

What is the role of a youth sports coach?

I asked two men who I believe best represent the coaching industry to answer that question.

D.W. Rutledge, executive director of the Texas High School Coaches Association and former Judson High School coach who won four Texas State Championships, believes that the youth sports coach's role is the first in a series of steps that help athletes develop a positive attitude, love for the game, and respect for coaches, teammates and the opponent. The maturity of the player is an evolution and treating 8-10 year olds as if they were high school or college athletes skips the necessary steps that allow for the full and healthy development of the athlete. 

Grant Teaff, executive director of the American Football Coaches Association and Hall Of Fame football coach recently said, "Football coaches on all levels have a responsibility to be positive role models and to create a safe environment in practice and games. Coaches should influence 'Beyond the Game' teaching that focuses on sportsmanship, positive attitudes, effort, self-discipline, and stress the values that lead to the development of positive character traits."

San Antonio Sports' Coach Ed program is focused on making volunteer youth sport coaches aware of their responsibilities to provide for the psychological, emotional and physical needs of children on their team. The program trains and certifies youth coaches in football, baseball, basketball and cheerleading.

In addition to teaching proper fundamentals and sport specific conditioning, our goal is to help youth coaches understand why kids play and quit sports, how to handle parents, teach life lessons through winning and losing and encourage sportsmanship. Coach Ed emphasizes the coach's responsibility as a role model, the prevention of child abuse, understanding legal issues and injury prevention and treatment. 

Annually, the Coach Ed program provides training for 1200+ Spurs Youth Basketball League coaches and over the past 15 years, Coach Ed has performed over 85,000 certifications for volunteer coaches. The program continues to earn the respect of major youth sports organizations.

San Antonio Sports will continue to use its influence to help those coaching youth sports understand the significant positive impact they can have on a child's life.

Russ Bookbinder
President and CEO

Teams. Tailgating. Tug of War. Need we say more?
San Antonio Sports Corporate Cup, presented by H-E-B, will bring employees from a variety of businesses and organizations together for a day of blood-pumping fitness, friendly competition and employee camaraderie.  With so many companies embracing wellness programs, the Corporate Cup gives local businesses the chance to reward their employees' healthy efforts and to celebrate their company's culture of wellness.  The Corporate Cup is loads of fun, fierce-divisional battles, t-shirt contests and more!  It also incorporates a Charity Challenge. San Antonio Sports is proud to partner with Haven for Hope, the San Antonio Food Bank and the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center.  Register your team today as we will cap team entries this year based on space.  The San Antonio Sports Corporate Cup, presented by H-E-B will be held May 31, 2014 at the University of the Incarnate Word.  Click here to download a team packet.

San Antonio a Finalist for Men's Final Four

The NCAA announced that San Antonio is one of eight cities selected to proceed in the bid process to host a future Men's Final Four in 2017-2020. 

San Antonians will have the opportunity to show their support for the bid when UTSA hosts the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship Second and Third Roundsat the AT&T Center on March 21 and 23. Single session tickets are now available. 

"We are very excited about receiving the news that San Antonio will be one of the cities in the mix for the upcoming Men's Final Four bid cycle. Many, many people with the City, the County, San Antonio Sports and UTSA have very worked hard over the past 15 to 20 years to make San Antonio one of the premier locations for NCAA Championship events," said UTSA athletic director Lynn Hickey.

"Everyone on this bid team has worked together to aggressively position San Antonio and the Alamodome as a contender for this event and other events of national significance. I commend the City of San Antonio for their support and vision to ensure that the Alamodome will be competitive in the long term. We are also grateful to the NCAA Men's Basketball Committee and NCAA staff for their vote of confidence," saidRuss Bookbinder, President and CEO of San Antonio Sports.

"We have an excellent partnership with the San Antonio Local Organizing Committee (SALOC) and UTSA. The City is committed to ensuring that our bid is extremely competitive and highlights the strengths of our dynamic destination," said Mike Sawaya, director, Convention, Sports, and Entertainment Facilities for the City of San Antonio.

Sports Hall of Fame Tribute an Incredible Evening
More than 900 guests enjoyed an incredible evening at the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame Tribute, presented by AT&T on Saturday, Feb. 1.  The Class of 2014, Stan Albeck, Artis Gilmore, Joe Straus, Sr. and the 2009 McAllister Park Little League All-Stars, were officially inducted in a ceremony that was emotional for both participants and those in attendance.  The auction items were fabulous and the program ended with a heartfelt appeal from one of San Antonio Sports' i play! afterschool coaches and students (see Kids Impact story).  New this year was the addition of entertainment.  The Grammy-award winning Commodoresrocked the house and guests enjoyed listening and dancing to memorable songs. The Tribute is San Antonio Sports' largest fundraiser, and this year raised more than $250,000 for our youth programs.

All-Stars Commit
Last week, 33 San Antonio Sports All-Star Game participants celebrated National Signing Day by committing to a college or university to pursue higher education and play football next fall. This year's class of All-Star's continues to distinguish itself as one of the best ever and we are so proud to have these outstanding student-athletes going throughout the country to continue representing San Antonio.

To view the lists of players who have committed, click here.

Champions Club
(Individuals giving $1000+.)
Join the Champions Club. 
Russ Bookbinder

Individual Champions 
Become an Individual Champion. 

Eduardo Berdegue
Jane Bockus
Robert Braubach
Francis Dusenbury
Lynn Marcel Dusenbury
Dan Goodgame
Donna Normandin
Mark Phariss
Harold Skarda, Jr. 

View the complete list of individual champions. 


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