Protecting Athletes On and Off The Playing Field: An Examination of Sport Agents, Athletes, Managers, and Contracts
by Mark Daniel Chan
Taguig City, Philippines — SportPhil, in collaboration with the National Center for Mediation (NCM) and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), organized “THE REAL SCORE: Understanding Player’s Contracts and Sport Manager’s Obligations” last March 10th. This topic has become of great interest in light of the increase in professional sports leagues in the country in recent years, among the fastest in Asia. The two guest speakers who delivered the talks at PCCI’s B.A. Securities Hall were Mr. Michael Reyes, a former football national athlete and manager of Ignite Sports Group, and Atty. Rene “Rebo” Saguisag, Jr., UAAP Basketball Commissioner.
In his talk entitled “The Essentials in Between,” Mr. Reyes described the local sport management landscape and the divide that exists between both sport managers and agents. In a sense, managers and agents are both collaborators and competitors. While the manager protects the interests of the club, he must also find a way to establish win-win scenarios with the sport agent, whose primary concern is to protect and advance the interests of his athlete clients. Mr. Reyes also talked about the “dos and don’ts” of sport agencies. He established, based on his decade’s worth of experience, some fundamental guidelines on ethical behavior for both the modern sport manager and agent. Mr. Reyes finished his talk by outlining the responsibilities expected from an athlete in light of his/her existence in this competitive negotiating environment.
In his “Demystifying Sport Contracts” talk, Atty. Rebo Saguisag highlighted the common misconceptions regarding contracts in the field of sports. He explained that “general propositions do not decide concrete cases,” a maxim that is practiced by lawyers worldwide. He also advocates that people behind the writing and implementation of contracts must move towards a simpler rendition to foster clarity. According to him, numerous factors sometimes come into play, starting with the “agency problem” of lengthening contracts for the sheer reason of being able to charge more for legal fees.
Atty. Saguisag proceeded to explain concepts, such as “fiduciary responsibility” and a proper professional attitude when it comes to dealing with sport contracts. He also discussed concepts, such as “taking the battle into one’s comfort zone” and the principles of settlement and mediation in cases of contract violations. Atty. Saguisag then discussed the importance of both knowing the “rule book” as well as the “spirit of the law,” which is often overlooked when the athlete’s welfare is concerned.
The question and answer portion was the highlight of the session, as both Mr. Reyes and Atty. Saguisag imparted their insights given the participants’ specific cases. The panelists agreed that athletes are degraded when referred to as “alaga” instead of as esteemed clientele. In the end, the role of mediation as a positive means to resolve conflicts arising out of disputes between the parties was highlighted as a way to create win-win scenarios for both the side of the athlete and the sport manager or agent with whom he/she has a contract.
The event proved to be a landmark endeavor as the Philippines continues to build its knowledge and skill base in the sporting industry. As more agreements between leagues, teams and athletes are formalized, the roles of agents, managers and contracts will continue to be scrutinized. By following and adhering to guiding ethical principles, SportPhil hopes to be a key contributor and thought leader in the development of mechanisms that will shape the sporting industry of the Philippines into the next century and beyond. By encouraging similar forums, SportPhil looks to continue to shed light into the seemingly complex but exciting frontier of sport management.
THE REAL SCORE, was hosted primarily by the National Center for Mediation (NCM) of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), led by NCM President Mr. Apolinar Aure, as part of their advocacy to influence sport organizations to similarly embrace mediation.
To know more about mediation and how to implement a dispute resolution mechanism in your sport organization, please go to www.mediation.org.ph or email the NCM secretariat: email@example.com to request for consultative meetings.
Now in its fourth year, the annual Mindanao Peace Games vows to continue to go beyond the usual goals of sporting events, as it aims to exhibit empowerment and hope in Mindanao and the entire Philippines through sports.
The Mindanao Peace Games (MPG) started in 2014, through the collection of small dreams and hopes from a handful of university sports leaders of Mindanao. From these small dreams and hopes, small steps were taken. They then invited a few more friends from other schools and asked them to share their hopes and aspirations as well. They found it comforting to know that they shared the same common love for Mindanao and how sports can play an integral role in making it grow more.
From this common love for Sports and for Mindanao sprung the MPG initiative.
The MPG hopes to go beyond the usual sporting events. It aims to break stereotypes. The MPG will be more than just games. The MPG will provide avenues for coaches in Mindanao to gather together and learn from each other. It will also invite partnership with other governing sports associations, bodies and even private individuals. It will seek collaboration with student-athletes and inspire them to be coaches and leaders too, with special focus in Mindanao. It will emphasize the value of sports as means to building communities and achieving peace.
Today, MPG dreams to be a benchmark of sports in Mindanao. It hopes to provide an avenue where student-athletes learn more to be better people, where coaches learn more to be better mentors and where sports directors and coordinators learn more to be transformational leaders.
(1) Women Empowerment, (2) Peace and Community Building and (3) Transformational Leadership are the key messages of the MPG. It hopes to allow female athletes of Mindanao to gain access to more opportunities to play and grow in their craft. It hopes to bridge the gap between communities and mentor student-athletes to embrace the role of community builders and peace advocates. It hopes to emphasize to the sports leaders of Mindanao schools to have a transformational presence in their immediate communities.
The MPG does not aim to compete with other sporting bodies. In truth, it aims to complement other initiatives of genuine reforms in sports. However, the MPG drives that the resources of Mindanao in sports be prioritized to be used in Mindanao to immediately benefit the growth of its sports culture. It also aims to provide a model where other small communities can emulate – organizing coaches, “going beyond sports” initiatives and growing leadership from within.
The MPG aims to grow itself better, exhibit empowerment and be a beacon of what is good and hopeful in Philippine Sports.
Last 2016 games were held in General Santos City. Two new schools took part – the Muslim school of Datu Ibrahim Paglas Memorial College of Maguindanao and the Sebucal National High School, a Lumad school from Oroquieta City.
One of the short term goals of MPG is to have Christians, Muslims and Lumads competing and experiencing sports in an atmosphere that espouses Peace and Collaboration. It finally happened last 2016 in General Santos City, less than 2 years after it started.
This 2017, three universities in Mindanao have signified interest to join the MPG – the University of Southeaster Philippines (Davao), Iligan Medical Center College and the UP Mindanao.
Annually, the MPG adheres to achieve the following:
- At least (1) Coaches’ Forum each year to be conducted in every Region of Mindanao (Region 9 – Zamboanga Peninsula; Region 10 – Northern Mindanao; Region 11 – Davao Region; Region 12 – SOCCSKSARGEN; Region 13 – Caraga; and ARMM);
- Community Sports Clinic to be conducted by every member schools/organization;
- 5-Day MPG Tournament for Student-Athletes;
- Annual Student-Athletes’ Congress (Participated in by Team Captains); and
- Annual Leaders’ Summit and Out of Mindanao Growth Trip
The long term goal of the MPG is to share the template above across Mindanao and create other sports organizations with the above mentioned measurable goals.
We now leave you with a few MPG highlights, showcasing the positive impact of the annual tournament in the region.
Mindanao Peace Games Highlights Oct. 22-26, 2016 , Gen. Santos City, Kalaro. Kaibigan . Kasama.
Posted by Jay Bautista on Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) welcomes interested overseas sporting goods buyers to its international sporting goods show, Taipei International Sporting Goods Show (TaiSPO), happening this March 22 to 25, 2017, in Taipei, TAIWAN. TAITRA is offering hotel and transportation subsidies to interested buyers, subject to certain eligibility requirements.
To apply for subsidies, please provide the following:
- Company profile which include list of sporting goods products being sold and link to company website/social media accounts
- Statement of annual sales of over 100,000 USD
Kindly submit the above information by March 8th to the TAITRA representative office in the Philippines, at 3rd Floor, Pacific Star Building, Sen. Gil J. Puyat Ave. corner Makati Ave., Makati City, Philippines. Call landline at +63 (02) 5517349, fax at +63 (02) 5516827, or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.manila.taiwantrade.com for more info.
Founded in 1970 to help promote foreign trade, TAITRA is the foremost non-profit trade promotion organization in Taiwan. Jointly sponsored by the government, industry associations, and several commercial organizations, TAITRA assists Taiwan businesses and manufacturers with reinforcing their international competitiveness and in coping with the challenges they face in foreign markets.
Enzo Pastor Movie to be Released in 2017
- Enzo Pastor (Photo from Enzo Pastor’s Facebook via Top Gear Philippines)
Carrion Wants to Lower Age Bracket in SEAG for PH Gymnast
- Carlos Edriel Yulo (Photo from his Facebook via ABS-CBN News)
Philippines’ chief de mission to the 2017 Southeast Asian Games, Cynthia Carrion, wants to lower age bracket so that promising gymnast, Carlos Edriel Yulo, can compete. “He’s only 16 but he will be 17 for the Southeast Asian Games and they want only 18 years old,” said Carrion.
Jerwin Ancajas to Defend His World Title Tonight
Anyone is invited to join this webinar for FREE!
WHEN: Monday, January 23rd at 8pm EST (USA)
HOW: When you register you will be sent a link to join, including handouts for the webinar.
PRESENTER: Bo Hanson, Coaching Consultant (4x Olympian and 3x Olympic Medalist)
HOSTED BY: True North Sports
TOPIC: Developing Toughness in Today’s Athletes
Helping Coaches develop resiliency in their athletes has been an area Bo Hanson has been focused on for many years. Mental toughness is not a mythical quality possessed by only a few. It is a teachable skill and there are proven strategies to develop this in your athletes. In this webinar, Bo Hanson will share some of the most important strategies to get right and how to implement them in your program.
A bit more about Bo Hanson…
- He has been working within sport and the business sector for over 20 years, delivering leadership, management and coach development.
- In addition to his own athletic career, comprising of four Olympics and including three Olympic medals, he has worked for many years with coaches and athletes from over 40 different sports, and various countries, to improve coaching strategies and performance.
- His impressive client list includes current and previous National Championship coaches and some of the top programs across the country.
A bit more about your host…
- Your host for this Webinar is True North Sports. Because you are someone important to Athlete Assessments, we wanted to ensure you received your complimentary invitation to attend Bo’s webinar presentation.
- Also, from June 1st to 4th 2017, Bo will be one of the presenters at True North Sports’ Camp Elevate, being held at Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan. Camp Elevate is open to ALL Coaches of ALL Sports at any level.
- Director of True North Sports, Celia Slater says, “This is summer camp for creative, innovative and “people-first” coaches who are committed to their personal and professional development beyond the X’s and O’s of their sport. This is a growing movement of coaches across ALL sports who believe in the power of collaboration and community.”
- Get a valuable taste of the Coaches Camp by attending the ‘Developing Toughness in Today’s Athletes’ Webinar. Register todayto confirm your place.
Mon Fernandez is a PSC Commissioner
Sun Star reports: “Mon Fernandez is one of four Phil. Sports Commission (PSC) commisioners that include Charles Maxey, Celia Kiram and Arnold Agustin.”
Read more here.
Indonesian Fighter Wants a ONE Rematch vs Team Lakay’s Kelly
Wesley So’s Winning Streak Continues
The upcoming Asia-Pacific Conference on Performance Analysis 2017 (APCPAS2017) is going to be held in Langkawi, Malaysia on 18th-20th July 2017 (Tuesday – Thursday). With the theme “Sports Excellence Through Performance Analysis,” the event is targeting local and international P.E. teachers, sport scholars, students, and athletes. The fee is set at USD400 for early bird international participants registration.
Please take note of these important dates:
1st March 2017 – Abstract Deadline
21st March 2017 – Notice of Acceptance
30th April 2017 – Early Bird Registration and Payment Closure
9th June 2017 – Full Paper Submission Deadline
There will also be a one-day certification workshop on Monday 17th July 2017. This is an internationally recognized certificate on performance analysis (ISPAS Level 1 Certificate), targeting coaches. Coaches from the Philippines are invited to participate. The fee of the certification will be USD120 (inclusive of USD70 certification cost). Meals will be provided.
SBP Bids to Host 2017 Seaba Championship
Spin.ph reports that SBP has already “forwarded a formal intention to Seaba organizers to host the competition which serves as a qualifier for the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup.”
Read more here.
NSAs Predict Sea Games Medal Turnout for PH Team
According to a Philippine Star article, “Athletics chief Philip Ella Juico is looking at 10 gold medals but added, ‘many things can still happen from now until the SEA Games.’”
Read more here.
Mindanao Peace Games Organizers to Meet this January
Sun Star reports: Ateneo de Davao University will host the Mindanao Peace Games Leadership Group Meeting on January 16 and 17 at its Jacinto campus.
Read more here.
Dean Siriporn Sasimontonkul of the Faculty of Sports Science at Kasetsart University, in Bangkok, Thailand, earlier announced to sport educators and organizations, Sport Management Council of the Philippines (SportPhil) included, that the 8th Asia-Pacific Conference on Exercise and Sports Science (8th APCESS) 2017 is going to be held on June 14-16, 2017 at Twin Tower Hotel, in Bangkok. This is in conjunction with the 7th International Conference on Sport and Exercise Science (7th ICSES).
The conferences organized by Kasetsart University and Asian Council of Exercise and Sports Science hold an overall theme of “Innovation and Healthy Living for Sustainability.” It will broadly cover various disciplines of sports science, physical activities, health promotion and sports management from fundamental research to real world applications for society sustainability, highlight global interactions and interdisciplinary collaborations among sports scientist, physical educators, health and sport industry experts. The Conference will be divided into substantive sessions and working groups. The abstract submission is currently open. Topics of interest for submission include, but are not limited to:
- Applied Physiology and Exercise
- Athletic training, Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation
- Sports-specific Illness and Injury
- Biomechanics, Gait & Posture
- Nutrition & Ergogenic Aids
- Applied Psychology
- Motor Learning and Control
- Training and Testing, Strength and conditioning
- Coaching, Performance Aspects
- Computer Supported Training and Decision Support Systems
- Innovation for health and sport
- Simulation and Mathematical Modeling
- Health and Fitness
- sport and physical activity for public health
- Epidemiology of exercise and health
- Professional formation for Physical Education and Sport
- Sport Management
- The commercial sector, corporate social responsibility and physical activity for health
- Sport mega events and health
Educators from the USA, Europe, and Asia have been invited to speak, including SportPhil founder Ms. Geraldine Go-Bernardo, who will be talking about “The Philippine Taekwondo Association Experience: Developing a model of sport governance and sustainability for National Sports Associations.”
The 8th APCESS and 7th ICSES in Bangkok, Thailand are inviting local and international sport science and exercise scholars and students. For the official invitation letter, you may download here. For the registration fees and details on how to participate, you may visit here.
For more information, please visit www.apcess2017.kasetsart.org. For any questions, you may also email at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Manila – Cebu – Manila
by Eric Hodgson
On the mid Sunday of the two weeks came a visit to Bahay Mapagmahal, an orphanage in Manila for children with disabilities. There was a small room and 20 or so children awaiting the team along with Adeline who had set up the visit. She was giving back as this was the orphanage she was raised in for 10 years growing up and where she found power lifting.
A rope was strung across the middle of the room, no bigger than an American kitchen, and the children split up on sides and began to play sitting volleyball. The smiles and laughter was almost immediate and more than infectious. The children played, figuring out how to move, how to reach and to be active with their maladies, enjoying every second they could on the court. For these few hours, the game wasn’t a game at all, it was pure freedom. After, the children grabbed instruments and played songs for the team, almost all very proficient in stringed instruments. When Katy Perry’s “Firework” was played the smiles got brighter, knowing Americans would appreciate their offering. What was not lost were the lyrics of the song that somehow added to the freedom they just had playing volleyball:
Do you ever feel like a plastic bag Drifting through the wind Wanting to start again
Do you ever feel so paper thin Like a house of cards One blow from caving in
Do you ever feel already buried deep Six feet under screams But no one seems to hear a thing
Do you know that there’s still a chance for you ‘Cause there’s a spark in you
You just gotta ignite the light
And let it shine Just own the night Like the fourth of July
‘Cause baby you’re a firework Come on show ’em what your worth
Make ’em go “oh, oh, oh!” As you shoot across the sky-y-y
Everyone shook hands and hugged and as the team headed to the car, the entire school gathered in front of the SUV saying goodbye again, making faces and smiling brightly for a few more pictures. For a few hours, the team had made a difference. Tears indistinguishable with sweat ran down faces into smiles as the night closed in and the new week was upon us.
The clinic starting week two was for the Pasay School District and it encompassed roughly 20-25 teachers and coaches. The Director of the district was there to say a few words and introduce the team. He told us he had 65,000 children in his district- 65,000!!! His schools ran double shifts, his coaches made pennies or volunteered but still this day, they sat and learned and became engaged and then went out into the humid heat and played for much of the afternoon. The next day, at the same school many of the coach’s kids came to a clinic for the younger grades and then the older. The coaches used some games and techniques learned the day before and the kids stayed engaged and busy for the entire day. There was supposed to be 50-60 but as stated, earlier, it grew closer to 100 in each session. No matter, the team ran a rope, had games going almost from the start and helped the athletes with technique, feedback and kept everything positive. The Director asked if the team was coming back next year as he wanted to bring more coaches and kids.
The team headed back to Paranaque the next morning to work with the kids from the coaches we had worked with a week before. The kids were as young as 5 and 6 and as old as High School Seniors but there were, as per normal, way more than anticipated. Skills were gone over and we used the older players to mentor the younger ones which they embraced wholeheartedly. They worked on skills with the younger players from attacking and passing to setting and defense. We taught them all sitting and then let them play over a rope in small court games to accelerate touch counts. The coaches from the week before were there and helped, using some of the coaching thoughts they had gathered 7 days earlier.
The team hustled to the airport right after the Paranaque clinic to grab a flight to Cebu, 90 minutes to an island of 6 million. Upon arrival, we met another amazing person who would once again challenge the idea that this is “just a game.” His name was J.P. Maunes and he was the founder and the action behind a group called PADS, (Philippine Accessible Disability/Deaf Services). In just his four months there, JP had gotten the nightly news to add a sign language translator and in the Philippine’s Presidential election, he helped polling places to be more accessible for persons with disabilities to vote, some for the very first time. J.P. was a mover and shaker in this community and yes, he is an upcoming blog as well. He wore a white shirt that said simple, ‘Able Bodied Nation.’
We headed to a local arena in Mandaue City in Cebu the next morning. There we addressed over 70 coaches of Special Education and PWD classes and schools and after some basic coaching thoughts, taught them sitting volleyball to take back to their students. There were several PWD in the gym who had come with some of the teachers or were teachers themselves. What happened for the next few hours was simply magic. These teachers and PWD, mostly men, got on a rope we had set up and with some basic training and rules, let loose. It was obvious that for most if not all, they had not had a physical outlet of fun in a very long time. They served tough, blocked serves, talked smack across the nets and became raucous and totally enthralled. The laughter at one point made J.P. emotional because he hadn’t heard that sound coming from these folks in forever.
The afternoon hosted a clinic for deaf and hard of hearing athletes. Again, skills and play were the norm and then they tried sitting as well, enjoying mixing in with the PWD men who had refused to relinquish their court because they were having so much fun. One of the deaf boys asked to take a picture with Jen and then started crying. We thought he was hurt but he said he was just happy. It’s not just a game…
The next day J.P. got us to a Cebu suburb called Pajo. There we trained more coaches and PWD and deaf and hard of hearing students. The team used the model from the day before putting up ropes to handle the large amount of coaches and athletes. The day we arrived in Cebu, J.P. had brought a couple of his favorite athletes with him and both showed up this day to learn sitting volleyball.
Dexter is in his early 20’s and has an affliction which doesn’t let him use his legs below the knees. He had a wheelchair most of his young life but in the Philippines, there is very little access for PWD. There are rarely ramps into buildings, the sidewalks and roads are uneven and often unpaved. After going through this for so many years, Dexter made an incredible decision. He gave up the wheel chair and began walking on his knees to get around. He has thick rubber pads on his knees, like long volleyball knee pads, and he walks on his knees where ever he goes. He is stared at, he is slow and deliberate but he says he can go where he wants to now and he’s not at the mercy of wheels.
Daisy is also early 20’s with Phocomelia which is an abnormal growth of limbs or a limb, in her case it’s her right leg which is half the size of her normal left and is supported with a crutch. Daisy is beautiful, charming, loves to dance and tried sitting volleyball for the first time this day, helping the littler kids and working through her own learning curve. She never got frustrated; she never gave up and just enjoyed her time on the court. She would shank a serve and smile and ask how she could get better. She is the youngest of 10 kids in her family and despite her life on a crutch, she is a vocal and effective leader in her local community for women with disabilities and works with J.P. to offer more programming and help make their daily lives better. She was an incredible ambassador for the PWD community and hopefully for sitting volleyball for years to come.
One man in a wheel chair who had been at the clinic from early in the morning stayed off to the side and the back of the proceedings, maybe just taking it all in. Toward the afternoon, when the play got louder, he ventured closer to a court. Finally a ball came toward his chair and he scooped it up. He tossed the ball up and served it over the rope to start a rally. He moved a little closer and served again, and again, and again. At one point, a ball came back to him and he stuck his arms out to pass it. He was now into the court and smiling as his team wanted him to serve every ball.
Just a game?
As the day wound down, the deaf students executed a flawless hip hop dance routine and soon everyone, including the team, was involved: dancing, shouting, singing and extolling the virtues of persons with disabilities everywhere and celebrating life. It got to a fevered pitch with everyone in a circle yelling and singing and dancing. Finally, as the song ended, J.P. got in the middle and yelled, “Let’s hear it for PWD!” and the loudest roar in Cebu echoed over the bay.
The final day in Cebu was spent with many of the same folks from the past two days, including Dexter, in Dragon boating, which is a form of rowing in a specific style of boat more common in Southeast Asia than in America. The team grabbed oars alongside PWD’s and we raced into the bay, taking turns at 10 stokes, 20, 30 50 and even 60 at a clip under the barking rhythm of the boat’s leader. Arms burned, the sun was torrid and the water a cool respite, but the men and women on the boat didn’t notice any of it. They were on the water; someplace many of them, as they climbed from their chairs and crutches, probably never imagined they could be. Working together as a unit, the ultimate team, they powered this 20+ seat hopped up canoe over the water, gliding at times through the small breakers and the wakes of the water taxis.
As soon as the team came back to shore, another group, including Ms. Daisy, went out and trained as well. They came back and the team and the rowers all talked and took pictures under a big shade tree by the dock. The group of PWD struggled at times getting in and out of the boat but J.P. built a transitional seat that made it easier. One thing this team member has learned in the past two years is there is nothing the Filipino people can’t do and being around the deaf, hearing impaired and PWD these two weeks, that idea has become concrete. The team gathered together for one last good bye and as we headed toward the van and our flight back to Manila, we saw Daisy, floating in the bay, effortless and peaceful, finding a place where her crutch wasn’t needed, her disability not in play. It was the perfect ending to our Cebu excursion.
Our final day was in the suburb of Tondo. On the outskirts of Manila near the docks, the town and its inhabitants scrounge for survival. They pore over bags of garbage for food, clothing, shoes and anything they can clean up and sell. Poverty is the norm and human trafficking is routine. In the middle of this ‘war zone’ is a purple building called, appropriately, the Purple House which is home to 411 students of Tondo who have to earn their way in with behavior and a commitment to education. They are schooled and fed daily from private donors and corporations. The clinic was only a half day and only for 30 or so of the students. It was played on a slab of green cement that was the size of a basketball 3 point line with a stage behind it, 3 feet higher. Again, the kids managed to figure out how to navigate the skills games we offered and they had a wonderful 4 hour respite from their daily lives. A few times in the past two weeks, the team introduced ‘Queen of the Court’ to the athletes and having never played it before, they devoured it. Tondo was no exception as they continued to play as the team packed up to leave.
One smaller girl who looked to be 9 or 10 was wearing canvas shoes that had such thin soles, you couldn’t help but think her feet must be getting bruised. She jumped around with everyone, played every drill and never complained once, something that is the norm with these amazing kids. You couldn’t help wonder where she had gotten them.
The team, at least the American part, was headed home. It was hard not to realize, while long days and short nights were the norm, just how much work had been done in these two weeks and the ‘Sweepers’ had been the nucleus of the atom. There aren’t enough Thank You’s for these folks that for the second time in two years, have allowed USA Volleyball to come in and change lives, make friends, grow our sport and do something that coaches long to do every day: make a difference. Dina, J.P., Adeline, Jen, Jaemie, Dred, Bunny, Alvin: these are the heroes without capes. The ones that walk past you on the street: everyday heroes.
It’s just a game. When you hear that phrase uttered the next time, stop the person saying it and tell them it’s not. It can be transformational, it can be uplifting and inspiring and educational. It can redirect lives and give confidence to those in need, and reaffirm the honor and dignity of others.
Sadly, some coaches do make it ‘just a game.’ But if you are reading this, you are probably in it for more. It doesn’t ever have to be ‘just a game’ unless you want it to be. You have the ability to transform lives, help facilitate great experiences and raise confidence and self awareness. You, coach, have that power!
It’s not just a game. It can save people.
I know. It’s saved me.
You may watch the USAV in the Philippines video again here:
Eric Hodgson has coached volleyball for the last 18 years and been working with the Arizona Region for the last 13. He was named the Director of Outreach in 2012. Eric is also the Coaching Education Director for the Region and started and ran the Region’s High Performance Program from 2001-2011. He is a CAP Cadre for USA Volleyball and the Grassroots Chairman of USAV. From 1999-2004 he coached Club and High School volleyball and worked with Arizona State University. Eric works summers with Gold Medal Squared Volleyball clinics and has worked clinics in Canada, Sweden, and Germany the past two summers. He is currently a CAP III level instructor for USA Volleyball.