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11-Point Checklist: AD Readiness for Fall Sports

Clay Burnett

As an athletic director, your list of demands, responsibilities, and requirements is exhausting. This summer must hire coaches, clear athletes, inform parents, and prepare venues... and those are just a few to-do's on your list.

The time commitment and communication requirements are daunting, but every year you do it. And, education-based athletics will continue to thrive based on the herculean efforts of people like you.

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How to Manage the End of Year Process More Effectively

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With the school year coming to a close, you want to be certain you can enjoy summer break without leaving behind any loose ends. Collecting unpaid fees, tracking down missing equipment, and preparing for spring sports banquets can add a lot of stress to your day if you aren't prepared.

Don’t let the end of the school year wear you down. With proper planning and the right tools, you can complete end of year processes in less time, and reduce risk of errors. To create a smoother process, let’s start with your biggest issue.

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Problems with Managing Student Registration On Your Own

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If you’ve recently decided to manage your school’s student registration, you might be thinking, “It can’t be that hard, right?”. 

Managing student registration on your own takes a lot more work than you may believe. It’s a time consuming job and often takes just as much time as having a secondary, part-time job. This can be taxing if you already wear a few hats, and we’re sure you do!

If you don't have any experience with an online student registration system, it can be overwhelming. What information is required? How will that information get where it needs to go? Is the information secure? Can the parents keep it up to date? These are all questions to ask yourself if you're considering managing student registration.

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Top 5 K-12 Online School Registration Problems and Solutions

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If you're considering the purchase of a new K12 online school registration system, you're probably experiencing problems with your current system.  

The purpose of this article is to address, with full disclosure, the five most common problems associated with K12 online registration systems… but we won't leave you there. We'll also discuss the causes of these problems and how you can avoid them. In the spirit of full disclosure, you can prevent these problems by identifying the right issues and asking the right questions. 

At FinalForms, we are passionate about best practices in data management. In fact, it is our mission to empower educators with the answers and data they need in real-time. Oftentimes, the 4,500 schools that rely on our team see us as a trusted resource more than just a vendor. Don’t just take it from us, listen to our customers talk about FinalForms.

With that being said, we’ve gained a deep understanding of what works and what doesn't when it comes to K12 online registration systems. We share this information with you in hopes that you'll never end up dealing with these issues, or you can pivot quickly should they arise. 

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Why do it? Leadership Training at the NADC

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This year, the National Athletic Director Conference will be back for in-person attendance in Denver, Colorado December 10th-14th at the Colorado Convention Center.

With 2,000 attendees, 40 workshops, 52 courses offered, and more than 300 exhibitors in attendance there is a lot to do at the NADC.

With all of these exciting opportunities, registering for the Leadership Training Institute is one item that needs to be on your list of things to do.

So, what is LTI and why should YOU sign up for it? Continue reading for more information.

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Why go? 30 days 'til the National Athletic Director's Conference

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It's an opportunity to meet people, to learn, and to have fun!

Attending the National Athletic Directors Conference can broaden your network, deepen your understanding of current issues, and introduce you to new concepts and best practices.

Done right, you'll return home with a positive, energetic, and motivated outlook. Whether you're a conference rookie or a seasoned veteran, we thought we would share a highlight reel of reasons to attend.

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7 Simple Steps to Streamline Your Athletic Clearance Process

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It’s never been more important to make sure only eligible athletes suit up and take the field. Fielding ineligible players comes with serious penalties at the department, district, and state level; not to mention the public relations and legal nightmares. Unfortunately, "eligibility" this is becoming increasingly complex due to evolving, required consent, compliance, and waiver forms. 

Suffice it to say that Athletic clearance is complex — and it’s even harder when you're relying on outdated systems. That being the case, optimizing athletic clearance needs to be a top goal for every district in order to keep kids safe and avoid negative outcomes. 

With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the ways you can streamline your athletic clearance process and ensure only eligible athletes play.

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Top Tips for Talking to Parents About Tech

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Technology impacts every area of life — including transportation, education, communication, and work.

The importance of using technology in schools is evident as digital solutions are improving classroom and administrative efficiency, driving better learning experiences, and lowering operational costs. 

And yet, you probably know some folks who prefer the old-fashioned approach to learning with paper, pencils, and chalk boards. In order to make a successful technology transition, you'll need to get buy-in from these folks.

The good news is that it’s possible to boost buy-in and prevent pushback by talking with parents. Investing a few minutes to discuss the benefits and opportunities technology affords pays dividends over the school year – and increases trust amongst your key stakeholders. 

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