RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK — The North Carolina High School Athletic Association held its fall 2013 Coach-Captain Retreat the weekend of October 12-14, the 33rd in the history of this program.
The event, part of the Association’s Student Services program, was held at the Radisson RTP and attracted students from all over North Carolina.
Retreat teams include student-athletes who will be captains or leaders of their athletic squads in the coming year, a coach from the school and a parent representative. The retreats are designed to promote the concept of “teamwork.” Issues such as leadership development, alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, violence prevention strategies and academic success are addressed at these retreats, the first of which was held in the spring of ‘95.
The retreats are designed to help student-athletes define leadership qualities, identify key issues that affect them, learn to communicate effectively with other students and adults about these issues, and then to understand what captains can do to use their influence to prevent problems and promote healthy lifestyles.
“The Coach-Captain Retreat is just one example of the tremendous programs offered through the NCHSAA for our member schools,” said Davis Whitfield, commissioner of the NCHSAA. “Our staff and the facilitators do a great job of developing the content for the retreats and coordinating the activities, so this program will reach schools and student-athletes all over the state.”
Facilitators included the following NCHSAA Student Services Trainers: Faye Corbin, teacher and coach at Hope Mills South View High School; Teresa Coleman, teacher at Bladenboro Middle School and Central SASI director; Mike Greene, teacher and coach at North Wilkes High School; Shelba Levins, teacher and athletic director at Woods Charter School; and Larry Ratliff, teacher and coach at Southern Guilford High School.
Coach-Captain retreats are organized and administered by NCHSAA assistant commissioner Mark Dreibelbis and assistant director Chiquana Dancy.
“Student Services is the ‘value-added’ division of the NCHSAA,” said Dreibelbis. “The Coach/Captain Retreat emphasizes the responsibility of student-athletes to take their leadership skills and implement programs promoting positive life skills and total development through athletics to both their school and community. Having the opportunity to develop these initiatives and assist in their implementation is what Student Services is all about. Our programs make a difference and create winners for life.”
Teams always conclude their retreat experience by developing an action plan, to be taken back and executed in their local school. Among the components of the action plan could be bulletin boards in the school, public service announcements for the school intercom, a community service project, a special newsletter for student-athletes or other school/community ideas generated by the team itself.
In addition to the staff, there were 98 participants in the retreat, with a total of 71 student-athletes and 27 adults attending. The adult total included 17 coaches or administrators and 10 parents of athletes.
Teams at the retreat represented the following 15 schools: Alexander Central, Ayden-Grifton, Claremont Bunker Hill, Matthews David Butler, McDowell, Charlotte Myers Park, North Wilkes, Cary Panther Creek, Graham River Mill Academy, Rockingham County, South Brunswick, Weldon, West Brunswick, West Carteret, and Chapel Hill Woods Charter.