Directors Desk

The following are articles written by the GHSA Executive Director

Spring Season is the Right Time to Emphasize Sportsmanship

For the 2015-2016 school year, Georgia High School Association activities are two-thirds complete. The spring brings competitions in the largest array of sports and activities, from traditional sports like baseball and track and field to emerging sports such as lacrosse.
This last tri-mester of the athletic year brings many challenges, one of which is sportsmanship. Maintaining good sportsmanship is a traditional value that needs a lot of attention at GHSA activities.

Value of School-Based Athletics Worth the Problems

By the time this newsletter is fully distributed to all our member schools, corporate partners and other supporters of the Georgia High School Association, winter sports will have reached their conclusion for 2016. We concluded Team Duals Wrestling in mid-January, Swimming and Diving in early February and the Traditional Wrestling Tournament in mid-February. Literally thousands of student athletes have competed in these championship events. Thousands of spectators have filled venues around the state to watch these events and to cheer on individual athletes and the schools and teams they represent.

"History of GHSA" Contains Some Surprising Facts

As part of an Employee Handbook we are working on in the GHSA office, I recently gave Media Director Steve Figueroa the task of compiling a brief history of the GHSA. Using numerous published resources, he came up with some interesting facts about our organization.

For example, did you know that the GHSA was headquarted in Athens for the first few years? Only after Sam Burke was hired did the office move to its present location of Thomaston.

Reclassification Process Still Far From Finish Line

The Georgia High School Association’s Executive Committee approved a reclassification plan for its 451 member schools on Monday, August 17, 2015 at its regularly scheduled meeting in Macon. The Committee’s action puts in place the frame work for distribution of schools for the next four years (2016-2020).

Here are the basic components of the plan:

GHSA’s Sports Medicine Advisory Committee Re-Energized

Some years ago, the Executive Committee of the Georgia High School Association authorized the formation of a Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC). In the years since, this Committee has been at times active and regrettably inactive. Leading into the fall of 2014, the GHSA renewed its emphasis on the importance of the SMAC and the role it can play in the safety of all athletes. The Committee redefined its mission as well:

How Does Your School Define the Word ‘Success?’

Often times in our complex society, we seek to use the spoken word and or phrases to define terms that may be in conflict with the written word. Different groups and individuals choose to use differing descriptions for the same word or phrase.

One such word that carries multiple definitions is the word “SUCCESS.” As the winter competitive seasons draw to a close, perhaps we should explore the word “SUCCESS” and the phrase “SUCCESSFUL PROGRAM.”

‘New Guy’ Won’t Seek Change Just for Change’s Sake

The winds of change have come to the Georgia High School Association. Subtle changes in long-term tenure began with the retirement of Joyce Kay. Mrs. Kay had been a primary fixture in the GHSA for more than 35 years.

Joyce’s retirement was followed, shortly, by the retirement of Associate Director Dennis Payne, an 11-year administrator in football and baseball.