Author: Sydney Williams

The Brave New World of High School Sports

Months after Covid-19 shutdowns overturned our lives, people continue to ask big questions. What’s normal supposed to look like? Which trends are here to stay? In the world of high school athletics, the answers to these questions will prove critical over the coming years. Two trends in particular point to major shifts on the playing field: tighter financial conditions and […]

Practice Planning & Game Preparation (Making Strides Episode 1)

Welcome to the online roundtable series Making Strides. Our debut episode brings together two winning high school football coaches to discuss practice planning and game preparation. Participants: Ryan Goddard, Head Football Coach, Pueblo South High School (Colorado) Jake Novotny, Head Football Coach, Fort Carson High School (Colorado) Hosts: Brian Vecchio, Stride Justin Armour, Stride Segments: “Take us through a typical week.” […]

The Mental Health Crisis

What defines a crisis? How about 1 in 2 high school students feeling hopelessness or sadness—or 1 in 4 experiencing suicidal thoughts.  That’s the latest national data from the CDC. Three years ago, it reported 1 in 3 students feeling hopelessness or sadness, and 1 in 6 having suicidal thoughts, which was up from about 1 in 9 ten years earlier. Anxiety, […]

Overzealous Parenting In Sports

You know you’ve been to a great conference when you can speak freely. An open airing of grievances—as George Costanza proposed in a memorable Seinfeld episode—can be cathartic. The Stride team recently attended the 52nd National Athletic Directors Conference and Exhibit Show, and we were fortunate to share stories with dozens of folks from across the country. One stress point that […]

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