Jamestown Athletics report lays out what is and is not working (UPDATED)Jamestown, ND (WDAY TV) -- Jamestown is tired of seeing its high school sports teams lose. And parents, players, Coaches, and the school are ready to do something about it.
Jamestown, ND (WDAY TV) -- Jamestown is tired of seeing its high school sports teams lose. Parents, players, coaches and the school are ready to do something about it.
Grugel: "Unfortunately I think we are getting used to losing around here."
Gene Grugel's been watching son Jace focus on football for years. He says it's time for his son's school's sports to see more success.
Grugel: “It does get frustrating taking on the bigger schools all the times, and all the advantages they have over us."
He's not the only one noticing. A committee took a year to put together this report. Saying what's working with Jamestown's school sports, and what's not.
Robert Toso (Superintendent): “We need to do more with training, things like weightlifting, speed and acceleration."
The superintendent says the reason for this 350 page report is they can't only focus on academics all the time and leaving athletics behind. They want to make sure to strive to be better in both areas.
Toso: “I wonder sometimes if we lost that focus in activities, that pushing to always be better."
To Grugel, poor program development is leading to fewer players pushing to keep playing through high school.
Grugel: "I think improving the program starts when the kids are young."
But one of the biggest bullet points: surveys say there's poor communication between coaches and players.
Toso: "One of the things we continue to try and stress is professional development activities for our coaches."
So the school's coming up with a detailed plan of action. Because for them; sports are about far more than winning.
Toso: "They get some tremendous experience out of there, whether its goal setting, taking care of yourself."
The committee will present its plan at the end of February. From there, the school's going to set a timeline, delegate tasks, and possibly set aside funding.
UPDATE: A clarification to a story we brought you last week: A committee in Jamestown released a report on what is working with high school activities and athletics and what needs work. The report states leadership, communication, speed and weight training need work. Communication between players and coaches is not a concern.