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To decrease the prevalence of juvenile delinquency and obesity by improving healthy eating and increasing physical activity and, to manage male youth offenders in a more cost effective and efficient ...

To decrease the prevalence of juvenile delinquency and obesity by improving healthy eating and increasing physical activity and, to manage male youth offenders in a more cost effective and efficient manner that delivers better results. In order to diminishing the outbreak of obesity and destructive behavior, the EP Plan’s primary recommendation is to increase the proportion of disadvantaged male youths are matriculating on to post-secondary institutions.

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    The Effective Performance Plan:  A Strategic Sports-based Initiative The Effective Performance Plan: A Strategic Sports-based Initiative Presentation Transcript

    • The Effective Performance Plan: A Strategic Sports-based Childhood Obesity and Juvenile Delinquency Prevention Pipeline Program January 23rd, 2013 Final Edition1
    • AUTHOR STATEMENT Notice to the recipient of this proposal, the information contained herein is considered non-proprietary information, and its release is designed to offer substantial benefit to the New York State Education Department (“NYSED”) and New York State Federation of Secondary School Athletic Association (“NYSFSSAA”), and by extension their state member associations. This material includes descriptions of strategic ideas and tactics derived through substantial research and development efforts undertaken by the Author. Therefore, the use or release of the information contained in this proposal plan for purposes other than an evaluation of its contents as a basis for the development of the proposed programs by the Catholic High School Athletic Association (“CHSAA”), the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (“NYSPHSAA”), the New York State Association of Independent Schools Athletic Association (“NYSISAA”), and the Public School Athletic League (“PSAL”), to be replaced by an instituted NYSFSSAA state single classification championship tournament is otherwise prohibited. Opinions, conclusions, and recommendations expressed or implied within this brief are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of any media concern or, third-party entity. Neither submission by the Author nor the NYSFSSAA’s acceptance of this proposal, in whole or in part, constitutes a binding agreement between said parties. Such an agreement shall only exist among the NYSFSSAA’s associate organizations upon the execution of this planning brief. Cleared for public release; distribution unlimited.2
    • Executive StatementIn order to diminishing the proliferation of childhood obesity and socially destructive behavior, the Effective Performance Plan wascreated to act as a catalyst to increase the proportion of disadvantaged male youths practicing healthier lifestyles and personalgrowth.Purpose - To decrease the prevalence of childhood obesity and juvenile delinquency (misdemeanor offenders) and to reduce thecost burden of obesity related diseases by improving healthy eating and increasing physical activity and, to manage male youthoffenders in a more cost effective and efficient manner that delivers better results for the student-athletes and member schools alike.Background – In a 2008 State Controller published report , it reported that New York State was in the midst of a childhood obesitycrisis. The economic consequence of this crisis in the same year was $242 million in annual costs that are typically categorized asdirect, such as medical costs, and indirect, such as job absenteeism. Poor nutrition and physical inactivity among obese youth arelargely responsible for these costs.In a report delivered by a high-ranking NYPD official to Bronx community leaders and parents in late June of 2012, which he statedthat police have identified 315 youth gangs across the five boroughs. The groups are increasingly recruiting kids in middle school oryounger. And the gangs are not isolated to NYC, areas such as; Schenectady, Wyandanch, Poughkeepsie, Mt. Vernon, andYonkers have seen their communities ravaged by gang activity.Plan– Interscholastic football was chosen to inaugurate this initiative for the following reasons: employs the largest contingent ofparticipants among all high school sports, it requires the necessary physical expenditure to be effective and, is popular among at-riskmale student-athletes, it is the ideal platform because it encompasses all of the components needed to trigger the identified responseto an amended post-season playoff format.Recommendation - The Effective Performance Plan is a multi-faceted proposal program centered around a single recommendation.The primary proposal of the EP Plan is to recommend the reform of the interscholastic football’s post-season format. In detail, theplan calls for reforming the “sport specific” format that governs the post-season playoffs for the four governing athletic associations tocompete independent of each other. This format is practiced by NYS only. The additional recommendations include instituting theVictory Cup that rewards teams and cheerleading squads for academic achievement, of each classification. Lastly, contingent uponthe acceptance of the EP Plan, the four member associations and its member school will be faced with the opportunity to leveragenumerous lucrative marketing and media offers to generate significant revenue. More importantly, the EP Plan requires no funding.Methodology – The amended format would act as a mechanism, creating an atmosphere of urgency, to propel male youths’ toincrease the physical activity through instruction and diminish time after-school idle, as a result of an enhanced competitive level ofinterscholastic football. The anticipated response by the plan’s targeted subject is reliant the acceleration of the individuals’ instinctfor self-preservation. The steady repetition of physical instruction and personal attention will mold and cast time-management skillsand intrinsic motivation. 3
    • Table of Contents  Executive Statement  Purpose Statement  Background  Plan Evaluating Indicators  Plan Recommendations • Plan Recommendation Overview • Post-Season Playoffs Format Reform Plan • Victory Cup Award Program Plan  Plan Supporting Recommendations • Sponsorship Platform Strategy • Active Corporate Sponsors • Strategic Sponsorship Objectives • Media Strategies • Plan Benefits and Cost Savings  Plan Projected Concerns • Plan Limitations and Delimitations  Plan Rationales and Methodology • Post-Season Format Reform Plan Rationale • Post-Season Format Reform Methodology • Victory Cup Award Plan Rationale  Conclusion • Plan Base Points • Conclusion Statement4
    • Purpose Statement The goals and strategies outlined in this plan set forth an ambitious agenda that must be undertaken in order to achieve the vision of having male youths of low socioeconomic means leverage their interscholastic football participation into healthy physical activity and a lifestyle of means. No single individual, organization, agency, community, political jurisdiction, or elected official can bring about such far-reaching changes alone. As a result, "The Effective Performance Plan: A Strategic Sports-based Childhood Obesity and Juvenile Delinquency Prevention Pipeline Program" (EP) is aimed to demonstrate the urgent and clear need for an outcome-driven solution, to counter the disadvantages at-risk male youths’ and their families continuously face. In summary, the EP plan is a formal recommendation, that deliberate action must be in order for the practice of maintaining a healthy mind and body can be woven deeply into the culture and educational philosophy of NYS member schools. While there hasn’t been any direct correlation that connects childhood obesity and juvenile delinquency, idleness is usually credited for aiding the proliferation of both maladies afflicting New York’s youth. It then stands to reason that the number of after-school recreational activity and engaging programs options at their disposable are extremely low—which can likely result to engaging in anti-social behavior and/or, no physical constructive outlet, which allows for havoc to be wrecked on the civil development, physical wellbeing, and fiscal future of New York state. In its report chronicling activity for 2011, The Juvenile Justice Advisory Group (JJAG) reported that juvenile arrests have been trending downward within the City of New York and the surrounding counties, since 2007. And as of recently stated in divergent report, a high-ranking NYPD official addressed community leaders and parents in the Bronx at the end of June 2012, where he stated that police have identified 315 violent youth crews across the five boroughs. He also made mention that; they are continuing to grow unabated and more sophisticated. In the case of childhood obesity, a 2008 report published by State Controller Thomas P. DiNapoli, in it he declared that New York State has a childhood obesity crisis. The economic consequence of this crisis of that same year was $242 million in annual costs that are typically categorized as direct, such as medical costs, and indirect, such as parent job absenteeism. Thus, acting as a mechanism to deliver an efficient method, the EP Plan can provide the prevention, intervention and diversion to counteract physical inactivity and destructive behavior. Concluding with an outcome, that includes with male youths placing a greater importance on maintaining physical fitness and, a greater proportion matriculating onto universities, as a result of the catalyst provided by the EP Plan.5
    • Background During a recent 2010 study conducted by the NFL to identify the leagues’ biggest-producers of players by State, an obvious correlation was found between high total populations and high NFL player totals. Surprisingly, New York is the biggest exception. The third-most populous state isnt represented well in the NFL, failing even to appear in the top 15 of talent production. Interestingly, New Jersey is ranked eighth overall with 55 active players. More disconcerting, in 2014 Super Bowl XLVIII will be played in the nearby Meadowlands stadium and, their is a likely chance that not one player, from either team, will have come from a New York high school. The article’s sources attributed the discrepancy due to the fact that 40 percent of the residents who live in New York City, are from an area not known to produce football players. Under the present sport-specific format, the segregation of the teams is not only exclusive during post-season play but, is practiced during through the regular season. Surprisingly, NY is the only state to operate such a system thus, the standard of competition is uneven between the member schools of each association, worse so, the regular seasons become an exercise of redundancy. Somehow or rather, the discussion has yet to arisen by the member associations nor, the higher administration, as to the merits for operating the nations largest modified interscholastic football league. Beyond incapacitating the development and growth of thousands of its participants, the harsh implications of segregating teams from competing from each other, affects the progress for socio-cultural differences to be bridged, which could alleviate friction among diverse ethnic groups. As a point of reference to better understand the concept of this proposal to create a single classification playoff, the reader should refer to the history of Indiana’s legendary single class basketball state championship format. Once the most notable basketball tournament in the country, with the exception of the NCAA tournament, the Indiana single class tournament enthralled the entire state, and became the fixation for numerous lauded publications and an academy award-winning movie. Then before the 1998 season, the Indiana High School Athletic Association decided to put an end to it all. With an impetuosity and disregard for tradition, the IHSAA assigned the states 382 schools into four classes based on enrollment and inaugurated a tournament for each class. Since the introduction of the class system, Indiana tournament attendance and revenue have plunged. Likewise for Minnesota, where that states storied hockey tournament hasnt been the same since it abandoned its all-comers format in 1992.6
    • Plan Evaluating Indicators Five key indicators have been cited to assess the overall quality of the Effective Performance Plan to reform the post-season playoff format for interscholastic football and, provide NYSPHSAA decision-makers with points of reference to give ongoing feedback and a means to document their assessment of the EP Plan. 1. Complete? Does the proposed plan contain all the required elements? Refer to the annotated outline to see the required parts of the Effective Performance document. 2. Relevancy? Does the problem framed by the EP Plan enable administrators to either build on proposed recommendations? The EP Plan provides relevant evidence and documentable rationales that point to the significance and urgency to reform the football post- season playoff format. 3. Impact? Does the EP Plan have potential to affect positive social change? As detailed on the slide titled Post-Season Format Reform Methodology(see annotated outline), the anticipated results will not only benefit the child, but can translate into the communitys socio-economic development as proof of positive social change. Any attitudinal change and personal growth by the plans targeted audience is contingent upon the plans, as diagramed. 4. Feasible? Can the proposed method of the EP Plan be used to address the targeted problem? The main thrust of the EP Plan is create a sense of urgency, to ensue upon an implementation of the reformed post-season playoff format. As a departure to beginning and ending of the football season, their can be an expected higher level activity of instruction and fitness workouts among the players, while the spring and summer seasons will be occupied participating in 7 on 7 (e.g. Nike, Under Amour) clinics. Thus, reducing the space idle time and inactivity. Ultimately, increased participation and activity reported by member school athl etic departments, as well as those sponsored by apparel companies will serve as early key predictive indicators (KPI) for measuring the initiatives’ feasibility. 5. Validity? Does the EP Plan frame a problem requiring further inquiry? A great number of male youths living in NYS are overweight and obese, while teen on teen violence has claimed more than its share of innocent victims to become more than a cause for alarm. The situation requires radical redress to halt the further rise.7
    • Plan Recommendations8
    • Plan Recommendation Overview What is the overall approach to To create an avenue of opportunity that can amending post-season playoff structure be immediately leverage by at-risk male for interscholastic football? student-athletes statewide. What impact can a reformed post-season A larger contingent of male youths from low- football playoff format have on at-risk income homes could advance to college, male youths, taxpayers, and local small without assuming a financial burden; businesses? taxpayers see the cost-savings in lower health costs; local businesses will from game day traffic and proximity. What will the expansion of sponsorship Unprecedented sources of revenue is all but and media opportunities bring to assured for NYSFSAA member schools, member schools? contingent upon implementation of the recommended reform. What results can be expected from at- The critical time spent after-school can be risk male students, due to a reformed filled with organized instruction beyond the post-season football playoff format? designated season with the emergence of 7 on 7 leagues and clinics; gradual intrinsic motivation will usually take hold upon reinforcement. What ancillary benefits can be derived by Member schools receive critically needed member schools? funding; focus on physical fitness lowers healthcare costs; increased enrollment applications (i.e. Flutie Effect).9
    • Post-Season Playoff Format Reform Plan The central component of the EP Plan is a recommendation for format reform, requesting the four governing athletic associatio ns that constitute the body of the NYSFSSAA. The proposed plan recommends for the New York State Federation of Secondary School Athletic Associations (“NYSFSSAA”) to employ a six-team (6) post-season single-classification state football championship playoffs, over a total of five (5) games. Non-requirement: Classification/League Re-alignment All Sections, Leagues, and Associations, are recommended to retain member school alignments as they pre-existed prior to state post-season format reform. As all previous sectional and league playoffs would continue as a prelude to reaching the state championship playoffs, based upon a member school’s final poll ranking . Plan details: The playoff modification will ensure that two of the six top-rated teams in the state, meet in the championship game. The qualifications for a member school to reach the playoffs will be determined by a final NY Newspaper/Coaches poll -ranking:  The top six (6) at-large teams as determined by a final NY Newspaper/Coaches regular season poll rankings and winning a sectional/league championship will qualify for the state championship playoffs. The final No.1 and No.2 ranked teams concluding section/league playoffs shall hereinafter be referred to as the “seeded position” teams, and will receive a bye an d will play the winners of the quarter final games.PollsThe rankings formula would consist of three components, each weighted equally: a NY Newspaper/Coaches poll team rankings, anaccredited high school football ranking poll (USA Today Super 25, Rivals, ESPNU 50) and, a NY Newspaper/Sportswriters poll tocalculate a team’s overall rating: A NY Newspaper/Sportswriters poll shall be considered the driving poll for determining the top-ranked teams for the playoff At- Large bids, and their rankings are to be released every Sunday evening following the seventh week of regular season play. A NY Newspaper/Sportswriters SCFC poll rankings should not be posted until mid-season, as to minimize bias and, to allow voters to develop a clear assessment for each team that plays a challenging early season schedule. The NY Newspaper/Sportswriters poll rankings, will evaluate strength-of-schedule, team-record and opponent-quality components. A schedule strength of a team could represent games played to date and, the rating strength of those opponents. Determining a teams beginning season strength of schedule ratings (“SoS”) will be determined by calculating a teams’ previous season- ending results and final ranking, results against opponents with high SoS ratings, best/easiest/most favorable and hardest/least10 favorable schedule.
    • Amended Post-Season Playoff Framework North/East Region No.1 Seed Single Classification Federation Championship Playoffs Format North/East Region Winner Semi-Finals 4th Seed Quarter Rd. Quarter Rd. Winner 5th Seed Championship Game 3rd Seed Empire State Quarter Rd. Winner Champion Quarter Rd. 6th Seed Semi-Finals South/West Region Winner No.2 Seed Proposed Schedule of Playoff Games: Date — Quarter-final Game 6th vs 3rd Date — Quarter-final Game 4th vs 5th South/West Region Date — Semi-final Game 2nd vs Qtr. Final winner (Van Cortlandt Park?) Date — Semi-final Game 1st vs Qtr. Final winner (West Point?) Date — Single Class State Championship Game (Syracuse)11
    • Victory Cup Award PlanThe Victory Cup would be given to the varsity teams and cheerleading squads who have accumulated the combined required teamgrade point average at the culmination of the sports season (fall, winter, spring), representing each enrollment classification for eachof the four state associations. It is recommended that the Victory Cup award be underwritten by corporate sponsored, with eachwinning member school team/squad receiving the Victory Cup and a financial gift ($20,000 Distinguished; $15,000 Excellence) tofund student post-secondary academic scholarships and specialized studies. The Victory Cup program is to serve as a symbol forpromoting team academic achievement, sportsmanship among peers, student-athlete well-being, and to bestow honor andrecognition on member schools:The Victory Cup is a two-tiered award program: (1) Distinguished Academic Achievement: This award would be given to theteams/squads who have achieved a combined grade point average of 3.25-4.00. (2) Excellence in Academic Achievement: Thisaward would be given to the teams/squads who have achieved a combined grade point average of 3.00-3.24.The “team/squad” is made up of all team/squad members, who are teammates/cheerleaders of the high school varsity team/squadfrom each of the enrollment classifications; their grades will be combined for the collective team/squad average. The team/squadaverage is to be computed at the conclusion of a competition season. Student-managers should be included as team members.Teams and Squads of the same member school would be accredited separately and neither group would benefit from the efforts oftheir related Team or Squad but, by the merits of their own collective Team or Squad GPA.The grade point average is to be figured on the 4.00 system: A = 4.00; B = 3.00; C = 2.00; D = 1.00. The following is the suggestionof grading periods to be used in each sport in making only varsity teams/squads eligible for academic awards: Fall/Winter/Spring Semester: Varsity Boys/Girls – interscholastic teams; cheerleading squadsIf a member school does not employ the semester grading system or the school administrator desires to use the quarter grades, thenthe New York State Board of Education would accordingly adjust the scoring period.Awarded schools would receive an award cup and/or certificate for each team/squad recognized. Each team/squad member shouldreceive a certificate of recognition. Cheerleading squads should be awarded when actively participating in tandem with an organizedsports team.Special Education Students: At the discretion of the NYSED, Special education students may be or, may not be included in gradeaverages, but can be eligible award recipients. Special education students should be verified as progressing in their indivi dualprogram at the expected rate.Teams/Squads: Varsity team/squad includes all team members in grades 10 through 12 and any 9th-grade student included as anactive member of the high school varsity team at the conclusion of the season in that interscholastic sport. 12
    • Victory Cup Award Framework • Fall • Fall AA • Winter • Winter • Spring A • Spring • Fall • Fall AA • Winter • Winter • Spring A • Spring • Fall B • Winter • Spring • Fall • Fall • Fall C • Winter B • Winter • Winter • Spring D • Spring • Spring • Fall • Fall C • Winter • Winter • Spring D • Spring The Victory Cup would be given to the varsity teams and cheerleading squads who have accumulated the combined required team grade point average at the culmination of the sports season (fall, winter, spring) representing each enrollment classification for each of the four state associations.13
    • Plan Supporting Recommendations14
    • Strategic Sponsorship Objective Today, corporate sponsorship is becoming more and more common among high schools. When did corporate sponsorship begin? It has been around since the beginning of amateur organized and professional sports. Now with interscholastic football gaining more exposure through national tournaments, cable television, and the Internet, it has become very attractive to corporate sponsors. Sponsors view interscholastic athletics as a form of “grassroots sponsorship” because it allows for an opportunity to reach consumers (either as participants or spectators) at the local, community level. Thus, when defining grassroots sponsorship and/or marketing, it is described as efforts focused on reaching consumers or potential consumers at the local level as opposed to targeting consumers on the national level. It is that increased exposure to local community markets that high school football can offer, along with an opportunity for marketers to infiltrate untapped markets, heightens the marketing value and lure. Across today’s sports landscape, interscholastic football is prominent in most American communities, from small rural towns to metropolitan areas, making it common place now to have public and parochial schools interscholastic football teams from states such as California, Florida, Texas, and New Jersey, travel across country to compete against one another. The match-ups include notable student-athletes and coaches who are now publicized through media outlets such as newspapers, television, radio, and internet sites that are devoted entirely to covering interscholastic football. By wielding NY’s unparalleled marketing value as leverage, the NYSFSSAA and its state member associations can insist that corporate partnerships and sponsorship programs messaging be designed to meet specific objectives of the NYSED and local communities. In addition, as interscholastic athletics and activities programs becoming more expensive to maintain, school officials will have to find additional means besides their traditional sources of revenue, such as ticket sales from football and basketball games, team fundraisers, booster clubs, and concession sales, which will not be sufficient to counter the reduction in athletic budgets. Furthermore a major corporate sponsor’s affiliation will provide member schools with a wide range of opportunities to fund new academic programs and upgrade older programs, and improve the prospects of hundreds of male student- athletes to earn scholarships from competitive universities, while minimizing the cost for low-income families to send children from their household to college.15
    • Active Corporate Sponsors16
    • Media StrategiesLocal MarketingDetermining the economic impact the single class state championship tournament will have on the economies of the localcommunities is not a simple proposition.It is the game-day spending totals on items such as parking, food and beverages, team apparel and, in most cases, admission to thegames, which will be the key indicators to be measured.Broadcast MediaNow with the rising television and digital media coverage of interscholastic sports, the demands to capture that younger audience andfamilies by brands take the coverage of high school sports to a new level. ESPNs launch of ESPNU RISE, Cablevision’s launch ofMSG Varsity and, and websites dedicated to high school football highlight a new level of coverage, awareness, and opportunity hascatapulted interscholastic football well beyond the borders of any local town. Being host to the largest media market in the world, noother state can match the might of New York .Online MarketingThrough there online presence (sports and school store page), member schools can develop a database of supporters and followe rsto use as a viable marketing base and, to wield as a potent tool.Social MediaFor the knowledgeable and assertive interscholastic football audience, the social networks (Facebook, Twitter, iHigh, Rivals) are asmuch about interaction as it is about passive information. Often opinionated and discerning, high school football fans love sites thatgive them opportunities to air their opinions and share their views. An ideal venue for customized sponsorships.Mobile marketingTodays young people are exploring many avenues for information but, mobile marketing is the easiest way to reach them today.Personalizing text messages are the best way to gain the attention of teens and adult Smartphone users.Signage bannersBanners placed along the team sidelines, and around the field area, can attract the attention of the target audience. Member schoolmarketing signage offers can include sponsor banners, step and repeat, wind mesh, and fence banners.Student rewardsStudent incentives and rewards program sponsorships are a great way to recognize and promote student achievement.Media guidesBecause media guides are generally customized, thats a bonus for marketers as they look for opportunities that offer high-qualitycontent in a variety of formats—and to expand their brands in ways that have a huge impact on avid football fans. 17
    • Plan Benefits and Cost-Savings Ancillary Benefits: • Local businesses will experience increased foot traffic, resulting in higher in-store sales; parking lots reach full capacity on game day and, bus and train ridership on average volume lines, will likely grow twice the size than usually. • Third-party businesses (wholesalers, parcel delivery, sanitation services) benefit indirectly from the higher level of business activity. • Local advertisement placements will rise sharply in response to higher traffic and neighborhood activity. Cost-Savings: • Disadvantaged male youths’ and their families will be unburdened by the financial obligations of sending a child to college, that would be covered by an athletic scholarship, as the result of NYS interscholastic football being unharnessed competitively. • Eliminating the multiple post-season classification playoffs and championship. Which have become redundant in competition, would provide long-term fiscal relief. • Increased physical activity will stave-off unhealthy habits and reduce obesity related conditions; attention preoccupation will deter the desire of male youths to act out in anti-social manner.18
    • Plan Projected Concerns19
    • Plan Limitations and Delimitations The chance of schedule creep occurring if football stretches proceeds into the beginning of winter sports and/or past the Thanksgiving weekend. • Option – To avoid the season overlapping deep into the winter sports season would be to allow teams to play two games within a 10-12 day period. The surplus of games can be divided into Thursday and Friday night matchups. In addition, the scheduling allows for more pivotal gameday matchups, which would draw large audiences and, result in larger gate receipts and advertising revenue. The danger of increased competition could produce a “have and have-not” effect, that could lead to an uneven playing field among athletically perennial successful and struggling member schools. • Option – The benchmark for success and failure among member schools across the state has not enhanced the prospects of success for teams of member schools, who have fielded less-than successful squads historically. Under a format that enhances competition, the EP Plan can be the catalyst to spur greater achievement but, ultimately the fortunes of most teams is determined by the institutions internal stakeholders and culture. And although large pools of athletic talent can be found in concentrated areas, it is the member schools the socioeconomic status of the student body will above all else usually determine overall factors the well-off and less fortunate. Enhanced competition could trigger transfers by male student-athletes to schools that field dominate football programs. • Option - Current New York State rules and regulations that is in place to police and discourage abuses athletes and coaches, should be efficient enough to carryover to manage any anticipated increase of transfer request by existing student-athletes participating for a member schools organized football team. Most importantly, it is unlikely any program will be able mimic practices of universities of stockpiling talent, when playing time to garner post-opportunities is at premium. Notwithstanding any significant increases in transfers, any preemptive measures made before then, could cause backlash and resentment.20
    • Plan Rationales and Methodology21
    • Post-Season Playoff Plan RationaleIn an effort to induce a competitive urgency into NYS interscholastic football, the mission driving the recommendations for this briefcontains the objective to not only providing an opportunity for male youths who are considered at-risk to obesity or juveniledelinquency but, including, but not limited to, creating a model that insures an incentive for their interscholastic participation in footballand other extracurricular activities is beneficial to the student-athlete.To achieve the objective of enhancing the competition level of NYS interscholastic football set forth, this proposal recommends thefour governing athletic associations that constitute the body of the NYSFSSAA, eliminate the current interscholastic post-seasonfootball playoffs structure, and institute a format used for the boys and girls state basketball championship tournament, with theexception that this brief is proposing for single classification state championship playoffs.Increasing the rigor of competition for interscholastic football in New York will be beneficial to all of the member schools, the students,the faculty, and their communities. The key points and implications for revising the current post-season playoff format:Objectives – Empower young males from low-income urban and rural communities to benefit from their participation in interscholastic football. Increase advocacy and public support for initiatives, policies and legislation that encourages adolescent physically active lifestyles and institutes programs that rewards at-risk male youths from disadvantaged environments for that accept program requirements. Strengthen communication and collaboration among the childhood obesity and juvenile delinquency prevention program, community partners and statewide stakeholders (teachers, coaches, guidance counselors, religious leaders). Implementing the recommended format reform to enhance the competitive level of interscholastic football, which would allow for member schools to receive sponsorship revenue corporate advertisers, can provide schools purchase “wish list” items (technology hardware, services needed for students with disabilities ).Goals - An increased proportion of at-risk male youths leveraging the opportunity to earn a full-athletic scholarship offers, eliminating the financial burden put upon low-income households to provide adequate financial support. An improved interscholastic system that is built around access and, more opportunities for its disadvantaged participants. Ancillary revenue circulated into the economy of local New York communities; local grocer and convenience stores experience increased foot traffic during the regular season, resulting in higher revenue and increased employment; spur local volunteeri sm.22
    • Post-Season Format Reform Plan Methodology The EP Plan contains the implicit assumption that the opportunity exists for disadvantaged male student-athletes to leverage post-secondary options Increased Increasing participation post- incentives secondary Urgent options Motivation Improving Post-Season Increased EP Plan personal Playoff Format Physical Implementation performance Reform activity Measurable Participation Results Enhancing Corporate team sponsorship Incoming classmen will aspire to mimic the accomplishments revenue competition of upperclassmen’s success; in return, their success will strengthen their communities.  Reform = A revised post-season football playoff format would make the sport competitive statewide for the first time. The EP Plan does not require any funding from the NYSED nor, the member associations of the NYSFSSAA  Urgency = A reformed format will trigger the mechanism in each participating male student-athlete, to begin the first projected stage of the EP Plan, which is to increase the practice of healthy physical activity.  Activity = Reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity and juvenile delinquency; enhance competition, create greater post-secondary opportunities for at-risk male youths, and leverage the popularity of the national popularity of football through the introduction of sponsorship activation to generate revenue for member schools.  Objective = The premise of the EP Plan is to help at-risk male student-athletes gain extra motivation , for23 maintaining a healthy active lifestyle and, matriculate to a the college /university level.
    • Victory Cup Award Plan RationaleThe Victory Cup (VC) is a recognition award program plan was created to celebrate distinguished academic achievementdemonstrated by an organized interscholastic athletic team and cheerleading squad, each enrollment classification, from each of thefour athletic association members of the NYFSSAA, which collectively have excelled in the classroom.The mission of the VC award is to integrate interscholastic athletics to team academic achievement and, to recognize the student-athlete as an integral part of the student body, beyond the sports they are active in. With this in mind, the VC program concept isdesigned to support the student-athlete development initiatives of NYSFSSAA member schools and to enhance the quality of thestudent-athlete experience within the context of interscholastic education.In the process of achieving this mission, the VC can be catalyst for initiating the following results:Objectives – A banner for promoting student-athletes’ ownership of their academic, athletic, career, personal and community responsibilities. Assisting student-athletes in identifying and applying transferable skills; fostering an environment that encourages student- athletes to effectively access campus tutoring resources. Promote the respect for diversity and inclusion among student-athletes. An opportunity to develop a testing ground for a wide variety of measures, data sets, methodological approaches, and social conditioning modeling.Goals - Become a powerful vehicle for educators to use, to strengthen student-athletes’ commitment to academic excellence, personal development and team solidarity and; increase academic standards. Leverage initial VC award recognition to incite participants to motivate and encourage their teammates to sustain and/or exceed their GPA average. Increase the number of disadvantaged male and female student-athletes to excel academically, succeed personally, and positively impact their community. Increase boys and girls confidence while improving their literacy in science, technology, and mathematics; this is achieved, in part, through involution, a mentoring model that will empower young adults to mentor younger boys and girls, and all particip ants will learn how to collaborate and "find their voice" by working in teams.24
    • Conclusion25
    • Plan Base Points  Key Plan Base Premises  Focus on fitness – Learning the fundamental motor skills through sport (e.g., flexibility, coordination) can aid in skill development, but can also be transferred to other sports and leisure activities, promoting increased participation and healthy involvement. In a reformed and inclusive implemented format, young athletes will be enabled to enhance both fundamental motor skills (e.g., running, jumping and strength training) skills that could potentially allow them to leverage post-secondary options.  Criminal and/or Delinquent Behavior – A view taken is that, a youth who plays sports are more or less likely to be delinquent, because it could be argued that those kids were more or less likely to be delinquents in the first place. However, it is important to understand the relationship between school-sponsored sports and delinquency to the extent that students’ degree of involvement and attachment to their school deters or encourages them from engaging in delinquent behavior. Prevention strategies such as the format reform recommendation of the EP Plan, succeed when their are positive in orientation and comprehensive in scope.  Matriculation – In large part, the effectiveness of the EP Plan will be measured by the number of low socioeconomic male youths who transition onto universities, as the result of the EP Plan’s of reform. As part of the strategic process of the EP Plan, it is imperative that at-risk male youths be engaged early. It is the principal of the EP Plan sum up as, that at-risk male youths are better served to be enabled with a system and structure to leverage their natural abilities onto greater post-secondary opportunities. As opposed to the option of minimal employment prospects that generally await them, a likely scenario for individual that lacks the skills and training to serve in an financial and technological services-dominated economy and, healthy physical activity.  Policy inaction – After studying the issue for more than a year, the California Interscholastic Federation voted to begin offering title sponsorships for all state and regional championships staged by the federation, beginning with tournaments to be held in 2012. Their next enactment, which theoretical can be considered to compliment the sponsorship provision, the post-season football playoff format was revised so that the best regional teams in California will battle each other to go to the state bowl games. The EP Plan’s reformed NY interscholastic football post-season playoff format recommendation was devised under the precept that member school competition is more equitable on a state-wide basis when schools compete with other schools of similar competitive ability. As many charter schools are created with the original intent of providing a unique and innovative educational experience to its students; one that cannot be matched by the traditional public schools.26
    • Conclusion StatementIn the case of deliberating the recommendations that make up the EP Plan, all points of analysis begin with dissecting its formatstructure and underlying philosophy. What is the value proposition of a system that delivers inefficient incentives year over year?The answer to this question is self-evident and, is the driving force of the EP Plan, because far too many disadvantaged male youths,who may or may not graduate with a diploma, often find themselves surrounding each other, idly loitering on the streets or embeddedin a couch cushion for hours on end, playing video games. Which only too often leads to the onset unhealthy living, recklessbehavior, which in its best case scenario can lead to simply disorderly behavior and, at its worst, and it leads to deadly vi olence.What is needed is a radical shift from “business as usual” to a profound systemic, cross-institutional change that serves at-risk maleyouths’ needs and capitalizes on their strengths. This shift in change is the underlying philosophy of the EP Plan which is defined asthe idea that student-athletes who compete at an elite level tend to spend more participating in preparation drills and film study duringthe season to ensure a positive outcome on game day. This pattern of behavior and routine tends to influence other facets of theirlives and, has positive long-lasting effects into adulthood. Over the course of this period, the selective peer group is credited forpromoting and reinforcing behaviors that the wider society rewards (competitiveness, teamwork, persistence, sacrifice, etc), the othercomponent usually driving this behavior is the social connections that athletics participation promotes.Important tenets of the EP Plan include the following: Reduce poor academic achievement and truancy; improve the lack of positive peer influence; lack of school involvement; and high levels of violence. 1) Increase the proportion of disadvantaged male youths’ who are physically active; 2) increase perception of obesity as a public health risk, and 3) increase the consideration for healthy food choices. Designing the EP Plan to ensure that interscholastic football participants get the benefits of more competition by proposing the post-season format reform, and making sure that each player and, NY high school football as a whole makes measurable progress.Winning the fight against childhood obesity in low income, minority ethnic communities will depend on policy makers and publi cservices desire to change the social and physical environments in which these communities exist. This plan should serve as a criticalstep toward eliminating the barrier to opportunity for at-risk male youths.27
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