Incentive plan for prep coaches

Incentive plan for prep coaches

Regardless of the day, when you pick up a morning News-Gazette, you will see fewer basketball box scores in the paper than there were prep games played the night before.

This shouldn't be a given, but it is a fact..

At a newspaper where I formerly worked, the sports editor had a policy that discouraged coaches from being forgetful or derelect in their duties. When a result wasn't reported, in the same roundup with all the games that were reported would be a note like this: "No information is available on the game between School A and School B because the coach (insert name here) didn't report the results."

It was an embarrassment to the schools and individuals involved and I rarely recall it happening a second time; at least not at the same school.

That was back in the 1970s. This is a new era, but with the same undenyable truth. Some coaches just don't understand the importance of reporting ALL results, win OR lose, home OR away.

I have a plan. In some cases, it will even save schools some money. Wouldn't we all be in favor of that in this time of severe belt-tightening?

I'll pick some monetary examples that are easy to work with so that the example can be extremely clear.

Lets say the basketball coach at School X is to be paid an increment of $3,000 for a particular season. Lets also say that his school has 30 games on the schedule. That computes to an average of $100 per game.

Wins and losses are often outside of a coach's control, so the incentive plan has nothing to do with the outcome of games. It is 100 percent related to reporting results. If a coach reports 27 of 30 games, he (or she!) will be docked $100 for the three missing games.

It seems to me like if you start affecting what's in a coach's wallet or purse, they will become more diligent in reporting results. It's not like the old, old days when the only option was to spend time on a phone calling the information in to the newspaper while spelling practically every name.

Coaches can still use that option, if they really want to, but with a push of a button they can hit send on a computer email screen or a fax machine and be finished with their responsibility within a few seconds.

The newspaper gets the results. The reader gets to read the results. And, the coach gets all of his (or her!) increment.

Isn't that a win-win-win situation?

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Wenalway wrote on February 15, 2010 at 2:02 am

The News-Gazette should be a lot more worried about getting the names in the box scores right. Fix that problem; then you can start working on fines for coaches.