At the Helm- A guide to sailing the Club Sports Waters

Ahoy Pirates!

Spring Semester is in full gear and as we approach spring break, we wanted to provide an update on all the happenings of clubs sports before all you guys take off for vacation!

Results

1-     After dropping the first two games of the regular season, the Club Baseball team has once again put the entire country on notice, dominating their last six to run out to a 6-2 record to begin their title defense.  The Diamond Bucs posted a 10-2, 3-1, 13-2 series sweep over the Blue Storm of Macon State, followed by a sweep of Virginia Tech.  For his efforts against the Hokies, Brian Burgess was named the NCBA National Player of the Week.  In three games against a tough Virginia Tech team, Burgess went 8 for 10 with 2 doubles, 2 HR’s, 7 RBI’s, 5 Runs and 2 walks.

2-      The Golf Club got back to their usual antics, posting another tournament win this past weekend.  The Citadel, Kentucky, USC and Clemson all fell victim to the two time defending national champions.  Tom Duty fired a tournament low 71, while Jonathan Hockaday finished 2nd with a 76.

Nuts and Bolts

Let’s examine some of the more important topics right now in Club Sports.

1- Budgets – The budget process is about to undergo a major overhaul.  Starting this spring for the budget requests, you will now be required to both submit a budget and make a presentation justifying the reasoning behind it.  The due date for budgets is March 27.  After the 27th, you will receive a 10% deduction.  After April 3, you will not receive a budget for the fall!  Remember, if you do not make a presentation to the Club Sports Staff, you will not receive any allocation!  When you submit your budgets in March, you will have an opportunity to sign up for a presentation time slot.  We are encouraging two to three members to be involved in the justification process.  More details will follow soon.

2-   Website and Results – Whenever you guys have a game, event, workshop and/or show, then you need to send the results to Brent Wynne at your earliest convenience.  We are trying to keep your websites up to date with the latest information on how you guys are doing, but we cannot do this without a little cooperation on your part.  If you get an email soliciting you for results, please respond in a timely fashion.  Also, take a moment to review your respective websites and let us know if there are things you want us to add or subtract.  If you have pictures, please send them to wynned03@students.ecu.edu!

3-    Marketing – We have seen an absolute explosion in the amount of marketing requests that we have taken on this year for club sports.  We are thrilled that you guys are starting to take advantage of such an incredible resource.  Keep in mind, marketing requests take a minimum of two weeks to complete, so you all need to plan accordingly.  For example, if I know my club needs T-shirts and designs for a show in April, then I need to have that marketing request in sometime in early March.  You give our marketing team a week’s notice, they’re good.  If you give them two weeks, they’re great.  If you give them a month, they’re unstoppable!

4-   Workshops – You guys have done a good job attending the mandatory workshops during the Spring Semester.  We still have two Sportsmanship Series remaining.  The dates of those are March 22 and April 11.  Remember, at least one member of your club has to attend one of these presentations in order to receive credit for attendance.

5-  Website Reconstruction – If you haven’t yet noticed, the club sports website has received a major face lift.  We have gone in and deleted over 200 pages and tried to direct most of the traffic back to the homepage.  Instead of having your individual game results, practice schedules, contacts and photos on each individual page, we now will house all this information on the home page under several master documents.  If you have some time, go take a look at the changes at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-studentaffairs/crw/programs/club_sports/index.cfm.

Upcoming Events/Important Dates

Feb. 23                       Leadership/Coaching feat. Coach McNeil       Hendrix          5:00 pm

Feb. 25                        Women’s Rugby vs UNC       NRC #2             1:00 pm

Feb. 25                        Women’s Volleyball T.          SRC 3&4          9:00 am

Feb. 25                        Swim Meet                                     Minges             Noon

Feb. 25-26                Frisbee Tournament             NRC 3-7          9:00 am

Feb. 26                        Women’s Soccer vs NCSU/UNC NRC #1      11/1/3

Gray’s Anatomy

For this week’s edition of Gray’s Anatomy, I simply want to say thank you to all of you that have worked so hard during this transitional time in Club Sports.  We have really thrown the kitchen sink at you, and we couldn’t have imagined a better reaction.  We know that being an officer can be very stressful at times and that we have contributed to that stress by raising our standards of you.  However, I hope each of you can see the real value in what we are trying to do here.

I thought Brent Falcon at the start of the year meeting said it best when he said that running a club sport is the basically like running a small business.  Folks, you are all business owners in a lot of ways!  Being able to budget, schedule, run practices, coordinate trips, etc., are all desirable skills that will look really great on your resumes one day!

So when you having a bad day because of the laundry list of things you have to do for your clubs, remember that all that hard work is truly going to pay off one day.  So keep your heads up, and continue to move forward no matter what we or anyone else puts in your path.  You guys are the future leaders of tomorrow, and we fully expect that you will act like that today!

Go Pirates!!!

Too-da-loo-

Gray

Weekly Quote-

“Without self-discipline, success is impossible, period.”

~Lou Holtz~


					

At the Helm- A guide to sailing the Club Sports Waters

Ahoy Pirates!

Can you believe that we are almost done with the first semester!?  It seemed like just yesterday we were having the Start of the Year Meeting and now we are approaching the End of the Semester Meeting!  There are a few items that we need to discuss in order to best prepare you all for the Spring Semester, but first let’s take a look at some recent results.

Results

1-     Apparently the Golf Club doesn’t like to share!  This past weekend, the Pirates traveled to Pinehurst, NC and returned home with their second consecutive national championship!  After winning the national title in the spring, ECU followed it by defeating second place Dayton by five strokes.  As a team, the ECU Golf Club posted a 759.  It was followed by a 764 from the Flyers, 775 from UNC-Wilmington and 780 from Virginia.  Individually, Trey Harris, Tom Duty and Jonathan Hockaday all made the All-Tournament Team for their stellar efforts.  This national championship marks the third in the last five years for the Pirates.  Way to go fellas!

2-      The Club Paintball team traveled to Lynchburg, VA over the weekend to compete in the NCPA’s second Mid-Atlantic Coast Conference event.  In a tremendous showing, the Pelting Pirates finished 3rd out of 18 teams!  Because of their efforts, the Pirates are now ranked #7 in the country out of 65 teams.  Let’s GO!!!!

3-      Club Wrestling successfully hosted their first ever home event in the Student Recreation Center this past weekend.  They welcomed Longwood University out of Virginia.  Fielding only four wrestlers, the Pirates fell 33-10.  However, the Pirates won half of the matches they wrestled in!  With many more meets to come and more Pirates preparing to take the mat soon for the first time in their collegiate careers, things are looking up for the ECU Wrestling Club!

Nuts and Bolts

We are thrilled with the progress that many of you have made this year.  We really raised the bar with the numerous amounts of workshops and the many compliance items, but the majority of you have really responded like true champions by measuring up to our higher standards!  Let’s for a minute review some of the “Points of Emphasis” for this school year.

1- Drivers – For the first time in two years, we aren’t conducting last minute workshops to get people certified to drive for the upcoming weekends.  This is a tribute to you guys and getting your people to one of the many workshops that we offered this semester.  Remember, if you didn’t travel much this semester but have plans to travel next semester, you will need to get your people to one of the five driving workshops that will take place starting in January.  The dates of these workshops will be announced soon.

2-   Website and Results – Whenever you guys have a game, event, workshop and/or show, then you need to send the results to Brent Wynne at your earliest convenience.  We are trying to keep your websites up to date with the latest information on how you guys are doing, but we cannot do this without a little cooperation on your part.  If you get an email soliciting you for results, please respond in a timely fashion.  Also, take a moment to review your respective websites and let us know if there are things you want us to add or subtract.  If you have pictures, please send them to wynned03@students.ecu.edu!

3-    Marketing – We have seen an absolute explosion in the amount of marketing requests that we have taken on this year for club sports.  We are thrilled that you guys are starting to take advantage of such an incredible resource.  Keep in mind, marketing requests take a minimum of two weeks to complete, so you all need to plan accordingly.  For example, if I know my club needs T-shirts and designs for a show in December, then I need to have that marketing request in sometime in early November.  You give our marketing team a week’s notice, they’re good.  If you give them two weeks, they’re great.  If you give them a month, they’re unstoppable!

4-   Workshops – During the spring semester, we will be hosting or partnering with different groups to bring you a wide variety of workshops.  These workshops will include but are not limited to; sportsmanship, club sports roundtable, business, driving, leadership, coaching, etc.  Stay tuned on the dates for all of these events as you will be required to attend a portion of these!

Upcoming Events/Important Dates

–          Nov. 12                Women’s Rugby vs Elon    1:00pm NRC #2

–          Nov. 12                Ice Hockey-UNC-W   4:30pm Bladez on Ice

–          Nov. 12                Wrestling vs Radford/JMU   2:00pm SRC Courts 3 and 4

–          Nov. 12                Men’s Soccer vs Longwood   2:00pm Soccer Stadium

–          Nov. 12 & 13        M&W Lax Tournament  9:00am NRC 3-6

–          Nov. 13                Softball vs NCSU   10am/Noon/2pm Softball Stadium

–          Nov. 13                Women’s’ Soccer   1:00 pm Soccer Stadium

–          Nov. 13                ISHA Equestrian Show    9:00 am Vanceboro-Cottonwood Farm

Gray’s Anatomy

For this week’s edition of Gray’s Anatomy, I simply want to say thank you to all of you that have worked so hard during this transitional time in Club Sports.  We have really thrown the kitchen sink at you, and we couldn’t have imagined a better reaction.  We know that being an officer can be very stressful at times and that we have contributed to that stress by raising our standards of you.  However, I hope each of you can see the real value in what we are trying to do here.

I thought Brent Falcon at the start of the year meeting said it best when he said that running a club sport is the basically like running a small business.  Folks, you are all business owners in a lot of ways!  Being able to budget, schedule, run practices, coordinate trips, etc., are all desirable skills that will look really great on your resumes one day!

So when you having a bad day because of the laundry list of things you have to do for your clubs, remember that all that hard work is truly going to pay off one day.  So keep your heads up, and continue to move forward no matter what we or anyone else puts in your path.  You guys are the future leaders of tomorrow, and we fully expect that you will act like that today!

Go Pirates!!!

Too-da-loo-

Gray

P.S. – Don’t forget to log your workouts for the Pirate Fit program by going to http://www.ecu.edu/cs-studentaffairs/crw/programs/fitness/index.cfm.  You can win an iPad so what are you waiting for!

Weekly Quote-

“The strength of the group is the strength of the leaders.”

~Vince Lombardi~


					

At the Helm- A guide to sailing the Club Sports Waters

Ahoy Pirates!

We are off and running for the 2011-2012 school year!  We wanted to take a few moments of your time to get you all caught up on what’s happening currently in the club sports world.  For starters, we would like to welcome back the Brazilian Jiu Jit-Su and Triathlon Clubs!  We missed you guys and our glad you are a part of our team once again!  In addition to them, we are very excited to have Water Polo as an official sport club for the very first time in the school’s history!  So on behalf of the Club Sports staff and the other 40 club sports, we would like to say WELCOME!

Let’s take a look at some recent results:

Results

1-      With solid showings in both of their tournaments this season, the Golf Club has already qualified for the national tournament that is held during the fall semester.  Coming off a national championship in the spring, the Club Pirates look poised for yet another run at the national championship.

2-      Club Paintball posted a respectable 4th place out of 12 teams in a tournament held in late September.  After finishing 9th at the national tournament a year ago, the Pelting Pirates have continued to build their momentum.

3-      For the first time in the club’s history, the women of the Waterski Club have qualified for regionals!  The Skiing Pirates traveled to Greenwood, SC for the Clemson Fall 2011 Tournament where they competed against eight other teams from up and down the east coast.  In the end, the girls managed a strong second place finish and a spot in the upcoming regional tournament. The girl’s team placed second for slalom skiing and third for trick skiing and 6th for jumping. Maryellen Cain placed 7th overall in slalom out of 18 girls and Kaitlyn Ross placed 4th overall. In trick Cain placed 8th out of 16 girls, Ross tied for 4th place and Ashley Watson placed 13th.  In jump Kaitlyn Ross placed 6th out of 10 girls.

Nuts and Bolts

We are thrilled with the progress that many of you have made this year.  We really raised the bar with the numerous amounts of workshops and the many compliance items, but the majority of you have really responded like true champions by measuring up to our higher standards!  Let’s for a minute review some of the “Points of Emphasis” for this school year.

1-      Advisors – We are nearly 100% compliant in this area and we couldn’t be happier!  Finding an advisor may have been an arduous task for some of you, but I really hope you ALL see the value in uncovering a quality person to fill this position.  This person is in place to help you make those tough decisions as well as serve as an anchor for your club as it transitions year to year with new officers.  For those of you that still do not have an advisor, you need to make an appointment to meet with Gray ASAP in order to keep operating on a day to day basis as a club.

2-      First Aid/CPR –Wow!  What a turnaround!  Last year at this time, we were barely 10% compliant across the board with First Aid and CPR.  Presently, we are operating at about 90% compliance!  We really appreciate the effort you guys have put into getting people in to get certified or providing us with copies of those who currently hold certification.  Remember, your club needs AT LEAST two members to be certified in both First Aid and CPR.  If you still do not have two, then you need to make arrangements to have that done as quickly as you can.  Remember, the SRC offers classes in both first time certifications and re-certifications.  You can find more information about those classes by visiting http://www.ecu.edu/cs-studentaffairs/crw/programs/safety_services/firstaid.cfm

3-     Rosters – This is another item that we’ve done an outstanding job with as a whole.  Just as a gentle reminder, remember to turn in all of your white and yellow forms to Stephen Tucci as soon as you turn in the roster in excel.  Remember, a person isn’t technically on your roster until they have filled out ALL of the liability paperwork.  If you were to be caught using a player that hasn’t finished this process, then your club could be subject to penalties.  That’s the last thing we want to do, so work with us here!

4-    Drivers – For the first time in two years, we aren’t conducting last minute workshops to get people certified to drive for the upcoming weekends.  This is a tribute to you guys and getting your people to one of the many workshops that we offered this semester.  Great job on this one people!

5-   Website and Results – Whenever you guys have a game, event, workshop and/or show, then you need to send the results to Brent Wynne at your earliest convenience.  We are trying to keep your websites up to date with the latest information on how you guys are doing, but we cannot do this without a little cooperation on your part.  If you get an email soliciting you for results, please respond in a timely fashion.  Also, take a moment to review your respective websites and let us know if there are things you want us to add or subtract.  If you have pictures, please send them to wynned03@students.ecu.edu!

6-    Marketing – We have seen an absolute explosion in the amount of marketing requests that we have taken on this year for club sports.  We are thrilled that you guys are starting to take advantage of such an incredible resource.  Keep in mind, marketing requests take a minimum of two weeks to complete, so you all need to plan accordingly.  For example, if I know my club needs T-shirts and designs for a show in December, then I need to have that marketing request in sometime in early November.  You give our marketing team a week’s notice, they’re good.  If you give them two weeks, they’re great.  If you give them a month, they’re unstoppable!

Upcoming Events/Important Dates

–          Oct. 21 Men’s Soccer vs NCSU 7:00 pm NRC 1

–          Oct. 22 Women’s’ Rugby vs Va Tech 1:00 pm NRC2

–          Oct. 21 Ice Hockey-Life U 7:30 pm Bladez

–          Oct. 22 Ice Hockey-Life U 4:30 pm Bladez

–          Oct. 22-23 Purple Haze Softball Tournament Sara Law Complex

–          Oct. 23 Women’s Soccer vs Longwood and UNC 11/1/3pm NRC1

Gray’s Anatomy

For this week’s edition of Gray’s Anatomy, I simply want to say thank you to all of you that have worked so hard during this transitional time in Club Sports.  We have really thrown the kitchen sink at you, and we couldn’t have imagined a better reaction.  We know that being an officer can be very stressful at times and that we have contributed to that stress by raising our standards of you.  However, I hope each of you can see the real value in what we are trying to do here.

I thought Brent Falcon at the start of the year meeting said it best when he said that running a club sport is the basically like running a small business.  Folks, you are all business owners in a lot of ways!  Being able to budget, schedule, run practices, coordinate trips, etc., are all desirable skills that will look really great on your resumes one day!

So when you having a bad day because of the laundry list of things you have to do for your clubs, remember that all that hard work is truly going to pay off one day.  So keep your heads up, and continue to move forward no matter what we or anyone else puts in your path.  You guys are the future leaders of tomorrow, and we fully expect that you will act like that today!

Go Pirates!!!

Too-da-loo-

Gray

P.S. – Don’t forget to log your workouts for the Pirate Fit program by going to http://www.ecu.edu/cs-studentaffairs/crw/programs/fitness/index.cfm.  You can win an iPad so what are you waiting for!

Weekly Quote-

Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records.
-William A. Ward

At the Helm- A guide to sailing the Club Sports Waters

What’s happening!

Ahoy Pirates!  A lot has gone on in the club sports world since we last visited together.  Let’s take a look at a few notable highlights below!

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1-      On June 2, the ECU Club Baseball team captured their first ever national championship by defeating Florida State in the NCBA World Series Title Game 10-3.  Outfielder Maurice Mackey was named the tournament’s “Most Valuable Player,” as he hit an amazing .429  with two triples, 10 RBI and nine runs scored.  The Pirates finished their dream season with an overall record of 29-8.  In addition to a World Series crown, the diamond bucs produced four all-americans and 10 all-region players.  This is the second  year in a row that ECU has led the country in All-American and All-Regional athletes.

2-      Congratulations to the Golf Club team who won the NCCGA National Championship at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio on April 16-17 by three strokes!  After dominating the regional tournament held at The Pines in Elizabeth City, NC with a 16 stroke victory, the Pirate Golfers finished the job at the nationals, securing their 2nd national title in the last four seasons.

3-     Congratulations to the Lady Pirettes Dance Team for winning the JAMfest Open Division National Championship in Richmond, VA on April 16-17.  The girls also brought home the hardware for Best Choreography.  All of this in their first year of existence!  What an accomplishment!

Nuts and Bolts

There are some major changes coming to ECU Club Sports that will undoubtedly affect all 40 of our clubs!  Below you will find some things that we believe will strengthen our program as a whole as well as help to keep your clubs functioning effectively and help them to thrive.  Compliance for each of these requirements will be tracked for each club and failure to complete these requirements will have implications that affect club operation such as van privileges, practice availability, expenditures, and allocated funding.

1-      Advisors – Effectively immediately, each club will be required to have an advisor in place to start helping with the club in the fall semester. They must be faculty/staff of the University!  We realize that finding an advisor may be difficult, so if you need help locating a suitable person for the job we would be happy to try and point you in the right direction.  If you have not secured an advisor prior to the start of classes you should contact the  Club Sports staff at that time for guidance and assistance.  Each club is expected to demonstrate efforts in meeting this requirement.

2-      First Aid/CPR – It will now be a requirement starting in the fall that each club has two members certified in both CPR and First Aid.  The SRC offers very reasonable prices on First Aid/CPR classes that start as early as August 22 and run throughout the semester, so there is no excuse to not have two members certified.  We also offer re-certifications as well.  For more information on the dates and prices of First Aid/CPR, head to www.ecu.edu/crw and find the Aquatics and Safety Services page.  Compliance will be verified either by completion of CRW classes or by obtaining copies of certifications from recognized organizations (i.e. American Red Cross, American Heart Association, etc.)

3-     Rosters – Remember, in order to have someone eligible to practice, they must first fill out ALL of the liability/code of conduct paperwork.  We are going to be taking this process very seriously this year as we had several issues with incomplete paperwork a year ago.  We admittedly did not hold our clubs to a high enough standard when it came to this, so we will shoulder part of the blame.  Clubs who are not in compliance with roster paperwork and have ineligible players practicing will be subject to penalties which include but are not limited to; deductions to allocated accounts, loss of practice space/time, loss of van privileges, etc.

4-    Drivers – We admit, you permit what you promote.  Last year, we had people coming into the office on a Wednesday looking to get drivers approved for the coming Friday.  We typically would accommodate them, but this is not going to happen again.  Let us repeat, this WILL NOT happen again.  Part of being a club sports officer is learning to take initiative. Part of that initiative is getting tasks done on time and perhaps ahead of time if your school schedules permit.  There are five DRIVING WORKSHOPS scheduled for the Fall Semester.  These dates are September 6, 12, 22, and 27 as well as October 5.  If you or anyone in your club plans on driving during the fall semester, you MUST attend one of these workshops!!

5-   Club Email Accounts – A number of our clubs are currently taking advantage of having a club specific email account.  However, the majority of our clubs are not.  We strongly encourage the clubs who do not have one, to apply for one through us.  Having a club sports email account for your club makes sense for a number of different reasons.  It is very practical and easy to remember.  Examples of this are clubbaseball@ecu.edu and clubswimming@ecu.edu.  See how easy that is to remember!  It also makes more sense from a marketing standpoint to promote that contact email as opposed to someone’s personal/student email account. Contact Brent Wynne (wynned03@students.ecu.edu) or Gray Hodges (hodgesg@ecu.edu) to set up your club sports email account today!

6-    Leadership Development – Student Affairs will be sponsoring a hazing workshop on September 14th at 6:30pm in the Murphy Center Multi-Purpose Room.  This is a great leadership opportunity for you all as it pertains to something that you may have to deal with in your term as a club sports officer.  We expect you and at least one other officer of your club to attend this very important event.  There are also fundraising and marketing workshops listed below that occur throughout the semester.  This is an additional way to gain leadership experience.

Upcoming Events/Important Dates

–     August 23rd:  Classes Begin

–     August 25th:  Facility Requests; outdoor fields 3pm; indoor facilities 4:30pm (SRC 202) *Required to receive practice space

–     August 28th:  Start of the Year Meeting; 2pm (SRC 239) *Required

–     September 1st:  Business Workshop; 4pm (SRC 202)  *Required to attend at least one

–     September 1st:  Fundraising Workshop; 5pm (SRC 202)

–     September 12th:  Web Development/Marketing; 5pm (SRC 202) *Required

- September 14th:  Hazing Workshop; 6:30pm (Murphy Center Multi-Purpose Room)

Gray’s Anatomy

For this edition of Gray’s Anatomy I would like to discuss the upcoming school year.  For some of you, this year in club sports will be the beginning of your journey as an officer. It can at times be trying, but remember in life all good things come to those who are patient.  If you are willing to stick it out when things get tough, in the end it will be a very rewarding experience for you.  It also will look great on your resume!

For the rest of you, this is just another year in the rodeo.  However, I want you to think seriously about what you can do to improve both yourself and the club as a whole for this year. Surely there were some things you did in the past as an officer that you felt you could have done better.  Remember, as officers, you set the tone for the entire club.  I’ve always said that teams take on the personality of their coach.  In many ways as officers, you are the coach of your teams on and off the field.  The people around you will undoubtedly mirror your actions so I want you to always keep that in mind.  If you are prompt and take a no nonsense approach, guess what?  Your team will do the same!

In general to all of our officers, I want you all to think more progressively this season.  Be willing to try things you haven’t before.  For example, push yourself harder in the fundraising department or reach out to the community to do some service work.  Fundraising impacts your desires for regional and national competition, so if you PLAN to compete in regional and national tournaments, then you need to PLAN accordingly by fundraising more, as well as budgeting this expected expense into your spring budgets!

Anything that you do that is different but of a positive nature, will surely improve the overall strength and chemistry of your respective clubs.

I want you all to know that I am so proud of all of your accomplishments on and off the field last year.  We definitely had a year for the ages.  With that said, if we continue to push ourselves and find ways to get better on and off the field, then there’s no reason we can’t have a better year in 2011-2012.

Finally, Go Pirates!!!

Too-da-loo-

Gray

Weekly Quote-

“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.”

~Michael Jordan

At the Helm- A guide to sailing the Club Sports Waters

At the Helm- A guide to sailing the Club Sports Waters

 

 

What’s happening!

Ahoy Pirates!

Let’s get started!

1-      We would like to extend a thank you to all of those who attended the club sports bruncheon, which was held on Tuesday, April 26th at Dowdy-Ficklen stadium. This was the inaugural event and it is the hope of all of us in the club sports program that these will become an annual event. It couldn’t have been such a success without your support!  

2-      Each club should have turned in their respective budget and final report to Gray. If you have not turned it in please do so ASAP to avoid penalties.

3-      We hope everyone has an advisor in place to start helping your club in the fall 2011 semester. They must be faculty/staff of the University! If you still need an advisor please let us know; we will help you find someone! You CAN NOT put Gray down as your advisor when you register as a student organization.

4-      Don’t forget to donate to the Club Sport Program or your respective club via PayPal by visiting our website!  Friends, Family, Sponsors and Alumni may also use PayPal to support the club!

Upcoming Events- from the Crow’s Nest

On the Horizon: If any club is interested in participating or competing during the summer please contact Gray Hodges – hodgesg@ecu.edu to discuss operating plans and facility reservations.  We strongly encourage clubs to be active during the summer sessions. Volunteer, service work and working with youth programs are excellent ways to stay involved during the nontraditional seasons.

 

Gray’s Anatomy

For this week’s edition of Gray’s Anatomy I will want to express my appreciation to everyone in the club sports program for extending a welcome hand during my tenure in the program. Some of you have already heard this if you were at the club sports bruncheon so bear with me J

I would like to express my thanks and gratitude to all of you for allowing me to come into your world and learn so much.  It hardly seems that I have been here 2 ½ years. Your energy, passion and commitment to each of your sports inspired me to pursue this profession. When I first took this position I didn’t know what to expect and as each day went on I found that to be true; and I loved it. During my time as graduate assistant  we added new clubs, competed in more national championships, and developed more leaders, more than in any other period of time in the programs history, all while finding time to aggravate Gray.  It is my hope that you have learned something from me as I most definitely have learned something from you. I currently am applying at other Universities to become their “Gray”- It is my hope to model  other programs after ECU and build a tradition of merit as we are so lucky to have here. However, as I may don new colors on my shirt I will always bleed purple and gold. I thank you again and hope that you will always cherish this program and University forever, as I know I will. I wish you good fortunes going into your upcoming academic year and season- Go Pirates

Too-da-loo-

Gray    Justin

Weekly Quote-

“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”
~Albus Dumbledore

At the Helm- A guide to sailing the Club Sports Waters

 

What’s happening!

Ahoy Pirates!

Let’s get started!

1-      Tuesday, April 26th we will be having a club appreciation luncheon for Club officers, coaches, and advisors.  You will be receiving a personalized invitation via email shortly that will require you to RSVP by a certain date. This Luncheon will be held at the Club Level overlooking the Football Stadium. This is also when clubs will turn in their 2011 Fall Budget. Please SAVE THE DATE- April 26th.

2-      Congratulation to all the clubs that competed the previous weekend at the Regional/National level: Equestrian- Kathryn Hall and Nikki Montgomery both came in 4th place, respectively, in their classes and Kathryn unanimously received the sportsmanship award as voted on by the coaches! Congratulations to these ladies and the equestrian club for representing East Carolina University and Campus Recreation & Wellness in the utmost fashion!

3-     Congratulations to the Golf Club who won regional’s by 16 strokes! They played at The Pines in Elizabeth City, NC and had 4 players make the All-Tourney team: Tom Duty, Faheem Amod, Jared Kelley, and Patrick Davey! Way to go Pirates!

4-      Each Club will be required to have an advisor in place to start helping with the club in the fall semester. They must be faculty/staff of the University! This is the person you will put down when you register as a student organization for next year. If you need help finding an advisor please let the club sport staff know and we will help you one!

5-      Don’t forget to donate to the Club Sport Program or your respective club via PayPal by visiting our website!  Friends, Family, Sponsors and Alumni may also use PayPal to support the club!

6-      The Club sport staff would like to welcome Stephen Tucci to our staff, he will be the new graduate assistant for the program, starting in the fall 2011 semester. Stephen is currently in undergrad at Slippery Rock University where he has helped to form and led his Inline Hockey Club to national competition.

Upcoming Events- from the Crow’s Nest

On the Horizon: April 9th & 10th  

–          Style of Motion at Student Rec Center*Saturday @ 4:00

–          Softball at Sarah Law Complex*Saturday @ 10/11:30/1/4 vs. Va Tech/WVU

–          Softball at Sarah Law Complex*Sunday @ 10/11:30/1 vs. Va Tech/WVU

Further Out: April 16th & 17th  

–          13th Annual Martial Arts tournament*Saturday @ 10:00am (Registration starts at 8:00am)

–          National Championship for Ultimate Frisbee*Saturday @ 9:00-4:00 (Pool Play)

–          National Championship for Ultimate Frisbee*Sunday @ 8:30-4:00 (Single-Elimination)

Gray’s Anatomy

For this week’s edition of Gray’s Anatomy I would like for you take a look at what you have accomplished up to this point in your life. Chances are you are between the ages of 18-23 and it is likely that most of you have spent anything from 13 to 18 years getting an education so you can get “the job”. Isn’t it amazing that we spend so much time getting a generalized education and yet so many people don’t make any deliberate effort to develop their greatest asset – themselves! Once you have that degree in biochemistry, physical education or accounting we assume that we are set and will live out the rest of our lives adhering to that degree. Is it any wonder why we never grow? We become stagnant- 18 years of education and we are finished! Most of us won’t even read unless there’s an exam; and even then, we wait until 12 hours before to cram! But you know what? Every day of our life is an exam. Every day you either pass or fail the test of life. Every day is an opportunity to grow beyond your present barriers and circumstances. Every day is a chance to become a better person.  The saddest part is most people won’t realize this until it is too late. Just imagine- you are going to get a grade at the end of your club sport career, end of college, when you leave your job, when you enter and end relationships and ultimately, in life. It is my challenge to you to become a better person each day, lead by example and inspire others to live like you. Remember, you can’t cram the night before when you don’t know when the exam is coming.

Too-da-loo-

Gray

Weekly Quote-

“Sports do not build character. They reveal it.”

  ~John Wooden

At the Helm- A Guide to Sailing the Club Sports Waters

What’s happening!

Ahoy Pirates!

Let’s get started!

1-      Tuesday, April 26th we will be having a club appreciation luncheon for Club officers, coaches, and advisors.  You will be receiving a personalized invitation via email shortly that will require you to RSVP by a certain date. This Luncheon will be held at the Club Level overlooking the Football Stadium. This is also when clubs will turn in their 2011 Fall Budget. Please SAVE THE DATE- April 26th.

2-      If you have any upcoming games or tournaments you are considering hosting here at ECU please let us know ASAP so we can coordinate field reservations, officials, and staff to work the events!

3-      We want Results! We cannot tell people about how successful you are unless you communicate with us!  

4-      Effective for the Fall 2011 Semester- Each Club will need to have a faculty/staff advisor. This person is someone other than Gray. Ideally, an advisor would have an interest in helping with home games and practice, have a general interest in the club, help with budget development and be someone to confide in if you had a problem with our staff, etc.

5-      Don’t forget to donate via PayPal by visiting our website! Friends, Family, Sponsors and Alumni can also use this feature to support the club.

Upcoming Events- from the Crow’s Nest

On the Horizon: March 19th & 20th

–          Baseball (D-I Team) at Guy Smith Stadium*Saturday @ 5:00/8:00 vs. UVA

–          Men’s Lacrosse at North Rec Complex*Saturday @ 3:00 vs. UNC-Charlotte  

–          Women’s Rugby at North Rec Complex*Saturday @ 1:00 vs. JMU

–          Baseball (D-I Team) at Guy Smith Stadium*Sunday @ 12:00 vs. UVA

–          Women’s Volleyball at Student Recreation Center*Saturday @ 9:00 – Tournament

–          Field Hockey at North Rec Complex*Saturday @ 12:00/1:15/2:30- UNC & NC State

Further Out: March 26th & 27th

–          Baseball (D-II Team) at JH Rose*Saturday @ 12:00/3:00 vs. Duke

–          Baseball (D-I Team) at Guy Smith Stadium*Saturday @ 5:00/8:00 vs. UNC

–          Women’s Soccer at North Rec Complex*Saturday @ 2:00 vs. UNC 

–          Baseball (D-II Team) at Guy Smith Stadium*Sunday @ 12:00 vs. Duke

–          Baseball (D-I Team) at Guy Smith Stadium*Sunday @ 12:00 vs. UNC

Gray’s Anatomy

The Final Stretch- Only a few weekends are left for us as we wind down another year. While the start of season is important, the finish is everything. Think about it from an athlete’s perspective- What’s more important to the athlete, how they start the race or how they finish? This is a time where the impressions you make in your club, on and off the field, will play an important role going into next year. Maybe your  team finished 3rd in the conference, lost a meet by 2 seconds, or competed at a national tournament- these events will be the benchmark in which your club will measure next seasons success.  Each club can take where they are now and help set goals of where you want to be next year. As Will Rogers once said, “Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.” I know some are probably excited that the season is coming to an end, some who may be graduating are bittersweet, and some may be thankful for just an opportunity to go out and compete and play. Whatever your personal feelings are during these last month’s I am confident that you will play out as hard as a Pirate can. Stay Focused and keep moving on the track.

Too-da-loo-

Gray

Weekly Quote-

One day of practice is like one day of clean living.  It doesn’t do you any good.  ~Abe Lemmons

At the Helm- A Guide to Sailing the Club Sports Waters

What’s happening!

Ahoy Pirates!

Welcome to the 3rd edition of our Club sports Blog. We have a busy week ahead of us and several results from previous week’s competition. Hope you enjoy!

1-      We have started our surprise visits to practice to do roster checks- all members need to have some form of Identification with them. IF someone is practicing or playing and not on the current roster list, you will be subject to a fine.

2-      Effective for the Fall 2011 Semester- Each Club will need to have a faculty/staff advisor. This person is someone other than Gray. Ideally, an advisor would have an interest in helping with home games and practice, have a general interest in the club, help with budget development and be someone to confide in if you had a problem with our staff, etc.

3-      We want Results! Make sure to email Brent after home games and to fill out the results form in your van packet for away matches.

4-      Don’t forget to donate via PayPal by visiting our website!

5-      Congratulations to the Women’s Club Softball team who swept the Tarheels this past Sunday!

Upcoming Events- from the Crow’s Nest

On the Horizon: March 5th & 6th  

–          Baseball (D-II Team) at Guy Smith-Prep Field*Saturday @ 12:00/3:00 vs. Maryland

–          Men’s Rugby at North Rec Complex*Saturday @ 1:00 vs. UNC-Wilmington

–          Baseball (D-I Team) at Guy Smith Stadium*Saturday @ 5:00/7:00 vs. Maryland/Penn State

–          Baseball (D-I Team) at Guy Smith Stadium*Sunday @ 2:00/4:00 vs. Maryland/Penn State

–          Men’s Lacrosse at North Rec Complex*Sunday @ 1:00 vs. Florida St.

Further Out: March 19th & 20th

–          Baseball (D-I Team) at Guy Smith Stadium*Saturday @ 5:00/8:00 vs. UVA

–          Men’s Lacrosse at North Rec Complex*Saturday @ 1:00 vs. UNC-Charlotte  

–          Women’s Rugby at North Rec Complex*Saturday @ 1:00 vs. JMU

–          Baseball (D-I Team) at Guy Smith Stadium*Sunday @ 12:00 vs. UVA

Notes From Nance

Ready, Set, Go!!

If all the activity on the basketball courts, in the fitness areas, and throughout the SRC is any indication of what kind of year we are having, success in student involvement is in the air for 2010-2011.After our most successful year ever for post season play, the club sports program is starting the year with 39 active clubs. The Team Training Center has been active all summer with over 60 groups taking the “challenge,” and we are gearing up for the fall. Twenty three eager students have started the year in our new Wellness Living Learning Community in Jones Hall, group fitness classes are full to capacity, and intramural sports continue to hit record numbers. Also, construction on Phase II of the North Recreational Complex has begun and will be completed early spring 2011.All in all it is a great time to be in Campus Recreation and Wellness at ECU! Join us in person, online, on Facebook or Twitter for all the action.

Stay Active!

– Nance J

Weekly Quote-

It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it –
~Lena Horne

At the Helm- A guide to sailing the Club Sports Waters

What’s happening!

Ahoy Pirates!

Back again! We apologize if you received multiple messages from a similar list-serv. The situation is being addressed and is anticipated to be fixed soon. We hope everyone had a SUPER weekend! Here is a list of items for you to view:

1-      We will be coming by practice and doing roster checks- all members need to have some form of Identification with them. IF someone is practicing or playing and not on the current roster list, you will be subject to a fine.

2-      We need a copy of your playing schedule ASAP- If you know you are going to be traveling, go ahead and reserve a van!

3-      You need to be looking for a faculty/staff advisor for your club, someone other than Gray. Ideally, an advisor would have an interest in helping with home games and practice, have a general interest in the club, help with budget development and be someone to confide in if you had a problem with our staff, etc.

4-      Clubs- When you travel to away matches and games you will now be required to fill out a “Results form” that will be located in you van packet.

5-      Don’t forget to donate via PayPal by visiting our website!

Upcoming Events- from the Crow’s Nest

On the Horizon: February 12th

–          Men’s Lacrosse at North Rec Complex*Saturday @ 2:00 vs. Texas Christian University

–          Baseball (D-II Team) at JH Rose High School*Saturday @ 12:00/3:00 Doubleheader

–          Baseball (D-I Team) at Guy Smith Stadium*Saturday @ 3:30

–          Baseball (D-I Team) at Guy Smith Stadium*Sunday @ 12:00/3:00 Doubleheader

Further Out: February 19th

–          Women’s Rugby*Saturday @ 1:00 vs. Virginia

Inside Gray’s Anatomy-

Hello Pirate Supporters!  Just a friendly reminder that you can donate to the club sports program or an individual club via PayPal, which is located on our website!  As we move forward, clubs need to be seeking someone in the ECU faculty/staff family to become an advisor for their respective club. This person doesn’t have to attend every practice or game; but needs to be someone who has a general interest in the particular activity and can advise the club on decisions such as: budget, tournament direction, fundraiser opportunities, etc.  If you have any questions, comments, or concerns feel free to come see us!

To-Da-Loo

– Gray

Weekly Quote-

Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.
~Mark Twain

At the Helm- A guide to sailing the Club Sports Waters – Jan. 27th

 

What’s happening!

Ahoy Pirates!

We hope everyone is ready to start a new semester as we Spring forward!  This will be the first official edition of our weekly blog that is anticipated to come out every Wednesday throughout the semester. In this blog you will be able to find useful information about upcoming events, officer information and results from previous competitions.  Here is a list of items for you to view:

1-      We will be coming by practice and doing roster checks- all members need to have some form of Identification with them. IF someone is practicing or playing and not on the current roster list, you will be subject to a fine.

2-      We need a copy of your playing schedule ASAP- If you know you are going to be traveling, go ahead and reserve a van!

3-      You need to be looking for a faculty/staff advisor for your club, someone other than Gray. Ideally, an advisor would have an interest in helping with home games and practice, have a general interest in the club, help with budget development and be someone to confide in if you had a problem with our staff, etc.

4-      All Liability & Code of Conduct should be complete! Failure to do so will result in loss of funding and facility use.

5-      Congratulations to Men’s Ice Hockey, on Jan. 8th the team picked up a victory in its final home game of the semester with a 12-9 victory over Life University. With the win the Pirates improved to 5-1 on Home ice!

6-      Congratulations to Women’s Rugby who defeated Appalachian State 80-0 on a cold and frigid Saturday at the North Recreational Complex- the Lady Ruggers scored 5 minutes into the match and never looked back.

7-      Don’t forget to donate via PayPal by visiting our website!

Upcoming Events- from the Crow’s Nest

On the Horizon: February 5th

–          Women’s  Rugby at the North Rec Complex * Saturday @ 1:00 vs. UNC

–          Men’s Rugby at the North Rec Complex * Saturday @ 3:00 vs. UNCG

–          Swim Meet- Minges Coliseum Pool* Saturday @ 10:30am

Further Out: February 12th, 13th                                                                            

–          Men’s Lacrosse at North Rec Complex*Saturday @ 2:00 vs. Texas Christian University           

–          Baseball (D-II Team) at JH Rose High School*Saturday @ 12:00/3:00 Doubleheader

–          Baseball (D-I Team) at Guy Smith Stadium*Saturday @ 3:30

–          Baseball (D-I Team) at Guy Smith Stadium*Sunday @ 12:00/3:00 Doubleheader

Inside Gray’s Anatomy-

 Hello Pirate Supporters! Well the new semester is upon us and that means two things: Spring Break and graduating Pirates. The one I would like to focus on is for our club officers that may be leaving us to start a career, enter the workforce (hopefully) or continue their education to a higher degree at another univeristy. During this time as an administrator we lose quality people who have been essential in the promotion and development of their respective club. I would like to share with you some tips and tricks that I have gathered through the years to help this process be as smooth as possible. First, look for people currently in the club who are leaders. Somone who may possess the following skills: networking, organization, time manager, and has a passion for the sport or activity! Once you identify these individuals, get them active with budgeting, office forms and leading practice. Basically you want to let them “intern” or shadow an officer. Think back to when you took over your club- what do you know now, that you wish you had known then! One way to help everyone, including the Club Sport Staff,  is to create a portoflio of notes and ideas, not of only things that worked, but of things that failed and explain why. Include constitution, first aid certifed members, past schedules and events, and other essential information that they will need. Ideally there shouldn’t be any “drop-off” when the torch is passed from one officer to another. Will there be? Maybe, but if you start preparing now, you can ensure your legacy and passion will continue after you are gone; and when you return to play in that Alumni match or read about the team who won a national championship, you can know that you were a pillar in which they built the program on.  I hope you will take this advice into consideration, and if you have any questions, comments, or concerns don’t hesitate to contact us.

To-Da-Loo

- Gray

Weekly Quote-

 To accomplish great things, we must dream as well as act.
~Anatole France