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:


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

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!

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!!!



P.S. – Don’t forget to log your workouts for the Pirate Fit program by going to  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