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Centauri to host Valley-wide Sportsmanship Symposium

Posted: Friday, Nov 16th, 2012

Courier Sports Editor

LA JARA—Centauri High School’s gym will be the host school for a Sportsmanship Symposium that will take place on Monday, November 19, 2012. The three-session event will be cut into two-hour sessions that are aimed to educate athletes, coaches and fans about sportsmanship at Colorado High School Activities Association sanctioned events.

This year, CHSAA is shifting its annual Denver based fall sportsmanship seminar to regional sites throughout the state. This is the chance to meet and visit with the CHSAA Commissioners, listen to what they have to say and get questions answered.

A committee of regional high school administration and community members in conjunction with the CHSAA administration has developed a sportsmanship/leadership seminar for the San Luis Valley. Each session will include combinations of specific topic presentations, key note speakers and open forum discussion and dialog on critically important issues within our sport culture.

The first seminar, which runs from 9 to 11 a.m. is aimed for students and athletes. According to Brian Loch, Centauri High School Athletic Director, all schools were asked to bring up to 10 students. Not only student-athletes but students leaders, rowdy crowd participates and other influential students.

The second session, which runs from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., is for area coaches. The main topic will be coaching today’s athletes and is open to all coaches, head and assistants or inspiring coaches as well as middle school, CCYF, little league and recreational coaches. Alamosa High School girls’ basketball head coach Kent Smith is scheduled to speak along with Sangre de Cristo High School girls’ basketball head coach Brady Stagner. In addition area official directors will be in attendance with their topic being “How should a coach approach an official.”

The evening session that is scheduled from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., is for community members and fans who attend high school competitions. Several of the topics of conversation include communication between coaches, administration, students and players and fans. Area official directors will be in attendance and go over several rules that are argued the most. Adams State University Athletic Director Larry Mortensen is also scheduled to talk about the jump between high school to college athletics.

“This is a chance to put faces to CHSAA officials, it’s also a chance for parents and coaches to ask questions about CHSAA,” explained Loch. “It’s aimed to educate the Valley about sportsmanship.”

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