Free Staff Seminar Pilot Announced

by Jack Warren

I am pleased to announce that I will soon be piloting a new program for coaching and support staffs based on a similar program that I have in my business coaching work at I am going to offer a one-day retreat/seminar that focuses on personal and group development topics from a management and professional development perspective, rather than the actual tasks of your particular job. In your case, that means baseball.

So what we won’t be talking about is recruiting, practice planning, and in-game strategies. What we will be covering are topics such as communication, organization, time management, the creative process, leadership, professionalism, promotion, networking, self-evaluation, and more. And all of this will be tailored for athletics.

Here’s what I’m looking for. This program needs at least a couple of solid run-throughs before I take it past the beta stage. So, yes, I need guinea pigs. Based on my comparable business seminars, this is a $799-$1399 value, but I’m offering it free for pilot participants. I’m looking for one college program and one high school program that would be willing to have me present to their coaching staff. Your support staff is also welcome to attend.

The format will be two 2-3 hour sessions, with a lunch break in between. Preferably, it would be at a distraction-free, off-site location. This “off-site” location could be on your campus, but it should be far enough removed from the normal work area that participants will be able to give their all, both physically and mentally.

What’s in it for you?

You have ample opportunity as a staff to learn the game of baseball. From clinics to conferences to books to videos, there is an abundance of information at your fingertips. Most of it has been curated in such a way as to leave you with a choice among the very best options. What I aim to do with this seminar is to present topics that are relevant and timely for the continued growth of your coaching and support staffs – both individually and as a group.

What’s in it for me?

The pilot phase of this program will provide me with valuable feedback as I move the content from the typical business setting to one that incorporates the dynamics of a vibrant athletic program. The content can stand on its own merits. However, I need help to ensure that the way I frame it is of the most benefit in your environment. That’s where you help me.

Here’s what I need

If you’re interested in participating in this pilot presentation please drop me a note at Include the name of the organization or school, a contact name, phone number, and email address. Let me know the approximate number of participants. Tell me about the proposed venue for the seminar. Give me a brief background on your program and what you would hope to get out of a seminar like this.

And then?

I’d like to hear from all interested parties by July 31, 2015. I will then review all of the submissions and follow up as necessary. As I mentioned previously, I will choose one high school and one college program. I don’t have particularly rigid criteria for determining who I’ll ultimately select, but it will be based on factors such as location (hopefully an easy day’s drive or a cheap flight from Chicago, but I will pretty much go anywhere), the size and makeup of the staff, proposed venue for the event, and the level of interest. It doesn’t matter to me how large your program is or at which level you play. I’m looking for an environment in which I can have an experience that will be beneficial for the both of us.

I’d like to conduct these pilot sessions this fall, but will consider a winter proposal as well.

I look forward to hearing from you.

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  1. Hi Jack,
    My name is Brian Rath. Thank you so much for all you have done with my development as a leader and coach. I am a PE teacher and coach in the Massapequa School District in Massapequa NY. Our school district recently received the Kerr Cup, given by New York State sports writers, to the program with the most outstanding season in athletics in New York State. I think this would be a great staff development opportunity for our PE teachers and coaches.

    Brian Rath

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