The Sports and Recreation Job Track will meet the needs of fitness, sports, and wellness professionals, introducing the newest concepts, unique approaches, and strategies that will impact your everyday activities as well as those who use your fitness center. Share insights from peers and colleagues as well as learn new strategies and techniques from industry leaders.
You’ll leave with the ability to tell your JCC’s story to the right people in the right way so that you get them in the door—and keep them coming back. You will go home with new ideas and the tools to make it happen. Most importantly, you will meet and spend time with the others who do what you do and you’ll have the opportunity for an open exchange of ideas.
Fitness/Sports & Wellness Job Track Leader: Steve Becker, Vice President, Health and Wellness Services
Consults with sports and wellness staff about programming and facilities. Oversees programs and services for health and wellness, including Discover @ the JCC, DiscoverCATCH, and Lenny Krayzelburg-JCC Swim Academy. Educational coordinator for Sports and Wellness conferences, and preferred vendor contact for sports and wellness-related vendors.
Session Title #1: Quality Coaching
Speaker: Chris Snyder, United States Olympic Committee’s Director of Coaching Education
Description: What is good coaching and how do you build it, grow it and evaluate it at youth and performance levels? Our approach is based on research and implementation performed by the United States Olympic Committee’s director of coaching education. Free tools and resources will get your coaches educated and tuned into what good coaching means.
Session Title #2: Sports and Rec to CEO
Speaker: Jay Jacobs, CEO, Valley of the Sun JCC
Description: Jay Jacobs CEO of the Valley of the Sun JCC is a former JCC sports and recreation professional. In this interactive session, hear how he took what he learned creating and running leagues and programs and applied it to leading thriving JCCs. He will also share the keys to using the JCC’s unique business proposition to position your department as the leader in sports and recreation programming in your community. Learn how to turn your leagues into the hottest programs in town—ones that sell themselves.
Session Title #3: Sports and Recreation Best Practices
Speaker: Raychel Setless, Director of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, Merage JCC
Description: Get your notebook out for this one! A panel of sports and rec professionals will be sharing their most successful programs, policies, and practices. Topics covered include: outsourcing vs. JCC-branded programs; integrating technology and social media; handling sport specialization; staff recruitment and development; game changing programs; implementing consistency; and more!
Session Title #4: JCC Maccabi® Past, Present, and Future
Speaker: Samantha Cohen, Vice President, JCC Maccabi
Description: Be a part of the future of JCC Maccabi®! Join our new vice president of JCC Maccabi, Samantha Cohen, to learn best practices for a successful year-round JCC Maccabi program. Come be a part of planning for the future of this vital program!
Session Title #5: JResponse: Fitness and Sports & Recreation’s Role in Times of Crisis (Joint session with Fitness Job Track)
This session will focus on preparing for disaster. The rest of the time will be a facilitated discussion about what might be needed at your JCC in your department if you were faced with a disaster and how might you be able to help another JCC if it were faced with a disaster. What do you currently have in place at your JCC or in your department to be ready for such a situation? What do you need to do to ramp up and be as ready as possible?