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Athletic Leadership Development


Leadership Presentations

3D leadership presentations are geared towards student athletes. With the focus on improved communication and role model awareness, the intent is to develop their role as student leaders.

Whether they like it or not, student athletes often take on a role beyond the court and field. As a student athlete in the spotlight, many are thrown into situations for the first time, unaware of the consequences of their actions. After decades spent in administrative and athletic capacities, 3D experts have seen this need for leadership development in student athletes. We have narrowed our leadership programming to focus on two key areas of importance: improved communication and role model awareness.

 Improved communication is an important skill for student athletes to develop as they can apply it in many situations in their future lives. 3D focuses on the development of empathy in student athletes, calling on a maturity that otherwise may take years to establish. Once the concept of empathy is established, effective social and emotional communication soon follows. This skill set will enable them to flourish as a positive role model among their peers.

Role model awareness helps young athletes gain perspective on how their actions impact their peers. Appropriate use of social media is a core aspect of 3D leadership presentations as many young athletes and team captains have lost college scholarships due to inappropriate posts. Many young people have no idea as to the possible consequences of inappropriate social media content. 3D presentations help student athletes gain awareness as to who their online audience may be and the potential fallout for impulsive online behavior. 3D asks students questions such as “What are some of the things you should be doing to be a positive role model to other kids?”. Workshopping open-ended questions like this has shown to help young athletes critically think about their role as a student in the spotlight.

Leadership Training

Coaches spend a significant time with students. They serve as role models to the student athlete population and have a big influence on young minds. While teacher certification is set by the state, coach certification is more flexible, up to the discretion of local administrators. While coaches may have extensive history playing and coaching a sport, they may not be as experienced working with kids or within the environment of a school system. 3D has identified two key areas of need for leadership training in coaches: transformational coaching and social media awareness. 

Transformational coaching is a movement away from transactional coaching. Coaches are more than just coaches, they are also mentors and role models for student athletes. They are also the main point of contact for parents of student athletes. 3D works with coaches in a skills-based training, educating them on the most effective communication styles whether interacting with parents or connecting with student athletes.

Social media awareness is just as important for coaches as it is for student athletes. As mentioned previously, there are minimal certification requirements for coaches and therefore, no standard process for educating them as to their legal liability as a coach. A key element to the 3D leadership training for coaches centers around the 14 Legal Responsibilities of Coaches. Topics of this presentation include legal liability in the case of student injury and facilities liability in cases such as improperly fitting helmets or missing gear. 3D has experienced many occasions where coaches unwittingly step into their role as coach without fully grasping their responsibilities. The consequences fall on them as an individual and it is important for coaches to have awareness of their responsibilities in advance in order to properly care for young athletes and to protect themselves in an unfortunate circumstance.