Off Duty ADs
The Off Duty ADs are three active high school athletic directors discussing the state of high school athletics today while they're off the clock. This podcast is intended for anyone within the world of high school athletics.
info_outline Facility Thoughts Amid the Covid Pandemic: Episode 138 01/18/2021
Facility Thoughts Amid the Covid Pandemic: Episode 138 The Off Duty ADs talk about some of the changes and concerns that surround their current facility policies. They also talk about the Brownies, college football coaches, a D3 football legend, volunteer coaches, co-op obstacles for athletes, concern around youth wrestling programs without a facility, getting stuck in comparisons to neighbors, managing rental requests, out of season usage, asking our callers for advice, and beers from Mike's trip to Tucson.
info_outline What is Failure?: Episode 137 01/11/2021
What is Failure?: Episode 137 The Off Duty ADs talk about defining failure and how to manage those definitions. They also discuss running shoes, 2020 vocabulary, Cincinnati, how (or if) any amount of winning and losing correlates to failure, the difference between individuals or teams failing, the difference between failure at the college/pro and high school levels, locker room music favorites, Ryan's continued venture into bourbon, and Harry Potter.
info_outline Budget Cuts: Episode 136 01/04/2021
Budget Cuts: Episode 136 The Off Duty ADs talk about potential upcoming budget cuts. They also discuss Ryan's fundraiser and 1,000 mile run, recent fandom sadness, comparing reduced expenditure differences within self-sufficient or general fund based departments, philosophically managing cuts, using intramurals to take pressure off of participation opportunities, reducing levels of competition, avoiding program cuts, REM and Silverchair, Wheat Penny whiskey, and the quickest ending ever.
info_outline NADC Recap and Office Parties: Episode 135 12/28/2020
NADC Recap and Office Parties: Episode 135 The Off Duty ADs recap the National AD Conference then sidetrack into holiday office parties. They also discuss Iowa missing the Outback Bowl, Mike's mom, missing chit-chat at the NADC, keeping some virtual aspects to future conferences, gifts at season end banquets, skipping office parties, winter sports still moving around, being Smartless, and Ryan's whiskey collection.
info_outline Just Three Fans Talking About Football: Episode 134 12/21/2020
Just Three Fans Talking About Football: Episode 134 The Off Duty ADs talk about college football. That's pretty much it. There are maybe a couple other things in the episode somewhere, but we're pretty much just three fans sitting around chatting about football. Seriously...it's pretty much all fandom in this episode.
info_outline Balancing Development and Winning: Episode 133 12/14/2020
Balancing Development and Winning: Episode 133 The Off Duty ADs talk about how to balance the concepts of developing individual players alongside winning as a team. They also discuss the magic of the McRib, Uncle Bill's promotion, wrestlers shaking hands, the Columbus Crew, Davey O'Brien award winners, playing kids out of position, finding the best result for each kid, the Dunning-Kruger effect in youth sports, Mark's portrayal of a pirate, and relating the Browns to a tornado warning.
info_outline What's in a Pause?: Episode 132 12/07/2020
What's in a Pause?: Episode 132 The Off Duty ADs talk about the current pauses, delays, and suspensions of their winter sports. They also discuss the absence of Mike from CO, Big Ten Minute, listener emails, making up games, fitting competition into the safety discussion, in-person learning, how Everclear relates to winter sports, color coding, casual profanity, traveling with kids, Squatter's Brewery, and Mark's family getting ready to move to the other end of the block.
info_outline Enjoying Our Jobs a Little Bit: Episode 131 11/23/2020
Enjoying Our Jobs a Little Bit: Episode 131 The Off Duty ADs talk about some of the things they've been thankful for in their profession this year. They also discuss the return of Uncle Bill, MACtion, a little bit of covid update, appreciating our colleagues within and outside our districts, enjoying problem-solving, learning what's significant, our favorite (and Mike's least favorite) fictional Presidents, and a pepperminty porter for the holidays.
info_outline Grappling with Wrestling: Episode 130 11/16/2020
Grappling with Wrestling: Episode 130 The Off Duty ADs talk about starting and managing the wrestling season. They also discuss popular TV series that they've ignored, where our states currently are in opening up wrestling, creating new schedules, making practices safer, sacrificing competitive growth for safety protocols, hosting winter sports vs. sending kids to private clubs, Ryan's economics degree, post-season adjustments, getting messages from previous coaches or students, a potential research project, and a mango IPA from Illinois.
info_outline A Conversation with Jen Brooks: Episode 129 11/09/2020
A Conversation with Jen Brooks: Episode 129 The Off Duty ADs use Jen from Missouri (www.jenbrooks.com) to answer a listener email about females in the AD world. They also discuss Mike's ruined Saturday, college football rolling towards the playoffs, Jen's experience as an athletic director in a male-dominated profession, The Global Community of Women in High School Sports (https://globalcommunityofwomeninsports.com/), advice to younger and newer female ADs, and Ryan's run - including the extra mileage.
info_outline Hacking Around the Golf Course: Episode 128 11/02/2020
Hacking Around the Golf Course: Episode 128 The Off Duty ADs talk about their golf programs. They also discuss the return of the Big Ten Minute, Uncle Bill's promotion to Executive Director of Nebraska's IAA, more reduced fan difficulties, selecting golf lineups, the wide variety of "whys" among high school golfers, live scoring at tournaments, coaches missing school time, getting good golfers into the program, making baseball more exciting, a Halloween beer from Warped Wing Brewery, and drumming up more support for Ryan's fundraiser.
info_outline Athletic and Activities Directors: Episode 127 10/26/2020
Athletic and Activities Directors: Episode 127 The Off Duty ADs talk about the various coordination between athletics and activities directors. They also discuss musically based child-raising, listener-based research, Uncle Bill's Corner, smoke alarms, overseeing fine arts and other activities, different association structures, comparing football coaching to band directing, NFL confusion, conflicts between activities, custodial duties, shoveling the sidewalks, and our favorite snacks.
info_outline A Pile of Randomness: Episode 126 10/19/2020
A Pile of Randomness: Episode 126 The Off Duty ADs discuss a little bit of everything. They talk about the frustration of Mike's mom, listener email, Uncle Bill's hip replacement, our ferocious dogs, fan requests within ticket restrictions, a new t-shirt idea, Colorado football, professional bowling, streaming playoff games, association reserve funds, ignoring signage, a dead deer you gotta minute, Ryan's top 10 albums, Mark's preference for 1984 Van Halen, an Almond Joy controversy, and the terribleness of popcorn balls.
info_outline Fall 2020 Tournament Management: Episode 125 10/12/2020
Fall 2020 Tournament Management: Episode 125 The Off Duty ADs talk about tournament management in the Fall of 2020. They also discuss lack of citations and accurate quotes, the NL/AL Garbage, Ryan's Browns, parent criticism, the lack of tennis ADs, reserved seating at cross country meets, giving kids a chance to compete, fan control at tournaments, the potential intersection of high school tournaments and American Gladiators, fan parking, another variety pack problem, and a celebratory can of Hamm's.
info_outline Covid Crowd Management: Episode 124 10/05/2020
Covid Crowd Management: Episode 124 The Off Duty ADs talk about managing crowds amid the unprecedented covid-related fan protocols. They also discuss adults losing the focus on kids, bringing dogs to games, how high school football relates to Jurassic Park, previewing the eventual collapse of our baseball teams, refusing to wear a mask in the stands, using SROs for crowd control, Dr. Seuss, being right vs. doing right, bad movies that we like, and some usual beverage choices.
info_outline Selecting Captains: Episode 123 09/28/2020
Selecting Captains: Episode 123 The Off Duty ADs talk about selecting captains for their teams. They also discuss dad jokes, California's competitive balance formula, AAC women's rowing, the MLB, Mike doing ad reads, the weakness of team voting, popularity vs. leadership, preferred qualities in a captain, intentionally teaching leadership, a long field goal in North Dakota, the return of Ryan's regular tastebuds, and the passing of an ND legend.
info_outline Competitive Balance Formulas: Episode 122 09/21/2020
Competitive Balance Formulas: Episode 122 The Off Duty ADs talk about competitive balance formulas. They also discuss advocating for your kids vs all kids, the return of Uncle Bill, Ryan's chairs, qualifying teams for various playoff brackets, multiple divisions within a state, scheduling to fool the balance formula, live Cubs vs. Cardinals updates, creating parity while encouraging competition, wristband failures, fans always lobbying for the next thing, Mike's lawn, and a quick whiskey class.
info_outline It's a 3-Pod Pod: Episode 121 09/15/2020
It's a 3-Pod Pod: Episode 121 Mark joins the guys from the Beyond the Bench and The Globetrottin' ADs podcasts to talk about starting their podcasts, the pros and cons of podcasting, balancing leadership and entertainment, and the similarities and differences between the podcasts.
info_outline Being Flexible in the World of Covid: Episode 120 09/14/2020
Being Flexible in the World of Covid: Episode 120 The Off Duty ADs talk about managing quick changes and unexpected problems this fall. They also talk about the current location of Ryan's chairs, Uncle Bill's absence, updates from Iowa, Ohio, and Colorado, forgetting the regular tasks of the day, HIPAA, the intersection of staying healthy and avoiding quarantine, the pressure of trying to stay safe while saving your seniors' seasons, the importance of Mello Yello, Cobra Kai, and Mark's garage fridge.
info_outline Being the New AD in the Room: Episode 119 09/07/2020
Being the New AD in the Room: Episode 119 The Off Duty ADs talk about being the new AD in a room full of ADs. They also discuss getting their football seasons up and running, punitive teachers, coaching for a resume, fan entrance/capacity/income issues, Mike getting sidetracked, a resilient cricket, sunk cost fallacy, Mark's busy day, Ryan moving chairs around, and the loss of a friend in the AD world.
info_outline Sports Despite Virtual Learning: Episode 118 08/31/2020
Sports Despite Virtual Learning: Episode 118 The Off Duty ADs talk about hosting sports even if the school utilizes virtual learning. They also discuss spectator limits, late rule changes, pausing a game, mask rant #2, a pay per view suggestion, rationale for justifying a sports program when classroom instruction has gone virtual, prioritizing school for everyone, Ohio snow days vs. North Dakota snow days, socioeconomics, senior seasons, our least favorite covid-related words, and zoom etiquette.
info_outline It's Time to Just Vent: Episode 117 08/24/2020
It's Time to Just Vent: Episode 117 The Off Duty ADs take a day to just vent about stuff. They also discuss removing a podcast favorite from the favorite's list, Big Ten Minute, working on AD island, trying to vent at work instead of home, being happy to deal with normal issues, being accessible all day long, transitioning from planning to fixing, officials and bus drivers, Mark's new interest in dystopian entertainment, and lots of beverage recommendations.
info_outline Starting Fall 2020: Episode 116 08/17/2020
Starting Fall 2020: Episode 116 The Off Duty ADs talk about getting their fall seasons started in the 2020-21 school year. They also discuss sneaking out of facilities, potential professional development for the NADC in Tampa, an angry Big Ten Minute, college athletics structure, scheduling tweaks to this fall, dealing with anxiety, different targets this year, choice to play, fan attendance, a mask rant, and a nice old-fashioned.
info_outline Mistakes as a New AD: Episode 115 08/10/2020
Mistakes as a New AD: Episode 115 The Off Duty ADs talk about some of the many, many, many mistakes they made as new athletic directors. They also discuss lefthandedness, some covid changes, getting locked in the bathroom, pretending they knew everything, their first scheduling meetings, learning how to evaluate, schematic advantages, Mo Money, signing day, and our favorite summer beverages.
info_outline Covid Update with Joe from WA: Episode 114 08/03/2020
Covid Update with Joe from WA: Episode 114 In the absence of Ryan, the Off Duty ADs freely discuss their covid updates along with recurring guest Joe from Washington. They also talk about other things related to the Pacific Northwest, emails from loyal listeners, the return of baseball, comparing this fall to the past spring and summer, redefining success this year, various details in our planning, considerations moving forward, a Tacoma brewery, and stepping on each other during sign-offs.
info_outline Behind the Curtain of Covid Prep: Episode 113 07/27/2020
Behind the Curtain of Covid Prep: Episode 113 The Off Duty ADs discuss some of the fall 2020 decisions and hurdles taking place out of the public's eye. They also discuss receiving the perfect email, the return of baseball, concern from Mike's mom, tempering the public's emotions, busing problems, schedule changes, questions about quarantining, local control decision making, auxiliary functions, hosting sports during distance learning, participation vs competition, 80s PG ratings, and a wide selection of new beverages.
info_outline Coaching Contracts This Fall: Episode 112 07/20/2020
Coaching Contracts This Fall: Episode 112 The Off Duty ADs talk about lobbying for coaches' contracts in the fall of 2020. They also discuss the return of Uncle Bill, various baseball squads, compensating coaches for shortened or lost seasons, trying to keep our kids and coaches in our programs, state associations, black cherry ale, hockey movies, and officials getting booed even without crowds.
info_outline Summer Coaching Rules: Episode 110 07/06/2020
Summer Coaching Rules: Episode 110 The Off Duty ADs talk about summer coaching rules. They also discuss Mike's pizza delivery resolution, Ryan's sanity, Mark's 4th of July standby beverage, requiring coaches to run camps, summer blackout dates, a poor list of sports movies, and the legacy of Bruce Brown from Ohio.
info_outline Amateurism: Episode 109 06/29/2020
Amateurism: Episode 109 The Off Duty ADs talk about the future of amateurism in high school sports. They also discuss a double dose of Uncle Bill, pizza delivery mistakes, sports academies, likeness contracts for high school kids, the history of the NFHS, medicinal beer, and how this was their worst episode ever.