The Life of an Athlete program provides a framework for athletic directors and coaches to promote healthy life choices for optimal performance for their athletic communities. The LoA framework includes five essential components. These include:
Codes of Conduct
Based on the principles of Restorative Justice, LoA’s comprehensive code includes clear character-based expectations for student athletes and fans as well as defined consequences to any code violations.
A mandatory meeting ensures all parents and athletes understand the responsibilities of team participation. Expectations and philosophy are clearly defined.
Student team leaders create a culture of high expectations among teammates, both in terms of team performance and positive lifestyle choices.
Training for Coaches
Coaches have a critical role to play in dealing with substance abuse among their athletes. Training coaches is imperative both to raise coach consciousness and to equip them to deal with the issues that arise.
In addition to parents, coaches and athletic directors, support from school administrators and board of education members is essential to the long term viability of the LoA program.
We started implementing aspects of the Life of an Athlete program at the beginning of the fall season. We did a general overview of the program at our parent/athlete/coach meeting but also spent a lit…
— Jeff Cloos (Athletic Director, Inter-Lakes High School )