Check the updated virtual Agenda HERE!
Updated agenda 7/10/20 with additional speakers!
For Immediate Release
THSCA CONVENTION & COACHING SCHOOL GOES ALL VIRTUAL
After careful consultation with our Board of Directors and with due regard to the increased uncertainty of the COVID-19 climate in San Antonio, we will be cancelling the in-person 2020 THSCA Coaching School and Convention and will be moving the convention to an entirely Virtual format instead. We had hoped for a decrease in the spread of the coronavirus as we neared the convention date but the situation has evolved rapidly and we are committed to do our part to protect our attendees, sponsors, vendors and staff.
This is an enormous disappointment and not a decision we have taken lightly. THSCA’s Coaching School and Convention is the biggest event of the year for the association and it is our favorite way to celebrate high school coaches from all over the state with educational lectures, fellowship, and many other events. It was a tough call to make but in our efforts to support the preventative protocols set forth by our Texas school administrators, the UIL Executive Staff and governing authorities at both state and local levels, we are choosing to prioritize health and safety first.
“We appreciate the Texas High School Coaches Association working for as long as they did to try to hold their conference in San Antonio” said Casandra Matej, President and CEO of Visit San Antonio. “This was not an easy decision for the association and its leadership, and we know from our decades-long relationship with THSCA how much they enjoy coming to our destination. While we feel we had gone above and beyond to ensure a very safe conference, we are in uncharted territory that is requiring difficult decisions for everyone.”
In collaboration with the UIL staff, the Dead Dates of 7/20 and 7/21 have been rescinded and the 2020 Coaching School agenda has been updated to allow for coaches to resume regularly scheduled strength and conditioning/sport-specific training. We will still host Coaching School, July 19-21, but have intentionally consolidated the content to the afternoon each day, in an effort to help coaches balance valuable time with athletes and an opportunity to obtain skills and knowledge through coaches education.
Those who register for Coaching School will be granted access to our online clinic platform (Powered by CoachTube) all sport-specific and professional development lectures, all mandatory UIL CCP courses, panel discussions, the THSCA Head Coaching Academy, and THSCA Regional & General Meeting broadcasts. Upon the conclusion of Coaching School, all registrants will receive an emailed certificate for 15-hours of Continuing Professional Education Hours from a TEA Accredited Entity. We will also offer all registrants unlimited access to our Virtual Trade Show platform that allows attendees to shop our exhibit hall, network with other coaches, visit our Career Center, attend a Hudl training session, and hold virtual team meetings all from their desktop/laptop computer at home. For coaches needing Tackle Training Certification from Atavus, THSCA is making arrangements for access to their online platform for free on Wednesday, July 22 from noon to 5:00 pm. Only those who have contacted THSCA before July 21 to reserve their seat will be guaranteed access.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ON THSCA VIRTUAL COACHING SCHOOL EXPERIENCE:
What is included in the Virtual Experience?
LIVE BROADCASTS + 6 WEEKS OF FREE ON-DEMAND REPLAY ACCESS (Access available 7/19/20 - 8/31/20) to all educational content via our online clinic platform (Powered by CoachTube) including:
Skills and Technique Lectures in 15 different sports
Professional Development Health, Safety and Character Curriculum Lectures
All Mandatory UIL Coaches Certification Program (CCP) Courses
(Credit for completing UIL CCP courses in the virtual Coaching School platform will be relayed to the UIL & Register My Athlete for your convenience.)
All Panel Discussions & our THSCA Head Coaching Academy
THSCA Regional/General Meeting Broadcasts
Certificate for 15-hours of Continuing Education Professional Development Hours from a TEA Accredited Entity. (Certificates delivered via email to all registrants upon the conclusion of Coaching School.)
+ Plus Unlimited Access to our VIRTUAL TRADE SHOW EXPERIENCE that allows attendees to shop our exhibit hall, network with other coaches, visit our Career Center, attend Hudl training sessions, and hold virtual team meetings ALL FROM YOUR DESKTOP/LAPTOP COMPUTER AT HOME!
When will I be able to access the virtual platforms?
Virtual Trade Show Platform: Registered attendees will receive emailed instructions on Monday, July 13th, to download the THSCA Virtual Campus Application onto their desktop/laptop computer. (This application does not work on mobile devices.) Once the application is downloaded, the attendee will be prompted to sign-in for the first time to the platform and create an avatar character. Avatars can navigate through our campus and browse the 2 THSCA Expo Halls, stop by the virtual career center staffed by the Texas Coach Network to hire a coach or find a job, attend a personalized training session in the Hudl team suite, join the THSCA General Meeting in our auditorium, or come by one of the information desks for assistance from the THSCA support staff.
Virtual Coaching School Platform: On Thursday, July 16th, registered attendees will receive email invitations to access our online clinic platform (Powered by CoachTube) and start browsing lectures to build their customized schedule. Coaches will have access to mandatory UIL CCP content, sport-related lecture content, panel discussions, the THSCA Head Coaching Academy and professional development content through this platform.
Can I transfer a school-paid Coaching School registration to another coach?
We will accept transfer requests through Friday, July 10th. After that time, all registration is considered non-transferable as attendees will already have been granted access to the virtual platforms.
Can I receive a refund for a Coaching School registration?
The deadline to request a refund for Coaching School registration was July 1st. All pre-registered attendees will be granted access to the virtual platform in lieu of onsite events.
Will I receive a certificate for Continuing Education hours from THSCA for my attendance at Coaching School?
After Coaching School is over, all registered attendees will receive an emailed certificate for 15 hours of Continuing Educational Training from the Texas High School Coaches Education Foundation (THSCEF), a TEA accredited entity.
What happens if I had a hotel booked in San Antonio?
THSCA is working with Orchid.Events on cancelling your hotel reservation(s) that were booked with Orchid. It is not necessary to e-mail Orchid about your cancellation and no action is required on your part. You will receive notification in the coming days about the cancellation of you hotel reservation. If your hotel reservation was made outside of the THSCA room block, you are responsible for cancelling these reservations.
How do I complete my UIL CCP courses?
UIL CCP courses will be released daily through our online clinic platform. Coaches will select which lecture they want to watch and be prompted to enter their email address to begin the video. When the video ends, coaches will be asked to enter their THSCA ID number so we can relay that information to Register my Athlete and the UIL as proof of completion. You must complete CCP courses by August 31, 2020 to receive UIL course credit for the 20-21 school year.
Can anyone attend THSCA Coaching School or do you have to be a member?
Anyone can pay the registration fee to attend THSCA Coaching School, you do not have to be a member to attend.
If I was planning to attend Coaching School in San Antonio to hire a coach or find a coaching job, how do I access the THSCA Career Center virtually?
Anyone who needs access to the career center for the purposes of hiring or finding a job can contact our THSCA office for special instructions. We will make accommodations for you to access this portion of the virtual experience. If you wish to access additional clinic content you will need to register for the event and pay the $75 fee. (Call and ask for Margaret Beyer at 512-392-3741)
What Coaching School events have been cancelled entirely?
We have made the decision to postpone the Balfour THSCA Hall of Honor and Awards Banquet to February 22, 2021. It will be held in conjunction with our annual THSCEF Annual Leadership Summit in Arlington.
We will be cancelling a few of our annual networking events entirely for this year however, including our Sunday night Networking Event for High School and College Coaches, the Tuesday morning Wives Coffee, the Past President’s reception, the Past Director’s luncheon, and the UIL/THSCA Board of Directors Breakfast.
After the July 10th pre-registration deadline can I still choose to attend the virtual Coaching School?
YES! Beginning July 11th you can purchase a virtual ticket to the convention via our online clinic platform at texas.coachingclinic.com – There will be two ticket package options available:
$75 (Standard Access)
Access to LIVE content + 6 Weeks of On-Demand Replay Access to complete your Mandatory Education Courses until August 31, 2020.
$149 (Premium Access)
Access to LIVE content + Unlimited Lifetime Access to On-Demand Replays. Must complete your Mandatory Education Courses before August 31, 2020 to receive credit for 20-21 school year.
*Coaches that pre-registered for Coaching School will be granted all the rights to a Standard Access Package. We plan to give these coaches the option to upgrade in September to the Unlimited Premium Access Package for a discounted rate!
Will we vote on President-Elect at the General Meeting?
Though we do plan to host Regional and General Meetings virtually there will be no voting this year. The candidate list for President-Elect will remain intact until 2021 to be voted on at our 2021 Coaching School.
More Information to come on how we will proceed with ATAVUS Tackling Certification, THSCWA activities and more through the virtual platforms!