Below you will find some general coronavirus safety recommendations, as well as other useful resources to help schools and youth sports navigate the pandemic with their groups. We know there are plenty of resources available to group leaders and hope this list is an opportunity to discover something new while answering some common questions, including best practices in supporting remote learning during school closures and how coronavirus will affect college admissions and recruiting.
We have linked some free resources for helping kids stay physically and mentally fit, as well as some leadership tips for how to lead during the coronavirus crisis.
Finally, we have included some good news stories of what individuals and programs are doing to support their community during the crisis. We have even included a few of our favorite motivational videos which you are welcome to share with your program!
Even as some regions return to play, we know our COVID-19 era is a stressful and disappointing time with the postponement and cancellation of sports and activities. Snap! Raise is here to support your program however we can. You can find out more about how Snap! Raise has adapted its process to support the changing needs of your program by clicking here.
Table of Contents
- Leadership during the coronavirus crisis
- Helping kids stay physically and mentally fit
- Coronavirus safety recommendations
- Staying motivated during COVID-19
School leadership during the coronavirus crisis
The leadership role of educators and coaches during this crisis
“Game On: A Season of Choice” – A webinar from Betsy Butterick, “The Coaches Coach” & Communication Specialist, focused on giving coaches and administrators options to shift focus from loss, to creative ways we can leave their unique mark on this challenging time.
“Unfinished Business: 5 Insights When Your Athletic Season is Sidelined by a Pandemic” – article from Sidelined.org who’s mission to reunite permanently-sidelined athletes with their passions and inspire them to find a meaningful way forward is currently relevant to all.
Tips on how to lead during the coronavirus crisis
- Coronavirus challenge from a Navy SEAL (Forbes)
- How to lead with mental health in mind (Forbes)
- How to lead effectively during the coronavirus crisis (Inc)
- Business perspective on leading during coronavirus (Center for Creative Leadership)
Quotes from coaches and program leaders around the country on responding to the challenge of coronavirus:
Doug Soles Head Coach
Boys and Girls Cross Country and Track & Field
Great Oak High School (Temecula, CA)
USTFCCCA High School Cross Country Coach of the Year, 2005
What I’ve tried to convey to the kids is things are about to get real, things are gonna change. You expect to go to prom, go to graduation—that stuff is probably not gonna happen. I try to tell them to rely on their training. We’ve trained for events, we’ve trained for adversity. And our kids are really good at dealing with adversity.
I’ve been amazed at the toughness of our kids, at their perseverance. It’s sad for our seniors, but sometimes the societal situation is gonna trump what we’re doing in athletics. It puts it into perspective—we’re in here playing a game, and I love it, but at the end of the day, nothing is more important than the safety of our kids. Nothing is more important than the families and those families being together. We’re about to enter a time that a lot of people haven’t seen, but I think it will make this generation go from the butt of every joke for not wanting to work hard to a group of young individuals that understand how important it is to work hard, and how important it is to take care of the person living next door to you.
Head Coach, Girls Soccer
Howell High School (Howell, MI)
First-year head coach
We were planning to do a ‘Coaches vs. Cancer fundraiser to kick off the season,’ but in light of things, we decided to change our direction. We’re going to focus more on giving back to the community. Somebody needs help out here, and if we can pool our resources together, we can see what we can do.
We don’t need to be sitting on the couch, sending out instructions we can do while we’re away, and have a virtual practice. We need to slow things down just a little bit. It’s about family. It’s about community. You know, these kids need a break. They need a break from instruction, from a coach, from a teacher, and just enjoy life and enjoy the things that matter.
I’m hoping that eventually, we have a season. We had an energy, we had a buzz. So, when we get back, I think the key things I’m looking for are ‘can we recreate that energy? Can we recreate that buzz that we had going, and keep on powering through?’ That was my whole thing with getting family and friends and everybody involved because I had it myself when I was in high school—there’s just nothing like it when you have all those fans cheering for you. There’s nothing like that. That’s the buzz we were trying to create, and hopefully, we can get back to that.
How to help kids stay physically fit
TrainHeroic provides pro-caliber free bodyweight workout plans to help students stay fit
To get started, simply follow these two steps:
- Download the TrainHeroic app for free by clicking here for iOS and by clicking here for Android phones
- Add your name and email, and create a password.
Mental health during the coronavirus crisis
Advice for staying mentally healthy during COVID-19
- 9 ways to stay positive during the coronavirus pandemic (Forbes)
- Science-based tips for emotional resilience during coronavirus crisis (Washington Post)
- 4 mental heath strategies for coping with coronavirus stress (Psychology Today)
- How to help kids deal with the stress of coronavirus (Psychology Today)
- How to make mental health a priority during the COVID-19 pandemic (ESPN)
- Recommendations for how to talk to kids about coronavirus (National Association of School Psychologists)
- How teens can cope with coronavirus (Teen Vogue)
Coronavirus safety and other resources
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
- CDC Coronavirus Homepage
- What schools and childcare providers should be doing about coronavirus
- How to prepare your household for coronavirus
- How to manage stress and anxiety during the coronavirus outbreak
- How to talk to kids about coronavirus
- Aspen Institute’s recommendations for youth sports and play
- Johns Hopkins University & Medicine coronavirus resource center
- Consumer Reports guide to coronavirus
- Coronavirus legal guide from the National School Board Association
How will coronavirus affect college recruiting and admissions?
- The latest on college recruiting from NCSA
- (If you’re a parent or student in need of recruiting support, click here)
- How COVID-19 is affecting college admissions (Forbes)
- Picking a college in the age of coronavirus (Forbes)
- Recruiting advice for high school students during coronavirus (Los Angeles Times)
- College and coronavirus (New York Times)
Remote education and e-learning
- Recommendations for students during coronavirus (Forbes)
- Teaching and learning tips during social distancing (KQED)
- How three Pennsylvania teachers are creatively handling remote teaching (WHYY)
Promoting equity during the coronavirus crisis
- Millions of kids across the U.S. rely on lunch provided by schools. Here’s how local school districts and governments are thinking about how to make sure those students still get fed. (CNN)
- With the necessity of e-learning, what happens to the kids with limited access to technology at home? (USA Today)
- Combatting stigma and racism in time of crisis (Washington Post)
- The CDC on stigma and coronavirus
Resources for engaging young children (compiled by our friends at King County Play Equity Coalition)
- Guidelines for gatherings of children and youth while schools are closed
- Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions due to School Closings
- List of at home activities for kids and a sample schedule for a DIY preschool for your child
- Early Childhood Resources from the University of Washington
- Coronavirus quarantine resources for parents and caregivers
Motivation in the age of coronavirus
Motivational videos recommended by the Snap! Raise team
- Jocko Willink on “Good”
- “How bad do you want it” by Eric Thomas
- Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson on his secret to success
- “Make this year a great year”
- “When you don’t feel like doing anything”
- Will Smith on self-discipline
- Rocky’s “This is how winning is done” speech
- Admiral McCraven (University of Texas commencement)
- Trevor Moawad on controlling negative thinking
- And a couple bonus podcasts and articles on the concept of neutral thinking