Good Sports, Inc., assists colleges and universities, high schools, and middle schools in complying with the athletics provisions of Title IX.
RED FLAG REVIEWS. Red Flag Reviews offer a highly economical alternative to full program reviews and advisory consultations. Red Flag Reviews are aimed at getting quick answers in targeting likely compliance problems and their solutions. Program information is collected via charts, with accompanying instructions, sent to institution staff. The charts may be completed in Word and returned electronically. The analyses for most single issues of the 13 Title IX athletics program components may require 30 minutes to an hour. A review of all 13 Title IX program components might require less than 20 hours. The Title IX policy for each issue analyzed, the institution’s likely compliance status, and options to address any concerns are explained orally. A written summary is provided if requested.
FULL PROGRAM REVIEW. A full program review is as detailed as a federal government investigation and involves collecting and analyzing information for every team for all 13 Title IX program areas. Potential major and minor compliance concerns in each area are identified. Alternatives for compliance are explained, first orally, then followed by a thorough written report. Collecting information involves the completion of questionnaires and collection of specific information such as budgets, squad lists, coaches’ contracts, enrollment information, media guides, etc. The longest questionnaire is that for the head coaches, while questionnaires for assistant coaches and most staff require less than an hour to complete. Athletics facilities are reviewed electronically; on-site visits are not necessary, but may be scheduled for specific requests. Facilities reviewed electronically include practice and competitive facilities, locker rooms, training rooms, weight rooms, equipment rooms, and coaches’ offices. The written report outlines the issues reviewed, summarizes the benefits provided to students, identifies any compliance concerns, and explains specific options for remedying compliance problems. University presidents and administrators have called our written reports “excellent,” “superb,” and “very user-friendly.” Our full program reviews are unmatched in regard to detail and accuracy. Because of the extensive detail collected and analyzed, we recommend that our full program reviews be conducted only every five years unless there have been significant changes in coaching assignments or sports offerings. Since founding Good Sports, Inc., in 1994, we have conducted multiple full program reviews for many of our clients.
ADVISORY CONSULTATION. Advisory consultations may involve a general review of several Title IX program areas or target specific issues, for example, sports offerings (the three-part test), scholarships, or facilities for thorough analyses. Facilities reviews are conducted electronically. Conclusions and remedies for compliance concerns may be presented with an oral briefing and/or written summary. The second most requested service after our full program reviews is a detailed analysis of the three-part test under the accommodation of interests and abilities.
DOCUMENT REVIEWS AND WRITTEN GUIDANCE. Reports and draft documents may be reviewed for Title IX considerations. An oral briefing and/or written summary may be provided. Written analyses and guidance may be provided for case-specific requests.
EDUCATION SERVICES. Good Sports, Inc., also provides self-evaluation classes and question and answer sessions.
Our clients include colleges and universities, high schools, collegiate athletics conferences, national and regional athletics conferences, including the NCAA, several state high school associations, state bar associations, and national sport organizations. We have conducted full program reviews and advisory consultations for NCAA Division I, including FBS, FCS, and non-football programs, Division II, and Division III institutions, NAIA, Community College, and high school programs.