Good Sports, Inc., assists colleges and universities, high schools, and middle schools in complying with the athletics provisions of Title IX.
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, a two to four day on-site visit, and collection of specific information such as budgets, squad lists, media guides, coaches’ contracts, enrollment information, etc. The on-site visit includes a tour of facilities (including practice and competitive facilities, locker rooms, training rooms, weight rooms, equipment rooms, and coaches’ office space) and interviews with the head coaches. The longest questionnaire is that for the head coach, while questionnaires for assistant coaches and most staff require less than an hour to complete. The questionnaires are sent in advance of the scheduled on-site visit to allow staff to complete them at their convenience. 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.
ON-SITE CONSULTATIONS. On-site consultations provide technical assistance services to institution staff. This new service may include analyses of the institution’s compliance for: the three-part test; scholarship awards; facilities; coaching availability; recruitment resources; and other issues as desired such as team travel, scheduling, equipment, publicity, medical and training services, support services, housing and dining benefits, and / or tutoring benefits. Brief interviews may be conducted based on the issues selected for review. The on-site visit may be concluded with a detailed briefing for appropriate staff regarding the institution’s likely compliance status and recommendations for addressing any concerns that are apparent during the visit. Services may also include a Q & A session for general staff, coaches, and/or students.
On-site consultations are priced at an hourly rate plus expenses incurred. A minimum number of hours may be required based on location and anticipated travel time; the required minimum hours may be modified for visits coordinated for multiple campuses. On-site consultation services do not include a written report; a copy of our extensive self-evaluation manual and desk reference is provided as part of the service. Postsecondary institutions receive “Title IX and Intercollegiate Athletics: How It All Works – In Plain English,” while secondary schools receive “Title IX and Interscholastic Athletics: How It All Works – In Plain English.”
ADVISORY CONSULTATION. Advisory consultations may involve a general review of several Title IX program areas or target specific issues, for example, sports offerings (the accommodation of interests and abilities – three part-test) or scholarships for thorough analyses. The issues reviewed determine whether an on-site visit is necessary and the type of data to be collected. 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. Interests and abilities reviews do not require an on-site visit.
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.
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-A (FBS), I-AA (FCS), I-AAA, Division II, and Division III institutions, NAIA, Community College, and high school programs.