Top Coach Ops Con
So what exactly is Operations and how does it impact me?
Operations is the fastest growing area of amateur athletics staffing and administration. Long a part of most business enterprises, Operations is the logistical arm of a business, organization, or program, providing planning, support, and management for the enterprise.
Over the last decade (longer for some), baseball and softball programs and organizations have been utilizing this administrative element as a strategic part of their overall plan. And whether there’s actually a formally titled Operations staffer or if it falls where it’s been for decades (spread across the coaching and support staff), the duties themselves have become more and more formalized within the organization.
In many athletics programs and organizations where the position is formalized, it is typically manifested in one of three ways:
The first is a departmental or organizational Director of Operations. This is typically a department or organization-wide position, utilizing a person or staff of people to handle the logistical aspects of all programs in the department or organization. You see this position in summer/year-round baseball and softball organizations and many school programs at all levels.
The second is a permanent position for a sport-specific Director of Operations. This is typically staffed by someone with business, logistical, or organizational expertise. It is often handled and planned for with a long term view for the organization or program. This option is typically reserved for the larger school programs.
The third is quite often an entry level coaching position. While titled Director of Baseball Operations, Director of Softball Operations or Director of Track & Field Operations, it is with an eye to the future of the individual who inhabits the position as much as it is about the position itself. This is easily the fastest growing of the three primary options, as programs with limited budgets find creative ways to add the duties and extra staff member.
Here’s what you can expect from Top Coach Ops Con
Top Coach and Cornbelt Sports are partnering to present the first of its kind, Top Coach Ops Con (or Operations Conference). Similar to coaching clinics where the aim is to add knowledge, enhance efficiency, and create networking opportunities, our conference aims to offer all of these benefits plus an added bonus that could be as important as the other three combined. That is, those who attend Top Coach Ops Con will certainly come away with knowledge that can save their organization thousands of dollars annually. When it comes time for your department to budget for conferences, this one’s a no-brainer.
At Top Coach Ops Con, you will learn from some of the best Operations people in the country. Our sessions will cover many of these central topics:
- Travel (lodging, meals, flights, charter coaches)
- Equipment & Uniforms (acquisition, maintenance, organization)
- Facilities (maintenance, upgrades)
- Administration (compliance, academics, school admin liaison)
- Staffing (student managers, work-study, volunteers, student assistants)
- Program relations (boosters, fans, alumni, civic organizations, special events)
- Technology (video, website, social media, software, apps)
- Career (Ops career path, resources, creative staffing)
- Other (camps, clinics, stats, charts, scouting, game day operations)
- and more!
Is this for me?
Top Coach Ops Con is for those who handle any part of Operations for your program or organization. Take a look at the list in the last section. Whether your title has “Ops” in it or you are a coach or a staff member and you handle some portion of these duties, Ops Con is for you!
Although our primary focus has been baseball, we think that this will easily translate into softball. And if you in an Operations position for any other sport, there’s going to be a ton of value for you as well.
Frankly, this is an easy decision. If you attend Ops Con, you will come away with ideas, processes, and resources that will pay for your attendance ten times over. Be proactive. Do your program a favor. Put this one on your calendar. And sign up for our email updates today!