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In November, 2018, the ASAA polled Athletic Directors in its member schools to find out how student athletes, teams, and coaches were recognized in their school. Athletic Directors were asked to submit both fresh and new ways they recognize their athletes within their school as well as long-standing traditions that they continue to use.

Thank-you to all 128 respondents who took the time to share their ideas and traditions! For ease and efficiency, we have organized the responses to show you some of the most common methods of athlete recognition around the province (see the Resources section of the ASAA website), as well as highlighted a few of the responses in the table below. Please check back as the table may be updated.

Please e-mail shanna@asaa.ca if you are looking for contact information from a survey respondent in a particular school.
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Alberta School
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St. FrancisWe give each athlete a pin for their sport. Gold for 12, Silver 11 and Bronze 10. The pin is in SF and the name of sport on the side. We also calculate points (25, 35 and 50) for each sport they play. Get a Brown F for 200 points, Orange for 400 over their 3 years.Pins, orange and brown Fs, and points system
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Ecole MallaigWe just implemented an athlete of the year system for the high school. Individual awards are given out at the end of the school year at a banquet. At the beginning of games that certain coaches coach the athletes also do a thing called "got your back" and in this the student says a goal for the game and one of their teammates "has their back" and will remind the other throughout the game to keep working on their goal or that they have met it. At the end of the game anyone who met their goal gets a star of the game and we have a dance party to their song of choice. Everyone will have a goal and everyone will have someones back.
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Ivor DentAt the end of each game we have the team pick an MVP of the game and a grinder of the game. Their name is then on the announcements the next day.
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Delburne Centralized
We have a monthly DCS Celebrates to recognize Culture, Academics and Athletics students from K-12. In the gym we raise banners for achievements. Also Daily announcements, monthly newsletter, and webpage. Finally, I put on an Indigenous/Athletics Celebration day in June for all School Teams/Coaches. Here community sponsors support the purchase of "DCS Athletic Allstars" T-shirts that every athlete gets! They all wear them with PRIDE and the little ones can't wait to be on a team to get one :) Awards set up, Indigenous & Athletics Celebration, and T-shirts
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OilfieldsWith our grade 12's we have created their own playing (similar to a hockey card) card to give them on our athletic night. We also have two to three students who come up and speak about what it means to Be A Driller and what athletics means to them. We give all of our Grade 12 athletes a picture for themselves with a started quote in which they finish the rest of the sentence. For example "Being a Driller means....." Playing cards & picture
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Brooks CompositeAthlete of the week t-shirts (with a picture posted afterwards). Teams/players going to provincials get a send-off from the school in varying ways. Pep rallys Dunk Contest/3 Point shootout at lunch Using their feats as teachable material in class (e.g showing a clip of a dunk when talking about leg power) Stickers in gym of senior athletes of the year.Student Athlete Recognition powerpoint
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N/AWe host "Celebrity Games" against other groups like fire fighters, RCMP, paramedics, etc.
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Leduc CompositeAt the end of year we have Colour Night. Each team awards their team MVP, Most Improved, etc. Students earn points playing for teams and students who achieve certain number of points win a School Letter, Proficiency Bar, and Excellence Bar. Athletes of the year are chosen from Grade 12's with the most number of points.
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Penhold CrossingWe celebrate our coaches at the end of the year with a Coaches Jacket that no other staff member has access to. It is a small gift that we have been doing for the past 15 years. The coaches enjoy and appreciate the jacketCoach jackets
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Lacombe Composite
We have created an Athletic Leadership Team in our school whose purpose is to boost the athletics program. Within their responsibilities exists athlete, team, and program recognition. This is their way to give back to a program that has given to them and put their stamp on it.Students raising money for a new scoreclock
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AKCSI purchase a lot of $5 Timmy's cards and hand them out to every parent volunteer at each game. It's an easy and immediate way to say a quick thank-you when they help out.
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St. Mary'sWe have always recognized an Athlete of the Month, however, this year we started highlighting an Athlete of the Month with a twist. The chosen senior high athlete would attend junior high practices in an attempt to start a new culture in the school. We also have a junior high athlete go up to our senior high practices. We're trying to show both groups what hard work and dedication looks like.
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Maurice LavalleeIntramurals are a great way to get kids involved. We also participated in the Unified Sports progrma last year which was absolutely fantastic- this went far beyond athlete recognition... this was just good citizenship!
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Bert ChurchThis past year we wanted to recognize those athletes that participated in Unified Sports. We decided we would hold a presentation ceremony during the school day. We asked various classes if they would bring their students down to support these athletes. The athletes were called up on stage individually and presented with a certificate of recognition. It was awesome to see the excitment on their faces as their peers applauded their success. I hope that we continue to do this as a Bert Church tradition.
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Westmount Charter
For coaches, I have their favourite Starbucks order. During Coach Appreciation Week I bought them coffees. This also allows me to get them coffee once or twice during the season. We use our vending machine money to do this.
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BoyleWe do a Pep Rally with music and introductions at least once per season for each of our teams. The whole school, as well as parents attendPep Rally
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ChinookAt Chinook High School we have a Next Level Wall where we celebrate athletes that have graduated and are playing sport at the next level. We have pictures of them in their post secondary or other next level uniform. We also have a wall where we post pictures of our Athletes of the Year and Coyote Character award winners. All in-season team pictures are posted during their season of play in display cases outside of the gym and Provincial medal winners are also posed and framed with pictures. We recognize coaches in staff meetings and at the end of the year we have a thank-you BBQ to thank coaches for their time and effor with athletes.Athlete and Team Recognition
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Ecole HeritageWe have banners with the names of athletes who won Zones and Provincials, a billboard in the gym with pictures from the current school year and former students who are now playing sports at the collegiate or university level, and framed team pictures with Provincial medals and sportsmanship pins- the sportsmanship is as important as the medalStudent and team recognition
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Rundle AcademyWe have an Athlete of the Month, which includes a picture in the awards cabinet and a write-up in the announcements. All athletes for a given season have their headshots displayed in the lower hallway by the changerooms. We do a Rookie of the Year for the top grade 10 or top new athlete to our school in addition to the Athlete of the Year award at the year end awards ceremony. Athletes are awarded water bottles, lanyards, and/or backpacks throughout the year if they have demonstrated exceptional leadership or sportsmanship. Any athletes who win a Provincial Championship or who go on to compete at a post-secondary level in any athletics are celebrated with a permanent plaque in our gym on the Wall of Fame.Student pictures and Wall of Athletic Excellence
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Sturgeon Composite
Each of our teams have a Seniors Night on the last home game of the regular season (almost like homecoming) where parents and coaches get to stand up and say something about each graduating player. Players get a very cool poster as a parting gift. We also acknowledge outstanding athletic performances and accomplishments in our monthly newsletter and pep rallies, as well as an Athletic Awards banquet for all athletes in June.Seniors Night and Athletic Awards Banquet
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