For the seventh-consecutive year, the Washoe County School District hosted Team Captain Training, which took place Thursday at Spanish Springs High School.
It was the second-straight year the one-day event was held in north Sparks. It has also been hosted by Reno and Wooster high schools.
The event, which had a record 130 participants from around the school district, aims to bring athletic leaders from around northern Nevada together to improve sportsmanship at athletic events.
“It was an effort to enhance and increase sportsmanship for our students,” said Brian Rothe, the school district’s director of athletics. “We figure if we can get ahold of our team leaders and instill in them the proper beliefs and practices around good sportsmanship that would be transmitted around the team. And we would have more successful contests that were centered around good sportsmanship.”
Rothe admitted improving sportsmanship at high school events will always be an ongoing process. That is why sophomores were allowed to attend this year, which created the large number of participants.
“Some JV programs were involved,” Rothe said. “We figure the earlier we start the process, we might even have better results. So we did expand it this year.”
The program, run by Dean Whellans of Team Sports Elite, was previously funded by a grant, which ran out last year. Schools that chose to send their athletic leaders to the session wrote a $250 check that paid for all their students. Rothe is hoping to avoid this in the future and is looking for a sponsor.
Participants were chosen by their school’s athletic director.
Each year schools within the district are asked to host the Team Captain Training, and Spanish Springs Athletic Director Art Anderson and staff willing opened their doors.
“They’ve been gracious in volunteering,” Rothe said. “They’ve just been excited and willing to host it, and that’s what we’ve gone with.”