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Decision-Making Project Topic- How the Covid-19 Pandemic Affected NCAA College coaches recruitment for the upcoming 2021-2022 season.

Hey, this is a project you recently did for me. This was the feedback I received:

I need the project edited:

“Lloyd…I did a quick look. Looks like you take the idea in the direction that makes sense…however, in the step where you are asked to look at alternatives and choose, you are directed to use a SWOT analysis or at least list the pro/cons of your various proposed solutions…I did not see that step…”

“my suggestion as you move forward is to put Covid to the side as you research this…The virus is a given now, right?

Focus on how recruiting has changed including the dead period, need to be more adept at communication…etc What I am looking for in this project is for you to come out at the end with the best idea to solve your specific problem…and that is the reason you want to really get to the root cause”

I have attached the project:

Running head: NCAA COLLEGE COACHES RECRUITMENT
1
Define the Problem and Its Root Cause
There is a problem in college sports due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The problem has
affected the recruitment process of students in athletics. Despite the restrictions put in place to
prevent the spread of the virus, the recruitment of college athletes by NCAA coaches has
continued to decline drastically as shown by the number of college athletes currently joining
sports teams. This problem has negatively affected college sports and the stakeholders involved
including the students, coaches, supervisors, and scholarship providers because they do not
engage in the recruitment process like in the past years (Kraus, 2020). A possible cause of this
problem is a lack of an appropriate strategy to implement to enhance continued recruitment of
students in sports. The causes of the problem, therefore, include:
•
The ability to spread the COVID-19 virus
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Restrictions put preventing interactions and meetings
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Lack of efficient communication platforms
The root cause of the problem is the existence of the COVID-19 virus. The virus resulted
in negative impacts on different aspects of the world. Restrictions were put to ensure that people
remained in lockdown. This would prevent interactions that would increase the risk of
contracting the illness. NCAA College coaches’ recruitment for the 2021-2022 season has also
experienced the impact of the restriction. Since the coaches cannot conduct meetings, their
interactions have reduced significantly over time. Additionally, the communication and
interaction platforms have not been efficiently determined. As a result, challenges are occurring
in the recruitment process in the colleges. Thus, understanding and determining the root cause of
the problem is essential in gaining a solution to the issue.
Clarify Your Objectives
The problem has resulted in the extension of the dead period for the recruits. This means
that due to the restrictions caused by the pandemic, coaches cannot visit the recruits at their
homes. As a result, the recruits sign the contracts with institutions without formal visits from
coaches as required. The impact of the problem is, therefore, lack of engagement in the pure
evaluation of the recruits before allowing them to be part of the college sports team.
Additionally, the lack of performing a prospectus does not help determine the actual traits, skills,
and instincts of the potential players.
The primary focus on solving the problem is to improve the recruitment process.
Although in-person recruitments have been restricted, the primary focus should be on ensuring
that the recruitment process continues to occur. The NCAA’s coaches and recruits should
understand the strategies for improving the process and making it a success. Thus, by solving the
problem, the focus is to advance the communication and interactions between the coaches and
recruits (NCSA, 2021). In any case, thinking outside the box is paramount to obtain a solution
for the process. This can include conducting live meetings with the recruits through different
social media platforms. Enhancing and making online interactions possible is, thus the primary
objective of solving the issue.
The major stakeholders affected by the COVID-19 pandemic include the coaches,
supervisors, and recruits. In any case, the coaches have to change their process of recruitment.
This means adapting to the changes made in the sports environment. Consequently, the
supervisors are expected to evaluate possible means of interacting and checking the success of
the process. Conducting conference calls can be a relevant way of maximizing the presence of
the players, coaches, and supervisors. Providing the opportunity to the recruiters to foreshow
their capabilities through the means can also be essential. Solving the problem will therefore be
essential in helping the different stakeholders affected by the problem.
The Facts and Pertinent Information
The issue of recruitment at the NCAA has changed significantly due to the COVID19
pandemic. The facts surrounding the issue are the discouragement of engagement in face-to-face
meetings. Focusing on the onscreen process of recruiting players has resulted in the questioning
of the fair and just system of the process. In any case, determining which recruits are qualified to
join the NCAA players’ team through the use of virtual means can be difficult. Additionally, it
can result in the recruitment of unqualified students to the team. This means that it is difficult for
the recruitment to be successful when it is conducted virtually rather than when it is conducted
during face-to-face interactions.
Other facts surrounding the issue are on the expected means of communication and
interactions. NCAA coaches have been used to visiting the students and their parents before the
recruitment. The visits enable the coaches to determine the qualifications of the students to join
diverse sports teams. However, currently, diverse changes have been developed to ensure the
COVID-19 regulations are followed. The NCAA recruiting roles include the restrictions of
communication between the different stakeholders. Additionally, there are no accepted meetings,
regardless of whether they are official or unofficial. Significantly, it is expected that there will be
no recruiting conversations with the recruits. Thus, in situations where there were ongoing
interactions and communications, the students are expected to reschedule their meetings. Thus,
the pandemic has changed the conduct of activities for the NCAA College coaches’ recruitment
for the 2021-2022 season. Although the recruitment process would be currently ongoing, the
restrictions have prevented its occurrence (NCSA, 2021). Thus, the problem has occurred
significantly due to the lack of interactions, communications, and conduct of meetings as
expected during the recruitment processes.
Alternative Solutions and the Consequences
The alternative solutions to the problem focus on determining the best ways of ensuring
that the athletes remain visible. Additionally, the primary objective of finding solutions to
compensate the involved stakeholders is paramount. In any case, potential solutions will be
essential in compensating for the lack of actual scouting and evaluation of the recruits. The
alternative solutions include providing funds to the students to enable them to interact with the
coaches through online platforms. Additionally, the students should focus on the development of
online athletic resumes. These can enable them to introduce themselves and their skills to the
college coaches (Kraus, 2020). Other suggested solutions include encouraging the students to
maintain quality academic profiles in the learning institutions. More so, they should focus on
sharpening their athletic skills to enable successful recruitment when the face to face meetings
and interactions are open.
NCAA coaches are keen to ensure that the athletic dreams of the students continue rising.
Due to this belief, they have continued to engage in online recruitment processes. The primary
objective is to reach out to students with potential capabilities to perform efficiently in different
sporting activities. The coaches should focus on determining the best platforms to engage with
the students. Additionally, they should determine how to review the athletic performance of the
potential recruits (Lenzi, 2020). Regardless of the restrictions, the search for talent and potential
performance among the students should continue. This is to ensure that the different teams will
still have players. Additionally, this is to enable the students to have an opportunity to showcase
their capabilities and performance in athletics.
The Best Solution and Plan
The best solution to solving the problem is engagement in online interactions. There are
diverse ways of communication including email and social media platforms. This is the best
solution since it can enable the continued interactions until the dead period ends. Most
importantly, online interactions can increase the number of logins in the NSCA (NCSA, 2021).
These are to enable the coaches to continue sharing information on the best strategies to
implement when searching for talent online. Significantly, the solution can be essential in
ensuring that coaches and students meet without traveling. Thus, the solution enables the coaches
to develop a recruiting network despite the lack of face-to-face interactions.
The plan to implement the solution would involve making sure that all stakeholders
involved access the online platforms. In various instances, the students might lack the internet
access required for online interactions. The scholarship provided to support college athletes
should be utilized in providing the students with online access. The plan, therefore, is to provide
access to the online platforms to enable them to interact and communicate efficiently.
Additionally, these are to enable the students to have the accessibility to online conferencing.
The conferences are conducted for the recruits to showcase their skills and abilities through the
online platforms. Thus, having access to the online platforms is the forefront initiative of the
solution (Lenzi, 2020). Although visits to the athletes are restricted, coaches are expected to
maintain a connection with them. This is to enable them to understand whether the students
qualify to join different teams. Additionally, it will be an opportunity to evaluate the athletic
capabilities of the students.
Implementation and Test
Implementing the solution will determine the ability to achieve positive results. The
implementation phase consists of executing the proposed plan. The proposed plan to attain a
solution is the engagement of different stakeholders through the use of social media platforms.
During the implementation process, the primary focus should be the fulfillment of every
stakeholder’s interests. Additionally, it helps determine the agreement as to whether the
execution process is essential. In this case, starting the use of social media platforms to interact
with the students is essential. The funds utilized in the process should entirely be used in making
the interactions a success. Thus, the commitment of the students to join the teams will determine
the success of the implemented solution. Additionally, the coaches should be committed to
interacting with the recruits for effective results.
The implemented solution might be successful or not. Determining if the implemented
solution is successful requires testing it. The testing phase will be determined by considering the
number of successful recruits compared to the projected number. Significantly, evaluating the
number of successful interactions between the coaches and students will be essential in testing
the proposed solution. Coaches expect to receive the scholarship funds for the recruiting process.
Thus, the amounts of funds provided, and the participating scholarships will be vital in
determining the success of the plan. In any case, obtaining an amount equal to the expected
budget is essential to achieving a successful solution to the problem.
References
Kraus, A. (2020). Shooting for College: Recruiting In the COVID-19 Era. USA Water Polo.
Retrieved from https://usawaterpolo.org/news/2020/7/8/general-shooting-for-collegerecruiting-in-the-covid-19-era.aspx
Lenzi, R. (2020). How Covid-19 impacts recruiting in college sports. The Buffalo News.
Retrieved from https://buffalonews.com/sports/college/how-covid-19-impacts-recruitingin-college-sports/article_22026a88-d2aa-5653-b14c-9b79a16edc52.html
NCSA. (2021). Coronavirus Sports: COVID-19 Impacts and Solutions for College Recruiting.
Retrieved from https://www.ncsasports.org/coronavirus-sports
SPG 312
DECISION MAKING
PROJECT
PROBLEM STATEMENT AND ROUTE CAUSES
PROBLEM SOLVING PROCESS
1.
DEFINE THE PROBLEM AND ITS ROOT CAUSE
2.
CLARIFY YOUR OBJECTIVES
3.
DETERMINE THE FACTS AND COLLECT PERTINENT
INFORMATION
4.
GENERATE ALTERNATIVE SOLUTIONS AND CONSIDER THE
CONSEQUENCES
5.
CHOOSE THE BEST SOLUTION AND CREATE YOUR PLAN
6.
IMPLEMENT AND TEST
DEFINE THE PROBLEM

Start with:

What is the problem or situation? Be honest – what makes you believe
there is a problem?
 Look
at underlying causes: what is the root cause (s)
 What
is the impact of the problem on the organization, its
stakeholders, society?
 Why
is it an issue for you, for society, for your industry?
 BRAINSTORM
AND LOOK AT FROM A SYSTEMS PERSPECTIVE…ALL
POSSIBLE IMPACTS
 WRITE
A PROBLEM STATEMENT (see template)
PROBLEM STATEMENT

A problem statement is a clear description of the
problem you are trying to solve and is typically most
effective stated as a question.

A good problem statement defines the “who” the
problem involves, and defines the scope of the
problem. Since problem statements guide much of the
problem solving of a project, it is important not to be
too narrow or broad with the problem statement.

Ask the most crucial question, “What are we trying to
solve?”
IMPORTANT TO GET TO THE ROOT
CAUSE

Sometimes get caught up in identifying all the negative
consequences/effects but haven’t really found the problem

May lead to fixing symptoms without getting to real cause

Make sure have clear picture of what roots of problem are and
ramifications of it. Make sure getting to heart of problem

REMEMBER…to solve the problem may require breaking it down
into smaller, easier to understand pieces….but never forget your
job is to get at the main problem and the ROOT CAUSE!
Getting to the root cause

EXAMPLE:

My problem: My newly purchased used car in not safe. Have brought it
twice to a mechanic near me and still have issues:
Drifts into other lanes when I drive over 55 mph
 Stalls out when I stop at traffic lights
 Parking lights continue to go out



ARE THESE CAUSES OR SYMPTOMS OF MY PROBLEM?
WHAT WOULD BE CAUSES?
Lack of maintenance
 Car is a lemon
 Mechanic did a poor job
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HOW TO GET TO THE REAL CAUSE

Need to Identify the factors that are causing the problem

Ask yourself:
1.
What led to this current issue?
2.
What other problems coexist with the current one you’re dealing
with. Identifying a timeline and asking these kinds of questions will allow
you to begin realizing specific causal factors.

A cause can be defined as: “An action or lack of action that caused an
Incident or made the incident worse.”

Basically, causal factors are the reason you’re dealing with your current
problem. And make no mistake, there are almost always multiple reasons.

Do your best to identify multiple ones, as long as multiples do, in fact, exist.
You’re much more likely to resolve issues this way.
PROBLEM STATEMENT
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TEMPLATE
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There is a problem in ________________ (org/situation
where problem is occurring). Despite
____________(efforts to prevent or deter), ______
(something undesirable or unexpected) is occurring as
shown by _______(provide evidence). This problem has
negatively affected ______(victims of the problem)
because __________________ (explain impact). A
possible cause of this problem is _______ (provide
example).
2. CLARIFY YOUR OBJECTIVES

Once you know what the problem is, you must know
what your objectives are in trying to solve the problem

This is addressed in your problem statement, but in this step you
want to clarify it by further understanding and stating the
impact of the problem

What do you want to do by solving this problem?
 Which
how
 How
stakeholders are being impacted by this problem and
will a solution help those stakeholders
homework
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FINALIZE PROBLEM STATEMENT USING TEMPLATE
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PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING ALSO
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List at least four stakeholders impacting or impacted by your
problem

How are these stakeholders being impacted by this problem?

Using the info shown in this powerpoint ( and answering the
questions on slide #7, come up with at least three possible
CAUSES FOR YOUR PROBLEM
DETERMINE YOUR OBJECTIVES (SLIDE 9). CLARIFY:
 What
 How
do you want to do by solving this problem?
will a solution help those stakeholders you identified
above
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4. GENERATE ALTERNATIVE SOLUTIONS AND
CONSIDER THE CONSEQUENCES
• PART ONE:
• Now that
you know what you want to achieve and have gathered
relevant facts, make a list of options and actions that can help
you accomplish your objectives
• Brainstorm/More alternatives the better: Quantity Counts
• Be creative and take advantage of team input
· Using your research, look at the problem from different perspectives
and make sure your alternatives consider those alternatives
Look at how each solution relates to the root cause and symptoms of the problem
.
4. GENERATE ALTERNATIVE SOLUTIONS AND
CONSIDER THE CONSEQUENCES
• PART TWO
For every
alternative you formed in previous step, weigh the
positive effects and negative consequences that each solution
would bring (no evaluation, just list)
Use SWOT Analysis or list Pros and Cons/Advantages and
Risks for each
5. CHOOSE THE BEST SOLUTION AND CREATE
YOUR PLAN
Use info gathered in previous step when selecting best alternative.
Consider extent to which:
Each particular alternative will solve problem without causing other issues; are the
risks manageable?
Can it be implemented within acceptable time frame
Flexibility of solution…can you adapt if situation changes?
Will All/Most stakeholders will accept the initiative?
Believe that implementation is feasible and fits organizational constraints taking into
account issues such as:
Cost Legal/Compliance Environment Social impact
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5. CHOOSE THE BEST SOLUTION AND CREATE
YOUR PLAN
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Select the best Alternative and put your plan in
place
Understand and be able to explain why you
made that choice
Choose the option that seems most workable,
should solve your dilemma and won’t create
more problems… that will reduce the gap .
6: IMPLEMENT PLAN AND TEST IT
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• Provide details on how will implement the plan
• How will you implement? How will you initiate the specific plan?
• Explain resources needed, timeline…how will it be communicated?
• Expected results and what success will look like
• Consider how you will test and evaluate the plan
• Feedback channels must be created to assure continuous monitoring
and testing. What does this look like?
What do you need to change, to keep in place?
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