This section is designed to support you in determining strategies for evaluating the needs and assets of your school. By the end of Step 2, your intramural committee will have located and/or collected key information related to your school’s needs and assets, and the committee will have identified ways to make informed decisions about activities to offer as part of your intramural program that will engage students and increase participation.
Please note that the Raise the Bar Intramural Program should be adapted, as necessary, to ensure compliance with current public health recommendations on COVID-19 as well as school board policies and procedures.
Key components to consider at this stage of the process:
- Determine your existing assets, such as interested staff and student leaders, available facility space, time, budget, available equipment, and support from administration.
- Complete a school profile inventory with your committee in order to determine what you already know about your student population such as their interests, needs, potential barriers to participation, and best available time to participate in intramural activities. This will help determine the type of intramurals that will promote maximum student participation and inform potential times to run them. This will also give you an idea about any additional information you may need to gather about your student population.
- Determine how to best draw on students’ voices and choices by developing and disseminating polls and surveys or holding focus group discussions to determine what their interests and needs are and what might motivate them to become involved in an intramural activity. This can be done in paper format to a specific target audience, via an electronic survey, or in-person student focus groups.
- Decide what questions to ask in a survey related to the types of activities students would like to participate in and the time of day they would most be interested in participating (e.g., before school, during breaks in the instructional day, and/or after school before teams occupy the available activity spaces).
- Consider how to engage students who are new to the school community by identifying their activity interests, skills, or prior experiences with intramurals.
- Once you determine that you have collected sufficient informative data, the committee examines it to determine the different interests within the student population and select possible activities to organize as part of the intramural program. This is also a good time to consider other organizational details of the event such as time of the events or activities, spaces available, equipment, number of attendees, and staff and student leaders needed in order to determine which events or activities are feasible to run with the assets you have (or can acquire).
- Start small. When making your decision about the program you will organize, focus on your assets to determine what is manageable and doable (e.g., start small running one activity, 1–2 days of intramurals each week, or 1 week of intramurals each school term) and build from that experience. Consider what you can do first and what you might take away to be implemented later on.
Tools and Resources
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