How HS Football can make a community stronger

Gilpin School has 61 boys attending HS this fall, and if it were up to me, we would suit up all 61 for the 2018 season to defend our new field. Not only do we have a new stadium to play in...the school has also provided us with all the best and safest equipment to protect our players. As a coaching staff, we teach each player how to play with confidence, and we instruct the safest tackling techniques all to avoid injuries.

The sport of HS Football can give so much to young men as they grow up, especially today as we compete with devices for their attention. Football is hard; you will fail, you will fail often. You will learn how to overcome obstacles. You will learn to plan and execute your strategy while becoming a vital member of a team. The real value of HS Football is learning to be part of something bigger than yourself, achieving lofty goals while growing strong in the face of adversity.

I have been proud of the football program that we have built at this small school in the mount…

Coach Craig Ball talks about the new Gilpin Football Field and Track

Gilpin County’s new football field and track is a jewel in the mountains
Reprint from CHSAANOW Article: (Ryan Casey/
BLACK HAWK — It’s a jewel cut into the side of a mountain. And come Friday nights this fall, that jewel will be shining bright above the casinos just down the road. Gilpin County High School is nearing completion of a $1.7 million renovation to its athletic field, which includes a new six-lane track. Included is a set of lights; for the first time, the Eagles will play their home games on a Friday night. Under the lights. “It’ll light up the whole community,” said Craig Ball, the head football and boys track coach at the high school. Craig Ball. (Ryan Casey/ Gilpin County, which encompasses both Black Hawk and its neighbor Central City, sits just south of Nederland. The county was established in 1861, two years after the discovery of gold in Black Hawk. It was named for William Gilpin, the first territorial governor of Colorado, and is the second-smal…

Gilpin Football Filed Logo Installation and 5 Year Journey

This is getting real. I designed this "G" Shield Logo for our helmets 5 years ago when I accepted the head coaching job at #Gilpin County. Watching our Shield proliferate throughout the school, and now to see it on the new field is incredible. #football #coaching #bigtime #lucky

Coaching to win the Championship of Life: The Coach George Raveling Mindset

I had great coaches growing up and they gave me so much of my real-world references about life and what it means to be a man. It was a real treat to listen to the mindset of Coach George Ravelin in his interview on the Jordan Harbinger Show Podcast. I've used this blog post to recap some of the gems that I pulled from the podcast with Coach Raveling.

Coach Ravelin is 80 years old, or how I like to say, he is on level 80, and his positive attitude towards change and the future is remarkable for a coach at his level.  Coach is a fascinating person to get to know...even if it is only through this interview.

Don't always follow the crowd Considered yourself a contrarian. I've always liked to go a different way...when others go one way...I usually go the other. 
Thinking a bit differently is a form of disruption
Take the roads off the highways of life. This mindset opens up additional opportunities. As we move into this new time in history...many times the disruptive action is wh…

How to post content stripped of ads for use in the education environment

Websites have become too inundated with customized/tailored ads and click-bait that it has become almost impossible to use original links when sharing content with my students.

When I share a link in my can see all the data collection at work. Each student has their own set of advertisements distracting from the content. I'm a big fan of data analytics and instructing my students on the benefits of predicting the future, I'm just trying to find ways to protect my students from direct sales during my class.

This is what I've been doing to share great content while keeping the distractions to a minimum:

I'm a heavy user of Evernote. Evernote has a web clipper feature that allows you to capture an over salesy website as a "Simplified Article" stripped of all ads. I now use this feature to produce content in a form that I can share in my classroom.

Evernote also has a new service that makes creating and updating a blog simple. If you have an Evern…

The Updated Craig Ball Bio to include Coaching, Business and Technology at Gilpin

I have recently been working on a project that has required a new updated Bio. I've included my coaching and teaching information along with an updated section about data analysis and collection.
-Coach Ball, Gilpin County Football and Track Head Coach

The Craig Ball Bio
I have been in the gaming business in Black Hawk Colorado for over 27 years...where I developed, owned and operated two casinos in the gaming district. I've spent those years on the casino floor as the owner, general manager, license holder and as a property developer in the district.

I currently operate Spinwit, a gaming and consulting company that produces new gaming products, provides lottery services and offers a variety of compliance services to the casino and entertainment industry.

I'm proud to serve my community as the head varsity football/track coach for the Gilpin Eagles and I teach Business and Technology classes at our local high school.

Specialties: Casino Development and Operations, Data Anal…

Colorado State Meet 2018 - Gilpin County

Jack Ball, a senior from Gilpin County High School, has qualified in two events for the 2018 State Track Meet. Jack will be competing at Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood in the 400m dash and the 800m run.

Jack will run in the prelims of the 400m on Thursday night at 7:13 pm and will compete in the 800m finals on Friday afternoon at 1:10 pm.


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