Teaching Kids that the “Doer Makes Mistakes
Volume 7, Issue 18
October 22, 2015

This bi-weekly publication is intended to highlight the achievements of the outstanding athletes in Central Alberta, provide tips on nutrition, training, mental skills and upcoming events.

Location: Red Deer College
Miles Kydd, Executive Director
Room 902

Gwen Farnsworth,
Program Assistant
Room 904

Mailing Address:
ASDC Cental
Box 5005
100 College Blvd
Red Deer, AB
T4N 5H5
Contact info:
Phone: (403) 342-3231

Male Athlete of the Month

Elliott Moskowy, is a 24 year old Red Deer competitive swimmer.  This past August, Elliott captured 3 Gold Medals and 1 Silver Medal at the 2015 Special Olympic World Games in Los Angeles. This made Elliott one of the most decorated Canadian athletes at the 2015 World Games.  Elliott continued his strong summer by capturing 3 Silver medals and 1 Bronze medal at the 2015 Western Canada Summer Games in Ft. McMurray in August.   
Elliott has returned to his work in Red Deer and continues his intensive training in the gym and in the pool, for his competitive swimming career.

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Alberta Sport Connection.

We gratefully acknowledge the Partnership & support from Red Deer College.

Volunteer Position

Volunteer Host Medical Team - MD, PT, AT, RN, Paramedic, EMT
Organization: Skate Canada Challenge 2016
Deadline Date: October 31, 2015
Date Posted: October 14, 2015
Location: Edmonton, AB    
“Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go
any higher than you think.”
- Benjamin Disraeli

The Red Deer Games Foundation

The Red Deer Games Foundation is now accepting applications for financial assistance for Red Deer and area athletes.

The Foundation provides financial assistance to individuals demonstrating a high level of ability and strong devotion to their sport. Information brochures and application forms outlining the guidelines and criteria of the program are available at the Alberta Sport Development Centre or online at

The deadline for applications is Wednesday, November 18, 2015.
For further information on Red Deer Games Foundation grants contact Miles Kydd at 403-342-3231 or

Impressive Performances

Former AEP athlete, Clare McMahon was the zone champion and moved onto Provincial high school championships in Grande Prairie.
Logan Hill represented RDC at Nationals in Abbotsford, BC. Logan finished 36th after the first 18 holes.
Jodi (Sanquin) Nesbitt took top honours in the women's division of an ACAC Grand Prix event in Lethbridge as well as Alberta Colleges Grand Prix event at SAIT. She finished 2nd in the Alberta Colleges meet in Camrose. Jodi is a former AEP athlete and running coach with the RDC cross country team.
Sledge Hockey 
Tanner Fandrey is one of eight defencemen - and one of 33 players in total - attending the week long Canadian national men's sledge hockey team selection camp at Calgary Winsport.
We look forward to following former AEP athletes in this weekend's Red Deer Curling Classic taking place at the Pidherney Centre. Former athletes competing in this event include : Jocelyn Peterman, a former Canadian junior champion will be curling with Chelsey Carey; Whitney (More) Eckstrand, is playing second for Nadine Chyz of Calgary, Brittany Tran and Rebecca Konschyh are with Geri-Lynn Ramsay. 


"Teaching Kids that the “Doer Makes Mistakes”
Youth Sports Tips
A dad writes us saying that his son, a gifted athlete, has begun playing it safe since he became a high school player. He plays to avoid making mistakes.
“I can't figure out how to get into his head and undo whatever is keeping him from crossing this mental boundary,” the dad says.

This dad needs to teach his kids that “the doer” makes mistakes and also makes things happen.

Bruce Kracke, a Positive Coaching Alliance trainer, explains the concept like this:
“Sports are an opportunity to make mistakes and learn without horrible consequences. We want to create an environment where kids can make mistakes.”

He talks about the difference between a “fixed” and a “growth” mindset...

Kids with a growth mindset see mistakes as an opportunity to learn and grow. They’re able to move on after making mistakes—and open to talking, after the game, about what went wrong and learning from it.

Kids with a “fixed” mindset are more likely to play to avoid making mistakes. It’s harder for them to take risks and learn from them.
“Some athletes play to not look bad and to play well enough.” These are kids with a fixed mindset, Kracke says. Athletes with a growth mindset continually try to improve on themselves and take risks.
“The doer makes mistakes,” says Kracke, quoting John Wooden’s book, They Call Me Coach, "The whole idea is that you want kids to take risks.

The team that makes the most mistakes will probably win. The doer makes things happen.”

So how do you help your kids become doers who embrace mistakes?

First of all, don’t scold them for making mistakes. Encourage them to move on. Tell them it’s natural to make mistakes.

Second, create a culture that embraces mistakes and looks at them as learning opportunities, says Kracke. “Coaches and parents should speak the same verbage so that when a child misses a couple of shots, there isn’t a judgment on their character.”

With this type of feedback from coaches and parents, kids are more likely to trust their instincts, play freely and just go for it. And that’s when they’re most likely to feel confident and excel.

What’s more, learning to just go for it is an important skill they’ll transfer to other areas of their lives!


Upcoming Events

Shawnee HarleCome and share an evening with Shawnee Harle
Shawnee is an Assistant Coach with our Candian Women's Olympic Team and Canada’s only NCCP Level 5 basketball coach. She is an NCCP Master Course Conductor and is also the Director of Coaching Development and the Technical Director for Basketball Alberta. Her presentation will be both inspiring and enlightening.
October 28, 2 015
Hunting Hills High School
Red Deer, AB
7:00 pm
Registration Fee: $25 (NCCP PD Credits available)

Contact Donna Potts for more information or to register:    -   (403) 352-7304
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Halloween Family Night

Date: October 29
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum 
Admission: $10 a family 

2016 Alberta Sports Hall of Fame induction

The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum is accepting nominations for the 2016 Alberta Sports Hall of Fame induction.  Nominations for this prestigious honour will be accepted until January 31, 2016 by 4:30 pm. If you know of any man, women or team from Alberta that should be recognized for their achievements or contributions to sport you should consider at this time to nominate them into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame.  The process is simple with easy to follow guidelines which can be found on the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum website or by calling 403-341-8614 and asking for Debbie.   Visit the website today at  and get your sport hero recognized for their outstanding accomplishments and dedication to sport in our province.

Visit Alberta Sports Hall of Fame & Museum for more detail  about any of the above events.
November 14th, 2015
Second Annual Sport Summit: Overcoming the Funding Hurdle in Community Sport
Ottawa, Ont
November 12-14, 2015
2015 Petro-Canada Sport Leadership sportif Conference
Winnipeg, MB
Physical Literacy Workshops
Physical Literacy 101:
An Introduction to Physical Literacy
November 23rd 12:00 - 4:00pm
University of Calgary - Faculty of Kinesiology

Physical Literacy 201:
Physical Literacy Assessment for Youth
November 24th 12:00 - 4:00pm
University of Calgary - Faculty of Kinesiology

Register by November 18th!
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Sport for Life Leaders School
Registration closes on November 30 -  REGISTER HERE.
Canadian Sport Institute Calgary - Do you want to train and develop as a cyclist? You can do that at the Cycling Centre Calgary (CCC).

The CCC, run by the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary (CSI Calgary), has programs for cyclists of all ages and abilities in road, track, cyclocross, mountain and para cycling. Based out of the Olympic Oval at the University of Calgary, the CCC takes athletes through a four-stage pathway: Development, Link, Performance, and High Performance.
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The Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) in partnership with the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary (CSI Calgary) is hosting a one-day para-athlete identification event on Saturday, November 14, from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm.

Do not hesitate to contact CSI Calgary ( or CPC ( if you have any questions about the event.

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