Connecting Coaches Newsletter - TRANSFORMATION on the Bench

Welcome to Connecting Coaches,
April 2016,  Issue 4

Coaching Tips
Upcoming Events

Career Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

Zone 4 Coaches
Coaching athletics/track and field and the Alberta Summer Games
If you are interested or know of someone
Contact Darren Posyluzny at

Zone 4 Assistant Coaches for Baseball
2 or 3 positions available.
Contact head coach Randy at

Career Opportunities

Full-Time Men's Hockey Head Coach
Organization: NAIT
Deadline Date: May 13, 2016
Date Posted: April 25, 2016
Location: Edmonton, AB

Organization: Royal Glenora Club
Deadline Date: May 31, 2016
Date Posted: April 25, 2016
Location: Edmonton AB

Administrative Assistant, Marketing & Revenue
Organization: 2019 Canada Winter Games
Deadline Date: April 25, 2016
Date Posted: April 18, 2016
Location: Red Deer
Manager, Sponsorship & Revenue
Organization: 2019 Canada Winter Games
Deadline Date: April 25, 2016
Date Posted: April 18, 2016
Location: Red Deer

Manager, Executive Office
Organization: 2019 Canada Winter Games
Deadline Date: April 25, 2016
Date Posted: April 18, 2016
Location: Red Deer
Consultant, Regional Centre South
Organization: Hockey Alberta
Deadline Date: May 6, 2016
Date Posted: April 18, 2016
Location: Lethbridge, AB

Sports Program Director
Organization: The Society of The Edmonton Triathlon Academy
Deadline Date: June 1, 2016
Date Posted: April 15, 2016
Location: Edmonton, AB

Griffins Women’s Basketball Head Coach
Organization: MacEwan University Athletics
Deadline Date: May 9, 2016
Date Posted: April 14, 2016
Location: Edmonton, Alberta

Tournament and Event Coordinator
Organization: Professional Golfers' Association of Alberta
Deadline Date: April 27, 2016
Date Posted: April 21, 2016
Location: Calgary

SOGO Head Coach & Program Manager
Organization: Sogo Adventure Running
Deadline Date: May 8, 2016
Date Posted: April 21, 2016
Location: Calgary


Project SCORE! Coaches' perceptions of an online tool to promote positive youth development in sport. Strachan, Leisha; MacDonald, Dany J.; Côté, Jean. (2016). International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching, 11(1), 108-115.
(Research supported by the Sport Participation Research Initiative (SPRI))

SIRC Highlights from the research

Sport has long been promoted as an effective avenue for building positive psychological and social characteristics and skills for youth. Coaches (after parents) have been identified as a main contributor to teaching these skills to youth within the sport context. However, the methods to teach positive youth development (PYD) themes has been highlighted as an area requiring further education and training for coaches. This research evaluated the use of an online program (Project SCORE!) by coaches to help them integrate PYD themes into their coaching practice. As a pilot study, four competitive youth coaches completed the program and were interviewed to gain insights into their perception of program effectiveness identifying highlights and challenges in delivering the program. Project SCORE! is built on 10 lessons for head coaches or assistant coaches to deliver during practice times over the course of a season focusing on Lerner’s five C’s (competence, connection, character, confidence, and caring/compassion) of youth development. The program is designed for 11-17 year olds.
[Source: SIRC]

ASDC Services

Although not an ASDC service, we want to share information on opportunities for our athletes to develop both as athletes and as leaders.

How would you like the opportunity to interact with like-minded students from across Canada who are involved in the physical education, health, sports and related fields? Build your resume, broaden your leadership skills, and network with the field’s most influential educators by attending the Physical and Health Education Canada 2016 Student Leadership Conference.
Need financial assistance? Talk to your provincial #HPE associations, program advisor and student unions for potential travel and conference funding.
For more information and to register

Coaching Tips

Doug. Swanson – F.I.R.S.T. Place for Human Performance
A Fable in the Coffee Room

Today a young lad, Richard, (13 years old) arrived at school – appearing despondent. Usually engaging and energetic he was reclusive, quiet and obviously disengaged.
At noon, in the faculty lounge, Mr. Jackson commented to Mrs. Specktor, “Richard was not his usual self”.
Mrs. Specktor replied, “Yes, he was distant and patently disinterested, not at all the classroom communications leader I see every day”.
Miss Rondeau, the school counsellor, who also coordinates the Spring Forward Hoops Program was half-listening as she poured
herself a coffee and queried “Are you talking about Richard Veracruz?”
Somewhat startled Mr. Jackson and Mrs. Specktor almost simultaneously remarked, Yes!”
Jackson queried, “Why do you ask?”
“Well”, she began, hesitant to disclose, “Richard, well…he’s one of our most talented basketball players. He was just in to see me and asked to drop out of the Spring Forward Hoops Program. I was obviously surprised and suggested we meet after lunch and I would help him. Naturally, as I always do when kids want to make decisions, I want to help them see what has motivated them to make the decision and help them make the decision that best serves them. Now that I hear he has been lethargic and disconnected all morning (or so it seems) I am concerned that something has seriously affected his mood. When I hear his demeanor is “out-of- sorts” and
compounded by his withdrawing from a sport in which he is very talented, alarm bells are going off for me. Are they going off for you?”
Again in unison, Specktor and Jackson blurt, “Yes!”
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Pro Coach

How to add the ABCs of Fundamental Movement Skills to your Practices

The ABCs – agility, balance, and coordination – of the Fundamental Movement Skills are essential components of physical literacy. They are required in all sports, and in order to stay active for life. Whether they are trained in isolation, used as part of a warm-up or cool-down, or as the basis for more complex sport skills, knowing how to train the ABCs is a critical part of coaching at all levels.

To get started, consider how you can include the following basic activities into your practices in an effort to boost Fundamental Movement Skills training and improve physical literacy. Be creative and try to incorporate your sport-specific environment into these drills by using sports equipment, your field of play, and the rules of your sport.
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Upcoming Events

May 6 - 8, 2016
Cross Country Canada's
High Performance Coaching Seminar
Canmore, AB  
May 7, 2016
NCCP Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) Professional Development Clinic
Red Deer College.
Registration Fee: $25/participant
To Register: 403-357-3663
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May 13 – 15, 2016
Knowledge to Action (K2A)
Edmonton, AB
Sport Medicine Council of Alberta’s 2016 K2A Conference will provide an interdisciplinary experience for professionals in the Sport Medicine and Rehabilitation fields.
May 17, 2016
Concussions in Youth Sports: A Free Virtual Classroom featuring Hayley Wickenheiser and Scott Russell
Learn more about concussions in youth sports by attending this Virtual Classroom from the National Film Board of Canada. Moderated by CBC Sports veteran Scott Russell, the Virtual Classroom explores the devastating impacts of playing through head injuries, with five-time Olympic medallist, Hayley Wickenheiser, former professional hockey player Max Taylor and University of Toronto’s resident psychiatrist Dr. Ryan Todd.
Register today, free of charge, and engage your students in a vital conversation on May 17, 2016 at 1: 30 p.m. EDT webcast from Ryerson University!
25th Annual Brain Injury Awareness Month Kick-off Breakfast and Concussion Conference
When: Friday, June 3, 2016
7:00AM-8:30AM Breakfast
9:00AM-4:00PM Exploring Concussion: Issues & Developments
Location: Chateau Louis Hotel and Conference Centre
11727 Kingsway, Edmonton
Tickets per person:
Breakfast only: $45
Concussion Conference only: $100
Attend both the Breakfast and Concussion Conference: $125
Register here
Induction Banquet
Date: June 3, 2016
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Sheraton Red Deer
Admission:$100 per seat
$800 per table

The 2016 Induction Banquet date is June 3, 2016. Everyone is invited to attend this celebration. If you would like more information on the Induction Banquet or to order tickets, please call (403) 341-8614.
2016 Leadership Conference: Building Intentional Connections
It’s here!  Registration for the 2016 Leadership Conference is now open!
Come join us September 19th for our 1 day ‘action-packed’ Conference at the Westerner.
Go online to check out our great speakers and to register: 
All presenters will be posted by mid-May, including our selected Leadercast presenters.
Early-bird registration runs until May 31st.
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