“What you choose must serve no other master.”

Welcome to Connecting Coaches,
January 2016, Issue 1

Coaching Tips
Upcoming Events
Career Opportunities


Career Opportunities

Strength and Conditioning Practicum/Internship
Organization: Peak Power Sport Development
Deadline Date: March 1, 2016
Date Posted: January 22, 2016
Location: Calgary, Alberta

Executive Director, Hockey Canada Foundation
Deadline Date: February 5, 2016
Date Posted: January 22, 2016
Location: Calgary

Executive Director/CEO
Organization: Alberta Golf
Deadline Date: January 29, 2016
Date Posted: January 22, 2016
Location: Calgary, Alberta

In the News

CAAWS - The 2015 Year of Sport has come to an end, and CAAWS is pleased to announce its annual Most Influential Women List. Ottawa, January 21, 2016 – Following...Read more

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While the number of girls in sport is growing and the gender gap is getting smaller, there is still a noticeable absence of women in sport leadership positions. Many factors have led to this lack of representation, and one way to address this issue is to focus on teaching leadership skills to girls starting at a young age. For more information on developing our future sport leaders, read today’s blog.


ASDC Services

What an honour it was to co-host Shawnee Harle, the Canadian National Women's basketball assistant coach last night. Host for this informative and inspiring evening were The Red Deer Minor Basketball Association, in conjunction with Alberta Sport Connection, Alberta Sport Development Centre – Central and Red Deer College. 
Shawnee's presentation was entitled “Empower Our Kids and Athletes to Embrace Risk and Overcome Fear” which focssed on teaching/coaching athletes to take risks, getting them to face their fears and accept their mistakes as a necessary part of sport and life. Shawnee questions whether coaches are training our kids for the jungle (the real world) or training them for the zoo (a controlled and safe environment).

Coaching Tips

Strain Inoculation
January 21, 2016
Doug. Swanson – F.I.R.S.T. Place for Human Performance

“What you choose must serve no other master.”
 Senia Maymin

Martin Seligman, known as the Father of Positive Psychology, offers a comprehensive definition of wellness. His early thoughts were presented in his book Authentic Happiness.  He suggests, now, that “happiology” is inadequate as a definition of wellness.   Well-being is a comprehensive construct comprised of five elements, one of which is positive emotion, which he explores with his readers in his book Flourish.   

To flourish (Merriam Webster) is to grow luxuriantly, to achieve, prosper, be in a state of activity or production or reach new heights of development or influence.  Seligman, through his research, offers the following five elements of well being as an operational basis for the goal of positive psychology:  positive emotion, engagement, relationships (positive), meaning and accomplishment (PERMA).
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8 Qualities of a Mentally Tough Athlete
Dr Goldberg would like to share what the RESULT of what all the Mental Toughness training could look like in a confident and successful athlete, regardless of how many wins they've had.
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Upcoming Events

Do you know someone that should be nominated to the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame?
Closing date of submission: January 31st at 4:30 pm.
2016 Alberta Winter Games in Medicine Hat
February 13-16, 2016
More than 2,700 participants, their families and spectators will be in Medicine Hat at the Alberta Winter Games in mid-February. Opening Ceremonies are February 13 at the Canalta Center. Alberta's best young athletes, from 11- 17 years of age will compete in skiing, hockey, biathlon, curling, speed skating, fencing, artistic gymnastics, volleyball, boxing and more.  For a full list of Winter Games sports and more information see:
2015 Athlete & Team of the year nominations close February 29, 2016!
More information and nomination forms at:
NCCP Courses for Winter, Spring and Summer 2016 are now available:

May 6-8, 2016
Cross Country Canada's
High Performance Coaching Seminar
Canmore, AB  

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