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Welcome to Connecting Coaches,
February 2015, Issue 2

Coaching Tips
Coaches of Canada
Upcoming Events
In The News


ASDC Services

Speed & Agiltiy Camp coming soon.
Speed, Agility, and Quickness Training! Whether you want to increase speed & agility for football, basketball, soccer, tennis, baseball, hockey, or any other sport – we can help!

The old adage that you can’t teach speed has been disproven for years. However, many coaches still believe that agility and coordination cannot be taught. In truth, change of direction, the essence of lateral movement, can be taught and comes down to three simple things.

1. Do you have the single leg strength necessary to not only stop movement, but to restart movement after a stop? Single leg strength is the major key to developing agility. Without single leg strength no amount of agility will allow athletes to make cuts at top speed.
2. Can you decelerate? Eccentric strength is the real key. Think of eccentric strength not as the ability to lower a weight, but instead as the ability to bring the body to a rapid stop. Eccentric strength is the ability to put on the brakes.
3. Can you land with stability? Is the proprioceptive system prepared to create a stable landing?

ASDC Central will be hosting a Speed & Agility Camp
April 8, 15, 22 & 29 from
7:45 - 9:00 pm at the Penhold Multiplex.
Cost is $25/athlete for 4 sessions. Registration will be opening soon.
Contact Miles Kydd for more details at (403) 342-3231.

Coaching Tips

Strain Inoculation 1
Doug. Swanson – F.I.R.S.T. Place for Human Performance
Stress should be a powerful driving force, not an obstacle. (Bill Phillips)
To be discontented is to be human. (Freud)
Dear Umee (pronounced you-mee),
I am excited about the opportunity to provide a monthly “letter” to our coaching fraternity. I want it to be personal and chose Umee; it applies to you and me and our athletes (all of us).  
All submissions will be titled “Strain Inoculation” (numbered sequentially).  I have chosen “Strain Inoculation” as the title of the each sport psychology discussion (suggesting that using the information will protect us from dis-ease) as analogous to inoculations for disease.  In the case of the sport psychology the inoculation protects us from discouragement, disengagement, dissatisfaction and discombobulation. Each sport psychology discussion topic will provide us with thoughts of actions we might consider for increasing our resilience to strain.  Managing small levels of strain will lead to increasing efficacy (powerfulness) in managing larger levels of strain.  It is my desire to share thoughts with you about how we can inoculate ourselves and our athletes against the strain that accompanies striving to be an achiever (in anything). This introductory article will serve to clarify why we first of all focus on managing strain.
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Coaches of Canada

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Upcoming Events

Adapted Physical Activity Symposium: A Community Collaboration
March 19-21, 2015
Red Deer College
Click here for more information or to register
12th Annual RDC Kings & Queens Scholarship Breakfast!
March 31, 2015
7:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Prairie Pavilion, Westerner Park

Former NHL goalie Clint Malarchuk will share his heart-wrenching story of adversity, perseverance and persistence. The survivor of one of the most chilling injuries in sports history, Malarchuk reflects on his battle with mental illness and the courage he's found to confront his challenges inside the crease and beyond.

Tickets can be reserved individually or by table by clicking here, or by calling 403.343.4016

Physical Literacy & Fundamental Movement Skills Summit
April 17 & 18, 2015
Red Deer College
Keynote Address: Dr. Steve Norris
Contact: Miles Kydd or Robyn Denney
2015 Alberta Sport Leadership Conference
April 23-25, 2015
Banff, AB
For more information please visit

In the News

School Sport Canada launches two new online courses for coaches.
Edmonton, February 12, 2015 – The Alberta Schools’ Athletic Association and School Sport Canada are set to launch their latest entries into the realm of online coaching resources. Coaching Volleyball...Read more

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