Connecting Coaches Newsletter Aug 2015 : CSI Calgary Tour

Welcome to Connecting Coaches,
August 2015, Issue 8

Coaching Tips
Upcoming Events

Coaches of Canada

July and August 2015 were memorable for the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, in Toronto.
These events provided an amazing opportunity for the Coaching Association of Canada to
connect with coaches and get a real-time reflection on their preparation, participation, and post-
Games activities.
Check out our YouTube Channel,, like our Facebook page, or following us on Twitter
to see this interaction first hand!

Professional Coaching Department: @coachesofcanada
Coaching Association of Canada: @CAC_ACE

Upcoming Events

September 21, 2015

Westerner Park, Red Deer

The Leadership Centre of Central Alberta is offering an unprecedented evening event on Monday, September 21st, 2015 from 7pm—9pm at Westerner Park.
Sheldon Kennedy, former NHL Player and recipient of the Order of Canada, will be sharing his story of courage after dealing with sexual abuse over a five year period while playing junior hockey.
We encourage parents, teachers and coaches to take this opportunity to bring their students and children to hear
Sheldon’s message and to witness the positive action that he has taken to prevent abuse, bullying and harassment in
sport, schools and the workplace.
This event is FREE for youth 12 -18 years old. Cost for adults is $40.
Please visit the website for details and to register. 
Oct 29 & 30, 2015
Sport Canada Research Initiative Conference
Gatineau, Quebec
November 21, 2015
RBC Sports Day in Canada - a national celebration of the power of sport to build community and get Canadians moving.
Present at the
World Long-Term Athlete Development Symposium 2016
Abstract submissions are open until August 30.
Friday January 29, 2016
Gatineau, Quebec
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Career Opportunities

 Technical Programs Coordinator
Organization: Alberta Soccer Association
Deadline Date: September 11, 2015
Date Posted: August 26, 2015
Location: Edmonton, Alberta

Office Coordinator
Organization: Alberta Soccer Association
Deadline Date: September 11, 2015
Date Posted: August 26, 2015
Location: Edmonton, Alberta

 Multiple Recreation Positions
Organization: Mount Royal University
Deadline Date: September 14, 2015
Date Posted: August 26, 2015
Location: Calgary, AB

ASDC Services

There were many positive comments after Alberta Sport Development Centre Central & Southwest athletes toured the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary on August 26. During the tour, the young athletes were educated on the programs and facilities put into place by the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary at WinSport's Canada Olympic Park.
The athletes were lead by one of CSIC’s top strength and conditioning coaches taking them through a workout similar to what the high performance athletes do in their daily training regime. ASDC athletes were training alongside the top Canadian athletes in the 30,000 square foot gym with the latest and greatest equipment available. Athletes also got to experience a few minutes of the various testing protocols elite athletes experience, including V02 Max test, sitting in a high altitude training tent as well as running on the underwater treadmill and on the anti-gravity treadmill.
Derek Robinson, 4 time Olympic sport psychologist took the future national team athletes through a mental skills session. All the athletes enjoyed a boxed lunch from Fuel for Gold while listening to Luge athlete, John Fennell.  John participated in the 2012 Junior Olympics as well as was a member of Team Canada in the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. He is on the National Luge Team with eyes now focused squarely on the next three years so he can compete in the Olympics in Pyeongchang 2018.
Thank you to CSI Calgary for an incredible experience.

Coaching Tips

Strain Inoculation 7
Doug. Swanson – F.I.R.S.T. Place for Human Performance

It’s ALL Mental

“... life is never neat, it is made up of doors and trapdoors. You move down baroque corridors, and even when you think you know which door to open, you still need to have the courage to choose.” J. M. Ledgard, Submergence

“...when people ask what is the biggest transition to the NBA from college, it is definitely defense and the mental part.”   Magic Johnson
I have often been asked, what percentage of the game is mental?   My reply is it is ALL mental.

Physical preparation is mental – deciding to outwork others takes courage, stamina and high tolerance of pain – that’s mental.
Preparing to play is assuredly mental.  Seeing (visualizing) one’s play; using good verbal, physical and visual cues in mental; reactivation is mental; reframing is mental.
Remaining engaged throughout the game, playing moment to moment, not letting the past events or future events derail the activities of the present is all mental.
Conducting a serious post-game evaluation is also mental.
Being a player is fully mental.  You are the player you are because you have trained your neurons to do what they do.  Muscles don’t move; you train your brain to move your muscles.
It cannot be anything BUT mental!  In the movie, The Peaceful Warrior,  Socrates (Nick Nolte) asks Dan Millman three questions. Where are you? What time is it? What are you?  I will use their discussion to support why I believe it is all mental.
The answers (below) are simple and they are correct regardless of where you are or what you are doing. Where are you?   HERE!;   What time is it?  NOW!;   What are you?   THIS MOMENT!

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Concentrate On What's Important
Dr. Alan Goldberg
At game time there are many, many things that can distract you from having a proper focus: your opponents, how you feel that day, the position assigned by the coach, the size of the crowd and who's in it, what's going on in your personal life, the field conditions, weather that day, how big the match is, what your teammates are doing, the list goes on and on! If you focus on the wrong things either before or during your games, then you will always play poorly and way below your capabilities. 

If you focus instead on WHAT YOU ARE DOING IN THE MOMENT, then you are much more connected to what's actually happening and will always perform better. This means concentrating on what you feel in your body, keeping your eye on the ball or using your eyes to concentrate on what's in front of you, feeling your breath go in and out, your movements, hearing only those messages that will help you stay positive and confident.

Remember, the heart of championship concentration involves two mini mental skills: #1 recognize the instant your focus drifts from what's happening in the moment, and #2 quickly and gently return your focus to the task at hand. This catching yourself when you drift and bringing your focus back is what will help you more consistently be a peak performer!

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