Connecting Coaches - Catching People Being Good

Welcome to Connecting Coaches,
November 2015,  Issue 11

Coaching Tips
Upcoming Events

Professional Coaching Awards

On November 13th, 2015, at the CAC’s annual Petro-Canada Sport Leadership sportif
Conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the Professional Coaching awards were presented to Lisa
Thomaidis, ChPC (Jack Donohue “Coach of the Year” Award) and Basketball Canada (Sheila
Robertson NSO/MSO Recognition Award).

The 2015 Jack Donohue Award Committee is pleased to select Lisa Thomaidis as this year’s
recipient of this prestigious award. Lisa is a Chartered Professional Coach, registered since
2012, and demonstrates the characteristics that made Jack Donohue a legendary coach. Her
honesty, integrity and positive attitude are acknowledged in the relationship she has with her
athletes and support staff. The team has responded to her leadership and the performance plan
that she has developed, clinching a Rio Olympic Games birth in the process. She is a model
coach and projects a strong and moral public image. Congratulations to Lisa Thomaidis, ChPC!

The selection committee for the 2015 Sheila Robertson Award is pleased to select Canada
Basketball as this year’s recipient of this prestigious award that recognizes an NSO or MSO that
has demonstrated the value of coach promotion and development. Canada Basketball has set a
new standard not only in their implementation of NCCP education, but with coach professional
development through their new coaching education website Game Plan, offering more than a
dozen programs, directed at coaches of all levels of competition. Coaches are found in positions
of influence throughout the organization and they are regularly featured in news articles and
other publications. Congratulations Canada Basketball!

The nomination deadline for the 2016 competition is July 31, 2016. Details and nomination
package requirements are available on or by contacting

In the News

Parents of Rowan Stringer to introduce Rowan's Law at Queen's Park
The parents of a Barrhaven teen who died after a concussion while playing rugby two years ago will join MPPs at Queen's Park to introduce Rowan's Law Wednesday. Rowan Stringer sustained several concussions before she passed in May 2013.
National Post
by Vicki Hall

Check out what Alberta Concussion Alliance is doing about concussions in youth sport.
Sports Selected for the 2021 Canada Summer Games
The Canada Games Council is pleased to announce the final sports and disciplines selected for the 2021 Canada Summer Games that will be hosted in Newfoundland and Labrador.

ASDC Services

The ASDC Network has recently embarked on a shared newsletter with the Provincial Sport Organizations in the province.  This bi-monthly newsletter is intended to highlight the many talented young athletes in each of the regions in the Province. Athletes highlighted have been members of provincial and national teams, Commonwealth Games Champions and World Champions. It's great to see such talent in every corner of the province.  
To view a copy of this newsletter click here.

Coaching Tips

 Catching People Being Good
It is time to plan your next winter vacation in the town of Canmore. City council has agreed to set aside $12,000 to reward good driving. Four drivers each month will be presented with a $250.00 gift certificate for obeying speed limits. License plate numbers of drivers that follow the rules will be entered into a random draw each month. By logical extension we can apply the principle to home, work, recreation and relationships.
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Teaching Moment

In sport and in life we learn that setting goals is important when trying to excel. However those with perfectionist tendencies who see high personal stakes in achieving those goals are at greater risk for burning out. What is we should be looking at is balancing our high expectations with the ability not to take failure personally which may lead to burnout and other responses such as depression.
{Source: SIRC News Hub}

Upcoming Events


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.
Nominations open for CAAWS Most Influential Women List for 2015
It is the time of year to nominate game-changers to the CAAWS Most Influential Women in Sport and Physical Activity List. Publishing the List has become a proud annual tradition for CAAWS with the goal of raising the profile of women who have made a significant contribution to sport or physical activity during 2015. Celebrate an influential woman by filling out a nomination form. CAAWS will accept applications until December 4th, and will announce the list in early January 2016.
Applications open for CAAWS Women in Sport Encouragement (WISE) Fund
CAAWS is now accepting applications for the Women in Sport Encouragement (WISE) Fund. You can receive $1,000 for your work in providing opportunities and experiences for girls and women in sport. Ten grants will be awarded this year. Please review the application guidelines as some of the criteria has been updated. Applications may be submitted between November 16 and December 4.
New CAAWS Canadian Sport for Life – Long-Term Athlete Development resources

A new series of documents produced by CAAWS is now available to enhance the quality of sport and physical activity experiences for women and girls. The one-page documents highlight key issues that coaches, program leaders and other key stakeholders should consider to provide quality programs and optimal training and competition environments for female athletes. Four documents are available that relate to specific stages of the Long-Term Athlete Development pathway:
• FUNdamentals;
• Learn to Train and Train to Train;
• Train to Compete and Train to Win;
• Active for Life.
Download the resources
Register NOW for Sport Events Congress 2016!
Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance - Your First Look at the Excitement in Store in Ottawa Canada’s largest sport events conference takes place in Ottawa from March 6-8 at the Westin Ottawa Hotel……...Read more


Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - 19:20
SIRC is pleased to be working together with Sport Canada to share current research on topics informing policy and promoting quality sport programming. This week we are sharing highlights from a recent article examining the RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN COACHES AND THE LONG-TERM ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT MODEL.

Coaches' adoption and implementation of Sport Canada’s long-term athlete development model.

Charlotte Beaudoin, Bettina Callary & François Trudeau (2015), SAGE Open, 1-16, DOI: 10.1177/2158244015595269

(Research supported by the Sport Canada Research Initiative)

Full text of this article can be access here:
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