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Welcome to Connecting Coaches,
May 2015, Issue 5

Coaching Tips
Upcoming Events
In the News

Upcoming Events

June 6-7 - Women in Soccer Conference (Edmonton AB)
For more information contact Carmen Charron:
or visit  CAAWS’ upcoming events calendar
NCCP Workshop - Introduction to Competition Part B (June 6/7) Edmonton  (June 06, 2015 12:00 am)

NCCP workshop - Introduction to Competition Part A (June 13/14) Calgary (June 13, 2015 9:00 am)
June 13, 2015
Win 4 Skin

Alberta Cancer Foundation
Beating Cancer With The Ultimate 3-on-3 Street Hockey Tournament
Register online
June 21st 2015
Allan Beach Triathlon Classic benefiting the
Alberta Cancer Foundation
Allan Beach Resort, Hubbles Lake
Click here for more info:
The Leadership Centre of Central Alberta is proud to present
Central Alberta’s Third Annual Leadership Conference
A two-day event combining inspirational presentations and workshops with internationally acclaimed speakers
Sept 21st – 22nd, 2015
Red Deer Westerner Park

In the News

Please enjoy the Leadership SIRCuit from Sport Information Resource Centre (SIRC)
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A background in sport can improve a woman’s leadership potential and help her land a job according to EY Women Athletes Business Network and espnW. Just what is it about sport participation that can help speed girls and women down the path to success?
[Source: Sport Information Resource Centre (SIRC)}
Year of Sport in Canada - May Celebrates Sport Moms
There are many ways that parents can help girls be more active and comfortable in the sport environment, according to Dr. Vicki Harber, professor emeritus in the faculty of physical education and recreation at the University of Alberta. You can read her advice in this Globe and Mail article:
10 Rules for Raising Active Girls

ASDC Services

Running a Summer Camp this year?
If you would like to access any of the ASDC Network services. ASDC can provide fitness testing, sport psychology/mental training, nutrtion services along with injury prevention and performance enhancement strategies.  
Contact you regional ASDC to arrange for services.

Coaching Tips

Strain Inoculation 4 (MAY)
Doug. Swanson – F.I.R.S.T. Place for Human Performance

If the tree does not grow, do we blame the tree?
Thich Nhat Hahn

Dear Umee (pronounced you-mee),

This month I have chosen to explore the topic of “community” and our role in the communities in which we reside. While community can be as large as a country or as small as a neighbourhood I am using community, for the most part, to refer to a group in which we are most engaged such as a team. I am beginning with a poignant story extracted from Who Cares? by David Schwartz.

Peter is gay, so tired of the discrimination, that he hated himself as much as those who threw discrimination his way. He couldn’t make himself endure another day and prepared himself on the High Level Bridge to end the pain, to darken the self-recriminations, to activate the silent and eternal deep sleep.

Grant, working on a safety program as the administrator for the ministry of transportation, watched from his office as the “stander” crawled onto the steel girders and perched precariously near the edge of death. Grant, momentarily, stood frozen, contemplating “what to do”? He decided to phone 911 and as he dialed “911” he saw the Transit Bus stop, the bus driver exit, grab the arm of the “stander”, and pull him onto the bus.  Grant, with trembling hand, placed the cell phone in its holster.

Two observers selected two very different responses. Grant saw that life and death events required activation of the complex human service system. The bus-driver saw the life and death event as a participant signal.

Grant wondered why he had chosen to dial “911” when he could have run down the stairs, crossed the street and engaged with the “stander”.
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Teaching moment

Being mindful when planning nutritional strategies for athletes is an important aspect of overall training and competition strategy. Make sure that you are differentiating between training and racing nutrition when it comes to fueling and refueling, it is not one size fits every situation.
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