Centred - Where Slumps Really Come from and How to Help Struggling Athletes
Volume 8, Issue 12
June 16, 2016

This bi-weekly publication is intended to highlight the achievements of the outstanding athletes in Central Alberta, provide tips on nutrition, training, mental skills and upcoming events.

Location: Red Deer College
Miles Kydd, Executive Director
Room 902

Gwen Farnsworth,
Program Assistant
Room 904

Mailing Address:
ASDC Cental
Box 5005
100 College Blvd
Red Deer, AB
T4N 5H5
Contact info:
Phone: (403) 342-3231
Email: info@asdccentral.ca

Athlete of the Month

May 2016
Avery Malone - Equestrian Vaulting

June 16, 2016
Avery is 15 years old and attends grade 9 at St. Marguerite School in Innisfail, AB. Avery is an Equestrian Vaulter with the Meadow Creek Vaulting Club based out of Olds, AB.  (Vaulting can simply be explained as gymnastics and dance performed on and in harmony with a moving horse.)
Avery has been competing in Equestrian Vaulting for 7 years.  This past weekend, Avery competed in Blackfalds, finishing 4th in Women’s Canter “B”, and 1st in the Team Competition.  This past April, Avery traveled to Gilroy, California to compete where she finished 6th in Junior 1 Star.  Avery is coached by Jeanine and Angelique van der Sluijs, both of whom were former ASDC-Central athletes.
Avery is one of the strongest athletes in the ASDC-Central Athlete Enhancement Program.  Her strong work ethic combined with her athletic gifts and her training experiences with ASDC-Central will only see her continue to grow and develop in her athletic career!  Congratulations Avery!

Photo – Avery is flanked by Angelique (left) and Jeanine (right) van der Sluijs.
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Career Opportunities

Member Services Attendant
Organization: Alberta Tennis Centre
Deadline Date: June 21, 2016
Date Posted: June 14, 2016
Location: Calgary, AB
Edmonton Track and Field Coordinator
Organization: Athletics Alberta
Deadline Date: July 15, 2016
Date Posted: June 14, 2016
Location: Edmonton, AB

Snow Sports Instructor Level 1 to 4
Organization: Sunshine Village Ski and Snowboard School
Deadline Date: November 30, 2016
Date Posted: June 9, 2016
Location: Banff Alberta

Summer Operations Assistant
Organization: Comrie's Sports Equipment Bank
Deadline Date: June 15, 2016
Date Posted: June 9, 2016
Location: Calgary, AB

Executive Director
Organization: Water Ski & Wakeboard Alberta
Deadline Date: June 15, 2016
Date Posted: June 4, 2016
Location: Edmonton, AB

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Alberta Sport Connection.

We gratefully acknowledge the Partnership & support from Red Deer College.


"The time has come the Walrus said" and so I listened.  After many years as the Program Assistant, my time too has come. As of June 30th I will no longer be with ASDC.  I would like to take a moment to thank all the athletes, parents, service providers and of course our Executive Directors for making this a wonderful place to work. 
Gwen Farnsworth

Impressive Performances

ASDC-C athletes Rylee Cassidy – Shortstop; Spencer Beaudoin – Center field; Abbie Eisenhawer – 2nd Base; Morgan Hunter – 1st Base – were all named to the Prairie Girls League Softball 16U “A” All-Star Team. The All-Star Game was played this past weekend in Lloydminster.

Rylee Cassidy & Tyla Lee tried out for Team Canada Softball in Saskatchewan.

Congratulations to fastball player, Jade Lee (AEP 2014-2016) on a number of personal achievements:
3rd Team NJCAA All-American
2nd Team Offensive All-American
1st Team NFCA All-Midwest Infielder
Region Defensive Player of the Year
1st Team Academic All Region
On the Dean's List
Overall record - 40 -24
Conference record 10-6
2nd in Regionals.
 It was just announced that she was named: NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches Assoc) 3rd Team NJCAA All American.
Jade is with the Iowa Western Reviers in Concil Bluffs, Iowa.

Parker Biletsky made Volleyball Alberta’s 17U Provincial Team
Tess Pearman (ASDC Director Shawna’s daughter) made Volleyball Alberta’s 18U Provincial Team
Tess Pearman & Kirsten Pinkney tried for Team Canada Junior National Team.

Canoe Slalom
Darius Ramrattan qualified for his second Junior, and Under 23 World Championships in Kraków, Poland. Ryley Penner (AEP 2009-2011) also qualified for the World Champions.

Sledge Hockey
Tanner Fandrey, former AEP athlete, was recently named Assistant Captain of Team Alberta and on May 13 – 15th competed with this team in the 1st Canadian National Sledge Championships (BC, Quebec and Ontario were the other competitors) and they won gold and are now the 2105 – 2016 National Sledge Champions.

Equestrian Vaulting
Former AEP athletes Jeanine & Angelique van der Sluijs will be traveling to France to compete at World Championships in August.

Field Hockey
ASDC-C athletes Jade Bussard, Kira Weddell and Jenna St. Pierre from Team Storm (Red Deer) won a Silver medal at Alberta Field Hockey Provincials this past weekend in Calgary.


Where Slumps Really Come from and How to Help Struggling Athletes

By Dr. Goldberg
Posted on 05/27/2016
Slumps and repetitive performance problems are a natural and terribly frustrating part of any sport. They can sometimes drive coaches to distraction and athletes into quitting or early retirement!

Unless you can learn to constructively handle times when you fall into a slump or suddenly have problems performing in your sport, you’ll have a difficult time reaching your full potential.

So where do slumps come from? It could be from a number of places:
  •    A bad performance at a really BIG game
  •     Too much pressure from coaches
  •     PARENTS who push too much
  •     Unrealistic expectations (parent’s, coach’s or the athlete him/herself)
  •     Family or social problems
  •     An injury or series of them
  •     Two or more bad performances in a row
  •     Trying too hard
  •     Faulty mechanics in your individual sport
  •     The alignment of the stars and the planets!!

Performance slumps, IF THEY ARE UNRELATED TO PHYSICAL AND TECHNICAL FACTORS, are almost ALWAYS self-maintained by the athlete. They are a direct result of what the athlete says to him/herself before, during and after he/she plays.

I like to use a term called GIGO, which stands for “garbage in, garbage out,” when that self-talk turns negative.

If you tell yourself that you’re going to bomb, strike out or boot the ball AGAIN and, while you do so, you accompany these comforting words with failure imagery, (garbage in), what you’ll get back out in terms of your performance will be another bad game (garbage out).
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Upcoming Events

Wakeboard Events conducted by 2 time World Junior Champion & Former AEP athlete, Nikita Schaab
Check out the poster for dates & times.
June 18, 2016
Physical Literacy Workshop for the Early Years
Stettler, AB
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For the Love of Curling Scholarships
Applications now being accepted for 2016 For the Love of Curling Scholarships
The application process runs from May 1 to June 30, 2016. Scholarships will be awarded in August.

For more information or to apply, visit online www.curling.ca/scholarship2016.
Champions Fund

The 2016 Champions Fund will award $5,000 grants to 20 deserving female athletes, teams, or organizations, providing the financial support needed to pursue their athletic goals.
The deadline for submissions is September 29th, 2016. This year’s 20 grant recipients will be announced in November 2016.
For more information
Check out the Course Schedule for June & July being offered by Collegiate Sport Medicine Clinic
From Concussion Management, Sport Taping Courses, Trainer Training Camp and more ...
Course Schedule
August 27 - Champ Chat
Girls (age 8–18) of all ability levels are invited to 4-hour events, called Fast & Female Champ Chats presented by Fuelling Women Champions, where they will be inspired by Olympians & elite athletes to stay active in sports & have fun!
Red Deer, AB - Register Here!
September 19th
The 4th Annual Leadership Conference
Early bird rates apply until June 15, so be sure to register soon
Red Deer, AB
To Register

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