Connecting Coaches Newsletter - June 2016

Welcome to Connecting Coaches,
June 2016,  Issue 6

ASDC Services
Coaching Tips
Upcoming Events
Career Opportunities


Career Opportunities

Finance Manager
2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer Host Society
Closing date is July 8, 2016
Red Deer, AB

Men's Volleyball Head Coach
Organization: SAIT
Deadline Date: July 5, 2016
Date Posted: June 22, 2016
Location: Calgary, AB

Fitness & Lifestyle Consultant 2
Organization: MacEwan University Sport and Wellness
Deadline Date: July 8, 2016
Date Posted: June 22, 2016
Location: Edmonton, AB

Member Services Coordinator
Organization: Alberta Alpine Ski Association
Deadline Date: September 15, 2016
Date Posted: June 24, 2016
Location: Canmore, AB


People use different methods in their efforts to learn new things and grasp new concepts. This infographic showcases the results of a study done examining the sources, topics and use of knowledge by coaches and identifies their preferred methods of learning.

Upcoming Events

The new Alberta Sport Connection Coach & Official Grants are now open!  
The submission deadline for all applications  is July 15th, 2016.
For more information on the grants please visit our website at:
Present at the 2017 Sport for Life Canadian Summit
The Summit takes place January 24-26 in Gatineau, Quebec.
 If you have research, findings or best practices that speaks to any of these streams, submit an abstract to present. Submissions will be accepted until July 15. Presenters will be notified of their acceptance by mid-August. Registration opens September 1. For more information, visit
September 17th and 18th in Edmonton and Calgary
Basketball Alberta Coaching Conference Super Weekend
Cost – $95.00 + GST = $99.75

For the first time, Basketball Alberta will host our Super Weekend in both Edmonton at the Saville Centre and Calgary at Sir Winston Churchill High School.
To Register:
ASHFM Annual Golf Tournament
Date: August 4, 2016
Time: 7:00 am
Location: Innisfail Golf Club
Admission: $235

Join us for the Annual Alberta Sports Hall of Fame Golf Tournament on Thursday, August 4. Meet special Guest and Honoured Member Bearcat Murray and try your hand at the Million Dollar Hole-In-One!

ASDC Services

We wanted to share with the latest issue of "Athlete Pathways SIRCuit".
Today's youth are faced with so many opportunities and demands for their time. Our role is to give them the options so that they can make the choices that will have a positive impact on their lives, family, community and society. This new multimedia publication, Athlete Pathways, brings together:

    some of the best practices/programs
    newest research and results from the field
    highlights from competition reviews
    guiding principles related to sport development.

Together we will learn and share ways to develop athlete pathways that achieve excellence, encourage retention and embody the true spirit of sport in Canada.
Read the latest issue:

Coaching Tips


“Communicate your expectations clearly to your athletes.”

Just how clear are you with your athletes? Do they know where you really stand? Do they know exactly what you want from them? Are you an effective communicator?

These are important questions for you to ponder if you want to be successful in reaching and positively affecting your athletes. Without the ability to clearly communicate, what you know and want your athletes to learn will not get across. Communication is such a basic, commonsensical issue that most coaches pay it little direct attention. Everyone seems to take it for granted and would agree that you have to be a great communicator to be a great coach and teacher. This is so obvious a statement that it’s almost embarrassing. However, listening to the hundreds and hundreds of athletes that I come in contact with every year, you’d get the impression that coach-to-athlete communication was as complex and difficult to grasp as advanced rocket science and that very few coaches did it well. Let’s listen in:
“My coach hates me! He like doesn’t pay attention to me in practice unless he’s yelling at me for something I did wrong! The really frustrating thing for me in practice is that all he does is tell me what I’m doing wrong. He never once tells me what I need to do to change it! I mean, what’s with that! And ...
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Upcoming Events (cont'd)

Mini-Olympics Summer Camp
Date: August 9, 2016
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum
Admission: $35
Join us for a day filled with Olympic-inspired games and fun crafts. Perfect for a fun summer adventure!
Registration Deadline: August 5, 2016
Wakeboard Events conducted by 2 time World Junior Champion & Former AEP athlete, Nikita Schaab
Check out the poster for dates & times.
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
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

FAREWELL from Gwen

As of June 30th I will be leaving ASDC. It has been a wonderful experience working with so many amazing athletes and coaches over the past number of years.  Wishing everyone the best in their sporting endeavours.
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