Welcome to Connecting Coaches,
March 2016, Issue 3

Coaching Tips
Upcoming Events
In the News

Career Opportunities

Research Associate
Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation - Alberta Centre for Active Living
Closing Date  - Mar 31, 2016
Location: Edmonton, AB

Marketing Assistant
Organization: Mount Royal Cougar Athletics
Deadline Date: March 31, 2017
Date Posted: March 24, 2016
Location: Calgary, AB

Senior Team Coach – National Ski Team
Organization: Cross-Country Ski de fond Canada
Deadline Date: April 10, 2016
Date Posted: March 22, 2016
Location: Canmore, AB

Upcoming Events

Speed & Agility Camp
April 18 @ 7:00 - 8:30 pm
April 20 @ 6:30 - 8:00 pm
April 25 @ 6:30 - 8:00 pm
April 27 @ 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Registration Deadline: April 4th
Register Register online or
Call:  403-342-3231
May 6 - 8, 2016
Cross Country Canada's
High Performance Coaching Seminar
Canmore, AB  
May 13 – 15, 2016
Knowledge to Action (K2A)
Edmonton, AB
Sport Medicine Council of Alberta’s 2016 K2A Conference will provide an interdisciplinary experience for professionals in the Sport Medicine and Rehabilitation fields.
Induction Banquet
Date: June 3, 2016
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Sheraton Red Deer
Admission:$100 per seat
$800 per table

The 2016 Induction Banquet date is June 3, 2016. Everyone is invited to attend this celebration. If you would like more information on the Induction Banquet or to order tickets, please call (403) 341-8614.

ASDC Services

ASDC-Central is committed to providing coaching opportunities to our valuable coaches throughout Central Alberta.  With this in mind, Red Deer College, Be Fit for Life and ASDC-Central will co-host an NCCP Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) Professional Development Clinic on May 7, 2016 at Red Deer College.
Registration Fee: $25/participant
To Register: 403-357-3663
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The goal of this NCCP Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) Workshop is to expose participants to a process that will teach and improve fundamental movement skills for children. The 3-hour Coach Professional Development Workshop focuses solely on the identification and improvement of fundamental movement skills that are the foundation of solid sport specific skills. The workshop format offers participants many opportunities to assess and improve their analysis of fundamental movement skills.

The Workshop is part of the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP), a training and certification program offered in over 66 sports in Canada. More than 1,000,000 coaches and sport leaders have taken part in training, education, and certification activities offered by the NCCP since its inception in 1974. The National Coaching Certification Program is a collaborative program of the government of Canada, provincial/territorial governments, national/provincial/territorial sport organizations, and the Coaching Association of Canada.

Coaching Tips

Strain Inoculation
March 2016
Doug. Swanson – F.I.R.S.T. Place for Human Performance

Clarifying Process and Outcomes in Mental Skills
Graeme is a go-to-guy. He is always prepared.  When competitions are most gruelling his ‘A’ game becomes an ‘A+’ game.  Challenges offer him an opportunity to “test-his-metal” and he loves the “delicious uncertainty” (Terry Orlick term) that is inherent in every meaningful event. Even more exciting is how well he performs when he is struggling to attain his own personal level of excellence. He sets game goals, but they are not scoring and points, they are execution goals.  He is a digger…always diving deeper into his resolve to return to his “best” self.  Rarely does he lose composure.  Rare is the game where he just goes through the motions. He is what we call engaged, ever-present and striving for possibilities, options and opportunities.  Others would state he is dialed-in.  Regardless of outcomes in the ebb and flow of the game he is enthused, aroused and activated.  He can be counted on – being dependable in his executions, reliable in his play by play management and accountable for his performance.   
Outcomes or products of performance are results which arise from process and execution of fundamentals. This comes as no surprise to coaches who embrace their tasks of teaching and development.   Teaching and development are processes crafted to create the greatest possibility of winning (an outcome).  Hours of careful planning by coaches are devoted to planning the development of fundamental movements, sport movements that are considered to be the primary actions which foster “best” performance.  In my experience with male and female
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