Category: News for Coaches

“Make Failure Your Fuel”: How to Help Your Athletes Learn from Adversity

source: http://changingthegameproject.com/make-failure-your-fuel/   n May 2018, retired US Women’s National Soccer team star Abby Wambach gave the commencement address to 600 women from Barnard College in New York City. Wambach, the all-time leading scorer for Team USA, an Olympic and World Cup champion, and an inspirational athlete known for playing with passion and giving her…
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Parenting and Coaching The Perfectionist Athlete

Source: http://changingthegameproject.com/parenting-coaching-perfectionist-athlete/ Last week, we received a question that we get often, so we thought it would make a great blog: “I was wondering if you could provide some advice. My son is 8 years old and plays on a travel baseball team. [He is ] blessed with athleticism. He’s fast and has great hand-eye…
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2018 Preseason end dates & Regular Season start dates

U9 – U12 preseason games end, Thurs. May 17 Regular season starts Mon. May 28 Schedules will be available online by end-of-day Fri. May 25 U13 – U19 Preseason ends Thurs. May 24 Regular season starts Sat. June 2 Schedules will be available online by end-of-day Wed. May 30 CLICK HERE for a complete program calendar.

U6 – U8 teams: Register now for Minifest!

source:: http://cmsa.goalline.ca/news.php?news_id=1660462   ONE DAY ONLY: Saturday, June 2 at the Cedarbrae Community Centre About Minifest CMSA Minifest is a grassroots soccer festival for all U6, U7 and U8 teams. All teams are scheduled 1 game and are then invited to take part in additional activities with their family and teammates including bounce castles, trampolines,…
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In Youth Sports, there is no LTAD without STAE

Source: http://changingthegameproject.com/youth-sports-no-ltad-without-stae/   “Imagine youth sports was a room. On one end of the room, there is a door where everyone enters. At the other end, there is another door where everyone leaves.” So began a long conversation I had with Peter Hugg, the Head of Football (soccer) for Football New South Wales in Australia,…
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ANNOUNCEMENT: OUTDOOR 2018 SEASON START DATE DELAY

To the CMSA Membership: CMSA has been monitoring the field situation as per the City of Calgary Athletic Park website communications: Due to extended cold temperatures and above normal snowfall this past winter, we anticipate delays in the opening dates for our Athletics Parks. This includes artificial turf fields, natural grass fields, diamonds, tracks and…
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Can Youth Sports be Both Fun and Competitive?

source: http://changingthegameproject.com/can-youth-sports-fun-competitive/ I got an email from a distraught parent the other day. She described a scene where the coach was screaming at the girls after a loss. She was beside herself at how the coach treated the girls. He was demeaning, he was loud and scary, and he had lost perspective on the age…
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How to Make Coaching a True Profession

Source: http://changingthegameproject.com/make-coaching-true-profession/   “It ain’t what you know that gets you in trouble. It’s what you know that just ain’t true.” – Mark Twain “What makes you a professional?” That was the question Dr. Richard Bailey, Head of Research at the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education, posed to myself and  250 PGA…
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Take out the finger savers

I see a lot of coaches letting there young goal keepers use “finger savers” in gloves lately.  While they do serve a purpose to protect fingers that are sprained from further injury they should not be used regularly.  Finger savers, especially on young keepers or keepers with small hands, prevent the player from spreading there…
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When Will Youth Sports Actually Serve the Needs of Youth?

Source: http://changingthegameproject.com/youth-sports-serve-needs-of-youth/ In late February I was traveling and speaking in Sydney and Perth, Australia, working for a variety of sports organizations including the Football (Soccer) Federation of Australia, Football New South Wales, the Western Australia Department of Sports and Recreation, and the WA Aussie Rules Football Committee. While on site, I got to visit…
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