Episode 020 Communities of Practice with Diane Culver, PhD

Diane Culver, PhD, from the University of Ottawa, discusses communities of practice in coaching education.

We discuss a history of social learning theory and how this was once a common way people learned including guilds and apprenticeships.

We discussed the requirements to develop a community of practice including creating value and learning imperatives. Some of the key attributes for a successful community of practice include:

  • People checking their egos at the door

  • People willing to share

  • That it does not have to lead to complete agreement by everyone

  • It needs to be a judgment free zone

Diane highly recommends a workshop from Wenger-Traynor to learn about communities of practice and facilitation.

You can follow Diane on Twitter at di_culver.

Episode 019 Talking LTAD with Joe Eisenmann

Joe Eisenmann, PhD left academia to put what he had studied as a pediatric exercise physiologist into practice. Joe is currently working for Volt Athletics along with consulting for some companies and a guest lecturer at Leeds-Becket University.

Joe is not one to hold back on his criticisms when it comes to a lack of implementation of long-term athlete development.

We discuss:

  • His sports, academic, and professional background

  • The bases for LTAD from the old Soviet Union through Bompa and Balyi

  • The science, such as it is, behind LTAD.

  • The limitations and potential pitfalls in the LTAD model

  • What we are missing out on when it comes to LTAD (hint: system alignment and integration)

  • The LTAD Playgrounds that Joe, Rick Howard and Tony Moreno are hosting around the country

Episode 018 What Really Motivates and Persuades? Daniel Pink, author, January 2019

Daniel Pink, the author of "Drive", "When" and "To Sell Is Human" is this month's guest.

We discuss the new ABCs of sales: Attunement, Buoyancy, and Clarity. Attunement is the ability to look at something from another person's perspective and involves what Pink calls the curse of knowledge. Buoyancy is accepting rejection. Clarity is finding the right problem to solve.

Daniel shares his findings from Drive about motivation. Human motivation is pretty complex and involves biological motivations (e.g., eating), Rewards and Punishment, and also we do things because we intrinsically like to do them. So how can rewarding someone for something he/she likes to do backfire? We also discuss autonomy, mastery and purpose as it relates to coaching and athletes.

We finish up talking about the subject of "When" (out in paperback on January 9, 2019) about learning your best time to do different tasks. A key here is that how you end a task, like practice, has an important effect on how people view the entire practice. Hint: end on a positive note!

You can learn more about Daniel Pink at www.danielpink.com and follow him on Twitter @danielpink

www.danielpink.com

Why You Should Always Skip Your Kids' Baseball Games

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Episode 017 The Adulteration of Children's Sports Kristi Erdal Colorado College

Kristi Erdal, PhD is a professor at Colorado College. We speak about her recently published book, The Adulteration of Children's Sports. The book is published by Lexington Books and can be found at https://rowman.com/lexington. Use the discount code LEXAUTH18 to receive a 30% discount!!!!!

We discuss:

What led her to write the book?

What are the key takeaways?

How did we get to where we are where youth sports are worth in excess of $10 billion and are adult led?

What happens to kids when adults get it wrong in youth sports? What can we do to "turn the ship"?

Links

Project Play talks

US Center for Coaching Excellence Summit Information

Kristi Erdal Bio

Episode 016 The Vehicle for Someone Else's Journey with Sergio Lara-Bercial

Sergio Lara-Bercial, PhD is a reader at Leeds Beckett University and also involved with the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE) and the iCoachKids program. Sergio is a retired professional basketball player and former Team GB women’s basketball coach. He earned his PhD in Positive Youth Development in 2018.

During our conversation Sergio talks about the etymology of “coach” and says about coaching that it is “the vehicle for someone else’s journey”.

We discuss:

His background as a player and transition to a coach

His interviews with coaches who are “serial winners” from across sports. Human Kinetics has a webinar with Sergio on his work.

How he became focused on youth sports after a career in high performance sport and the gap that he saw in working with 5 to 12 year olds

The iCoachKids project and the upcoming MOOCs with the first one set to launch in late 2018.

MOOC #1 Developing Effective Environments for Youth Sport

MOOC #2 Child & Youth Centred Coaching

MOOC #3 Coaching Children: Planning, Doing and Reviewing

The iCoachKids literature review is also available with a practical guide.

Sergio tweets from @DrSergioLaraUK

You might also be interested in following @iCoachKidsEU on twitter as well.

Another website of interest might be www.coachlearn.eu.

Episode 015 USCCE President Kristen Dieffenbach The State of USCCE

Kristen Dieffenbach, PhD, the President of the US Center for Coaching Excellence (USCCE), joined me to discuss the state of the USCCE, good things happening in coaching education, and what we as coach developers can do going forward.

The USCCE is partnering with many organizations including the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE) to offer the ICCE Coach Developers Academy here in the U.S. The USCCE is working with a publisher on a book series on coaching; if you are interested in writing a book, please visit the USCCE website for more information. Kristen talked about the free Raise the Bar program that allows organizations to commit to provide quality coaching.

We moved into some of the good things happening in coaching education amid all the not so good news about bad coaching behavior. We discuss Project Play and the Knight Commission as well.

We wrapped up with what we can be doing better moving forward.

Of course, all are invited to attend the USCCE Coach Developer Summit in Colorado Springs, CO June 17-19, 2019. If you are interested in being part of the ICCE Academy you can apply for that as well. The ICCE/USCCE Academy will be held June 14-16, 2019 in Colorado Springs.

Links of interest

USCCE Coach Developer Summit

Project Play 8 Plays

The ICCE/USCCE Coach Developer Academy

To reach Kristen at the USCCE, her email is info@uscoachexcellence.org

Episode 014 National Coaching Standards Lori Gano-Overway

Lori Gano-Overway, PhD has been involved in developing national coaching standards.

Lori discusses the origins, history and purpose of the national coaching standards starting with their development under AAHPERD, now SHAPE America and its progression to NCACE under the USCCE. (She also explains the alphabet soup).

The national standards are currently under revision and will be open to review until the end of October 2018. They can be found at the SHAPE America website. The revised standards are scheduled to be unveiled in April 2019 at the SHAPE America.

Coach Developers Network Chat Special Episode

On this special episode recorded in March 2018, I speak with three professors who head up coaching education programs at Xavier University, University of Denver and Michigan State University.

We discuss their programs, how they came to be and what they hope to gain.

All three have a masters in coaching program that are largely online.

If you are interested in pursuing a masters degree in coaching, this interview might offer some insights into what to expect even if you are interested in a program at another university.

The guests are Brian Gearity from University of Denver, Ron Quinn from Xavier University, and Andy Driska from Michigan State University.

Episode 013 Trickle Down Professionalism with Travis Dorsch

Travis Dorsch, PhD, is the founder of the Families in Sport Lab at Utah State University. Travis was a consensus All-American punter at Purdue University and former NFL player.

Current research includes a complementary focus on: (a) the role of youth sport participation on family relationships and family interaction (i.e., sport socialization); (b) Evidence-based parent education in competitive sport, in youth, adolescent, and early adult settings; and (c) the role of internal factors (e.g., motivation) and external factors (e.g., families and social contexts) on sport, physical activity, and recreational behavior.

What was your sports life like as a kid and how does that compare to what you are finding now?

How have you seen youth sports change since you were a kid both from your research and observations?

In your TEDx Talk from March 2018, you reference Dan Arielly’s work on motivation. Please share that snippet on how play became a job.

Now that you research this, what are you finding in terms of parent engagement.

What does the drive for the scholarship or to become a pro from the parents potentially do to a kid’s sports experience?

What is the connection, if any, between parental involvement (more spent) and kids’ attitudes toward sports?

What tips can you offer those of us seeking to engage parents to get them on board with being supportive but not sucking the fun out of sports?

Episode 012 The Gift of Failure with Jessica Lahey

Jessica Lahey discusses her book "The Gift of Failure" and how it changed her as a parent and a teacher.

We explore how failure makes children better learners and touch on the works of Carol Dweck and Daniel Pink.

The gist is that parents and coaches should allow children more time to learn on their own versus jumping in and solving the problems.

For coaches this might mean asking questions more than just telling them what to do. The latter will be useful in the short run, but it stunts learning in the long run.

Episode 010 US Lacrosse ADM and Parent Engagement

TJ Buchanan is the Senior Manager for ADM-Technical Director discusses the history of lacrosse (it is THE original American sport), American Development Model (ADM) and some of the programs US Lacrosse is pursuing with athletes, coaches and parents.

TJ also summarizes a meeting of representatives from several NGBs (and one sports parent representative) to discuss how to engage parents. A key point here is that we are (pretty much) all dealing with parents of youth athletes so let's have a common message. Also a goal is to get as many kids as possible in sports for as long as possible and to have the best possible experience.

Links mentioned during the podcast

USA Swimming's Flex Membership with a great video promoting multi-sport development

US Lacrosse ADM site (with lots of available information) 

Link to Amanda Visek's paper about what kids want out of sports (winning is not #1) Fun Integration Theory

TJ Buchanan email

Episode 009 Norwegian Sports Culture with Stephen Seiler

At the Winter Olympic Games in South Korea in 2018, Norway earned 39 total medals setting a record for the Winter Games. Many stories were written in the US press about how Norway became so successful.

In this podcast I discuss Norwegian sports culture with Stephen Seiler, PhD. Stephen is an American sport scientist who has lived in Norway for over 20 years. He offers his perspective on how Norway goes about developing athletes, the truth about keeping score in youth sports, funding and team culture. Since Stephen is very knowledgeable about sports in the US and Norway, he can offer a great perspective on the differences.

You can follow Dr. Seiler on Twitter: @stephenseiler

Episode 008 Practice to Perform Better or to Practice Better John Kessel

John Kessel is the Director of Sport Development for USA Volleyball. He also consults with many sports around the world including Major League Baseball teams.

John is knowledgeable in motor learning and the neuroscience of learning. In this episode he will challenge your views on how to run a practice. He says to minimize drills (if not completely do away with them) and to keep people active, no more lining up people to wait their turn. He talks about how to make learning more efficient.

Some notes:

How we learn faster: it is not about being the right way or wrong way, but about being more efficient.

Say what you mean, mean what you say, but do not be mean in saying it.

Principles first, methods second

Train game-like

Eliminate the words "try", "don't" and "but".

Put the player's name last when giving feedback

Below are some links mentioned in the talk.

John Kessel's Growing the Game blog

Gabriele Wulf OPTIMAL Learning work (full download available as of May 3, 2018)

Atul Gawande is a physician who has written several books and been on the Freakonomics podcast several times.

Train Ugly website

Backwards Bicycle TED Talk

 

 

 

Episode 007 Coaching ParaSports with Cathy Sellers

Cathy Sellers recently retired (April 2018) as the High Performance Director for the USOC Track and Field Paralympic program. She has an extensive background as a track and field coach and coach educator.

In this episode Cathy discusses some of the challenges and rewards in coaching a parasport athlete. She goes over the stages of growth of a coach, gives some history of the Paralympics, how to adapt to coaching an Paralympian, etc.

Episode 006 First Tee Golf

Ryan Graff is the Vice President for Program Development for First Tee. First Tee's mission (from its site): "... is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf".

 Ryan explains a little of the history of the First Tee program and how it integrates building character into its curriculum while also teaches kids about golf in a fun and accessible manner.

 

Episode 002 The US Center for Coaching Excellence Kristen Dieffenbach, PhD

Dr. Dieffenbach is the executive director of the US Center for Coaching Excellence (USCCE). The USCCE is a new organization that seeks to improve coaching education and development in the United States. 

In this episode Kristen tells a little about how the USCCE came to be from it being part of other organizations into its own stand alone entity.