Episode 038 Developing Coaches with Bill McCall of USA Hockey

USA Hockey (USAH) is being very progressive in its approach to how it educates and develops its coaches. The leaders at USA Hockey (Ken Martel, Mark Tabor, et al.) have been through the US Center for Coaching Excellence (USCCE) Coach Developer Academy and now they are taking those concepts to its coach developers in the field so that more USA Hockey coaches are getting this sort of training.

Previously on the podcast Kristen Wright and I talked about our experience going through the USCCE Coach Developer Academy. The USAH and USCCE have teamed up to start to teach the coach developers in the field how to implement a new way to facilitate coaching clinics. Bill went through the training recently and joins me to discuss his experience.

We discuss:

His sport and coaching background. He swam collegiately and has been through coaching education courses with US Lacrosse and USA Track and Field along with being a Level 5 USA Hockey coach (its highest level).

His role in USA Hockey as a coach developer for Indiana, Ohio, western PA.

What he tookaway from the training and even how he has used it during his day job! One of the things he has noticed in the clinics is a lot more engagement with the coaches.

If you want to learn more about USA Hockey, visit its website.

For information on the USCCE Coach Developer Academy, visit its website. Please note that the dates for the Academies have passed, but the information on the workshops is still valid.

Episode 037 Creating a Playborhood with Mike Lanza

We spend some time reminiscing about our own childhoods and how we played. We discuss how we can create this sort of environment for our kids.

Describe your play as a child.

Give a little bit of your background moving from PA to the Bay Area.

When you were about to become a dad, you began to search for a way to let your kid (and now kids) have a similar experience. Describe that search. What were you looking for and what did you find?

In your book, Playborhood, you mention that our culture is antagonistic toward play and how tv differs now from how play is portrayed.

What do you see as the benefits of kids “running wild”? (Not literally, but more “free range”).

What are the features you look (or looked) for in a neighborhood?

How did you get other kids to venture out?

Mike’s book is Playborhood.

Mike’s website.

Mike Lanza on Twitter, @Playborhood



Episode 036 Making Changes with Kym Fasczewski PhD

What keeps people from making change?

Do extrinsic rewards work for making change?

The transtheoretical model of change

What is the origin?

Does it hold up well as a model? What are its pros and cons?

The stages are as follows; let’s talk about the description of each stage and how you can determine where you are or where a client is. Also strategies to move from one stage to the next

Pre-contemplation

Contemplation

Preparation

Action

Maintenance

Termination (not always included)

Types of reinforcement when it comes to working with athletes or clients. Pros and cons of each; challenges with each.

I mention Dan Arielly, a behavioral economist. Here is a link to his TED talks. Sorry I could not find the exact one I referenced in the podcast.

Here is the clip from “Big Bang Theory” showing how Sheldon used operant conditioning to shape Penny.

Episode 035 Don't Retire Kids with Travis Dorsch, PhD

As folks may remember from the earlier podcast (episode 013) for the US Center for Coaching Excellence, you were a multi-sport kid through high school and went on to be a punter for Purdue and in the NFL. I also know that you have completed several triathlons

Ok, let’s delve into the survey. I think many of us know that survey results can be misinterpreted or misunderstood. Let’s get into the methods. While methods are boring to a lot of folks, I think they are kind of important in providing context to the survey and understanding its limitations. For instance, who was surveyed? How were they found? How representative of the population are they?

The big message is that the average kid who is involved in sports stops playing at age 11. Project Play has created a campaign around #Dontretirekid. 

How do the results of this survey compare to previous surveys? (I had seen previous ages of kids quitting to be 13).

Another number from the survey was that the average spending per year was just under $700 per child PER Sport with a HUGE range ($0-35,000). The question I have there is was the median around $700? Also, when I first saw this reported I saw it as $700 per child per year and I thought “well that seems really reasonable” but if that is per sport then a multi-sport kid means $2100 on average. 

Do we have average spending from previous years? If so, where does this fall when adjusted for inflation ( if it is older info)?

Any data or anecdotal evidence on what is causing the early dropout? If not, any thoughts based on the survey data?

https://www.aspenprojectplay.org/national-youth-sport-survey-1 (Link to Project Play tables)

Utah State University Families in Sport Lab

To find Travis on Twitter, @BigSkyBoiler

Episode 034 Coach as a Leader with Guy Krueger from USA Archery

Guy Krueger from USA Archery came on to discuss the sport of archery, Guy’s path from high level athlete to coach to coach educator and other items below:

The growth of archery and how “Brave” and “Hunger Games” helped to increase the interest.

Different types of archery bows and what is used in Olympic competition along with the format. (I had forgotten the newer format—-that has been around since 1992)!

The new USA Archery Athlete Development Model and how it came about. Guy was not originally sold on the idea. I love how it promotes multi-sport participation as another way to develop motor skills, discourages national level competition at young ages and addresses the older athlete staying in the sport. (Guy notes that Archery recently was represented at the Olympics by a 5x Olympian—-that is 20 years of being on an Olympic team)!

The USA Archery coaching education program and the changes Guy is looking to make from his experiences with the USCCE Coach Academy course and also through a Doug Lemov course. (Thanks to Guy for his unsolicited support for the USCCE Coach Academy Course)!

Guy shares some information on the USA Archery Symposium. This event sounds like something that a coach from any sport could likely learn with speakers such as Kristen Dieffenbach, PhD, the president of the USCCE and the USA women’s national team coach for water polo.

Recommended reading from this podcast is Practice Perfect by Doug Lemov!

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Episode 033 The Game in the Child with Ron Quinn

Ron Quinn is an associate professor in at Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH. Ron is the director of the masters in coaching education and athlete development at Xavier University. The following is an outline of our discussion.

Ron’s background as a coach

What led to your become involved in coach education?

What got your interest in youth sports coaching?

What is the state of training for youth sports coaches? For the sake of this discussion let’s define youth as under 14.

I love your comment about what happens to kids at 3 o’clock. Please elaborate.

If you were designing an ideal youth sports coaching curriculum what would it look like? We can break this down U6, U8, U10, U12, U14. What would be the things you would be teaching coaches who are going to be coaching those ages?

How do we instill fun and play into practice? How do drills kill fun?

We had a discussion on a phone call about tee ball. You do not seem to be a fan of tee ball. What is your objection to tee ball?

Describe the Game in the Child concept

Episode 032 The Joy Is in the Process with Doug Ingram

In this week’s episode, I talked with an old acquaintance, Doug Ingram. Doug has led a fascinating life; I could probably spend hours talking and recording with him on his days as a coach, at the USOC and mountaineering.

During this episode we talk about some of his jobs at the USOC including being responsible for getting everyone and everything to the Olympic Games including how the equestrian folks get their horses to places like Sydney, Australia.

We focus on his mountaineering exploits including his trip to Antarctica and, of course, Everest. The inspiration for the interview came from the now famous photo of the long line of people waiting to summit Everest. Please check out the photo from when Doug reached the summit and the photo from 2019. There is a stark contrast!

Part of our discussion includes the process of acclimatizing on Everest; Doug shares his opinions on how the quest to climb Everest has changed. Hint: a lot might have to do with “Into Thin Air”.

Below are two photos from Hillary Step just below the summit. The top photo is from 2013 when Doug ascended. The bottom photo is from 2019.

Hillary Step 2013
Hillary Step 2019

Episode 031 LTAD in Practice with Jeff Richardson

Jeff Richardson is a middle school teacher and baseball coach in tiny Houston, Missouri who has been able to implement the concepts of long-term athlete development in his community’s parks and rec department. He is also working to integrate LTAD into the schools.

We discuss his background as a baseball coach and how his views on developing pitchers has evolved from looking at “mechanics” to “movement”.

Jeff shares his discovery of LTAD and how it resonated with him.

We discuss how he went about getting stakeholders in the community to buy into the LTAD concept.

The interview serves as a primer for those who want to move past talking about LTAD and start “doing” LTAD.

We also discuss small town life and go off on a few tangents.

Jeff’s efforts were profiled in his local newspaper.

You can follow Jeff on Twitter @J_Richardson12.

Episode 030 IOC Consensus Statement on Mental Health with Claudia Reardon, MD

This episode with Claudia Reardon, MD is being hosted both on the USCCE podcast feed and the Smartercoaching feed because I think it is a really important topic. During the podcast we cover the following topics and then some. Mental health is pretty broad and future episodes will address many of the topics not addressed in this episode.

What was the catalyst for forming this committee to create the consensus statement?

Who were the people on the committee in terms of backgrounds and expertise?

How does cultural/ethnicity impact the diagnosis or for coaches in recognizing symptoms?

What are the mental health issues the paper addresses? What are the issues that may have greater prevalence in the athlete population than in the general population?

What about the distribution of issues amongst sports types (combat, aesthetic, CGS, team, etc.)?

What should coaches, trainers, et al., be on the look out for?

What recommendations do you make for sport organizations from clubs, teams and NGBs, NOCs?

How do we distinguish between overtraining/overreaching and depression since the symptoms can be similar?

Let's focus on depression and suicide, what are the symptoms of depression?

What makes depression different from just having a rough day or two or perhaps dealing with a life event (retirement, major competition loss or loss of a loved one)? What are signs of suicide?

If I am in a person's life (athlete or not), what can I do if I suspect the person is considering suicide.

This episode with Claudia Reardon, MD is being hosted both on the USCCE podcast feed and the Smartercoaching feed because I think it is a really important topic. During the podcast we cover the following topics and then some. Mental health is pretty broad and future episodes will address many of the topics not addressed in this episode.

What was the catalyst for forming this committee to create the consensus statement?

Who were the people on the committee in terms of backgrounds and expertise?

How does cultural/ethnicity impact the diagnosis or for coaches in recognizing symptoms?

What are the mental health issues the paper addresses? What are the issues that may have greater prevalence in the athlete population than in the general population?

What about the distribution of issues amongst sports types (combat, aesthetic, CGS, team, etc.)?

What should coaches, trainers, et al., be on the look out for?

What recommendations do you make for sport organizations from clubs, teams and NGBs, NOCs?

How do we distinguish between overtraining/overreaching and depression since the symptoms can be similar?

Let's focus on depression and suicide, what are the symptoms of depression?

What makes depression different from just having a rough day or two or perhaps dealing with a life event (retirement, major competition loss or loss of a loved one)? What are signs of suicide?

If I am in a person's life (athlete or not), what can I do if I suspect the person is considering suicide.

Links

IOC Consensus Statement

NCAA Resources

About Dr. Reardon

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Episode 029 Catching ZZZZZs with Sleep4Sport Amy Bender

Amy Bender, PhD, joins me to discuss a topic that is near and dear to my heart: sleep.

 This is near and dear to me because I have struggled with sleep for as long as I can remember. To some extent, I think this is because my chronotype is that of the “owl”—I tend to be more of a night owl. However, the work world does not seem to appreciate we night owls!!!!!

 Thanks to Amy for being such an engaging guest!

 Her background as an athlete and scientist.

How she got interested sleep?

Why do we sleep?

What is happening in the brain while we are sleeping?

What is the thing that would surprise people about sleep?

What happens if we go a long period without sleep?

What are the consequences of not getting enough sleep? (Acute as well as chronic sleep deficiency)

What role does sleep play in learning new skills or integrating new information? (I have read claims that learning a new skill and then sleeping helps embed that new skill).

What is insomnia and the "forms" of it?

What can we do to improve our quality of sleep?

What to do if a person cannot fall asleep?

What to do if a person wakes up in the middle of the night and cannot fall back to sleep?

 We discuss "biphasic sleep"?

 Amy mentioned the Sleep Junkies podcast: https://sleepjunkies.com/podcast/

Twitter: @sleep4sport

Instagram: sleep4sport

Episode 027 Physical literacy with Glenn Young

Glenn Young is a former Vancouver, BC PE teacher and district coordinator who is an advocate for physical literacy although he is not a huge fan of the term “physical literacy” (PL).

We discuss Glenn’s background and he became an evangelist including his being involved in the early discussions in Canada. We get into the history of the term “physical literacy” starting around 2000 with the obesity and inactivity crises in Canada.

Glenn shares his definition and explains why getting hung up on a definition can be detrimental to implementing PL.

Glenn reminds us that the kids in the PE class are the clients and a stakeholder.

We discuss how physical activity, education and literacy differ and how he worked with non-PE teachers in schools to get kids physically active. He shares his thoughts on Teaching Games for Understanding.

You can follow Glenn on Twitter @ glennyoung_PE and is email is glenn.young@gmail.com.

Here is an article I reference in the show from LinkedIn. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/developing-physical-literacy-glenn-young/

Episode 026 Nutrition with Stephanie Miezin

Stephanie Miezin is a registered dietitian working for the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). Her job there is to make sure the dining hall at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO is meeting the nutrition needs of the athletes who live and/or train there.

We discuss the following:

  • Her path from culinary school to registered dietitian

  • The difference between being a RD and a nutritionist

  • What one can expect in working with a RD

  • The “Big Items” to take care of in your own nutrition

  • Nutrient timing

  • Protein!

  • Keto (could not help but talk about that, right?)

  • Evaluating claims made by diet promoters or supplement companies

Stephanie has a great “food first” philosophy and encourages folks to learn how to cook so it gives you more control over your nutrition, and it is just fun! (Note: I like to cook, but I am not sure I have as much fun as Stephanie does in cooking)!

Stephanie can be found on Instagram at Cookeatcompete and she has a website, cookeatcompete.com.

Links of note

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (to help you find a RD)

Cooking videos from the USOC

Recipes from TeamUSA!

Episode 025 Endure with Alex Hutchinson

Alex Hutchinson, the author of Endure and Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights?, joins me on the podcast today. Alex also blogs at Sweatscience hosted by Outside online.

Alex and I discuss:

How he got started in writing about endurance sports and sport science

The premise of Endure

The role the brain and mind play in endurance performance including a discussion of Noakes’ Central Governor Theory and criticisms of it—particularly from Samuele Marcora.

Twitter: the good and the bad in terms of sport science discussions and how they can devolve into personal attacks

Some of the brain fatigue training Alex underwent during his marathon training

His first book, Which Comes First, and what he has learned since

You can follow Alex on Twitter (and I recommend it) @sweatscience.

Links of note

Endure

Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights?

Sweatscience Blog

Jockology (Toronto Globe and Mail, subscription required)

Episode 024 Good to Go with Christie Aschwanden

I say this all too often…this was such a fun interview with Christie Ashwanden, the author Good to Go: What the Athlete in all of us can learn from the strange science of recovery.

We discuss her background as an athlete from wannabe volleyball player to runner to cyclist to cross country skier along with her academic background.

Our discussion of recovery includes:

·       float tanks (the old sensory deprivation tanks—and a discussion of the movie, Altered States),

·       ice baths

·       massage

·       the placebo or expectation effect

·       beer (okay this is a tease, but we do mention it)

Finally, we end with Christie’s recommendation on the top recovery modality! Hint: it is free (although I guess you can pay a lot if you want to).

You can follow Christie on Twitter at @cragcrest and her website is https://christieaschwanden.com/.

She is a contributor at https://fivethirtyeight.com/contributors/christie-aschwanden/ writing about hydration, replication crisis and the sport science methodology issues.

 Click to listen on Apple Podcast.

 

 

Episode 023 The Evolution of Power-Based Cycling Coaching with Hunter Allen

Hunter Allen, the CEO of Peaks Coaching Group and the author of Training and Racing with Powermeter 3rd edition, joins me to discuss his coaching and the early days of using power as a cycling coach.

Hunter shares how he got started in cycling as a BMX racer, then mountain biker and finally as a road racer in Spain. We discuss his transition into coaching.

We talk about the 2002 power based seminar in Philadelphia, PA and how he and Kevin Williams came up with the first software that could truly analyze power files from different devices.

We discuss how using power changed his approach to coaching, but that he also made sure that he remembered that a person is on the other side of that file and how one has to take into account life and its demands when coaching and training.

Links

Peaks Coaching Group

Training and Racing with a Powermeter (co-authored with Andy Coggan and Steve McGregor)

Episode 022 Training and Racing with a Powermeter with Andy Coggan, PhD

I connect with my old friend Andy Coggan, PhD to discuss using powermeters to train cyclists.

We start out with a discussion of the history of measuring intensity using heart rate, rating of perceived exertion (RPE), oxygen consumption and move into power.

We discuss Andy’s early days as a bike racer and how he discovered exercise science. That combination led him to using powermeters early on and being at the forefront of looking at how to measure training using a powermeter.

We discuss the early discussions on the Usenet (look it up) forum rec.bicycles.racing where I first learned about Andy when I was a graduate student. Reading his posts there and later on the Topica Wattage forum led me to invite him to speak at the first USA Cycling Power Based Training seminar in Philadelphia, PA in June 2002 (we could not remember if it was 2001 or 2002 during the interview).

Andy was later instrumental in designing the USA Cycling Power Based Training Clinic as well as developing the first sport physiology curriculum for the USA Cycling Level 2 clinics.

We discuss some of the limitations of using power and the benefits as well.

For information on ordering Training and Racing with a Powermeter, 3rd edition and for a little history of power-based training visit Training and Racing with a Powermeter.

Quick Note

I just started a new job as the Senior Manager for Coaching Education at USA Fencing.  Because of that I am taking a little hiatus from the podcast although I plan to record two more soon since they have been in the works.

Also, sorry about the error in the description of the podcast with Jean Cote that showed up in iTunes and the download.  Poor quality control on my part!

Episode 021 Transformational Coaching with Dr. Jean Cote

On today's podcast, I talk with Dr. Jean Cote from Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.  We discuss how smaller cities are producing more professionals than large cities.  He offers his thoughts on why that might be occurring.

We also discuss early specialization and sampling of sports.  Dr. Cote focuses on kids being able to make the decisions for themselves.  But then how does a kid decide to specialize if the kid has not experience alternatives?

Dr. Cote shares his model of sport participation and transformational coaching.

Dr. Cote website at Queens University includes access to a lot of his papers. 

Dr. Cote has also worked with the NBA and USA Basketball on youth sports guidelines.

Here is a link to more reading on Cote's Development Model for Sports Participation

Dr. Cote email is jc46@queensu.ca

His twitter handle is @jeancote46.