Originally posted February 2018 A coaching friend of mine texted me last week. I hadn’t heard from her in a while, but I had worked with her for a decade, and we keep in touch as often as our busy lives allow. This friend is an accomplished skater and coach. In many ways, she exemplifies… Continue reading Coaching Chronicles: Keep Your Chin Up Coaching Friends
As a coach with 30 years experience working in the Canadian figure skating system, and a skater of 47 years who also amateur coached, (I can't be that old, can I?) I've seen and coached in nearly every variation of learn-to-skate program offered by SkateCanada. From the N.S.T. program, to Parent-and-Tot, to Learn-to-Skate, and EVERYTHING… Continue reading SkateCanada Canskate: Has It Lived Up to the Hype?
Product: “Smartcuts: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success” by Shane Snow Price: Kindle Price $17.99 Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.ca Note: I do NOT currently receive any perks or money from my reviews. My goal is to give my HONEST opinion about books and resources that can help anyone be a better coach, administrator,… Continue reading A Book Review of “Smartcuts: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success
I have been incredibly lucky to practice my craft alongside some of the best coaches in the world; coaches who care, and go the extra mile for their students, time and time again. Coaches who have inspired me, challenged me, and taught me so very much. So as I step away from the world of coaching, I wanted to say a thank-you to all my fellow coaches.
Parents can be our biggest allies as coaches. It is OUR job as coaches to figure out how to communicate effectively with them, set the parameters for expectations for them and what they can expect from us, and create a positive learning environment.
If I could go back in time and give advice to my younger coaching self as she was starting out, here are the things I would tell her.
I’d like to share with you an incident that I have yet to reconcile within myself as to whether I was right or wrong; whether I over-reacted or under-reacted, whether I was defending myself or being petty, whether I was calling out someone for trying to take me down a peg or whether I was actually the one who made her feel badly.
It's not an understatement to say that the ability to give positive, timely and helpful feedback in the right manner at the right time can be a game changer for young athletes and differentiates the good coaches from the best coaches.
A skating club executive sets the tone for the rest of its membership; how the people on the executive treat each other, the skaters, the coaches and the parents who participate in their club determines the climate and culture for the entire organization.