I speak often about how important the "culture" of any organization is, but when it comes down to it, it is a complicated concept that few people understand, and, in my humble opinion even fewer value as an important factor in the success of skating clubs.
I never thought I would be a retired skating coach. Skating was my passion, my life and my reason for getting up in the morning. Coaching quickly became my new passion after University, and I had always envisioned myself as one of those coaches sitting on a stool teaching from the boards at 90, still loving it and giving back.
So in an effort to save my fellow coaches some time as they work with athletes that may have these invisible disabilities, I thought I'd compile a list of the things I've experienced and information I've researched in an effort to better help YOU help YOUR students.
I can't imagine what it must feel like to have the choice of homeschooling thrust on you out of a necessity to stay alive, and I empathize with every single parent out there who finds themselves homeschooling during the Coronavirus.
It happened again. For what seems like the millionth time, I am watching a coaching colleague go through the ringer in their skating club. Devalued, underappreciated, and gas-lighted, my friend is on the verge of leaving behind a successful coaching career because of the anxiety that seems to surround the profession. Two years ago, I… Continue reading Suggestions to Increase SkateCanada Coach Satisfaction and Longevity
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
Product: Fitbit Alta HR Monitor Price: $129.29 CDN Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.ca My Rating: 10/10 Overview: I’ve seen the Fitbit monitors around for a couple of years, and finally decided it was time to find out what all the fuss was about. I’m so glad I did. I love my Fit bit with all… Continue reading A Product Review for the Fitbit Alta HR Monitor
Product: Mindful Powers App for iOS Devices Price: Free with In App Purchases of $4.99 Cheapest Place to Buy: Apple App Store My Rating: 20/10 Overview: If I could be in LOVE with an App, I would be in love with THIS APP. For years as a competitive skating coach, I have had to consistently… Continue reading A Product Review of the “Mindful Powers” App