Jun 28

Tip of the Month – June

Coach Monika Says… Signs Of A Good Youth Coach 1. Help athletes to learn “life lessons” through sport 2. Listen to athletes’ thoughts and opinions 3. Develop a positive rapport with athletes 4. Support, encourage, motivate and inspire athletes 5. Work together to set individual and team goals 6. Help them to understand there is …

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Jun 27

Are Sports Under Moral Attack by Liberal Academics?

Academics Claim: Dodgeball Harms Student Players! I was actually working on “gender and female coach mentorship” for the June Newsletter when I received this bizarre article over the Internet and US Fox News, USA.  Yes, coaches, get this! The play/game and physical activity of dodgeball that many of us most likely played during our school …

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May 27

Tip of the Month – May

Coach Monika Says… Questions For Head Coaches At The End Of The Season I found this post by Chris Fore (November 19, 2018) quite helpful for personal reflection on the seasonal performance of both coaches and athletes. Although the post originally is directed at team sport and players, I modified the Title and applied it …

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May 25

Sleeping Habits & Their Effect on Sport Performance

General well-being not only means being physically active but also taking care of the body to achieve active living, overall health, and quality of life. Humans cannot survive without the proper amount of sleep. Sleep disturbance and lack of sleep lead to more significant consequences than just dark circles around the eyes. No concealer can …

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May 03

Tip of the Month – April

Coach Monika Says… Five Effective Leadership Practices February 11, 2019: The Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Committees stated, “they stand for ‘sport free’ harassment, abuse and discrimination of any kind” after a CBC investigation reported more than 200 coaches in Canadian Amateur Sports have been convicted of sexual offences over a 20-year period, and the list keeps …

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May 03

The Disheartening State of Modern-day Youth Sports

Destroying the Youth Sports Experience for Our Children Are youth sports very different than when you were growing up? As a parent, do you feel athletes are being asked to do more and more at a very young age? Should children play multiple sports, or select a single sport and go for it? How about …

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Apr 01

Tip of the Month – March

Coach Monika Says… Including Postural Exercises to Enrich Your Training Program This is the 3rd Series of posture exercises as stated in January and February Tip of the Month. Medical researchers and experts in the field point to the fact that postural habits of children and youth, including our athletes of course, are deteriorating rapidly. Accordingly, …

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Apr 01

The Coddling of Athletes’ Minds – Praising Effort Not Performance

The current US College and University admission scandal for the benefit of “coddled Tinseltown celebrity” daughters is just one example of assuring success based on parental status, income, wealth, and “pampered” access. Dr. Everett Piper, author of Not a Day Care poses the question “what has happened to the American spirit?” We’ve gone from “give …

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Mar 06

The Relative Age Effect: How Does It (Dis)Advantage Young Athletes?

Ever wonder if athletes possess certain advantages or drawbacks based on their birth dates? Researchers have established that this is indeed a factor and does make a difference! It becomes not only important for coaching, but also for parents to understand because of parental tendencies to compare their child/children to others within the same group. …

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Mar 06

Tip of the Month – February

Coach Monika Says… Including Postural Exercises to Enrich Your Training Program   As stated in January Tip of the Month, medical researchers point to the fact that postural habits of children and youth – including our athletes of course – are reaching a critical stage. Accordingly, the increase of faulty posture is attributed to the …

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