Creating a systematic and strategic approach to successful athletic development via the values, beliefs and theories of holistic and healthy youth development.
Master of Education-University of
I believe that coaches need to:
- provide each athlete with a voice
- engage each athlete where they are in life
- allow each athlete choice
- provide a safe environment where athletes can increase and improve their lives
As I approach athletics, my years of coaching experience and my studies at the University of Minnesota -Youth Development Leadership program I have found that in sports and life, a championed and balanced athlete is one that has mastered the following major areas: mental, emotional, physical, social and spiritual.
It is the goal of this project to evaluate and enhance work being done through the
It is the goal of this project that all affiliated coaches will be asked to contribute their knowledge and experience that demonstrate the values and role of Youth Development Leadership in the context of athletics.
Coaches will be included in this process through interviews and observations on how they use Youth Development models and theories to enhance the athletic experience of each youth. Coaches will be asked to share their beliefs and concepts which are needed to promote healthy and holistic youth development in the sport of wrestling.
It is the goal of this project to engage all parents and adult guardians of the youth athletes in an effort to solicit their opinions, thoughts and feedback. Individual and group discussions will also be conducted to involve, inform and engage all participating parents and adult guardians of youth.
As coaches develop with each team they must also develop with each athlete. My years of experience have concluded that therer are 5 stages of expereince that then result into a full cycle.
1st - Introduction Phase where athlete and coach are establishing their bounderies as well as introduction of styles of communication, expectations and other aspects of the sport. This also including sharing strategies, thoughts and philosophies.
2nd - Instruction Phase where coach is very dedicated in teaching the athlete all skills and techniques that they need to know in order to be successful.
3rd - Prepartation Phase where athletes and coaches prepare themselves physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
4th - Execution Phase begins the moment of first contact, it is the struggle between one opponent and the other. It is when all the planning, skills, techniques, conditioning, and work all come together in the hopes of personal excellence and possible victory.
5th - Recognition Phase is the time when after the competition is over, each team and athlete are given rewards for their efforts. It is when those that were victorious are able to stand on a podium, have their picture taken and are immortalized in the pages of history books.
6th - Frustration Phase is when all hopes, dreams and goals have not been reached. It is when all that was planned is not obtained. It is when each athlete must decide how much harder are they willing to work. It is when coaches decided how much more are they willing to give.
7th - Rejunivation Phase is when athlete and coach are ready to move forward and learn from the past but are not stuck in past perfomances. It is when all are ready to begin the process again and INTRODUCED to new ideas, new strategies and new ways of doing things in order to improve skills and techniques. It is also a time to refocus on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs of each athlete and coach.