"A profession is a vocation founded upon specialized educational training, the purpose of which is to supply objective counsel and service to others, for a direct and definite compensation, wholly apart from expectation of other business gain" ..COACHING is a PROFESSION....increase your specialized educational training
2015 Coaches' Scheduling Meeting will be May 3, 2015 - More info to come.
2 Minute Drill for Coaches from the Positive Coaching Alliance
Dear Maryland Swimming Coach,
||Dear Maryland Swimming Coach,
Fitting Players Into Team Culture
PCA defines "culture" as "the way WE do things HERE." To establish and maintain your team culture, it is important to bring in people - assistant coaches, players and parents - who want the same culture as you.
You may be tempted to opt for talent instead of a cultural fit, but even supremely talented players can do more harm than good if they just can't get onto the same page with their coaches or teammates. One way to draw people who will fit your culture and to avoid those who won't is to be honest (early and often!) about "the way WE do things HERE."
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Cultivating Team Leaders
You will want to identify players who are leaders and others you can help develop into leaders. Youth have a way of communicating with each other that adults just cannot replicate, so it is often useful to let players lead in team meetings, practices, games and social situations. It will help all your players to hear voices of leadership other than yours.
Having athletes on your team who are leaders will improve your team's results. Plus, an important part of your role as a Double-Goal Coach® is to help youth become leaders who can lead beyond sports.
MD Swimming Age Group Coaches of the Year - NBAC
Erik Posegay, NBAC Senior Coach of the Year 2013-2014
Health Care for Coaches and Officials click for information
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Safe Sport Literature
As adults who interact with children on a daily basis, there may come a time when a child turns to you for support for abuse that is taking place in their life. Child abuse can take many forms and while it does not always lead to injuries that you can see, it can result in severe emotional harm that can have long-lasting effects. Please refer to a handout from the Office for Victims of Crime for information about what to do should this happen. The handout is titled ‘What Adults Need to Know about Child Abuse’ and you can access it here. As trusted adults, we can have a very positive impact and be a huge support for children who are suffering.
Club Reimbursement for Coach Clinic Attendance: MSI will reimburse any MSI club up to $4000 per year for coach attendance at either the annual ASCA World Coaches Clinic, the annual Eastern States Coaches Clinic or the USA Regional Coaches Clinic. Reimbursement is based on refunding of clinic registration fee, transportation and hotel. Receipts must be provided.
Coach Certification Info
New STSC Skills
This skills sheet can replace the STSC in-water skills session done with an ARC instructor and therefore can replace the ARC STSC certification itself if accompanied by the STSC Online Content Only certification. If the coach cannot find an ARC instructor to provide the full STSC course, an instructor from one of the agencies listed on the Skills Sheet can work with the coach and sign the form. The coach must complete the STSC Online Content Only course, print the certificate and present it at the time of the skills demonstration. This new procedure was approved by the Operational Risk Committee at convention and can be used starting immediately by coaches who need to renew STSC and do not have an acceptable lifeguard certification.
The coach and the instructor are required to sign the form and falsification of this document may constitute a Code of Conduct violation. It is not your responsibility to question the validity of the instructor's signature unless you have reason to do so. In that event, contact the agency that certified the instructor and try to confirm that the instructor's certification is valid and that the skills session did take place.
A copy of the STSC Online Content Only certification and this signed Skills Sheet should be sent to the LSC Registrar; together, they complete the STSC requirement. The STSC expiration date will always be the one on the STSC Online certification because this one will always expire first.