This year’s conference theme is “Building to Win,” which will focus on team strategies and increasing player & team competitiveness. Our highly trained and elite-level Instructors will lead you through how to plan your season and individual practices, how to best utilize your captains, and managing your team during a tournament. Gain hands-on experience teaching drills and working through critical player/team scenarios. All coaches, players, and captains, whether new or highly-experienced, will gain valuable skills and strategies to help your team flourish!
Date: March 12th, 2017
Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm
Location: TBD (web site says Palo Alto, CA, as of 2/8/2017)
Cost: $85 early bird (before 3/1/2017), $95 regular
Financial Aid: Financial aid is available upon request. Please complete this application by 3/1/2017.
As we prepare for another spring season of youth ultimate, a growing menu of “professional development” opportunities have arisen. First — a new, potentially annual, coaches conference is being offered in February by RiseUp in south Seattle (WA). Then in March the third annual Youth Ultimate Coaching Conference will take place in San Jose (CA). If you can’t make these in person, both will offer video content from the speakers after the event: RiseUp for a small fee; YUCC for free courtesy of Bay Area Disc and all the YUCC partners (see Skyd Magazine for archived YUCC talks from 2014 and 2015).
The first (annual?) RiseUp Seattle Coaches Conference will happen on Saturday February 13, 2016, from 11-6 at the Rainier Beach Community Center (in south Seattle). The cost is $100 and registration is prioritized for female coaches and coaches of females and/or disadvantaged Seattle communities. While the web site speaker list and topics suggest the content may be most useful to higher-level coaches (e.g. high school and above), the conference Program Director Mario O’Brien assured me that it would also be “valuable for coaches who work with the youngest spectrum of youth” (elementary and middle school coaches and teachers). He pointed out that it would be a great networking opportunity for any coach — which I believe after reviewing this impressive speaker list:
Heather Ann Brauer (YCC coach, GUM chair)
Age Up (Seattle Youth)
Ren Caldwell (Ren Fitness) – 3 Strategies to Promote a Team Culture of Better Health and Performance
Frank Nam (Franklin HS, South Korea National Team)
Dr. Ben Wiggins (Sockeye, Riot, RISE UP)
Mario O’Brien (RISE UP, Sockeye, Cascades, University Prep)
Other Seattle coaches
The 3rd annual Youth Ultimate Coaching Conference will follow the theme of “”Gender Equity and Girls Ultimate” and is scheduled for Saturday March 5, 2016, from 8:30-5, at Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, CA. The cost is $65 before Feb 29 and $95 thereafter. The keynote talk will be by Marlene Bjornsrud, Executive Director of Alliance for Women’s Coaches. The conference looks like it will be very valuable for coaches at all levels of youth ultimate — primarily because the program portends a broad contemplation of girls and youth sports:
The 2016 exciting program includes:
– USA Ultimate unveiling the latest on Gender Equity and GUM curriculum
– A panel featuring non-Ultimate organizations working with girls
– Qxhna Titcomb reporting on her successful All-Star Ultimate Tour
8:30-9 | Registration 9-9:45 | Keynote 10-11 | USA Ultimate Gender Equity Guidelines 11-12 | Panel: Non-Ultimate Girls Organizations 12-1 | USA Ultimate GUM curriculum 1-2 | Lunch Break and Networking 2-3 | All-Star Ultimate Tour 3-4| Panel: Girls Programs and Play opportunity 4-5 | Panel: How to Grow 5:00 | Closing
As of Jan 28, round-trip tickets to San Jose from Seattle look to be about $200-250 ($220 same day flight, or $170 Fri pm – Sat pm RT + hotel)…
3:46 — Serving on a Council at the US Olympic Committee which is studying an American Development Model (led by USOC, NCAA, Nike, coordinated by Aspen Institute) and is about to initiate a major push to implement it. Ultimate is being held up as an example for other sports to learn from…
5:25 — Has worked with many professional sports and believes that when sports are done right, they can enhance the human experience. When they’re done wrong, they don’t.
7:30 — How does ultimate fit within the framework of sports in the U.S.? [first slide]
Structure of sport in the world
Top: International Olympic Committee (IOC) works through
National Olympic Committee (in the U.S. that’s the USOC = our Ministry of Sport (including a family of organizations like NCCA, YMCA, JCC, CYOs, Boys & Girls clubs, and now USA Ultimate)
International Federations (for ultimate that’s WFDF [pronounced “whiffdiff”], the World Flying Disc Federation)
Those bodies work through National Governing Bodies:
USAU, Ultimate Canada
US Tennis Association, USA Hockey…
which facilitate athlete development, e.g. USA Ultimate is trying to work though
Affiliates (Bay Area Disc, Disc NW)
Youth Service organizations (JCC, CYO, Boys & Girls clubs), so expect an influx of 1000s of kids!
17:45 — The aspects of ultimate that are most attractive to the IOC , USOC, and ESPN (and parents!) are:
Spirit of the game
“The reason ESPN has the observers miked up is not because they want to listen to the observers, it’s because they’re trying to figure out how to get that discussion between the athletes clearly on the ear — in a way where it becomes a unique element and makes the sport totally different from other sports.”
19:30 — the American Development Model (ADM)
Built on the Ultimate Canada’s LTAD model
Translated the Canadian development periods into US grade and age ranges:
Note: no specialization in single-sport until high school!
3 sports for 9-12 year olds
2 sports from ages 12-16 years
Sports are applications of fundamental movement skills (run, leap, throw…)
23:15 — Differences in the U.S. relative to other countries
We have parents that think $25k/yr investment in worth it to get NCAA scholarships or success professional sports. There is early specialization inertia that we’ll have to overcome through education and marketing.
Kids get more exposure to sports and opportunities
NCAA, NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, Pro Soccer, Winter, X-games, Olympics, Triple Crown Tour
School based system (27:25 — V/JV tradition with only 15ish kids per team drives the steep drop-off in sports participation at ages 13-15…)
25:10 ADM Statement and 5 stages to a better sport experience:
Discover Learn Play (0-12 years)
Develop and Challenge (10-16 years)
Train and Compete (13-19 years)
Stage 4 has two modes (13-15 year, when most attrition happens)
Participate and succeed (15+)
Excel for high performance (15+)
Thrive and mentor (for life)
27:27 — Ultimate’s big opportunity is receiving those kids that didn’t make the J/V cut in other sports!
28:55 — Key principles that will drive the ADM
Universal access (USAU Foundation: raises $ to allow everyone to play; e.g. GUM aspiring to have 70% girls and 30% boys!)
Develop motor and skills thru appropriate activities (teach parents and teachers to create opportunities)
Encourage multisport participation (economics makes this tough: e.g. US Tennis [$200-250M/yr operating budget] is bigger than the USOC [US Hockey (30-40M$/yr)] and employs many professional coaches who don’t want other sports. They want year-round participation! This means a huge opportunity to create economically-viable multi-sport facilities.)
Fun, engaging, challenging atmospheres (not just “good job,” but “this is how you can be the best that you can be.”)
Quality coaching at all levels (Coaching is the delivery system of sport. [SV: What if it was just peers through play, e.g. neighborhood pick-up?]
38:45 — Key outcomes
Grow general pool of athletes and pool of elite athletes (Olympians)
Develop fundamental skills that transfer between sports
Appropriate avenue to fulfill athletic potential (maximize potential; not get a scholarship, or play in the NBA)
Create a generation that loves sport and physical activity and transfers to that passion to the next generation (Nike’s involved because there’s a huge drop-off in youth participation. Why? The focus on winning, lack of fun, and increasing injury. “My coaches are teaching me how to cheat!”
44:50 — Next steps for USOC and ADM
USOC get support from all NGBs and logos on ADM site
Aug 2015: Workshop to implement ADM/LTAD concepts through US NGBs
Continue to support research and awareness
46:00 — interlocking finger model of sport (one hand players, one hand coaches)
48:00 — Exciting stuff!
USAU just moved to Colorado Springs where we had meetings that suggest ultimate can get onto Olympic Program way earlier than any of us dreamed
IOC just finished 2020 reforms (Olympic program will change to be by discipline, not limited by sport, and will illiminate sports that are no longer played and replace them with hip/cool ones that are also inexpensive [facilities, easy access, entertaining=ESPN, and mixed gender])
52:00 Q: How to increase access?
Youth serving agencies are putting us on their menu and then delivering those kids to us!
CYO = East coast sports organization plans to introduce ultimate to their 7,000 player basketball program
Boys and Girls clubs
Help us find donors
Highest priority: Build network of entreprenurial partners who deliver the coaching!
The new Executive Director of the Bay Area Disc Association announced in his 9/30/15 welcome letter that the theme for the 2016 Youth Ultimate Coaching Conference (YUCC) will be “Developing Girls’ Ultimate.” The conference is to be held next March (2016) in the Bay Area and plans to “convene inspirational role models from around the country like Qxhna Titcomb (All-Star Ultimate Tour founder and World Champion) to present…” Watch their youth ultimate event calendar for further details.
In anticipation of learning more about how to coach girls, here’s a related presentation from the 2015 YUCC by DiscNW’s Heather Ann Brauer entitled “Giving Girls a Voice: Tools for empowerment and confidence on and off the ultimate field” with my notes appended —
1:05 Asked 7 girls and 7 boys why do you love ultimate
girls: community, spirit, friends, athleticism, fun
boys: similar themes (though also + layout, callahan, greatest, aggression, intensity)
2:00 More important than these differences is how we approach the off-field culture and connectedness of the team.
Girls (and women) often under-rank themselves
How do you empower them? CLEAR
Culture – giving girls tools to create a culture they want to see in their team
Language – e.g. not saying “sorry,” saying “person-defense” instead of “man defense”
Emotions – talking about empathy, connectedness; being able to be where you’re at and valuing those emotions
Agency – giving girls a voice or say, adds to the buy-in they have in the team
Role models – getting women to be role models, but also giving girls a chance to be role models themselves (e.g. GUM clinics)
4:55 Tips and tricks
Create a team charter
How do you want to feel as an individual (at practices, at games)? [Challenged to learn; happy and social; enthusiastic, excited; valued; accomplished; improved/better; successful]
Narrow down to 4-6 words and create actionable items, e.g. for “confidence” the high school girls came up with: “We will consistently attend practice and hold one another accountable. We will not say “I’m sorry.” We will be stars. We will give one another positive feedback. We will give each other high fives. And we will conduct ourselves with the utmost swagger.”
(11:55) Establish a buddy system
Usually not established friends
Check-ins throughout the season; ask buddy if you missed practice; share personal goals
Coaches can help create tangible goals (e.g. 50 completions in a go-to drill) and remind team of the goal, especially if they are straying away from the key-words of their charter
Attendance at practice went from ~8 before charter to 12-14 afterwards because they felt bought-in
At beginning of practice let each player say one word describing how they’re feeling (or using thumbs up/down/sideways)
Check-out? [presumably the same process, but at the end of practice…]
(17:35) Interactive warm-up
Variation of team USA U23 warm-up
(19:30) Demo of paired, interactive plyos
hi-5s are the most important part!
(22:35) I’m a star!
If a player makes a mistake and says “I’m sorry”
Teammates say “What did you say?”
And player jumps up and says “I’m a star!”
To which teammates respond “Yes you are.”
(23:35) Collaborative challenges work really well
Try to meet a goal. Each time you make it as a team, reduce your 10 planned 40-yard sprints by one.
Create drills that have progressions to create challenge: dishy pass + look to huck + add defender + a fake + under pass…
Supportive drills: e.g. 3 or 5 lines with people cutting towards you. By saying names and making eye contacts, you make a social connection every time.
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