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)…
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.
I’m really sad I can’t fly down to San Jose for the 2nd annual Youth Ultimate Coaching Conference (YUCC 2015) this weekend, but I was glad to hear that some content will be online via Skyd. The theme this year is Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD).