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Why is the Coach ALWAYS responsible for athletes behaving badly?

football-lightingThis is a tough post for me because it is about an emotionally charged topic.  The recent allegations of hideous hazing incidents at Conestoga High School have really hit close to home.  As a parent, I feel sick to my stomach that incidents like this occur and that every day we continue to see examples of how vulnerable our children are in today’s society – vulnerable to egregious behavior on the part of their peers (often other minors), strangers, and adults in their lives – and yes, coaches.

But are coaches always at fault when athletes behave badly?  While again, I am sickened by the alleged incidents at Conestoga, I am also keenly aware of this particular coach’s character.  I know John Vogan because I coached for more than 10 years at Conestoga High School.  As a rowing coach, I often crossed paths with Coach Vogan during winter land training and I know him to be a man filled with care and concern for every one of his athletes.  An article written about Coach Vogan a few years ago, describes the coach I know.

The thing is, as the general public, we are angered that there was no locker room supervision.  I get that, but as a coach, I know I would rarely enter the locker room and now more than ever, coaches have to be very careful about being in a locker room with minors.  It’s a damned if you do, damned if you don’t situation for coaches.

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Time Magazine: The Cost of NOT Hiring Women Coaches

Andy Murray of Britain shares a laugh with his new coach Amelie Mauresmo during a training session before his Queen's Club grass court championships tennis match in London, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

Andy Murray of Britain shares a laugh with his new coach Amelie Mauresmo during a training session before his Queen’s Club grass court championships tennis match in London, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

This is a great article about the cost of NOT hiring women coaches.  Great thoughts in this one!

http://time.com/3896935/women-coaches/

Monday’s Video Share #10: Preventing Bullying and Locker Room Culture

bullying in youth sports-resized-600It’s Monday and time for a video we think you might like – this week we focus on bullying in sports and take a look at the Positive Coaching Alliance’s video on preventing turboessays.co.uk these behaviors on our teams.

 

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Monday’s Video Share #9: TEDxBlue – Angela Lee Duckworth, Ph.D. on “TRUE GRIT”

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It’s Monday and time for a video we think you might like www.masterpapers.com! This one is TEDxBlue – Angela Lee Duckworth, Ph.D. discussing TRUE GRIT. What coach isn’t looking for bestessaysforsale.net athletes with GRIT?!?!  Check it out!

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Monday’s Video Share #8: Tips for Coaches To Help Keep Athletes Healthy

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t’s Monday and time for a video we think you might like!  The Positive Coaching Alliance created this brief video about keeping your athletes healthy.

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How to use Social Media to Your Team’s Advantage

Today almost everyone is on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. People use social media to find out news, weather, and pop culture updates. It is no surprise that potential athletes, competitors, and fans are now using social media to find out about your team.

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In my years coaching cheerleading I have found that using social media has been a great way for our team to support the school’s teams, additionally I have found that is a great way to promote my own team as well. I regularly use Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to showcase our skills, which gains followers and in turn emails to me about our spirit program. Here are several ways I use social media to promote Tech’s Spirit Program, as well as our school’s other teams.

 

1. Photo Challenge Every Day – Each day I send a hashtag challenge to my athletes and ask them to send me a photo demonstrating it. This has become a fun tradition for our team, it encourages my athletes to take pride in our school, and it also is a great way to encourage other Tech fans to use our hashtag.

Examples: #TechPrideTuesday, #ThrowbackThursdayTechCheerEdition, #TechFootballFriday, #SoarWithUsSaturday

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2.  Support Your Fellow Teams- Twitter is a great way to show support to your fellow athletic teams. I regularly send tweets to other Tech teams wishing them luck in their games. It is a great way to build a sense of community and to also get supporters back for your own team.

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  1. Recruiting – Potential athletes use social media to scope out your team. It’s a great way to advertise your program, and attract the type of athletes you want, plus it’s free! Posting information on my teams on social media has helped me to double the try out pool, and also allows me to post up to the minute updates on our team.

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These are just a few of the ways that I utilize social media for college essay for sale the betterment of my team. Additionally, having a team social media account gives you the option to monitor your athlete’s online activity. This is really helpful in making sure that your athletes are serving as positive ambassadors to your program/school.

 

I recommend making at least one post per day to gain a following. I also recommend having a consistent voice on social media. I personally post everything for my teams. If that is something that you are not interested in doing, you can appoint a social media captain on your team. Have this athlete be in charge of posting for your team, make sure to set ground rules with them first, and you should still monitor their posts on a daily basis.

 

Be sure to follow our Twitter @TTU_SpiritSquad, and Instagram pages Tennessee Tech Cheer, and TTU Dance Team, and Like our Facebook pages Tennessee Tech Cheerleading, Tennessee Tech Dance Team for updates on our season and examples on how I use social media for the TTU Spirit Program.

Monday’s Video Share #7: TED TAlks – Diana Laufenberg: How to learn? From mistakes

OopsIt’s Monday and time for a video we think you might like! This video shares great concepts for assignment help coaches.  This is a brief TED Talk and I encourage you to view it through the lens of a coach and how it relates to teaching sport concepts.

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