Thank you, Michelle Obama: In support of women and girls

 

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Watch Michelle Obama’s wonderful speech – it is time to stand up for women and girls.

http://www.npr.org/2016/10/13/497846667/transcript-michelle-obamas-speech-on-donald-trumps-alleged-treatment-of-women

 

 

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/

Inspirational Video – You CAN Do It!

cantstayhereIf you don’t believe in yourself and feel ready to attack your dreams and goals after seeing this video….

 [youtube]https://youtu.be/26U_seo0a1g[/youtube]

 

Share it today to encourage your athletes and to encourage those considering a career in coaching, but perhaps doubting themselves.

Parental Involvement: Using it to Your Advantage

PLAYER-PARENT-COACH-PARTNERSHIPIn the media, we frequently see parents behaving badly in youth and scholastic sports.  Talk to any coach with young athletes and you will inevitably hear the complaints about parents and their negative impact on their children, the team, and the program in general.

 

But, where are the examples of parents really supporting coaches, players, and teams?  There are literally millions of supportive parents, but we don’t often hear about these examples.

 

It is important for coaches to understand how to best include and utilize parents as resources.  While there are as many strategies as there are athletic programs,  I will focus on three strategies I have found most effective – beneficial to athletes, parents, and coaches.

 

1. Create a Strong Parent Board. Parent boards can help coaches complete many administrative activities unrelated to the actual coaching of athletes and, in this way, become critical partners with coaches.  Some of these activities might include assistance with registration, clothing and uniform orders, transportation, insurance, database management, alumni relations, equipment management, event day management, etc.

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It’s Friday!!! Title IX Trailblazer Video Series with NACWAA: UCLA’s Ann Meyers Drysdale

While Friday does not signify the end of the week for most of us, it’s still great to take a few minutes out of our busy days and connect with a few of the women in NACWAA‘s Title IX Trailblazer Video Series.  Brief clips with loads of inspiration!

This week: UCLA’s Ann Meyers Drysdale

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It’s Friday!!! Title IX Trailblazer Video Series with NACWAA: Auburn University’s Meredith Jenkins

While Friday does not signify the end of the week for most of us, it’s still great to take a few minutes out of our busy days and connect with a few of the women in NACWAA‘s Title IX Trailblazer Video Series.  Brief clips with loads of inspiration!

This week: Auburn University’s Meredith Jenkins

 

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