Alumni Spotlight: Pelle Kvalsund

April 5, 2019
Alumni Spotlight: Pelle Kvalsund

“The Sport Coaching and Leadership program improved my coach developer skills by providing insights to new models and methods. This has helped me to have better conversations with coaches, to ask better questions, and to ask myself better questions on the why and how of my coaching.” Pelle graduated from the Sport Coaching and Leadership… Read More »

Building Trust Within Your Team

March 13, 2019
Building Trust Within Your Team

During this time of year, many teams are just starting their spring season. To make sure the team starts off in the best direction, it is essential that the coach develops a high level with the players and amongst team members. By Jenny Nalepa The Importance of Trust One factor that contributes to team success… Read More »

Five Principles of Reinforcement

February 4, 2019
Five Principles of Reinforcement

Most coaches know positive reinforcement is important. But it’s more than just having a positive attitude or complimenting a job well done. These five principles are what make reinforcement work.

Under-Acknowledged, Yet Common: Preventing Emotional Abuse in Sport

January 31, 2019
Under-Acknowledged, Yet Common: Preventing Emotional Abuse in Sport

Sports are highly valued in our society because of the positive impact that we see sport have on so many athletes’ lives. Though we often like to focus on the more positive outcomes of sport, it is also important to acknowledge the potential for negative experiences. One such negative experience, emotional abuse, is an under-acknowledged,… Read More »

Alumni Spotlight with Teressa Vellrath

December 27, 2018
Alumni Spotlight with Teressa Vellrath

“The SCL program gave me many hands on tools that I put into practice with my students today.” Teressa graduated from the Sport Coaching and Leadership master’s degree and is now a figure skating coach at the Oakland Ice Center. Find out more about Teressa’s experience in her master’s degree, what she learned, her most… Read More »

How to Navigate Social Issues with Your Athletes

December 5, 2018

Written by Jill Kochanek, Doctoral Student, Institute for the Study of Youth Sports Though athletics are often treated separately from politics, recent events remind us of intersections between sport and social issues. Take for example, Kaepernick’s protest against police brutality on communities of color or #MeToo movement athlete activism regarding sexual violence on girls and… Read More »

3 conversations you can have with kids about sports

November 21, 2018
3 conversations you can have with kids about sports

Thanksgiving food for thought Written by Andy Driska As the Thanksgiving holiday approached this year, I recounted some memories talking to my niece and nephews about their sport experiences.  Here I was, a so-called expert in sport psychology and coaching, but I didn’t have the first idea of what kinds of questions I might ask… Read More »

Modifying Youth Sports: What Does the Research Tell Us?

November 7, 2018

Written by Jennifer Nalepa As coaches, we try to help our athletes develop new skills and feel success in sport while still making sure each player is having fun. So how can we make it easier for athletes to learn new skills and feel success? Modify the equipment and rules of the sport to match… Read More »