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WRV coaches looking to improve skillsPosted Tuesday, October 6, 2009, at 5:29 PM
The White River Valley High School coaches have come up with new way to improve their skills. And not just at the knowledge of their sport level, either.
Fourteen of the Wolverine coaches will attend a seminar geared toward the mental aspects of coaching.
Dr. Christopher Carr, a sports and performance psychologist at St. Vincent Sports Performance in Indianapolis is conducting the clinic.
He has geared the workshop toward helping coaches define such topics as why they decided to coach, the philosophy of coaching and the culture of youth sports in the USA.
Attendance at the event, which is going to take place in Greencastle this week, is being funded by the school corporation's Title IV-Character Education component.
"It's a mixture of a little bit of everything," J.B. Neill WRV athletic director and boys' basketball coach said. "We presented the idea at a coaches meeting and they were very receptive. I think it will be a bonding moment for the coaches involved."
The event isn't limited to just the varsity coaches. Instead it's aimed at all coaches whether they be on staff at the school, lay coaches or at other levels within the corporation.
"If you pick up one little thing, then you're getting something positive," Neill said.
The aim of the seminar is to present information related to positive youth sports coaching behaviors and to create discussion on effective coaching strategies -- and maybe more importantly how to create a supportive youth sports environment.
I don't know about anyone else, but I for one am glad to see our area coaches taking an interest in advancing their skills beyond the realm of their individual sports.
I'm glad to see them take enough interest in making sports a positive experience for all participants and just hope that other coaches from all schools will follow suit when the opportunity arises again.
Going a step further, maybe it's time for coaches at higher levels to be urged to do something like this as well.
Maybe if Bob Knight or Jerry DiNardo had been required to attend something of this nature, then perhaps they wouldn't have been shown in such a negative light.
I know when I was coaching recreational sports in the 80's, one of the things all coaches were required to do was take a class on being a coach.
It wasn't all that dramatic, but part of the class involved teaching proper techniques, keeping your cool, maintaining an effective learning atmosphere and keeping things in perspective.
The lessons taught were many, especially if they were taken to heart. Now if we could just get classes like those I've discussed as a mandatory part of being a coach at all high schools -- and I don't mean to infer at all that this a requirement for WRV coaches -- but perhaps if the mental part of coaching was more of a focus when the task is undertaken, our student-athletes might be the main focus of the sport, instead of just those who participate in the sport.
Before I step down from my soapbox, this be close by saying anyone, not just from the ranks of the WRV 'fandom', but all fans, should be grateful the coaches are taking time to expand their coaching education and should be grateful that they are responsible enough and knowledgeable enough to realize they aren't perfect and that we all could use a little help from our friends now and then.
See ya' next time.
Rick Curl is a sports writer at the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached at (812) 847-4487 ext. 20 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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