Athlete Assessments Newsletters – August 2018

We have packed our latest update with more than you’ll have time to read, so I suggest you focus on the articles and videos of most interest to you! From shining the spotlight on some of our impressive clients, to delving into the concept of ‘momentum’, making sense of some of the latest research on the difference between super champions and those who don’t quite make it, tips for your athletes on how to compete and lead, utilizing training journals, how to take over a program and much more… I’d better stop writing to let you read and watch on! Over to you, enjoy!

University of Louisiana Athletics Leading the Way

When you visit University of Louisiana’s campus and see the new athletic facilities, a testament to the University’s investment in recent years, you’d understandably be impressed with their focus on the physical side of development. But, you would be misled. What you quickly learn, when you dig a little deeper, is that they are committed to a holistic approach to development across the entire Athletic Department.

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Coaches, Don’t Let Your Athletes Miss This In Their Training Journals

We’ve all heard about the importance of athletes keeping training journals to improve performance, and like all valuable performance strategies it isn’t whether or not our athletes know about it, but whether they do it. Bo Hanson, Senior Consultant at Athlete Assessments says, “a training journal is one of the first activities we encourage athletes to do. The kind of things we like to see in a training journal include; the way an athlete feels about the session, any mental, physical or technical challenges they identify, things they want to improve on, things they were coached to improve on, strategies they tried and the values they lived on the team that practice.”

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6 CRUCIAL Steps to Success in Taking Over a Program

Congratulations! You’ve just been recruited as the new Head Coach. Whatever circumstances led to your appointment, the fact remains; you need to turn this team around – fast. You’ve got to get important elements of the team on side and develop what’s left of the team culture into a culture that you want. A culture that develops growth and delivers performance. There are six non-negotiable elements to success in this situation.

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Momentary Vs Sustained Adaptations – What this means in Elite Sport

very athlete has a way of doing things that just feels right. A way they like to shoot, or move, or run. Like writing with your dominant hand, it’s comfortable and not in any way forced. That’s what a ‘natural profile’ or ‘natural style’ in the AthleteDISC Profile is, it’s the way you prefer to do things.

When an athlete is able to compete according to this natural style, rather than continually making significant adaptations, they perform at their best. They’re not using any extra energy to do something that doesn’t come naturally.

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Domino Effect in Sport

Many believe in the ‘domino effect’ as a natural force in life and subsequently, sport. It’s often referred to as the concept of ‘momentum’. The domino effect is best explained as looking at life, or sport, as a series of somehow connected events or situations. When one domino is pushed, the others all fall until the inevitable end result occurs and a thousand dominos are all lying flat.

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5 MINUTE VIDEOS

5 Minutes with Bo Hanson: Competing in Sport

To excel in high-performance sport, athletes and coaches are inexhaustible in their search for an edge. In this short video, Bo Hanson provides a checklist of how athletes can compete before they even reach the start line or make the opening move in a match. Successful athletes routinely work on certain aspects of their life to enhance their performance. Watch now to find out what 10 items your athletes could be working on in addition to the prescribed program to ensure they’re in front of the competition.

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5 Minutes with Bo Hanson: Student-Athlete Leadership Tip

Effective leadership impacts your win-loss record. Fact! It’s also true that a leadership role will stretch an athlete’s ability to connect, drive standards, rally teammates and excel at their own game. In this 5 minutes with Bo Hanson, he talks tips, strategies and shortcuts, giving athletes tools to manage a leadership role with their own game.

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WHAT’S NEW AND WHAT’S ON?

2018 Japanese Women Leaders & Coaches Academy 11 – 13 September, Karuizawa
Athlete Assessments’ Client Director, Liz Masen has been on board since the Academy’s interception and will be back again this year to present for the fourth time. Alongside international presenters including Marlene Bjornsrud (previously of the Alliance of Women Coaches) and Dr. Nicole LaVoi, Director of the Tucker Centre for Research on Girls & Women in Sport at the University of Minnesota, they join a team of local presenters led by Dr Etsuko Ogasawara, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Japanese Centre for Research on Women in Sport (JCRWS) and Professor of Sports Management at Juntendo University. Read about the Japanese Women Leaders & Coaches Academy here.

Largest Annual Sport Psychology Conference Worldwide
Athlete Assessments Exhibit at 2018 AASP Conference, October 3 – 6, 2018, Toronto, Canada
Exceptional outcomes are possible when people work together, and the Annual Conference of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) showcases the leading strategies that support sports industry professionals in their quest to perform at the highest possible level. This annual conference is the largest of its kind in the world, an apex event, and Athlete Assessments is once again hosting an exhibit at the conference to share information about its sport specific DISC Profiles, Consultant Program, Academic Program and popular ATHLETE TOUGH™ workbook and video series. These tools are currently used in private practice, in the classroom, with individuals and with teams, but a visit to the exhibit will ensure you know exactly how these tools can benefit you. See you in Toronto!

Conventions During December 2018 and January 2019
Where you’ll find Athlete Assessments
December and January sees Athlete Assessments presenting and exhibiting at many of the top sports conventions in North America. These include the NCAA Women Coaches Academy in Denver CO, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Annual Conference in Chicago IL, the American Volleyball Coaches Association Conference in Minneapolis MN, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Annual Conference in Naples FL and the National Kinesiology Annual Conference in Savanna GA. Find out where to meet us.

WHAT’S BEEN KEEPING US BUSY & WHAT YOU MAY HAVE MISSED…

WHAT’S ON?

  • 2018 Japanese Women Leaders & Coaches Academy 11 – 13 September, Karuizawa
    Athlete Assessments’ Client Director, Liz Masen has been on board since the Academy’s interception and will be back again this year to present for the fourth time. Alongside international presenters including Marlene Bjornsrud (previously of the Alliance of Women Coaches) and Dr. Nicole LaVoi, Director of the Tucker Centre for Research on Girls & Women in Sport at the University of Minnesota, they join a team of local presenters led by Dr Etsuko Ogasawara, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Japanese Centre for Research on Women in Sport (JCRWS) and Professor of Sports Management at Juntendo University. Read about the Japanese Women Leaders & Coaches Academy here.
  • Largest Annual Sport Psychology Conference Worldwide
    Athlete Assessments Exhibit at 2018 AASP Conference, October 3 – 6, 2018, Toronto, Canada
    Exceptional outcomes are possible when people work together, and the Annual Conference of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) showcases the leading strategies that support sports industry professionals in their quest to perform at the highest possible level. This annual conference is the largest of its kind in the world, an apex event, and Athlete Assessments is once again hosting an exhibit at the conference to share information about its sport specific DISC Profiles, Consultant Program, Academic Program and popular ATHLETE TOUGH™ workbook and video series. These tools are currently used in private practice, in the classroom, with individuals and with teams, but a visit to the exhibit will ensure you know exactly how these tools can benefit you. See you in Toronto!
  • Conventions During December 2018 and January 2019
    Where you’ll find Athlete Assessments
    December and January sees Athlete Assessments presenting and exhibiting at many of the top sports conventions in North America. These include the NCAA Women Coaches Academy in Denver CO, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Annual Conference in Chicago IL, the American Volleyball Coaches Association Conference in Minneapolis MN, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Annual Conference in Naples FL and the National Kinesiology Annual Conference in Savanna GA. Find out where to meet us.


WHAT’S BEEN KEEPING US BUSY & WHAT YOU MAY HAVE MISSED…

  • Our Team Programs are still our foundation service and what is most in demand with our coach clients. Team building isn’t an event, it’s a process and it’s exactly why our Team Programs include staged development. We work alongside our coaches and teams to ensure they get the most value from our work together and most importantly, get results. With a client retention rate of 96%, alongside an impressive track record of National Championships, if you don’t already know about our Team Programs, find out today!
  • With the start of the Academic year in the northern hemisphere, we’ve been busy getting ready for our client’s Fall semester. Did you know Athlete Assessments’ DISC Profiles are used in the classroom at many of the top universities within their Bachelor and Master’s programs in Sport Management & Leadership, Coaching and Sport Psychology? Our Academic clients know that the success of their students reflects the success of their program and they focus on providing their students with the skills which differentiate them when they enter the competitive sports industry. Find out more about the Athlete Assessments Academic Program.
  • Developed initially as a support service to assist our current clients with developing mental toughness in their athletes, the ATHLETE TOUGH™ Program has grown to be a stand out, stand-alone product. The Workbook is written in plain English and highly illustrated to keep your athletes engaged, and the video series makes it easy to implement as a coach. Find out why so many coaches love the ATHLETE TOUGH™ Program and read what they have to say.
  • Are you thinking about your next Camps? And how to differentiate yours from all of the other choices young athletes have? Here’s how you can make yours stand-out from the rest and add exceptional value to your campers’ experience with you. Athlete Assessments now have an Elite Sports Camp service that you need to be aware of.
  • Want ways to understand your potential recruits better and at a deeper level? Consider our DISC Card Game to play with them during on-campus visits. Or play it at your next Camp? It has unlimited ways to be played to help build self-awareness, understanding of others, improve communication and build relationships. Find out about our DISC Card Game today!

Quotes to Inspire You
Here’s some of our latest favorites and please share yours with us:

“To build a strong team, you must see someone else’s strength as a complement to your weakness and not a threat to your position or authority.”
Christine Caine

“Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection.”
Mark Twain

“There are four words that, when said, will bring out the best in your team, your employees, and your family. They are: ‘I believe in you.’”
Coach K

“Only the guy who isn’t rowing has time to rock the boat.”
Jean-Paul Sartre



Here’s to a phenomenal year ahead and we look forward to being a part of your success. A lot can happen in a year. A year from now you’ll be glad you started today.

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As always, if there is anything we can assist you with, we’re absolutely dedicated to providing exceptional value and service so please feel very welcome to get in touch. Happy holidays! Here’s to a phenomenal 2019.

 

My very best,

 Liz Masen

  and the Athlete Assessments Team

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