Athlete Assessments Newsletters – June 2018

An ongoing hot topic in coaching is Accountability, so we kick off our update by tackling this very topic. Then, with many of our northern hemisphere clients celebrating college graduation, we provide a strong career focus and the benefits elite sport delivers. Get an insight into personal experiences and successes, lessons learned and how to get the edge. Catch up on news you may have missed and which conventions you’ll see us at. Welcome to Athlete Assessments’ June Newsletter!

Roadblocks to Accountability

In a revealing interview with Dr. Jen Fraser, for End Bullying & Abuse in Sports Summit, Bo Hanson 3 x Olympic medalist and 4 x Olympian explains why a Coach’s bullying tactics will not create a pathway for personal growth, long-term results, mental skills or mental toughness.

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The Pressure of Perfectionism

How the pressure of perfectionism can be alleviated by coaching strategies that focus on effort not execution, beliefs and behavior
By Bo Hanson, Director and Lead Consultant – Athlete Assessments

‘The Rise of Perfectionism’ among college students is a significant trend according to an article by the Harvard Business Review. In summary, the article was reporting on research conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO), which surveyed 41,641 American, Canadian, and British college students from 1989 to 2016 and found an increasing tendency to

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Self-knowledge Creates Career Opportunity

Chris McDonell graduated Saint Mary’s College of California with a B.A. in Politics and a minor in Spanish, but when it came to the interview process for a career in California’s Police Force, Chris’s superiors and interviewers thought one of his greatest strengths was his self-knowledge.

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Looking Beyond Skill and Talent

The movement towards “looking beyond skill and talent” must be backed by all Coaches who want to develop a concrete set of behavioral and non-technical criteria that support their team while they reach for their goals. Each Coach looks for something different in their athletes and in this article we look at the advice Mel Downer of Basketball Queensland, Australia gives to emerging athletes.

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Elite Sports Camps – Include the Skills that Really Need Work
Camp can be a pivotal time for young athletes, they are exposed to new ideas, techniques, facilities, coaches and competition strategies. Equally, sports camps present the best coaches with an outstanding opportunity to work on an athlete’s self-awareness, communication, leadership and team building skills. These ‘people skills’ have a significant impact on their performance potential, which complements the usual physical and technical focus. Find out what the best are doing.


Collaborative Development at the Coaches Club
In May 2018, Athlete Assessments launched its exclusive Coaches Club, a masterclass for coaches working in high-performance sport. The series of three 1-hour sessions focus on the most relevant topics in high-performance sport today and most importantly how to address them. With the first three groups sold out and one group currently underway, Athlete Assessments released the last dates for Coaches Club in July 2018.Join these coaches now. (ONLY 5 PLACES AVAILABLE!)


2018 NCAA Women Coaches Academies
June 2018 NCAA Women Coaches Academies in Denver Colorado, USA
The two NCAA Women Coaches Academies (WCA) run during June 2018 in Denver, Colorado, are outstanding opportunities for women coaches to learn advanced skills and strategies that directly affect their personal and team success. Over May 30-June 2, and June 14-17 2018, the coaches focus on concepts beyond the X’s and O’s in an environment that fosters inclusion across the sports community and with a highly respected faculty of presenters and facilitators. Our own Liz Masen will be presenting at her 22nd and 23rd Academy and provides an insight into these unique programs. Find out more here.

2018 USCCE Summit
The United States Center for Coaching Excellence (USCCE) Summit, June 18-20, Orlando, Florida
The United States Center for Coaching Excellence (USCCE) will be hosting their annual Coach Development Summit in Orlando, Florida on June 18-20. Themed ‘Right Coach, Right Coach Development’, the Summit features research-based coaching information and models which demonstrate coach well-being and development. As a Summit sponsor Liz Masen, Client Director for Athlete Assessments, will be at the Summit to catch up with clients, talk coach development techniques and explore the concepts presented by each keynote speaker. Get the details here.

2018 N4A Convention
National Association of Academic and Student-Athlete Development Professionals (N4A) – 43rd Annual Convention, June 24-26, 2018, Washington DC
Themed ‘Aspire to Inspire’, the 2018 N4A Annual Convention in Washington DC this month is all about inspiring student-athletes to aspire to academic and personal excellence. The N4A shares critical resources on mentoring, professional development and maintaining a culture of success and academic integrity. Event organizers are expecting over 900 members to attend the Annual Convention, it is an outstanding opportunity for academic-athletic advisers to get to know one another and establish a support network. Athlete Assessments is a sponsor of the event and you’ll have the opportunity to catch up with Client Director, Liz Masen, who will be attending. See you there.

2018 NASSM Conference
North American Society for Sport Management 5 – 9 June 2018, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Athlete Assessments is exhibiting at the 2018 North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) Conference, in Halifax, Nova Scotia and Laren Dyer, Head of Operations for Athlete Assessments, will be returning to the conference after a successful event last year. Find out what’s new and get an insight into client case-studies at the conference. Find out more now.

Quotes to Inspire You

“Never quit in darkness.”
– US Navy Seal quote

“Success doesn’t come from what you do occasionally. It comes from what you do consistently.”
– Anonymous

“Talent is never enough. With few exceptions the best players are the hardest workers.”
– Magic Johnson

“The BEST time to change is when you have a pretty good thing going on… The MOST DIFFICULT time is when you’ve lost your edge…”
– Geno Auriemma

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My very best,

 Liz Masen

  and the Athlete Assessments Team

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Bo Hanson

Senior Consultant & Director

Bo Hanson’s career within the sport and the business sector spans over 25 years, delivering leadership, management, and coach development. In addition to his own athletic career comprising of four Olympic appearances and including three Olympic medals, Bo has worked for many years with coaches and athletes from over 40 different sports across the globe. Bo was also the winner of the Australian Institute of Training and Development (AITD) 2023 Award for L&D Professional of the Year, for his dedication to L&D and transformational work across various industries.

After a successful career in sport including four Olympics and three Olympic Medals, Bo co-founded and developed Athlete Assessments in 2007. Bo now focuses on working with clients to achieve their own success on and off ‘the field’, and has attained an unmatched track-record in doing exactly this.

BoRowing-Atlanta Olympics

Now, watch us interrupt him for a round of quick fire questions.