Right now we are celebrating another of our clients winning their National Championship, the fourth of our clients during 2015 (and that’s a new record for us too)!

With 2016 fast approaching, the focus moves to the goals ahead and it’s a great time to get plans in place to make the new year exceptional. Let’s get started…

MOST RECENT 2015 NATIONAL CHAMPIONS

Firstly, we congratulate Quinnipiac University’s Women’s Rugby team for winning the 2015 Varsity National Championship this month! Head Coach Becky Carlson has led her team to uncharted success and has dramatically changed the landscape of Women’s Rugby in the United States. Get an insider’s view on how she has developed her program here.

REFLECTIONS ON 2015 & WHAT THE BEST WILL GET RIGHT IN 2016

Let’s face it, winning is always the number one priority for any elite sporting team. Yet, success doesn’t have to be at the expense of other critical issues. Very often, getting these other areas right is what leads to winning and winning consistently. So, what are these ‘other areas’? When reflecting on this year’s most critical issues in elite sport, three key areas stand out. Find out what they are and the success factors for 2016.

5-MINUTES WITH BO HANSON – SKILL ACQUISITION

Find out the one thing that every elite athlete has in common, irrespective of their sport. It is their ability to master skill acquisition. In this video, Bo Hanson explores what the experts in this field are doing and how this links ultimately to self-awareness and self-regulation. Get your 5-minute professional development boost now. Watch it here.

GETTING ATHLETES TO CHANGE

Ever wonder why it can take one athlete a mere moment to make a change, yet for another athlete, it can feel like you’ve been striving all season to help them to take a small change on? If so, this is the article for you. One of the most satisfying moments as a coach is when an athlete successfully makes a change you’ve been working on. Find out how the best coaches have mastered helping their athletes take the steps of continuous improvement. Read on now.

CREATE THE RIGHT SPORTS TEAM CULTURE: 10 CRITICAL FACTORS

Culture is being discussed in sporting circles now more than ever. Why? Because it is a significant performance factor. If you have the “right” culture, your team is more likely to achieve sustainable success – not always winning, but always being in the hunt. If you have the “wrong” culture, your chances of any success, even fleeting success are almost zero. So how do you create the right sports team culture? Read about the 10 Factors that Define Successful Sports Team Cultures.

RESEARCH ON ABUSE IN SPORT AND ATHLETE WELFARE

Sports Illustrated recently published an important article titled, ‘Is the era of abusive college coaches finally coming to an end?’. The article highlighted alarming issues with modern collegiate athletics based on surveys of 20,000 college athletes, as well as the latest research in psychophysiology, psychology, depression, health and abusive leadership. Read this article’s key findings here.

IT’S CONVENTION SEASON

December doesn’t just mean the holiday season! For many sports it is also Convention Season. Will you be attending any of the following events? Or any of your colleagues? Make sure to take advantage of catching up with us as we’d love to see you:

  • TENNIS: The ITA Coaches Conference is on in Naples, Florida and Bo Hanson’s presenting on “When Talent Isn’t Enough” and we’ll also be at the exhibitor evening.
  • ROWING: USRowing Annual Convention will be in Philadelphia and Sara Lopez, from the University of Washington, is facilitating an outstanding leadership case study that we’ve jointly developed.
  • VOLLEYBALL: The AVCA Annual Convention is on again in Nebraska with Bo Hanson presenting three different sessions and you’ll also find us in the market place.
  • NCAA WCA: The Women Coaches Academy is on in Denver this month and Liz Masen is on staff again, facilitating sessions on CoachDISC, Knowing Your Values, and Communication Strategies.

(Also, in September Liz Masen facilitated at the first Japanese Women’s Coaches Academy and you can see some photos of her trip here.)

PEOPLE+SPORT MAGAZINES

We’re currently in production of our next edition of People+Sport Magazine. If you want to catch up on the earlier editions of our People+Sport Magazinesthey are available online. Our magazines always cover case studies and personal insights into what some of the most successful programs do. Read it online now or if you are a client and missed receiving your copy, please contact me below to request your own copy to be mailed to you.

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As always, if there is anything we can assist you with, or you’d like more information about, we’re absolutely dedicated to providing exceptional value and service.

Signing off with two of our favorite quotes:

“Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.”

“Your performance doesn’t get better by chance, it gets better by change.”

Here’s to a truly exceptional 2016 ahead!

My very best,

Liz Masen
and the Athlete Assessments Team

At Athlete Assessments, we’re here to provide you with excellence in service and to help you be your best. If there is anything we can assist you with, please Contact Us.

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