Coaching Association of Canada

Tips from Our Award-winning Coaches

Canada’s coaching stars were celebrated at the Petro-Canada Sport Leadership Awards Gala on November 13th and our award-winning coaches and sport organizations have provided us with great tips throughout the year! Here’s a snapshot of what they had to say! You’ll hear from other award-winning coaches as we wrap up the Year of Sport!

Click here to get to know all our 2015 award recipients.

Sheila Robertson Award – Canada Basketball

“If we teach and train our kids and our players in the fundamental movement skills and ABC’s, that will help kids score more points and it will help coaches win more games. A better athlete will always find a way to shut down a great jump shooter and a great athlete will be able to slice and dice any defensive drill that a coach has implemented.” READ MORE

Petro-Canada Coaching Excellence Award – John Stuart, ChPC

“Most players get in a bad habit of just swinging at pitches off of a pitching machine that for the most part come at the same speed and at the same spot over and over. When using a tee for your swing, you can practice hitting an inside or outside pitch, and lower or raise the tee to adjust the swing for pitch height.” READ MORE

Petro-Canada Coaching Excellence Award – Randy Bennett, ChPC

“The times when you submit to an evaluation are when you learn the most.” READ MORE

Petro-Canada Coaching Excellence Award – Nicola McGovern

“Coaching is about listening to the athlete and how they feel they’re doing. Coaches need to listen to their athletes, assess their athletes, and then establish their plan. The athlete comes first.” READ MORE

Petro-Canada Coaching Excellence Award – Dave White

Don’t be too prescriptive.
“Athletes will reach a point where they are comfortable with a new task and will self-identify areas of improvement relative to others by applying their own skills and knowledge to it.” READ MORE

Petro-Canada Coaching Excellence Award – Dennis Fairall, ChPC

“It is easier to establish attainable goals and revise those goals, once they have been achieved, than to set unrealistic goals that may not be reached and lead to a great deal of disappointment by the coach and the athlete.” READ MORE

Petro-Canada Coaching Excellence Award – Tom Norton

“Prioritizing what is important from what is urgent, and anticipating next steps and what needs to be done to keep the “sport machine” in motion enables coaches to keep their heads when everyone else is losing theirs.” READ MORE

Petro-Canada Coaching Excellence Award – Gerry Dragomir, ChPC

“Questions open the mind to alternatives, foster a change in perspective, inspire insight, and make us and our athletes more resourceful. We perform best when we are most resourceful.” READ MORE