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Coaching Kids: My Memories – Part 4

 

 

Coaching Kids part 4

Hotel hallways are all I had.

 

26 figure skaters.

 

No equipment.

 

No facility.

 

I had to learn quickly how to create effective training programs
that kept National Team athletes fit and injury free while we toured
throughout Europe.

 

Now, you may be conjuring up the image of a group of supreme,
specimen-like athletes when you hear the words "National Team".

 

Well, let me assure you, in most sports, "National Team" athletes
are great at what they do to be sure, but are not always as gifted
athletically as you may think and certainly are just regular people
in every aspect of the word.

 

Much of the touring I did through Europe and North
America was spent on the team bus helping 14, 15 and 16 year
old "National Team" athletes with their grade 11 math homework!

 

Having said that, most nights I found myself in small hotels in
places like Sweden, Italy or the Czech Republic with 26 young
athletes to train and not so much as a dumbbell in site.

 

I learned to get creative quick.

 

Use what I had.

 

Most importantly, configure the athletes in a way that allowed me
to be coaching kids and council each and every one of them as individuals.

 

It’s called the "Block Strategy" and I outline it in a detailed manner
within the Youth Fitness Specialist certification – Level 1.

 

I guess at the time I didn’t know how powerful this method was,
but I certainly have come to realize it over the past few years.

 

Young athletes like Jodi Martin, who is now Dr. Jodi Martin, have
visited me or composed letters explaining just how much I meant
to them as a Coach.

 

How much I inspired.

 

How much I created self-belief.

 

How much I instilled a strong work ethic.

 

Now, I’m not telling you that to sound impressive.

 

I’m hoping to relay to you just how much influence you have and
will continue to have on your young athletes throughout their life.

 

They’ll always remember you.

 

Good or Bad… they’ll never forget you as their Coach.

 

So I guess this memory of mine is related to how much I’ve come
to realize just how many memories I’ve created for the thousands
of young athletes I’ve worked with over the years.

 

Kinda humbling.

 

The Youth Fitness Specialist certification will go a long way in
showing you all the tricks and specific features I used over the
years to ensure that I was reaching all of my young athletes
and guaranteeing that their memories would be good ones.

 

If that’s not a reason to check it out, I don’t know what
would be.

 

Here’s your exclusive link –

 

http://www.iyca.org/fitspecialist1.html

 

 

‘Til next time,

 

Brian

 

IYCA Summit Videos on Facebook

As promised in yesterday’s video message, I wanted to give you
the link so that you can see the IYCA Fan Page on FaceBook

 

Click Here to go to the IYCA Fan Page on FaceBook

 

Oh… And BE SURE to become a Fan!!

 

Read what attendees had to say.

 

Look at the photos.

 

And without question, watch the three short videos we’ve had posted.

 

It will give you a brief glimpse at how truly special this event was.

 

If you were there live, be sure to watch the videos anyways.

 

I enjoy nothing but the fondest of memories every time I take a short
break in my day to watch them.

 

Never forget how truly special our time was together and how
important you are as a Family Member to our international
cause and movement.

 

Here’s that link one more time –

 

Click Here to go to the IYCA Fan Page on FaceBook

 

 

 

‘Till next time,

 

Brian

 

Memories With Young Athletes

 

 

This is the first Christmas that I won’t be able to be with my family.

 

34 Holidays, every one of them spent with my Mom, Dad and two brothers.

 

I’d be lying if I told you I wasn’t sad.

 

Since moving to the United States in 2000, I’ve only managed to see my
family on average twice per year.

 

This year, I haven’t seen them at all.

 

It’s very easy to get tunnel vision with work.

 

We want so badly to succeed, that we can easily fall into the game of
‘work first, everything else second’.

 

That’s happened to me a little bit these past 12 months and I’m 100%
determined to make sure it never happens again.

 

My Dad turns 80 this coming January and is in wonderful health.

 

My Irish Mom is feisty as ever.

 

My two older brothers are both happy and full of the same vigor that made
them my idols growing up.

 

I miss them all very much.

 

I’ll be heading up to Toronto in early January to see everyone and spend some
moments that I will cherish for a long time.

 

My Dad will wake up at the crack of dawn and enjoy his breakfast cereal while
standing at the window to the back deck looking out at the birds (his favorite
past time).

 

And I’ll be there to meet him every morning.

 

My Mom will sit on the couch every day at lunch and read the day’s newspaper.

 

And I’ll be sitting beside her every afternoon.

 

Sometimes life isn’t about the big moments.

 

It’s about the small ones that you can savor.

 

Some of your young athletes will go onto to amazing college or even professional
careers.

 

But most will use your training as a conduit to become better, more self-assured
people.

 

Every moment you spend with your young athletes should be worthy of savoring.

 

Moments in time that they can look back upon and smile.

 

The little things in life are the most beautiful and precious.

 

Be sure to create and savor as many as you can this Holiday Season.

 

On behalf of the IYCA, I want to take this opportunity to wish you a safe and
wonderful Holiday.

 

Embrace the small and insignificant things….

 

…. They’re all that really matter.

 

Brian