April 24, 2017
2017 Alberta Rope Skipping Championships a Success!
Good luck to Team Alberta in their preparations for Nationals
Rope Skipping Alberta congratulates all of their athletes for their many successful performances at the 2017 Alberta Rope Skipping Championships!  It was exciting to watch Alberta's finest skippers challenge each other throughout the weekend. 

Appreciation is also extended to all of the coaches, judges, officials, and volunteers who helped to execute this competition.  Thank you to Heartland High Energy for hosting this competition.

Appreciation is also extended the following sponsors and supporters: Good Guys Auto Centre, City of Fort Saskatchewan, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Town of Redwater, Sherwood Park Sport Chek, R&M Liquor Store, Fort Saskatchewan Co-op, Redwater Home Hardware, Fort Saskatchewan Safeway, Fort Saskatchewan No Frills, Shane's Guardian Drugs, Fort Saskatchewan Shoppers Drug Mart, Mission: Fun & Games
Share your experience!
Rope Skipping Alberta invites all athletes, coaches, judges/officials, parents/guardians, volunteers, and spectators to share their experience at the 2017 Alberta Rope Skipping Championships. All participants and attendees are invited to complete a 10-question survey and provide valuable feedback to Rope Skipping Alberta to assist in the organization of future events. The survey will remain open until May 5, 2017.

Click here to complete the general survey
National Volunteer Week - Thank You to All Volunteers!

Over 12.7 million Canadians volunteer in non-profit organizations, and Rope Skipping Alberta is privileged to have some of the finest supporting the development of skippers across Alberta.

From the neighbour who volunteers to be the driver for skippers attending a Jump Rope for Heart demo to the coaches who spend countless hours developing practice plans, from the parent who nervously volunteers to be a member of the club's board of directors to the experienced official who spends extra time mentoring a new judge, volunteers are critical to skipping in Alberta.

Thank you to everyone who volunteers their time and talents to the development of rope skipping!

 Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.  ~Elizabeth Andrew

Coach Initiation in Sport Module - Free until August 3!
Coach Initiation in Sport is an online NCCP module developed to introduce new or experienced coaches to the foundational skills in coaching, such as: long-term athlete development, ethics, coaching motivation, and athlete safety and wellness. The Coach Initiation in Sport module will also introduce coaches to the NCCP, a valuable tool for preparing for a coach’s first in-person NCCP workshop.

The Coach Initiation in Sport online module is designed as an important introduction to the key coaching concepts and educational tools that are the foundation of the NCCP.  The module remains an excellent informational resource for coaches which they can revisit at any time after successful completion of the module.

Coach Initiation in Sport is a valuable resource for:

  • Parents new to coaching
  • New coaches
  • Experienced coaches new to the NCCP
  • Athletes transitioning to coaching
  • Experienced NCCP coaches who need professional development, or a refresh on the fundamental principles of the NCCP
  • Sport administrators who work with the NCCP and coach development

To celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial birthday, Coach Initiation in Sport is available for free until August 3rd, 2017. Click here for more information.

Register Now for The Sport Conference
University of Alberta: May 31 to June 4, 2017

Organized by members of the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, the purpose of The Sport Conference is to provide an affordable opportunity for coaches, athletes, parents, and sport administrators to exchange ideas with University of Alberta academics, coaches and graduate students in a multi-disciplinary and interactive format.

The Sport Conference is designed to present, discuss and challenge thinking on a broad range of sport issues. The Sport Conference is built around interesting questions, with knowledgeable individuals debating the evidence (or lack thereof), and engaging with the sport community.

Click here for more information.

♀Take the Lead Grant
April 30, 2017 Application Deadline Approaching
 The ♀Take the Lead Grant has been created to help Albertan girls and women become experienced leaders in the sport and recreation fields. Grant monies could be used for training, course fees, professional development, professional certification, clinics, equipment, travel, lodging, meals, and other training related activities. The ♀Take the Lead Grant is not intended to support physical activity projects and recreational initiatives. The ♀Take the Lead Grant will provide as many as 5 grants of up to $1,000 per individual and/or $3,000 per organization to girls and women working or volunteering in the sport or active living communities, recreation field or school system who are working towards increasing their leadership capacity. 

Click here for more information on the ♀Take the Lead Grant.  For more information about the InMotion Network, visit http://inmotionetwork.org.
A Sport Parent's Guide to Long-Term Athlete Development
As parents, we recognize that sports and physical activity play an important role in our children’s healthy growth and development, but recently physical activity has suffered serious decline among Canadian children.

Medical and sport research shows that our children are increasingly at risk for obesity and disease due to low levels of activity and poor nutritional habits.

Read more about how sport parents can support their children's development.

Club Corner
Clubs, this is your chance to share what you are doing! Please send along news of what your team is doing, successes, demos - whatever you would like to share with the rope skipping community!  If you were featured in the media, send along a link to the story.  Stories can be sent to Rope Skipping Alberta.

And remember - everyone loves photos of teams in action!
SIRC Blog: Resolving Conflict within a Youth Sport Team
Being part of a team can be one of the most supportive environments to learn and grow as an athlete and as an individual. Teammates aspire to work together in harmony to achieve success, sometimes reaching a higher level than an individual could on their own. However, pushing both ourselves as athletes and our teams to improve can be a challenging process. Sport by nature can be competitive and fraught with conflict. Working with multiple personalities and strengths can cause friction, frustration and conflict between teammates. When teammates are in conflict it can have a huge impact on team dynamics and team cohesion. It is how we work through the elements of conflict that helps us determine success. [Read more]
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