Science of Coaching: Be the Coach Everyone Wants to Play For

Youth sports coaches across all sports can learn from experts in the field and in the classroom at the Science of Coaching Conference on April 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., sponsored by the University of Northern Iowa Department of Kinesiology.

“This will be a great workshop for volunteer parent coaches, and can help them guide and structure their practices and coaching across any sport,” says Dr. Windee Weiss, Professor of Kinesiology at UNI. “You will walk out of this with templates and examples you can use right away.”

“It’s not only to teach youth sport coaches skills, but to learn how to give feedback and increase motivation and confidence, create a climate and culture on the team where everyone is improving and having fun,” adds Weiss. “This will help your players get better at a sport while increasing their confidence, so they enjoy the experience and want to come back,”

Austin Wasserman, a certified strength and conditioning specialist and founder of Wasserman Strength, will lead the morning’s keynote address. “Austin is a go-to guy for youth, strength and power development that’s age- and developmentally-appropriate,” says Weiss. The afternoon will include sessions that let coaches apply what they learned: focusing on strength and conditioning development for youth; designing dynamic warm-ups and instructional strategies for motivation; and providing feedback and instruction for performance excellence.

The day also includes a question and answer panel with Division I collegiate coaches, including UNI’s head volleyball coach, Bobbi Petersen.

The event will be held at the UNI Wellness and Recreation Center, 2250 Hudson Road, Cedar Falls. Registration is $120 and includes light breakfast and lunch; early bird registration of $90 remains available through April 15. UNI students can attend for $15. Conference attendees will be able to use these hours towards Continuing Education Credits for Coaching Authorizations. For more information and to register, click here.