Posts Tagged ‘Coaches’

Calling All Dignified Coaches and Personal Trainers!

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

The International Sports Professionals Association has just launched an initiative to reach out to all dignified, stand-up professionals in the Coaching and Personal Training fields! We are calling on all Coaches and Personal Trainers to apply for membership in ISPA and join a respected and recognized group of certified professionals looking to improve the world of sports today! We invite YOU to investigate what ISPA has to offer and discover for yourself why ISPA is the largest international professional credentialing association in the world. Below, we have listed some of the benefits to joining ISPA:

  • Career building – we help build YOUR career
  • ISPA brings publicity to your career
  • This certification allows one to command a higher premium for services
  • Membership will help expand your client base
  • Listing on the International Register
  • Publishing opportunities
  • Exclusive CEU training opportunities
  • ISPA is a member of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence
  • Cross-training opportunities
  • Monthly newsletter
  • Interactive blog
  • Access to our comprehensive website and tools
  • Innovative and passionate staff and members looking to improve the world of sports as we know it

At ISPA, we are looking to make a difference by raising the bar in regard to the ethical and moral standards that professionals are held to today. We encourage you to apply today, and we look forward to having YOU as a member of our distinguished association.

We lost! Who can we blame?

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

It seems that us professionals, who serve athletes, come under much scrutiny when the teams (or individuals) we work with do not win. It is very popular these days to fire coaches when a team does not perform. Typically this process starts from the bottom up, a hitting coach may be the first to go and if the team keeps losing not even the head coach is safe. My hometown team the Chicago Bears is one such team where speculation is that coaches are going to start losing their jobs. This begs the question who is to blame? Is Lovie Smith, head coach of the Chicago Bears, to blame? Or are the players who have played less than inspired football to blame? Clearly a great coach can guide a team to victory and a bad coach can steer a team into troubled waters. Poor coaching decisions can hurt a teams chance to win (i.e. Patriots coach Bill Belichick’s decision to go for it on 4 and 2, this is purely an example of a poor decision not a bad coach). However, at the end of the day a coach is only as good as the talent that surrounds him/her and while a great coach can squeeze the most talent out of his/her players there is only so much that a coach can do with substandard talent.

Perhaps, we should not be so quick to blame the coaches and take a step back and evaluate the talent on the field and ask the following questions. 1) What is the talent of the players? 2) Are the players playing to their fullest capabilities? If the players are extremely talented and playing to their fullest capabilities and a team is still losing then it is time to stare at the coaches and say, “what the heck is going on here!”.

Even if the players are the problem the chances that they will get fired before the coaches are slim. More on this tomorrow!

Justin Mayer, Executive Director-ISPA

Coaches Need Credentials-Think ISPA

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Last night I spoke to a group of coaches on bullying and teasing. What impressed me about this group was the wide variations in the range of knowledge about working with young people in athletics. It reminded me and energized me that our mission at the International Sports Professionals Association-ISPA is a valuable one. COACHES NEED TO BE CREDENTIALED to assure that they keep continuing to learn and also adhere to high standards of ethics to work with young people.

Here at ISPA we credential coaches. Coaches should also keep in mind that this credential is important for their career advancement. Even if you are a volunteer coach it is important to be credentialed. Look through our web site for more details.

Dr. John E. Mayer, President-ISPA