Posts Tagged ‘coaching’

ISPA Sponsors Conference Hosted By St. Norbert College & the Green Bay Packers

Monday, April 9th, 2012

The International Sports Professionals Association (ISPA) is proud to announce its sponsorship of the conference jointly hosted by St. Norbert College and the Green Bay Packers, “A Mirror of Our Culture: Sport & Society in America”!

This exciting conference will be held from May 22 through May 24 in Green Bay, Wisconsin! This conference is a distinctive, intimate and affordable three-day event that provides opportunities for sports academics and professionals working in sports-related fields to network and share their expertise about American sports. Registration is now open through April 20, 2012!

The conference features Keynotes and Speakers including MLB Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig, ESPN Executive Chairman George Bodenheimer, Milwaukee Brewers VP and General Counsel Marti Wronski and Packers play-by-play announcer Wayne Larrivee! ISPA executives will also be speaking at this event!

To register, learn more about the conference or see a schedule of events, please visit today!

ISPA Organizational Membership

Monday, February 14th, 2011

ISPA Organizational Membership

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Set Your Business Apart.

Boost Consumer Confidence.

What is ISPA Organizational Membership? – ETHICS. PASSION. SERVICE. This is the mantra of the ISPA Organizational Membership Program. Proudly displayed on the ISPA Organizational Membership plaque, these are the values that embody an ISPA Organizational Member. As the world’s largest and leading international accreditation body for professionals and academic institutions serving athletes and academic communities, ISPA has been elevating the standards of professional practice in the sporting world for over 20 years. Now, it is ISPA’s our mission to do the same for the organizations that serve it. Through aligning organizations with ISPA, we seek to foster a positive environment for the athletic community and as a result raise the standards of service provide to athletes worldwide. An ISPA Organizational Membership is a cost effective way to gain both domestic and international exposure for your organization. An organization with an ISPA Organizational Membership adds prestige and an added layer of credibility to its operation. ISPA Organizational Members show their commitment to excellence to the public while also benefiting from a multitude of professional benefits for use by the organization itself and its employees.

What professional benefits does an ISPA Organizational Member receive? – In addition to recognition by ISPA as a best practices, elite organization serving the athletic community and alignment with the world’s largest and leading international sports accreditation authority, ISPA Organizational Members also receive the following professional resources, opportunities and benefits:

>> ISPA Organizational Membership plaque for display at facilities
>> A listing in the semiannually published International Journal of Sport and Ethics
>> Opportunity for employees to contribute articles and research to the International Journal of Sport and Ethics
>> Subscription to the International Journal of Sport and Ethics
>> Listing with organization’s logo and linkage on ISPA’s website
>> “Careers In Sports” 3-course CEU training program for all employees of the organization
>> Opportunity to contribute news, special offers and other announcements on the ISPA blog
>> 25% discount on professional and specialty certifications and products through ISPA for all employees
>> Use of ISPA logo and Organizational Membership badge for any and all marketing and strategic outreach purposes
>> worldwide promotion of your organization through ISPA outreach

What is the cost of ISPA Organizational Membership? – ISPA Organizational Membership fees are determined based on the number of full-time employees in the organization. ISPA Organizational Membership starts at $175 per year (or $14.58 per month) for 20 or fewer full-time employees. Fees can be invoiced on an annual or monthly basis. Discounts for 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations are also available (please inquire for rates). Please click here for the full pricing structure of ISPA Organizational Membership.

How do I become an ISPA Organizational Member? – Simply visit, scroll over the “ISPA for Organizations” tab, click “Applications” and fill out the short application either online or download it and send it to ISPA Corporate Headquarters in Chicago, IL. Click here to be linked directly to the applications page.


from now until 3/10/11, receive two (2) years of ISPA Organizational Membership for the price of one (1) year! Apply today at to take advantage of this offer!

We Challenge YOU to Find A Professional Association That Offers More Value!

For more information on the ISPA Organizational Membership Program,
Please visit the ISPA website at

If you have any further questions or would like to speak with an ISPA representative,
please call ISPA at (312) 920-9522 or email us at

ISPA Helps a Start-up

Monday, April 19th, 2010

This is a nice story how we can help our professionals:

In a conversation with an ISPA professional, Rob Fisher, an ex-minor league (USA) baseball player, now coach and soon to be special education teacher and author, he mentioned how a fellow coach and he were going to be starting up a coaching business of their own. He asked my advice on getting started and we had a lengthy conversation. Near the end of our conversation he casually mentioned that, “Geez, I have to get a brochure together and I don’t want to pay a designer, graphic artist and printer. We have so many start-up costs already.” You could hear the stress in his voice.

I interrupted him and let him know that ISPA has a format for a brochure that was professionally done and because he is an ISPA credentialed professional we would be glad to share resources with his new business. His response: “Oh my God, thank you a thousand times, that takes so much pressure off me!”

This is what we do for our professionals, we help build careers. We have so many benefits to being credentialed with ISPA, some of which are are spontaneous and happen organically just like with Rob.

Dr. John E. Mayer, President

ISPA No Application Fee February !

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Special Announcement!

For the month of February The International Sports Professionals Association (ISPA) will be waiving its application fee ($25.00) for new credentialed professionals. Now is the time to apply and become part of this elite organization. Click the following link to download the ISPA application (Leave the payment field blank): Application

Professions Credentialed

Psychologist, Counselor, Coach, Trainer, Nutritionist, Chiropractor, Physicians Agent, Wellness Coach, Financial Planner, Management Consultant, Physical Therapist, Communications, Message Therapist, Psychiatrist.


-Training via an internal online CEU program
-Partnerships with other national and international organizations
-Business development opportunities for members
-ISPA is a member of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence
-ISPA adds another layer of credibility to a professionals resume
*The more credentials one attains in his/ her field the more money they can command
*The more credentials a professional has, the more career advancement is attainable
*The more credentials a professional obtains, the more clients will seek out their services above others
-ISPA is with you every step of the way, giving you the confidence to excel!
-Career Building-We help build YOUR career
-Comprehensive Website
-ISPA brings publicity to your career
-Publishing Opportunities (Especially important for academics)
-Recognizable Credential
-Monthly Newsletter and exclusive member only content

Leach, Leavitt, Pitino, and Han – Lowering the Ethical Standard

Friday, January 8th, 2010

Coaches have been receiving quite a bit of publicity lately regarding their own actions on and off the job. For example: Texas Tech football coach Mike Leach and the accusations that he locked player Adam James in an electrical closet for three hours because of his inability to play due to a concussion; University of South Florida football coach Jim Leavitt and the accusations that he grabbed player Joel Miller by the throat and hit him in the face during halftime of a game; Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino’s alleged sexual relations with Karen Sypher in a Kentucky restaurant and later funding her abortion; San Gabriel High School girl’s basketball coach Jannie Han, whom suited up for a JV exhibition game. What kind of examples are these coaches setting for the athletes and prospective players that look up to them as role models and leaders? The message they are sending is “it’s OK as long as I don’t get caught”. No wonder young professional athletes today get into as much legal trouble as they do. Their role models throughout their athletic careers (whether they be direct or indirect) have imposed this attitude of being “untouchable” and that they can do whatever they want…as long as they don’t get caught – a dangerous attitude indeed.

These are exactly the kind of attitudes and actions that ISPA looks to eliminate in the world of sports today. We are looking to dignified,  ethical coaches across the globe to step up and establish a new ethical standard for coaches today. Speaking as a coach myself, I feel a reform is in order and long, long overdue.

Andrew A. Teunis – Director of Business Development, ISPA

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.

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

Young Athletes and Rest

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

This is an article I wrote for our ISPA newsletter, please review it and remember as soccer and football camps open up here in the next weeks that athletes need recovery (rest) time. More injuries occur because the young body is over taxed than any other cause.

Recovery Time

Recovery time between intervals during workouts is often a neglected part of training. We would encourage you to pass this information along to the athletes and programs you are working with as professionals. Optimizing recovery time can enhance performance greatly.

High intensity performance/workout – long recovery Workouts or performances that only last 20 to 30 seconds are typically at a person’s maximum exertion. To get the most out of your performance, you have to be able to produce maximum power, which means the recovery period between efforts has to be long enough to allow your muscles to fully recharge. Such short and intense workouts call upon the body’s ATP-CP system, its immediate energy system. In such high intensity exertion you burn through your available immediate energy supply within seconds. To recharge that energy source you need 5-8 minutes of recovery time. Encourage easy walking/jogging/ coasting on the bike, gently floating in the water, etc. to recover.

High intensity performance/workout – equal recovery We’re talking here about all-out workouts/performances that last longer than sprints, like speed work and VO max intervals. If this is a workout, the purpose is to adapt to repeated maximal efforts. For this training to be effective, you don’t want to have complete recovery of the immediate energy system (see above) before the athlete performs/works out again. To do this keep the recovery times the same as the interval time. So, if we are talking about 30 seconds to 4-minute performance/workout interval add more intervals or an additional set rather than make each effort longer.

Longer workouts – shorter recovery If your workouts are designed to improve your maximum sustainable pace then your intervals should be 10-30 minutes long, maybe longer. The intensity for these intervals should be near and a little below your lactate threshold (the maximum sustainable intensity you can hold over 8 or more minutes). The idea behind this type of work is to accumulate as much time possible at this workload to push your body to adapt. These workouts help to run a faster marathon or ride a faster century. Good recovery time between efforts – typically 50-75% of the duration of the work period (8-minute effort/6 minutes recovery, 12-minute effort/8 minutes recovery, 20-minute effort, 10 minutes recovery)- allows you to maintain the right intensity/pace in your second, third, and maybe even fourth interval. A common mistake we see is that athletes often shorten their recovery periods during these workouts because they feel rested well before the next interval is supposed to start. What results is that you will fatigue in the middle of your third or fourth interval and have to spend more time overall resting from the entire workout.

Max Workouts/performances – no recovery Runs, rides, swims at a steady aerobic pace. These are very long—20 minutes on up to an hour or more. These efforts are sometimes split into two or even three intervals, you may stop or slow down during this extended effort, but a true recovery period is not necessary between those efforts. Your recovery period starts when you finish your workout or performance. These workouts build overall endurance.

We talked about this recovery in the context of running, biking, and swimming, but coaches, be mindful of these needs for team sports as well. Another common practice we see is coaches, especially at the younger levels not giving athletes time to recover during team practices, football summer drills, etc.

Dr. John Mayer, President, ISPA