Posts Tagged ‘Sportsmanship’

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 www.theISPA.org, 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.

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from now until 3/10/11, receive two (2) years of ISPA Organizational Membership for the price of one (1) year! Apply today at www.theISPA.org 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 www.theISPA.org

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 OrgMember@theispa.org

Zambrano Prognosis up to Cubs

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

As president of the International Sports Professionals Association (ISPA) I feel compelled to weigh in on the Carlos Zambrano incident. Carlos Zambrano’s behavior has made international headlines. His recent outburst of rage in the dugout during a professional baseball game is one of many incidents of acting out that is known by the media. Reportedly he is receiving treatment for his anger issues. Now treatment professionals are chiming in about his treatment. The details of this treatment are confidential, thus professionals cannot accurately comment on the outcome of his treatment. Like many, I have read some comments by ‘experts.’ I would just caution all that we treatment professionals can do wonders with athletes in helping them mature and cope, BUT, unless there is some change in how the system surrounding Carlos Zambrano responds to his behavior, the prognosis for lasting change in Mr. Zambrano is limited. In my very limited view of how the Chicago Cubs has dealt with Carlos and other players through the years I have questions whether they will make these systematic changes. Can the Chicago Cubs reward team play? Discipline acting-out behavior? Control poor sportsmanship? These and others are questions that require analysis of the system along with the analysis Carlos Zambrano is going through. The triggers to his behavior need to be removed if he is to return to normal functioning. This is a known fact in rehabilitation of these individuals, athletes or not. I have been acclaimed for over 25 years for helping young people with anger management problems, violence and acting-out.I urge all involved in sports to use this situation as a learning tool to help other athletes, teams and organizations. I have so much more I can say about this feel free to contact me.

Dr. John E. Mayer, President-ISPA

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Paul Tagliabue-Conference Address

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Paul Tagliabue, the former commissioner of the NFL, gave the opening keynote address to the Sports and Society conference ISPA administration attended recently. The thrust of his message was a call for LEADERSHIP in sports and in the sports industry. He stated, “The need for leadership in sports will not diminish in the years to come.” He called for more discussion and analysis of leadership and opportunities for leadership.

Paul Tagliabue’s message was exciting for us to hear because ISPA is all about helping sports professionals take leadership in their field. His message was a strong support for the mission of The International Sports Professionals Association.

Dr. John E. Mayer, President-the International Sports Professionals Association-ISPA

ISPA Participating an Exciting Conference!

Monday, May 10th, 2010

May 26-28 at St. Norbert College in De Pere, WI.

ISPA is participating in an exciting conference, “A Mirror Of Our Culture: Sport and Society in America” May 26-28 at St. Norbert College in De Pere, WI. Dr. Mayer will be presenting on multiple topics. (Link to conference: https://www.snc.edu/sportandsociety/schedule.html). We encourage you to look at the link, and if any ISPA professionals would like to co-present with ISPA, please contact Justin Mayer at Justin@thesportsprofessionals.com ASAP. General registration opens on February 1st.

“A Mirror of Our Culture: Sport and Society in America” 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 to share their expertise about American sports. The conference will cover the following issues:

•        Economic Issues in Sports

•        Sports History

•        Amateur and College Athletics

•        The Business of Sports

•        The Sociology of Sports

•        Sports and Education

•        Sports Communications

•        Sports and Race

The conference includes a number of elements meant to create a unique experience for all those who participate and attend. Paul Tagliabue, former Commissioner (CEO) of the National Football League, and Carl Vogel, Partner of SCP Worldwide, will give major addresses offering their perspective on “Sports in America” and “The Future of American Sports.” Dr. Robert Kustra, President of Boise State University, will be presenting “Modern College Athletics: A View from the Top.” Also, Kevin B. Blackistone of ESPN’s “Around the Horn” and the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland will be speaking on “Race and Sports in America.” Academics and practitioners will be able to network with each other and to give and hear papers and presentations on a wide range topics related to American sports.

The conference will also include a gallery exhibition of the finest American sports photography, and a juried festival of sports-themed films and videos.

One Fallen Athlete has it right.

Monday, April 26th, 2010

One of those small one paragraph blurbs appeared recently in the New York Times Sports Section (Yes, Virginia, there is a NYT sports section.) The piece mentioned that Olympic and world champion sprinter, LaShawn Merritt has accepted a provisional suspension after testing positive for using an over-the-counter male enhancement product. Merritt admitted the use of the product and stated that he hoped his family would forgive him for a, “foolish, immature and egotistical mistake.”

Let’s praise an athlete who admits to a mistake, identifies the source of his weakness and simply asks for forgiveness. No spin doctors creating ridiculous commercials with deceased parents, so scripted, insincere apologies, just acknowledging a deficit, taking a consequence and being better.

Isn’t that what we train athletes to do within their sport?

Dr. John Mayer, President

ISPA-Professional Spotlight for April

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

The International Sports Professionals Association is pleased to announce its Credentialed Professional for April is Edgar Tham.

Edgar is Singapore’s pioneer Sport & Performance Psychologist, he has worked with more than 40 different performance domains (e.g., sports, music, performing arts, military, business, trading, etc) from the schools to world championship levels since 1993. He was employed by the Singapore Government as its very first local sport psychologist in 1995.

Edgar was the team consultant and traveling psychologist to numerous national teams preparing for the SEA Games, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games, Olympic Games, Paralympic Games and World Championships since 1993.  As a Registered Psychologist with the Singapore Psychological Society, Edgar is listed in the International Who’s Who of Professionals (2000) for his specialized work in peak performance psychology. He is the author of “In The Zone: The Mindset for Peak Performance in Sports,” “Psychological Rehabilitation: Mental Skills for Healing & Recovery” and co-author of “The Ideal Performance State” with Dr Daniel Weigand, President of Achieve Acumen, Inc, USA.  In 2007, Edgar developed a new high-performance SPORTS Coaching Model for executive coaching in MNC’s and business corporations.

He is long-time lecturer for the Singapore Sports Council’s National Coaching Accreditation Program in Mental Skills Training since 1996, and is a part-time faculty member of several overseas undergraduate psychology and sport science degree courses offered in Singapore.

Congratulations Edgar!

ISPA-Management Team

He is long-time lecturer for the Singapore Sports Council�s National Coaching Accreditation Program in Mental Skills Training since 1996, and is a part-time faculty member of several overseas undergraduate psychology and sport science degree courses offered in Singapore.

Are you Maximizing your Workplace Benefits?

Friday, February 26th, 2010

An idea that we have found very helpful is to suggest that you use your Education Benefits that your employer gives you toward your ISPA credentialing fees. This has been a great idea for many because of the simple math involved. Many companies set aside a small figure in their benefits package for Education, let’s say $200.00. Have you tried to sign up for a graduate course for $200.00? A conference fee? Buy books? Videotapes? But, ISPA credentialing starts at $195.00. Voila!

A presentation you attend is temporary, the investment in your career credentials is longstanding. Think about it.

Dr. Mayer, President

The Loss of Chicago Bear Gaines Adams

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

With the news of Chicago Bear Gaines Adams’ passing this week, there has been a wide array of speculation as to what caused him to go into cardiac arrest. Yesterday, however, some of those rumors generated were put to rest by an autopsy report which discovered Adams had an enlarged heart. As ESPN reported earlier today,  an enlarged heart is not abnormal for athletes, nor is it the sure reason why Adams went into cardiac arrest. However, it has raised other issues in regard to medical exams on professional athletes. An enlarged heart is not a condition that directly causes a person to go into cardiac arrest, but it can be a sign or symptom of other very serious heart/health conditions.

This raises some interesting questions: If the NFL is so concerned about player health and insists on extensive annual medical examinations, how was Adams’ condition not found sooner? If it was found sooner, could it have saved his life? Did the NFL somehow miss performing an EKG on Adams upon entering the NFL (standard procedure)? If so, are they at fault to some extent in this situation for not finding this condition sooner? Should athlete examinations undergo a reform to make sure such conditions are not overlooked in the future?

Gaines Adams’ full autopsy and toxicology report will be made available within the next couple of months. Until then, we can only continue to speculate as outsiders.

Our hearts go out to Gaines Adams and his loved ones in this time of sorrow. He was a gifted athlete whose potential had not yet peaked, and a dedicated family-man that will truly be missed.

– Andrew Teunis, Director of Business Development – ISPA

Seize the Day!

Friday, January 15th, 2010

~Carpe Deim~

We have all heard that phrase extolling us to grab the opportunity to realize our destiny. Well, I’ve been energized. I have just returned from the national sales conference of a large international business that I was invited to attend. Of course in the meetings the topic of the poor economy hung over the crowd like a black cloud. BUT, what was inspiring in this industry which is hit particularly hard by the downturn was that this company not only remained strong but it has taken the opportunity to plan and grow for the future during this down time. It is using the global gloom to prosper. I say, ‘Here, Here!’

I think the inspiration of this company is a particularly poignant lessen for professionals who serve sports. I see so many of my colleagues hiding under rocks during this bad economy when they should be thriving. How unsportsmanlike. Do athletes cower in the face of tough opposition? Do they stop working out because, it’s not the right time? NO, they prepare themselves in down times to face the toughest competition because that will make them better at their sport.

I say take these lessens from both the athletes we serve AND from companies like the one I just witnessed and ‘Seize the Day.’ Now is the time to groom yourself to be outstanding in the field. Being a credentialed professional through ISPA marks that you have that courage to face the stiffest competition. Seize your day today. Apply for your credentials and realize your destiny.

Only the Strong Survive!

Dr. John Mayer, President