Panel discussion on parents

Parents: Communication and Education Strategies for Youth Sports Leaders

What Free panel discussion on communicating and educating youth sports parents
For Youth sports administrators, organizers, coaches, officials and parents
When 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
May 18, 2016
Where Helen Young Room
Southdale Library
7001 York Ave S, Edina, MN 55435
Who Mark Arjes, Co-founder and Director of Youth 1st, Assistant Baseball Coach at Owatonna HS
Jessica Christopherson, Ice Sports Programming Coordinator at the Schwan Super Rink, Minnesota Hockey Coach-in-Chief
Katie Hanneman, Positive Coaching Alliance – Minnesota workshop presenter, former Women’s Head Golf Coach at the University of Minnesota.
Phil Johnson, Minnesota Youth Soccer Association Coach Education, Parents and Coaches Together (PACT) workshop presenter. Elementary teacher and high school soccer coach for 32 years. Now retired.
Moderated by Christine Nickels, Director of Community Tennis, USTA Northern.
Bring Your insights and questions
Questions Mark Erickson, SAM President,

Officials in Youth Sports

Officials Panel Discussion Flyer

What Free panel discussion on officials in youth sports
For Youth sports administrators, organizers, coaches, officials and parents
When 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
January 20, 2016
Where St. Louis Park Library
3240 Library Lane, St. Louis Park
Who Harold Buck, Lacrosse Officials’ Assigner and Trainer; Fencing and ocean rowing coach
Kevin Merkle, Director of Officials, MSHSL; Former coach and official
Kelly Taylor, Youth Development Director, Tonka United Soccer Association
Deb Weinreis, Recreational Sports Manager, MNRPA; Basketball and volleyball official
Topics Improving the relationship between coaches and officials
Recruiting and retaining officials
Understanding the official’s perspective
Teaching players to interact with officials
Handling the problem parent
What you want to address
Bring Your insights and questions
Questions Mark Erickson, SAM President,


USA Hockey’s American Development Model

Here are two resources from USA Hockey’s American Development Model. Thanks to Guy Gosselin, a panelist from our youth sports specialization event, for providing them.

Long-term Athlete Development Stages

Chart for Annual Guide

If you have any resources you’d like to share, please email them to

Youth Sports Specialization

Panel discussion and networking – FREE
Youth sports administrators, organizers, coaches, and parents
Youth sports specialization
Wednesday, October 28, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Rose Room, Roseville Skating Center
2661 Civic Center Drive, Roseville
Kevin Merkle, Associate Director, Minnesota State High School League
Dr. Heather Bergeson, TRIA Orthopaedic Center, Sports Medicine & Pediatrics
Guy “Goose” Gosselin, USA Hockey, American Development Model
Eric Klein, U of M Football, Strength and Conditioning Coach
Questions, business cards, and coffee or snack to get you through the hour
Mark Erickson, SAM President,

SAM Sport Specialization flyer

Great books on creating a positive youth sports environment

The Double Goal Coach – Jim Thompson

Living, Leading and the American Dream – John Gardner

Positive Coaching: Building Character and Self-Esteem Through Sports – Jim Thompson

Shooting in the Dark: Tales of Coaching and Leadership – Jim Thompson

Game On: The All-American Race to Make Champions of Our Children – Tom Farrey

Sacred Hoops: Spiritual Lessons of a Hardwood Warrior – Phil Jackson and Hugh Delehanty

101 Ways to Be a Terrific Sports Parent – Joel Fish

The Sweet Season: A Sportswriter Rediscovers Football, Family, and a Bit of Faith. – Austin Murphy

My Losing Season – Pat Conroy

Real Boys: Rescuing Our Sons from the Myths of Boyhood – William Pollack

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