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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Youth Sports Summit

YouthSportsSummitPositive Coaching Alliance-Minnesota will host its inaugural Youth Sports Summit, themed “Youth sports – creating champions in sports and life,” on September 15 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Cargill campus in Hopkins. The summit will provide a forum for meaningful discussion of current issues in youth sports and how we can improve the experience for all youth.

The event will feature a panel discussion, which includes nine-year Major League Baseball veteran and former Minnesota Twin Corey Koskie, former Minnesota Viking Ben Leber, PCA Chief Impact Officer Tina Syer, and Minnesota Twins sports psychologist Rick Aberman. Cost of attendance is $20 if purchased before Sept. 1 and is $35 beginning on Sept. 1. All attendees will receive a PCA book and light refreshments will be provided. To buy tickets, click here.

Recruiting and Training Youth Coaches

What: Panel discussion and networking – FREE
For: Youth sports administrators, organizers, and coaches
Topic: Recruiting and training youth coaches
When: Wednesday, March 25, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Where: Rockford Road Library, 6401 42nd Avenue North, Crystal, MN 55427
Dawson Blanck, Executive Director, Trusted Coaches, MYAS
Dave Golan, Soccer Partnerships Manager, Sanneh Foundation
Troy Pearson, Trainer, Positive Coaching Alliance – Minnesota
Bring: Questions, business cards, and coffee/snack to get you through the hour
RVSP: Mark Erickson, SAM President,

SAM Recruiting and Training Youth Coaches Flyer

Relationships in Youth Sports

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What: Panel discussion and networking – FREE
For: Youth sports administrators, organizers, and coaches
Topic: Relationships between coaches and athletes and between teammates
When: Wednesday, January 21, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Where: Penn Lake Library, 8800 Penn Avenue South, Bloomington
Who: See event flyer
Bring: Questions, business cards, and coffee/snack to get you through the hour

SAM Relationship Flyer