The URCA Conference Halftime Report

by | August 30, 2016, 10:19pm 0

The Ulty Results Coaching Academy (URCA) Conference started this week. Now in its third year, URCA is bringing together coaches from all over the world to share experiences and expertise. Attendees learn from expert coaches about how they tackle challenges, structure practice, facilitate the growth of team culture, and more! And each talk is hosted via webinar.

Now that URACA has reached the halfway point, here are a few highlights and details of the action so far.

The Talks So Far

This year’s URCA conference brings in 12 speakers representing the US, Canada, Colombia, the Czech Republic, and Australia. The audience of 938 attendees represents players and coaches from all over the globe.

Monday and Tuesday’s talks featured:

Melissa Witmer – Player Motivation – Increasing your team’s compliance to your training program
Jools Murray – Ensuring Training Transfers to the Pitch: How to structure sessions and drills to drive differential learning
Alex Davis – Practice Planning, Habit Forming, and Drill Design
Mauricio Moore – Achieving Mental Toughness and Consistency on the Field: Managing the ego
Ben Van Heuvelen – Using Spirit of the Game to Improve Mental Toughness and Gain a Competitive Advantage
Manisha Daryani – The Relationship Between Coach, Administration, and Captains

Snippets and highlights

Melissa Witmer
Melissa provided a six part matrix for helping you to think of different ways to motivate your players to comply with an athletic development program. In the Q&A session, Melissa spoke about the potential benefits of post-workout selfies.

Jools Murray
Jools started by saying, “I don’t have the answers but what I hope to give you is a better toolbox for achieving your own answers.” And she delivered. The audience got a six part toolkit for creating games and exercises that would be much more likely to elicit the desired behaviors on the field. She provided some interesting thoughts on nonverbal cues and the Japanese style of defense.

Alex Davis
As usual, Alex brought a serious analytical flair to his presentations. In designing drills we often accidentally reinforce bad habits. How are ant death circles similar to the behavior of ultimate players swarming and inexperienced player with dump cuts? Both are automatically reinforcing unwanted behavior with positive cues. Alex also gave an excellent three point framework for evaluating your drills.

Mauricio Moore
With a mix of fun and philosophy, Mauricio laid out how to use your personality and awareness of the ego to support internal and external victories for your athletes. He challenges us to think about what’s better, a trophy or medal that you strive for and then put in your drawer for the rest of the year, or the interval victories of achieving your own performance goals.

Ben van Heuvelen
For all of you Star Wars fans, Ben spoke about the strengths and weaknesses of using “the dark side” or “light side” mentality. Turns out SOTG can exist at a high level of play and may help with consistency of performance.

Manisha ‘Slap’ Daryani
How do you help you players choose captains that are right for the team? Manisha brings her moderator skills to this important process that shapes a team in the short term, and the program as a whole over the long term.

Still To Come On Wednesday and Thursday

Keith Raynor – Stack Talk: Understanding three common offensive sets
Ráchel Tošnerová – Girl Talk: Developing a young women’s team
Ren Caldwell – Simple Ways to Create an Athletic Team Culture
Mario O’Brien – Keep it Simple: The do’s and don’t of talking in the huddle
Mish Phillips – How to Generate Buy-in and Commitment
Qxhna Titcomb – Lessons from the All-Star Tour

Register for free here.

  • If you want recordings of all of URCA 2016, you can purchase a VIP pass.
    A VIP pass includes:
  • Recordings of all URCA 2016 presentations for one year
  • Slides and notes to download
  • Access to the VIP Facebook group where you can hang out with our speakers
  • A discount on team orders from our sponsor SAVAGE Ultimate.
  • NEW! Three months free URCA membership which includes access to URCA presentations from 2014 and 2015! (see what’s inside here)

Want access to recordings of all of URCA 2016? Get the VIP pass, here!

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