Starting a High School Powerlifting Team, Pt. 2

by Chris Dertz Competition Review: In Part I, I outlined a general plan for promoting, recruiting, and organizing a high school powerlifting team. In Part II, we will talk about competing in a meet. Finding a Meet Not all of the kids on our team here at Eastland High School compete. Some of them are…

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Strategies to Connect During the Pandemic

with Nicole Brinker, by Chris Dertz Nine months after first emerging in the United States, it is clear that the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic are both unprecedented and wide-ranging. The raw data is grim. Currently, 22,000,000 Americans have been infected with the virus and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is projecting…

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The Fitzgerald Effect

In 2009, Northwestern University battled Auburn in the Outback Bowl. They lost 35-38 in overtime. It was Pat Fitzgerald’s second Bowl Game as NU’s head coach, and his second consecutive overtime loss (they played Missouri in the Alamo Bowl the year prior, and lost an 23-30 in OT). In today’s Citrus Bowl, Northwestern University dominated…

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Johannah Zabal’s Words to Live By

By Alex Nadolna We were down at the NSCA Coaches Conference down in San Antonio, Texas. Jim was giving presentations and I was gathering content, catching up with friends, and pulling together anything that could help me improve my program back home (at Saint Viator H.S.). One day while we were walking around the convention…

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Now is the Time to Rebuild Youth Sports

by Nate Baldwin Just over 4 weeks ago, the NBA abruptly suspended its season after Utah Jazz Center Rudy Gobert unexpectedly tested positive for the novel coronavirus.  With that one dramatic action, COVID-19 seemed to take over our collective North American consciousness.  All pillars of American life followed suit in the days that followed…all major…

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Building Depth with Brad Dixon

Every coach would like to have greater depth of talent on their roster. “No one has depth,” insists Brad Dixon, head football coach at Central High School (IL). “You get to work with who comes out, that’s it,” he says, adding that if you spend too much time complaining about lack of depth, you might…

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“Eat Better Dessert” with Dr. Ian Smith

There is a direct relationship between nutrition, cognition, and emotion that we would all benefit from understanding. Our physical state impacts our psychological state – that truth is unavoidable. Once that relationship is realized and an individual hopes to improve their nutrition habits, the next question is often, how? As coaches, we are tasked with…

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