Monday, April 12, 2010

Cabrini Connections' Coaching Clinic

First and foremost, for all of those who were following my Sport's Concepts stories I want to apologize for the delay. For the past couple of months we have been hosting our first annual Cabrini Madness FUNdraising Tournament and wanted to focus on basketball analogies and wait until the season was over to get back to football.

And I wanted to start back with the upcoming Coaching Clinic that will be taking place here at Cabrini Connections. At various times throughout the year, especially during the off season, NFL coaches from around the league participate in coaching clinics. At these clinics the coaches share ideas, concepts, visions and goals that they hope will benefit them so in turn what they learn at the clinic will benefit their players/team as they work towards that ultimate goal....a Super Bowl Championship! Many of the head and assistant coaches then retreat back to their own facilities to break down and analyze the information to incorporate the knowledge into the play calls and schemes of the team.
As the Cabrini Connections' team begins the 3rd quarter of our season and prepare to end the season in a great position, we will be hosting our own Cabrini Connections' coaching clinic in the near future with some of our key Assistant Coaches...our Volunteer Coordinators. At Cabrini Connections were always looking to get better and prepare our players and coaches with the necessary resources to be successful in and outside of the program. And as the Head Coach of the organization, I truly believe much of the success of the team comes from the leadership within the program.

A couple week's back we conducted a training project for our Volunteer Coordinators (Alexandria Hill, Kasey Brink, John Knight, and Diana Castaneda) to test their strengths and weaknesses in the areas of Communication, Preparation, Accountability, Teamwork, and Overall Ability to Lead Others. This was a 3 week training project that ended on March 25th. The purpose of this project was to evaluate our leadership within the program and how we could learn from this project to lead our Cabrini Connections' Team to a Championship.

We planned on meeting today to breakdown the project, but we will reschedule for a day and time that works for everybody. This is a pivotal point in the Cabrini Connections' organization and the benefits, changes, goals, and attitudes that come about as a result of this meeting could provide great enthusiasm for the remainder of this meeting and build momentum heading into the 2010-2011 Tutor/Mentor Season!!!

1 comment:

Tutor Mentor Connections said...

I've been encouraging El to write articles that focus on how football and basketball are team sports, that depend on the support of fans, boosters and many others for their success.

One thing all good teams have in common, as El says, is that coaches learn from other coaches, in many different ways.

We support the learning of our staff and volunteers by a huge resource of tutor/mentor information that can be found at

In addition, we host a conference every six months, to bring leaders and learners together, just like the coaching clinics that college and pros use. The next conference is May 27 and 28 at Loyola and I hope some of the people reading this will attend. See for details.

If everyone in a tutor/mentor program, including our teens, considers himself a leader, then everyone can learn from the information we share on line, and at the conferences, and use these ideas to make the team more competitive, and stronger, for the coming season, which for us is the 2010-11 school year.

Keep up the great work Cabrini Connections Team!

Dan Bassill
Cabrini Connections
Tutor/Mentor Connection