National Dance Coaches Association
Table of Contents
- It's Conference Registration Time!
- Keynote Speakers Announced - WOW
- Resource: Dance Medicine to Keep You on Your Toes
- Resource: Seattle Acro - Cartwheels
- Resource: Choosing Coachable
- NDCA Swag is Back
- Featured Member - Linda Boone
- Featured Partner - Support Fund
- Seattle Storm Dance Troupe Auditions
Keynote Speakers Unveiled
Resource: Dance Medicine to Keep You On Your Toes
It was shared with us by Jan Dunn with The Bridge Dance Project.
Resource: Seattle Acro - Warm-Ups Cartwheels
Resource: Choosing Coachable
With audition season upon us, take some time to really think about what type of dancer/athlete you want on your team. This brief article by Dr. Wade Gilbert helps provide direction.
Coaches spend considerable time and energy trying to find, and build, coachable athletes because they are eager to learn, fun to work with, and in the case of team sports they make their teammates better.
In my classes we often do an activity where I ask coaches to identify and rank characteristics of the coachable athlete. After preparing their list I then have them compare their list with a list generated in a national survey of over 100 college basketball coaches. The list includes the following nine characteristics, ranked in order from most important to least important:
• Willingness to be coached
• Willingness to sacrifice for the team
• Acceptance of criticism
• Acceptance of individual role
• Positive response to discipline
• Respect for authority
• Agreeableness with coach
Notice that ‘willingness’ and ‘acceptance’ rank at the top of the list. Coachable athletes approach their sport with a willingness to do whatever it takes to improve performance. They also are eager to receive feedback and open to making adjustments. For athletes who play on teams, this is most evident when athletes eagerly accept new roles or new positions on the team, instead of complaining or challenging the coach.
Although I have found that most coaches agree with the list, there seldom is consensus on the order of the list. For example, two of my students asked their former coaches to comment on the list. The coaches included Margie Wright, college’s all-time winningest softball coach, and Brian Reynolds, who has coached his swim teams to 33-time national collegiate championships.
Interestingly, both of these legendary championship coaches rated ‘selflessness’ as the number one characteristic of a coachable athlete.
What these exercises illustrate is that taking time as a coach to reflect on how you define a coachable athlete is more valuable than the list itself. As you evolve and grow as a coach your list will also surely become more fine-tuned. The most coachable athletes for each coach will likely be the ones who model the coach’s core values and program philosophy.
Take a moment and think about the athlete characteristics you would put on your list. Then ask yourself how you model and teach these qualities to your athletes. Wouldn’t we all benefit from passing along a more coachable athlete to the next coach in the athlete’s journey?
This article is adapted from an article on the Human Kinetics “Coach Education Center” website.
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Featured Member - Linda Boone
NDCA Featured Member – Linda Boone
NDCA would like to honor Linda Boone as our feature member! Linda has been a dance educator for nearly 38 years. Her involvement in dance, band, and color guard is extensive. Linda first began working in dance as the Director of the “Sugar ‘Canes” dance team at Manatee High School in Florida, where she is also an alumna. Linda has shared her love of dance with other directors and students nationwide – she served as a charter member of the Florida Dance Team Directors Association, and she provided seminars for directors at their annual conference. She was a coach consultant for UDA for seven years, giving seminars to directors at their summer camps. She has also served as the chair of the Florida Bandmasters Association’s Auxiliary Committee. As if that weren’t enough of an accomplishment, Linda has been honored by the Manatee County Arts Education Council with an annual award in her namesake, the “Linda Boone Dance Educator Award”.
You have a diverse background in coaching, educating, and consulting dance teams and marching bands throughout your state of Florida, and around the nation. What first got you involved in this adventure? What sparked this interest?
In high school I played clarinet and was active in our marching, concert, and jazz bands. I was hired to teach Spanish at my alma mater and volunteered as a chaperone for the band and dance team; at the end of my first year, the principal "asked" me to coach the dance team or JV cheerleaders as those positions were open. I felt that I at least knew about the dance team even if I wasn't a dancer, so I took that position. I took the position planning to do it until I could get tenure after three years of teaching, but as I got involved in the program, I found that I really enjoyed it. As time passed, I became even more interested in and passionate about the activity of dance team. I stayed as director for 25 years, but I can't quite "let it go" as I have continued to work with the dance program.
My involvement in working with other people and organizations came from a desire to share my experience with others--I appreciated so much what others had shared with me and wanted to do the same. The training I received as well as the people I interacted with helped me to make my program even better while helping others with theirs.
As a veteran consultant, what kind of advice would you give other dance program directors to ensure success and longevity for their students and program?
In no particular order:
· Be consistent! Exceptions made in the present can become precedents in the future.
· Make your expectations known to students, parents, and administration so that there are no "surprises."
· Always remember that your role is to give your students the best experiences in your program, not to collect hardware for yourself.
· Find the right balance in your program with practice, performance, competition, and social activity.
· Enjoy what you do, because that's what make any negatives (no/low pay, "drama," etc.) have lesser impact.
How did you become involved with NDCA? What do you love about this particular organization?
I was a founding member of the Florida Dance Team Directors Association and served as secretary and vice-president for many years. I attended many DTDA conferences in Texas, and always found being a part of both of these organizations to be energizing and educational. When I heard about this organization starting up, I was very interested and, when asked, agreed to chair the awards committee.
What I love about this organization is that it recognizes the need for all dance coaches at whatever level to connect, interact, and share ideas with each other. I personally love going to the conferences, but there is a wealth of resources available on our website to those that cannot.
If you could have one wish fulfilled today, what would it be?
Selfishly, that I could be wealthy enough to ensure my entire family's health, well-being, and fun. A bit more globally, that our nation could come together as one people instead of being so divided.
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