FREE 2015 Community Coach Training for Toronto Residents

Starting in January 2015, the City of Toronto, in partnership with the Coaches Association of Ontario and other Provincial Sport Organizations, will offer community level coach training to Toronto residents aged 16 years and older.

The Let’s Get Coaching program will run 100+ courses at community centres across the city, which includes the Fundamental Movement Skills workshop and a variety of sport-specific workshops from the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP).

To register, you must have a Client Number and Family Number assigned to you by Parks, Forestry and Recreation. Getting these numbers is easy … go here for instructions.

Space is limited so definitely register early.
To browse the course listings, click here. Note, the courses are listed under:
Coach Training – Fundamental Movement Skills
Coach Training – Sports Specific

The Out Field: Gay Athletes Talk About Pro Sports

Came across this video today that was put together by People Magazine. Athletes featured (in order of appearance): Michael Sam (Gridiron Football), Wade Davis II (Gridiron Football), Billy Bean (Baseball), Brittney Griner (Basketball), Lianne Sanderson (Soccer), and Joanna Lohman (Soccer).

The video was published in May 2014, on the heels of Michael Sam‘s historic draft into the NFL by the St. Louis Rams. Since then, Sam has been released by the Rams and is currently on the practice squad for the Dallas Cowboys. Wade Davis II is the Executive Director of the You Can Play Project, Billy Bean retired from baseball in 1995 and in July 2014 was hired by the MLB as an ambassador for inclusion, Brittney Griner was the #1 WBNA Draft Pick in 2013 and recently won the 2014 WNBA Championship with the Phoenix Mercury, and Lianne Sanderson and Joanna Lohman both play professional soccer in the National Women’s Soccer League for the Boston Breakers (and are a couple!). They founded JoLi Academy and are a part of the GO! Athletes Network.

“The Girl Who Toppled Little League”

Growing up in the 1980s and 1990s, a lot of what I remember about my childhood revolves around sports. Every summer I would run around with my neighbourhood friends playing street hockey. Later I would go on to play soccer. I was the girl who LOVED gym class!

It was hard then, and difficult now, to imagine not having access to sports because of being a girl. Which isn’t to suggest that girls, and women, in the West, and elsewhere, don’t have a hard time finding places to play and money to support their athletic ambitions, but no one questioned my playing sports as a youngster. No one said I couldn’t and denied me the option.

Once upon a time, girls, women, playing sports was a major taboo and access needed to be fought for (feminism is so relevant). Case in point, espnW posted this great piece called “The Girls Who Toppled Little League” written by featured columnist Melissa Isaacson who writes:

“Forty summers ago, Cinseruli, a 10-year-old from Peabody, Massachusetts, was one of approximately 20 girls across the United States who filed lawsuits against Little League baseball for the right to play. Or as one judge put it, to do something ‘as American as the hot dog and apple pie'”.

Great historical piece – puts things in perspective.