Inaugural Performance Edge Summit Helps Introduce the Ottawa University Coaching Institute

Posted by Janae Melvin on August 9, 2016 in "Ottawa University Coaching Institute", "Train Ugly" On Aug. 6, more than 100 coaches and athletes from Ottawa University and surrounding communities in the region, attended the Performance Edge Summit in the Schendel Conference Center. The one-day conference, which was aimed at helping coaches and athletes get the most from themselves and their team mentality, physically and emotionally, was presented by the Ottawa University Coaching Institute and sponsored by the Braves Athletics Hall of Fame.
The summit began with a four-part presentation from keynote speaker Trevor Ragan, recognized nationally for his “Train Ugly” program which shares how important research in the fields of motor learning, performance science and psychology that is changing the way students, athletes and people in general are trained and developed. Ragan has worked with schools across the country including the University of Georgia, Iowa State University, Grinnell College and has also worked with athletes from Team USA.

Ragan’s presentation will include included workshops that centered on Growth Mindset, a process that helps individuals understand and appreciate how struggles, challenges and failures are essential to learning. He introduced the Growth Mindset concept, the values of Looking Good vs. Getting Better, Building a Team Growth Mindset, and Performing Under Pressure – The Science of Rising to the Occasion.
After lunch, attendees to could choose two super sessions to attend that were presented by members of the OU coaching staff and the OU Alumni Association. Head golf coach Wendell Smith spoke on Physical Readiness, head cross country and track and field coach spoke on Strength and Conditioning, and Dr. Scott Maid, OU Alumni Association president, presented on gaining a mental edge with athletes.
The Performance Edge Summit was the first program for the Ottawa University Coaching Institute, a new initiative that seeks to serve current OU coaches, OU students interested in becoming coaches, area coaches and athletes and parents wanting to improve themselves and their teams in a positive, character building environment. The Institute will focus on player/athlete development, team development, coach development, the role of parents and spectators and creating positive coaching in a character building environment.