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Improvisation forever Coaches Wed PM or Sat AM

December 19th, 2014

Improvisation for a lifetime Coaches Wed PM or Sat have always been
Event on 2015-01-14 18:00:00
Improvisation to get more



Build on your own Coaching techniques with Acting and Improvisation Training

SIX WEEK BEGINNER’S CLASS – Two alternatives!

Wednesday nights Jan. 14th – Feb. 18th6:00-7:30 PM


 Saturday Mornings Jan. 17th – Feb. 21st 9:30-11:00 have always been



1200 Washington Ave. S, Downtown, Minneapolis, MN

Suite #270 (Complimentary parking)




  • MORE…Risk and taking chances
  • MORE…Going aided by the flow
  • MORE…Creating fresh ideas
  • MORE…Thinking on your feet
  • MORE…Expressing yourself fully


 Workshop Designer and Facilitator -Grif Sadow CPCC, PCC

 Grif may be the Principal Strategist, Coach, and Lead Activator for the Grow Into More Institute.  He could be an educator, musician, and mentor who received his coach official certification and leadership training from the Coaches Training Institute. Grif is an avowed Laughter Yoga frontrunner, wedding officiant, and co-chairs pro Development the ICF-Minnesota Chapter.

at Joule
1200 Washington Avenue South @ 35W
Minneapolis, United States

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DCSAA Softball Coaches Clinic

April 30th, 2014

DCSAA Softball Coaches Clinic
Event on 2014-06-14 13:00:00

On Saturday, June 14, the DCSAA will be holding a free Coaches Clinic led by Tommy Orndorff, Head Coach, Varsity Softball at St. John's Highschool. Coach Orndorff brings over 30 years of Softball Coaching Experience at the High School and Club Levels.  Highlights include:

  • During Orndorff’s 28 years at the helm, Bishop O’Connell teams have won the Catholic League softball championship 21 times.
  • In State Championship play, his teams have compiled a 58-2 record overall – winning 17 Virginia Independent Schools State Championship titles over the past 19 years. 
  • Named Coach of the Year for the Washington D.C. metropolitan area by The Washington Post in 1986 (22-1) and 1996 (23-0), by the Arlington County Better Sports Club in 1991 (21-1), and by The Journal Newspapers in 1994 (25-3).  He has also been named Virginia Independent Schools State Coach of the Year 16 of the past 18 seasons by the Virginia Independent Schools Softball Association.
  • A perennial power nationally the past 20 years, his Bishop O’Connell program reached new heights the past two springs – posting a 57-2 record overall and finishing both seasons ranked 5th in the country in The USA Today/NFCA  Scholastic Fastpitch Softball Final Polls.
  • Orndorff will be inducted into the National Softball Hall of Fame in November 2014 at the Amateur Softball Association’s (ASA) National Convention in Reno, Nevada. 

Upon registration, you will be asked to provide the number of years you have been coaching girls softball. The Clinic will cater to the experience level of the attending coaches.

at St Johns College High School
2607 Military Road NW
Washington, United States

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Mock Trial Coaches Training (East)

October 19th, 2013

Mock Trial Coaches Training (East)
Event on 2013-11-09 10:00:00

Welcome back to another outstanding year of Mock Trial in Washington State!  We hope you plan on attending Training here in the east side.  Whether you are a new coach or have years of mock trial under your belt, we hope to provide you with the tools and  ideas to keep your program fresh, exciting and full of opportunities.






The process for ordering your 2013-2014 Kit & Case will be similar to previous years. Just download the order form and mail, fax or email it to Youth & Government.



  • pen and note paper
  • water bottle
  • list of questions you would like addressed



Dress code is business casual.



Lunch, snacks and coffee will be provided throughout the day.  Please let us know  if you have any dietary restrictions.

at Chief Moses Junior High School
1111 East Nelson Road
Moses Lake, United States

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How to Jump Higher! Vertical Leap Secrets From the World?s Best Strength Coaches: Part 5

August 4th, 2011

How to Jump Higher! Vertical Leap Secrets From the World?s Best Strength Coaches: Part 5

First of all make sure to check out parts 1 – 4

Here’s what was covered in these parts:

Part 1: Kettlebell exercises to jump higher

Part 2: Band training secrets to improve your vertical leap

Part 3: What to do the 22-23 hours outside of the gym to maximize your vertical jump

Part 4: What does speed have to do with jumping higher?

So what else can I possibly cover on vertical jump training? Well when you consider that I learned from over 13 of the world’s strength coaches there is certainly a lot more.

And when I say world class that is exactly what I mean. Here’s a quick review of who these vertical jump experts have trained.

San Francisco 49er, San Diego Chargers, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Liberty, Los Angeles Sparks, Washington Mystics, Women’s National Soccer team, St. John’s University, St. Anthony’s HS Basketball team and much more. The list is actually to big to list!

So it is safe to say that there is a lot more.

Now, what if I told you that there is a gentleman that helps people improve their vertical in only 20 minutes? Well this is exactly what Gray Cook learned when doing university research on jump training.

When researching who I would like to learn from on vertical jump performance I was lucky enough to meet and learn from world renowned physical therapist Gray Cook at a Perform Better Seminar. And being the nerd and nice guy that I am I asked him if he would be willing to do an interview with me on vertical jump training. I really wanted to get information from Gray on his functional movement screen FMS. And like I said earlier the great thing in speaking with Gray is that he actually did his university research on vertical jump training. Gray is a big proponent of perfecting your technique in order to maximize your vertical jump. Gray used light resistance bands to make sure his subjects jumped properly. If you jumped with bad form the bands would magnify this so you had to jump correctly. What did this do? This group improved their vertical and reaction times in only 20 minutes!

And even better is the correct neural programming this sets up so you go out and practice on top of this new programming.

Connecticut based strength coach Jimmy Smith was referred to me by radio talk show host and sports nutritionist Dave Depew. He had some great things to say but he came up with a good one most people forget. Work on those weaknesses! If it’s so simple why aren’t many coaches not doing this and sticking with cookie cutter crap. I see this way too much. We must not get married to any exercise or program. The athletes that can back squat should back squat. But the ones that can’t should do an alternative. Remember this, there is always an alternative. Even world famous Strength coach Mike Boyle speaks of being in love with the squat and not wanted to scrap it with players that complained of knee pain from squatting. Stay single and play the field when it comes to exercise selection. You’ll be glad you did.

Another great point Jimmy made was the importance of staying away from plyometric exercises when in season. In season basketball athletes already jump way too much. Why should u ask them for 20-40 more jumps during plyo work? Get then in the weight room to keep their strength up which can decline during the season. Then in the off-season work on power development. Of course there is flip side to that for weekend warriors like myself. I don’t practice everyday and play pick-up games 3-5 times a month. In this case it makes sense to use plyo work to prepare your body for the demands of basketball.

Mike Robertson chipped in on another over looked component of vertical training or any training for that matter. And that my friend is mobility training. As Mike pointed out: If you Google vertical jump training you’ll get thousands of hits focusing on strength and plyometric training. But mobility is a critical factor many don’t touch on and that is a big mistake. And don’t make the mistake of thinking mobility is the same of flexibility. Mobility is the ability to use your flexibility while you move. If you can’t reach certain positions in makes it a lot harder to maximize your performance. Mobility training will help you to achieve this and even better yet is that you can do it as a warm-up and with minimal time.

Gray Cook, Jimmy Smith & Mike Robertson shared a great deal more than what was written here but then again this is just a quick summary of things I knew could help right away. For more free information on how improving your technique, weaknesses and mobility will Increase Your Vertical Leap make sure to visit Jump Experts right now!

Virgil Aponte brings over 12 years of experience as a Personal Trainer, High School PE Teacher and Strength & Conditioning Coach. He has trained hundreds of people including elite professional athletes of the Women’s National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball. He earned his Master’s Degree in Physical Education from Brooklyn College and is an American College of Sports Medicine Health & Fitness Instructor. Based in Brooklyn New York he is considered by many fitness industry experts as the authority on stair exercise training and is the author and creator of the Ultimate Stair Exercises for Athletes & creator of

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