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Give Responsible Feedback to Athletes

Brought to you by the Liberty Mutual Insurance Responsible Sports program.

 

Nobody likes being criticized. But for young snowboarders to truly grow and learn, they must be open to constructive criticism. 

Responsible Sport Parents and Coaches have a variety of useful tools to help deliver constructive criticism to their youth sports athletes!

·       Try to maintain a 5:1 Ratio that balances five specific, truthful praises for each constructive correction. 

Coaches, learn more about the 5:1 Ratio here >>>

Parents, learn more about the 5:1 Ratio here >>>

·       Make a Criticism Sandwich.  Similar to the 5:1 Ratio, provide specific, truthful praises with each suggestion for improvement.

See an example of Kid-friendly criticism >>>

·       Use If-Then statements to help your kids feel in control even while they’re being corrected.

Want to learn more about If-Then statements? >>>

 

At Liberty Mutual Insurance, we constantly look for ways to celebrate the countless acts of responsibility shown by people every day. We created Responsible Sports, powered by Positive Coaching Alliance, as part of this belief to help ensure that our kids experience the best that sports have to offer in environments that promote and display responsibility. We believe kids can learn valuable life lessons when coaches and parents come together to support winning on and off the field. Join the Responsible Sports movement!

©2014 Liberty Mutual Insurance Company and Positive Coaching Alliance. All rights reserved. This material may not be distributed without express written permission. Any reproduction in whole or part by and individuals or organizations will be held liable for copyright infringement to the full extent of the law.


Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:37:28 +0000

Olympic Medalists Lead Park City Parade

PARK CITY, UT (April 8) – The future dreams of Park City youth shined brightly through a spring snowstorm as Olympic medalists led a homecoming parade down Park City’s historic Main Street Saturday. Organized by the community’s Youth Sports Alliance, kids were inspired by the site of the many gold medals as they walked hand-in-hand with Olympic champions down Main Street. The venerable Stein Eriksen, himself a 1952 Olympic champion and longtime iconic Park City resident, led the parade.

With many fresh back from visiting the White House, Park City’s homegrown medalists were the highlight of the parade including Joss Christensen (2014 slopestyle skiing gold medalist), Steve Holcomb (2014 bobsled 2x bronze medalist), Ted Ligety (2014 giant slalom gold medalist), and Sage Kotsenburg (2014 slopestyle snowboarding gold medalist). Kotsenburg was also honored during the White House visit as top male athlete in the Best of U.S. Awards, televised by NBCSN.

Despite a microburst snowstorm, the Park City community turned out in droves to support the athletes – some of whom grew up in town and others who now make it their training base, including 2010 Olympic champion Billy Demong, 2002 skeleton gold medalist Jimmy Shea and more.

The Park City/Summit County-area sent 63 athletes (48 Olympians and 15 Paralympians), representing four countries including the United States, Australia, Ireland and Paraguay to compete in the Sochi Olympic Winter Games. They closed out the Sochi Olympic Winter Games with three gold medals, two silver and three bronze medals. Competing as its own country, Team Park City would have finished 14th in the world medal standings between South Korea and Sweden.

The parade was followed by a presentation of athletes, plus a greeting from Park City Mayor Jack Thomas, USSA President and CEO Tiger Shaw, along with a proclamation citing it as Olympic Legacy Day from Summit County Council members Chris Robinson and Kim Carson.

“People always ask me where I'm from - Park City,” said bobsledder Steve Holcomb. “This is my hometown, this is where I was born. These are homegrown Olympic medals. I'm so proud to be able to share these with the city.”

“I had a big meeting with the kids who look up to all of us,” said Sage Kotsenburg, who found his inspiration as an eight-year old watching the 2002 halfpipe sweep. “I remember being that kid - having 20 signatures on my jacket. It's really cool to inspire kids as a snowboarder.”

“Each of our Olympians had their inspiration growing up in a community where they had contact with amazing athletes plus an opportunity to participate in the sport of their choice,” said Youth Sports Alliance Executive Director Aimee Preston. “The ability to get an autograph or touch an Olympic medal is a motivator that will undoubtedly start an Olympic career for a young boy or girl, just like it did for Ted, Joss, Sage and Steve.”

The event, lead by the Youth Sport Alliance, was a collaboration of the Youth Sports Alliance, the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation, the National Ability Center, Park City Municipal Corporation, the Park City Chamber & Visitors Bureau, Summit County, and the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association.

 

For more information on introductory sport programs, please contact the Youth Sports Alliance at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 435.214.0792, or visit ysaparkcity.org.

About the Youth Sports Alliance
The YSA supports the Get Out & Play elementary school program, fundraising for 13 member teams, and scholarships for junior athletes. The supported programs range from "learn to" programs, that keep kids active through winter sports, to teenagers aspiring to Olympic or National Team status and collegiate competition. Through YSA programs and scholarships all local children are offered the chance to participate in winter sports regardless of financial status.


Tue, 08 Apr 2014 17:48:57 +0000

Prepare For The Unexpected

In sports, there is one given – expect the unexpected.

As fans, this excitement of not knowing what will happen next is a big reason why we attend, watch and talk about sporting events. For athletes, the unexpected, while thrilling, demands proper preparation to be successful.

From in-season practices to offseason cross training, preparation helps our young athletes build a rock-solid foundation for race-day success. It’s what they do to get ready for competition that often makes the difference when the unexpected happens.

But how can you help your young athletes prepare for the unexpected? How can you convince them of the power of preparation?

Liberty Mutual Insurance, in partnership with Positive Coaching Alliance, offers the following helpful tips and tactics for preparing for the unexpected. And we invite you and your young athlete to learn more at the Liberty Mutual Insurance Responsible Sports website. 

·       Envision only success.  Encourage them to visualize a stress-free, successful performance – no matter what scenario unfolds. By practicing visualization, meditation and other mental training techniques, they’ll give their minds a powerful pre-race workout.

·       All-out effort.  There are many parts of the competition they can’t control, but they can control their effort and attitude.  Remind them that win or lose, what is more important is whether they gave 100% effort!

·       Keep at it. Tell them the mind is a muscle. Like any muscle, it has to be exercised to grow strong. And like any other part of their race, the more they work their mind, the stronger it gets, making it easier for them to adjust and adapt on the fly.

·       Switch it up.  Just like your children can cross-train by playing multiple sports, they can vary and change up their practice routine. They can try practicing with different equipment, or work on using their off hand.

·       Situational learning. Encourage your kids to practice in different, even difficult, conditions and situations. Practicing in different conditions will help them adapt to a tough race day environment, challenge their normal routine, and demand focus. Activities like simulating crowd noise with a sound system will force them to focus and zone in on performing their best.

With these simple tips from Liberty Mutual Insurance, we hope that your child can always stay prepared for the unexpected.

 

At Liberty Mutual Insurance, we constantly look for ways to celebrate the countless acts of responsibility shown by people every day. We created Responsible Sports, powered by Positive Coaching Alliance, as part of this belief to help ensure that our kids experience the best that sports have to offer in environments that promote and display responsibility. We believe kids can learn valuable life lessons when coaches and parents come together to support winning on and off the field. Join the Responsible Sports movement!

©2014 Liberty Mutual Insurance Company and Positive Coaching Alliance. All rights reserved. This material may not be distributed without express written permission. Any reproduction in whole or part by and individuals or organizations will be held liable for copyright infringement to the full extent of the law.


Mon, 07 Apr 2014 15:24:55 +0000

Kotsenburg Wins Sochi 2014 Best of U.S. Award

WASHINGTON D.C. (April 3) – The United States Olympic Committee awarded U.S. Snowboarding’s Sage Kotsenburg (Park City, UT) with the honor of Best Male Olympian for his gold medal performance in slopestyle snowboarding’s Olympic debut. On Wednesday the USOC named the full list of Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games honorees for Best of U.S., a new, fan-selected awards program that recognizes outstanding performances from the Olympic and Paralympic Games. A Best of U.S. Awards Show will air April 7 on NBCSN from 7-8 p.m. ET.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The United States Olympic Committee awarded U.S. Snowboarding’s Sage Kotsenburg (Park City, UT) with the honor of Best Male Olympian for his gold medal performance in slopestyle snowboarding’s Olympic debut.
  • After landing a trick he had never before attempted, Kotsenburg earned the first gold medal of the Sochi Games in the inaugural Olympic slopestyle snowboarding event.
  • He scored a 93.50 when he landed a 1620 Japan with a grab that he invented and nicknamed the “Holy Crail.” His win marked the first time a U.S. athlete secured the first gold medal of the Games since 1952.
  • On Wednesday the USOC named the full list of Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games honorees for Best of U.S., a new, fan-selected awards program that recognizes outstanding performances from the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
  • Luge athlete Erin Hamlin (Remsen, NY) was selected as the Best Female Olympian, the U.S. ice dancing team of Meryl Davis (West Bloomfield, MI) and Charlie White (Bloomfield Hills, MI) was honored as Team of the Games, and Noelle Pikus-Pace (Orem, UT) took home the award for Moment of the Games with her medal celebration in women’s skeleton.
  • A Best of U.S. Awards Show will air April 7 on NBCSN from 7-8 p.m. ET.

BEST OF U.S. HONOREES

Best Male Olympian: Sage Kotsenburg 


Best Female Olympian: Erin Hamlin


Team of the Olympic Games: Meryl Davis and Charlie White 

Moment of the Olympic Games: Noelle Pikus-Pace's medal celebration 


Best Male Paralympian: Mark Bathum, Alpine Skiing
Bathum,

Best Female Paralympian: Stephanie Jallen, Alpine Skiing


Team of the Paralympic Games: Men’s U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team


Moment of the Paralympic Games: Stephanie Jallen winning bronze in her first Paralympic race


Fan of the Games: Horace Mann Elementary

USG Building Dreams Award: Kori Ade


 

About the Best of U.S. 
The United States Olympic Committee created the Best of U.S awards program in 2014 to recognize outstanding performances from the Olympic and Paralympic Games. All athlete award winners were selected by fan voting, while the USG Building Dreams and Fan of the Games awards were selected by a committee comprised of Olympic and Paralympic family members. For more information on the Best of U.S. Awards, visit TeamUSA.org

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Thu, 03 Apr 2014 16:09:39 +0000

Responsible Sports Download: Brush off Mistakes

At Liberty Mutual Insurance we believe that a setback presents every athlete with a chance to come back.

And not just to come back…but to come back even stronger than ever before.

Thanks to the shared insight, experience and advice from our world-class athletes and coaches, both you and your young athlete can rest assured knowing that incredible and inspiring comebacks do happen.

In fact, they happen every day. In every sport. At every level.

Often the key to a strong comeback lies in a strong mental attitude and approach. This is a skill that every athlete can learn to practice and hone, starting right now, wherever they are.

Even better, you can help them perfect this vital part of their game.

To help your kid best brush off setbacks and brush up on his or her mental game, download our “Brush Off Mistakes” handout right now.

You and your kids will both enjoy this helpful and easy-to-use handout, which was developed with the help of our partners at Positive Coaching Alliance. It doesn’t take long to learn these skills or put them into play. But the positive results can last a lifetime.

Visit ResponsibleSports.com to learn more about how you can help promote sportsmanship in youth sports.

 

At Liberty Mutual Insurance, we constantly look for ways to celebrate the countless acts of responsibility shown by people every day. We created Responsible Sports, powered by Positive Coaching Alliance, as part of this belief to help ensure that our kids experience the best that sports have to offer in environments that promote and display responsibility. We believe kids can learn valuable life lessons when coaches and parents come together to support winning on and off the field. Join the Responsible Sports movement!

©2014 Liberty Mutual Insurance Company and Positive Coaching Alliance. All rights reserved. This material may not be distributed without express written permission. Any reproduction in whole or part by and individuals or organizations will be held liable for copyright infringement to the full extent of the law.


Mon, 31 Mar 2014 19:07:25 +0000

U.S. Snowboarding First Tweets

Today, reading athlete tweets about their competitions and lives is a regular part of being a sports fan. But, it wasn’t always like that. Check out just how and when your favorite U.S. Ski Team athletes made their Twitter debuts. 

Kaitlyn Farrington

Shaun White

Sage Kotsenburg

Jamie Anderson

Nate Holland

Kelly Clark

Lindsey Jacobellis

Hannah Teter


Thu, 20 Mar 2014 21:21:31 +0000

Snowboarding Jr Worlds Team Named

PARK CITY, UT (March 19) – The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) named 26 athletes to the 2014 U.S. Snowboarding Junior World Championships team. The event kicks March 24 and features halfpipe snowboarding, slopestyle snowboarding, parallel slalom and giant slalom snowboarding and snowboardcross events, including a team snowboardcross event. Some of the athletes highlighting the roster include World Snowboard Tour overall titleist Chloe Kim (Torrance, CA), NorAM standings leaders Mike Perle (Saddle River, NJ) and Meghan Tierney (Edwards, CO) and Rev Tour podium finishers Toby Miller (Truckee, CA) and Maddie Mastro (Wrightwood, CA).

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association named 26 athletes to the 2014 U.S. Snowboarding Junior World Championships team.
  • FIS Snowboarding Junior World Championships begin March 24 and feature halfpipe, slopestyle and snowboardcross events, including a team snowboardcross event.
  • Some of the athletes highlighting the roster include World Snowboard Tour overall titleist Chloe Kim (Torrance, CA), NorAM standings leaders Mike Perle (Saddle River, NJ) and Meghan Tierney (Edwards, CO) and Rev Tour podium finishers Toby Miller (Truckee, CA) and Maddie Mastro (Wrightwood, CA).

SCHEDULE
March 24

Women’s Parallel GS Snowboarding
Men’s Parallel GS Snowboarding

March 25
Women’s Parallel Slalom Snowboarding
Men’s Parallel Slalom Snowboarding

March 26
Women’s Halfpipe Snowboarding
Men’s Halfpipe Snowboarding

March 30
Women’s Slopestyle Snowboarding
Men’s Slopestyle Snowboarding

April 2
Women’s Snowboardcross
Men’s Snowboardcross

April 3
Women’s Team Snowboardcross
Men’s Team Snowboardcross

ATHLETES
Snowboardcross
Men

Josh Cohen, Bondville, VT (International Snowboard Training Center)
Devryn Valley, West Gardiner, ME
Senna Leith, Greenwood Village, CO (International Snowboard Training Center)
Caleb McFall, Park City, UT (Team Utah Snowboarding)
Mike Perle, Saddle River, NJ (International Snowboard Training Center)
Jack Taylor, Wayzata, MN (Team Utah Snowboarding)
Rollie Zagnoli, Kingfield, ME (Carrabassett Valley Academy)

Women
Coleen Healy, Holderness, NH
Karen Kobayashi, Rye, NY (Stratton Mountain School)
Rosie Mancari, Anchorage (Team Utah Snowboarding)
Meghan Tierney, Edwards, CO (International Snowboard Training Center)
Danielle Steinhonff, Colfax, CA

PGS/PSL
Men

AJ Muss, Rumson, NJ (Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club)
Ryan Rosencranz, Weston, MA (Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club)
Jack Taylor, Wayzata, MN
Ezio Argento, York, PA

Women
Maggie Carrigan, Oak Creek, CO (Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club)

Halfpipe Snowboarding
Men

Quinton Jones, Frisco, CO (International Snowboard Training Center)
Toby Miller, Truckee, CA (Northstar California)
Jake Pates, Eagle, CO (Ski and Snowboard Club Vail)
Ryan Wachendorfer, Edwards, CO (Ski and Snowboard Club Vail)

Women
Kelly Berger, Mammoth Lakes, CA
Zoe Kalapos, Avon, CO (Ski and Snowboard Club Vail)
Chloe Kim, Torrance, CA (Mammoth Mountain Ski and Snowboard Club)
Maddie Mastro, Wrightwood, CA (U.S. Snowboarding Rookie Team)
Noelle Edwards, Stamford, CT (Kirks Camp)

Slopestyle Snowboarding
Men

Jack Herald, Canton, MA (Park City Snowboard Team)
Quinton Jones, Frisco, CO (International Snowboard Training Center)
Bo Warren, Ipswich, MA (Gould/Sunday River)

Women
Hailey Langland, San Clemente, CA (Tahoe Select Snowboard Team)
Hailee Matingley, Sandy, UT (Park City Snowboard Team)
Haile Soderholm, Savage, MN


Wed, 19 Mar 2014 16:17:53 +0000

Jacobellis Leads in Season SBX Finale

LA MOLINA, Spain (March 15) - Lindsey Jacobellis (Stratton Mountain, VT) sped into second and led the USA in the season finale snowboardcross event in La Molina on Saturday. Canada's Dominique Maltais took the win after securing the World Cup title last week in Veysonnaz, Switzerland. Mick Dierdorff (Steamboat Springs, CO) was the top U.S. man in fifth behind winner Paul Berg of Germany.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Olympian Lindsey Jacobellis (Stratton Mountain, VT) sped into second to lead the USA in the season finale snowboardcross in La Molina on Saturday.
  • Canada's Dominique Maltais earned the victory after securing her fifth career World Cup title last week in Veysonnaz, Switzerland. Raffaella Brutto of Italy finished third.
  • Jacobellis led much of the final, but Maltais was able to edge around her for the win.
  • Jacobellis took second in the final World Cup standings, an impressive comeback after nearly two years away from competition. Alexandra Jekova of Bulgaria finished the season ranked third.
  • Mick Dierdorff (Steamboat Springs, CO) rode into the top spot for U.S. men in fifth, while Nick Baumgartner (Iron River, MI) finished 13th, Hagen Kearney (Telluride, CO) 15th and Jonathan Cheever (Saugus, MA) 26th.
  • Paul Berg of Germany claimed the final victory of the season for the men with Nikolay Olyunin of Russia second and Regino Hernandez of Spain third.
  • Saturday’s event wraps up the World Cup Finals for snowboardcross.

RESULTS
Men's Results 
Women's Results

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Sat, 15 Mar 2014 14:01:46 +0000

Jacobellis Leads USA in Swiss SBX

VEYSONNAZ, Switzerland (March 11) - Lindsey Jacobellis (Stratton Mountain, VT) led U.S. Snowboarding riders Tuesday, finishing sixth in a FIS World Cup snowboardcross event in Veysonnaz.

 

RESULTS
Men's Results
Women's Results
 


Wed, 12 Mar 2014 10:38:55 +0000

The 2014 Pop-Tarts U.S. Revolution Tour Wraps Up in Sun Valley

SUN VALLEY, ID (March 11) – The Pop-Tarts U.S. Revolution Tour ended with a bang this week as snowboarding concluded its final events of the season at Sun Valley Resort. Maddie Mastro (Wrightwood, CA) and Alex Kondo (Malone, WI) won the women’s and men’s halfpipe events Thursday, with Mastro also locking up the women’s overall halfpipe title. Jake Pates (Eagle, CO) became the men’s halfpipe champion after strong performances early on in the Tour. Friday was all about slopestyle as Haillie Soderholm (Savage, MN) and Jack Herald (Park City, UT) won the women’s and men’s competitions. Herald also landed the overall slopestyle title, while Hailey Langland (San Clemente, CA) earned the women’s crown. This week concludes Rev Tour action for 2014.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Maddie Mastro (Wrightwood, CA) won the women’s halfpipe competition with an 81.50. Following Mastro were Hailey Langland (San Clemente, CA) in second, and Kirby Kelly (Alqonquin, IL) in third.
  • Mastro’s winning run: Method, frontside tail, backside mute, double tail, stalefish and a 720 crippler.
  • With the win, Mastro secured the Rev Tour women’s overall halfpipe crown.
  • Alex Kondo (Malone, WI) took the men’s halfpipe win with a 91.00, while Toby Miller (Truckee, CA) and Quinton Jones (Frisco, CO) rounded out the podium.
  • Kondo’s winning run: frontside 1080 tail, cab 720, 540 crippler, method, frontside 900 and a backside 540.
  • Jake Pates (Eagle, CO) became the men’s overall halfpipe champion after strong performances early on in the Tour.
  • Haillie Soderholm (Savage, MN) earned the women’s slopestyle win with an 83.75, as Hailee Mattingley (Sandy, UT) took second, and Danika Duffy (Manhattan Beach, CA) third.
  • Soderholm’s winning run: 270 boardslide, cab 540, front 360, 50/50 and a front 180.
  • Hailey Langland (San Clemente, CA) came away with the Rev Tour women’s overall slopestyle title.
  • Jack Herald (Park City, UT) won the men’s slopestyle competition with an 80.75, followed by Australian Declan Vogel-Paul and Jacob Aaronson (Needham, NH).
  • Herald’s winning run: switch 270 boardslide, cab 900, double cork 1080 and a frontside 270 lipslide.
  • With the win, Herald also claimed the Rev Tour men’s overall slopestyle title.
  • The slopestyle events concluded Rev Tour action for 2014. Special thanks go out to Pop-Tarts and host resorts Seven Springs Resort, Mammoth Mountain and Sun Valley Resort.

QUOTES
Maddie Mastro
I had a blast riding with all my friends today, and was happy to put down a run. It was a little rainy, but really fun otherwise, the pipe ran really nice.

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Wed, 12 Mar 2014 01:54:59 +0000