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2017 Summer Clinic
Time to Pack for Casper
WCA Release
No more time to stall. If you aren't already registered and scheduled for the busy week coming up in Casper you had better get with it.

The 2017 WCA Summer Clinic actually gets underway this weekend with the Care and Prevention Clinics that run Saturday through Monday. Coaching Clinics begin on July 18 and will run through the All-Star Saturday celebrations on July 22. Athletic Directors will also have special meetings and some Leadership Training course offerings during the week (see page seven for more details on these).

All of these activities will be centered around the Ramkota Hotel in Casper. Make sure you ask for the special Wyoming Coaches Association rate for $79.99 per night.

You can download the entire schedule here.

Registration is still available online.

Key WCA Summer Clinic Dates to Note:

July 15-16-17
Care and Prevention

July 18
Foundations of Coaching

July 19
WHSAA Sports Medicine/Coaches' CPR/Strength & Conditioning

July 20-21
Theory of Coaching sessions (Coaching Clinic)

July 22
All-Star Saturday

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2017 Summer Clinic
Awards Nominations Being Sought
WIAAA Release
Each year the Wyoming Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association is proud to present recognition for outstanding service to the student-athletes of Wyoming by our athletic directors.

This year WIAAA is proud to announced the following winners and/or national award nominees:

NIAAA Distinguished Service Award nominee
Rex Hohnholt

WIAAA Nancy Nakahara (DSA) Award winner
Dan Mitchelson

NIAAA State Award of Merit winner
Susan Rodabaugh

NIAAA Frank Kovaleski Professional Development Award nominee
Mike Lashley

Nominations for the 2016-17 WIAAA High School AD of the Year, Junior High AD of the Year, and Distinguished Service Award (Non-Member) will be received at the first WHSAA District meeting in September and voted on at the second WHSAA District meeting in October. Start preparing your nominations now.

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2017 Summer Clinic
LTI Courses Still Available in Casper
Dan Mitchelson

I would like to once again invite everyone to join the WIAAA in Casper July 19 through the 21 for professional development opportunities. I had to send the preliminary roster to the NIAAA and order textbooks by June 16 but we may still be able to get you into the classes. It is important to note that any or all of these classes are open to anyone and not limited to athletic administrators.

If this information is new to you, the LTC program was developed by the NIAAA for the purpose of offering professional development opportunities for activity administrators. In addition, courses become the background for national certification by the NIAAA. The NIAAA is the professional organization for athletic administrators originally established by the NFHS.

We have two nationally recognized instructors, Cass Herbst and Sandra Mader for the 715 and 625 classes.

The LTC 715 class is brand new, and addresses the most unfortunate issue of recognizing and dealing with inappropriate interactions between all personnel. However, the main focus is protecting your students from potential predators who you might employ and supervise. It is my humble opinion that this course should be mandatory for all coaches and administrators.

LTC 625 is the course for your stadium announcer, which in many cases might be you. The 625 class establishes the approved protocol for all NFHS contests and includes very inclusive scripts for all events. Let me emphasize that this class is definitely open to anyone who might find themselves behind a microphone at your facilities.

Wednesday's class, LTC 618, will assist in understanding proper care and storage of athletic equipment.

These courses begin on July 19 with LTC 618, July 20 is LTC 715 and July 21 we will offer LTC 625. Cost for each course is $90.

Please see this attachment for more details on the Leadership Courses available.

WIAAA courses are provided in conjunction with WCA Summer Clinic at the Ramkota Hotel and Convention Center. Payment, vouchers and purchase orders will be taken at the clinic.

See you in Casper in next week.

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Coaching Leaders
How Body Language Affects Athletic Performance
Craig Hillier
first of two part series
“Our minds change our bodies, and our bodies change our minds.” - Amy Cuddy

It’s third and goal, with 2:47 remaining in the game. A touchdown will put the hometown team up by three. At the snap, the quarterback fumbles, and the other team recovers the ball. Immediately, the QB’s hands clutch his helmet, his shoulders droop, his head drops toward his chest. Slowly, he walks to the sideline, shaking his head in shame and frustration. He retreats to an isolated area, takes a knee, and stares at the ground. He wishes he could somehow disappear.

On the next possession, the opposing team fumbles on the 20-yard line with 37 seconds left. The quarterback, stuck in depression, misses seeing the turnover and is unaware the coaches are yelling for the offense to take the field. There is still a chance for victory.

The coaches finally break through his negative state of mind and get him back on the field with a special play for this situation. The QB throws an interception. Game over.

It’s the seventh inning. The pitcher feels the tension after delivering the pitch that she thought was a strike. Instead, it was called ball four, which loads the bases with only one out. In her younger days, the senior pitcher would have glared at the ump, shook her head in frustration, and kicked the infield sand while storming back to the mound.

Instead, she recalled a recent disagreement with her mother, who said, “You pitch better when you smile.” The young woman replied sharply. “Mom, you don’t get it! I’ll smile when I start pitching better!” Her mom just smiled and let her message hang in the air.

Now in a difficult spot, the pitcher looks to the stands and sees her mom wearing a big, silly smile nodding with encouragement. The pitcher takes a deep breath and soaks in the moment. She forces a smile, which quickly becomes genuine With that, she finds herself relaxed and surging with confidence. After all, she is the #1 pitcher on the team and has only one loss the entire season. She thinks, “This is the moment I’ve been waiting for all season! I’ve got this.” Her shift in posture and mindset becomes evident to her teammates, who match her body language. The opposing team seems more anxious. Even the umpire’s tone changes as he yells, “Batter up!”

The pitcher reared back for two quick strikes. The third pitch is hit to the shortstop, which the team converts into a successful double play. Game over!

These true stories illustrate how body language affects athletic performance. Too often, athletes are unaware of how their body language sends messages to their minds, the coaches, officials, the opposing team, and even the crowd assembled to watch the competition. Usually, team members gauge and duplicate a team leader’s or captain’s approach. So, it’s especially important for team leaders and captains to understand the power of body language.

Communication—delivering a message—is composed of three parts: words, tone of voice, and body position/posture. Various research studies have shown that body language accounts for as much as 55% of communication, whereas tone of voice makes up 38% of the message, with words representing a mere 7% of the meaning. This certainly reflects the adage, “It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it.”

This first article in this two-part series shares insights into three aspects of body language:

1. Top five examples of negative body language

2. Causes of negative body language

3. Effects of negative body language

In part 2, I’ll go through a fourth aspect of body language: The Seven S’s of Positive Body Language.

Top Five Examples

Five physical cues signal negative body language. Think of the word SLUMP. It almost sounds like what it means. In this case, it represents the top five examples of negative body language:

  • Sunken shoulders

  • Low energy

  • Unapproachable eye contact

  • Magnified anger

  • Pessimistic facial expression

  • Showing any one of the examples consistently can send even great athletes into a SLUMP. And, it gets really ugly when all five appear on a single person simultaneously!

    Causes of Negative Body Language

    What causes an athlete to go into a SLUMP? Several factors contribute to the body language SLUMP.

    1. A loss or poor performance — Everyone wants to play a perfect game and perform at the highest level. When that doesn’t happen, it’s easy to SLUMP.

    2. Lack of confidence — Being placed in an uncomfortable or new position on a team creates tension. Tension can short circuit the brain and send confusing messages to the body that lead to negative body language.

    3. Culture of criticism — Athletes who fear making mistakes because they know others will be critical play tentatively. A tentative approach normally leads to terrible performance. To protect their self-esteem, athletes commonly assume the SLUMP posture. Often, athletes adopt negative body language to show others they feel badly or are frustrated with their poor performance. The unconscious goal is that others will understand that the athlete has recognized the situation, and they are not happy about their poor performance. Sometimes, the protective armor of poor body language prevents others from kicking someone who is already down.

    When a team leader or captain sets a tone of negative body language, it’s very common for teammates to get anxious and mimic the team leader’s response. Hey, after all, if the go-to leader is upset, maybe the rest of the team should be upset too.

    Effects of Body Language

    Coaches, officials, your teammates, and parents will notice the effects of your body language, especially if you are fully in a SLUMP. During a press conference following a 2017 final-four game, Geno Auriemma, UConn woman’s basketball coach, spoke on the impact of negative body language. He said, “If I see one of my players demonstrating poor body language because of playing time or personal stats, they will take a spot on the bench.” He goes on to say that when he’s watching game film, he evaluates play on the court and how the players on the bench are conducting themselves. “If a player has negative body language on the bench, they will never, ever get in again.” To listen to the full interview, click here.

    If you have ever competed against a team in which players are slumping, it can create a blood-in-the-water scenario. When a shark smells blood, it attacks. When a team sees an opponent slumping, they may be thinking, “We have them where we want them! Now, let’s apply more pressure and watch them fold.” Athletes who show signs of negative body language are signaling the opponent that “The frustration is too much! Let’s just give up!”

    Have you ever seen an opposing player SLUMP, and the high school audience starts to taunt him/her? Sometimes, the farther into a SLUMP the player falls, the more vicious the audience becomes. People may not even look at the scoreboard; they get a bigger kick out of seeing how far they can push the slumping behavior. Of course, this response is very unsportsmanlike and not condoned. So, it’s wise to avoid fueling the audience by going into SLUMP mode.

    I often ask officials about the role body language plays in sports. Several have told me they are aware of body language beginning with the pre-game captains’ meeting, the contest itself, and the post-game response after a win or loss. One referee said, “Body language tells me a lot about an athlete’s character. If he/she whines about every call and is constantly complaining, it says a lot about that person.” A second official said, “Body language creates a mini job resume with officials.” Finally, a third official made a statement that astounded me. He said, “If there is a big gap in the score, my experience has been the only team that has a chance to come back and win is the team with positive body language.” He went on to say, “I’ve never seen a team with negative body language overcome a big deficit to win the game.”

    Clearly, body language can work for you or against you. So, what are the keys to creating positive body language?

    Find out in part two of this two-part series in the next newsletter!

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    To prepare your team leaders and captains for a season of significance check out Craig’s new book, High School Sports Leader — Coaching Team Leaders and Captain’s to a Season of Significance, please go to

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    Craig Hillier has been speaking to students about leadership since 1990. Craig has spoken to more than two million students in 35 states. In addition to his new book, he has written, "How to Step UP as a Leader" and "Playing Beyond the Scoreboard," a team captain’s guide to a season of significance.

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