Coaches Forum
April 27, 2016 / Janice Chan

As we like to say at the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, we harness sports as a vehicle to capture kids’ attention and provide a concrete way to teach them life’s lessons.  Right now, you can’t turn on a television or open up a social media site without being bombarded by news, opinions, and speculation about the men and women currently seeking public office.  Why not harness that?

As partners in youth...

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April 14, 2016 / Kaitlin Rowan

They are devoted to your mission.

They are understanding, kind, and compassionate.

They help improve the lives of others.

They are driven and inspired to serve.

They are volunteers.

National Volunteer Week is April 10-16, 2016.  This week,...

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March 24, 2016 / Tim Bancells

The game “Cross the River” is the ultimate team work game and a great game that can be played indoors. This game takes every individual working confidently and efficiently by using great communication to succeed. For every teammate to “cross the river” the team must be patient and work together. This game will help develop communication skills, critical thinking and most of all, teamwork. This is a great game to play inside when it’s a rainy day and you are unable to be outside. 


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March 17, 2016 / Janice Chan

Okay, now that you’ve recruited your volunteers, they’ve gone through all the screening, and you’ve scheduled them in… 

Be clear on guidelines or protocol.  Are there certain values or rules that guide interaction with youth in your program?  This might be an organizational policy like not allowing one adult and one child to be alone together.  Or it might be something like...

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March 09, 2016 / Janice Chan

When you are recruiting long-term volunteers, it’s not unlike having part-time staff.  You’re looking for someone to show up regularly at pre-scheduled times, for a certain duration, and to serve in a particular role on the team.  Even in a group mentoring program where you have multiple mentors, consistency is key!  Kids and mentors need to be able to build relationships over time.  Success is not recruiting 10 new volunteers—it’s getting those volunteers to stick around. 

Be clear about what you will be asking of volunteers/...

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March 02, 2016 / Kaitlin Rowan

There are three essential components to the Badges for Baseball program: consistent law enforcement and adult mentorship, the Badges for Baseball curriculum, and a team sport.  The program was created to reach youth by using baseball and softball as the hook.  What makes the Badges for Baseball curriculum so unique is that it can be used with any team sport.  Baseball, softball, basketball, soccer, and any you can think of.  The lessons are applicable to any sport!

Just as ...

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February 26, 2016 / Kaitlin Rowan

Let’s Talk About Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Most commonly known as a concussion, TBI is an injury to the brain caused by a blow to the head or body.  The blow can either be through contact with another player, hard surface, or ground, or by being hit by a piece of equipment such as a ball, stick, or helmet.   No matter the severity of the blow, a concussion can occur without loss of consciousness and is always serious.


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February 17, 2016 / Tim Bancells

“To feel good from your head to your feet, keep a healthy heart beat!” - Unknown

The easiest and most convenient way to having a healthy heart is to educate yourself! If you know the right way to take care of both your body and your heart, then you will have a better chance of having a healthy lifestyle.  Keep it simple with these 7 keys to maintaining a healthy heart from the American Heart Association.

While educating...

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February 10, 2016 / Tim Bancells, Janice Chan, Darius Gardner, Kaitlin Rowan

Whose stories are not being told, are not known, but should be? 

And more importantly—to whom are we not speaking? 

No individual’s story ever tells the whole story.  History is sorely lacking when we only hear from a few, or when others are completely ignored.  Beyond that, we miss out on the chance to reach many people when we don’t share stories they can connect with.  In that spirit, we’ve rounded up some resources and some lesser known stories to help you celebrate Black History Month.  (As these resources are for...

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February 05, 2016 / Janice Chan

Last weekend I attended a screening and panel discussion of In Football We Trust, a documentary that follows four Polynesian American high school football players in Utah.  They come from communities that are strife with poverty and gangs, where nothing matters more than family, and where football is seen as the way up.  It’s a really interesting documentary and brought up lots of food for thought about the opportunities to do...

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