Once in a while, coaches need some coaching.
They can find it at Sanford POWER, one of the nation’s most respected sports performance training programs. Coming in April, Sanford POWER hosts the annual Strength and Conditioning Clinics for coaches in Fargo, North Dakota, and Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
For the past 18 years, POWER has brought the country’s top experts in the profession to provide insight into:
- training methods
- coaching philosophy
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“The POWER program strives to be the regional leader for performance training, programming and education for parents, athletes and coaches,” director of POWER Sports Performance Scott Hettenbach said. “The POWER Strength and Conditioning Clinics offer an opportunity for area coaches at all levels to come together and learn from respected experts in the field.”
One reason the long-running clinics have continued to succeed: feedback from the attendees.
“The response over the years from our attendees has been outstanding,” Hettenbach said. “They enjoy the opportunity to not only listen to presentations, but to also participate with our ‘hands-on’ workshops. The clinics are also just small enough that attendees can approach our presenters to talk with them individually.”
Two coaching clinics, two locations
A major benefit the clinics have is the ability to be in two locations. The Fargo Strength and Conditioning Clinic is entering its eighth year. Organizers coordinate with Sioux Falls POWER to share the same themes.
“We work together to make sure our speaker lineups don’t overlap,” Fargo Strength and Conditioning Program manager Randy Martin said. “We share ideas and integrate our resources whenever possible to offer two unique clinics that are still original.”
Having different speakers at the clinics encourages coaches in the area to attend both clinics. Also, the clinics don’t limit themselves to a specific focus each year. Instead, they offer a diverse group of experts who present on various topics that are pertinent to the profession.
“I really enjoyed my experience speaking at the clinic,” said Daniel Lorenz, director of sports medicine at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. “I think I was most impressed because the clinic covers an athlete from A to Z in regards to athletic development. All the feedback I’ve received has been very positive. Everyone liked how there were people from all over the U.S. that brought different perspectives and basic concepts that could be applied to virtually any low-budget environment.”
This year’s coaching clinics
Over the years, Fargo has already had about 50 different speakers. This year, the speakers will feature experts in mental performance, strength and conditioning, physical therapy and athletic performance. In addition, attendees can hear from their own local Sanford experts. Every year, the clinics have close to 200 attendees each.
For Sioux Falls, the speakers will be esteemed experts in sports performance, long-term athlete development, sports science and nutrition. In its history, the Sioux Falls clinic has had more than 100 speakers.
Sanford POWER is in its 20th year of developing athletes of all ages and abilities. It offers year-round training and programs at locations in Fargo and Sioux Falls, plus Bismarck, North Dakota; Aberdeen, South Dakota; and Bemidji, Minnesota.
Fargo will hold its clinic April 12-13. Sioux Falls will hold its clinic April 26-27. To learn more and register, visit Sanford POWER.
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