I hope all of you are doing well and are looking forward to a great and prosperous December! This time of year brings about a lot of transition! Fall sports seasons are winding down, spring sports are getting cranked up and you will be writing and sending workouts for the upcoming break, and planning for the next cycle in your team workouts.
We are also very busy in transition in the CSCCa office. As you should have learned by now, we are moving the CSCCa office from its long-time location in Provo, Utah to Austin, Texas. We have shifted our office hours from 9 am to 4 pm Mountain time to 9 am to 4 pm Central time. Our offices will be closed December 17, 2021 in order to complete the final touches of the transition and will be back online December 20, 2021. We will have our Grand Opening in Austin on January 3, 2022. We have done our very best to provide seamless service to all our members, sponsors and exhibitors during this time of transition. What an exciting time!
Access to the 2021 CSCCa Virtual National Conference will remain available until December 31, 2021. This also will represent the end of the 2021 CEU Cycle. As a reminder, July 31, 2022 is the end of not only the 2022 CEU Cycle, but also the end of this 3-year CEU Cycle. In order to maintain your SCCC certification, you must have at least 45 total CEUs by July 31, 2022, as well as proof of CPR/First Aid/AED certification. It must be valid on July 31,2022. As a reminder, the easiest way to earn all 15 CEUs for the 2022 CEU year is to attend the CSCCa National Conference in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, from May 2 to May 4, 2022. We have an amazing location picked out in a city the CSCCa has never visited before. We have a great speaker line up, as well as other activities geared toward member enhancement. It is an event you most definitely want to attend. Begin making your plans now!
As we continue the CSCCa transition of leadership from Chuck and Becky Stiggins to the Executive Team, we want to reflect on the spirit of the CSCCa that has been a constant for over 20 years. There are many areas of that spirit that have permeated our conference since the very first one. One of those areas is the giving spirit between coaches. For two decades I have had the privilege of seeing and hearing very passionate conversations between coaches and staffs. The passion from those conversations is so thick you can almost pluck it out of the air. Our coaches want to help each other. We all want to share ideas. We all want to help each other “add tools to the tool box.” This passion for sharing, has allowed a new generation of strength coaches to carve our their own place in our association. This generation has a strong thirst for knowledge, as well as a genuine deep rooted interest in finding our answers for the new innovative world of strength and conditioning. This generation of which I speak has not seen the changes that have occurred in the last two decades. Many that I have spoken with are thirsty for a conversation with the older generation of strength coaches. They want to learn from the legends, the masters, the coaches that have been doing this for a while. We are working on setting the stage at our national conference to help initiate these conversations not only at the conference, but all year long.
As we look toward the new year, there are many things to keep in mind. We should all be cognizant of the work we are sending home to our student athletes. We need to make sure the workouts are written with sound scientific data, proper work:rest ratios, safe percentages, and written to fit the facilities your athletes have at their disposal while training at home. The safety of our student athletes is of the utmost importance. You should also be planning how you will handle them in transition when they return. The sports that compete during the break will not have a long break; their transition periods will be more manageable. The student athletes that have an extended break will need your professional attention upon return. Please refer to the CSCCa website for training guidelines in a transition period.
As we look forward to 2022, we should all give strong consideration to not only what we as a profession can do better, but also what you as an individual can do to improve our profession. For the last ten months, I have spoken with hundreds of strength and conditioning coaches. Each and every one of these coaches had a true passion to make our profession and our association better. The question is, “How can we make it better?” The answer is simple. We all need to conduct ourselves with the highest possible level of professionalism. We should all conduct our business in our department in a way that commands a high level of respect. We need to promote ourselves as the utmost professional resource for strength and conditioning on campus. Now, that does not mean we have to be a walking informercial and a vocal self-promoter. It means that when you as a strength coach are talking to your coaches, athletic trainers and administrators, you need to be able to present to them the respect and robustness that your SCCC or MSCC credential carries. They need to understand how it stands above any other credential in the country for strength and conditioning coaches. The simplest way to do that is to simply walk them through the steps you had to take to earn that credential. The three-step approach (mentorship, written exam and practical exam) is the most robust of its kind, and should be shared with those around you, and allowed to stand on its own merit.
Also, in the spirit of giving, and of service, we want to hear from you, our CSCCa membership. What can we as a national office do better to make your CSCCa experience a better one? We have been brainstorming many ideas that we feel will enhance our membership experience, but we want to hear form you. We can we do better? What can we do throughout the year to make your membership experience better? What can we do at our conference to make your conference experience better? What about our website? What can we do to make our website more user friendly or more attractive for you as a member? We want to hear your opinions. We want to make sure you have the greatest CSCCa experience we as an Executive Team can provide, but if we don’t know what your concerns are, we can’t address them. Please email us your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In closing, I want to thank each and every one of our members or making the CSCCa the premier association for the collegiate strength and conditioning coach. The history of this association is a rich one, and we are looking forward to enhancing the association in many ways. We are looking forward to seeing a record crowd at our National Conference in Oklahoma City. This will be our first ever visit to OKC, and we can assure you , you will be very impressed with the host hotel, the convention center, and the offerings of the city itself. Keep an eye on our social media after the beginning of the year for sneak peeks at the conference speakers, hotel and convention center accommodations, and other happenings you will experience at the 2022 CSCCa National Conference.
From the CSCCa Executive team and the rest of the CSCCA Office Team, we want to wish you all a safe and joyous holiday season.
Chief Executive Officer
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