FTDO Scott Bennett

Summer Training, CEUs And CSCCa Progress

Hello everyone, and welcome to June! I first want to thank all who attended the 2022 CSCCa National Conference. What a great turnout, and wonderful success. We were excited to hold our first full in person conference since 2019. We were only 200 attendees away from the largest crowd we have ever hosted.  To those of you that came, we thank you.

We had many great events and speakers at this year’s conference, many great happenings in our exhibit hall, as well as great sponsor hospitality around the city. Everyone involved made our conference a grand event. Some of the great events included a fantastic female strength coaches’ breakfast, as well as the inaugural minorities strength coaches’ breakfast. Both events were overflowing with attendees and created fantastic conversations and engagements. What an amazing way to start the day!

We also kicked off a video series, in partnership with Gatorade, to showcase some of our MSCCs. We have many talented and experienced coaches in our membership. We want to showcase these coaches and further impact other coaches by getting to know our MSCCs. As this video series begins to grow, it is our vision to showcase other valuable members and programs that are making an impact on student-athletes, athletic departments, as well as our profession.

In addition to highlighting our Master Coaches in this video series, we kicked off our “Conversations With The Masters” series in our exhibit hall. As this series begins to gain traction, please send recommendations of master coaches you’d like to see as well as topics you would like to hear in these sessions to the CSCCA National Office.

As a reminder, this 3-year CEU Cycle comes to an end July 31, 2022. Please check your account on our website to make sure you have all your CEU requirements up to date in order to maintain your SCCC Certification. It is also important that your First Aid/CPR/AED Certification verification be on record in the National Office by July 31, 2022. Make plans for your recertification early enough to have your verification in the office by this date.

As we turn our attention toward summer training and student-athletes are returning to campus, it is important for us to realize this is considered one of the most important TRANSITION PERIODS of the year. We need to be aware of the time off that student athletes have incurred since their last workout.

  • How long have they been away?
  • What did they do while they were away?
  • Did they follow the workout you provided them to follow during their time away?
  • Did they do anything at all?

The answers to these questions are imperative in deciding the next step in their training. In my opinion, we must assume that they have done minimal work, and therefore, as a coach, you should be prepared for a low level of fitness as thy return to campus. This period of time is also when we must be very aware of the potential of cardiorespiratory failure, exertional heat illness and heat stroke, exertional rhabdomyolysis, and sickle cell events. We must follow all health and safety guidelines during this transition period in order to protect our student-athletes.

As a strength coach, you are the caretaker of the athletes you train. They are in your hands. Coaches and parents are trusting you to take good care of these athletes during this critical training period.

We will ask you to refer to the CSCCa and NSCA Joint Consensus Guidelines for Transition Periods: Safe Return to Training Following Inactivity and review the information provided in this document. It is recommended that you closely follow The 50/30/20/10 Rule as well as the F.I.T. Rule when implementing return to training workouts.  This document can be found online at CSCCa and NSCA Joint Consensus Guidelines for Transition Per… : Strength & Conditioning Journal (lww.com). You can also find this information on our website at Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (cscca.org).

Please follow these guidelines as well as the appropriate work:rest ratio during this transition period. If you have any questions, please contact the CSCCa National Office. In addition to these educational resources, please review your Emergency Action Plans with your staff as well as Sports Medicine Personnel to ensure a safe training environment.

As we return to training this summer, keep in mind that training is a long process. There is no such thing as a fast track to fitness and strength. It takes time. You are the trained professional in charge of the workout plan. Start light, progress slowly, and always give the student-athlete a chance to do better the next day. Take every precaution with your staff and your coaches to create the safest training environment possible. Coach the student-athletes the way you would want your own children to be coached, and coach them as if their families are present at each workout.

We hope you all have a great and productive summer. If you need any assistance with anything, please feel free to reach out to the CSCCa National Office.