Green & Gold Sport System

Green & Gold Sport Camp Coach Profiles

Every summer, the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation indoor and outdoor facilities are filled with the laughter and joy of youth participating in Green & Gold Summer Camps. The Summer Camps, which are hosted by the Green & Gold Sport System, provide youth with a fun-filled and memorable experience in balanced sport camps that offer a blend of sport-specific and general athletic development.

A unique component to the Green & Gold Summer Camps is that they’re largely coached by students and student-athletes. Offering a wonderful employment opportunity for students, many Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation (KSR) students are able to apply their experiences from the classroom and the playing surfaces to their roles as Summer Camp Coaches. We caught up with three KSR students to learn more about their experiences!


Tristan Steinke Green & Gold Sport Camp Coach Profile

Tristan Steinke
Degree Program: Bachelor of Kinesiology/Bachelor of Education Combined degree (current); Golden Bear student-athlete

How long have you been a Green & Gold Sport Camp Coach?
This is my fourth year as Green & Gold Sport Camp Coach

What Green & Gold Sport Camps have you coached?
I've coached curling at all age levels and multi sport camps for both the Fundamental (6-8) and Learn to Train (9-11) ages. I've also had the opportunity to run AIM (general sport/movement skill) sessions for soccer, hockey, basketball and tennis camps at a variety of ages.

What does your role as a Sport Camp Coach entail?
As a sport camp coach, I primarily plan and facilitate both sport-specific and general fundamental movement sessions to athletes of a variety of ages and skill levels. The key is to treat every participant like an athlete and make it your goal to help them develop their athleticism in a fun, safe and supportive environment.

What skills and/or perspectives have you gained over the years of your involvement with the Green & Gold Sport Systems, both as a Sport Camp and AIM Program coach?
I have certainly improved my communication skills immensely after being challenged to explain skills, games and drills to a very wide variety of athletes. I also truly feel that I have gained a greater understanding of many fundamental sport skills due to having been challenged to explain them simply over and over again. I think that the greatest perspective I have gained from my time with the camps is the understanding that you just have to meet every athlete where they’re at. Every athlete is on their own journey and it’s your job to simply play a positive and productive role for the time you have with them.

What can you/do you apply from your studies as a KSR student to your role as Lead Curling Coach?
The camps create an opportunity for theory to meet practice as far as what I have learned in my degree. I particularly have leaned on skill acquisition, biomechanics, and conceptual understandings of physical activity in my time as Lead Curling Coach. Each of these disciplines offer a lens for me see where an athlete could improve their technique.

What is the best part of being a coach with the Green & Gold Summer Camps?
I honestly feel that the camps may offer a confident student/athlete a healthy dose of humility. I think it can be easy for a student/athlete in a prestigious school like the University of Alberta to feel they have an exceptional grasp of their sport and physical skill knowledge. They indeed may have, but having the knowledge and being able to share it effectively with an overly energetic 8- year-old kid is another thing entirely. If you take a growth mindset towards being a coach, just as you would as an athlete and a student, it can be an extremely rewarding experience.


Jenae Eisler Green & Gold Sport Camp Coach Profile

Jenae Eisler
Degree Program: Bachelor of Kinesiology (current); Pandas student-athlete

How long have you been a Green & Gold Sport Camp Coach?
This is my first year as a Green and Gold Camp Coach.

Which Green & Gold Sport Camps do you coach?
I am coaching the Volleyball Green and Gold Camps.

What does your role as a Sport Camp Coach entail?
My role as a Coach consists of teaching the fundamentals of volleyball and to encourage the development of young athletes.

As a Pandas student-athlete, what skills from the court to bring to all the camps you coach?
Skills that I bring from the court to camps include leadership and the ability to work as a team with my coworkers, along with my commitment to develop these young athletes into better volleyball players.

What can you/do you apply from your studies as a KSR student to your role a Green & Gold Sport Camp Coach?
As a KSR student I can apply concepts of the proper way to fuel and hydrate before exercise as well as my knowledge of human anatomy to target the right muscles that need to be stretched as a volleyball athlete.

What is the best part of being a coach with the Green & Gold Summer Camps?
Definitely the best part is being able to teach young athletes the sport I love and watch them progress throughout the week.


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Dallas Ansell
Degree Program(s): Master of Coaching (current), Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (’17)

How long have you been a Green & Gold Sport Camp Coach?
This is my first year as a Green & Gold Coach!

What Green & Gold Sport Camps do you coach?
Hockey

What does being the Lead Hockey Coach entail?
The work for me started long before anyone stepped onto the ice. I did my best to make sure that I was working alongside the best possible coaches. Then I got to work planning the on-ice and off-ice sessions for each of the age groups and levels that we offer. With a solid coaching staff and plan to work through this summer, we have been able to offer camps that allow our campers to learn, grow, and develop—both as players and as people.

What can you/do you apply from your studies as a KSR student to your role as Lead Hockey Coach?
I was fortunate to have taken a coaching course during my undergraduate studies, as well as a course that focused on planning movement activities for children. Both of these courses helped me to be considerate of the differences between these young athletes and to ensure that every athlete is given the opportunity to experience both fun and success. I also took several courses that involved adapting activities to maximize the level of inclusion that is offered to athletes. These courses allowed me to think differently, adapt quickly, and to be flexible in my approach to coaching.

What other experiences as a KSR student have you had that have helped you in this leadership role?
I volunteered at The Steadward Centre for Personal & Physical Achievement throughout my degree. My favorite program was PALS (Physical Literacy Led by Students). This program allowed me to work one-on-one to provide a positive active experience for a young boy. I would encourage all students, whether or not they are in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation, to consider volunteering with The Steadward Centre. I think that every person could benefit from that type of introduction into a leadership role.

What is the best part of being a coach with the Green & Gold Summer Camps?
I have really enjoyed the balanced approach that Green & Gold takes toward their Summer Camps. I believe that allowing our campers to experience a wide variety of sports and activities will result in many positive outcomes down the road. This dynamic approach allows us to have an opportunity to instruct a great number of activities and to collaborate with other coaches to determine if there is a better way to guide an athlete through certain activities.