Course Description

In the HeadStartPro Coaching Course, you will learn how to help your athletes manage the internal and external distractions that can take them out of the moment. Often, when an athlete makes a performance error in a practice, game, or competition, it is not due to a lack of skill but due to a lapse in focus.
Course Description
In this course, you will learn about the four mental and physical states that can take athletes out of the moment: rushing, frustration, fatigue, and complacency. These states can negatively affect performance and increase the risk of injury. You will learn how to manage the four states with our critical error reduction techniques and a set of HeadStartPro coaching tools. The course also comes with a coaches resource guide to help you plan and practice these mental training skills with your team.

Learning Design

The HeadStartPro Coaching Course consists of video lessons, HeadStart Stories from amateur and professional athletes, and workbook-style reading. There are quizzes along the way and a final exam to test comprehension. At the end of the course you will have a new set of tools to add to your coaching toolkit that will help you bring mental training to your athletes. What’s more? We even have athlete resources to help you jumpstart the learning with your team.
Learning Design

Meet Your Instructor

  • Mike  Shaw

    Mike Shaw

    Mike Shaw, a UBC Okanagan alumni and national-level coach, comes to HeadStartPro from a decorated career in freestyle skiing. Following a severe skiing accident in 2013, Mike had to leave the sport he loved. Giving up his passion was difficult, but Mike picked himself up, and now takes what he’s learned from trauma to make a difference and help others. He is a subject matter expert in performance coaching and injury prevention. He’s developed strategies that use positive psychology to help people achieve their full potential and excel in the face of adversity. He’s made it his mission to inspire others to take action and achieve their full potential with HeadStartPro.

Course Curriculum

  • 2
    Chapter 2 - The State to Error Pattern
    • Instructional Video 2.1
    • Video 2.1 Questions
    • Instructional Video 2.2
    • Kristi Richards - HeadStart Story
    • HeadStart Story Quiz - Kristi Richards
    • Krisi Richards Story Recap
    • Q&A Chapter 2
    • Closing Comments
  • 3
    Chapter 3 - Critical Error Reduction Techniques
    • Instructional Video 3.1
    • Video 3.1 Questions
    • Instructional Video 3.2
    • Chad Moeller's HeadStart Story
    • HeadStart Story Quiz - Chad Moeller
    • Q&A Chapter 3
    • Instructional Video 3.3
  • 4
    Chapter 4 - Static Performance Errors
    • Instructional Video 4
    • Burton's HeadStart Story
    • HeadStart Story Quiz - Burton
    • Q&A Chapter 4
  • 5
    Chapter 5 - Dynamic Performance Errors
    • Instructional Video 5
    • Sarah Vicaretti's HeadStart Story
    • HeadStart Story Quiz - Sarah Vicaretti
    • Q&A Chapter 5
  • 6
    Chapter 6 - CERTs to Enhance Performance
    • Instructional Video 6
    • Simon D'artois' HeadStart Story
    • Q&A Chapter 6
  • 7
    Chapter 7 - Coaching Tools to Enhance Performance
    • Instructional Video 7.1
    • Instructional Video 7.2
    • Q&A Chapter 7
    • Instructional Video 7.3
  • 8
    Coaching Tools Chapter 1 - Introduction to Coaching Tools
    • Coaching Tools Instructional Video 1
    • Kimble Anders' HeadStart Story
    • HeadStart Story Quiz - Kimble Anders
    • Q&A Coacing Tools Chapter 1
  • 9
    Coaching Tools Chapter 2 - HeadStart Stories
    • Coaching Tools Instructional Video 2
    • Tyler Green's HeadStart Story
    • HeadStart Story Quiz - Tyler Green
    • Q&A Coaching Tools Chapter 2
  • 10
    Coaching Tools Chapter 3 - Anticipating Error
    • Coaching Tools Instructional Video 3
    • Jordin Tootoo's HeadStart Story
    • HeadStart Story Quiz - Jordin Tootoo
    • Q&A Coaching Tools Chapter 3
  • 11
    Coaching Tools Chapter 4 - Rate Your State
    • Coaching Tools Instructional Video 4
    • Q&A Coaching Tools Chapter 4
  • 12
    Coaching Tools Chapter 5 - Bringing it all Together
    • Coaching Tools Instructional Video 5
    • Final Test
    • Closing Comments
    • Self Report PD Instructions Canada

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COACH TRAINING, ON YOUR TIME

  • Practical coaching techniques & tools for mental training

  • Accessible & affordable coach development

  • Learn from real “HeadStart Stories” told by amateur & professional athletes

  • Earn professional development credits

  • Empower athletes with knowledge & training to take your team to the next level

What Our Customers Are Saying

  • Excellent course!

    Sean Soper

    As an Outdoor Education teacher and coach for various youth sports programs, I found this course to be very worthwhile. It is interesting, insightful, and p...

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    As an Outdoor Education teacher and coach for various youth sports programs, I found this course to be very worthwhile. It is interesting, insightful, and provides practical strategies for helping to coach my students and athletes to be more mindful, prevent injuries, and enhance performance. I highly recommend it!

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  • Good tool for developing self-awarness

    Geoff Hackett

    HeadStartPro provides athletes and coaches with fundamental skills in developing self-awareness in their sport environment. Their terminology provides a soli...

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    HeadStartPro provides athletes and coaches with fundamental skills in developing self-awareness in their sport environment. Their terminology provides a solid structure for an athlete to base their sport experience with the HeadStart context, and the anecdotal videos provide good examples of how the error causing states can negatively impact sport performance. This online program is a good tool to open an athlete's awareness to the mental factors that can impact their sport performance, and opens the possibility for more specific mental skill training when the athlete has a grasp of the self-awareness skills the program advocates. The online format makes it easy to go at your own pace with the program.

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Teams and Organizations We've Worked With

  • Freestyle Canada
  • Caleton Ravens
  • Fort McMurray Catholic Schools
  • Winsport Accademy
  • Kelowna United Football Club
  • UBCO Junior Heat
  • Revelstoke Grizzlies
  • Agenda Freeski
  • Bellerose Composite High School
  • Coaching Association of Canada
  • Freestyle Alberta
  • Pacific Sport Fraser Valley
  • Vernon Ski Club
  • Holy Trinity Catholic Highschool
  • Holy Trinity Northern Knights
  • Royal Vancouver Yacht Club
  • Freestyle BC
  • Father Mercredi Trappers
  • Coaches Association Of Ontario
  • USPORTS
  • UBC Okanagan Heat
  • Freestyle Silverstar
  • Freestyle Yukon