2021 NSCA Coaches Conference

Learn from experts. Connect with peers. All at the premier event in strength and conditioning.

January 06 - 08, 2021 | Virtual | 2.0 CEUs Category A

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Reasons to Attend

Start 2021 right by connecting with fellow coaches and experts, while learning from world-class presenters. The NSCA Coaches Conference blends the best in sport science, technology, psychosocial insights, and real-world applications. Get an early start on your continuing education for the 2021-2023 Recertification cycle while participating in professional roundtable sessions, building your network, and discussing important topics in the field.

  • Connect with NSCA's 30 Coaches in 30 Minutes segments - Join coaches from the NFL, NBA, MLB as well as college, tactical, Olympics and sport science fields for interactive Q&As. 
  • Roundtable Discussions and Networking - Connect with others in the collegiate, high school, and tactical ranks around current topics, challenges and emerging opportunities.  These discussions not only help you gain insight but build your professional network.

Featured Speakers

Brett Bartholomew, MSEd, CSCS, RSCC*D

Creating the Optimal coaching Environment: Addressing Athlete Learning styles, Skill-Acquisition & Transfer

Dan Dalrymple, CSCS, RSCC*E

Obstacle to Enhancement: How Overcoming Adversity in Troubled Times Can Lead to Improved Coaching


Event Itinerary - Wednesday, January 6 - Eastern Time Zone
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Pro Career Connections
by Matt Krause, MA, ATC, CSCS,*D, RSCC*E, Ivan Lewis, CSCS, RSCC*D, and Bo Sandoval, MS, CSCS, RSCC*D

Connect with our 30 Coaches/30 Minutes segment.  This is your chance to connect with Coaches from MLB, NBA and the NFL for an interactive Q&A - your questions drive the conversation!  Limited to 30 Coaches, sign up during registration.

  • MLB - Matt Krause
  • NFL - Ivan Lewis
  • UFC/MMA - Bo Sandoval
12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
How Does Technology Impact the Coaching Process?
by Ryan Carroll, MS, CSCS and Rob Hartman, MAEd, CSCS
  1. Gain insight on how and where programming technology fits into the coachings process.
  2. Learn how programming technology can enhance the response to a more dynamic or fluid style of programming
1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
Autonomy-Supportive Coaching: A New Perspective on Training Athletes
by Adam Feit, PhD, CSCS,*D, RSCC
  1. Explain how specific coaching behaviors can help or hinder athlete and coach performance.
  2. Review the benefits of satisfying athletes and coaches' basic psychological needs.
  3. Provide clear action-steps on how to create an autonomy-supportive training and coaching environment
2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
The Importance of Assessments in Performance Programs
by Alison Regal, CSCS
  1. Understand the importance of assessments in performance. Learn about the different types of assessments for youth/adult and making it sport specific
  2. Utilizing technology to gain accurate information on movement
3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
Starting Techniques for Multiple Sports and Positions
by Augie Aygei, CSCS and Loren Landow, CSCS,*D, RSCC*E

Catch this virtual hands-on presentation by Landow Performance demonstrating how to improve your athletes start times.

4:00 PM - 4:50 PM
Cultural Awareness for Strength and Conditioning Coaches
by Dan Jahn, CSCS, RSCC*D
  1. Provide tools and strategies to help strength coaches understand cultural awareness and become more culturally competent.
  2. Examine how our biases affect our coaching communication and weight rooms.
5:00 PM - 5:35 PM
Sport Science Panel Discussion
by Duncan French, PhD, CSCS,*D, Tim Suchomel, PhD, CSCS,*D, RSCC, Ben Gleason, PhD, CSCS,*D, RSCC, Lorena Torres, PhD, Brendon Huttmann, CSCS, RSCC*D, and Adam Virgile, CSCS
  1. Scientific Method: Start with a Question
  2. Systematic Thinking: Vetting Programs and Products
  3. Constructing a Sport Science Team
  4. Implementation of Data Driven Systems and Visualizations
5:35 PM - 5:55 PM
NSCA Coaching Award Winners

Recognize the NSCA Assistant, Collegiate and Professional Coaches of the Year.

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Roundtables with both High School and Collegiate Coaches
by Sam Melendrez, CSCS, Mike Caro, MS, CSCS,*D, RSCC, Scott Caulfield, MA, CSCS,*D, RSCC*D and Jonathan Lynch, MS, CSCS, RSCC

Join either Sam Melendrez for High School Coaches Or Mike Caro, Scott Caulfield and Jonathan Lynch for the Collegiate Coaches to engage in a round table discussion on the current landscape of the field.  The conversation is driven by you the attendee. 

Event Itinerary - Thursday, January 7 - Eastern Time Zone
10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
by Nicole Rodriguez, BS, LMT

Sponsored by Perform Better

11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
KEYNOTE: Creating the Optimal Coaching Environment
by Brett Bartholomew, MSEd, CSCS, RSCC*D

This talk explores many of the taken-for-granted practices in coaching and highlights how they can be improved.

12:30 PM - 12:50 PM
Hands-on: Integration of Yoga in Daily Warm-Up
by Ed Yong, MS, CSCS

Participate from where ever you are and learn yoga poses to include in athletes daily warm-ups.

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
Career Connections - College/Pro to Tactical, Olympic Sports, Navigating Sport Science Careers
by Paul Goldberg, MS, RD, CSCS, RSCC*E, James Myers, MS, CSCS, RSCC*D, Sam Gardiner and Adam Virgile, CSCS

Connect with our 30 Coaches/30 Minutes segment.  This is your chance to connect with Coaches who have transitioned from the college/pro ranks to the Tactical environment.  We'll also have options to connect with Coaches from Olympic Sports and Navigating Sport Science Careers.  Join us for an interactive Q&A - your questions drive the conversation!  Limited to 30 Coaches, sign up during registration.

  • College/Pro to Tactical - Paul Goldberg
  • Olympic Sports - James Myers and Sam Gardiner
  • Navigating Sport Science Careers - Adam Virgile
2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Expanding the Coaching Toolbox Using Weightlifting Derivatives
by Tim Suchomel, PhD, CSCS,*D, RSCC
  1. Discuss the benefits, shortcomings, and additional considerations of weightlifting catching and pulling derivatives
  2. Discuss research that has compared weightlifting catching and pulling derivatives
  3. Provide practical examples of how to effectively incorporate both weightlifting catching and pulling derivatives into resistance training programs
3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
Reinvented Conditioning for Baseball: How Old School and New School have Missed the Mark
by Lee Fiocchi, CSCS, RSCC
  1. Critically analyze the unseen benefits of various conditioning methods used in baseball.
  2. Identify advantageous biomechanics for the baseball athlete
  3. Describe the biochemical response to different conditioning stimuli

Sponsored by PBSCCS

4:00 PM - 4:50 PM
Building the Tactical Athlete: A Comprehensive Approach to Performance
by Brice Long, CSCS

1. Identify key differences between the tactical population and traditional conditioning in the athletic space.
2. Strategies for building durable tactical athletes through a comprehensive performance approach.
3. Design impactful programs in the tactical space, it starts with the message.

5:00 PM - 5:50 PM
Bridging the Gap Between Traditional Strength Training & Sports Science
by Kelly Dormandy, CSCS, RSCC
  1. Data driven decisions - Pros vs. Cons
  2. Back to the basics - have we lost sight of what works?
  3. Is one better than the other? Both work, but know your WHY and WHEN!
Event Itinerary - Friday, January 8 - Eastern Time Zone
10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
Revisiting the Vertical Jump: Managing the Relationship Between Power and Skill
by William Alli, CSCS
  1. Differentiate between the need for greater skill acquisition or ability to produce force. 
  2. Determine a point of diminishing return on improved vertical displacement
11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
A Scalable Approach to Athlete Monitoring
by Guy Hornsby, PhD, CSCS and John Wagle, PhD, MBA, CSCS, RSCC
  1. Review of training periodization and integrating an athlete monitoring program.
  2. Conceptualizing a scalable approach to athlete monitoring. 
  3. Discussion on current issues within applied sport science.
12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
Deceleration and Landing Mechanics: Building the Brakes
by Matthew Ibrahim, MS
  1. Learn the importance of deceleration, force absorption, and landing mechanics in athletic performance.
  2. Develop programming strategies and considerations for your athletes.
  3. Receive hands-on training approach through virtual presentation toward applying these concepts on the coaching floor.
1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
Career Connections: Strength Coach to PhD, Develop the Future: How to Foster a Quality Internship Exeperience or Learn about the NSCA S&C Internship Program
by Jay Dawes, PhD, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, TSAC-F,*D, FNSCA, Bryan Mann, PhD, CSCS,*D, TSAC-F,*D, FNSCA, RSCC*D, Mary Kate Feit, PhD, CSCS,*D, Adam Feit, PhD, CSCS,*D, RSCC, Maura Bergan, PhD, CSCS, Brian Thompson, PhD, ATC, CSCS,*D, RSCC*E and Mel Herl, CSCS

Connect with our 30 Coaches/30 Minutes segment.  This is your chance to connect with Coaches who transitioned from Coach to Educator, or how to run a successful mentorship program - its an interactive Q&A - your questions drive the conversation!  Limited to 30 Coaches, sign up during registration.

  • Strength Coach to PhD - Jay Dawes and Bryan Mann
  • How to Foster a Quality Internship Program - Springfield College Faculty
  • NSCA S&C Internship Program - Mel Herl
2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Practical Approaches to Common Sports Nutrition Issues
by Marie Spano, MS, RD, CSCS, CSSD
  1. Interpret body composition results within the context of the sport, how body composition was measured and based on how an athlete is trending over time.
  2. Describe body composition results to each athlete based their own particular situation. Take into consideration how simply knowing one's own body composition result may lead an athlete to engage in behaviors that are detrimental to performance.
  3. Distinguish between GI symptoms athletes commonly present with and be proficient in providing simple solutions that may help alleviate their GI distress.
  4. Evaluate risk factors for sleep difficulties in athletes and help them develop better sleep habits.
  5. Distinguish between nutrition changes that are idealistic vs. realistic and practical for an athlete to achieve over a period of time.
3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
Other Duties Assigned: How to Wear Many Hats in our Field
by Korey Hammond, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, RSCC*D
  1. Identify resources that allow maximum performance with limited time, equipment, staffing, facilities and budget. 
  2. Describe the duality of multitasking and mindfulness
  3. Develop a plan of action to achieve your goals.
4:00 PM - 4:50 PM
Beyond Sets and Reps: Creating, Mastering, and Evaluating Your Coaching Behaviors
by MaryKate Feit, CSCS,*D
  1. Understand the literature behind effective coaching
  2. Evaluate your own coaching behaviors
  3. Determine action steps needed to maximize your coaching
5:00 PM - 5:50 PM
KEYNOTE: Obstacle to Enhancement: How Overcoming Adversity in Troubled Times Can Lead to Improved Coaching
by Dan Dalrymple, CSCS, RSCC*E
  • How critically evaluating practices leads to improvement.
  • How being forced out of comfort zones leads to growth
  • The importance of flexibility and adaptation to new normals
  • The importance of embracing challenges and viewing perceived obstacles as opportunities.
6:00 PM - 6:50 PM
Tactical Solutions Roundtable
by Brice Long, CSCS

Preparing National Guard and Reserve Soldiers for the ACFT.  Join us for this interactive session where the conversation is driven by you the attendee.


Registration will close January 5, at 12pm MT

Now - January 5 

Non-Member  $440
Professional Member $290 
Registration + Professional Membership $410 
Student Member $240 
Registration + Student Membership  $305 

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    No refund will be given after December 15, 2020

  • CEU Options

    The NSCA has many virtual options to help you in obtaining the necessary CEUs to recertify by December 31, 2020.  Please check the Virtual Events page for the most up to date opportunities.

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  • Frequently Asked Questions

    As a registered attendee, will I receive a recording of the event? 
    Yes. You will receive a recording approximately 1-2 weeks after the event to review anything you may have missed. You will have access for one year. 

    If I miss some of the event, will this affect my CEUs?
    No. You will receive a recording after the event to review anything you may have missed, therefore receiving the full Category A CEUs. 

    Will I receive a Certificate of Attendance? 
    Yes. A certificate will be emailed to you approximately 2 weeks after the event.

    How do I report my CEUs?
    The NSCA will automatically apply the CEUs to your NSCA Account. If you need to report CEUs elsewhere, you may use the Certificate of Attendance.

    Can anyone register for this event? 
    Yes. Anyone who is interested in an NSCA Event can register. 

    Do I need a Membership to register?
    No. You only need an NSCA Account to register. If you do not have one, you can create one for free.

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