2023 NSCA Coaches Conference

Save the Date: Advance Your Career at the Leading Educational Event for Coaching and Sports Performance Professional

January 04 - 06, 2023 | Charlotte, NC & Online | 2.0 CEUs Category A

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Overview

Give yourself a head start with the knowledge and connections you’ll gain at the 2023 NSCA Coaches Conference. Whether you’re just starting out or a seasoned pro, we invite you to join your peers for an annual discussion of the latest industry research and best practices.

Take home evidence-based strategies to safely and effectively enhance your team’s performance. Be in the know about today’s trending topics and the biggest industry buzz.

Connect with other coaches who face the same struggles and understand the unique challenges of our profession. Meet potential mentors or visit with old pals between every expert session.

Get inspired by coaching idols who share measurable steps you can take to master your career. Expand your skills and position yourself for exciting opportunities in our rapidly expanding field.

Experience world-class content in Charlotte, NC against the spectacular backdrop of the ‘Queen City’ or engage online from any location. Unite with top coaches and jumpstart your year at this premier professional development event!

Online registration to attend in-person will close Tues, Jan 3, 5PM eastern. On-site registration will be open - come see us!

Online registration to attend online will close Wed, Jan 4, 5PM eastern. 

Keynote Presenters

Keynote Presenter Rob Panariello

ROB PANARIELLO, MS, PT, ATC, CSCS

Rob is an international lecturer and Director of Health, Performance, and Innovation for the Carolina Panthers.

Nationally renowned for his work in sports medicine rehabilitation and strength and conditioning, Rob’s “Lessons from a Veteran Coach” pulls from over 30 years of industry experience.

Catch Rob's talk Wednesday, January 4 at 5:00 PM eastern. 

Keynote Presenter Bill Foran

BILL FORAN, CSCS, RSCC*E

The longest-tenured strength and conditioning coach in professional sports history, Bill has served the Miami Heat since its inception—including coaching superstars Shaquille O’Neal and LeBron James.

Recognized as one of the best in his field, Bill’s “Stories and Tips from 4 Decades in the Profession” is a must-see.

Catch Bill's talk Friday, January 6 at 4:00 PM eastern.

Schedule - In-Person Attendance

Schedule is subject to changes.
Sessions labeled “Lecture”, “Hands-On”, or “Career Talk” will be recorded and accessible for 1-year approximately 2-weeks post-event to all in-person and online attendees.

Event Itinerary - Wednesday, January 4 - Eastern Time (ET)
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Exam Prep
11:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Registration Open
12:00 PM - 5:30 PM
NSCA Store Open
12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
Engaging Your Athletes: Tailoring Your Expertise to Your Audience
by Scott Caulfield, MA, CSCS,*D, RSCC*D, Khalil Lee, PhD, CSCS w/ Moderator: Jon Jost, MS, CSCS, RSCC*E

Streamed Live

You're an expert in your field, and up-to-date on all the best practices. But how do you communicate that in a way your athletes will understand? No matter how strong science is, if an athlete doesn't understand, they won't apply it. Listen in as Khalil Lee from the Gatorade Sports Science Institute and Gatorade Performance Partner Captain, Scott Caulfield share their best practices for engaging athletes. These simple updates to your communications strategies could be your key to success. 

Lecture Sponsored by Gatorade

1:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Sorinex Fitness Challenge
by Bert Sorin & Sorinex Team

Test your cognitive and physical readiness while getting an opportunity to test some of the latest equipment from Sorinex.  3 Fitness Challenge winners will be selected to receive demo equipment and 1 lucky participant will receive free registration and 2 nights lodging to the NSCA Coaches Conference 2024 in Orlando.

Hands-On

1:00 PM - 2:50 PM
The Power of Persuasion: Principles for Effective Communication Beyond the Weight Room
by Mike Janela

Lecture

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
Sport Science & Performance Technology Special Interest Group (SIG) Meeting
3:00 PM - 4:50 PM
Coach to Coach: 15 Lessons to Build Winning Teams
by Martin Rooney, CSCS

Streamed Live

  1. Describe the ways to build better communication with athletes and clients.
  2. Identify the pitfalls of poor team culture and how to fix them.
  3. Identify the important abilities and leadership skills of top coaches.

Lecture Sponsored by Perform Better

3:00 PM - 4:50 PM
Speed Kills: Don't be a Victim!
by Bobby Smith, MS, CSCS,*D, RSCC*D
  1. Linear Speed system (working on first step quickness and breakaway speed).
  2. Lateral Speed system (lateral agility focusing on change of direction and deceleration while reducing the risk of injury and improving performance).

Hands-On

3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Exhibit Hall Open
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
1st Timer Orientation
5:00 PM - 5:50 PM
NSCA Coach of the Year Awards and Keynote: Lessons from a Veteran Coach
by Rob Panariello, MS, PT, ATC, CSCS

Streamed Live

Lecture

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Kick-Off Party at NASCAR
Event Itinerary - Thursday, January 5 - Eastern Time (ET)
7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Registration Open
7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
"Coffee & Curls"

Workout and/or join the Exhibitors for coffee & breakfast sandwiches in the Exhibit Hall.

8:30 AM - 9:20 AM
Yoga: A Surprising Tool for the Strength Coach
by Caitlin Quinn, MS, CSCS
  1. Understanding the science behind yoga recovery sessions and how to share these benefits with athletes.
  2. How to choose the right instructor for your athletes.
  3. Structuring sessions for success.
  4. Growing comfortable with stillness and silence, so your athletes can be too.

Hands-On

8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
NSCA Store Open
9:30 AM - 10:20 AM
How To Create a Winning Culture
by Martin Rooney, CSCS

Streamed Live

  1. Identify the 3 building blocks of a winning culture.
  2. Describe the 5 types of custodians within your current culture.
  3. Design cultures that minimize the risk of turnover, burnout, mediocrity and apathy.

Lecture Sponsored by Perform Better

9:30 AM - 10:20 AM
Simple Data Analysis for Coaches: Using Basic Statistics to Optimize Your Data
by Jacob Goodin, PhD, CSCS
  1. Review the practical meaning of common statistical methods for coaches.
  2. Learn a new concept to operationalize data, involving the 3-step process of monitor, evaluate, and operationalize (MEO).
  3. Explore how M.E.O. can be used to drive performance and create buy-in.

Lecture

9:30 AM - 10:20 AM
How Youth Get Faster
by Kelli Selman, MS, CSCS,*D, RSCC
  1. Learn about LTAD models and utilizing the Mirwald equation to determine biological age.
  2. Learn physiological mechanisms that influence speed development during youth.
  3. Experience maximum velocity and acceleration programming examples that target each stage.

Hands-On

10:30 AM - 11:20 AM
Where the Rubber Meets the Road – A Holistic Approach to Training & Nutrition
by Stephanie Fernandes, MS, RD/LDN & Caitlin Quinn, MS, CSCS

Streamed Live

  1. Learning how to define a strength and conditioning program that includes nutrition.
  2. Discuss how we create program buy in through education and behavior change.

Lecture

10:30 AM - 11:20 AM
Cardiovascular Demands of Baseball Pitching
by John Wagle, PhD, MBA, CSCS, RSCC
  1. Identify the physiological demands of baseball pitching.
  2. Critically reflect on how these demands shape physical development processes.

Lecture

10:30 AM - 11:20 AM
Pathways to Leadership for Coaches
by Brent Alvar, PhD, CSCS,*D, TSAC-F,*D, FNSCA & Bob Alejo, CSCS,*D, RSCC*E

Career Connection

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Stage Fright No More! Pro-Level Communication Training
by Mike Janela

Career Talk

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Lunch with Exhibitors

Lunch provided

12:30 PM - 1:20 PM
Crowd Control: Effectively Manage Large Teams at Small Universities
by Matt Nein, MS, CSCS,*D, RSCC*D

Streamed Live

  1. How to organize training (team, open).
  2. How to optimize team cohesion when split into groups.
  3. How to lobby for continued growth in your program.

Lecture

12:30 PM - 1:20 PM
Complex Training: Another Tool for Explosive Power
by Chip Sigmon, CSCS,*D, RSCC*E
  1. When performing contrast/complex training, potentiation complexes should be incorporated into your strength /power and/or an explosive speed training block.
  2. Fatigue should dissipate before performing the target exercise. 2-3 minutes of rest to get the full effect of “potentiation”.
  3. Max effort must be emphasized when using sub-max loads on the target exercise.

Lecture

12:30 PM - 1:20 PM
Learn a Step-by-Step Progressions to Mastering Multi-Directional Acceleration for Field and Court Sport Athletes
by Duane Carlisle, MSc
  1. Learn Step by Step Progressions to mastering Multi-Directional Acceleration for field and court sport athletes.
  2. Expand your menu of effective and efficient multi-directional acceleration movement patterns to facilitate movement proficiency in competitive environments.

Hands-On Sponsored by Perform Better

1:30 PM - 2:20 PM
Organizational Structure in High Performance
by Ben Gleason, PhD, CSCS,*D ,RSCC

Streamed Live

  1. Identify best practices and shortfalls in sport organization structure.
  2. Identify accountability resources, such as supervision tools available for S&C coaches.
  3. Discuss available resources for knowledge development and interdisciplinary support roles.

Lecture

1:30 PM - 2:20 PM
Enhancing Lower Body Performance Through Individualization
by Rob Schwartz, MEd, CSCS,*D, RSCC*E
  1. Provide concepts to increase coaches efficiency by implementing individualized training within large groups.
  2. Programming concepts to maximize time limitations.
  3. How to create a more engaged athlete and sport coach within your program.

Lecture

1:30 PM - 2:20 PM
Adaptive Methods in a High Performance System
by Ryan Davis, CSCS
  1. Identify the demands associated with college football players.
  2. Understand concepts in building a well rounded performance program.
  3. Understand how to minimize risks and maximize benefits in the preparatory phase in training athletes.

Hands-On

1:30 PM - 2:20 PM
College Strength & Conditioning Coaches Professional Development Group Meeting and Roundtable
by College PDG Leadership

Recommendations report and action plan for the College Coaches PDG. 

2:30 PM - 3:20 PM
The Application of the Plyometric Continuum
by Lachlan Wilmot, MS

Streamed Live

  1. To understand the plyometric continuum model.
  2. To learn how to apply the plyometric continuum with athletes in your environment.
  3. To learn how to apply the plyometric continuum in a rehab model to maximise performance on return.

Lecture Sponsored by ASCA

2:30 PM - 3:20 PM
A Strength Coaches’ Guide for Return to Play
by Erik Hernandez, MEd, CSCS
  1. Simplify the return to play process.
  2. Help strength and conditioning coaches adapt their current skill set to the rehab setting.
  3. Utilize real life case studies to illustrate common post injury compensations.

Lecture

2:30 PM - 3:20 PM
Tips and Tricks to Running a Top-Notch Internship Program
by Ryan Metzger, MS, CSCS, RSCC
  1. Learn how to market your organization to potential interns.
  2. Logisitics of running internship program.
  3. Education of young professional.

Career Talk

3:30 PM - 4:20 PM
Introducing Weightlifting Movements: What to Look For, What to Emphasize
by Guy Hornsby, PhD, CSCS,*D

Streamed Live

  1. Identify common technical issues.
  2. Describe practical approaches to address noted technical issues.
  3. Provide examples for integrating weightlifting movements into the training plan.

Lecture

3:30 PM - 4:20 PM
Developing Linear Speed for Field Sport Athletes | From Assessment to Application
by Duane Carlisle, MSc
  1. Attendees will learn how to conduct a speed profile to determine whether their athlete can benefit from more significant acceleration or top-end speed training.
  2. Attendees will learn how to generate specific training programs to improve linear speed within an off-season training plan.

Lecture Sponsored by Perform Better

3:30 PM - 4:20 PM
Conventional and Non-Conventional Exercises for Training Pillar Strength
by Brian Thompson, PhD, ATC, CSCS,*D, RSCC*E
  1. Define the pillar and pillar strength.
  2. Learn and practice pillar strength exercises.
  3. Understand placement of pillar strength exercises in your programming.

Hands-On

4:30 PM - 5:20 PM
Streamlined Hardship: Squeezing the Essence of Training and Competing
by Bert Sorin

Streamed Live

  1. Introducing adjusted and simplified training methods for maximal training efficacy.
  2. Competition and mindset cues for game time on the field.

Lecture

4:30 PM - 5:20 PM
Exercise Selection Deep Dive: 4 Simple Rules to Improve Movement Quality
by Michelle Boland, PhD, CSCS,*D
  1. Define and distinguish between movement quality and force production adaptations.
  2. Identify training strategies that improve movement quality.
  3. Design programs and exercises that improve movement quality while still providing a training stimulus.

Lecture

4:30 PM - 5:20 PM
Securing Meaningful Field Work or Internship Experience
by Mary Kate Feit, PhD, CSCS,*D, RSCC

Career Connection

5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
RSCC Reception

RSCC and RSVP required

Event Itinerary - Friday, January 6 - Eastern Time (ET)
7:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Registration Open
8:00 AM - 9:20 AM
"Coffee & Kilos"

Workout and/or join Exhibitors for coffee in the Exhibit Hall.

8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Exhibit Hall Open
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
NSCA Store Open
8:30 AM - 9:20 AM
What Worked? What Didn’t? – 50-Years of Football Coaching Insights Across All-Levels
by Rock Gullickson

Streamed Live

  1. Thoughts: interacting with athletes at all levels.
  2. Beliefs: goals of training that are vital and effective.
  3. Lessons learned: a 50 year perspective.

Lecture

8:30 AM - 9:20 AM
Strength & Conditioning During the School Day – A Look at S&C Curriculum within High School PE
by Jim Davis, MEd, MA, RSCC*D
  1. Align sport-specific S&C programming across Athletics and Physical Education programs.
  2. Successfully navigate motives and needs of all parties (teachers, students, and coaches).
  3. Embed Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in the weightroom in a way that aligns with school wide initiatives.

Lecture

8:30 AM - 9:20 AM
Learning the Tactical Lingo
by Donny Bigham, MS, CSCS,*D, TSAC-F,*D, RSCC

Career Connection

9:30 AM - 10:20 AM
Bridge the Gap Lecture: MMA Training Revisited – Applying the Latest Research
by Corey Peacock, PhD, MEd, CSCS, RSCC

Streamed Live

  1. Identify laboratory techniques necessary for making weight safely in MMA.
  2. Describe research to support strength and conditioning, nutrition, and performance parameters in MMA.
  3. Provide structure and guidance on how to integrate research/laboratory techniques into building world champion MMA fighters.

Lecture

9:30 AM - 10:20 AM
Building a Sport Science Department from the Ground Up
by Stephanie Mock, MS
  1. Educate coaches on the importance of a sports science department.
  2. Layout a clear road-map on how to communicate with administration on creation of the position, hiring process, and first 90 days to on-board the new role.
  3. Provide a clear road-map to continue to add layers to the performance team/build out a sports science department.

Career Talk

9:30 AM - 10:20 AM
How to Coach and Teach Olympic Lifting in a Team Setting
by Ryan Metzger, MS, CSCS, RSCC
  1. Learn top-down approach.
  2. Proper Olympic lifting technique.
  3. Cues in a team setting.

Hands-On

9:30 AM - 10:20 AM
Making a Difference as a High School Strength Coach
by Elton Crochran, MEd, CSCS

Career Connection

10:30 AM - 11:20 AM
Baseball Performance Testing & Assessment
by David Szymanski, PhD, CSCS,*D, FNSCA, RSCC*E

Streamed Live

  1. Identify and explain reasons for performing tests.
  2. Learn how to evaluate athlete’s physique, physical capabilities, and baseball performance.
  3. Learn how to interpret test results and how to practically apply them to the athlete’s development.

Lecture

10:30 AM - 11:20 AM
Navigating the Sympathetic Threshold in Resistance Training
by Jonathan Lynch, MS, CSCS, RSCC
  1. Gain the ability to understand the concept of Biotensegrity within the human body.
  2. Understand how stress affects muscular tension and common displays of training technique compensation
  3. Understand desirable training technique and what cues to utilize in order to train an athlete to resist compensation.

Lecture

10:30 AM - 11:20 AM
Strength & Conditioning During the School Day – A Look at S&C Hands-on Curriculum within High School PE
by Justin Loudon, CSCS,*D, RSCC
  1. Design and structure a program around a Physical Education S&C Curriculum.
  2. Describe and implement different strategies used to enhance the S&C Physical Education Class.

Hands-On

10:30 AM - 11:20 AM
Strength Coach to Sport Scientist
by Tim Suchomel, PhD, CSCS,*D

Career Connection

11:30 AM - 12:20 PM
High School Professional Development Group Meeting & Roundtable
by High School Professional Development Group
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Lunch with Exhibitors

Lunch provided

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
5 Steps to becoming a High School S&C Coach
by Elton Crochran, MEd, CSCS
  1. How to find and secure a job as a high school S&C coach.
  2. How to create longevity in your position as the Head S&C Coach.

Lecture

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
Biomarkers and How to Use Them to Optimize Training and Nutrition
by Shawn Arent, PhD, CSCS,*D
  1. Understand how to appropriately implement laboratory-based biomarker techniques to enhance performance, nutrition, and overall athlete health, with a unique focus on tactical populations and female athletes.
  2. Recognize the influence of training demands as well as other stressors that may drive physiological changes in physically active individuals and athletes.
  3. Effectively evaluate issues related to athletes and operators that may influence physiological responses and identify ways to promote adequate recovery and overall health, including supplement use, oral contraceptive use, training loads, hormonal and hematological changes, and nutrition to improve recovery.

Lecture

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
Bridge the Gap Practical: MMA Training Revisited – Applying the Latest Research
by Corey Peacock, PhD, MEd, CSCS, RSCC
  1. Identify laboratory techniques necessary for making weight safely in MMA.
  2. Describe research to support strength and conditioning, nutrition, and performance parameters in MMA.
  3. Provide structure and guidance on how to integrate research/laboratory techniques into building world champion MMA fighters.

Hands-On

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Expanding the Field: Supervising and Mentoring Tomorrow’s Strength Coaches
by Mary Kate Feit, PhD, CSCS,*D, RSCC & Brian Thompson, PhD, ATC, CSCS,*D, RSCC*E

Streamed Live

  1. Understand the research related to strength and conditioning coach development.
  2. Apply theories and best practices to create a coach development plan.
  3. Build confidence in their ability to develop future coaches.

Lecture

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
Comprehensive Shoulder Care: Strength Training for the Overhead Athlete
by Frank Velazquez, CSCS, RSCC*D

Streamed Live

  1. Identify potential "red flags" for injury when assessing the throwing shoulder.
  2. Learn recommended exercises for shoulder care and development.
  3. Learn how to program design for the overhead/throwing athlete.

Lecture

4:00 PM - 4:50 PM
Keynote: Stories and Tips from 4 Decades in the Profession
by Bill Foran, CSCS, RSCC*E

Streamed Live

  1. Some stories from my career that may help your career.
  2. Some tips that will help athletes immediately.

Lecture

Schedule - Online Attendance

Registration Pricing

Fillable Registration Form (PDF)
Registration pricing for in-person and online attendance is the same.

Online registration to attend in-person will close Tues, Jan 3, 5PM eastern. On-site registration will be open - come see us!

Online registration to attend online will close Wed, Jan 4, 5PM eastern. 

 
Now - Nov 9 Nov 10 - Dec 14 After Dec 14
Non-Member $430 $450 $530
Professional Member $285 $300 $375
Registration + Professional Membership  $415 $430 $505
Student Member $225 $250 $325
Registration + Student Membership $295 $320 $395

Accommodations

Host hotel: The Westin Charlotte

601 South College Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
Standard room rate $170 + taxes and fees
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Conference location: Charlotte Convention Center

501 South College Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

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FAQs

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  • Cancellation Policy

    All refund requests must be submitted in writing and should state the reason for cancellation. Email: conferences@nsca.com

    NO REFUNDS WILL BE ACCEPTED VIA PHONE

    Full refund less $20 if postmarked by Nov 9
    50% refund if postmarked Nov 10-Dec 14
    No refund after Dec 14, 2022

  • CEU Options

    The NSCA has many options to help you in obtaining the necessary CEUs to recertify. Please check the CEU Opportunities page for the most current information. 

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  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Where is the event being held?
    Charlotte Convention Center: 501 South College Street, Charlotte, NC 28202

    Where is the host hotel? 
    The Westin Charlotte: 601 South College Street, Charlotte, NC 28202. See "Accommodations" for online booking link and more information.

    What does it mean when I see "Streamed Live" on the schedule?
    The sessions labeled "Streamed Live" will be just that, streamed live during the week of the conference. It's what's included with the online registration. All attendees will receive access to all of the recorded main sessions approximately 2 weeks after the event.

    How long do I have to register for the In-Person experience before cutoff? 
    The online registration opportunity for in-person will close Tues, Jan 3, 5PM eastern. Onsite registration will remain open all week - come see us!

    How long do I have to register for the Online experience before cutoff? 
    Registration will close Wed, Jan 4, 5PM eastern.

    As a registered attendee, will I receive a recording of the online, virtual or live streamed event? 
    Yes. You will receive a recording of all sessions labeled "Lecture", "Hands-On, or "Career Talk" approximately 2 weeks after the event to review anything you may have missed. You will have access for one year. 

    How do I know which sessions will be streamed/included with my registration? 
    Please see the PDF Schedule found under "Schedule" for details.

    If I miss some of the online, virtual or live streamed 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 2.0 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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