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High Impact to Hold First TackleSmart Clinic This Saturday 6/1

This weekend, we will be holding our first TackleSmart Clinic. The clinic will be hosted at Shingle Creek Field at Kipp Academy from 9:00AM-1:00PM. Our clinic will combine elite performance training, human development, and position-specific skill development through our MasterFlow Training System™. After the clinic, all players will receive a report charting their skill levels in the 12 disciplines to play safe and effective football.

The TackleSmart training program has been developed over a decade by Chris Rogers who is a former NFL football player and a youth school teacher, coach and performance trainer. The development team includes other former NFL players, college athletes and a medical doctor.

All of the players participating in our program will receive Sports Angels sponsorships to pay for the entire clinic fee. We appreciate the generosity from everyone who participated in our fine art fundraiser last month! Your contributions made learning safe football techniques accessible for our athletes. More information on our clinic and TackleSmart is available at the the link below.


High Impact Sports Hosts MasterFlow™ Evaluation and  Goal Development Workshop with Saint Louis Park Girls Fastpitch Team

Over the past month, the High Impact team has been evaluating players from the Saint Louis Park Fastpitch team using our MasterFlow Training System™. Two weeks ago we held a goal development workshop with their players where they received their MasterFlow™ report and were instructed on the fundamentals of goal setting.

During the workshop, the team learned to integrate human development initiatives alongside their athletics by defining their goals in these key areas:

1. Goals for Athletic Development
2. Academic and Collegiate Goal

To help our our athletes and parents follow their developmental progress, we charted their athletic abilities and helped them to create a game plan for their goals. With their new skill evaluations and game plans, the team will have a solid plan to focus their development efforts this summer, fall, and winter in order to prepare for next year’s season. We look forward to seeing the players progress!


Positive Coaching Alliance Resource: The Seven Behaviors College Coaches Look for When Recruiting

College coaches look for more than just skill and athleticism out of their recruits. A player’s attitude and character are crucial for determining how a player will fit into a team, grow as an athlete, and lead with integrity. In this video for The Positive Coaching Alliance, Army Head Women’s Soccer Coach, Marica McDermott, outlines the seven traits she looks for in high school recruits.

  1. College coaches look for leaders who lead by example
  2. College coaches look for character- those who want to be good people, not just good athletes
  3. College coaches seek athletes that are, and want to be, good teammates
  4. College coaches look for athletes that respect their teammates and coaches
  5. College coaches observe interactions with family members to see how players value relationships
  6. College coaches look for athletes with independence, who don’t need someone else to lead
  7. College coaches look for athletes with a growth mindset, who believe they can develop and grow.

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