For the Love of the Game


Free 7-Day Online Event

Love What You Play

For our 3rd online event, we have yet another great group of guest speakers who will share their insights and opinions on an array of topics within the youth sports sphere.

July 15th - 21st

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Guest Speakers

John Kessel

Director of Sports Development at USA Volleyball (USAV) and World ParaVolley | Staff Liaison for over 30 USOC Member Sports Organizations like the USA Deaflympic Teams, Starlings USA, National Parks and Recreation Association, the YMCA, Boys & Girls Clubs | Secretary of the NORCECA Sports Development Commission AVCA Hall of Fame coach | FIVB and USAV Level 4 clinician

Brian Barlow

Founder of the Referee Abuse Awareness Facebook page Offside | Founder of Pineapple Productions Advertising Agency | Founder of | Founder of marketing counsel | Keynote & Motivational Speaker | NISOA Referee | United States
Soccer Federation (USSF)
Soccer Referee

Dr. Peter Gray

Psychologist | The Decline of Play TEDx Talk | Author of the textbook Psychology now in its 7th edition | Author of Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life | Author of Psychology Today's blog Freedom to Learn | Founder and Board President of the Alliance for Self-Directed Education | Founder and board member of Let Grow

Topher Scott

Founder of The Hockey Think Tank| Head of Coaching Development at Prodigy Hockey | Event Chair for "Racker Rivals Big Red" at Franziska Racker Centers and for "Chicago Hockey Charity Classic" through Special Olympics Chicago | Lead Instructor of "LOVE THE GAME" Hockey Clinic | Two-year captain of Cornell University's hockey team | Division-One Assistant Coach at Miami and Cornell

Dr. Mariana Brussoni

Associate Professor at UBC in the Department of Pediatrics and the School of Population and Public Health | Facilitator of interactive "Popping the Bubble Wrap" Webinar | Developmental Psychologist | Research Lead at the Brussoni Lab at BC Children's Hospital Research Institute | Scientist at the BC Injury Research & Prevention Unit | MSFHR Scholar | Board Member of the Child & Nature Alliance of Canada

Ken Martel

Technical Director at USA Hockey | USOC "Doc" Councilman Award recipient for Ice Hockey | Coaching Education and Player Development at Usa Hockey's national office | Assistant Coach for USA Hockey's National Team Development Program for 8 years | Coach of 9 U.S. hockey teams that competed in International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships | Assistant Men's Ice Hockey Coach for 7 seasons |  4-year defenseman at Lake Superior State University

Dr. Nicholas Holt

Professor & Associate Dean of Research in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation at the University of Alberta | Lab Lead at the Child & Adolescent Sport & Activity (CASA) Lab | Team member of Golden Bears soccer team, achieving 2 CIS silver medals | Staff member at 5 U.S. Major League Soccer camps |  Youth and Adult Soccer Coach in Edmonton, AB | Ultramarathon athlete

John Engh

Executive Director at National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) | Multi-sport athlete | Avid Golfer | Graduate of Florida Atlantic University 

NAYS: partnered with more than 3,000 community-based organizations | has trained more than 4 Million coaches, parents, officials, and administrators | Expanded from National Youth Sports Coaches Association (NYSCA) in 1993

V.J. Stanley Jr.

Founder and President of Balanced Excellence youth and high school sports injury prevention (formerly Frozen Shorts) | Published Author: Stop the Tsunami in Youth Sports and Less is More, with a 3rd book in the making | Head Hockey Coach at the University of Rochester | Keynote speaker | Acclaimed high school and college hockey coach for over 3 decades | One-on-one Consultant

Lea Wiens

Chair of Sport 4 Life Cochrane | Multisport and Quality Sport Advocate and Programmer | Community Sport Consultant and Project Manager at Sport for Life Society with a focus on Physical Literacy for over 200 Communities and Physical Literacy Mentorship with numerous Indigenous Schools across Canada | A passionate lifelong physical activity participant and enthusiast

Dr. Tommy John

Founder of Dr. Tommy John Performance and Healing Center in San Diego, California | Doctor of Chiropractic Specializing in Soft Tissue Injuries | Volunteer Chiropractor at Hands Of Life | Ex Professional baseball player with Schaumburg Flyers, Tyler Roughnecks, and the LA Dodgers | Masters Degree in Health and Exercise Science at Furman University | Owner of Tommy John Baseball Performance Co. (2002-2010) 

David Turner

Coaching Children & Safeguarding Lead at UK Coaching | Co-Author of the latest UK Coaching/NSPCC Safeguarding & Protecting Children Workshop attended by 25,000 coaches annually | Co-Author of First Steps into Coaching Workshop | Lead Throws Coach at Loughborough University | Athletics Coach at England Athletics | Involved with Sport Parent EU | Loughborough University alumni

TOP Sports

Luke Earl - President, Co-Founder of TOP Sports

Ian Mackenzie - Head of Development, Co-Founder of TOP Sports

Kevin Shier - Program Director at TOP Sports

Gordon MacLelland

CEO and founder of Working with Parents in Sport (WWPIS) | 
20 years experience in coaching and education having coached all age ranges from 7 year olds to adults | Author of two books "Great Sports Parenting" and "Engage - How to Build Positive Relationships with Your Players' Parents"


B.C. Baseball Umpires Association

Rhonda Pauls - Vice President, Education Chair at BCBUA

Gord McFarlane - Lower Mainland Director of the BCBUA's grassroots program

Dr. Chris Bertram

Associate Professor of Kinesiology at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) | Published scholarly article author in wide range of human performance areas | featured in the Vancouver Sun, the Globe and Mail, and the New York Times | UFV Cascades golf team coach for the past 14 years | recipient of national and provincial level coach awards | Skill Acquisition Lead and Flow Coach at Canada SnowboardConsultant for various national teams through Canada’s Own the Podium program

BONUS Speakers

in case you missed them last time!

Kyla Hartnell

Physiotherapist BScPT, FCAMT, CGIMS, Co-Author of Hartnell Down

Vicki Harber

Olympic Rower, Professor Emeritus at the University of Alberta

Duff Gibson

World and Olympic Skeleton Champion, Founder of  Dark Horse Athletic

Darren Wensor

Sport Development Professional, Coach Developer, Specialist Coach of Young Athletes

Chris Cerroni

Director of Soccer Development at BC Soccer Association

Erika Howard

Former Rhythmic Gymnast and Coach

Bob Mancini

Regional Manager for the USA Hockey American Development Model

Dr. Amy Saltzman

Author of A Still Quiet Place, holistic physician, mindfulness coach

David Newson

Executive Director at Semiahmoo Minor Hockey Association

Jeremy Frisch

Owner and Director of Achieve Performance Training

Mike Butters

Former AHL player, GM at Tampa Bay Lightning, Junior Council Board Member, USA Hockey

Rick Benson

Executive Director for Softball BC

Dave Briglio

Host of Making the Play Podcast, Athletic Legacy Gameplan (ALG) Director for Complete3

Dr. Gordon Bloom

Ph.D., Professor Department of Kinesiology & Physical Education, McGill University

Chris Dahl

Director of coach development, Volleyball BC

"It's not kids playing kids anymore, it's adults competing with other adults through their kids"

-Glen Mulcahy

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