Sunday, 29 April 2018

My new book `Coaching Sports to Internet Brats.``

Coaching sports To Internet Brats
They’ve changed has your approach
Dr. Darren Cannell



When I was growing up, I walked uphill both ways to schools.  As I age I find myself making the ``As I was growing up statements more and more.``  Has the internet age altered the behavior of the kids today?  Are they different from thirty years ago?  Are they easier to coach in sports?  Dr. Darren Cannell will share some of his experiences over the 40 years of coaching at all level and in numerous sports.
—Abraham Lincoln once said the problem with Quotes on the Internet is that they are often not true.


I would like to dedicate this book to all the parents of children that I bad mouthed as I coached their children.  It was not until I had my own family that I found I should apologize to all those parents as even with five post-secondary degrees to my name, I was and am wholly unprepared to be a parent or a coach.  Keep this in mind as you read the suggestions in this book.  Anyone who acts like they have all the answers tend not to even know the questions.  This book will share experiences and attempt to identify some of these questions.


Author’s Notes
Thirty-one years as an educator, thirty plus years as a coach, 13 years of post-secondary education and I still have more questions than answers.  Many researchers out there are making claims that the youth of today have changed, they are not the same as they were 30 years ago.  They are lacking in many things, they are not as fit, they lack respect, dedication, attention span, family support, goals, friends, focus and the tools needed to become Elite Athletes.
Coaches today are frustrated when trying to motivate, train and create teams which will excel and for this reason, as I raise my own family, I have decided to start an Elite Academy for training my child and others in sports, arts, and academics.  I have been known to have very strong opinions on the participation, everyone gets a ribbon society that we have created.  The overprotective parents, the entitled children who are used to instant gratification.  The ones who’s motto ``is if at first you don’t succeed quit and try something else, don’t waste your time.`` The goal of this book is to share my thoughts, my approach to coach, parenting, teaching and living in today’s society.  The biggest challenge I am going to have as I type away on my computer with four monitors in my recliner I use for a computer chair with my over-weight body is to try to organize my thoughts into a logic format and chapters which will be of value.
Being Dr. Darren Cannell means I am a learned man and I should have found the answers in the years of instruction that I have endured as I collected my degrees but in actuality the more I learned the more I realized how little I actually know.  Having the title of Doctor at the beginning of my name means you should listen to pontifications but in reality the ones I have learnt the most from in my life were not in the classroom they were my parents and their views on life and the great coaches I had privilege of playing on their teams and the wisdom I gained by doing, by failing and being allowed to fail.  The aspects that I am the proudest of in my life are the things I earned not that things that I was given.  This last pearl of wisdom is the only one that I will give in his book that you will not be able to dispute.   The amount to has taken to earn is directly proportional to the value.   Now, having said that, I will share a pile of other pearls of wisdom that you should take with a grain of salt as I may have no idea what I am talking about, the great thing is that neither does anyone else.  What works for me, or you or others in life will differ based on the situation, past experience, and a plethora of other factors.

Now having said that most of this book will be of no value you can stop reading right now.



Just kidding, remember you need to earn things of value, so earn it, read it and maybe you will find it of value.

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Artist Elite Academy Craft cycle session 2

Come create traditional Ukrainian Easter Eggs (pysanky) with traditional batik using dyes, beeswax, and kistka stylus.
Just in time for Easter.
$30 (all materials provided) including free range farm eggs.
Grab some friends and join us in the bar, have some drinks and make some eggs.


Monday, 5 March 2018

Reaching your potential, you have no idea.

Watching Under 16-year-old boys volleyball at this weekends tournament. I noticed there are players 6 foot- 6 inches tall and players who are 5 foot – 1 inch tall.  Genetics is not something we can control and each and every player who has chosen volleyball needs to use what they have to the best of their ability.  The envy of watching someone who has a great vertical is the catalyst for developing your vertical jump to its maximum level.  This is only done by jumping, the maximum is determined by genetics but if you ask the ones who made you envious because of their great vertical jump, each of every one of those athletes has earned the vertical and explode off the ground each and every time but are still not at their maximum yet.  Your maximum vertical jump is determined by genetics, but it is also my belief that of all the boys on the 24 teams at the tournament no one has reached their potential, no one has done the work to reach or earn their maximum they could not have in the time that they have been playing volleyball.  Don’t get me wrong there were some great jumpers who have discovered the key to being a great jumper is jumping to your maximum every time you jump in volleyball.  But with the right instruction, effort, diet and time they can still be better.  That is what is so great about coaching this age, seeing the change in the athletes as the genetics determines their maximum strength, and height but even better is watching the athletes discover their possible potential but they have no idea how good they can become.  My hope is that all the possible athletes learn the self-discipline, self-confidence, desire and work ethic which will allow them to realize their potential because it is so much more than they currently believe or can even envision.


Dr. Darren Cannell



Thursday, 15 February 2018

This week in Volleyball

Since this week is the beginning of the Family Day holiday there is nothing but Jump Training going on during the break. 
If you are interested in signing up for individual day jump training go to the following website:
It is also not too early to sign up for the March Jump Training
The next sessions in the Volleyball Elite Academy are on March 3rd. 
10 am - 12 pm Basic Cycle Session nine Middle skills
The Basics of being a middle player in volleyball.
12 pm - 2 pm Advanced Attack Cycle Session one Attack Hard
Learning how to hit the ball hard.
The next Elite League day is on March 10th.  Remember this is for boy teams Under 15/16 and girls teams Under 17/18.  To register for this day.
I hope you all have a good break and see you on the court in March.

Friday, 9 February 2018

Volleyball Elite Academy

I played Power Hitter for 90 percent of my volleyball career. I am super pumped to be able to share my experience this weekend at the Volleyball Elite Academy. I will share what it takes to be a successful power hitter. Want to know more? http://ift.tt/2sapr9u
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This weekend in Volleyball

For all of you volleyball players out there...this week in volleyball has a great lineup of sessions.
As always this week there is jump training on Tuesday and Thursday at Ignite Athlete Conditioning For more information go to:
https://www.universe.com/febjump
On Saturday we have second mini informal Volleyball League for Under 15/16 boys and Under 17/18 girls...first four teams to register are in. For more information go to:
https://www.universe.com/evafeb10
10 am - 12 pm Basic Cycle Session eight Power skills
The Basics of being a power player in volleyball. Everyone loves this session hit hard and hit high.
12 pm - 2 pm Advanced Position Cycle Session eight Setter front row
The more advanced skill for playing the front row as a setter in volleyball. This session is for everyone, not just setter you need to know what the other people in the front row are doing. So, do not skip this session just because you are not a setter.
For more information go to:
https://www.universe.com/feb10a


Monday, 5 February 2018

Volleyball Elite Academy

For all of you volleyball players out there...this week in volleyball has a great lineup of sessions. As always this week there is jump training on Tuesday and Thursday at Ignite Athlete Conditioning For more information go to: http://ift.tt/2sapp1m On Saturday we have second mini informal Volleyball League for Under 15/16 boys and Under 17/18 girls...first four teams to register are in. For more information go to: http://ift.tt/2GQcXau 10 am - 12 pm Basic Cycle Session eight Power skills The Basics of being a power player in volleyball. Everyone loves this session hit hard and hit high. 12 pm - 2 pm Advanced Position Cycle Session eight Setter front row The more advanced skill for playing the front row as a setter in volleyball. This session is for everyone, not just setter you need to know what the other people in the front row are doing. So, do not skip this session just because you are not a setter. For more information go to: http://ift.tt/2sapr9u Hope to see you on the court. Dr. Darren Cannell Elite Academy Canadianeliteacademy.com Saskatoon Saskatchewan Canada http://ift.tt/2f2GEZz
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Sunday, 10 December 2017

Volleyball Elite Academy

Monday will be in Toronto to try to gain some wisdom from my older sister. It has been a long time since I have had a good visit with my sis and her family and this is it...Looking forward to it, so friends in TO, let us go for coffee.
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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Volleyball Elite Academy

Tickets are bought. I will be in Toronto from December 11 until December 15th...look out Sis...here I come.
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Saturday, 11 November 2017

Volleyball Elite Academy

I will be going to visit my sister in Toronto in December...a long over due visit...She is a grandma to kids I have not even seen...look out TO here I come.
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