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Coaching Education for speed skating

Our coaching facilitators thought it would be a good idea to provide an overview of the coaching certification process for speed skating.

Coaches across Canada can take courses National Coaches Certification Program (NCCP) facilitators.  You can more or less start at any level, depending on who you coach and your experience.  You can take courses and be certified at the following levels:

Fundamentals Coach- Coaches at this level are primarily interested in teaching younger, club level skaters to acquire the basics and will learn how to set up practices aimed at these skaters.  Coaches wanting to coach at the Saskatchewan Winter Games should have fundamentals coach certification.

  • Apply an ethical decision making process
  • Verify that the practice environment is safe
  • Implement an appropriately structured and organized practice
  • Make interventions that promote learning
  • Accesses equipment needs and quality of the participants equipment
  • Detect and correct common technical errors
  • Organize a series of activities into a plan that enhances the learning of one or more skills
  • Design an Emergency Action Plan
  • Report on athlete progress throughout program
  • Utilises communication tools for the effective delivery of the program

 

Introduction to Competition- Coaches at this level are more interested in higher level skaters as they progress to national level meets.  More emphasis is given to advanced technique, dryland training, etc.  Coaches wanting to coach at the Canada West Short Track, the Canadian Age Class Championship and Canada Cups must have Introduction to Competition certification.

  • Introduction to Competition Coaches are evaluated on their ability to complete the following activities within their daily practice environment:
  • Apply an ethical decision making process
  • Verify that the practice environment is safeImplement an appropriately structured and organized practice
  • Make interventions that promote learning
  • Accesses equipment needs and quality of the participants equipmentDetect and correct performance
  • Organize a series of activities into a plan that enhances the learning of one or more skills
  • Design an Emergency Action Plan
  • Report on athlete progress throughout program
  • Outline a seasonal program structure based on available training and competition opportunities
  • Identify program measures to promote athlete development
  • Develop practice plans that integrate seasonal training priorities

 

Competition Development- Coaches at this level are dealing with athletes performing at a high level and training year round.  To coach at the Canada Winter Games level, you must have Competition Development certification.

  • Successfully complete the on-line Making Ethical Decisions Evaluation
  • Prepare an yearly training plan covering the physical, technical, tactical & mental preparation of athletes as well as recovery & regeneration strategies
  • Copies of Microcycle plans in the followings Phases: General Preparation, Specific Preparation, Pre-Competition & Competition
  • Task Analysis which addresses the Technical, Tactical, Physical, Social and Intellectual factors which influence performance
  • A copy of the Emergency Action Plan in place for your primary training venue
  • A one page article outlining your coaching philosophy and key to success
  • A technical analysis of a skater using a video recorded of a skater within your training group – the video can be taken in the training or competition setting.

 

Level 4 and 5- Level 4 and 5 coaches training is very intensive and may mean you are making your living as a coach!

 

In Saskatchewan, this training can be offered in a number of ways:

  • traditional clinic (like a two day clinic at Fast is Fun)

  • scheduled visits of two to three hours each over a season

  • needs based training for coaches not meant for certification

  • seminar type sessions offered by guest coaches

  • any other method we can imagine together

 

Our experts…….. (we often bring them in as well!)

Bill Christ

Verna Kergan

Tim Comfort

1-306-221-2971

 

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