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Coaching Congress Class Descriptions

Read the descriptions below for more information about each clinic at Congress.

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Session 1 - Clinic 1

Improving and Maintaining Overhead Shoulder Motion

Presenter: Mahmoud Zaerian
Date: Friday, August 24, 2018
Time: 8:30am - 9:45 am
Discipline: All
 
There is a science to improving over head range of motion in your gymnast and there is an art to implementing the tactics to do this. In this seminar, we will look at what limits overhead range of motion, why traditional approaches don’t work all the time and the science behind improving it quickly, safely and effectively while maintaining it long term. Methods used with some of our national gymnasts.

Session 1 - Clinic 2

Optimize Your Health:  Improve Mood and Focus and Performance

Presenter: Carol Morley
Date: Friday, August 24, 2018
Time: 8:30am - 9:45 am
Discipline: All
 
Come join Dr. Carol Morley, a Naturopathic Doctor, with a background in exercise physiology, discuss what it takes to be your best.  When we eat and sleep well, our bodies will perform well.   Nutrition, supplementation and lifestyle will all be discussed as it relates to optimizing your mood and focus in order to perform your very best.  What should you be eating after competing? What time should you go to bed? What is the ideal breakfast? Why are top athletes eating more fat and less carbohydrates? You will leave with a gym bag full of practical ideas of how to fuel your body mentally and physically for the best results!

Session 1 - Clinic 3

Drills Before Skills

Presenter: Krista Dales
Date: Friday, August 24, 2018
Time: 8:30am - 9:45 am
Discipline: GFA
 
The importance of teaching progressions in a Recreational/Foundations based class, while keeping your class active, engaged and interested.  A workshop of different drills on each event that can lead to the skills most participants are eager to learn.

Session 1 - Clinic 4

WAG CoP Updates Friday

Presenter: Shelley Lefler
Date: Friday, August 24, 2018
Time: 8:30am - 9:45 am
Discipline: WAG
 
This session will inform you of the changes to the JO Optional Code of Points for the upcoming competitive season.

Session 1 - Clinic 5

Planning for Planners! - Everything You Wanted To Know To Make and Implement a 52 Week Plan For Your Competitive Year

 

Presenter: Toni Norman
Date: Friday, August 24, 2018
Time: 8:30am - 9:45 am
Discipline: WAG/ALL
 

Do you love the idea to “taper for a competition” but really not know the numbers to taper to?

Or do you think you just need to bring tape to competition?

Would you like to know the difference between a heavy load week, medium or light load? Or do you think the above sentence is about Laundry cycles?

Do you know how to plan for your year? When to strength training, when to add speed and how much or how many times a week? In which weeks?

Do you know how many beam routines to do and when during the season to give your athlete the best chance of staying on the beam during your biggest competition?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions then this little fun and active planning session is for you!!

Everything you wanted to know to make and implement a 52 week plan for your competitive year.

Session 2 - Clinic 6

Starting From The Ground Up: A look Into Foot and Ankle Function In Gymnastics Skill Acquisition

Presenter: Mahmoud Zaerian
Date: Friday, August 24, 2018
Time: 10:00am-11:15am
Discipline: ALL
 
In this seminar you will see how foot and ankle functioning is critical to a gymnasts capacity for power output and how it can contribute to major knee, hip and low back injuries. You will be guided through a step by step approach to restoring foot and ankle function as well as how to manage injuries that arise.

Session 2 - Clinic 7

CanGym Update and What is Gymnaestrada?

Presenter: Lauren Cohen
Date: Friday, August 24, 2018
Time: 2:00pm-3:15pm
Discipline: ALL/GFA
 
This session will provide you with the most up-to-date information on the CanGym Revitalization Project – what is being included in the new CanGym and when you can expect to see it.  And for those clubs who still aren’t sure what Gymnaestrada is… let’s talk about this non-competitive performance stream and discuss how it starts with creating a group within your club and then how to participate in Ontario, Canadian, and World Gymnaestrada events.

Session 2 - Clinic 8

Howdy Partner!

Presenter: Lisa Mitzel
Date: Friday, August 24, 2018
Time: 10:00am-11:15am
Discipline: ALL
 
Vital strategies and exercises in enhancing productivity and trust in the coach-athlete relationship; promote ongoing motivation & success with connection, safety, and emotional intelligence. 

Session 2 - Clinic 9

Child Sexual Abuse – Awareness and Education Friday

Presenter: Karen Kibsey
Date: Friday, August 24, 2018
Time: 10:00am-11:15am
Discipline: ALL
 
This training session is designed to empower coaches and sport professionals with practical information to help enhance child and youth safety in sport. It will increase awareness of the issue of child sexual abuse while highlighting the importance of understanding boundaries, sexual misconduct and reporting inappropriate behavior.

Session 2 - Clinic 10

Optional Vault

Date: Friday, August 24, 2018
Time: 10:00am-11:15am
Discipline: WAG/MAG
 
Tsuks and Yurchenkos (focusing on drills and technique to vault to raised surfaces)

Session 3 - Clinic 11

LTAD Considerations to Actively Engage Girls and Young Women

Presenter: Wendy Dobbin
Date: Friday, August 24, 2018
Time: 11:30am-12:45pm
Discipline: ALL
 
The Canadian Sport for Life movement and use of long-term athlete development (LTAD) pathways are improving the delivery of sport and physical activity in Canada. However, many bumps, roadblocks, and dead ends exist along the LTAD pathway for girls and young women. Discussion will focus on several key issues central to supporting girls and young women as athletes and leaders, including training environments, injury prevention, role models, and “on- and off-ramps”. Practical recommendations will be provided for coaches, recreation leaders, teachers, and sport administrators. 

Session 3 - Clinic 12

How To Start An ACRO Program

Presenter: Suzie Owen
Date: Friday, August 24, 2018
Time: 10:00am-11:15am
Discipline: ALL/ACRO
 
In this session participants will learn about the ACRO discipline and how it can benefit your club.  Suzie will give you the tools to implement a recreational ACRO program while teaching you some of the basic skills.
1. What is Acro? Brief description of acrobatic gymnastics
2. How can Acrobatic Gymnastics benefit your club?
3. We’re in! How do we start?
4. Teaching acrobatic gymnastics
5. Outline of acrobatic recreational program (pre-team handbook)
Acrobatic technique – how to teach basic skills – demonstrators

Session 3 - Clinic 13

Wise and Effective Motivation

Presenter: Lisa Mitzel
Date: Friday, August 24, 2018
Time: 11:30am-12:45pm
Discipline: ALL
 
Getting athletes ‘on board’ with strategic empathy and personal sharing, even when they're struggling -- this session goes deep and helps coaches understand the vital role of vulnerability in both the athlete and the coach. 

Session 3 - Clinic 14

Coaching - The Other Side

Presenter: Krista Dales
Date: Friday, August 24, 2018
Time: 11:30am-12:45pm
Discipline: ALL/GFA
 
There is so much more to coaching than the technical side. The best lesson plans can be quickly derailed when real-life situations arise.  This session will provide guidance and encourage discussion on topics such as:
·      When a child has an accident in the gym (e.g., urination, vomiting)
·      How to deal with bullying or bad group dynamics
·      How to deal with parental situations 
·      How to handle new participants
·      How to handle shy participants
·      How to handle the non-listening, running away, participants

 

Session 3 - Clinic 15

Tumbling

Date: Friday, August 24, 2018
Time: 11:30am-12:45pm
Discipline: WAG/MAG/TUM
 
Combination Tumbling and Twisting

Session 4 - Clinic 16

Coaching Basic ACRO Skills

Presenter: Erin Oswald
Date: Friday, August 24, 2018
Time: 11:30am-12:45pm
Discipline: ALL/ACRO
 
This session will introduce the basic acrobatic gymnastic balance and dynamic elements.  Balance elements will include preparatory elements, supports such as hand to hand holds, stand on shoulders, and body positioning.  Start positions such as boosts, toe pitches and platforms and a variety of catches will be presented to introduce dynamic elements.  The session focuses on USJO Levels 1-5 which provide a strong foundation for a Recreational Acro program as well as entry level competitive programs. 

Session 4 - Clinic 17

Optional Beam – Combination Tumbling and Acrobatics on the Beam 

Presenter: Toni Norman
Date: Friday, August 24, 2018
Time: 2:00pm-3:15pm
Discipline: WAG
 

Combinations to start working now to get connection values that your athlete will need in the future.

Think outside the box, train outside the box! Key technical factors and common mistakes to look for to allow you to troubleshoot and be successful in optional gymnastics.

Great drills lead to great skills! Learn some innovative and proven drills to have your most successful season ever!

Session 4 - Clinic 18

Integrating Mental Training

Presenter: Lisa Mitzel
Date: Friday, August 24, 2018
Time: 2:00pm-3:15pm
Discipline: ALL
 
Learn easy mental tools and micro-stations to include in your athletes' workout -- Mental training can be done in a few minutes or seconds during practices. Design simple habits to increase success in skills & routines, and transfer to competition. 

Session 4 - Clinic 19

How to Teach a Recreational Trampoline Class With Limited Space

Presenter: Michelle Seanor
Date: Friday, August 24, 2018
Time: 2:00pm-3:15pm
Discipline: T&T
 
Michelle will give you different strategies to help you design a great trampoline class with limited space.  These strategies will help keep your athletes interested and coming back for more!

Session 4 - Clinic 20

ODP

Presenter: Dawn Izzard
Date: Friday, August 24, 2018
Time: 2:00pm-3:15pm
Discipline: WAG
 
From an assessors point of view:  Preparing your ODP athlete for ODP meets and training prep

Session 4 - Clinic 21

Pommels - Beginner to Intermediate

Presenter: David Altmeyer
Date: Friday, August 24, 2018
Time: 2:00pm-3:15pm
Discipline: MAG
 
David will go through the basics of mastering the mushroom/pommel horse from the beginner to intermediate level.

Session 5 - Clinic 22

NCCP Updates and Information Session Friday

Date: Friday, August 24, 2018
Time: 3:30pm-4:45pm
Discipline: ALL
 
The National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) is the only nationally recognized collaborative training program offering education to Gymnastics coaches at all stages. There have been several changes to the NCCP over the years, with a major shift into competency based modules. This session will be beneficial to both coaches and club administrators experiencing confusion surrounding NCCP requirements. There will be a detailed presentation followed by Q&A session.

Session 5 - Clinic 23

Compulsory Beam - Building Strong Basics

Presenter: Toni Norman
Date: Friday, August 24, 2018
Time: 3:30pm-4:45pm
Discipline: WAG
 

The competition in Level 3-5 has become FIERCE, athletes are routinely scoring 9.7’s, 9.8’s and even higher! Don’t get frustrated!! Learn how to build strong basics and the subtleties of taking a low 9 routine to a high 9 routine. How to make these routines so numerically strong that statistically they stand the best chance of staying on the beam at competition, while simultaneously mastering the skills to take your athlete to the next level!!

Session 5 - Clinic 24

Circuits and Stations for All

Presenter: Krista Dales
Date: Friday, August 24, 2018
Time: 3:30pm-4:45pm
Discipline: GFA
 
This workshop focuses on how to set up circuits or stations that will take you through your entire shift of lesson plans when coaching multiple age groups and levels in one day/evening.

Session 5 - Clinic 25

How to Teach Twisting Skills to Your Artistic Gymnasts on a Trampoline 

Presenter: Michelle Seanor
Date: Friday, August 24, 2018
Time: 3:30pm-4:45pm
Discipline: WAG/MAG/T&T
 
Michelle will go through basic twisting techniques to help your gymnasts learn quickly and easily.

Session 5 - Clinic 26

Parallel Bars

Presenter: David Altmeyer
Date: Friday, August 24, 2018
Time: 3:30pm-4:45pm
Discipline: MAG
 
This session will focus on developing support swings, kips & Moy as well as touch on back dismount

Session 6 - Clinic 27

Compulsory Vault

Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018
Time: 8:30am-9:45am
Discipline: WAG/MAG
 
Building powerful runs & board takeoff to get a BIG handspring

Session 6 - Clinic 28

Crafting Your Coaching Legacy

Presenter: Ali Stoffels
Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018
Time: 8:30am-9:45am
Discipline: GFA
 
In 10 years, how do you want to be remembered by: 
 
The gymnasts you taught?
The parents of those gymnasts?
The coaches you worked beside?
The supervisors who mentored you?
The club you worked for?
The sport you love?
 
This session will lead you through self-reflection and goal-setting to start “crafting your coaching legacy”. By thinking about how you want to be remembered, coaches can begin identifying the steps they need to take to get there. 
 
This session is suitable for coaches of all levels and disciplines.

Session 6 - Clinic 29

Safe and Effective Methods for Shoulder Flexibility 

Presenter: Dave Tilley - SHIFT Movement
Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018
Time: 8:30am-9:45am
Discipline: WAG/ALL
 
Practical methods for  upper body flexibility that are safe and supported by current science, particular focus on handstand lines

Session 6 - Clinic 30

Child Sexual Abuse – Awareness and Education Friday

Presenter: Karen Kibsey
Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018
Time: 8:30am-9:45am
Discipline: ALL
 
This training session is designed to empower coaches and sport professionals with practical information to help enhance child and youth safety in sport. It will increase awareness of the issue of child sexual abuse while highlighting the importance of understanding boundaries, sexual misconduct and reporting inappropriate behavior.

Session 6 - Clinic 31

Optional Leaps/Jumps

Presenter: Sara Baker
Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018
Time: 8:30am-9:45am
Discipline: WAG
 
The focus of this clinic will be to provide drills and exercises that will aid in accomplishing B and above leaps. It will also direct the establishment of style and uniformity.  A strong emphasis will be placed on the upper and lower body, and the importance of uniting them. The clinic will also provide various combinations to help achieve bonuses in levels 9 and 10, as well as laying out both daily and weekly plans.  These plans will be based on typical, and expected, training schedules. 

Session 7 - Clinic 32

Super Legs and Shoulders

Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018
Time: 10:00am-11:15am
Discipline: WAG/MAG/TUM
 
Developing strength and power to improve your vault and tumbling

Session 7 - Clinic 33

Working with Athletes with Disabilities 

Presenter: Asifa Rahim
Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018
Time: 10:00am-11:15am
Discipline: GFA
 
In this session we will explore various physical and developmental disabilities and give coaches practical ideas for adapting recreational gymnastics lessons for athletes.

Session 7 - Clinic 34

Safe and Effective Methods for Lower Body Flexibility

Presenter: Dave Tilley - SHIFT Movement
Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018
Time: 10:00am-11:15am
Discipline: WAG/MAG
 
Practical methods for  lower body flexibility that are safe and supported by current science, particular focus on splits, leaps, inbar skills

Session 7 - Clinic 35

Compulsory Bars

Presenter: David Altmeyer
Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018
Time: 10:00am-11:15am
Discipline: WAG/MAG
 
Quality glide swing, kip cast, free hip and tap swing & flyaway.  Good basics that lead to building your bar program and drills that compliment.

Session 7 - Clinic 36

The Role of a Coach from an Athlete's Perspective

Presenter: Stella Umeh
Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018
Time: 10:00am-11:15am
Discipline: ALL
 
Early Stages
The Competitive Journey
The College Experience
The Next Phase
Take Homes
Q & A

Session 7 - Clinic 37

WAG JO CoP Update Saturday

Presenter: Shelley Lefler
Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018
Time: 10:00am-11:15am
Discipline: WAG
 
This session will inform you of the changes to the JO Optional Code of Points for the upcoming competitive season.

Session 8 - Clinic 38

NCCP Updates and Information Session Saturday

Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018
Time: 11:30am-12:45pm
Discipline: ALL
 
The National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) is the only nationally recognized collaborative training program offering education to Gymnastics coaches at all stages. There have been several changes to the NCCP over the years, with a major shift into competency based modules. This session will be beneficial to both coaches and club administrators experiencing confusion surrounding NCCP requirements. There will be a detailed presentation followed by Q&A session.

Session 8 - Clinic 39

Compulsory Leaps and Turns

Presenter: Sara Baker
Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018
Time: 11:30am-12:45pm
Discipline: WAG
 
How do you break down the movements and body positions required to execute basic leaps and turns on floor? This clinic will provide simple, yet infinitely important exercises that will help establish: turn out, centre of gravity, and explosive power; all while creating and maintaining a style that will translate into optional levels.

Session 8 - Clinic 40

Current Concepts in Developing Strength and Power in Gymnasts

Presenter: Dave Tilley - SHIFT Movement
Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018
Time: 11:30am-12:45pm
Discipline: ALL
 
A blend of current ideas for physical preparation, through lecture and lab demo, focusing on leg power and overhead strength for handstand based skills.

Session 8 - Clinic 41

Optional Bars

Presenter: David Altmeyer
Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018
Time: 11:30am-12:45pm
Discipline: WAG/MAG
 
Giants, giant 1/2, stalder and stoop through circles to HS

Session 8 - Clinic 42

Trampoline Coaching Techniques

Presenter: Marty Myers
Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018
Time: 11:30am-12:45pm
Discipline: TRA
 
Marty Myers will teach proper techniques and corrections used to create a solid base to produce higher scoring athletes. Marty will explain common technical errors and how to get your athletes scoring higher in competition.

Session 8 - Clinic 43

The Skill of Believing

Presenter: Lisa Mitzel
Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018
Time: 11:30am-12:45pm
Discipline: ALL
 
Use words & imagination skillfully for clear goal-setting, optimism, and success -- the magic of confidence comes from daily using the skill of believing. This session teaches fun ways to increase your coaching tools and manifest success. 

Session 9 - Clinic 44

Optional Turns

Presenter: Sara Baker
Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018
Time: 2:00pm-3:15pm
Discipline: WAG
 
Finding balance in life is what everyone craves, and yet, not always what people understand. This clinic will teach the tools required to transform balance and progress into something spectacular. Get ready to learn techniques for Memmel, illusions and arabesque turns/combinations that will assist in taking your creativity to new heights!

Session 9 - Clinic 45

Special Needs - Strategies for Managing Behaviour

Presenter: Asifa Rahim
Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018
Time: 2:00pm-3:15pm
Discipline: GFA
 
With the increasing awareness of behavioural disabilities, Autism spectrum and social communication disorders in children, it is very likely you will eventually coach one or more athletes who are struggling with social, emotional or behaviour difficulties.
 
This session will help you understand the factors behind many difficult behaviours as well as provide you with strategies to help these athletes achieve success in your classes.

Session 9 - Clinic 46

8 Keystones for High Performance in Gymnastics

Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018
Time: 2:00pm-3:15pm
Discipline: ALL
 
Lecture based discussion on the main areas coaches should focus on to simultaneously increase performance and reduce injury risk.

Session 9 - Clinic 47

Life After Double Back and Half Out

Presenter: Marty Myers
Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018
Time: 2:00pm-3:15pm
Discipline: TRA
 
Are you unsure what comes next after these skills? Marty will discuss how to breakdown several different twisting doubles.  Learn different progressions and drills to help keep your athlete learning successfully! 

Session 9 - Clinic 48

Optional Bars Level 9+

Presenter: David Altmeyer
Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018
Time: 2:00pm-3:15pm
Discipline: WAG
 
In bar releases (pak salto and shoot overs)

Session 9 - Clinic 49

The Most Powerful Tool in the Universe

Presenter: Lisa Mitzel
Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018
Time: 2:00pm-3:15pm
Discipline: ALL
 
Teach intrinsic and exact visualization technique through personal experience for accuracy, consistency, incredible focus, and confidence.

Session 10 - Clinic 50

Walking Shapes and Patterns on Beam

Presenter: Sara Baker
Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018
Time: 3:30pm-4:45pm
Discipline: WAG
 
Would you like to make your athletes stand out at competitions? Of course!!  This choreography based beam complex is designed to help spark creativity within routines. Fluid walking patterns will increase confidence within the most creative, and even the less coordinated athletes, all while helping coaches identify a specific style for each athlete.

Session 10 - Clinic 51

Floor Bar Program

Presenter: David Altmeyer
Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018
Time: 3:30pm-4:45pm
Discipline: WAG/MAG
 
Drills and preparatory work to enhance good body line and progressions to advance skills.

Session 10 - Clinic 52

Getting the Most Out of Your Recreational Coaching Staff

Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018
Time: 3:30pm-4:45pm
Discipline: GFA
 
Looking for some tried & tested ways to encourage your staff to give just a little more?  Come hear about our favourite strategies jump start our rec coaches to encourage them to give that little bit more so that everyone benefits - the coach, the kids and the program!

Session 10 - Clinic 53

Everything You Need to Know About Back Fulls and Rudys

Presenter: Marty Myers
Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018
Time: 3:30pm-4:45pm
Discipline: TRA
 
Do you have an athlete who is having trouble learning a back full or rudy? Join Marty Myers to learn how to deal with teaching these challenging skills.  

Session 10 - Clinic 54

Coach Athletes Through Fear

Presenter: Lisa Mitzel
Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018
Time: 3:30pm-4:45pm
Discipline: ALL
 
Teach calm and control in the face of fear and anxiety. Slow down, reassure self-power, skill knowledge, and facilitate confidence and safety to advance more quickly!

Questions?

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