COACHES EMBARK ON TWO-YEAR COACHING DEVELOPMENT JOURNEY

Wednesday, January 27, 2016
COACHES EMBARK ON TWO-YEAR COACHING DEVELOPMENT JOURNEY

ONTARIO ADVANCED COACHING DIPLOMA COACHES KICKOFF WEEKEND

Canadian Sport Institute Ontario played host to twenty coaches recently for the kickoff for the Ontario Hub of the Advanced Coaching Diploma Program. Throughout the weekend the coaches were challenged and stretched to look at effective leadership behavior while also assessing their sport, their personal style and their potential. Dr. Cari Din facilitated a mind stretching workshop on ‘Olympic Medal Winning Leadership’.

The weekend was hosted by the Coach Development Team at CSIO consisting of Wendy Dobbin, Lead of Coach Development and Pippa Edwards, ACD Administrator. Dr Cari Din (Hub Cohort Mentor, Calgary) and Jason Sjostrom (Director of Coaching, Canadian Sport Institute Calgary) travelled to CSIO to share and participate in the cohort kickoff weekend. The Calgary Hub will host its kickoff weekend in April for the Western Canadian cohort of the ACD program.

“It was amazing to look around the room to see Olympic competitors and medalists, National team coaches, and collegiate coaches all working together to improve as coaches.”
Jordan Foley BPHE, BA, BEd, CSCS

“This weekend was a transformative event which reminded me about the excitement of being a coach that I felt back when I started. In my view it is the step off point to the next two years that should not be missed. The face to face with your fellow participants sets you up for success”…..Cannot wait till Wednesday.”
Kelly Chambers (Archery)

“It was a fantastic way to start an intense coaching program which made things feel real. Coaches got to not only meet the other coaches and facilitators, but were able to begin making connections, sharing ideas from years of experience”.
Patrick Hartunian (Squash)

The Ontario cohort is primed, engaged and looking forward to the next two years. There will be a total of 22 coaches participating in this, the fifth cohort of the diploma program through CSIO, with 70% of them being from partnered sports that actively work with CSIO. Joining the Ontario hub for mid-week webinars and activities will be coaches linked to other Institutes and Centres from across the country. The ACD blended learning model guides the coaches through experiential learning opportunities applied within their daily training environments.

Mid-week sessions kicked-off on Wednesday January 13 through an Adobe Connect webinar.

“We’re looking forward to an active and engaging two years working with this group of coaches from Ontario and across the country. Ultimately, by building the community of high performance pathway coaches working together through this experiential learning curriculum, we can see a positive impact on the Canadian Sport System today and in the future.”
Wendy Dobbin ChPC, Lead, Coach Development CSIO

ABOUT THE ADVANCED COACHING DIPLOMA
The Advanced Coaching Diploma (ACD) is the pinnacle of a coaches’ education in the National Coaching Certification Program. ACD coaches are recognized as being among the most qualified coaches and leaders of athletes and sport programs provincially, nationally and internationally.

The Diploma consists of four core themes; Coaching Leadership, Coaching Effectiveness, Performance Planning, and Training and Competition Readiness. Each theme requires coaches to complete a series of modules comprised of several 3 hour units of in-classroom sessions, seminars, workshops or labs. Coaches will be evaluated in each module based on their ability to demonstrate competency coaching developing athletes. Coaches enrolled in the Diploma program will work with a designated master and/or mentor coach who will support them in their completion of program requirements. The diploma program requires a mid-point and final assessment by a panel of content specialists. The Diploma is one step towards certification in the Competition-Development Advanced Gradation context. To complete his/her certification, the coach must contact his/her NSO to apply for the sport-specific evaluation.

For more information about the Advanced Coaching Diploma please visit www.coach.ca or any of the Canadian Sport Institutes/Centres across Canada.

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