There are no courses scheduled at this time. Please check back often for updates!
You can also check out details on the Coaching Symposium OSSA is hosting in May.
Notice - Courses before April 2011The Coaching Development Committee would like to make members who have participated in coach training aware that persons who attended Fundamentals Coach or Introduction to Competition courses prior to August 2011 may have had their practical evaluation fee included in the registration fee.
Evaluations are encouraged to be completed within 6 months of attending a course. OSSA will no longer track the evaluation fees from courses offered 2 or more years ago. As such, coaches who may have paid an evaluation fee prior to August 2011 have until September 1, 2013 to complete their practical evaluation and have the $75 fee paid.
Coaches who do not complete their evaluations prior to this date, will need to pay the evaluation fee to their evaluator when they pursue the steps to complete certification.
Club coaches at speed skating clubs across Ontario are the volunteers who introduce beginners to the sport of speed skating and guide a skater as they improve their technique and develop the skills necessary to compete. Club coaches organize the on ice activities for each club and provide the programs and instruction so that skaters can improve their technique in a safe and supportive environment.
Club coaches help skaters develop the skills and knowledge required to participate in competitions during the skating season and guide the skaters who show an interest and ability to improve their technique, speed and desire to race.
Club coaches are often volunteers who are willing to pass on their personal knowledge and passion for speed skating developed during their own competetive skating career. Club coaches are sometimes volunteers who are new to speed skating but have an aptitude for teaching and coaching and are willing to apply those skills to speed skating. Club coaches acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to teach and coach the sport of speed skating by participating in coaching clinics. Coaches develop their abilities by working with skaters at their own clubs, through the mentorship of more experienced coaches, and by attending coaching courses and symposiums.
Process to become a Speed Skating Coach in Ontario
Normally the first step to becoming a speed skating coach is to speak to either the coach or a member of the club executive at your local speed skating club. They can provide advice on the the coaching needs and opportunities at you local club. They can often provide the names of coaches who are willing to mentor new coaches.
If you are interested in taking a course please visit the Speed Skating Canada Coaching Program Guidelines to find out more about the different courses available.
Resources for Coaches - websites
Speed Skating Canada (http://www.speedskating.ca/resources-0)
Sport Information Resource Centre (www.sirc.ca)
Sport Alliance of Ontario (www.sportalliance.com)
Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (http://www.cces.ca/en/home)
Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (http://www.caaws.ca/)
Coaches Association of Ontario (http://www.coachesontario.ca/)
Coaching Association of Canada (http://www.coach.ca/)
Resources for Coaches - webinars and videos
Training videos - Dustin Miller and Gilmore Junio
Best practices for using the Gauge for Bend and Rocker - Shawn Holman
Give Your Everything athlete videos - Canadian Olympic Committee
Racing on Skates - Speed Skating Canada
Skating the 100m and 111m track - Speed Skating Canada
When should a skater move from the 100m to the 111m track? - Speed Skating Canada
Resources for Coaches - bulletins
Conferences and Continuing Education
Ontario Coaches Conference, Hamilton, ON - February 22 - 24, 2013
Canadian Sport For Life National Summit, Gatineau, QC - January 30-31, 2013
Sport Leadership Conference, Montreal, QC - November 8-10, 2012
SPIN Summit, Vancouver, BC - October 1-3, 2012
Canadian Sport Centre High Performance Symposium, Toronto, ON - April 13-14, 2012