Coaching

Visit the Coaching NS website http://www.coachingns.com/

This has been put together as a resource for coaches in NS. It has a calendar of events (coaching workshops) and is a great resource for all coaches around NS.

This website has been developed by the Department of Health & Wellness.


NCCP

General NCCP is a competency based National Coaching Certification Program. It is comprised of three streams and a total of eight “contexts”, each with its own coaching requirements. Each sport is responsible for identifying how many of the eight contexts are relevant to their sport.

The three streams are:
1.) Community Sport Stream a) Initiation (CSp-Init) b) Ongoing participation (CSp-Ong)
2.) Competition Stream a) Introduction (Comp-Int) b) Development (Comp-Dev) c) High Performance (Comp-HP)
3.) Instruction Stream a) Beginners (Inst-Beg) b) Intermediate Performers (Inst-Imd) c) Advanced performers (Inst-Adv)
Coaches can be trained in any of the eight coaching contexts, which are specific to the type of athlete they are working with, and can progress through to a “Master Coach” level in any context. Training and certification are generally designed for coaches working in a particular stream with a target group of athletes. Becoming certified to coach other target athletes, or in other coaching streams, requires additional training and evaluation. For more information please go to the NCCP website.

Karate

2011 was a big year for Karate Canada’s NCCP program. KC (Karate Canada) finally got Final Approval for their Instructor Beginner and Competition Introductions programs. Ontario was the first province to deliver the program. Although the program reviews were good, some modifications will be made to better the Workshop. Tim Suzuki will join KC in an effort to expedite the Final Approval of Comp. Dev. and help with the revisions to Inst. Beg. and Comp. Intro.

KC also reached a huge milestone by getting conditional approval for the Competition Development program (Provincial Team Coach). Some coaches were trained as part of the pilot last year and more will be trained at the 2011 KC summit and 2012 National Championships this year.

For more information on NCCP as it applies to karate please go to KC’s website and go to the “Coaches” tab.


Long Term Athlete Development

Karate Canada
In 2009, Karate Canada (KC) developed and published a comprehensive Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) plan, aimed at optimizing athletic development, called Karate for Life.  Karate for Life incorporates information from the Sport Canada resource paper Canadian Sport for Life, which is a generic model of athletic development aimed at improving the nation’s health and excellence in sport. A copy of the Karate for Life manual and poster was sent to the Head Instructors from each dojo registered with the Nova Scotia Karate Association in 2011.  A copy of Karate for Life can also be located at http://www.karatecanada.org/docs/ltad/Karate%20for%20Life.pdf or by visiting Karate Canada’s website and looking in the document section under Long-Term Athlete Development.
Karate Canada is reviewing the current competitive structure to ensure that LTAD objectives are successfully being achieved. The purpose of the initiative is to review Karate Canada’s current competition structure, identify gaps between LTAD’s developmental success indicators and Karate Canada’s current system, develop an improved competition system and design an implementation strategy. In 2011, the committee launched two initiatives that focused on improving karate competitions by aligning them with the concepts of Karate LTAD.  The first initiative was the preparation of a draft report (which underwent a limited release) prepared by GermainBisson, Roy Tipenhauer and Kraig Devlin called “Competition Review-Introductory and Developmental Competitions: A Fresh Look at Karate Events for Children and Youth” that detailed four key recommendations for aligning karate “events” with accepted LTAD principles.  The next step for this initiative is to have it adopted in principle by the provincial associations so that test events may start running.  The second initiative focused on the Canadian National Championships. The report titled “Competition Review-Senior and Junior National Championship Format Change Recommendations” details a number of specific recommendations and is currently before the Karate Canada HPC. Work is currently being done and some of the recommended changes will occur at the 2012 National Championships in Richmond, B.C.In particular, at the 2012 National Championships all kumite matches will be double elimination.  Due to the time constraints involved in double elimination matches, there will be no team kumite for junior and cadet athletes; there will only be team kumite for adults. This is a pilot project and may be subject to change in 2013.
Nova Scotia Karate Association
The Nova Scotia Karate Association, after reviewing the objectives of Long Term Athlete Development, struck a committee to look into ways of improving the competition experience for those athletes under the age of 12 years.  The Value Added Committee was created to look at ways to make tournaments more fun and skill based for those athletes less than 12 years of age.  As a result of the work of the Value Added Committee a new component was added to our Nova Scotia tournaments- the Skills Challenge!  Competitors under 12 years can participate (free of charge) in the Skills Challenge, which consist of 5 different challenges.  These challenges change at each tournament.  The results of the challenges are recorded for the athletes and once they complete all challenges they receive a ribbon for participation. The members of the Nova Scotia Karate Team run the Skills Challenge; this helps to give our young athletes exposure to our team members.
As the NSKA receives more information from KC’s LTAD Committee, we will continue to look at ways to make our competition environment more compatible with the concepts contained in Karate’s LTAD.

 

Concussion Awareness

The Coaching Association of Canada has announced the launch of their new e-learning module for concussion awareness. “Making head Way” has been designed to help coaches gain the knowledge and skills required to ensure the safety of their athletes. This multi-sport module will cover: what to do to prevent concussions, how to recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion, what to do when you suspect an athlete has a concussion, and how to ensure athletes return to play safely. For a limited time this on-line module is free to all coaches and the course will also be recorded as professional development on coaches transcripts.

To find out more information about this important issue for all coaches. Follow this link to the CAC web site.

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