September 11, 2020

National Coaches Week Sept 19-27

Attention clubs! Celebrate your coaches during the Coaching Association of Canada's National Coaches Week! Say #ThanksCoach on Social Media or with a National Coaches Week Gift!
More information about how you can celebrate your coaches during National Coaches Week can be found HERE.

Coaches, be sure to take advantage of free and discounted e-Learning opportunities during National Coaches week!
Courses include: Safe SportCoaching Athletes With a Disability and more! Available e-Learning modules can be found in your Locker account.

The Coaches Association of Ontario also has a great lineup of events planned for National Coaches Week. You can view their events, including Ask the Experts Coach Lunch & Learns and Professional Development webinars, HERE.

Another valuable program offered by the CAO is Mentor's Express. This is an opportunity to work with a sports expert in an area of your choice! The CAO is accepting coach applications until September 30th for Mentor's Express. 
More information about the program can be found HERE.

September 11, 2020

Ontario Coaches Conference 2020

The 2020 Ontario Speed Skating Coaches Conference is going online! Join us during National Coaches Week and into October for a series of coaching webinars with speakers who are specialists in a variety of subjects.
We will kick off the conference on Wednesday September 23 at 8pm with Coaching in the COVID Reality - a sharing session featuring suggestions from speed skating coaches who have already returned to on-ice practices this season.

The conference will continue throughout September and October with weekly presentations, including:

Safe Strength and Plyometrics Training for Youth Athletes
with Zach Skubnik (R.Kin, CSCS) of Mind to Muscle in Barrie

Long Track Technique and Tactics
with Jordan Belchos, Canadian Long Track National Team and OSSA Member

Coaching Girls in Sport
with Elizabeth Migneron, OSSA High Performance Director

Short Track Technique and Biomechanics
Annie Sarrat, France National Short Track Team Coach

Additional topics include Sports Nutrition and Coaching Masters Athletes.

We will release presentation dates as they become available.
Stay tuned to the OSSA Website for details.

The cost of the 2020 Coaches Conference is $20.00 + HST ($22.60). This fee includes all sessions as well as access to the Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders/Coaches e-Learning module.

Certified Coaches attending the Conference will be eligible for one NCCP PD Point per session attended on their Locker transcript.
Coaches who register for the conference but cannot attend a live session will have access to the session recording for a limited time.

Registration is open! Register HERE.

September 11, 2020

Congratulations to our Upgraded Coaches!

OSSA would like to congratulate the following coaches who successfully completed their coach portfolio and evaluation to obtain their  
NCCP Certification in the 2019-2020 season: 

Dan Curtis (London) - Introduction to Competition Certified
Mark O'Donnell (Oakville) - Introduction to Competition Certified
Peter Milne (Ottawa) - Introduction to Competition Certified
Mark Heung (Milton) - Introduction to Competition Certified
Matt Kump (Niagara) - Introduction to Competition Certified
Stephanie Bowskill (Markham) - Introduction to Competition Certified
Jack Lapum (Kawartha) - Introduction to Competition Certified
Paul Devellis (Oakville) - Introduction to Competition Certified
Bernie Cappuccitti (Greater Durham) - FUNdamentals Coach Certified

Thank you and congratulations to our newly-certified NCCP Coaches!

August 10, 2020

Equipment Maintenance Webinar Recording

OSSA’s Summer Webinar Series continued last week with an Equipment Maintenance Webinar led by Francois Drolet of Nagano Skate.

The link to the recording is now available HERE until the end of August.

Recording Password: OSSAequipment2020*

August 07, 2020

2019-2020 Officials Clinic Attendees and Upgrades

Congratulations to the following individuals who completed the Level 1 Officials’ Clinic: Introduction to Speed Skating this season:

Ainley McNamee, Alexander Brodeur, Angela Bladon, Christian Bourget, Christine McMaster, Claudia Huelgas, Darren Massel, Dave Codack, Elaine Friedrich, Franklin Guillaume, Heather Lee, Ingrid Sully, James Sutton, Janet Howse, Jason Bettez, Jeremy Andrews, Karla Gimby, Kelly George, Linda Cook, Lynda Gernon, Marc Hanvelt, Michael Karakolis, Mike Price, Nicole Vrazinovski, Spencer Bladon, Stacie Ogg, Stephan Lee and Tiger Song.

Congratulations to the following individuals who completed the Level 2 Officials’ Clinic in 2020:
Annick Menard, Colleen Murphy, Kaiyu Feng, Marc Besner, Mary-Evelyn Lather, Melissa Pool and Trisha Belleghem.


OSSA would also like to congratulate the following individuals who have been approved for upgrades by the OSSA Officials Development Committee: 

Lauren Adourian - Level 1 Announcer
Karla Gimby - Level 1 Judge
Trish Belegham - Level 2 Judge
Annick Menard - Level 2 Judge
Rebecca Champagne - Level 2 Meet Coordinator
Karen Adourian - Level 2 Meet Coordinator
Eric Lecompte - Level 2 Referee
James Simpson - Level 2 Referee
Melissa Pool - Level 1 Timer
Marc Besner - Level 2 Timer
Mary-Evelyn Lather - Level 2 Timer
Christopher Langridge - Level 2 Track Steward
Jason Bettez - Level 1 Starter

As a sport that is primarily run by volunteers, we are always looking for more members to join our dedicated team of speed skating officials. 
Thank you to these outstanding members for their dedication to officiating in speed skating!

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