MANDATORY (ALL COACHES):
- 21 Years of Age (minimum) as of December 31, 2018
- Respect in Sport For Activity Leaders. This is an online course found on the Sport Manitoba website.
- Making Ethical Decisions on line evaluation is mandatory. This online course found on the Canadian Coaching website.
MEN, WOMEN, MIXED COACHES:
- All coaches must be Competition Coach trained.
- All junior coaches need Competition Coach trained for CurlManitoba events leading up to the Provincial Championship and Competition Coach Certified for the Championship.
ATTENTION Coaches and Instructors for CurlManitoba
CRIMINAL RECORD CHECK AND CHILD ABUSE REGISTRY
Any coach at CurlManitoba Junior Provincial Championship MUST have a criminal record check and a child abuse registry check to be able to coach at the Provincial Level. This includes Junior Men’s and Women’s Provincial Championships and the Manitoba Games. The documents must be submitted to Elaine Owen, Event/Development Manager, CurlManitoba PRIOR TO December 15 of the current year.
No exceptions will be allowed so if you plan to compete in any of the events do record checks NOW. Criminal record checks can be obtained at an RCMP station in your area, or at the City of Winnipeg Police Station. You can also go online at www.winnipeg.ca or www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca.
The child abuse registry can be submitted on line at www.gov.mb.ca.
DO IT NOW AND AVOID THE LAST MINUTE PROBLEMS YOU MAY ENCOUNTER
- Prior to the start of competition teams may register a Coach/Adult Supervisor. Certification is not required. However, completion of Club Coach OR Competition Coach Trained is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED.
- Respect in Sport on line evaluation is MANDATORY.
COMPETITION COACH CERIFICATION
This is a three step process as follows:
- Competition Coach Course
- An Emergency Action Plan and a Practice Plan submitted for approval by CurlManitoba
- An on-ice evaluation of the implementation of the practice plan
You can challenge the certification by completing the last 2 steps of the certification. You have one attempt at the challenge.
For more information, please contact Elaine Owen at [email protected] or at 204-926-8408.
CurlManitoba recognizes the value of having certified NCCP coaches that are engaged in Professional Development programs that reinforce the values of lifelong learning and sharing amongst the coaching community.
In order for NCCP coaches to maintain their certified status, they will be required to obtain Professional Development (PD) points. PD points can be earned through a multitude of activities that coaches already participate in, including: national and provincial sport organization conferences and workshops, eLearning modules, NCCP workshops, coach mentorship programs, and active coaching. In most cases coaches are already earning their required PD points — Maintenance of Certification Status is simply the introduction of tracking these points and recognizing coaches for their efforts.
Log into The Locker, the National Coaching Certification Program database, for an up-to-date record of your PD points using the link at right. Within The Locker, you’ll find a “Maintenance” tab on the left hand side of your Certification page. Record your active coaching using the Self-Report button.
For examples of opportunities to accumulate Professional Development points, check out these pages:
- Maintenance of Certification – Coaches Association of Canada
- Professional Development Opportunities – Coaches Association of Ontario
- Annual Coaches Conference – Coaches Association of Ontario
- Coaches Helping Coaches
For curling-specific opportunities, follow this link:
The CurlManitoba Coaches Corner has been developed to provide curling coaches with resources.
NOTE: If you have a great resource that you’d like to share, please send to [email protected]
HOW ATHLETES CAN DEAL WITH THEIR FEARS AND STRESSES
By: Stanley Popovich
Some athletes have a difficult time in managing their fears and stresses. As a result, here is a brief list of techniques that an athlete can use to help manage their most persistent fears and every day anxieties. When facing a current or upcoming task that overwhelms you with a lot of anxiety, the first thing you can do is to divide the task into a series of smaller steps. Completing these smaller tasks one at a time will make the stress more manageable and increases your chances of success. Sometimes we get stressed out when everything happens all at once. When this happens, a person should take a deep breath and try to find something to do for a few minutes to get their mind off of the problem. A person could get some fresh air, listen to some music, or do an activity that will give them a fresh perspective on things.
A person should visualize a red stop sign in their mind when they encounter a fear provoking thought. When the negative thought comes, a person should think of a red stop sign that serves as a reminder to stop focusing on that thought and to think of something else. A person can then try to think of something positive to replace the negative thought.Another technique that is very helpful is to have a small notebook of positive statements that makes you feel good. Whenever you come across an affirmation that makes you feel good, write it down in a small notebook that you can carry around with you in your pocket. Whenever you feel depressed or frustrated, open up your small notebook and read those statements. This will help to manage your negative thinking.
Learn to take it one day at a time. Instead of worrying about how you will get through the rest of the week, try to focus on today. Each day can provide us with different opportunities to learn new things and that includes learning how to deal with your problems. You never know when the answers you are looking for will come to your doorstep. We may be ninety-nine percent correct in predicting the future, but all it takes is for that one percent to make a world of difference. Take advantage of the help that is available around you. If possible, talk to a professional who can help you manage your depression and anxieties. They will be able to provide you with additional advice and insights on how to deal with your current problem. By talking to a professional, a person will be helping themselves in the long run because they will become better able to deal with their problems in the future. Remember that it never hurts to ask for help.
Dealing with our persistent fears is not easy. Remember that all you can do is to do your best each day, hope for the best, and take things in stride. Patience, persistence, education, and being committed in trying to solve your problem will go along way in fixing your problems.
WHEN A TEAMMATE STRUGGLES WITH DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY
By: Stanley Popovich
What do you do when a teammate has to deal with persistent fears, anxieties, or even depression? Well the first thing you need to do is to get the person to seek the services of a professional who can lead them in the right direction and give them the help they need. In addition, here are some other techniques you can use to help the person cope. Learn as much as you can in managing anxiety and depression. There are many books and information that will educate you on how to deal with fear and anxiety. Share this information with the person who is struggling. Education is the key in finding the answers your looking for in managing your fears. Be understanding and patient with the person struggling with their fears. Dealing with depression and anxiety can be difficult for the person so do not add more problems than what is already there. In every anxiety-related situation you experience, begin to learn what works, what doesn’t work, and what you need to improve on in managing your fears and anxieties. For instance, you have a lot of anxiety and you decide to take a walk to help you feel better. The next time you feel anxious you can remind yourself that you got through it the last time by taking a walk. This will give you the confidence to manage your anxiety the next time around.
Challenge your negative thinking with positive statements and realistic thinking. When encountering thoughts that make your fearful or anxious, challenge those thoughts by asking yourself questions that will maintain objectivity and common sense. For example, you are afraid that if you do not get that job promotion then you will be stuck at your job forever. This depresses you, however your thinking in this situation is unrealistic. The fact of the matter is that there all are kinds of jobs available and just because you don’t get this job promotion doesn’t mean that you will never get one. In addition, people change jobs all the time, and you always have that option of going elsewhere if you are unhappy at your present location. Changing your thinking can help you manage your fears.
Another thing to remember is that things change and events do not stay the same. For instance, you may feel overwhelmed today with your anxiety and feel that this is how you will feel the rest of the week or month. This isn’t correct. No one can predict the future with one hundred percent accuracy. Even if the thing that you feared does happen there are circumstances and factors that you can’t predict which can be used to your advantage. You never know when the help and answers you are looking for will come to you. When your fears and anxieties have the best of you, seek help from a professional. The key is to be patient, take it slow, and not to give up. In time, you will be able to find those resources that will help you with your problems.
HOW ATHLETES CAN MANAGE DEPRESSION
By Stanley Popovich
Sometimes, athletes deal with depression. Here is a short list of techniques that an athlete can use to help manage their depression. One of the ways to manage your depression is to challenge your negative thinking with positive statements and realistic thinking. When encountering thoughts that make your fearful or depressed, challenge those thoughts by asking yourself questions that will maintain objectivity and common sense. For example, your afraid that if you do not get that job promotion then you will be stuck at your job forever. This depresses you, however your thinking in this situation is unrealistic. The fact of the matter is that there all are kinds of jobs available and just because you don’t get this job promotion doesn’t mean that you will never get one. In addition, people change jobs all the time, and you always have that option of going elsewhere if you are unhappy at your present location. Some people get depressed and have a difficult time getting out of bed in the mornings. When this happens, a person should take a deep breath and try to find something to do to get their mind off of the problem. A person could take a walk, listen to some music, read the newspaper or do an activity that will give them a fresh perspective on things. Doing something will get your mind off of the problem and give you confidence to do other things. Sometimes, we can get depressed over a task that we will have to perform in the near future. When this happens, visualize yourself doing the task in your mind. For instance, you and your team have to play in the championship volleyball game in front of a large group of people in the next few days. Before the big day comes, imagine yourself playing the game in your mind. Imagine that your playing in front of a large audience. By playing the game in your mind, you will be better prepared to perform for real when the time comes. Self-Visualization is a great way to reduce the fear and stress of a coming situation.
Another technique that is very helpful is to have a small notebook of positive statements that makes you feel good. Whenever you come across an affirmation that makes you feel good, write it down in a small notebook that you can carry around with you in your pocket. Whenever you feel depressed, open up your small notebook and read those statements. Take advantage of the help that is available around you. If possible, talk to a professional who can help you manage your fears and anxieties. They will be able to provide you with additional advice and insights on how to deal with your current problem. By talking to a professional, a person will be helping themselves in the long run because they will become better able to deal with their problems in the future. Managing your fears and anxieties takes practice. The more you practice, the better you will become.
The techniques that I have just covered are some basic ways to manage your depression, however your best bet is to get some help from a professional.
Stan Popovich is the author of “A Layman’s Guide to Managing Fear Using Psychology, Christianity and Non Resistant Methods” – an easy to read book that presents a general overview of techniques that are effective in managing persistent fears and anxieties. For additional information go to: http://www.managingfear.com/
Being a coach takes passion and dedication. Being a great coach often requires additional training.
The Coach Development Program enhances a coach’s ability to provide a higher standard of coaching for their athletes. The program will assist coaches both on and off the ice while coaching their team. Coaches will receive practical experience and training to improve and develop their knowledge and skills in theory, technical and practical coaching areas. The program is during the curling season beginning late-October and concluding in March (6-months). Coaches will receive training during CurlManitoba’s junior curling programs, as well as at a game in which their team is playing. The program also provides coaches with an opportunity to network with other coaches and consultants.
- To assist coaches in developing their coaching skills.
- To promote and develop coaching excellence in Manitoba.
- To provide coaches of all levels with an opportunity to improve and develop their knowledge and skills in theory, technical and practical coaching.
- To provide coaches with experience and knowledge of using state of the art equipment and to-date video-analysis applications.
Coaches can receive their on-ice evaluation component in the Competition Coach Program. Certified Coaches will receive a Professional Development credit.
Coaches must have completed Respect in Sport For Activity Leaders and Making Ethical Decisions online evaluation. Also must have a criminal record check and Abuse Registry Check in the last five years.
Coaches must attend a minimum of 10 on-ice training sessions.
Coaches must agree to provide program evaluation feedback.
The registration fee is $157.50 (incl. GST)/coach, which covers the training.
For an additional charge of $42 (incl. GST), a coach can take their on-ice Competition Coach evaluation.
The program is specifically designed for coaches who are working with athletes/teams at the Train to Train and the Train to Compete phases of the Long-Term Athlete Developmental Model for curling.
Coach the coach session is an integral part of the Coach Development Program. Coaches will be trained by a certified consultant/coach on a specific development aspect of the game. Such asa��
- Detect and Correct Delivery and Brushing Technique
Coaches will receive 15 hours of on-ice training in leading edge strategies used to correct delivery and brushing technique. Coaches will learn the latest technical developments in Balance, Line of Delivery (LOD), Timing and Grip/Release and Rock Rotation. As well, coaches will be trained to identify common brushing and delivery faults and have the knowledge of the priority order of correction when a curler demonstrates more than one fault at a time.
- State of the Art Technology Training
During the on-ice training sessions, coaches will receive training in the utilization of state of the art technology equipment such as a SMART broom, wireless speed traps and ipad applications to enhance development.
- Pre-Game and Post Game Discussions and Effective Time-outs
Coaches will receive a Game Consultation Session where as a Certified Competition Coach attends a game with the coach and his/her team to assist with administering a pre and post game discussion and calling effective time-outs.
- How to Plan and Implement an Effective Practice
Your success as a coach depends on how you plan and implement a practice, because curlers play in games exactly as they do in practice. Coaches will receive an one-hour classroom session on how to plan, implement and evaluate a safe and effective practice appropriate to your athlete’s skill level and time of season.
- Pre-Competition and Competition Strategies
Coaches will receive a 1.5 hour classroom session on pre-competition and competition strategies such as meal plans, scheduling, distractions, concerns, performance goals and contingency planning. In addition, coaches will learn how to accurately debrief or evaluate a competition.
Coaches will receive on and off-ice strategy exercises to help their athletes learn strategy. Discussion and critique of scenarios will be presented.
Register early, as space is limited!! If you are interested in the Coach Development Program, please complete the attached application and send it to:
309-145 Pacific Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 2Z6
Or email: [email protected]
For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Connie Laliberte, CurlManitoba’s High Performance Director at 204-981-7217 or email [email protected].
Deadline for applications is October 14, 2016
This program is funded through CurlManitoba and Grey Cup Legacy Fund.