Saskatchewan Coaches Conference
May 6 & 7, 2016
Saskatoon Inn and Conference Centre
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan




Plenary Sessions / Breakout Workshops

Friday, May 6, 2016

1:30 - 4:30 pm Pre-conference Workshops

a) NCCP Resistance Training - Shawn Kuster
This NCCP coach professional development module will educate coaches on how to use resistance exercises that are appropriate to their athletes' stage(s) of development to develop strength. In particular, you will be able to identify appropriate resistance training exercises and sequences of exercises for developing strength and to help athletes correctly perform resistance training exercises and monitor their training programs.

b) NCCP Making Ethical Decisions - Sue Schmidt
Making Ethical Decisions (MED) is a module that is required by all coaches in the current NCCP. By successfully completing the MED workshop coaches will be fully equipped to handle virtually any ethical situation with confidence. MED helps coaches identify the legal, ethical, and moral implications of difficult situations that present themselves in the world of team and individual sport.

c) CAAWS Women in Leadership Workshop - Effective Networking - Michelle Dezell
CAAWS' Women and Leadership Program consists of a series of five professional development sessions that blend theory with practical applications, and provide an opportunity for women working or volunteering in the sport or physical activity sector to share experiences, reflect on ideas and apply specific techniques.
Effective Networking Module - Strong networking skills can be a valuable tool, both personally and professionally. From building organizational partnerships to knowing about upcoming events, building your network is a long-term investment with great payoffs.
Explore the value of networking
Discuss in-person and online networks
Identify strategies to build and maintain your network

7:00 - 8:15 pm    Conference Opening Keynote - Topic TBD
 Lisa Thomaidis, University of Saskatchewan - Women's Basketball Head Coach
                                Team Canada - Women's Basketball Head Coach

Saturday, May 7, 2016

9:00 - Hot Breakfast & Opening Plenary -
Coach as Leader to Reward on the Home-Front: The Importance of Coaches, Coaching and Leadership

Dr. Patricia Makokis,

Author and pioneer for Aboriginal education, health and values
Leadership comes in many forms, from organizing ourselves, to shaping and leading others. Coaches play a critical role in the mental, emotion, and physical wellness of those they lead. What are some leadership attributes and how do we nurture those attributes in ourselves along with others?

Perspiration and determination: do they go hand in hand? How do we get the most out of those we lead and mould? What's my payback as the coach? What are the end rewards for me, the athlete and yes, the family?

Dr. Makokis will tie aspects of "coach as leader to rewards on the home-front" as she speaks to the importance of coaches, coaching and leadership.

10:30 am - 12:00 noon - Breakout Sessions

a) Sports and Reconciliation: What is the Truth & Reconciliation Commission (TRC)? What are the Calls to Action (Sections 87 - 91)? And why should we as coaches and leaders be proactive leaders in this regard? -
Dr. Patricia Makokis

In this breakout session, Dr. Makokis will provide an overview of the TRC and the sections specific to sport (sections 87-91) of the calls to action. Proactive leaders get out in front, set targets, goals and action plans. Be the first sport association to delve into the TRC recommendations through sport.

Sporting activities provide healthy outlets .... and are a means of resiliency for many, and most important, provide space to learn and grow together. Take up the challenge, find out about sport and the TRC. Lets dialogue together.

a) Team Building - As a "Team", We are More than the Sum of our Parts - Ralph Schoenfeld
This session is designed to be interactive and will include activities that highlight:

  • Understanding and Valuing Diversity - Blending Differences
  • How to Create Synergy - Getting Beyond 1 + 1
  • How to Build Relationships - The Cornerstone of Effective Teams

    b) What you Need to Know about Coaching Female Athletes - Panel

    12:00 - 1:00 pm - Lunch & Speaker
    Kia Schollar, Pan Am Gold Medalist

    1:15 - 2:45 pm - Breakout Sessions

    a) Coaching Aboriginal Athletes Panel - Michael Linklater and Derek Rope

    b) Concussion in Sport: Assessment, Management & Prevention - Rhonda Shishkin
    The course will provide coaches with concussion knowledge they can apply to their next practice session. This evidence informed course will include: concussion education, prevention, injury recognition, on field and off field management, and return to play decision making. It will discuss the value of preseason education sessions, the team approach to managing the concussed athlete, strategies and accommodations for athletes in the classroom, and protocols for a progressive return to play. Coaches will be provided with coach/teacher specific references that they can use with their teams.

    c) Effectively Communicating with Athletes, Parents, Support Staff and Board Members - Ralph Schoenfeld
    This session will focus on effective communication with all stakeholders (people that all coaches must deal with) - the who, what, where, when and why. The intent is also to have discussions around common issues that all/most coaches experience or have experienced.

    3:00 - 4:30 pm - Breakout Sessions

    a) Meal Planning - Nutrition at Tournaments or Multi-sport events - Heather Hynes
    The session will cover the fuel and hydration requirements for optimal performance and we will review the planning that should be put into place prior to departure. Coaches will have an opportunity to develop a high performance competition nutrition plan based on their specific sport schedule.

    b) Sport and Story: Using Story to pull a Team Together - Jason Johnston
    Many coaches use a story for leading athletes and teams as directed learning. But the power of the story or using the best story is key. Integrating storytelling into your athlete and coach development.

    c) Adapting Training to Meet the Needs of the Athlete - Colette Bourgonje and Jackie Powell



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