Category Archives: certifications

Entry level trained–> Certified

Happy TGIF afternoon everyone!

As a follow-up from last week’s training, I mentioned that I would be posting something on the blog about this program… It is for all coaches who are entry trained and are looking to obtain their certified status, anyone looking for some professional development as well as some skiing/coaching improvement skills. A reminder that coaches interested in this program MUST commit to 5 out of 8 Tuesday evenings 7-9pm on snow at the hill with Ian. If you are interested, please reply indicating that you would like your name to be added to the list, please do not send emails, just reply back on the BLOG, this way Ian and I can both keep track on interest and monitor numbers.  Lastly, as part of the completion of this program, you will be required to present a lesson plan and lead the group through your lesson- more information about this when the program starts. Once you put your name here, consider yourself registered, you will then be expected to be on snow for the 1st Tuesday in January unless told otherwise. Lastly, should you have any general questions, please post them here as everyone can benefit from my response to them

Have a good weekend everyone & Happy Halloween! OH and if you are coming to dryland on Sunday- think about dressing up?!

Ski Swap Volunteering

I know I posted about this already but we need extra helpers. please send your name to if you are able to help out. Remember, our club wouldn’t exist without all of its volunteers and the ski swap is such an important fundraiser for the club every season- so please help. Positions that we still need help with are the following: computer check in during the day and evening on Friday and floor sales/cashiers over the weekend.

Cheers guys and thanks to everyone who made it out to training last night! Only 1 person was missing a sin # and emailed it to me right away- thanks Dan. Hope for the same success on Sunday- remember what you need to bring with you coaches & remember for your proof of dues paid and licensed for the season!

This week at MHRC

Hi coaches,

Hope you all had a fantastic weekend and thanksgiving with your families and friends, now that Thanksgiving is over- you all know what’s next? Dryland starts this weekend- October 17th 10am-12noon! I hope to see many of you out either coaching, volunteering or here to workout yourselves! A reminder of a few things coming up ahead- next week is the start of staff/coaches training. A reminder to everyone to check the calendars and make sure that you have all the manditory training dates in your calendar and that there is no conflicts and that you can attend all of them. If you have any questions, let me know…

Lastly, a few weeks ago, I posted about what you need to bring to the 1st training session; a reminder that you need to make sure you have the following with you:

1. Sin #

2. Driver’s license

3. CSCG #, dues paid and licensing proof for 2010-2011 season

4. information for tax forms

5. your contact information, emergency contact information

6. banking information UNLESS it is already on file and has not changed

Have a good rest of the week and see you all next week- reminder that MHRC training will be in the clubhouse

cheers & start thinking snow as the temperature cools down!

How do I maintain my officials certification OR how do I become certified?

Good question. I know what you are thinking, more certifications, more courses and really just “more to think about” BUT Officials certification is so important and also manditory for all MHRC Coaches. So here is what you need to know in a nutshell:

1. What is Officials Training & certifications? –> Here is what is posted on the alpine ontario website as objectives for the program:

Objectives of the Officials Program 

  • To standardize the methods and techniques of organizing and officiating at ski races
  • To ensure that ski competitions are fair, safe and consistent with prescribed standards
  • To ensure uniformity with respect to rule interpretations
  • To ensure that required numbers of qualified Officials are available at all races.
  • To offer opportunities to anyone, anywhere to become an alpine ski Official
  • To offer opportunities, through established programs, for Officials to progress from club Officials to International Officials.
  • To establish criteria for Officials certification which reflects the current standards in racing
  • To offer recognition to Officials for their achievements 
  • To offer support to Officials as they apply theory to practice i.e.: The inexperienced become experienced.

Basically, just think of it this way, how can you fight for your coaching rights, the rights of your athletes, how can you train them to know and understand the rules of the sport if you don’t understand fully? Understanding the rules of the sport goes far beyond just learning on what “command” you should leave the start gate, it goes as far as explaining the difference between types of netting and how they should be properly set, etc… Officials certification course can also count towards licensing credits to make your certification active for the season.

2. What types of certifications are there? They advance in levels very similar to the CSCF and the CSIA certification pathway. The only difference is that you can be a level 1 CSCF but a level 3 officials, therefore the relationship is not parallel between the two, you can advance in one without the other.

Now, most of you returning coaches should have already had taken your level 1 (minimum), this would have been manditory on your 1st season coaching at MHRC.  Every year MHRC has a training session for new coaches, parents and coordinators/managers to attend, this training usually takes place in the clubhouse. The level 1 course is only 3 hours in length. Remember that this is MANDITORY for all coaches- last season I made it manditory for all coaches coaching a team but this season I would like to request that ALL MHRC coaches take a course.

Team leaders & coaches who would like to coach K1 and above MUST take their level 2 officials certification.

This season, we have arranged courses, with the help of one of our lifetime members who teaches the course, John Grell, to be held at the clubhouse at the end of November. We will be offering both level 1 and level 2 courses at the clubhouse at the end of November. You can register for courses at ; once you take the course and pass, MHRC will reimburse you for the fees of the course at the end of the season when reimbursing mileage for the season. Courses will be held at MHRC on the following dates:

Saturday, November 27th 9:00am-12noon LEVEL 1

Sunday, November 28th 9:00am-4:30pm LEVEL 2

Lastly, if you have taken a certification course a few years ago, you should log-in and see if it is still current, certifications expire after a few years. You should log-in   and pay your annual officials dues ($11/year).

That’s all in the officials department, if anyone has any questions, you know how to get a hold of me!

have a happy Turkey weekend!