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Reference Materials for Coaches

Hi everyone! Happy Tuesday. Too bad that the weather isn’t cooperating for more than a few days at a time. Needless to say, for those of you working this evening…please wear a rain jacket! I have attached the course CSCF Drill handbook and Course Setting info document for your use. Please refer to this document to aid you in prepping for your session night and your training session plans with your team. I will also post it under “docs to go”. cheers!

I want more training= SOLUTION!

Hi guys!

Me again! You can tell that we are approaching the season by the frequency of my posts! Some of you are probably aware that GE is hosting some new and interesting training opportunities for instructors and coaches- all of these training listed below are optional. But please consider as they may be good for your development or maybe be just what you need to get you ready for the ski season ahead! Please note that the fitness sessions are different and separate from the MHRC dry land program. If you have any questions about the below, send me an email or send GE an email directly!



1) Fitness Training

         These will be OPTIONAL sessions. The intent simply to get staff out, socialize, and get active pre season.  Each outing will include a run, ride, or form of team sport (Ultimate Frisbee, etc) This will be a great teambuilding option, and great way to get people motivated for the winter.

         7 sessions in total.

         Oct 1, 15, 22, 29, Nov 5, 19, 26/27

         Each fitness session (excluding the 26th / 27th) will start at 10:00 and run for 1.5 to 2 hours. The 26th / 27thwill be a final session taking place AFTER the full staff meeting.  We will meet AT the Sunset lodge…and be outside for each session.

         Staff will be receiving an invite to these sessions via the BLOG and following completing their applications online.


2)  TECH Sessions

          These will again be OPTIONAL sessions. The focus being on providing industry updates on topics such as the Technical Model, Student Progression, Equipment, Tuning, Etc.

          4 Sessions + a staff night at Corbetts

          Oct 27th, Nov 3rd, Nov 10th, Nov 17th, and a Corbetts Staff Night on the 24th of Nov.

          Each of these sessions will take place in the Sunset Lodge, and will commence at 6:00 pm

          Staff will again receive an invite to these sessions via the BLOG and following completing their applications. 







Para Coaching Clinics- info below

In case you aren’t aware, the CSCF is using some para coaching clinics as part of the certification pathways for coaching certifications- here is some info on an upcoming one in case you are interested:
Here is the message from AOS- if you are interested, just let me know via email and I’ll send you some more information about registration:



Carving the Future Para-Alpine Events 2011

You are cordially invited to participate in and help spread the word about Alpine Canada’s Carving the Future Para-Alpine Events 2011, being hosted in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, and the National Capital Region of Quebec and Ontario. The goal of each event is to create as far a reach into the disability community as can be accomplished, to increase awareness and knowledge of Para-alpine ski racing, and to increase communication among the Para-alpine community in Canada.


Participants may or may not have had previous experience in alpine skiing, but have an interest in learning more about the sport in a competition context. This includes individuals who have a congenital disability or are newly disabled, coaches, parents, health care professionals, and anyone who wants to learn about the potential opportunities and benefits that Para-Alpine racing can provide.

This year’s events are scheduled as follows:

Quebec/National Capital Event: February 12 and 13, 2011 at Edelweiss Valley Ski Resort, Quebec/National Capital Region.

Alberta Event: February 27, 2011 at Canada Olympic Park, Calgary (On-snow activities from 9:15 am until 3:30 pm)

Ontario Event: March 6, 2011 at Georgian Peaks, Collingwood, Ontario. (On- snow activities from 9:15 until 3:30 pm)

British Columbia Event: March 13 and 14, 2011 at Kimberley Alpine Resort. This Carving the Future event will run in conjunction with the Canadian Para-Alpine Championships and the CADS 2011 Festival.

For further information and details regarding any of these events, or to register, please contact Evelyn at Please note that pre-registration for each of these events is strongly encouraged.


Update Week #5

Hi Coaches! another great and successful weekend done- congrats to all the teams who did very well at their races! Another great weekend for MHRC racers and coaches- great job to all! Thanks to coaches who helped run (Rick and Ian) a great training session last Friday at Moonstone! 52 gates were brought up and they all made it in the ground- oh the joy of having a longer run to train on! Great day- thanks to athletes and coaches for helping in the day’s great success!

This week’s update, yes I know a little late… sorry about that- weekend got away from me!

Tonight- Appleby Racing – coaches are Chloe and Dylan

Tomorrow-Tuesday- ADULT TNT race #2. Set-up crew, please set FULL gate GS on race hill and full nets (for timing) and stubbie GS on boomerang for training in between timed runs). If coaches can be in the clubhouse (TNT coaches) for 6:30pm that would be great, we can organize registrations then.

Wednesday- Training will be SL and GS for racers. Set-up crew please set SL on race hill and GS on boomerang. The brower timing system works, let’s plan on having someone set-it up for boomerang. I will be inside meeting with race committee and all involved in the ALL star race on the weekend.

Thursday evening- Training will be GS and SL, please set-up SL FULL  gates and GS full gate on race hill, one course inside and the other outside of the tower.

Friday Training- is for J and K2 racers and has been changed to our home turf- we will be training GS in the morning and SL in the afternoon. Coaches will be Rick, Ian and maybe myself depending on numbers.

Sat- The only teams home will be DD’s and JHL- this will be our 1st JHL TIMED race, all coaches (including apprentices and JHL coaches) should be on snow for 8:30am to help set for the morning. DD’s will also be participating in the race- should be a good morning:)

Sunday- We are hosting all stars for J’s this day. coaches who are scheduled to help me out for the day: Heidi, Rick, Scott, Kent, Will. If anyone else is available, please send me an email as I am currently judging how much help we need. Coaches, please meet at the top of sidewinder for 6am (I know that means we have to hike… BUT we must set all safety net before the lift opens…) I’ll bring a breakfast treat for everyone:)

That’s all folks. So have another fantastic week and thanks again for doing a GREAT job! watch out for those 30 cm of snow we are supposed to get tonight! OH and to all you HS racing coaches, last week of training is next week so remember to meet coach Ian on snow for 6:30pm! cheers!

Step 2- what are your thoughts?

O.K. so here is a picture of me at Stratton (thanks to Peter L’s picture taking skills!)- I have had some work done to my boots since then. BUT forget that and look at this picture thinking how can I help this athlete achieve the results that her equipment is holding her back from achieving?

Comment on this post and let me know your thoughts?

rewind that last thought…

1. pay stubbs will be at the hill on Thursday night, so if you are not back at the hill until next week and you want to make sure that you were paid what you were owed last pay period (before submitting your hours on Monday night for next week’s pay)… send me an email and I’ll email you what I submitted for you.

2. RUTS race was cancelled for this weekend- thank you to those who offered to help out. will be postponed until the end of the season, Tuesday #9 for TNT in March. more details about this coming your way shortly

Let’s hope for more snow to cover up the rain’s damage:)

Question of the day?

This is one of our NG racers- pretty good mobility right?

Questions of the day:

1. Is he separated? or skiing on top of his equipment?

2. Is he balanced?

3. Where is his weight? Downhill or Uphill ski?

Part 2- This is your racer; what would you work  on with him? drills,etc…

Let’s have an open discussion- so just hit reply:)

cheers, em

Week 2- so good so far!

Hi all!
Great weekend for MHRC it was; a win for the K2 Rockies, a win for the J white and Red team! Congrats to all the racers and coaches! As the title suggests, so good so far! The fact that the season has kicked off to such a great start is really thanks to all of your coaching efforts. I know it is only week 2 but I am so pleased with all the coaches. I have seen people thinking outside the box, coaching in 3D (as I have been pushing many of you to do) setting for a purpose (train hard and race easy), and much more. I hope the results and changes that you are seeing in your athletes will be enough of a motivation to keep up your enthusiasm, your energy and your passion for the sport!
It is already week 2 folks! Boy did the time go by fast already?!! We have a few things on the go this week, read below for some insight:
–> FINAL AOS schedule- I don’t have it yet, although I anticipate to get it at some point today (fingers crossed) thanks for your patience. I have shared the latest version with the coordinators but have asked them NOT to share with the parents and coaches as I know it is NOT final and I don’t want to have 10 million schedules floating around and parents not sure of where they need to be. I appreciate your patience and cooperation on this.
–> Tonight– High school racing Night #2- if you are coaching, please be on snow for 6:30pm & look for Ian.
–> TNT tomorrow– we will be training FULL gate GS and stubbie GS, please share the word with anyone asking. Tomorrow HS race #1 (ski-side) coaches working please be on snow for 1pm and check in with Ian.
–> Wednesday- K2/J Training- we will have 2 hills, we will set GS and SL full gate, so figure out what you would like to train with your teams and share the word so your racers know what gear to bring. We also have a HS race that day- please meet me at 1pm on snow if you are scheduled to work.
–> Thursday K1/NG Training– so far, unless we are racing something totally different (which we will know when we receive the updated schedule) we will set on race hill, 2 courses Panelled SL and stubbie SL again. DD’s will set brushes or stubbies on an alternate location- we will discuss.
–> Friday Training is for JHL– coaches working are Scott, Chloe & Alex Hi- please be on snow for 8am.

What else? Wed-Friday is the K1 POD CUP- Ian will be taking 5 of our K1 racers up to Craigleith for a camp and race- good luck Ian and racers. Have fun!

–> I am asking all coaches to keep an eye out for bullying within their teams. A reminder that, it is our responsibiliy to ensure that there is a positive atmosphere in our groups at all times. Yes we are a ski racing club, but our programs also allow for socialization, confidence building, problem solving, team building etc.. and it is our job to ensure that everyone who signs up for programs- gets that same exeperience that they deserve. In all teams, you are responsible for knowing where your groups are at all times, it is your responsibility to ensure that no racer is left behind at lunch, when loading the lift, etc… If you need help on this- ask your team leader or myself; we will be happy to share some ideas with you.
–> MHRC is an inclusive club and we have many programs that some of our racers and coaches are not aware of- each as important as one another. It is imperative that as coaches we value the importance of JHL, snowboard, freestyle, etc… I have heard some comments about a few coaches and athletes making some innapropriate remarks regarding other programs: “why are they here?”, etc… There are ears everwhere, so when you think nobody can hear the comments that you are making, you are wrong…Consider this your last warning, if comments like such are made again, we will have to move towards progressive discipline. This goes for comments made towards apprentices as well, they are here to help, they are NOT here to do all the “dirty work”.

I hate to have to sound so harsh already starting week 2, but these are important issues and must be addressed. Hope you all have a fantastic week and as mentionned above, as soon as I get the new schedule, I will post it here 1st!
Let’s have another successful week at MHRC!

Wow- Kid got skills

Watch this video of some of the K1 Boys at last weekend’s K1 individual race. Think about the Aim 2 Win document & video and yet again, this is another proof of what young kids are capable of:

NG & K1 coaches, when watching these boys ski; notice the biomechanics. That is some pretty good skiing there. They have an understanding of how to get down the hill the fastest no? I challenge you, yet again to think of some creative ways to get your racers to understand the basic principle of the sport: pressure on the downhill ski, moving the body ahead of the equipment, body inside the arc (separation) & pole plant. It’s a simple sport really… Remember, keep it simple with your kids (figure out the goal of your session, set something that will acheive your goal, coach by giving some cues (think of 3D coaching) and let your set do the work. If these K1 boys from Ontario can ski like that, why can’t our racers do the same?

Start List- what’s that?

Good question- if you are racing this weekend, make sure you send your coordinator/manager a start list ASAP. Start Lists are always due the Tuesday before the weekend race and MUST be sent via email to your coordinator and manager. When I used to coach, I would form my start list immediately after a race and hand it in to my manager, that way I knew it was IN and ON time! It is completely unacceptable for managers and coordinators to have to email you reminding you that your start list is not ready, they have enough on their plates. In previous seasons, I have even received phone calls from hosting clubs on Wednesdays asking why they had not received a specific start list, then I had to figure out which team it was far and contact the coaches- please, please, please save us all the hassle and make sure you follow protocol on this!

NEW League coaches– you may choose the method that works best for your group for start lists. You should however note, that most clubs, especially from K1 and onwards- girls are always ahead of the start list and boys are last. You may wish to reward your racers who did well at the previous race or did well training and place them first in the order. You may also wish to do one start list and ask your manager to rotate it through for your 4 races. Like I said, up to YOU! All I ask, is that you be fair and consistent with your teams. You may also want to consider psychological factors of your racers; for example, you may know that Bob gets anxious if he has a late bib # as he worries about the course conditions- if you know that, you may want to give him an earlier bib??? and vice versa if you have a racer who is apprehensive about being 1st, maybe giving her a middle placement is better. So bottom line, give it some thought, if you want to, chat with your team leader for some ideas!

Hope this helps.