Category Archives: Thank you

Congrats on day 1- JHL and apprentices

To everyone that was on snow today- thanks for a job well done! I know it was a chaotic day; from looking for snow to set a course, to folks setting for their “first time” this season, to late JHL assessments, to day 1 of JHL, to the warmest day ever for skiing in January…. etc…. it was a BUSY day. I know I didn’t have the chance to make it around to all the groups, but I only heard good things from parents, managers and coordinators- so thank you for keeping the kids motivated and engaged! You have all done such a fantastic job thus far and have really kicked off what is promising to be awesome season- regardless of if the weather co-operates or not! haha

To the NG and K1 coaches, I look forward to seeing you all on snow for 6:30pm on Thursday night! have a good rest of your weekend and see some of you on snow tomorrow.

Thank YOU

Good evening Coaches! Last post in 2011!

Can you believe Christmas camp has come to an end and that we are about to start the year of 2012?! time sure flies by! I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for what was another successful Christmas camp. You all did a fantastic job with remembering all the racers’ names, keeping them entertained, being creative with our ever-so-changing-plans, and keeping smiles on the racers’ faces- so THANK YOU! I know that this week had its challenges but I do think that you all did a fantastic job with keeping everyone’s attitudes positive and this certainly made my job much easier.

Thanks to the K2 and J coaches for helping run a successful day of time trials at Mount St Louis yesterday. I also heard that the NG and K1’s had a good, but foggy training day yesterday. I hope you all enjoyed your day off today:) and it was well-deserved! Thank you to all the coaches who came out and coaches during Christmas camp! We could not have done it without you- thanks for all your help.

I will be working on the list of coaches for Monday Night HS as well as set-up crew in the next 2 days and emailing those who will be working separately. Please do let me know if you are interested in either one of these 2 working opportunities. I hope you all have a great week and a reminder that programs all begin the weekend of January 7th and 8th. I will ask that coaches (all league) please be on snow for 7:30am (unless otherwise noted later on this week on the blog) and JHL coaches to be on snow for 8am.

Happy new year to all and a reminder that team lists will be posted tomorrow on the parents’ blog. I’ll link the document to this blog so you can all know who is coaching what and who is on your teams.

Once again, thanks for all your hard work, it certainly did not go unnoticed.

see you in 2012.


Team Leaders & coaches evaluations

Team leaders- a reminder that coaches end of season evaluations should be completed in the next few weeks. They can be emailed to coaches but please make sure that I am CC’d on the evaluations. I want to make sure that we have a hard or soft copy of all coaches’ evalutions. I will be sending all team leaders their personal end of the year evaluation via email also in the next few weeks. thanks for your help with this!

week #6 update

Hi all!

wow, what a successful week we had! Great results at races from our NG and K1 teams & fantastic successes at both ALL star races for K2 and J! For those of you involved with the J Race yesterday- thank YOU for all your help! The day could NOT have gone smoother- we stuck to schedule, courses were great, safety was no concern, racers/coaches/parents were happy, prizes were awesome, what more could we have asked for?!?! Thanks again! I know that yesterday’s successful race continues to maintain our reputation of running “amazing races”!

So what else, it is week 6 already, the season is coming to an end shortly, but not over yet! we have semis and finals coming up and your athletes still need your full attention and enthusiasm so keep it up! A few updates for this week:

Monday- Tonight, yes we have appleby racing (Ian, Chloe & Tyler W) from 5-7pm- meet at 3:30pm- SL full gate to be set. All HS racing coaches, this evening is the LAST NIGHT, and we will set FULL gate SL 7-9pm, all coaches to meet Ian at 6:30pm on snow to help with the set.

Tuesday- Adult racing- this is our Slalom night, coaches please remind your groups/coordinators that tonight’s courses will be FULL gate SL and stubbie SL (stubbies on OLD T-Bar lane & Full gates on Race HILL)

Wednesday- GS and SL (full gate training)- we have 2 lanes so let’s set SL on race hill (off the ramp) and GS on boomerang, with FULL nets on both sides. Since most groups will be training SL, if set-up crew/coaches have enough time, it might be wise to have 2 SL courses going, one off the ramp & other beside to help with line-ups during the night.

Thursday- We only have 1 LANE so I would like to set FULL gate SL off the ramp for the K1’s, since their next race is all Full gate SL and KOMBI for the NG beside.- all on race hill

Friday- so far the plan is to have adult training at GE BUT we have not received much interest so far – coaches involved with TNT please remind the adults in your groups this week of the extra training on Friday- we will make a call to go ahead or cancel on Wednesday afternoon.

Saturday- all coaches and apprentices on snow for 7:30am. We are hosting a SL full gate for the K1 cougars in the morning, race has a 9:30 am start. In the afternoon, we are hosting a GS race for another grouping. Most NG teams are home- it will be busy as most Saturdays are at the hill so my suggestion is to have your teams come for 8:30am on snow so you can spend the morning training freeskiing before lunch & maybe do some video in the afternoon. There may be an opportunity to set some brushes over on drop zone in the afternoon after JHL- coaches please think about your plan for the day and whether or not it fits your training needs.

Sunday- Only teams at home will be Freestyle and Snowboard. all other teams are racing.

That’s all for now. start thinking about your end of season evals, more details on that next week

Hope you all have a fantastic week! Oh and don’t forget the True sport tubing evening on the 13th- details about it here. see y’all on snow.


There was an injury on my team… am I going to get in trouble if I report?

The answer to this is NO! You will NOt. In fact, you will be in trouble if you DON’T report it! Don’t worry, Myself, parents, other coaches et all… understand the risks involved with the sport that we take part in. Of course in some cases you can do everything in your power to ensure that your racers are safe but someone still gets hurt- does it mean that you aren’t as good of a coach as the other who finishes the season with all athletes injury free? NO it does NOT. All I care about is that you took all the pre-cautionary measures to ensure that you and your athletes are safe at all times- this includes: where you stop on the hill, where you take them skiing i.e. in the glades at away races, how safe your courses are, if there is/isn’t someone on corner during training, etc…  Second, how you handle the incident is what makes defines you:

1. accident reports are  a must/ this is even for an away race- you should ALWAYS and I mean always send me an email letting me know what happened if I am not there so you can tell me. I really do not want to be hearing about a broken arm through the racer’s parents the following day when I have no idea what happened. I am always on your side but it makes it hard to back you up if I have no idea what happened and I don’t have your side of the story.

2. Follow-up with the parents on the day of is a MUST

3. Follow-up with the racer/parents the day after or a few days later (this can also be at your next training session depending on severe the accident/injury was). This shows that you care:)

so in conclusion, please don’t be afraid of telling me an accident happened, of course I would rather that we have NO accident BUT if it was out of your control, you have no worries. just follow through with the procedures and make sure everyone that is supposed to be in the know is. That’s all.

Truesport and attitude

I want to make this brief but I have witnessed and heard of a few comments in the past week or so that lead me to write this blog post. I want to remind all coaches and apprentices that whether you want to or not, you are role models to the athletes in our club and that your attitude and enthusiasm (or lack thereof) is reflective of the coaching staff and I would go as far as saying to our entire club. Within your coaching teams, please pay special attention to any bullying, poor attitude towards other racers, coaches, GE, etc… and please make sure you address all that seems inappropriate. A reminder that if you ever feel like you need support in these situations, your team leaders, myself, race director, coordinators/managers and president are all on your side. We are all here for the camaraderies, love of the sport, etc… so please ensure that you instill these positive values in your racers and reprimend those with the negative attitude. Remember it only takes 1 bad apple to spoil the basket- negativity spreads so quickly so do your best to avoid it as quickly as possible.  Truesport, do you know what it is? remember it from seeing banners in the clubhouse? from coaches’ training? refresh your memory by checking out their website. I would like to end this post with the following quote taken directly from the Truesport website (MHRC is a member of the Truesport movement):

 “By joining the True Sport Movement, you make a powerful statement: you declare that your group stands with thousands of other athletes, coaches, parents, and community leaders in saying Yes to the principles that promote good sport and No to negative attitudes and actions such as bullying, cheating, and violence.” source via web

Together, let’s continue to ensure that all of our athletes get a positive experience by being part of MHRC. Thanks to all for your hard work and commitment to these values.

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!

New equipment has arrived!

Hope you are all as excited as I am! This post is simply a reminder that when you are putting this back in the gate cabana OR timing hut, that it should be TIDY and that items should be in their proper place. Drill batteries should ALWAYS be put on the charger when drills are put back, even if they are not dead. This is crucial, because without batteries or drills, we can have as many gates as humanly possible but no course will be set. When batteries are charged, PLEASE remove them from the charger and place them in the “CHARGED BATTERIES” pile. Re: gates, stubbies, etc… You will notice that a few of us spent an entire day cleaning up the gate cabana and that it is everyone’s job to make sure it stays as clean as it currently at the end of every day! Gates that are the same should be bundled together and if you are not sure what the difference is between a long and short screw, ask a friend! As you all know, equipment is very expensive, so please be careful when using it all. All broken gates that can NOT be brought back to life should be left inside the gate cabana and a team leader or I will dispose of them afterwards. Any questions, ask…?

Payroll- where, what, when and HOW?

I know this has been something that you have all been thinking about and we can all thank KYLE for fixing all of our problems! wohoo! thanks Kyle! You will all notice that on the right side of the BLOG, just above “recent posts”, there is a new icon and it says HOURS. This is how you will be recording your hours ONLINE- this will replace our Paper recording that was located in the kitchen of the A-Frame. I will be submitting hours for payroll every 2 weeks on the Tuesday night so you all need to have your hours DONE by 12noon each Tuesday for the week ahead. It is your responsibility to complete your payroll and make sure that you complete the entire week before you hit “send”.

This is great for me, as I will be able to access all of your submissions online and be able to do payroll from the comfort of my own office- a.k.a. living room. The other great thing about having you fill out your hours on the BLOG, is that you HAVE to check the blog if you want to get paid! haha sneaky way to get you all to check the blog! like it so far?
You will notice on the submission form that the hours you should be logging in for an evening training session, a training day at home or a home race as well as an away race are clearly outlined. If you are coaching Highschool racing and/or helping with the highschool day time races, please indicate the hours under notes so I know which hours to charge to the GE account. Lastly, under notes, make sure that you indicate which race you drove to and where you drove- as always please do your best to save the club some $$$ by carpooling- that is what managers/coordinators are for! Plus wouldn’t you rather catch some snoozes on the way up and home from a race as opposed to have to put some mileage on your own car?

I think that the payroll portion is pretty self- explanatory BUT if you have any questions, leave a comment here and I’ll answer. I will also post under “docs to go” the periods for payroll (day I have to have payroll submitted by and your pay day) this will help if you want to fill in your hours ahead of time.A reminder that it is YOUR reponsibility to fill in your hours and that if you don’t… well then it’s pretty simple, the club thanks you for volunteering; you won’t get paid. If I make a mistake and missed hours, send me an email and then add them in under a different day with explanation under notes and I’ll rectify it next pay.

Hope this is helpful for everyone!
Again, if you need clarifications… ask! OH and in case it’s not clear, ask before the day payroll is due!

Happy new year!

Thank you all coaches for making this week a successful Christmas camp! We had more gates in the ground at this time of the year than we ever had! I am happy that we were able to session all together for the 1st 3 days of  camp and I was even more happy to be able to witness all of you adding some of our discussion items into your coaching.  Congrats to everyone who participated in Time trials yesterday and today- I saw some great skiing and racing out there!

I wanted to wish you guys a Happy new year and remind you again to check the blog on a daily basis. I also sent some emails out about Highschool racing, set-up crew and the start of programs- so make sure to check your inbox! A reminder that programs begin this week- when coaching on an evening, you MUST be on snow for 6:30pm at the gate cabana.We WILL be doing some sessions from 6:30-7:00pm every Wednesday and Thursday evenings & you will be meeting with your team leaders at the end of the night for 15-30 minutes.

Once again, happy 2011 ALL!