Category Archives: think outside the box

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!

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!

OTHER NEWS/ INFO
–> 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?