Sport is a vital to the wellness of Canadians. Every child is an athlete One country, one vision, one system Le sport est vital du mieux-être des Canadiens et Canadiennes Chaque enfant est un athlète Un pays, une vision, un système
Four Policy Goals Enhanced Excellence Enhanced Excellence Enhanced Participation Enhanced Participation Enhanced Capacity Enhanced Capacity Enhanced Interaction Enhanced Interaction Quatre objectifs Excellence accrue Excellence accrue Participation accrue Participation accrue Ressources accrues Ressources accrues Interaction accrue Interaction accrue Canadian Sport Policy (2002) Politique canadienne du sport (2002) Conférence des ministres FPT (2004-2005) FPT Ministers Conference (2004-2005)
PHYSICAL LITERACY PHYSICAL LITERACY The Three Key Outcomes IMPROVED PERFORMANCE IMPROVED PERFORMANCE LIFELONG PARTICIPATION LIFELONG PARTICIPATION
Because of the increasing rates of obesity, unhealthy eating habits, and physical inactivity, we may see the first generation that will be less healthy and have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. US Surgeon General 2004 Because of the increasing rates of obesity, unhealthy eating habits, and physical inactivity, we may see the first generation that will be less healthy and have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. US Surgeon General 2004
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Albert Einstein
What is LTAD (Sport for Life)? Optimal training, competition and recovery programming with relation to biological development and maturation How old is a 13 year old ?
Athlete centred, coach driven and administration, sport science and sponsor supported What is LTAD (Sport for Life)? 14 14
Equal opportunity for recreation and competition What is LTAD (Sport for Life)?
Training and competition is based on chronological age (while athletes can be 4 - 5 years apart by maturation levels)
Guiding Principles? Excellence Needs-based - addresses the needs of umpires and of all the other participants Flexibility - adaptable to the needs of participants and changes in the game Inclusivity - based on equal opportunity Collaborative
Adapted from Claude Frappier, arbitre en chef, région Richelieu LTOD Goals? Improve the quality of officiating at every level Develop uniformity and consistency throughout the country Educate parents and fans on the work of the Officials
Adapted from Claude Frappier, arbitre en chef, région Richelieu LTOD Goals? Offer a tutorship / mentorship program to complement the course Develop uniformity in the interpretation of the rules, their implementation, the positioning of officials on the ice / situation and the visual signals to communicate
adapted from Claude Frappier, arbitre en chef, région Richelieu LTOD Goals? Acquire / Consolidate / Refine and Maintain optimal officiating performance at every game Requires: Skill proficiency Conditioning Ideal performance state preparation (mental)
LTOD Goals? Focus on improving performance, not punishing failure.
Developing Competencies? Need to know? Be able to do? How to behave?
Developing Core Competencies (Skills)? Mental toughness Emotional intelligence Physically fit Decision-making Game management Interpersonal skills –In competition –Outside competition
A Core Competencies? Continuous improvement Ability to adapt Always learning Open to change Open to sharing Open to work together
LTOD Key Components? Training education, development –Competency based training and outcomes –Official Practice Pathways –Different strokes for different folks – adaptable & flexible –Community, Competitive, Developmental, Professional – context based Personnel –Recruitment –Retention
LTOD Key Components? Excellence always (quality assurance) –Define what is Excellence in officiating at every level –Meeting needs of officials –Meeting needs of other stakeholders –Ensuring (verification) –Continuous improvement (kaizen) Leadership & organization –Corporate driven
Current issues? Interactive section: At your table determine your top 3 current issues…
Current issues Retaining sports officials is a vital component in maintaining levels of participation in organised sports. Abuse and harassement are not the only reasons why number of sports officials are declining.
Current issues Inexperienced officials at the grass roots level of sport and lack of strategies to retain officials Resources devoted by NSO/PSO/Sport Canada/Prov. Gov. to sports officiating are disproportionally low compared to coach and athlete development
Current issues There is an underlying assumption that all sports officials are seeking career advancement and this is not necessarily the case. Education of coaches (and parents) regarding the goals of the officials.
Current issues Officials are disconnect from the rest of the sport – organization. Others
Current issues Interactive section: Apply current issues to LTAD stages…
Key Factors Interactive section: What are the keys factors in LTOD? Can you be specific to LTAD stages…
Physical Literacy It Takes Time Developmentally Appropriate Working Together FUNdamentals Specialization Rule of 10 (10,000 hrs) Periodization Planning Competition Age Trainability Readiness System Integration Kaizen
To Consider ? Research shortcomings? Applying LTOD 10 key factors? Stages of development? or contexts? Officials background. What do we know about officials in Canada ? Ensuring the culture in a sport respects and understands officials and training of officials.
Potential Initiatives Encourage NSO National program (including database) Competency-based training Matrix of skills – holistic development Use of on-line training systems National grassroots program (including recruitment partner) MultiSport relationships
Potential Initiatives Officials technical directors – not just supervisors Development opportunities (including tournament roles) Standardize training / administrative systems Physical preparation of officials Sports-Études/Academies for officials
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