CampsTraining2005 US National Coaching Symposium and Education Summit

FasterSkier FasterSkierAugust 25, 2005

US National Coaches
Conference and Coaching Education Summit

Lake Placid, New York
September 24, 2005

Event Update: Goals and
Schedule Released, Registration Deadline Moved, Coaches Education Materials
Requested

August 19, 2005 – For
Immediate Release

Contact Nathan Schultz
720.227.9400, www.NatronNordic.com

The 2005 US National
Cross-Country Ski Coaching Conference and Coaching Education Summit in Lake
Placid, NY released its goals and final schedule today. The schedule, as well
as registration and detailed information on the conference is available at
www.NatronNordic.com. The 3-day conference’s purpose is to present a wide
range of relevant coaching information, discuss these ideas and find ways for
the US XC coaching community to collaborate on a project to create a National
Coaches’ Education Resource. The conference requires registration, but the
Summit on Coaches Education Resources on Saturday, September 24 from 6-9:30PM
will be free and open to anyone.

Registration Deadline
Moved Up

Additionally, the final
registration deadline has been moved forward to September 9, 2005. Early
registration at a reduced price ends Tuesday, August 23, 2005. The change was
precipitated by requirements for lodging at the Olympic Training Center. [Editor's Note on August 25: Because it took us a few days to post this listing, you may still be able to sign up for the early registration price. Contact Nathan Schultz right away if interested.]

Goals and Schedule

The purpose of the conference
is to present ideas about training, technique and athlete development from a
wide range of sources while bringing together coaches from across the country
to discuss these ideas and collaborate on how best to implement a new coaching
education resource. Previous attempts at creating coaches education systems have
tended to legislate guidelines on what coaches should be doing. We hope to
bring a new approach where the function is to create resources for coaches’
education where it is understood that there are many different ways to create
capable skiers. To facilitate this, we will kick off the conference with the US
Ski Team coaches presenting their concept of a National Development System
(NDS), which focuses on athlete competencies rather than specific training
methods. We will then discuss the NDS as a framework for coaches’ education.

From there, speakers will
present topics on intensity training, strength training, and technique. Each
area will have multiple presentations which will focus on presenting their
ideas, the reasoning and science behind them and specific ways to implement and
test these ideas. Each session will be followed by time to question the
speakers. We will then break into small working groups to discuss the topics
and their relevance to specific age groups and the development pipeline. Each
working group will then make a short presentation back to the entire
conference.

Friday, September 23

Start

End

Topic

1:00PM

1:15PM

Introduction & Agenda

Nathan Schultz

1:15PM

1:45PM

National Development System
Framework

Peter Vordenberg

2:00PM

3:30PM

Intensity Training
Presentations

3:45PM

4:15PM

Intensity Training Panel
Q&A

4:15PM

4:55PM

Intensity Working Group
Discussions

5:05PM

5:40PM

Working Group Leader
Presentations

5:45PM

6:30

Dinner

6:30PM

High Peaks Tech Night

Saturday, September
24

8:00AM

9:30AM

Strength/Speed Training
Presentations

9:45AM

10:15AM

Strength/Speed Training
Panel Q&A

10:15AM

10:55AM

Strength/Speed Working
Group Discussions

10:55AM

11:30AM

Working Group Leader
Presentations

12:00PM

1:00PM

Lunch

1:00PM

1:30PM

Teaching Technique

1:30PM

3:00PM

Technique Presentations

3:15PM

3:45PM

Technique Panel Q&A

3:50PM

4:25PM

Technique Working Group
Discussions

4:30PM

5:15PM

Working Group Leader
Presentations

5:30PM

6:15PM

Dinner

6:30PM

9:00PM

Coaches Education Summit

  • NDS
    Framework and Athlete Competencies
  • Evaluate
    NDS Framework and Competencies
  • Evaluate
    Current Coaches Ed Resources
  • Propose
    future direction
  • Create
    Working Groups

Sunday, September 25

8:00AM

9:00AM

Presentations: Building
Training Plans

9:00AM

9:45AM

Training Plan Working
Groups

10:00AM

11:30AM

Presentations: Building a
Skiing Organization

11:30AM

11:50AM

Q&A

12:00PM

1:00PM

Lunch

1:00PM

1:45PM

Establish Coaches Education
Resources Priorities

1:45PM

2:30PM

Create Coaches Education
Working Groups Tasks

2:45PM

3:00PM

Fill Working Groups

3:00PM

3:30PM

Working Group Meetings

Coaches Education
Materials Sought

The goal of the Summit will
be to bring together coaches from across the country to collaborate and evaluate
current coaches’ education materials and to establish what is left to be done
to build comprehensive and effective resources for the education of coaches in
the US. Leading up to the Summit, we hope to identify and compile the current
resources available within the USSA/US Ski Team, regions, teams and individual
coaches for review and evaluation.

This is a collaborative
effort and we need the help of everyone who can contribute materials and ideas,
as well as review the existing materials or simply spread the word about this
project to other coaches. The US Ski Team coaches and many of the leading
coaches from around the country will be there to share their experiences and
ideas. We are hoping to involve as many people as possible from every
geographical location and every level of coaching.

Leading up to the summit, Nathan Schultz, the conference coordinator, will collect
educational materials and post them to a web site for review. This site will
accept comments, new ideas and additional materials as well. These will all be
presented at the summit and lead off the discussion as to what should be done
to develop a useful, informative coaches’ education program in the US. The
goal is to have significant materials posted by September 1.

Please contact Nathan for
more information about the Summit and the National Coaches Conference or to
contribute ideas and educational materials. Conference registration, compiled
coaches’ education materials and additional information can be found at
www.natronnordic.com. Materials or ideas can be emailed to
nathan@natronnordic.com.

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