CONTENTS

Level 1 Coach Syllabus

Level 1 Coach Timetable

Level 2 Coach Syllabus

Level 2 Coach Timetable

1. Level 1 Coach Syllabus

1.1. Course Structure

Heading

Statement

Course Aim

The aim of the course is to:

1.    Provide coaches with the ability to introduce participants to canoeing in a safe, enjoyable and progressive way

2.    Prepare coaches to develop an all-round ability of participants on which to base future involvement

3.    Develop specific coaching capacities in 7 areas and be able to provide specific assistance to players/athletes in 7 capacities areas (see below)

Pathway Phase

Fundamental/Learn to Paddle – Participants, with whom the coach will work, will be young people who are beginning their involvement in canoeing.  The Level 1 Coach may also work with adults who seek to improve their ability.

Entry Requirements

Pre- Course Requirements

·          Course candidates will be 18 years or over.

·          Candidates have to prove two years experience in chosen discipline.

·          Candidates must be registered with the ICU as a Trainee Coach and member of Canoeing Ireland.

·          Candidates must submit Garda Vetting application.

 

Pre-Assessment Requirements

Before applying to attend a Level 1 coach assessment, a candidate must:

·          Have maintained registration as a Level 1 Coach Trainee and a Canoeing Ireland member.

·          Be at least 18 years of age.

·          Have unrestricted access to equipment as listed for a Level 1 Coach Assessment.

·          Have attended an approved Level 1 Coach Training Course or Programme within the 24 months period preceding a selected assessment date.

·          Have recorded in a Level 1 Coach Logbook following the completion of a Level 1 Coach Training Course at least 25 hours (on the water) of coaching experience under the supervision of at least two registered Level 2 Coaches.

·          Have recorded in a Level 1 Coach Logbook as part of the 25 hours supervised coaching  experience details of assisting in the preparation of a group for a club competition.

·          Have recorded in a Level 1 Coach Logbook, following registration as a Trainee, all kayaking activities relevant to the Level 1 Coach assessment requirements including details of their Level 1 Coach Training Course. Details of kayaking activities prior to applying to attend a Level 1 Coach Training Course should also be recorded.

·          Completed an approved First Aid training Course (REC 2/3 or equivalent).

·          Attended an Irish Sports Council approved Child Protection Awareness Workshop

·          Be recommended for assessment by a registered ICU Level 2 Coach.

·          Return to the ICU Office, a completed Level I Coach Logbook accompanied by a Level I Coach Assessment application at least three weeks prior to a selected assessment date.

 

Course Duration

·          Training Course - 16 hours contact time over 2 days

·          25 logged coaching hours

·          Plus non contact preparation for assessment

·          Plus 4 hour half day assessment.

Course Formats

Two day training course and a half day assessment

Course Cost

€50

Personal Dress and Materials

Paddle

Wetsuit or sufficient thermal clothing

Spray Deck

Buoyancy Aid

Cagoule

Helmet

Canoe Booties or adequate footwear

Methodology

During class based, field based and distance learning activities coaches will be involved in experiencing practical coaching skills (plan, devise, organise, demonstrate, analyse, provide feedback, evaluate) as a basis for developing skills in participants.  Discussion, activity, provision of core principles and frameworks will underpin the development of coaching capacities and the independence and the adaptability of each coach.

Tutors

At least 75% of the course will be delivered by CDPI tutors.

Tutors will operate to maximum ratios of 1:8 or 2:12

Facilities and Equipment

Lecture room with chairs for participants.  Data projector with white screen to project contents of Tutor CD.  Flip Chart and/or White Board.  Easy access to a flat water venue to run the course

Coaching Materials

A coach’s manual, worksheet material and a logbook will be provided

Assessment

 

a)        Written plan for a single coaching session, or a series of sessions

b)        Observed practical on the against set criteria (with emphasis on organisation, demonstration, observation and safety).

c)        Oral assessment on key course content.

d)        Logbook to be marked against set criteria and to be submitted prior to certification (25 hours coaching).

Certification

A CDPI Level 1 Certificate will be awarded to those who attend the full course and satisfactorily complete the course assessments. The certificate will be awarded by the NGB, with Coaching Ireland accreditation.

Evaluation

Course candidates and tutors will complete an on line evaluation of the course.

CPD and On-going Support

 

This is the first level of real coaching ability in the CDPI.  Coaches are recommended to keep up-dated on good coaching practice. Re-accreditation will be required on a 4 yearly basis (process to be defined).

1.2. Course Syllabus

Athlete Capacities

Coaching Capacities / Knowledge

Fundamental capacities plus the following Learning to Paddle capacities:

Technical

·           Develop fundamental canoeing skills in a flat water environment:

·         Forward Paddling

·         Reverse Paddling

·         Stopping

·         Forward Sweep Stroke

·         Reverse Sweep Stoke

·           Progress fundamental flat water skills:

·           Trunk Rotation

·           Edging

·           Combine and elaborate fundamental skills:

·           Combined Forward & Reverse Sweep Stoke

·           Turning on the move

·           Progressively refine, combine, and elaborate fundamental skills to more  specific technical skills:

·           Draw Stoke

·           Low Brace

·           Low Brace Turn

·           Practise Skills

·           Use appropriate personal gear

·           Bathing togs

·           Suitable thermal layers (artificial materials & wool)

·           Wetsuit

·           Cag

·           Solid  footwear

·           Learn how to use canoeing equipment:

·           Boat outfitting & adjustment

·           Use of feathered paddle

·           Fitting helmet & buoyancy aid

·           Spray Deck

Safety

·           Understand the basic safety rules of canoeing

·           Demonstrate safe exit and entry of the boat from bank

·           Perform safe capsize drill

·           Learn to play safely

·            Perform safe capsize drill with a spray deck

·           Assist in x-rescues and complete assisted water based re-entry

·           Apply safe practices

·           Act responsibly towards own and others safety.

Tactical

·           Learn simple rules of some canoeing disciplines  through games

·           Polo

·           Slalom

·           Racing

·           Develop basic tactical concepts which can be applied to games

·           Play basic and modified games and races to develop decision making

·           Implement key  tactical concepts & rules

·           Apply variety in techniques, tactics & positioning

Physical

·           Partake in warm up and cool down activities

Flexibility

·           Develop flexibility through boat and paddle based stretching exercises

·           Increase  flexibility through basic  stretching exercises

Movement

·           Develop agility, balance, co-ordination, speed (ABC’s) that underpin canoeing

·           Raft games

·           Wet games

·           Paddle awareness games

·           Obstacle courses

·           Throwing & catching games

·           Slalom games

·           Edging games

·           Draw Stroke games

·           Low Brace Supports

Endurance

·           Develop endurance, power and speed  through FUN games

·           Canoe in a straight line

·           Races: short & long, forwards, reverse & sideways (draw stroke)

Strength

·           Perform boat based fun resistance exercises to develop strength

·           Sweep Stroke  games

·           Rafting games

·           Splashing games

·           Towing races

·           Upstream/wind paddling

·           Upstream/wind races

·           Develop Core and Joint Stability

·           Edging games

·           Draw Stroke games

·           Low Brace games

Speed

·           Develop linear, lateral and multi-directional speed

·           Short sprint races

·           Short parallel paddling races

·           Obstacle course races

·           Short straight line races

·           Draw stroke races

·           Slalom races

·           Develop power through plyometric sprint starts & short upstream sprints

Mental

·           Develop a positive attitude to canoeing.

·           Develop self-confidence in executing fundamental canoeing skills & tactics on flat water.

·           Develop water confidence.

·           Set simple goals

·           Develop confidence in using a variety of skills and tactics in a given situation.

·           Learn to cope with winning and losing through games & races.

·           Understand the role of practice.

·           Use warm up and cool down routines.

·           Practise simple imagery to develop skills.

·           Develop concentration skills

·           BASIC self-talk/trigger words to focus attention

·           Learn how to control anxiety with breathing

Lifestyle

·           Take part in multiple sports and activities

·           Practise good nutrition and hydration e.g. follow the food pyramid

·           Develop good practice habits and self directed practice

Personal

·           Experience enjoyment/fun

·           Demonstrate fair play and sportsmanship

·           Develop a positive attitude

·           Develop teamwork/ interaction skills

·           Develop social skills through interaction with others

·           Understand changes puberty brings and its implications for training

·           Accept rules, regulations and structures

·           Identify the relationship between effort and achieving goals

·       Demonstrate respect for officials and decisions

Knowledge (of the sport & athlete)

·         Describe the structure of the Irish Canoe Union and the role of Coaching Ireland

·           Outline the LTPAD phases; specifically  FUNdamental and Learning to Paddle

·         List the athlete capacities within the FUNdamental & Learning to Paddle phases

·         Basic understanding of sport specific skills and concepts

·         Basic understanding of skill acquisition & learning theory

·         Outline the stages in growth and development in relation to the physical, psychological and social elements of training

Coaching Roles, Style, Values and Ethics

·          List the different roles & responsibilities of a Level One coach

·         Personal coaching philosophy put into practice

·         Code of Ethics, Child Protection & Coaches Code of Conduct put into practice

·         Non-discriminatory and all-inclusive coaching stance put into practice

·         Employ a variety of coaching styles

·         Positive reinforcement of participants

·         Identification of personal qualities which enhance the coaching process

Needs analysis and Planning

·         Plan a session which incorporates two or three different elements in addition to warm up and cool down

·         Plan for a basic series of four to six progressive sessions

·         Assess risks associated with the planned, multi-dimensional session

·         Take account of the needs of the individual athlete

·         Ensure available resources/equipment meet the demand of the planned session

·         Ensure the working environment and associated equipment is suitable for the safe delivery of the session

·         Keep basic records of participants and sessions

·         Basic knowledge of injury prevention methods

·         Knowledge of emergency first aid and accident reporting/procedure

Coaching practice / performance

·         Ability to organise and lead a basic session

·         Further develop ‘the coaches eye’, putting observations into words.

·         Basic adaptation of practice and progressions according to the needs of the participants

·         Provide basic analysis/feedback to participants

·         Provide coaching assistance in a competitive environment/event

Communication & Teamwork

·         Ability to communicate effectively with all members of the club/community

·         Ability to work with one or more coaches in the club environment, all with the same, agreed objective

·         Observe and interact with level two (and above) coaches to enhance both learning and understanding.

·         Ability to convey an opinion about an observed practice

·         Ability to express a difference of opinion without confrontation

Review, Evaluate and Self-reflect

·         Evaluate the effectiveness of a session/if aims were met

·         Evaluate the coach’s input to the session

·         Accurately report on and document a session with implications for successive sessions

1.3. Course Outcomes

Heading and Outcome

Coaching Capacities

Knowledge (of the sport & the athlete)

·         Describe the structure of the Irish Canoe Union and the role of Coaching Ireland

·         Describe the FUNdamental and Learning to Paddle phases in the Long-Term Athlete Development model

·         List the athlete capacities at both the FUNdamental and Learning to Paddle phases

·         Outline the key points of the capacities of the sport at these phases

·         Show an understanding of the different ways in which people learn new skills and concepts. Begin to conceptualize how this affects the sport

·         Discuss the implications of growth and development (physical, psychological and social) on the need to individualize coaching programmes

Coaching Roles, Style, Values and Ethics

·         List the roles and responsibilities of a coach up to and including Level Two

·         List the personal capacities of a Level One coach

·         Outline how the Code of Ethics, Child Protection policy and the Coaches Code of Conduct are/can be implemented in different situations

·         Display evidence of an all inclusive/non-discriminatory coaching stance/approach

·         Employ a variety of coaching styles

·         Provide positive reinforcement to all participants

·         Identify personal qualities which contribute to the coaching process

Needs analysis and Planning

·         Plan for sessions with two or three different elements in them (in addition to warm up and cool down)

·         Consider the resources/facilities/equipment available at any one time, so as to not exceed these when planning

·         Undertake risk assessment for sessions involving several different elements

·         Establish and maintain a safe working environment for the sessions using DICE and CLAP

·         Demonstrate injury prevention measures

·         Administer emergency first aid and accident reporting procedures

·         Plan a basic series of four to six progressive sessions in accordance with an overall aim, listing organization, content and delivery method.

·         Keep a coaching log (basic records of participants attendance and progress within sessions in an easy to read format)

Coaching practice/performance

·         Organise and lead a session in terms of the participants and possible (Introductory Level coach) coaching assistance

·         Further develop ‘the coaches’ eye, working towards fault identification and correction

·         Adapt practices and progressions so as to meet the needs of participants

·         Undertake basic analysis of performance and provide associated feedback to the participant

·         Experience the role of the coach in a competitive environment (offer coaching assistance in this role)

Communication and Teamwork

·         Communicate effectively with all club/community members

·         Work as a team member alongside other coaches; coaching as an individual yet working towards to the same aim

·         Actively seek out Level two (and above coaches) to enhance learning and understanding about the sport and the coaching of it

·         Ability to express an opinion on a skill/practice/participant using clear and concise descriptive language

·         Ability to express a difference of opinion without confrontation

Review, Evaluate and Self-reflect

·         Evaluate each section of a session independently and collectively

·         Assess whether session aims were met

·         Evaluate the coaches input to the session (positive and negative)

·         Verbally report on and then document a session with implication for the next (and successive) sessions

Relating to Technical Capacities

·           Develop fundamental canoeing skills in a flat water environment:

·         Forward Paddling

·         Reverse Paddling

·         Stopping

·         Forward Sweep Stroke

·         Reverse Sweep Stoke

·           Progress fundamental flat water skills:

·           Trunk Rotation

·           Edging

·           Combine and elaborate fundamental skills:

·           Combined Forward & Reverse Sweep Stoke

·           Turning on the move

·           Progressively refine, combine, and elaborate fundamental skills to more  specific technical skills:

·           Draw Stoke

·           Low Brace

·           Low Brace Turn

·           Promote the use appropriate personal gear

·           Bathing togs

·           Suitable thermal layers (artificial materials & wool)

·           Wetsuit

·           Cag

·           Solid  footwear

·           Teach how to use canoeing equipment:

·           Boat outfitting & adjustment

·           Use of feathered paddle

·           Fitting helmet & buoyancy aid

·           Spray Deck

·           Provide opportunity for athletes to practise

Relating to Safety Capacities

·           Promote the basic safety rules of canoeing

·           Demonstrate & explain safe exit and entry of the boat from bank

·           Teach safe capsize drill

·           Promote safe playing practise

·           Teach safe capsize drill with a spray deck

·           Teach how to assist in x-rescues and complete assisted water based re-entry

·           Promote safe practices

·       Promote responsible action towards own and others safety.

Relating to Tactical Capacities

·           Teach simple rules of some canoeing disciplines  through games

·           Polo

·           Slalom

·           Racing

·           Develop basic tactical concepts which can be applied to games

·           Provide opportunity to play basic and modified games and races to develop decision making

·           Implement key  tactical concepts & rules

·           Apply variety in techniques, tactics & positioning

Relating to Physical Capacities

·           Conduct warm up and cool down activities

Flexibility

·           Develop flexibility through boat and paddle based stretching exercises

·           Increase  flexibility through basic  stretching exercises

Movement

·           Develop agility, balance, co-ordination, speed (ABC’s) that underpin canoeing through use of

·           Raft games

·           Wet games

·           Paddle awareness games

·           Obstacle courses

·           Throwing & catching games

·           Increase agility, balance, co-ordination, speed (ABC’s) that underpin canoeing through

·           Obstacle courses

·           Throwing & catching games

·           Slalom games

·           Edging games

·           Draw Stroke games

·           Low Brace Supports

Endurance

·           Develop endurance, power and speed  through FUN games

·           Canoe in a straight line

·           Races: short & long, forwards, reverse & sideways (draw stroke)

Strength

·           Perform boat based fun resistance exercises to develop strength

·           Sweep Stroke  games

·           Rafting games

·           Splashing games

·           Towing races

·           Upstream/wind paddling

·           Upstream/wind races

·           Develop Core and Joint Stability

·           Edging games

·           Draw Stroke games

·           Low Brace games

Speed

·           Develop linear, lateral and multi-directional speed

·           Short sprint races

·           Short parallel paddling races

·           Obstacle course races

·           Develop linear, lateral and multi-directional speed

·           Short sprint races

·           Short parallel paddling races

·           Obstacle course races

·           Short straight line races

·           Draw stroke races

·           Slalom races

·           Develop power through plyometric sprint starts & short upstream sprints

Relating to Mental Capacities

·           Develop a positive attitude to canoeing.

·           Encourage and acknowledge individual progress

·           Provide positive reinforcement

·           Develop water confidence.

·           Support participants in setting simple goals

·           Provide opportunities to use a variety of skills and tactics in a given situation to develop athletes confidence in their own ability.

·           Support players/athletes in dealing with winning and losing

·           Understand & promote the role of practice

·           Develop warm up and cool down routines.

·           Demonstrate and encourage players/athletes to use simple imagery.

·         Teach athletes how to use self-talk and trigger words to maintain concentration and focus

·         Use fun games and activities to teach players/athletes relaxation skills and how to control anxiety

Relating to Lifestyle Capacities

·          Promote participation in multiple sports and activities

·          Promote good nutrition and hydration e.g. follow the food pyramid

·          Develop good practice habits and self directed practice

Relating to Personal Capacities

·Promote fun and enjoyment in the sport. Deliver fun and enjoyable training sessions.

·Demonstrate an understanding of the changes puberty will bring and its implications for training. Assist players/athletes to understand these changes and its implications for training

·Conduct structured and well-planned sessions with clear boundaries and rules

·Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between effort and achieving goals and communicate this to players/athletes

·Provide opportunities for players/athletes to develop teamwork skills

·Provide opportunities for players/athletes to interact with each other

·Encourage players/athletes to respect officials and their decisions

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2. Level 1 Coach Timetable

Level 1 Coach Programme Day 1

 

Time

 

Course Content

 

Trainer Ref.

09:00

Introduction

§  Welcome, Timetable & Outline of Course

§  ICU Training Coaching & Accreditation Scheme

§  The Level 1 Coach

 

A1

10:00

The Coaching Session

§  Preparation and Planning

§  On the Bank (DICE)& Warming Up

§  On the Water (CLAP) & Core Skills

§  Off the Water & Cooling Down

§  Drills & Tasks

 

 

B1

11:00

Break

 

11:15

Water Session 1 – Introduction to Competition Disciplines

§  Introducing Equipment

§  Injury Prevention

§  Beach Speech - DICE

§  Coaching Skills

§  Drills, Tasks & Games

 

13:00

Lunch

 

14:00

Coaching Skills & Tactics

§  Coaching & Learning Principles

§  IDEAS

§  Part & Whole Part, Guided Discovery, Visualisation

§  Fault Analysis & Feedback

§  Core Skills – Transfer of Energy – Connectivity

§  Lesson Planning

 

 

C1

15:00

Water Session 2 – Coaching Skills & Tactics

§  Coaching Practical - IDEAS

§  Coaching Styles – Part & Whole Part, Guided Discovery, Visualisation.  

§  Stroke Analysis and Peer Coaching

§  Observation & Fault Analysis – Coaching, Positioning, Tasks

§  Evaluation of Lessons

 

17:00

Issues in Coaching

§  The Environment

§  Good Practice and Children

§  Special Needs

§  Gender Awareness

§  Code of Practice

 

D1

18.00

Debrief for Day 1

 

 

Level 1 Coach Programme - Day 2

Time

Course Content

Trainer Ref.

09:00

Introduction

§  The Structure and Administration of the Irish Canoe Union

§  Coaching Ireland & The Coaching Framework

§  LTADP

E1

09.30

Mental Fitness

§  Goal Setting

§  Motivation

§  Mental Fitness: Concentration, Focus, Confidence, Imagery

 

X1

10.30

Physical Fitness

§  ABC’s of Movement & Flexibility

§  Focussed Training: Endurance, Strength, Power, Speed

§  The Basics of Nutrition & Hydration

 

Y1

11:30

Break

 

11.45

Progressive Coaching

§  Training Principles

§  Training Session Planners

§  Club Level Training Programmes

§  Reflective Practitioner

 

Z1

13:00

Lunch

 

14:00

Safety and Equipment

§  Incidents – Equipment for Coaches and Participants

§  Injuries – First Aid Kit

§  Risk Assessment – Flat Water Limitations

 

G1

14.30

Water Session 4 – Safety and Rescue

§  Safety and Group Control  - CLAP

§  Group Organisation

§  Incidents on the Water

§  Rescues & Towing

 

16:00

The ICU Website

§  Membership & Insurance

§  Coaching Resources

 

16:15

The Logbook and Requirements for Assessment

§  Using Logbook and variety of experience

§  Application for Assessment & Registration

§  Requirements for assessment

§  Format of Assessment

 

I1

16:45

Debrief

§   Debrief and identification of action plan

 

18:00

Course Ends

 

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1.  Level 2 Coach Syllabus

1.1. Course Structure

Heading

Statement

Course Aim

The aim of the course is to provide coaches with:

1.    The ability to deliver coaching sessions in the ‘Paddling to Train’ phase of the LTADP

2.    Expertise to aid and guide participants up to and including underage national level competition/high standard of regional adult club competition

3.    Knowledge and experience for them to decide where their abilities best place them in the LTADP and whether to pursue the ‘development’ or ‘performance’ route in relation to the paddlers they coach

4.    The ability to develop paddlers capacities in the ‘Paddle to Train’ phase of the LTADP

Pathway Phase

‘Paddling to Train’ Phase

Participants, with whom the coaches will work should be young people who have a good fundamental and sport specific base and who are ready to learn how to train for an intensive level of competition, with the emphasis on learning rather than on results. The Level Two coach should be able to individualize programmes by measuring the athletes capacities and addressing any weaknesses in these areas.  This phase addresses the critical and sensitive periods of physical and skill development. The emphasis is placed on 75:25 training to competition ratio.  This will prepare the participants to decide on their future involvement in sport, be it at recreation level, as a club performer or in performance sport.

The Level 2 coach may also work with adults who aim to perform up to the highest standard of regional club competition.

Entry Requirements

Pre- Course Requirements

·      Course candidates will be 18 years or over.

·      Candidates must hold a Level 1 Coach Award or prove satisfactory prior coaching experience in chosen discipline

·      Candidates must be registered with the Canoeing Ireland as a Trainee Coach

·      Candidates must submit Garda Vetting application.

 

Pre-Assessment Requirements

Before applying to attend a Level 2 coach assessment, a candidate must:

·      Have maintained registration as a Level 2 Coach Trainee.

·      Be at least 18 years of age.

·      Have unrestricted access to equipment as listed for a Level 2 Coach Assessment.

·      Have attended an approved Level 2 Coach Training Course or Programme within the 24 months period preceding a selected assessment date.

·      Have recorded in a Level 2 Coach Logbook following the completion of a Level 2 Coach Training Course at least 25 hours (on the water) of coaching experience under the supervision of at least two registered Level 2 Coaches.

·      Have recorded in a Level 2 Coach Logbook as part of the 25 hours supervised coaching  experience details of assisting in the preparation of a group for a national competition.

·      Have recorded in a Level 2 Coach Logbook, following registration as a Trainee, all activities relevant to the Level 2 Coach assessment requirements including details of their Level 2 Coach Training Course. Details of activities prior to applying to attend a Level 2 Coach Training Course should also be recorded.

·      Completed an approved First Aid training Course (REC 2/3 or equivalent).

·      Completed the relevant Safety & Rescue course for the chosen discipline

·      Attended an Irish Sports Council approved Child Protection Awareness Workshop

·      Be recommended for assessment by a registered ICU Level 2 Coach.

·      Return to the ICU Office, a completed Level 2 Coach Logbook accompanied by a Level 2 Coach Assessment application at least three weeks prior to a selected assessment date.

 

Course Duration

·      Training Course - 32 hours contact time over 4 days

·      Relevant Safety & Rescue Course – 8 hours

·      25 logged coaching hours

·      Plus non contact preparation for assessment

·      Plus 4 hour 1/2 day assessment

Course Formats

Four day training course and a half day assessment

Course Cost

€TBC

Personal Dress and Materials

Paddle

Sufficient thermal clothing

Spray Deck

Buoyancy Aid

Cagoule

Helmet

Adequate footwear

Methodology

The methodology employed at this level will ensure that coaches will have mastered the broad range of skills, which will enable them to cope with club sport and to support young athletes in their development. The coach will have the ability to respond to changing circumstances and will have a well-developed philosophy of coaching. Coaching skills will be further developed during the course through suitably structured practical activities, distance learning and tasks. Self-reflection and peer feedback will be used on the course.

Tutors

At least 75% of the course will be delivered by CDPI tutors.  Coaching, sports science and other experts may contribute to the course, as designated support tutors, working under the guidance of CDPI trained tutors.

Tutors will operate to maximum ratios of 1:8 or 2:12

Facilities and Equipment

Lecture room with chairs for participants.  Data projector with white screen to project contents of Tutor CD.  Flip Chart and/or White Board.  Easy access to a flat water & moving water venue to run the course

Coaching Materials

A coach’s manual, worksheet material and a logbook (25 hours) will be provided

Assessment

 

a.  Written plan for a a season - to include the development of technical, tactical, physical, mental, lifestyle and personal capacities.

b.  Observed practical on the assessment against set criteria (with emphasis on observation, analysis, provision of feedback and progression).

c.  Oral assessment on key course content.

d.  Logbook to be marked against set criteria and submitted prior to certification (25 hours coaching).

Certification

A CDPI Level 2 Certificate will be awarded to those who attend the full course and satisfactorily complete the course assessments. The certificate will be awarded by the NGB, with Coaching Ireland accreditation.

Evaluation

Course candidates and tutors will complete an on line evaluation of the course.

CPD and On-going Support

 

This is the second level of real coaching ability in the CDPI.  Coaches are recommended to keep up-dated on good coaching practice. Re-accreditation will be required on a 4 yearly basis (process to be defined).

1.2. Course Syllabus

Athlete Capacities

Coaching Capacities / Knowledge

Fundamental capacities plus the following Learning to Paddle capacities:

Technical

·       Advance core fundamental skills

·       Forward Paddling

·       Forward Sweep Stroke

·       Trunk Rotation

·       Edging

·       Develop & progress discipline specific technical skills

·       Individualise skills training to address strengths and weaknesses

·       Practise technical skills and understand importance of practice

 

Safety

·       Assist a capsized paddler in an efficient and safe manner

 

Tactical

·           Practise basic and intermediate team/individual/position tactics

·           Use competition plans

·       Begin self-analysis in training and competition

·       Introduce competitive situations in the form of practice games, competitive games and drills

 

Physical

·       Emphasise physical conditioning

·       Warm up and cool down

Flexibility

·       Progress flexibility  given the rapid growth of bones, tendons, ligaments and muscles

·       Learn discipline specific dynamic and static stretching exercises and their importance before and after competition and training

Movement

·       Learn to cope with progressively complex agility, co-ordination, balance, and speed drills. Discipline specific ABC’s exercises are introduced

Endurance

·       Prioritise aerobic training after onset of Peak Height Velocity (PHV)

·       Participate in off water activities that will build endurance.

Strength

·       Prioritise strength training

·        in females after PHV and with the onset of menstruation

·       in males 12-18 months after PHV

·       Learn discipline specific & individualised weight training regime

·       Further develop resistance training techniques using equipment

·       Continue to develop core, and joint stability using weight training integrating swiss balls, and boat based edging and trim exercises

·       Engage in frequent musculoskeletal evaluations during PHV

Speed

·       Develop speed through discipline specific speed drills exercises stressing a wide range of speed movements

·       Further develop power through land based plyometric exercises using medicine balls

Mental

·       Keep positive and understand and accept that self-worth is not linked to performance

·       Use structured goal-setting for both long term &  short term

·       Display a motivation to succeed

·       Develop confidence in executing technical, tactical, physical, mental, lifestyle and personal capacities

·       Develop areas of mental preparation for competition and training:

·       Imagery(practicing and improving techniques)

·       Focus & Concentration, dealing with distraction (self talk, verbal cues, thought stopping)

·       Confidence (thought stopping, positive self talk)

·       Use imagery for motivation and improving self-confidence

·       Develop performance and pre-performance routines

·       Understand the importance of breathing for controlling anxiety

·       Learn to cope with success and set backs

·       Practise and self-evaluate performance

 

Lifestyle

·       Participate in complementary sports

·       Follow planned and periodised training programmes

·       Begin to use self-monitoring (e.g. training and performance logbook/diary)

·       Develop an understanding of rest and  recovery

·       Develop time management skills

·       Implement correct nutrition/hydration practices before, during and after practice and competition

·       Identify the signs of fatigue

Personal

·       Apply knowledge of Peak Height Velocity and windows of trainability

·       Display commitment to improve/achieve goals

·       Develop Interpersonal skills and learn to work in a team environment

·       Develop positive communication skills

·       Display personal responsibility

·       Develop social skills through interaction with others

Knowledge (of the sport & athlete)

·         Describe the structure of Canoeing Ireland and the role of Coaching Ireland

·       Outline the LTADP phases; specifically  ‘Paddle to Train’ phase and associated capacities

·         List the athlete capacities within the ‘Paddle to Train’ phase

·         Sound understanding of core discipline specific skills and concepts

·         Further development of secondary skills and concepts

·         Further understanding of skill acquisition & learning theory

·         Undestanding of both ‘development’ and ‘performance’ coaching routes

Coaching Roles, Style, Values and Ethics

·      List the different roles & responsibilities of a Level two coach

·         Athlete/player centered approach to coaching

·         Working knowledge of Code of Ethics, Child Protection & Coaches Code of Conduct

·         Evidence of Non-discriminatory and all-inclusive coaching practices

·         Positive encouragement, motivation and reinforcement of participants

Needs analysis and Planning

§  Plan sessions with multiple skill or conceptual elements for one or more coaches working together

§  Plan for a series of sessions (up to a single periodized year for an athlete/player or team in association with others)

§  Differentiate between different types of training and analyse where and when they should be used

§  Assess individual player/athlete requirements for a training programme and adapt as appropriate

§  Continue to assess the risks involved in both training and competition; accommodate/adapt as appropriate to ensure the safe delivery of sessions and prevention of injury

§  Record and respond to accidents, illness and injury

§  Keep comprehensive records on sessions and competitions, the participants in them and any individual needs/issues

Coaching practice/performance

§  Knowledge and basic application of periodization

§  Lead and organize sessions where one or more coaches are working collaboratively

§  Demonstrate a working knowledge of a number of inter-related technical models associated with the sport

§  Further development of ‘the coaches eye’; to identify and correct faults

§  Basic use of video for the purpose of fault identification and correction

§  Notational analysis to assess performance (where appropriate)

§  Analysis of performance/technique in both training and competition situations

§  Ability to act as a coach at regional level (competitions)

Communication and Teamwork

§  Ability to communicate effectively with all members of the club/community including the media (if appropriate)

§  Supervise and provide support for Level One coaches working in the same physical environment

§  Work collaboratively with other coaches from the same and other clubs for the benefit of the players/athletes and the sport

§  Start the process of communicating with sports scientists and medics in relation to the development & rehabilitation (if necessary) of players/athletes

§  Observe and interact with more experienced coaches to enhance both learning and understanding

§  Accurately describe an observed practice

§  Put an action into words so that participants can execute it, without demonstration

§  Adapt terminology for individual comprehension

Review, Evaluate and Self-reflect

§  Evaluate the effectiveness of phases of training and competition (periodized year)

§  Evaluate sessions and all inputs (e.g. coaching, science, medical), stating implications for successive sessions/phases and/or seasons as appropriate

·         Self-reflect on coaching involvement

1.3. Course Outcomes

In addition to the outcomes at Level 1, the coach will be able to:

Heading and Outcome

 

Coaching Capacities

Ref.

Knowledge (of the sport and the player/athlete)

§  Describe the Canoeing Ireland athlete pathway

§  List the main capacities to be developed at the ‘Paddle to Train’ phase in the Long –Term Athlete Development  Plan (LTADP)

§  Sound understanding of discipline specific, core skills and concepts

§  Develop an understanding of secondary skills and concepts associated with the sport

§  Further understanding of the processes in which people (specifically, but not exclusively, children) learn and acquire new skills

§  Understanding the nature of coaching in both the ‘development’ and ‘performance’ pathways in sport.

§  Describe the implications of growth and development (in relation to physical, psychological and social elements) for coaching

Coaching Roles, Style, Values and Ethics

·           Provide a list of roles and responsibilities up to and including the Level Two coach.

·  Apply all aspects of the Code of Ethics and Good Practice, Child Protection policy and the Coaches Code of Conduct with due regard to the safety of athletes and the legal responsibilities of the coach

·  Apply an athlete-centred philosophy, creating a positive environment at training and competition in the club context

·  Support the involvement of all athletes, irrespective of gender, age, (dis)ability, race, religion or social background

·  Positively encourage and motivate all participants to reach their potential

Needs analysis and Planning

·           Describe the principles of planning training and periodization

·  Identify injury prevention measures, including avoidance of overuse injuries in the sport

·  Plan for single and multiple sessions, single and multi-dimensional sessions and for sessions involving one or more coaches

·  Differentiate between different forms and phases of training. Plan a series of sessions as part of a single periodized season

·  Plan for an individual and for a team (Discipline Specific)

·  Measure and assess the differences between athletes and their differing training and competition needs, including peak height velocity

·  Awareness of the Sports Science Support Network and how it may enhance the athletes progression

·  Assess risks (physical and otherwise) in both training and competition situations and accommodate/adapt as appropriate to ensure the safe delivery of sessions/injury prevention

·  Administer basic first aid, undertake accident reporting and appropriate follow up procedures

·  Keep comprehensive records (manual or electronic) of participants, training sessions and competition including evaluation

Coaching practice/performance

§  Lead and organize sessions involving one or more coaches working collaboratively

§  Demonstrate a working knowledge of a number of core discipline specific, technical models and how they correlate with each other to produce a ‘better performance’

§  Interaction with more experienced coaches for the benefit of the athletes

§  Further development of ‘the coaches eye’ to improve fault identification and correction

§  Demonstrate, observe, analyse and provide feedback on skills/tactics at the ‘Paddle to Train’ stage of the Canoeing Ireland pathway

§  Undertake objective analysis of performances, by applying a system of notational analysis and  basic video analysis, so as to provide feedback and for selection purposes

§  Ability to serve as a coach in competition

Communication and Teamwork

§  Positively encourage less experienced coaches, showing a willingness to assist them when appropriate to do so.

§  Communicate positively with athletes, parents, assistant coaches and other partners in the sporting process, including the media

§  Work collaboratively with coaches from the same and other clubs for the benefit of the sport or individual athletes

§  Accurately describe an observed practice for the purposes of clarity

§  Adapt terminology for individual athlete comprehension

§  Deal with/resolve conflict (between athletes/players/coaches/managers etc.)

Review, Evaluate and Self-reflect

§  Develop a personal coaching plan – coaching as part of a balanced lifestyle, including coaching career plans

§  Evaluate the effectiveness of sessions, phases of training, competitions and full seasons at each stage giving implications for the following session/phase/competition or season

§  Self reflect on coaching involvement, progression made and aspirations for the future

 

§  B1

§  B1 & J1

§  J1

§  J1

 

§  K1

 

§  C1

 

§  C1

 

 

§  A1

 

§  CP Course

§  A1,B1 & C1

§  X

 

§  A1, B1

 

§  C1

§  C1 & J1

§  F1, M1 & O1

§  F1

§  F1

§  C1 & F1

§  C1 & D1

 

§  J1

 

§  REC

 

§  C1 & F1

 

§  Day 4

 

§  K1 & N1

 

§  Day 4

§  K1 & N1

§  K1 & N1

§  K1 7 N1

 

§  Day 4

 

§  Day 4

 

§  J1

 

§  Day 4

 

§  K1

§  K1

§  Day 4

 

§  C1 & F1

§  F1

§  F1

Relating to Technical Capacities

 

·  Further develop and consolidate athletes’ core skills

o   Forward Paddling

o   Forward Sweep Stroke

o   Trunk Rotation

o   Edging

·      Develop technical skills in participants

·      Outline the main coaching points in developing each of the skills

·       Implement activities to develop the above skills, in the correct sequence

·      Individualise skills training to address athletes’ strengths and weaknesses

·       Provide opportunities for athletes to practise technical skills in training and promote the importance of practising skills outside of training sessions

·      J1, K1 & N1

 

 

 

·      K1 & N1

·      J1

·      J1

 

·      K1

·      J1, K1 & N1

Relating to Safety Capacities

 

·        Teach how to carry out assisted x rescue

·       Implement best practise with regard to safety

·       Be competent at rescues typically encountered in discipline specific environment

·       RSR Course

Relating to Tactical Capacities

 

·      Provide opportunities for athletes to develop and practise basic and intermediate team/individual/position tactics

·  Outline the tactical elements of chosen discipline

·   Implement activities to develop the above in the correct sequence

·   Take account of the competitive structure in Canoeing Ireland and use appropriate competition for athletes at the ‘Paddle to Train’ phase of the Canoeing Ireland pathway

·           Introduce competitive situations in the form of practice races/matches or competitive games and drills

·  Develop competition plans with athletes

·  Assist athletes to analyse their performance in training and competition

·      J1, K1 & P1

·      J1, K1 & P1

·      J1

·      B1, C1 & F1

·      J1

·      F1

·      F1 & K1

Relating to Physical Capacities

 

·           Outline the physical capacities for athletes at the ‘Paddle to Train’ phase of the Canoeing Ireland pathway

·           Outline at a basic level the workings of the cardio-respiratory, muscular and skeletal systems and the 3 energy systems

·           Further develop agility, balance, co-ordination

·           Demonstrate discipline specific warm-up and cool-down activities for training and competition

·           Apply the principles of physical fitness to coaching sessions

·           Define the components of physical fitness as they relate to the discipline - Endurance, Strength, Speed and Flexibility

·           Prioritise strength training in females after PHV and with the onset of menstruation

·           Prioritise strength training in males 12-18 months after PHV

·           Prioritise aerobic training after onset of PHV

·           Devise, conduct and evaluate a circuit with a sports specific muscular endurance/strength emphasis

·           Further develop resistance training techniques using equipment

·           Devise, conduct and evaluate a sports specific power session

·           Devise, conduct and evaluate a sports specific interval training session with an emphasis on endurance

·  Devise, conduct and evaluate a sports specific speed session

·           Devise, conduct and evaluate a sports specific flexibility session taking account of the rapid growth of bones, tendons, ligaments and muscles at this phase of the athlete’s development

·           Devise, conduct and evaluate a sports specific session on core and joint stability

·  Ensure physical readiness for return from injury to training and competition

·           Use frequent musculoskeletal evaluations during Peak Height Velocity to individualise athlete support

·           Apply Peak Height Velocity and windows of trainability to athletes physical fitness development

·      B1 & C1

·      D1

·      J1

·      J1

·      C1

·      D1, E1 & J1

·      C1

·      C1

·      C1

·      E1

·      E1

·      E1

·      E1

·      E1

·      J1 & E1

·      E1

·      J1

·      C1

·      C1

Relating to Mental Capacities

 

·           Outline the mental capacities for athletes at the ‘Paddle to Train’ phase of the Canoeing Ireland pathway

·           Motivate athletes to succeed – Outline the concepts behind motivation and arousal for performance

·           Assist individuals in setting, monitoring, adjusting and achieving goals (technical, tactical, physical , mental, lifestyle and personal) for a season – process and outcome goals

·           Assist a squad in setting, monitoring, adjusting and achieving goals (technical, tactical, physical, mental, lifestyle and personal) for a season – process and outcome goals

·           Apply methods to develop concentration/focus and confidence/belief e.g. self-talk, thought stopping, trigger words, positive imagery

·  Promote an ethos that self-worth is not linked to performance

·           Assist athletes to use imagery for skill development, tactics and for general motivation and self-confidence

·  Develop performance and pre-performance routines with athletes

·  Discuss the importance of breathing for controlling anxiety

·  Provide individuals with opportunities to practise and to self-evaluate their performance

·  Equip individuals with the skills to deal with success and setback

·      B1 & H1

·      H1

·      H1

·      H1

·      H1

·      A1, H1

·      H1 & K1

·      H1

·      H1

·      H1,  O1

·      H1

Relating to Lifestyle Capacities

 

·           Outline the lifestyle capacities for athletes at the Paddle to Train phase of the Canoeing Ireland pathway

·  Develop planned and periodised training programmes

·  Outline the implications of sports participation on athlete lifestyle

·  Consider the implications of growth spurt and PHV on lifestyle

·  Develop pre- and post-training and competition routines, to include rest and use of alcohol

·  Support athletes relating to their future involvement in sport

·           Identify and communicate correct nutrition/hydration practices for before, during and after training and competition

·  Encourage individuals to practice self-monitoring through the use of training/performance diaries

·  Identify the signs of fatigue and assist athletes to do so aswell

·  Promote the importance of adequate rest and recovery from training and competition

·  Assist individuals to manage their time effectively

·  Encourage athletes to participate in complementary sports

·      B1

·      C1,  F1

·      G1

·      C1

·      H1, B1 & G1

·      B1

·      G1

·      F1

·      F1

·      F1

·      F1

·      B1, F1

Relating to Personal Capacities

 

·           Outline the personal capacities for athletes at the ‘Paddle to Train’ stage of the Canoeing Ireland pathway

·           Apply methods to develop commitment and confidence as a person, including sport as part of a balanced lifestyle

·           Require athletes to show respect for team-mates, opponents, officials and the public

·  Encourage athletes to participate in sport in a fair and ethical way

·  Assist athletes develop positive communication skills

·           Provide opportunities for athletes to take responsibility for their own training and performance

·           Provide opportunities to develop teamwork skills

·           Assist athletes develop social skills by providing opportunities for interaction with others

·      B1

·      H1, G1

·      H1

·      J1

·      F1

·      F1

·      F1

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2.  Level 2 Coach Timetable

Level 2 Coach Programme Day 1 – Physical Fitness

 

Time

 

Course Content

 

Ref.

09:00

Introduction

§  Welcome, Timetable & Outline of Course

§  Canoeing Ireland Coaching Program

§  The Level 2 Coach

A1

10:00

Long Term Athlete Development

§  Canoeing Ireland LTADP

§  Personal Experiences of LTAD

B1

11:00

Break

 

11:30

Training Principles

§  Readiness

§  Adaptation

§  Overload

§  Progression

§  Periodisation

C1

12.30

Lunch

 

14:00

Energy Systems

§  Energy and Metabolism

§  Aerobic Foundation, Aerobic Threshold, Anaerobic Fitness

§  Aerobic Training, Aerobic Threshold Training & Anaerobic Training

D1

15.30

On the Water Session – Threshold Test

§  Lactate Threshold Assessment

§  Analysis of Lactate Threshold Assessments

D1-WS

17:00

Review and Feedback Day 1

§  LTADP

§  Training Principles

§  Physical Fitness

§  Lactate Threshold Assessments

Z

17.30

Debrief for Day 1

 

 

Level 2 Coach Programme - Day 2 – Fitness: Body & Mind

Time

Course Content

Ref.

09:00

Strength & Conditioning

§  Functional Assessment

§  Functional Training

§  Muscular Development

E1

11:00

Break

 

11.30

Training Programmes

§  Assessment

§  Specificity

§  Planning

§  Recovery

§  Monitoring

F1

13:00

Lunch

 

14.00

Nutrition

§  The Athletes Body

§  Fundamentals of Nutrition

§  Weight Gain

§  Weight Loss

§  Eating for Events

G1

15:30

Mental Fitness

§  Commitment

§  Confidence

§  Control

§  Concentration

§  Imagery

§  Training for Mental Fitness

H1

17:00

Review and Feedback Day 2

§  Strength & Conditioning

§  Mental Fitness

§  Nutrition

§  Training Programmes

§  Feedback

§  Homework

Z

17:30

Debrief for Day 2

 

 

Level 2 Coach Programme - Day 3 – Skills Acquisition

Time

Course Content

Ref.

9:00

The Coaching Session

§  Progressions in Equipment

§  Effective Warming Up

§  ABC’s of Movement

§  Core Skills Development

§  Effective Cooling Down

§  Drills & Tasks

J1

11:00

Water Session 1 – Developing Competition Disciplines

§  Injury Prevention

§  Core Skills Development

§  Drills, Tasks & Games

J1-WS

13:00

Lunch

 

14:00

The Coaching of Canoeing

§  Coaching & Learning Principles

§  Learning Styles

§  Part & Whole Part, Guided Discovery, Visualisation

§  Fault Analysis & Feedback

§  Measuring skills progression

K1

15:00

Water Session 2 – Coaching Canoeing

§  Coaching Practical

§  Exploring Coaching Styles – Part & Whole Part, Guided Discovery, Visualisation.  

§  Skill & Tactical Analysis and Peer Coaching

§  Observation & Fault Analysis – Coaching, Positioning, Tasks

K1-WS

17:00

Review and Feedback Day 3

§  The Coaching Session

§  Coaching Technical Skills

§  Feedback

§  Homework

Z

17:30

Debrief Day 3

 

 

 Level 2 Coach Programme - Day 4 – Discipline Specific

Time

Course Content

Ref.

09:00

Competitive Training

§  “Defining Success “

§  Presentation of Season Plans

L1

10:00

Water Session 3 – Discipline Specific Training

§  Discipline Specific Training Routines

M1

N1

13:00

Lunch

 

14:00

Water Session 4 – Discipline Specific Training

§  Discipline Specific Training Routines

O1

P1

16:30

The Logbook and Requirements for Assessment

§  Using Logbook and variety of experience

§  Application for Assessment & Registration

§  Requirements for assessment

§  Format of Assessment

Q1

17:00

Review and Feedback Day 4

§  Fitness Training Routines

§  Skills Training Routines

§  Tactical Training Routines

§  Mental Training Routines

§  Feedback

§  Debrief and identification of action plan

Z

17:00

Course Ends

 

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