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“Waking Up Champions”Overview of WSWC Long Term Athlete Development

WSWC Congress 2008


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Purpose

  • More widely communicate, educate and seek feedback on how best to implement a sustainable Long Term Athlete Development program

  • Background

  • Introduction & Purpose

  • LTAD Factors & Stages

  • Update on implementation successes & challenges to date

  • Competitive structure trends

  • Present 3 implementation challenges for Congress to address


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Background

  • Major initiative for Sport Canada

    • Funding provided to design and implement a sport specific long term athlete development program

    • WSWC embraced this initiative and formed a steering committee to create a towed water sport specific program

      • 2005-2006 work on creating “Waking Up Champions”

      • 2007 introduction of basic concepts and some ideas for possible changes to competitive structure

        • Membership feedback expressed some concern with implementation choices

      • 2008 New implementation committee formed to seek member input

  • Framework

    • Outline for optimizing skier/rider development covering

      • Training / Competition / Recovery

    • Program is built on

      • Age / Maturation of athlete (not chronological age)

      • 10 Key Factors & separate phases of athlete development


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Introduction

Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) is an omnipresent concept that has implications for every aspect of towed water sports and their implementation and…

  • Represented in all of our programs

  • Affects all of our stakeholders

  • Necessitates the constant re-examination of what we do and how we can do it better

  • Forms future basis of program design for Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada

    • Programs should support key elements of LTAD


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Implementing LTAD

Grassroots

Programming

Integrated

Coaching

Programs

Competitive

Stream &

Schedule

From Learning

to ski or ride to

Elite Athlete

Training, Competition

& World results

Discipline & Adaptive

Neutrality &

Capable

LTAD is the over-arching framework upon which “on-water” programs, competitive structures, high performance results and athlete management are linked

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Stakeholders & Program Scope

  • Athletes

  • Parents

  • Coaches

  • Administrators

LTAD Scope

  • Programs

  • Training practices

  • Lifestyle choices

  • Event calendar

  • Competition structure


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Stakeholders

  • Athletes

    • Stages: Developmental age

      • “What level am I at?” rather than “What level should I be at?”

    • Training principles

      • Develop a base before specializing

      • Windows of trainability

      • Holistic development: physical, mental, cognitive, emotional

  • Parents

    • What level are my children at?

    • What programs should they be enrolled in?

    • When should they begin focusing on competitions?


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Stakeholders

  • Coaches

    • What stage is this athlete at?

    • Which skills should I be teaching this athlete?

    • Which competitions (if any) should he/she be peaking for?

  • Administrators

    • Scheduling of competitions

    • Organization of age groups

    • Adaptation/creation of appropriate development programs

    • Linkages & hand-offs between programs


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Key LTAD Factors

  • 10 Year Rule

    • 10 years & 10,000 hours of skiing/riding to reach elite levels

  • Fundamentals

    • Basic movement skills learned at home:

      • Athletics / Gymnastics / Swimming

  • Specialization

    • Recognize that skiing and riding are LATE-specialization sports

  • Developmental Age

    • All kids develop differently

  • Trainability

    • 5 basic “S’s” of training and performance

      • Stamina /Strength /Speed / Skill / Suppleness


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Key LTAD Factors

  • Physical, Mental, Cognitive & Emotional Development

    • Needs to be considered in training programs

  • Periodization

    • Planning technique to arrange training, competition and recovery into logical & scientifically based schedule

  • Calendar Planning

    • Over-competition & under-training at FUNdations & Build the Skills means lack of basic fitness

  • System Alignment & Integration

    • Athlete-centered / Coach-driven /Administration, Sport science & sponsor supported

  • Continuous Improvement

    • Drawn from Japanese industrial philosophy of Kaizen


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“Perhaps the single most important element in mastering the techniques and tactics of racing is experience. But once you have the fundamentals acquiring experience is a matter of time”Greg LaMond

LTAD Stages


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LTAD Stages the techniques and tactics of racing is experience. But once you have the fundamentals acquiring experience is a matter of time”

Active Start

  • Learn fundamental movements and link them together into play

    • Ages: 0-6

    • 4 Pillars of Physical Literacy

      • Swimming

      • Gymnastics

      • Athletics

      • Sliding (water skiing, snow skiing, skating)


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“Success isn’t something that just happens - success is learned, success is practiced and then it is shared” Chuck Noll

LTAD Stages

FUNdamentals

  • Refine fundamental movement skills and acquire basic sport skills

    • Ages 6-8 (f) & 6-9 (m)

    • Basic Goals

      • Swim 25m, enjoy playing in & around water and be comfortable around boats. Understand basic safety

      • Have fun on 2 skis

      • Deliver program/teaching in a FUN and social environment

    • Key Delivery Programs

      • Rip ‘n Ride

      • SkiAbility


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“If you sacrifice early, you will win late” learned, success is practiced and then it is shared”Charles Haley

LTAD Stages

FUNdations

  • Refine overall sport skills & develop sport specific skills

    • Ages 9-11 (f) & 10-12 (m)

      • Important age for accelerated adoption of motor coordination

    • Introduced to all facets of towed water sports

      • Continue to participate in 2-3 other sports

    • Introduction to coaching & competition, but in a fun setting

      • Mini-course / Relaxed rules

      • Access to Learn To Coaching

    • Key Delivery Program

      • Novice tournaments / Clubs / Clinics / Schools


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“Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them”Larry Bird

LTAD Stages

Build the Skills

  • Further skill refinement / Introduction to competition / Develop speed & strength / Build stamina & maintain flexibility to support training

    • Ages 12-15 (f) & 13-16 (m)

      • Age for accelerated & maximum skill development & aerobic, speed & strength training

      • Move into formal competition but continued emphasis on learning

        • Increased on-water time and begin to specialize in a discipline

    • Higher level coaching, competition & developmental programs

      • Utilize Competition-Introduction & “Discipline” Technical Instructor coaches

      • Club & provincial development programs

      • National Junior team development programs


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“Winning is only half of it. Having fun is the other half”Bum Phillips

LTAD Stages

Learn to Compete

  • Further skill refinement / Confidence in competition / Sport Specialization

    • Ages: WS/BF 16-19 (f) & 17-20 (m) / WB 15-16 (f) & 16-17 (m)

      • Specialization in chosen discipline

      • Confidence in a variety of competitive situations

      • Optimization of fitness preparation

      • Good decision-making skills

      • Continued enhancement of on-water skills and results

    • Specialized Competition Development coaching, international competition & developmental programs

      • Utilize Competition-Development and coaching

      • Provincial development programs

      • Collegiate programs

      • National Development Team programs


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Train to Compete

  • Consolidate technical skills / Increased training intensity / Individualized training up to 10 months per year

    • Ages: WS/BF 18-22 (f) & 19-23 (m) / WB 17-18 (f) & 18-19 (m)

      • Performance on demand

      • International performance improvement

    • Manage lifestyle to meet training/competition requirements

      • Competition Development & Competition High Performance Coaching

      • National Development team programs

      • Collegiate/University programs


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“The vision of a champion is someone bent over, drenched in sweat, to the point of exhaustion, when no one else is watching”Anson Dorrance

LTAD Stages

Becoming a Champion

  • Stabilization of performance-on-demand characteristics

    • Ages: WS/BF 21-25 (f) & 22-26 (m) / WB 19-21 (f) & 20-24 (m)

      • Transition period between national level and international level podiums

      • Final phase of athletic preparation

    • Athletes must be capable of performance on demand

      • National Team high performance programs

      • Collegiate/University programs

      • Personal professional programs


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LTAD Stages in sweat, to the point of exhaustion, when no one else is watching”

Top of the Wake

  • International excellence and podium performances at world championships

    • Ages: WS/BF 22+ (f) & 25+ (m) / WB 20+ (f) & 22+ (m)

      • All aspects of training are directed toward ensuring consistent performances at the highest level

      • Injury prevention and recovery strategies are crucial in this stage

    • Athlete assumes full responsibility for own performance and behaviour

      • WSWC National Team program

      • Personal professional program


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LTAD Stages in sweat, to the point of exhaustion, when no one else is watching”

Active for Life

  • Enjoyment of lifelong physical activity and participation in sport and recreation

    • Ages: Enter at any age

      • Try a different discipline of the sport

      • Enter sport-related careers such as coaching, officiating, sport administration, etc.

    • A positive experience in sport is the key to retaining athletes after they leave the competition stream

      • Masters competitions

      • Recreational festivals

      • Club programs


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LTAD Implementation in sweat, to the point of exhaustion, when no one else is watching”

  • Increase education and advocacy

    • Complete distribution of main “Waking Up Champions” document

    • Build dedicated web pages for parents to “find out more”

      • Coaching / Grassroots tournaments /Path to competition

    • Create an LTAD Executive Summary & 2 panel brochure

      • FUNdamentals & FUNdations

  • Re-alignment of water ski age divisions to better realize LTAD objectives

    • Boys/Girls I, II & III, Junior Men & Women, Under 21 Men

  • Created an Implementation Support Team

    • Formed in early April in Ottawa

    • 11 Representatives from BC to Nova Scotia

    • Tasked to identify and tackle the hurdles to LTAD implementation


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Programs in sweat, to the point of exhaustion, when no one else is watching”

  • Rip ‘n Ride

  • SkiAbility

  • NCCP Coaching


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Rip ‘n Ride in sweat, to the point of exhaustion, when no one else is watching”

  • Designed for FUNdamentals and FUNdations stages

    • Learn the basics in a fun environment

    • Receive useful feedback and experience early success

    • Focus on skills rather than competitions

  • Target markets are camps, schools and clubs

    • Creates opportunity for provincial organizations to provide service in exchange for membership

  • Where do we go from here?

    • No formal WSWC program for Build the Skills phase

    • Do we need a “Rip ‘n Ride Part II”?

      • What would that look like?


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SkiAbility in sweat, to the point of exhaustion, when no one else is watching”

  • Active Start, FUNdamentals, FUNdations, Active for Life

    • Introduction to skills in a fun and safe environment

  • Focus on skill development rather than competitions

  • 2008 implementation milestones include:

    • Skill Progression Manual

      • Includes all divisions of adaptive water skiing

      • Coaching tips from FUNdamentals through to Top of the Wake

    • Coaching program

      • New SkiAbility coaching program developed with the CAC

      • Learning Facilitators trained in 7 provinces


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NCCP Coaching in sweat, to the point of exhaustion, when no one else is watching”

  • Integration of NCCP Coaching into our LTAD model

    • Standardize and improve competency inside Technical Instructor & Intro to Competition coaching levels

      • Ensure consistency in delivery of FUNdamentals, FUNdations & Build the Skills

    • Increase number of “Learn To” instructors

      • 2008 - 200

      • 2009 - 250

      • 2010 - 275


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NCCP Coaching in sweat, to the point of exhaustion, when no one else is watching”


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Key Programs Across the LTAD Spectrum in sweat, to the point of exhaustion, when no one else is watching”


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Gaps in Program Structure in sweat, to the point of exhaustion, when no one else is watching”

  • Gaps in program offerings that inhibit seamless flow of participants from one stage of development to another

    • What comes after Rip ‘n Ride?

      • No national program at the Build the Skills stage

    • Minimal provincial programs

      • Water Ski (BC, SK, QC)

      • Wakeboard (BC, AB, SK, QC)

      • Barefoot (BC)

      • Adaptive

    • Other gaps?


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Questions? in sweat, to the point of exhaustion, when no one else is watching”

“Winning is only half of it. Having fun is the other half”Bum Phillips


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Trends within WSWC Competitive Structure in sweat, to the point of exhaustion, when no one else is watching”

  • Competitive Licensing

  • # of Sanctioned Tournaments

  • Participation at Regional / National Competitions


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Competitive Licensing in sweat, to the point of exhaustion, when no one else is watching”


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Sanctioned Tournaments in sweat, to the point of exhaustion, when no one else is watching”


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National Championship Participation in sweat, to the point of exhaustion, when no one else is watching”


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National Championship Participation in sweat, to the point of exhaustion, when no one else is watching”


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National Championship Participation in sweat, to the point of exhaustion, when no one else is watching”


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National Championship Participation in sweat, to the point of exhaustion, when no one else is watching”


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Discussion Group Topics in sweat, to the point of exhaustion, when no one else is watching”

  • Water Ski Competitions

  • Moderator:Russ Dickson

  • Goal:To consider possible solutions to declining participation at Water Ski Regionals & Nationals

  • Questions to consider:

    • Should Regionals be eliminated?

    • Should attendance at Regionals be made a requirement to attend Nationals?

    • Should Westerns be split into 2 competitions (1 for BC/AB and another for SK/MB)?

    • Should Nationals be an “open” competition?

    • Who should be competing in the National Championships?

    • What time of year should Nationals and Regionals be held?


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Discussion Group Topics in sweat, to the point of exhaustion, when no one else is watching”

  • Where are the gaps?

  • Moderator:Matt Rini

  • Goal:Determine where there is a need for new or better integrated programs and identify some immediate next steps.

  • Questions to consider:

    • Where are the gaps? Which is most important to fill?

    • Do WSWC and the provincial associations have the capacity to develop and maintain additional programs?

    • Who should be involved in any program development?


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Discussion Group Topics in sweat, to the point of exhaustion, when no one else is watching”

  • LTAD Implementation for Wakeboard

  • Moderator: Barb March-Burwell

  • Goal:Determine some next steps to analyze the application of the LTAD.

  • Questions to consider:

    • Does LTAD apply to wakeboarding?

    • Does the current wakeboard structure fit within the principles of the LTAD?

    • Do current age category groupings adequately incorporate LTAD principles?


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Questions? in sweat, to the point of exhaustion, when no one else is watching”

“My parents never pushed me into competition but were quite willing to support any high end sporting activity, providing I got good marks in school”George Athans


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Thank You! in sweat, to the point of exhaustion, when no one else is watching”


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