In speed skating, technique rules! Fit skaters can do well but good technical skaters almost always out-perform lesser skilled ones. I think I am skilled at teaching technique but I still know that it is a difficult task and that I can always learn how to be better. This season, elite coaches Bart Schouten (national team LT) and Jonathon Cavar (national team ST) gave talks to coaches on the teaching of technique. I attended the LT talk and Chris Veeman the ST talk (both paid for by SASSA!). There were some great ideas presented, all of which can enrich your understanding of technique and how to teach it.
I visit clubs quite often. If you are interested, I can come to your club and present the information passed on to us in those presentations. Jordan has passed on Chris' notes from Jonathon Cavar's talk and there will be a video of Bart's available soon. I would love to speak to your parents, coaches and athletes at the rink or otherwise at a mutually agreed upon time. Perhaps I will bring Chris too? (he also has a job)
Let me know if you are interested.
Moab mountain bike trip- April 19-26, open to 12+, registration closed
Brightwater camp- May 3-5, open to 12+, a dryland training camp with fun and learning, contact Tim
Golden Triangle- May 24-26, open to 12+, a road bike ride over three days in the Rockies, contact Tim for details, to register
SSC AGM- June 6-9, Winnipeg
Kananaskis camp- June 28 to July 2, a dryland camp in the Rockies, open to 12+, contact Tim for details
Summer Speed- July 15-20, Olympic oval, Calgary, to register
Oval program ST camp- July 22-27, an integrated camp with stage 2 of the oval program, open to advanced skaters with stage 2 times, contact Tim for details
SASSA LT Oval camp- August 1-3, open to skaters with B or C ice times, contact Tim for details Oval program ST camp- August 12-19, an integrated camp with stage 2 of the oval program, open to advanced skaters with stage 2 times, contact Tim for details
Fast is fun- August 23-25, location TBA, a dryland and ice camp, open to all ages
Athlete Advance, coach and athlete conference- September 7, Saskatoon, call Tim to register
Introduction to Competition coaching clinic- September 14-15, tentatively Melville, call Tim to register
Questions? Tim Comfort, 306-221-2971, firstname.lastname@example.org