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2016 Coaches Association of Ontario Presents: NCCP Super Clinic Under One Roof
 (Sault St. Marie)

2017 Sport for Life Leader School Registration (November 30)

2017 Sport for Life Canadian Summit (Gatineau, Quebec)

2017 Ontario Coaches Conference (Location TBD)

2017 International Physical Literacy Conference (Toronto)

2017 CIRA Ontario Conference (Orillia)



Ontario Physical Literacy Summit






Sport for Life Leaders School (SLS) has proven to be a catalyst for learning, growth, and the creation of exciting new projects. The concept is simple: support the personal learning and development of community leaders as they integrate Sport for Life, Long-Term Athlete Development, and Physical Literacy into their communities.

SLS participants will plan, launch, and lead individual community projects, guided and mentored by members of the Sport for Life team. Each month, SLS will convene for an online seminar conducted by leading Canadian sport and community development experts. Participants will take the opportunity to discuss, share, and explore ideas and progress on their projects. At the end of the year, the record of each project will become a new contribution to the knowledge of how to advance Sport for Life.

Registration closes on Wednesday, November 30 - REGISTER HERE.

Seminars present a range of topics of interest to community sport and physical activity leaders. Some 2016 seminars included:

• How Change Happens in Organizations
• A Community Approach to Physical Literacy
• Foundations of Physical Literacy
• Aligning Canadian Sport
• Sport for Inclusion and Development
• The Future of Sport for Life

The SLS is open to anyone with the desire and ability to become a Sport for Life Leader and make an ongoing contribution to the Canadian Sport for Life Movement. Applicants present a resume and a brief but detailed overview of the proposed project. The SLS participant is the leader of the project in the community, and he or she, either independently or with the support of sponsoring community organizations, provides resources to complete the project. Applications will be assessed based on the quality of the proposed community project, the background of the applicant, and his or her capacity to carry out the project and participate fully in SLS activities. Applications must be received by Wednesday, November 30, 2016.

For more information and questions, please contact Paul Jurbala.

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The Coaches Association of Ontario is partnering with the Provincial Sport Organizations and Tourism Sault Ste. Marie to produce a three day coaching development clinic hosted on Friday, March 24 – Sunday, March 26.

NCCP Superclinic is a unique one-of-a-kind event where participants can receive training in the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) in a number of different sports. The Super Clinic gives coaches—from high performance to grassroots—a unique opportunity to gain sport-specific technical abilities, leadership and decision-making skills.

NCCP Sport-Specific Training – only $60

Ontario Basketball will be participating in the clinic by hosting “Learn to Train” workshop. Participants can learn to plan and teach fundamental skills and concepts appropriate for athletes in the Learn to Train stage (ages 8-11 females/9-12 males) of athlete development in this in-class and in the gym, workshop.

Learn to Train

Day 1 
Date: Saturday, March 25 
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 
Location: Algoma University (1520 Queen St E., Sault Ste Marie, ON CA P6A 2G4)

Day 2
Date: Sunday, March 26
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 
Location: Algoma University (1520 Queen St E., Sault Ste Marie, ON CA P6A 2G4)

Before registering for this course participants must have a Gameplan account from Canada Basketball. Register here. Participants will be required to complete, print and bring the Competition Introduction LT2 Pre-task, which is found in Gameplan.

Topics covered include making ethical decisions, planning a practice, and how to develop skills through modified games. Approximately one quarter of the course will take place in the gym on a basketball court, so participants must be prepared with appropriate gear.

• Basketball L2T Modified Games Classroom Module
• Basketball L2T Modified Games Practice Module
• Basketball L2T Planning a Practice Module
• Basketball L2T Make Ethical Decisions Module

To learn more about the other sport specific clinics being offered such as “Volleyball Development Coach “ and “Sport Coach”, click here

The clinic is also offering NCCP Multi-Sport Training for $25. Some of the workshops that are available:

- Make Ethical Decisions
- Coaching and Leading Effectively
- Managing Conflict
- Developing Athletic Abilities
- Fundamental Movement Skills
- High Five Sport

To register for the Superclinic, click here.

For questions please contact 

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The Sport for Life Canadian Summit brings together leaders who work to enhance the quality of sport and physical activity in Canada. Sport for Life recognizes that quality sport and physical literacy offer rich benefits to Canadian society through improved health, stronger communities, higher sporting achievement, and stronger national identity. By improving sport, Sport for Life aims to improve the lives of all Canadians.

Date: January 24-26, 2017
Location: Hilton Lac-Leamy Hotel (Gatineau, QC)
Registration: Opens September 1, 2016

Learn more here.

Please direct any questions to Michelle Smith at Podium Conferences.

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Save the Date for the 2017 Ontario Coaches Conference: March 31 to April 2, 2017!

The conference is open to coaches of all sports, and each day focuses on coaches at different levels. The conference features several highlighted guest speakers, including Karl Subban, father of NHL player P.K. Subban, at the 2016 conference. Other past speakers include Shawnee Harle, Olympic Asst. Coac,h and Devon White, a former Toronto Blue Jay.

Highlights of the 2016 Ontario Coaches Conference:

The 2016 Ontario Coaches Conference took place at the Marriott Gateway hotel in Niagara Falls from February 19 to 21. 

Friday - Performance Coach Day
The opening Keynote, five time Championship winning head coach of the University of Windsor Women’s Basketball team Chantal Vallée, inspired everyone to believe that even the underdog can become Top Dog.

Saturday - Competition Coach Day
Some highlight of Saturday’s festivities include, formation Skydiver Martin Lemay who has returned from previous years, to discuss Teamwork from skydiving 15 thousand feet up (sponsored by iFly). Actor, Writer and Facilitator, Shari Hollet led a packed room of members through some improv exercises and helped everyone appreciate the value of Coaching with Humor. Lastly, Speed Skating Coach Ernie Overland and Gymnastics Coach Suzie Owen hosted a panel discussion on the Dynamics of Trust between a Coach and Athlete.

The night concluded with the annual Coaches Social where members shared some laughs and eat some of the 10th anniversary celebration cake.

Sunday – Community Coach Day
Dr. Dean Kriellaars started of the day with an engaging and dynamic presentation on Building Durable Kids. Later on, MPP Sophie Kiwala, Parliamentary Assistant for the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, brought greetings from the Ministry and the Ontario Government. To end the day keynote speaker Karl Subban, father of Montreal Canadiens’ defenceman and NHL super star PK Subban, spoke to a packed ballroom about Unlocking Potential.

Check out the full 2016 conference schedule here.

For more information, visit the CAO website, or sign up for their mailing list to receive regular updates on all of CAO’s programs, resources and activities.

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The 2017 International Physical Literacy Conference (IPLC2017), an annual conference of the International Sport for Life Society, is designed to bring together sport, health, education and recreation experts to advance the knowledge, application and implementation of physical literacy programming across the globe. The conference engages leaders, practitioners and stakeholders of physical literacy from around the world in a truly collaborative environment.

Date: April 12-15, 2017
LocationWestin Harbour Castle (1 Harbour Square, Toronto, ON, M5J 1A6)
Registration: Opens November 28, 2016

Learn more here.

Please direct any questions to Michelle Smith at Podium Conferences.

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When: April 27-29, 2017

Where: Geneva Park, Orillia

Cost: OASPHE $180, CIRA Ontario $275, Both $428.45

Friday only 80.00, Saturday only $175

The costs do not include tax (13%) and participants will be charged a $25 fee for any reservation changes. Participants have until April 7 to make a cancellation, after April 7 participants will not be eligible for a refund. Transfers of registrations are accepted if approved by the Office.

Prices include:  All workshops, banquet (for CIRA Ontario conference), fully complimentary evening wine and cheese, all meals, accommodation (double occupancy).

Friday or Saturday Day Passes include workshops, refreshments until 4 p.m. and lunch.


Registration Deadline: April 15, for online registrants.

If you wish to register after April 15 you must contact our Office.


For more information about the CIRA Conference please visit the CIRA website here.

For inquiries please contact the CIRA Office via email at or you can call at 905-648-2226.


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The Ontario Physical Literacy Summit takes place annually Redeemer University College in Hamilton.

The 2016 Summit featured keynote speakers, Drs. John Cairney and Dean Kriellaars, and many other experts, plus a pre-Summit Physical Literacy 301 workshop.

Learn more about the Summit here.

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