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Introduction to Coach Accreditation


The Link with Long Term Skier Development

Alpine Canada's AIM 2 WIN Long Term Skier Development guidelines identify growth and maturation stages that all children and adolescents go through. At each maturation stage, or "window of trainaibility", young skiers must acquire and develop the right abilities, capacities and skills at the right time.


The coaching program links directly with AIM 2 WIN stages of maturation and skill development. At each program level, coaches acquire knowledge and skills necessary to meet growth, maturation and skill needs of the athlete.


Coaching Program


ENTRY LEVEL


AIM 2 WIN Stage


Skier Essentials (U12)

Coaching Program


DEVELOPMENT LEVEL


AIM 2 WIN Stage


Learn to Train (U14) &
Learn to Race (U16)

Coaching Program


PERFORMANCE LEVEL


AIM 2 WIN Stage


Train to Race (U18 & U21)

Coaching Program


HIGH PERFORMANCE


AIM 2 WIN Stage


Train to Win

For para-alpine programs, PARA-AIM 2 WIN guidelines identify both recreational and competitive streams for skiers with a disability based on "age of experience" with disabilities, either congenital or newly acquired disabilities.

Recognition Statuses

Within each coaching program (e.g. Entry Level etc.), coaches are recognized along a continuum of beginning coach to a more experienced and competent coach. Statuses recognize this continuum:

TRAINED status - the coach has completed learning opportunities to acquire or refine the skills and knowledge required for coaching in a particular context (e.g. U12 Entry Level).

CERTIFIED status - the coach has completed evaluation activities demonstrating the ability to perform in areas such as training session planning, performance analysis, ethical coaching, support to ski racers during training and support in competition.

CERTIFIED ADVANCED status - the coach has completed a wider scope of learning and has completed further evaluation on more demonstrated abilities in the particular coaching context.


Coaching Program


ENTRY LEVEL

  TRAINED
  CERTIFIED
  CERTIFIED ADVANCED

Coaching Program


DEVELOPMENT LEVEL

  TRAINED
  CERTIFIED
  CERTIFIED ADVANCED

Coaching Program


PERFORMANCE LEVEL

  TRAINED
  CERTIFIED
  CERTIFIED ADVANCED

Coaching Program


HIGH PERFORMANCE

  BEING DEVELOPED

Progressing

Within a Program Level

CERTIFIED and CERTIFIED ADVANCED statuses are required if the goal is to continue coaching in one particular context (e.g. U12 entry level). The higher the recognition status, the more competent the coach is likely to be.

Between Program Levels

It is not necessary to achieve certified statuses in one program before starting in another, for example moving from Entry Level to Development Level (except for coaches who do not meet minimum age requirements). Although, this generally requires prerequisite courses before accessing a coaching program entry point.

There are many paths through the coaching program. Coaches will choose a path depending on athletes they are coaching, employer requirements or personal interest.