Coaching the Female Athlete Conference

  • Date: Sunday September 29th, 2019
  • Time: 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM
  • Location: Haber Recreation Centre, 3040 Tim Dobbie Dr. Burlington, ON
    Cost: $75 (including lunch with a $20 donation to the Monty Heald Women’s Fund)
    This course is accredited for Personal Development credits for Level 2 coaches
  • Speakers:
    Natacha Wesch, PhD, Mental Performance Consultant (CSPA, AASP), Canadian
    Certified Counsellor (CCC), Assistant Professor Western University “Maximizing the
    psychology of female athletes to enhance performance”
    Darrell Devine, World Rugby Educator, Sr. Women’s Provincial Coach
    Jane Addeo, Former Sr. Women’s National Team Player, Rugby Ontario Coach,
    President of Fergus RFC
    Chris Kelly, CAT(C), BA. (Kin.) “Non- Contact ACL Injury Prevention Program”
    Shelley Callaghan, Program Manager for Canadian Association for the Advancement
    of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS)
    Cristina Flores, World Rugby Council
  • Goals:
    identify the differences between male and female athletes in regards to their
    motivation to enter a sport and continue playing
    o Provide education and tips on how to create the best environment for female
    athletes to excel in sport
    o Engage coaches of women to help keep females participating in sport long
    o Educate coaches on the risks of non-contact ACL injuries in females and provide
    ACL prevention program that can be incorporated into a warm up

 Opening Statements from Junior Female Players (9:00 am- 9:30 am)

 Natascha Wesch “maximizing the psychology of female athletes to enhance
performance” (9:30 am- 10:30 am)
i. Differences in coaching male athletes vs female athletes

MID MORNING BREAK (10:30am- 10:45am)

 ACL Prevention Program (10:45 am- 11:30 am)
i. Educate about risk of non-contact ACL injuries in females
(specifically adolescents)

 Male Coach – Darryl Devine (Confirmed) (11:30am- 12:15pm)
i. Primarily male coach now to a female coach
ii. Discuss challenges and how he was able to overcome them

 On Field Session (split participants) – Darryl may do talk and drills all on
field if weather permits ** Run concurrently**

o On field drills with Darryl Devine

o ACL PEP program
LUNCH BREAK (12:15 pm- 1:00 pm)

 Female Coach – Jane Kirby (1:00pm – 2:00pm)
i. Women’s National Team Player – Now coach
ii. Discuss positive coaching experiences – examples of why it
had a positive effect on you
iii. Activation Activity Demonstration/ Icebreakers (on field)

 May have to run 2 different ice breakers at the same
time depending on numbers (Darryl can help)

MID AFTERNOON BREAK (2:00 pm- 2:15 pm)

 Shelley from CAAWS (Canadian Association for the Advancement of
Women and Sport) (2:15- 2:45 pm)
i. Keeping females in sport (from the workshop)

 World Rugby Council Guest Speaker – Cristina Flores
(2:45 pm- 3:30 pm)
i. Developing female athletes to continue in leadership
positions/ leadership roles in sport and continue to support
female athletes
ii. Available resources to coaches and women who are looking
at attaining leadership roles in rugby

 Q&A/ Meet with presenters (3:30 pm- 4:00 PM)

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