News and Announcements
2020 Coaches Conference
Date: April 24-26, 2020
Location: ROCKRIDGE RETREAT AND CONFERENCE CENTRE, PRINCETON, B.C.
BCSSA’s annual Coaches Conference will take place April 24 to April 26, 2020 at RockRidge Retreat in Princeton B.C.
We are currently working hard to confirm the speakers list but hope to have it all confirmed by mid-February 2020… stay tuned for registration information!
Day Time Topic
Friday 7-8 PM Arrival
8-8:15 Opening Remarks
9:30-10:30 Social / Mixer
11:30 Lights Out
Saturday 8:30-9 A Breakfast
9-10 Speaker 1
10-11 Speaker 2
11-12 Speaker 3
1:15-3:15 Free Time/ Swim Manager 1-1
3:30-4:30 Breakout session 1
4:30-5:30 Breakout session 2
6:30-7:30 Breakout session 3
7:30-8:15 Group Reflections
8:30-11 S’mores & Bonfire / Free time
11:30 Lights Out
Sunday 8:30-9 Breakfast
9-10 Speaker 4
10-11 Senior Coaches Summit
10-11 Speaker 5
11:20-11:40 Closing Remarks
11:40-12:15 Grab bag lunch to go
12:30 Bus departs
1:30 Work Crew departs
This year’s conference will focus on the technical aspects of swimming with our speakers sharing their knowledge about the developments that are being made in the world of aquatics. Within BCSSA, coaches need to keep moving towards the idea of becoming technical coaches, and developing programs that give our athletes the opportunity to achieve their goals and meet their dreams.
The job of a coach is to provide opportunities for each individual, and to give them the tools and skills that will help them find their path as an athlete. The road might end at making a provincial final in the 50 free, becoming a junior coach in seasons to come, or trying to make a final at Olympic Trials years down the road.
The job of the coach is not to choose an athlete’s path, but to lead them to opportunities that are right in front of them. We need to be united on the idea that we are not creating the athlete, but developing the person.
We thank you for your interest in this year’s conference. By attending, you show your commitment to yourself as a coach, your club, the BCSSA, and most importantly your athletes in the pool. This conference has been designed to provide you with the tools and skills to reach your own potential as a coach, so that you can guide your athletes in the direction fit for them.
We hope that all regions and clubs in the BCSSA will be able to send coaches to the conference to support the growth and development of coaching. To assist with this, the BCSSA Board of Directors has funding set aside for the Coaches Conference to reduce the cost of the conference to attendees substantially! This also helps offset other costs for out of town clubs and coaches to attend.
This is one opportunity for coaches to participate in professional development in the 2020 season.
All of the swims teams in the region are part of the British Columbia Summer Swim Association, the largest water sport association in British Columbia.