OCA Coach Conference

February 1, 2020 all-day
Hilton Garden Inn Toronto/Burlington
Chantal Thompson


The OCA, in partnership with the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario and supported by the Coaching Association of Ontario, will be hosting its 2020 Coach Conference February 1 at the Hilton Garden Suites in Burlington.  The workshop focus will be on newer and developing coaches but the topics will be of value to coaches of all experience levels.


Hilton Garden Inn Toronto/Burlington 

985 Syscon Rd

Burlington, ON L7L 5S3


COST: $50.00/Registrant [includes lunch]

Space is limited!

Register at  https://ccnbikes.com/#!/events/oca-coaching-clinics-2020

Conference Agenda [subject to change]





Developing Athlete Annual Training Plans


Are you dedicating enough time to skill development, endurance blocks, planned rest?   Whether working with younger aspiring athletes or those tracking to national team programs, understanding when and where training time is dedicated can help identify gaps, measure athlete improvement, and prevent burn out. This workshop will provide the basic concepts to consider when building an athlete annual training plan.   Example templates and case studies will be discussed.


Kevin Simms

Kevin has been involved in coaching for over 22 years including as a Provincial and Club Coach.  Kevin has enjoyed coaching all disciplines in cycling and most proud of his contributions to World Championship performances by many athletes that he has worked with.


Communicating Effectively with Athletes and Parents

Establishing clear lines of communication is crucial in today’s coaching role.  Email, cell phones, and social media channels all play a role in communicating with athletes and determining the most effective way to ensure information is received and understood is an on-going challenge.  The terminology, tone, and process used can contribute to both a positive or negative situation. This workshop will explore best practices for establishing communication channel, how to address conflicts, strategies to consider when planning difficult conversations.    


Brendan Arnold


 Brendan is currently a NextGen BMX Coach with Cycling Canada. He has been coaching athletes of all ages and abilities for over 15 years. During this time, he has learned from mistakes and implemented best practices to ensure effective communication systems are in place.




Rowan’s Law: Knowing your Responsibilities


Rowan’s Law can into action in 2019 with its phase 1 requirements regarding concussion awareness and resource review. In 2020, phase 2 will require sport organizations [including clubs and private coaches] to establish and adhere to removal and return to sport protocols. Find out your responsibilities under these new laws.



2:00pm Mental Performance and Young Athletes


Recognizing performance anxieties, setting meaningful goals, staying motivated, and other topics impacting young athletes will be explored. Strategies and best practices will be discussed to help provide coaches with some tools to develop the mental aspects of athlete performance and training.

Fiona Meikle

Fiona is a mental performance consultant and professional member of the Canadian Sport Psychology Association. Fiona holds a Masters in Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology and has worked across a broad spectrum of athletes ranging from grassroots to Olympics and Paralympic athletes