Performance Program

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Performance Program
PERFORMANCE
PROGRAM
Swim ONTARIO
Suggested Actions for Future Success
PRIVATE & CONFIDENTIAL
August 2011
Stephen R. Norris, Ph.D.
System
Build a ‘Sustainable System’
Critical elements revolve around:
Expectations & standards
Training, competition, & calendar
Talent detection, identification, development & conversion
Coaching
Periodic critical review
Financial stability & growth
Probation
Probationary period
Evolutionary change requires adjustment:
Clarity of messages & strong communication
Coaches & clubs
Swimmers & parents (N.B. Parent education program)
Short - Mid - Long-Term changes
24 – 30 months to full implementation (18 month check point)
Expectations
‘Build it & they will come’
High expectations & standards crucial:
Swimming in Ontario @ WORLD level
Performance must be relevant @ ‘fastest’ point
Key performance indicators
% back (or ahead of!) from specified targets
Ranking system must reflect expectations
Performance level, not simply position in Ontario
Training
Training opportunities & content
Best swimmers train together with great programs:
Specific ‘performance’ training opportunities
Throughout year, target groups
Program content aligned with YTP & objectives
In-reach & out-reach scenarios
Identify regional performance partners (clubs, universities, etc)
CSC Ontario partnership
Domestic & international experiences
Competition
Targeted competition experiences
Clear competition strategy required:
AG standards should be raised across the board
Invitational performance racing
Ontario targets specific USA competition
Competition ‘blackout’ periods within YTP (for training,
as well as schooling/exams etc).
Talent
Establish a province-wide TID system
Comprehensive & transparent system:
Ontario performance ‘funnel’ must be established
‘Scouting’ & ranking systems
Basic 3-stage model;
Initial recognition (12 - 16 yrs old)
Conversion period (15 - 19 yrs old)
Consolidation phase (17+ yrs old)
USA-based swimmers must not be excluded
Comprehensive Long-Term System
Figure
HIGH SCHOOL YEARS
COLLEGE etc
Post-College
Catchment
SWIM ONTARIO PERFORMANCE TRAINING & COMPETITION STREAM
CONSOLIDATION PHASE
CONVERSION PERIOD
Potential ‘Late Entry’
Catchment
INITIAL RECOGNITION
Regular AG Swimming Stream
Potential ‘Late Entry’
Catchment
16 yrs
18 yrs
(Typical) Chronological Age
Coaching
‘Uplift’ coaching activities
Four strategic areas need to be addressed:
Performance Committee
Direction & Standards, YTPs, Innovation
Scouting Group
Consolidated Approach
Working Together & Recognition
Targeted Coach Education
Calendar
Coherent performance stream calendar
Calendar must support performance stream:
Clear training periods (little to no disruption)
Major/target competitions & competition phases
Targeted sequence utilizing SCM & LCM events
Dedicated recovery periods
Recognition of other influences (i.e., exam periods, school vacation weeks, etc.)
Training camps, coach meetings, conferences etc.
Example: Performance Program
Calendar
Competition Phase 1
(& main competition)
Competition Phase 2
(& main competition)
L S
M M
C C
L S
M M
C C
C
A
M
P
O
F
F
TRAINING
BLOCK 1
S
Competition Phase 3
(& main competition)
L S
M M
C C
C
A
M
P
O
F
F
TRAINING
BLOCK 2
O
F
F
TRAINING
BLOCK 3
YTP PHASE 1
YTP PHASE 2
YTP PHASE 3
(mainly SCM racing)
(mainly SCM racing)
(mainly LCM racing)
O
N
D
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
Review
Critical review process
Performance program annual assessment
Annual comprehensive review process established
Ruthless & dispassionate examination of all key areas
& metrics
Review must lead to continual revision and
improvement of operational elements
Synopsis must be communicated to all relevant parties
Finance
Sustainable & evolving budget
Performance stream budget ‘permanency’
Creative & innovative ‘business’ model
Fully-costed program with multi-year planning
Cost must not be a barrier to participation (swimmer or
coach; ‘scholarship’ schemes)
Aggressive within province utilization primary (‘in-reach’
before ‘out-reach’).
PERFORMANCE
PROGRAM
Swim ONTARIO
Suggested Actions for Future Success

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