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Presents…

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The SCA Annual Coaches Conference will be held on

September 21st and 22nd in Saskatoon at Prairieland Park

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This year’s conference promises to offer expertise from national and local professionals, as well as our annual coaches social.  The conference sessions and coaches social will provide a unique opportunity to learn new skills, grow and develop your program, and to network with others from within our Cheer Community!
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We are once again offering a full day of sessions to our Coaches in Training – with specialty sessions specifically designed for our junior coaches!
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Also , we have brought back our exclusive “Owner’s Circle” sessions, designed for our club owners and administrators to learn and network together to help grow their businesses.

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The 2019 SCA coaches’ conference is one you won’t want to miss!

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The SCA subsidizes our annual coaches’ conference in order to keep our fees as low as possible for our members, and this year our conference admission for SCA members is only $80!  Admission includes access to all scheduled cheer and dance sessions with a variety of presenters, admission to the coaches’ social Saturday evening, opportunity for SCA hands-on cheer  certification (additional cost), access to our cheer vendors and much more! Conference admission for non-members is $100.
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Your SCA executive director and board are busily preparing a schedule full of educational sessions.   A more detailed schedule will be made available once all of our sessions have been confirmed.  Please check back often for updates.

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Hotel: The Travelodge Saskatoon is happy to offer a rate of $119 plus applicable taxes for Two Queen rooms for our conference.  The SCA has a block of rooms reserved.  The coaches’ social is being hosted at this hotel and we encourage our out-of-town guests to stay at the Travelodge for your convenience.   Call (306) 242-8881 to reserve your room(s) today, using the code 092119SAS.  Book by August 21 to guarantee this room rate.

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Click Here to Register!

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Coaches who register prior to September 1st will be entered into an early-bird draw!

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Schedule

*Sessions subject to change

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2019 Guest Presenters

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Todd Knihnitski

 

Todd is a co-owner of Prairie Fire Cheerleading and someone who loves everything about coaching. He has an Education degree and a Sports Science degree along with many years of coaching in several sports for the last 22 years. Todd is proud to help our sport grow locally, provincially and Nationally. When he isn’t coaching, Todd travels, hikes, and bikes with his family: Cristina, their two sons and two daughters (the four foot variety). He is an advocate for social justice, wellness and the health of our planet.

 

 

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Jennifer Power

 

My name is Jennifer Power and I am the Tumbling Director and one of the Head Coaches at Cheer Sport Sharks. I am a 4x World Champion with the Great White Sharks and 3x ICU Champion with Team Canada. I currently am head coaching Smallfin Sharks (Global IAG6), Queensland Sharks (IOJ5) and assistant coach Great White Sharks (IOAG6) and the Crown Sharks (J2). I have been coaching with Spring CDT for 10 years and have travelled from the West Coast of Canada all the way to Australia and England.

 

 

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Nick Verburg

 

Nick Verburg is from Winnipeg, Manitoba and has experienced every aspect of Canadian cheerleading in his 7 years as an athlete and coach. He is a long-standing member of Team Canada Coed Premier, has been an All Star athlete, a sideline cheerleader and coach for the Blue Bombers CFL cheer team as well as a coach for a variety of school teams. Nick has coached at all ages and skill levels, in professional, allstar, and scholastic, and is always excited to share his knowledge with anyone interested!

 

 

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Alynn Bomok

 

Alynn Bomok (Brischuk) began coaching while she was still a gymnast and now has over two decades of experience in developing athletes, coaches, and sport and fitness programs. She acquired a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Saskatchewan and went on to complete her NCCP Level 3 in Women’s Artistic Gymnastics, coaching numerous provincial, western, and national level gymnasts. She spent several years at Gymnastics Saskatchewan working on coach and program development, and as Technical Director overseeing all of the athlete, coach, and officials programs in the province. During her time in Regina she was a member of the Riders Cheer Team and assisted the University of Regina Cheerleading team.  She returned to the U of S to complete a Master’s degree in Kinesiology with a focus on coaching competency and evaluation, and is now a Master Coach Developer and the lead author for the Gymnastics Canada Coach Evaluation program.

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Her passion for sport and coaching has allowed her to travel all over Canada. She delivers NCCP courses in Gymnastics Foundations and Competition Introduction, as well as Coach Facilitator and Evaluator training. She teaches university courses at the U of S in Kinesiology with areas of expertise in exercise physiology, biomechanics, fitness, gymnastics, and leadership. She finds time to spend a few hours a week working on tumbling with the athletes at Prairie Fire Cheerleading in Saskatoon.

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Trent Remple

Trent graduated with his Masters of Physical Therapy from the University of Saskatchewan in 2013. Prior to that, he completed his Bachelor of Science (Physiology) in 2009 and his Bachelor of Kinesiology in 2011. He currently works as a physiotherapist with Donald Physiotherapy in Saskatoon.

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He is a University of Saskatchewan Huskies Cheerleading Alumni from 2004-2006 and has more recently competed with Warman Ultimate Cheerleading as part of their IO6 and IO5 teams in 2017/18 and 2018/19 seasons respectively.

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Trent is involved in an ongoing study of biomechanics, rehabilitation, and concussion. He is an active member of the cheerleading community with teaching, program development, and medical coverage.

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Session Details

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Saturday – 10:00am

Level 4 Stunts – Jennifer Power

Jennifer will work through as many grips and level 4 skills with a demo stunt group, answering questions and giving pointers along the way.

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School Cheer – Leading the Crowd – Nick Verburg

Learning effective and efficient use of props, cadence, and skills to make the most of your 1 minute cheer.

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Owner’s Circle: Policy Updates– Shanda Leftley

Shanda will guide you though the updates to 2019-2020 policies, including our code of conduct policy, music policy and unsportslike conduct policy.

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The SCA Code of Conduct has been updated for the 2019-2020 season. Changes include additions to coach requirements influenced by the Responsible Coaching Movement as presented by the Coaching Association of Canada and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport. The other major update is a NEW section called Unsportlike Conduct, and specific sanctions for violating this portion of the Code. Attend this session to learn what’s new, what your responsibilities are, and how you can educated parents and athletes on their expectations.

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CIT: Hands on Level 1 stunts – Todd Knihnitski

If you are coach that is starting out and you want to impress your gym owner with your preparation, this is the class for you!

Coaches in training will be able to talk through level 1 stunts and the progressions that lead to level 2 stunts.

CIT will be able to:

  • Identify safety concerns, proper technique and different ways to introduce and progress through the skills.
  • Leave with an understanding of the rules and the progressions built within them.
  • Try the skills themselves and understand different age needs and concerns.
  • Make a list of tasks needed to be a great coach

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Saturday 11:05am

Level 6 Stunts – Jennifer Power

Jennifer will work through as many grips and level 6 skills with a demo stunt group, answering questions and giving pointers along the way.

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Style Specific Performance Cheer – Working the Scoresheet – Alissa Stewart

This session will offer dance coaches the perspective from an experienced judge who will provide guidance and examples of how to choreograph your routines to the fullest.  Alissa will cover the three categories of dance offered by the SCA: pom, jazz and hip hop.  This session guarantees dance coaches will leave with a clear understanding of the difference between each category and how to maximize their scores in each.

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Owner’s Circle: Build a Well Oiled Machine Using Systems) – Lesia Goba

Systems are the key to freedom and consistency in your business. During this workshop, you will learn the most effective ways to build systems, evaluate your current systems and create a list of systems you must have in your gym.

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CIT: Hands on Level 1 Tumbling – Todd Knihnitski 

If you want to be the coach that parents talk about because of how organized and thoughtful you are when coaching tumbling, this is the class for you.  Coaches in training will be able to talk through level 1 tumbling and the progressions that lead to level 2/3 tumbling.

CIT will be able to:

  • Identify safety concerns, cues and drills, proper spotting and different ways to introduce and progress through the level 1 skills.
  • Leave with a professional development plan specific to tumbling.
  • Spot the skills themselves and understand different age needs and concerns.
  • How do address the needs of 1 on 1 coaching, small group and team tumbling.

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Saturday 1:00pm

Level 3 Stunts – Nick Verburg

Examples of little ways to hack your groups and grips to make level three stunting sharper, and more dynamic.

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Tumbling Levels 5-7 – Alynn Bomok

We’ll review the level changes and what are now eligible skills and combinations in each level.  Progressions and discussions for building safe and well executed twisting.

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Owner’s Circle: Interpodia – Alissa Stewart

Alissa will introduce owners and admin. to the new Interpodia membership management software the SCA and Cheer Canada will be launching for this season.  This will include a demonstration and a Q&A session to assist with the transition into the new system.

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CIT: Working with Young Athletes – Jennifer Power

Learn valuable tips and tricks to working with young athletes.

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Saturday 2:05pm

Level 1 Elite Stunting – Nick Verburg

Examples of ways to level up your Level 1 stunting difficulty, without making it harder for your stunt groups.

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Tumbling Levels 2-3 – Alynn Bomok

Athletes very often plateau with a single standing back handspring or roundoff backhandspring.  We’ll talk about ways to ensure your athlete’s have success building series back handsprings, and proper preparation for achieving and perfecting front and back tucks.

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Owner’s Circle: Cheer family Maintenance – Todd Knihnitski

Being one of the leaders in your Cheer gym community is challenging, complex and rewarding. As an owner, you set the mission/direction of your gym, the values/standards of your staff, athletes and parents, and you are also responsible for walking the walk. Your integrity is as important as the skills you teach on the mat. Your actions should back up the way you run your gym. In this discussion you will be asked to be self reflective about your gym: it’s successes and mistakes, strengths and weaknesses. In the end your gym is YOU – be the best you.

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CIT: Coaching Techniques – Jennifer Power

Jennifer will teach valuable coaching techniques that help you grow as a coach in training, preparing you for the future as you move forward in your coaching career.

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Saturday 3:20pm

Level 2 Stunts – Jennifer Power

Jennifer will work through as many grips and level 2 skills with a demo stunt group, answering questions and giving pointers along the way.

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Tumbling Level 4 – Alynn Bomok

Let’s make the move up from back tucks to layouts in a way that they can use this skill in their future by ensuring they have flight and straight bodies.  We’ll also check out some ways to add another salto (front tucks and whips) into layouts.

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Owner’s Circle: Round Table

SCA directors, event producers and club owners/admin will come together to discuss the upcoming 2019/2020 season.

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CIT Being a Role Model Coach – Todd Knihnitski

If you are choosing to be a coach, you are choosing to be a role model. Coaches aren’t teachers, and they aren’t parents. Coaches are that special adult who loves cheer and helps them chase your dreams! In this class we will talk about your responsibilities, how to connect and take care of the athletes that you coach as well as the team you are in charge of coaching. Lastly, we will talk about everything you can do to stand out to parents and to impress your gym owner. Becoming a coach is like starting as a brand-new athlete again: it takes focus, hard work, dedication and passion. How do you become that coach!

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Sunday 10:00am

SCA Round Table

Join the SCA board of directors for a general round table discussion and Q&A for the up coming 2019/2020 season.

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Sunday 10:30am

Concussion Awareness – SMSCS

The Sport Medicine & Science Council of Saskatchewan will be presenting a Concussion Course which consists of a 1 – hour presentation and discussion presented by a SMSCS Consultant.

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Responsible Coaching Movement – Alissa Stewart

Alissa will present on the responsible coaching movement and how you as a coach can start implementing responsible coaching and safe sport at practice and with-in your organization.

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Sunday 1:00

Biomechanics of Cheer – Trent Rempel

In this presentation, Trent will cover some of the biomechanics and physics concepts that apply to all the athletes on a team. These concepts will be applied to various stunt and skill examples to try and understand where they fit into practice and training.

  • Center of Gravity/Center of Pressure
  • Strength Vs. Power
  • Torque
  • Conservation of Momentum
  • Moment of Inertia

He will walk through practical examples of common postural faults and discuss corrections for flyers, bases, and thirds from an anatomical perspective.

  • Toes Vs. Heels
  • The Anatomy of “Hollow”
  • Overhead Lockout for Bases & Thirds

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Jumps – Drills and effective Choreo.  – Nick Verburg

Saving your technique drivers and maximizing your jump section.

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Performance Cheer Scoring System – Alissa Stewart

Alissa will present the Cheer Canada dance scoresheet, offering insight into this year’s updates, provide clarity of scoring methodologies, provide explanation for any changes and answer any questions coaches may have.

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Sunday 2:05

Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation – Trent Rempel

In this presentation, Trent will be discussing injury prevention & rehabilitation from a physiotherapy perspective. Topics to be covered include:

  • Components of Warm-up and the underlying physiology that makes it so important.
  • Signs & Degrees of Fatigue.
  • Common soft tissue injuries (i.e. Sprains & Strains). The stages of healing, initial management strategies, general time-frames and rehabilitation principles.
  • Common bony injuries (i.e. Fracture & Dislocation). The stages of healing, initial management strategies, and rehabilitation principles.
  • Signs, Symptoms, Tools, Pathophysiology, Recovery Stages, and Return to Sport.

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All Star Cheer Routine Composition and Choreography – Nick Verburg

Learn tools that will help you build a routine from scratch.  Learn tricks and tips to help add those little extras to your routines to really make them pop.

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All Star Elite Cheer Scoring System

Alissa will present the Cheer Canada all star elite, prep and novice scoresheets, offering insight into this year’s updates, key differences from Varsity scoring, introduce the Canadian skill chart, provide clarity of scoring methodologies, provide explanations for Canadian differences/updates and answer any questions coaches may have.

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Sunday 3:10

Strength Training for your Athletes – Trent Rempel

In this presentation, Trent will be speaking on the topic of strength training for a skill-oriented sport. This will include an introduction to the concepts of strength, power, and the adaptations that this provides for athletes, followed by a walkthrough of the core movements that can easily make up a strength training program (Squat, Deadlift, Overhead Press, Bench Press, Row).  Accessory and complementary exercises will be touched on as well as the underlying energy systems that the body uses during exercise, practice, and conditioning.  Example Templates will be shown to demonstrate how this could be developed around different training schedules.

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Building an effective and visual dance – Nick Verburg

Creating the best dance for your team’s dance ability.

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International All Star Scoring System – Alissa Stewart

Alissa will present the Cheer Canada international and global scoresheets, offering insight into this year’s new international scoring system, key differences from elite scoring, provide clarity of scoring methodologies, provide explanations for Canadian differences/updates and answer any questions coaches may have.  **NOTE: Cheer Canada instructor’s training will be offered October 4-6, 2019.  The SCA is sending Alissa and two other individuals for this training.  As this training is after the coaches’ conference, Alissa may not have all of the education required to answer all of your questions.  However, this session will provide coaches the opportunity to request clarity and Alissa will take these requests to training in October.

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Additional Info

Conference Grant for Volunteer Coaches  The Conference Grant for Volunteer Coaches is designed to allow volunteer coaches to attend the SCA coaches conference at a reduced rate, possibly covering the full registration fee.  The SCA has allocated funding towards this grant and all funding applications shall be considered.  Don’t miss your chance to attend our amazing conference for a a reduced rate!  Volunteer Coaches Grant Application Applications due September 30th.

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The SCA will also be offering hands-on exams for coaches who need to complete their certification!  SCA coaches certification is Cheer Canada approved! If you would like to be certified for SCA Cheer Levels 1 to 5 or some combination of those options, please register, and you will be scheduled for a 30-minute slot for your practical certification test(s).  The first step is to complete the SCA Safety exam for the level(s) the coach wishes to receive certification in. The SCA will either offer these written exams in person or online (pending production). Once the exams are completed the coach must retain proof of success and bring it to the SCA one-on-one certification exam. To prepare for the safety exams please be sure to review the USASF Safety Rules.  The SCA will provide an opportunity to write the safety exam during the conference if the exams are not available online.    The second step is the SCA certification exam.  This is a one-on-one exam between the coach and an SCA certified examiner.  The examiner will ask the coach a series of stunt and tumbling based instruction questions with-in the leveled parameters.  For example, the level 1 SCA exam will consist of questions surrounding the instruction of level 1 stunts and tumbling skills.  The examiner is looking for answers that demonstrate the coach’s knowledge of how to safely and successfully teach athletes the at level skills for the level being tested.  Coaches will be informed of their success rate at the end of the exam. Certification cost is $25/level.

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A Huge THANK-YOU to our Conference Sponsors!!

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