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FUNDAMENTALS COACH – TASK ASSESSMENT

DATE ASSESSOR

COACH GROUP

NOTES:

TASK 1: EMERGENCY ACTION PLAN CRITERIA: Lead swimmers in appropriate activities

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TASK 2: ANALYZE PERFORMANCE CRITERIA: Detect and correct basic skill errors

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TASK 3: MULTI-WEEK PLAN CRITERIA: Design a multi-week program plan

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TASK 4: PLAN A PRACTICE CRITERIA: Plan activities in a safe practice environment

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TASK 5: PARENT COMMUNICATION CRITERIA: Communicate program philosophy and logistical factors

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The pages that follow describe the details of the task your coach was assigned
to complete, and the NCCP standard to be achieved.

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Fundamentals Coach Task Instructions

TASK #1 – EMERGENCY ACTION PLAN


YOUR COACH WAS ASKED TO DO THIS TASK:

Create a document which presents an emergency action plan for a primary practice facility
where you currently coach.

A sample template for an Emergency Action Plan was included in your Swimming 101 Coach
Workbook. A copy of the resource is made available for the assessor below.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/39264774/Safety-EN

Your document must be created in one of the following file formats : .doc, .pdf, .rtf, .xls or .txt

If you do not currently have a practice facility, please complete this activity for a facility where
you will be coaching in the future. You may need to contact the pool supervisor or head
lifeguard, or a supervisor from your Club.

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Fundamentals Coach Task Instructions

TASK #2 – ANALYZE PERFORMANCE


YOUR COACH WAS ASKED TO DO THIS TASK:
This task requires you to view a video, then record and submit your thoughts on technique errors you
see in the video, and your proposed solutions to them.

There are 3 skills;


* Grab start - 1 video
* Breaststroke turn - 2 videos (above/under water)
* Butterfly swim - 2 videos (above/under water)

Step 1 Create a new word/excel/text document for this task. A sample template was provided
to the coach in their Swimming 101 Coach Workbook - Start (Page 5.3.3), Breaststroke
turn (Page 5.6.3), Butterfly swim (Page 4.1.3)

Step 2 Watch the video(s) for a skill

Step 3 Make note of the following for each skill;


- Your detection of errors - what errors are happening?
- What is the root cause of this error?
- Your correction of errors - what would I do as a coach to fix these errors?

Be sure to clearly indicate which skill and which video the comments relate to.

Step 5 - Repeat for each of the three skills

Watch each video and submit a document that lists your detected errors, the root causes, and your
specific strategy to help make a correction of that error.

You must provide a minimum of one detection, root cause and correction for each of the three skills.
Be sure to clearly indicate which skill the comments are related to.

Assessor – video files your coach observed when completing this task
Grab Start
Above water http://www.youtube.com/v/TJPoj5iIXGY?version=3&rel=0

Breaststroke turn - 2 videos (above/under water)


Under water http://www.youtube.com/v/KxW7q9ap4mc?version=3&rel=0
Above water http://www.youtube.com/v/Vf-Nn70Neg0?version=3&rel=0

Butterfly swim - 2 videos (above/under water)


Under water http://www.youtube.com/v/6KccZcOlTwE?version=3&rel=0
Above water http://www.youtube.com/v/nlgTY7FUuWo?version=3&rel=0

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Fundamentals Coach Task Instructions

TASK #3 – MULTI-WEEK PLAN


YOUR COACH WAS ASKED TO DO THIS TASK:
Create a document which presents a plan of 10‐15 weeks’ duration for a group of swimmers you
currently coach. Coaches not working in 10‐15 week coaching scenarios are encouraged to consider
how they would plan for their current swimmers, should this period of consistent training time be
available.

The document is required in a .doc, .pdf, .rtf, .xls or .txt format. A sample template for this activity is
found on Page 6.1 of your Swimming 101 Coach Workbook. Please adapt or create a document that
fits your coaching situation.

Be sure to include the following components:

1. Description of swimmers the plan is designed for (age, stage of development, etc.)
2. Primary objective for the multi‐week plan
3. Detailed objective(s) for each week of the multi‐week plan
4. Group activities for swimmers and parents (meetings, communication documents, etc.)
5. Competitive event(s) or evaluation event(s) within the multi‐week plan
6. Primary objective(s) for each competitive or evaluation event

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Fundamentals Coach Task Instructions

TASK #4 – PLAN A PRACTICE


YOUR COACH WAS ASKED TO DO THIS TASK:
In order to maximize your swimmer’s skill and fitness development, you will need to provide them
with consistent challenges over the multi‐week plan. You need to make sure that your practices are
progressive (i.e. incremental increase in speed, distance, mastery of skills, etc) and build on skills from
previous practices.

Create a document which presents 3 practice plans for use in specific weeks of the multi‐week plan you
have created for Task #3. Make sure to note in your practice plan, which week from your multi-week
plan the practice is designed for. A sample template for each practice plan is provided on Page 6.4 of
your Swimming 101 Coach Workbook.

Create one practice for each of the phases listed below;

Early Phase General Preparation (first 1/3 of plan)

Middle Phase Specific Preparation (middle 1/3 of plan)

Late Phase Competition/Evaluation (final 1/3 of plan)

Substitute Practice For 1 of the practices presented, include alternate activities that could be used if
the facility you are planning the practice for became unavailable at the last
moment.

Be sure each practice includes details as outlined in the practice plan templates used at the Swimming
101 course. Each practice must reference the specific week & practice of the multi-week plan it is
designed for.

Place all practices into one document for uploading please.

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Fundamentals Coach Task Instructions

TASK #5 – PARENT COMMUNICATION


YOUR COACH WAS ASKED TO DO THIS TASK:

Prepare an agenda for a parent's meeting for the group of swimmers you coach.
List the agenda items, and in point form, your key speaking messages.
Also detail how you plan to let parents know about the meeting...and provide sample
documents you might use to do so.
Assemble all of this into one Parent Communication document.

Your coaching career will involve many interactions with swimmers and their parent or
guardians. A sound communication strategy will greatly increase the chance that these
interactions will be positive and constructive.
To access resources for this task, we recommend a review of the following websites;
Positive Coaching Alliance - http://www.positivecoach.org
Coaching Association of Canada - http://www.coach.ca/eng/tips/search.cfm

Hint: This is a great task to ask for help from a mentor coach or supervisor.... or even a parent
(eg. teacher) who would do this regularly!

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Fundamentals Coach On-Site Assessment

DATE ASSESSOR

COACH GROUP

NOTES:

Preparation Checklist Meeting


Pre-observation

 Necessary practice parameters are identified to the coach


 Practice plan is made available and evaluated before  Discuss process for observation, including evidence sought.
practice  Clarify any questions or concerns.
 EAP made available and evaluated before practice  Identify goals and objectives and discusswith the coach.
 Evidence required in the practice (evaluation tools) made  Identify the context and logistics –– Location in Season, Athlete
available to the coach Development Stage, etc.
 Pre-observation feedback given to coach to identify 
possible issues or concerns 
 Date and time of observation confirmed
OUTCOME: Support athletes in training CRITERIA: Lead swimmers in appropriate activities

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OUTCOME: Analyze performance CRITERIA: Detect and correct basic skill errors

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OUTCOME: Design a sport program CRITERIA: Design a multi-week program plan

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OUTCOME: Plan a practice CRITERIA: Plan activities in a safe practice environment

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OUTCOME: Manage a Program CRITERIA: Communicate program philosophy and logistical factors

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OUTCOME: Support the competitive experience CRITERIA: Model exemplary behaviour at practice and during competition

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Fundamentals Coach On-Site Assessment

Following the observation, coach and assessor meet to discuss the practice session.

Steps in Process
1. Opening: Asking key questions
Examples:
• What did you think went well and why?
• What might you have done better and how you would change it?
• Did you consider other ways to do that?
Debriefing (Reflections and Comments)

2. Facilitation: Leading the coach in guided discovery to probe areas for further evidence
Examples:
• If [situation] occurred, explain what you could have done?
• I noticed that you did _______. Why did you do that, or what might you have done differently?

3. Closing: Summarizing key points and providing feedback


Examples:
• Overall I thought that you did ______ well. You may want to consider trying _________ in the future.
• I observed that [a specific scenario] occurred and thought that you should be aware of its impact during the practice.

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Fundamentals Coach On-Site Assessment

ASSESSOR: Review your coach observation and the submitted task against the criteria
and evidences for the criteria “Lead swimmers in appropriate activities” as
described below;

Achievement Evidence
 Present an Emergency Action Plan with all six critical elements
o Locations of telephones (cell and land lines)
o Emergency telephone numbers
o Location of medical profile for each swimmer under the coach’s care
o Location of fully-stocked first-aid kit
o Identified person to make emergency call (“call person”) and manage emergency
situations at facility (“control person”)
Above o Directions to reach the activity site
Standard
Meet “Standard for Core Certification” and
 Adapt equipment and environment factors to promote safety
 Ensure key learning points are appropriate for the swimmer as identified by the swimming
swimmer development model
 Use strategies to promote swimmer self-esteem
 Provide evidence of maximized active engagement time for the swimmer, e.g., descriptions
of strategies that a coach uses to enable swimmers to be active for as much time as
possible versus standing around while listening to instructions or doing nothing
 Present an Emergency Action Plan (EAP) with five of the six following critical elements.
o Locations of telephones (cell and land lines)
o Emergency telephone numbers
o Location of medical profile for each swimmer under the coach’s care
o Location of fully-stocked first-aid kit
NCCP o Identified person to make emergency call (“call person”) and manage emergency
Standard for situations at facility (“control person”)
Core o Directions to reach the activity site
Certification  Perform a pre-practice safety scan of the pool and deck area with a reference checklist
 Take steps to minimize risk before and throughout the practice, e.g., ensure necessary
equipment is in pace and in safe working order (eg. Blocks, lane lines, backstroke flags)
 Create opportunities to interact with all swimmers
 Provide demonstrations so all swimmers can to see and hear
 Use 1-3 key learning points that are appropriate for the swimmer
 Reinforce in a constructive way the swimmers’ efforts and performance
 Create an enjoyable learning environment for swimmers and coach
 Do not present an Emergency Action Plan
Below  Act negatively and demeans swimmers, e.g., uses foul language, calls children names,
Standard pressures children to perform using threats
 Do not survey practice environment prior to practice

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Fundamentals Coach On-Site Assessment

ASSESSOR Review your coach observation and the submitted task against the criteria
and evidences for the criteria “Detect and correct basic skill errors” as described below;

Achievement Evidence
Meet “Standard for Core Certification” and
 Demonstrate knowledge of skill progressions using own or sport technical models (ie. KPF
Above documents)
Standard  Identify potential cause of skill errors as is appropriate to the developmental level of the
swimmer
 Use individualized approach to address swimmer skill corrections
 Use skill development/progression to scan basic movement phases (e.g. your skills KPF
documents are excellent checklist for swimming)
NCCP  Identify basic movement phases of appropriate skills. (e.g. create simple movement patterns
for the swimmers to learn from)
Standard for
 Observe skills from optimal vantage point(s) as defined by the swimming environments. (e.g.
Core you may watch from side, front, above or even below the H2O)
Certification  Ensure that corrections are consistent with the skill development/progression checklist.
 Identify common corrections to basic skills.
 Ask swimmer’s consent for physical contact when assisting in correcting a skill error. (e.g. if
you need to use hands on teaching, ask permission and be in clear sight of the guardian in
the bleachers)
 Scan lesson environment infrequently and pays little attention to skill execution
Below
Standard  Identify common errors, but do not prescribe an appropriate correction that improves
performance

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Fundamentals Coach On-Site Assessment

ASSESSOR Review the submitted task against the criteria and evidences for the
criteria “Design a multi-week program plan” as described below;

Achievement Evidence
Meet “Standard for Core Certification” and
Above  Identify key athletic abilities and appropriate growth and development factors required for long term
Standard success in swimming and active living
 Present a series of lesson plans that demonstrate the progression of skill development
On a calendar representing a multi-week program plan:
 Identify how the program structure is appropriate for the skill and development level of the
NCCP swimmers. (e.g. butterfly is best planned for short distances in the early season and then developed
over time)
Standard for
 Identify and prioritize goals and objectives of the program at appropriate levels for the age/stage of
Core the swimmers in your group. (e.g. this month we want to achieve the best U/W skills in the region)
Certification  Identify a swimming calendar of events (practice/competitions/social/etc.) (e.g, include the monthly
pizza party and time trial in the plan)
 Identify an appropriate progression of skill development for subsequent lessons or practices as
defined by KPF models (e.g., sequence of skills teaching backstroke may be body position, followed
by leg action and then arm action prior to breathing and timing)

 Do not provide a calendar that outlines the program structure


Below
 Do not identify goals or events on the calendar
Standard
 Do not identify the progression of skill development for subsequent lessons

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ASSESSOR Review the coach observation and the submitted task against the criteria
and evidences for the criteria “Plan activities in a safe practice
environment” as described below;

Achievement Evidence
 Design an Emergency Action Plan (EAP) that provides:
o Location of telephones (cell and land lines)
o Emergency telephone numbers
o Location of medical profiles for each swimmer under the coach’s care
o Location of a fully stocked first-aid kit
Above o Identified person to make emergency call (“call person”) and manage emergency situations at
facility (“control person”)
Standard
o Directions to the activity site
Meet “Standard for Core Certification” and
o Coach makes use of the available time, space and equipment to promote a high degree of
active engagement time
o Use of safe, innovative practice activities to promote individualized learning and mastery

 Identify swimmers’ needs in relation to age, abilities and performance levels (e.g. reflect on your
SNC ADM and LTAD)
 Match activities to the skill level of swimmers. (e.g. create an assessment using your KPF’s)
 Match activities to the appropriate segment of the practice (intro, warm-up, main part, cool-down
and a conclusion/reflection)
NCCP  Modify practice activities to address basic scenarios (i.e. Double booked facility, swimmers with
Standard for different skill levels etc.) that could occur in your group. (e.g. create an alternate activity plan for
Core land)
Certification  Design an Emergency Action Plan (EAP) that provides:
o Location of telephones (cell and land lines)
o Emergency telephone numbers
o Location of medical profiles for each swimmer under the coach’s care
o Location of a fully stocked first-aid kit
o Identified person to make emergency call (“call person”) and manage emergency situations at
facility (“control person”)
o Directions to the activity site
 Do not design an Emergency Action Plan
Below
 Do not modify practice when to address provided scenario
Standard  Do not match activities to the skill level of swimmers or to the appropriate segment of the practice

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ASSESSOR Review the coach observation and the submitted task against the criteria
and evidences for the criteria “Communicate program philosophy and
logistical factors” as described below;

Achievement Evidence
Meet “Standard for Core Certification” and
Above  Outline the financial demands for swimmers (equipment/clothing/travel)
Standard  Create and organize community sport events
 Provide swimmer or designated stakeholder with a progress report
 Present a communication tool that outlines information about the program (i.e. newsletters,
NCCP letters, flyers etc.)
Standard for  Remember to protect swimmer information is protected when distributing information;
i.e., When sending mass email communications, be sure to respect the confidentiality of
Core contact information; Ask permission before sharing contact information
Certification Information to be shared includes program schedules (practice and competition
schedules), swimmer expectations, program news updates etc.
 Identify and define behaviour expectations for swimmers, parents and coaches to ensure
principles of fair play (eg. pre-season meeting or letter).
 Do not use communicate program information to swimmers and other stakeholders
Below
 Do not protect privacy of swimmer information
Standard
 Do not identify and define behaviour expectations for swimmers and other stakeholders

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ASSESSOR Review the coach observation against the criteria and evidences for the
criteria “Model exemplary behaviour at practice and during competition” as
described below;

Achievement Evidence
Meet “Standard for Core Certification” and
Above  Identify logistics for an in-house competition activity, e.g., coordinate plans for a club in-house
Standard competition.
 Identify common community coach tasks, e.g., submission of task list, creation of handbook for next
season’s coach, etc.
 Identify tasks involved in organizing logistics for a competition

NCCP  Demonstrate behaviours that are consistent with the NCCP Code of Ethics. (e.g. swimmers and
stakeholders see you as being fair)
Standard for
 Ensure that swimmers are enjoying the practice / competition environment
Core
 Implement the fundamental rules and appropriate modifications (e.g. adjust to the situation and the
Certification swimmers in your care)
 Behave respectfully toward swimmers, parents, officials, and other stakeholders. (note: you are the
role model for these swimmers)
 Model behaviour that is not consistent with the NCCP Code of Ethics
Below
 Focus is only on winning
Standard
 Do not foster enjoyment and learning in the swimmers

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