Team Alaska Coaching Manual

Includes information on: Coaching Requirements, Acceptance of Duties Agreement, General Principles of Staff Operations, Special Groups, Glide Wax Protocol, Grip Wax Protocol, Schematic Staff Structure

1. Coaching Requirements

2. Acceptance of Duties Agreement

3. General Principles of Staff Operations

4. Special Groups

5. Glide Wax Protocol

6. Grip Wax Protocol

7. Schematic Staff Structure

Coaching Requirements:

1. USSA Coaching Membership

2. Provide background check information

3. Read, understand and accept the Staff Operations Manual

4. Sign Coaching Agreement

Alaska Junior Nationals Team Coaching Agreement

I, _____________________, a member of the Team Alaska coaching staff for the 20___ Junior Olympics, by signing this agreement, affirm my understanding of the conditions of membership on the staff, and my commitment to the principles herein.

1. If I am not currently a USSA Coaching member, I will purchase such a membership immediately

2. I give CCAK/Team Alaska permission to conduct a standard background check

3. I have read, understand and accept the Staff Operations Manual

4. I commit to conducting myself in a manner consistent with the highest professional, ethical and moral standards

5. I understand that the Junior Olympics is both a Championship event, and a development event for skiers who will, in the future, compete at higher levels

6. I commit to upholding the philosophy of team operations described below:

á I will support all athletes on the team equally, whether their program coach is on the Team Alaska staff or not

á I commit myself to the success of the Alaska Team as a whole.

á I agree to willingly and competently complete the tasks assigned by the Head Coach and Team Leader to support the entire Alaska Team.

á I agree and understand that I will be asked to do variety of tasks some of which will not be ski related, i.e. trips with the athletes, award functions, van driving, open and closing award presentations, and the general chaperoning of all athletes.

á I agree to practice safe driving by obeying all traffic laws and by wearing seat belts that includes the athletes, and not over loading the vans.

Signature

Date

Printed Name

General Principles of Staff Operations

The Head Coach is the person who is ultimately responsible for all aspects of coaching staff management during the Junior Nationals. All coaches on the staff are responsible to the Head Coach, as well as to any Group Leaders for whom they might work during the Junior Nationals. The head coach is responsible that all members of the coaching staff adhere to the tenets of the coaching agreement which they have signed, and that the staff be managed so as to be an effective support system for all the athletes on the team.

The Head Coach is responsible for all staff assignments, with the overriding goal being to place coaches in the areas in which they are most competent, can be most effective, and can contribute most to the success of the team, while still utilizing the Junior Nationals experience as a coach development tool where appropriate.

There may be an Assistant Head Coach who works closely with the Head Coach in all team management issues. The Assistant Head Coach position will be primarily utilized to train prospective Head Coaches who have never held the Head Coaching Position.

Below the Head Coach will be staff members specifically designated as Glide Wax Manager and Grip Wax Manager. These people will oversee their respective areas within the framework outlined below.

The Head Coach will create a number of special groups for purposes such as glide wax testing and application, grip wax application and testing age-group/class leadership and care, split-timing, etc., as is appropriate. The Head Coach will select the leaders for each of these groups, and will, with the Group Leaders, select the members of each group for maximum effectiveness.

The Head Coach is responsible for overseeing the effectiveness of the groups and their leaders, and may, if necessary, change leaders, or, in conjunction with a Group Leader, change the composition of a group in order to increase effectiveness.

The Head Coach is responsible for all disciplinary matters, be it among the athletes or staff. The Head Coach is the sole authorized spokesperson for Team Alaska in all interactions with the press, and at all meetings or functions where Alaska is represented, including Team CaptainsÕ Meetings.

Special Groups

Groups will be created for each purpose listed below. Additional groups may be created if deemed appropriate by the Head Coach. The Head Coach will select a Group Leader for each special group. It goes without saying that each Group Leader must be extremely competent in his selected area, and must be able to provide positive, organized leadership for the members of the staff in that group.

1. Age Group Leadership / Athlete Care / Stadium-Start-Finish

1.1. Leadership for individual age classes (J2F, J2M, J1F, J1M, OJM/OJF)

1.2. Ensures athletes are familiar with courses and stadium layout

1.3. Ensures necessary race information is communicated to athletes

1.4. “Safety Net” for athletes, counseling, comforting, etc.

1.5. Monitors nutrition, sleep, health, medical issues

1.6. Leads off-snow activities

1.7. Serves in start-finish area on race days

 

2. Communications / General Logistics

2.1. Oversees radio communications equipment, procedures, protocols

2.2. Ensures sufficient supplies of hardware, wax, etc.

2.3. Responsible for layout, cleanup and monitoring of waxing areas

 

3. Glide Wax Testing

3.1. Determines glide wax testing protocol, methodology, schedule (in conjunction with Head Coach)

3.2. Conducts glide wax testing on race days and non-race days

3.3. Makes decisions/recommendation to Head Coach/Staff based upon test results

 

4. Glide Wax Application

4.1. Determines glide wax application protocol, methodology, schedule (in conjunction with Head Coach)

4.2. Oversees glide wax application on race days

4.3. Makes adjustments to selection based upon input from glide wax testing group

 

5. Grip Wax Testing

5.1. Determines grip wax testing protocol, methodology, schedule (in conjunction with Head Coach)

5.2. Conducts grip wax testing on race days and non-race days

5.3. Makes decisions/recommendation to Head Coach/Staff based upon test results

 

6. Grip Wax Application

6.1. Determines grip wax testing protocol, methodology, schedule (in conjunction with Head Coach)

6.2. Conducts grip wax testing on race days

6.3. Makes adjustments to selection based upon input from grip wax testing group

 

7. Test Pilots

7.1. Work closely with grip and glide-wax groups to execute testing protocol and plan

7.2. Communicate feedback frequently, clearly and effectively with wax testing and application groups

 

8. Split-Timing

8.1. Develops split-timing/on-course race support plan for each race

8.2. Determines general split-timing/in-race information strategy

8.3. Develops communication plan for split-timing effort

 

9. Ground Transportation

9.1. Develops ground transportation plans from and back to the arrival/departure airport

9.2. Develops daily transportation plans for training and race days

9.3. Works with Head Coach to determine vehicle needs and assignments.

Depending upon the race format (sprint, mass, interval, relay) the technique (free, classic, mixed) and course configuration, the Head Coach may modify the above structure from day to day as is necessary to effectively support the team.

Glide Wax

Glide wax testing and application is under the joint management of the Head Coach and Glide Wax Manager. The Glide Wax Testing Group, Glide Wax Application Group, and Test Pilot Group will work cooperatively and collaboratively to determine the optimal wax for each competition, to ensure that it is applied well, and to continue testing during the competition to monitor changing conditions.

Glide Wax Protocol

1. Testing will be done every day deemed necessary by the Head Coach and Glide Wax Manager.

2. Glide testing will be done using several methods

2.1. speed trap

2.2. feel

2.3. glide out

3. These tests should be done at both low and high speeds when given enough time.

4. Feel tests should include uphill, downhill, low and high speeds

5. Test skis should be zeroed and best if zeroed several times through out the season.

6. Test skis should be hot scraped at the end of the day and re-waxed for the next day.

7. Brushing and scraping techniques should all be the done the same when preparing the test skis

8. All testing will be recorded by written documentation and will be done the same way each and every time.

9. Temps of the air, snow and RH should be recorded every 15 minutes.

10. The Head Coach and Glide Wax Manager will have the final decision race wax.

11. Athletes will have one pair of skis waxed for the upcoming race. If a particular coach and or athlete would like an additional pair waxed then that coach, and/or athlete may wax their skis with personal wax (not team wax) after the entire teamÕs skis (one pair each) have been waxed. This waxing must also be done not in the presence of other athletes or team members (not good for team confidence)

12. Depending on the conditions, structure will need to be tested. Because of the nature of structure testing, the head glide and head coach will collaborate in the methods used.

13. All qualified and competent staff member are expected, when requested, to participate in the application of glide waxes on athletes ski the evening prior to competition.

Grip Wax

Grip wax testing and application is under the joint management of the Head Coach and Grip Wax Manager. The Grip Wax Testing Group, Grip Wax Application Group, and Test Pilot Group will work cooperatively and collaboratively to determine the optimal wax for each competition, to ensure that it is applied well, and to continue testing during the competition to monitor changing conditions.

Grip Wax Protocol

1. Grip wax will be tested each and every day deemed necessary by the Head Coach and Grip Wax Manager.

2. All final decisions on race wax will be made by the head Head Coach and Grip Wax Manager.

3. Testing will be done by skiing on the wax.

4. Wax will be rated on a scale of 1-5 with 5 being the best for both kick and glide.

5. All testing will be recorded in terms of wax, layers, etcÉ

6. All test pilots must adhere to the direction of the Grip Wax Manager.

7. Because each athleteÕs skis are unique, the Grip Wax Manager must have a plan for softer and stiffer skis.

8. The Grip Wax Manager will determine the best location(s) for kick wax testing, application, etcÉ

9. There will be 2 groups working cooperatively on the kick wax, those 2 groups will work

independently, while sharing and collaborating on all data. These 2 groups will be completely transparent and will operate under one roof.

Schematic Staff Structure

The organizational flow chart below is meant to provide only a rough, schematic view of the staff structure and management model for the technical staff only. The Trip Leader is not included in this staff structure because the Trip LeaderÕs responsibilities mainly fall in areas related to travel, accommodations and dining. The Head Coach must work very closely with the Trip Leader in planning Junior Olympic program.

Furthermore, the Head Coach must be given wide latitude to customize the structure to reflect the unique skill set of staff members which changes from year to year.

CCAK Competition Committee

Head Coach

Assistant Head Coach

Grip Wax Manager

Glide Wax Manager

Athlete/Staff Operations

(Head Coach/AssÕt Head Coach)

Associated Groups

Grip Wax Testing

Grip Wax Application

Test Pilots

Associated Groups

Glide Wax Testing

Glide Wax Application

Test Pilots

Associated Groups

Age-group Leadership

Athlete Care

Start Finish

Logistics

Communications

Split-Timing

Staff as assigned by

Head Coach and

Grip Wax Manager

Staff as assigned by

Head Coach and

Glide Wax Manager

Staff as assigned by

Head Coach

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