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OFSAA Golf Set For October 10 & 11

Friday, October, 5, 2018

The first events on the OFSAA 2018-19 school calendar get underway in two cities on October 10th and 11th.

The Girls' Golf Festival will take place at the Ambassador Golf Club in Windsor, Ontario (1025 Sprucewood Avenue). Overseeing the competition is convenor Joe Amicarelli (joe.amicarelli@publicboard.ca).

The Royal Ashburn Golf Club in Whitby, Ontario (995 Myrtle Road West) will play host to the Boys' Golf Championship on the same dates. Glenn Ross is serving as the championship convenor and he can be reached at glenn.ross@ddsb.ca.

Best of luck to all of the golfers, coaches, volunteers and host committee!

Follow the results online at:

Boys

http://ofsaa.on.ca/boys-golf-championship

 

Girls

http://ofsaa.on.ca/girls-golf-festival

 

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Rowan's Law Day

Wednesday, September, 26, 2018

The inaugural Rowan's Law Day was recognized on Wednesday, September 26. The day represents an opportunity to engage students, staff, coaches and parents/guardians in activities that increase awareness about concussions and to share Rowan Stringer's story.

Thanks to Rowan's Law, all sports organizations and schools in Ontario will now have new rules in place involving concussions. Our partners in sport, OPHEA, have done significant work with committees for Rowan's Law Day.

OPHEA's Rowan's Law Day Toolkit for Schools encourages students to speak up about concussions.

The toolkit includes:

*Information about Rowan Stringer and Rowan's Law Day

*A list of concussion awareness activities for school

*Printable posters

*Links to additional concussion resources

Please download the toolkit by clicking the url below:

https://teachingtools.ophea.net/supplements/rowans-law-day-toolkit-schools

Also, OPHEA's revised Concussion Protocol and implementation tools (Ontario Physical Education Safety Guidelines, Appendix C-1) and OPHEA's revised Concussion Identification, Management and Prevention for Schools 2018/19 e-Learning module, also help educators stay current with concussion safety.

2018 Coaching Excellence Award Recipient Ian Atkinson

Monday, September, 24, 2018

National Coaches Week kicks off in Ontario at the 2018 Coaching Excellence Awards 

The fourth annual National Coaches Week officially kicked off here in Ontario this past Saturday as coaches from across Ontario were recognized and celebrated at the 2018 Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards. 

Athletes, fans and family members eagerly lined up to see their favourite coach walk the red carpet at the screening of the 2018 Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards. As they watched their coaching story unfold on the big screen, one by one the coaches gave a heart-felt acceptance speech, thanking their families for the support to pursue their passion. 

For 12 years, the Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards Program has been celebrating the dedication and commitment of exemplary individuals who inspire, innovate and share knowledge of sport with others. The Awards recognize the importance of leadership, performance and the value of human insight which are all integral to great coaching. 

Selected by OFSAA, the 2018 male recipient of the "Coaching Excellence Award in the School Sport Category" is:

 Ian Atkinson - School Sport Coach (Male), Bluevale Collegiate Institute, Waterloo  

OFSAA takes great pride in honouring an outstanding teacher-coach and mentor to athletes and fellow coaches for the past half century, Ian Atkinson, but "Aky" to most. Ian retired from active coaching at the end of the 2018 high school season as he nears 80 years of age. When Ian retired from teaching almost 20 years ago, an award in his name was instituted to a Bluevale graduating student who embodies a blend of academic and athletic excellence, afterall, he was a superb English teacher who demanded as much from his students in class as he did his athletes in competition.

Ian was a cross country and track and field coach at the Waterloo school beginning in 1972 and he took on the coaching reins of the school's boys' varsity hockey team in 2002. With his passion and enthusiasm being second to none, the number of championships that Ian has been a part of are too numerous to mention. Ian treated all athletes equally regardless of the talent level and his teaching and coaching motto was "Don'tcha dare quit on yourself!"

Ian constantly listened to new staff and gave them support for their contributions, or suggestions to help support their development as new coaches and teachers. He would take the lead to show them how to do some things, but also gave them space to try new things and develop their own coaching skills and styles.

Congratulations on an outstanding career devoted to teaching and school sport, Ian!

Learn more about Ian by viewing this short video here.

The event also marks the start of National Coaches Week (September 22-30), a celebration of the tremendous positive impact coaches have on this nations’ athletes and communities. The week is an opportunity to recognize coaches for the integral role they play by simply saying #ThanksCoach.

OFSAA congratulates all of the award winners and coaches across Ontario for their commitment and dedication to ensuring Canadians live an active and healthy lifestyle. For more information on the Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards and how to nominate a coach in the future, visit www.coachesontario.ca/awards

The Coaches Association of Ontario is a non-profit coach-led organization that strengthens development opportunities and provides educational resources for coaches. The CAO promotes coaching ethics and ensures the wider community recognizes the vital role of the coach in the development of sport at all levels. 

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2018 Coaching Excellence Award Recipient Dawn Manerowski

Monday, September, 24, 2018

National Coaches Week kicks off in Ontario at the 2018 Coaching Excellence Awards 

The fourth annual National Coaches Week officially kicked off here in Ontario this past Saturday as coaches from across Ontario were recognized and celebrated at the 2018 Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards. 

Athletes, fans and family members eagerly lined up to see their favourite coach walk the red carpet at the screening of the 2018 Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards. As they watched their coaching story unfold on the big screen, one by one the coaches gave a heart-felt acceptance speech, thanking their families for the support to pursue their passion. 

For 12 years, the Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards Program has been celebrating the dedication and commitment of exemplary individuals who inspire, innovate and share knowledge of sport with others. The Awards recognize the importance of leadership, performance and the value of human insight which are all integral to great coaching. 

Selected by OFSAA, the 2018 female recipient of the "Coaching Excellence Award in the School Sport Category" is:

 Dawn Manerowski - School Sport Coach (Female), O'Neill Collegiate and Vocational Institute, Oshawa  

Dawn is regarded by her co-workers and peers as an outstanding physical education teacher, coach, mentor and leader for young women in sport at O'Neill and within LOSSA. While coaching several different sports (basketball, volleyball, soccer), Dawn's main passion is with girls rugby. The sport has become a source of pride at the school and it has consistently been the sport with the highest female participation rate at the school. She has instilled a culture of respect, hard work, commitment and accountablility. Her teams have been highly-competitive and have been rewarded with playoff appearances and championships but her focus has always been getting young woman involved in sport for the love of the game.

Here are just a few quotes from students that Dawn has taught and the influence she has had during their high school sport experience:

"Regardless of your size, gender, body type, every student of hers are equal."

"She inspires women so that they can tackle all the obstacles, even in the hardest situations."

"Mrs. Manerowski empowers and motivates all young females rugby players at O'Neill. With her help we can reach our full potential."

OFSAA salutes Dawn for her incredible commitment and dedication to school sport. Congratulations!

Learn more about Dawn's dedication by viewing this short video here.

The event also marks the start of National Coaches Week (September 22-30), a celebration of the tremendous positive impact coaches have on this nations’ athletes and communities. The week is an opportunity to recognize coaches for the integral role they play by simply saying #ThanksCoach.

OFSAA congratulates all of the award winners and coaches across Ontario for their commitment and dedication to ensuring Canadians live an active and healthy lifestyle. For more information on the Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards and how to nominate a coach in the future, visit www.coachesontario.ca/awards. 

The Coaches Association of Ontario is a non-profit coach-led organization that strengthens development opportunities and provides educational resources for coaches. The CAO promotes coaching ethics and ensures the wider community recognizes the vital role of the coach in the development of sport at all levels. 

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September Bulletin (2018)

Friday, September, 7, 2018

Wondering about when and where the OFSAA Championships are happening in 2018-19? This info and much more can be found now in the 2018 fall edition of The Bulletin. We have you covered in this latest issue!

Be sure to find your printed magazine at your school soon or simply go online here to catch up on OFSAA programs, Championship reviews from this past spring, important dates ahead in the school year, and student recognition, among other newsworthy items.

New editions of The Bulletin are published in September, January and June.

2018 Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards (Sept. 22)

Tuesday, August, 28, 2018

Celebrate the dedication and commitment of exemplary men and women who coach in Ontario at the 2018 Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards on September 22. Innis Town Hall Theatre in Toronto will be the site as the coaching stars will be recognized. The Awards recognize the importance of leadership, performance and the value of human insight which are all integral to great coaching.

OFSAA is responsible for the selection of a male and a female coach in the School Sport category. This award is open to active teacher-coaches with a minimum of five years coaching experience. The nominated coach will have influenced the development of new coaches and have shown evidence of program building as well as encouraging athletes to give back to sports.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to celebrate coaching in Ontario!

Learn more about the event and get up to speed on how you can secure tickets by clicking here.

Brian Maxwell Scholarship Recipients Honoured

Tuesday, August, 14, 2018

York Downs Golf and Country Club in Unionville was the site of the 2018 OFSAA/Brian Maxwell Memorial Scholarship Fund Luncheon on August 10.

The deserving recipients were presented with commemorative OFSAA plaques from Fund Founder Don Corbett. Event organizer, Fund Director and emcee Wayne Haymer introduced each of the recipients and OFSAA Executive Director Doug Gellatly made opening remarks. Congratulations to student-athletes Nicholas Bannon, Hanna Jodoin, Erik Ohrling, Sandra Bujic, Alec Purnell and Chloe  Walker!

A special thank you to the parents and family members of the winners for making the time and effort to attend the event from across the province.

For more information on the Brian Maxwell Memorial Scholarship Fund and a listing of previous recipients, please go to http://www.ofsaa.on.ca/programs/scholarships/brian-maxwell-memorial.

To learn more about the academic and athletic accomplishments of the 2018 student-athlete honourees, please go to http://ofsaa.on.ca/node/4411.

Pictured (L-R), Nicholas Bannon, Hanna Jodoin, Erik Ohrling, Alec Purnell. Unable to attend the event, Sandra Bujic and Chloe Walker.

Don't Miss Out On A CIOS Workshop!

Wednesday, July, 18, 2018

What is OFSAA's Coaching in Ontario Schools (CIOS) Workshop?

CIOS is a program developed by the Coaching Association of Canada and the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations to give teacher-coaches and community volunteer coaches the special skill-set they need to coach effectively in the school environment. The three and a half hour course is NCCP accredited, and participants will also receive an OFSAA Certificate of Completion. It also provides 3 PD points to maintain NCCP certification.

The workshop is led by a NCCP trained Learning Facilitator and combines information required by coaches of beginner to intermediate athletes with skills they specifically need to work with student-athletes in the school environment.

Why should you host an NCCP/OFSAA CIOS Workshop?

Over 200,000 students participate in high school sports, with 25,000 coaches providing quality athletic programs in our secondary schools.

OFSAA's CIOS is a beneficial resource for coaches.

CIOS provides:

*NCCP Accreditation

*Introduction to Ophea Safety Guidelines

*Stronger knowledge of OFSAA policies and procedures

*Understanding of school sport philosophy

*Understanding/overview of CS4L

*BETTER COACHES

LEARN MORE ABOUT CIOS here:  http://ofsaa.on.ca/programs/coaching-ontario-schools-cios

For additional information about how you can host or attend a CIOS Workshop, please contact:

Denise Perrier, Manager of Programs at OFSAA, denise@ofsaa.on.ca, (416) 426-7436

Transfer Policy Dates Are Set

Tuesday, June, 19, 2018

Please click the link below to find the Deadline For Applications and the Meeting Dates for 2018-19.

OFSAA will be hosting a transfer policy workshop on September 14 in the GTA. This is ideal for association transfer chairs, association executives, athletic coordinators, school athletic directors or anyone involved transfer policy decisions. Contact Doug Gellatly at doug@ofsaa.on.ca for more information.

http://ofsaa.on.ca/resources/policies/transfer-policy

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