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CAO My Coach Video Contest

Wednesday, December, 18, 2013

The Coaches Association of Ontario is again searching for exemplary coaches who have inspired their athletes with leadership, mentorship, teaching, nurturing, citizenship, preparation and fun.

We at OFSAA know there are too many great coaches in Ontario to count, and while we meet a few of them at provincial championships there are so many more out there that deserve recognition fo their commitment to school sports and enriching the lives of student-athletes across the province.

Through this contest, Ontario athletes can upload a video to YouTube explaining how their coach has impacted their life and why their coach should win.

For more information on the contest and to see some of 2013's best videos please visit the CAO website, or you can download the PDF news release.

Start Date: December 12th, 2013

Submission Deadline: February 7th, 2014

Eligibility: Open to all Ontario residents (Group submissions will be accepted, but must include the names of all participants on the registration form. Only one prize can be awarded per group).

Guidelines: Videos can be no longer than 4 minutes in length. Submissions longer than 4 minutes will not be considered. The content must be created by the entrant and be 100% original.

Criteria: Videos should focus on a coach who betters the lives of the athletes they work with. Themes to consider include: leadership, mentorship, teaching, nurturing, citizenship, preparation and fun.

Judging: A judging panel will select the finalists from all submissions. Those videos will be presented at the Ontario Coaches Conference in Kingston, Ont., from February 21-23, 2014. Any coach recognized in a finalist video will receive a full pass to attend the Conference.

During the month of March, the finalists will be posted online for viewing by the general public, with the winners being selected by popular vote. Online voting will be open from March 1st to March 31st, 2014. The top video and runners-up will be announced at the Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards in Spring 2014.


Top Video: Cash prize of $800

Runner-up (2): Cash prize of $200 each

Contest Contact:
Rory Barrs

2013 CAO My Coach Video Contest Winner

Beloved teacher-coach Ken VanderZwaag passes away

Monday, December, 9, 2013

School sport lost a respected leader on Friday, December 6 with the passing of Ken VanderZwaag after a three-year battle with cancer.  Mr. VanderZwaag was a teacher, coach, and athletic director at Woodland Christian High School in Breslau for the past 30 years.  He served in many leadership capacities in school athletic associations at the local and provincial levels, including 10 years as the CWOSSA boys’ representative to OFSAA.  Mr. VanderZwaag believed that sport is about character, commitment, work ethic, and personal growth, and impressed this upon his student-athletes.  
In lieu of flowers, sympathy donations to Woodland Christian High School – Capital Campaign would be appreciated and may be made through the Henry Walser Funeral Home, Kitchener, (519) 749-8467.  Visit www.henrywalser.com to view a memorial.
Our condolences go to the VanderZwaag family.

2015 Hockey & Curling update

Thursday, December, 5, 2013
DATE CHANGE for 2015 Boys’ & Girls’ Hockey and Curling
Please note that the OFSAA Boys’ and Girls’ Hockey and Curling will be taking place the WEEK PRIOR TO MARCH BREAK in 2015.  This adjustment is the result of the later timing of March Break, EQAO testing taking place the week after March Break, and Easter weekend the following week.  P lease ensure you adjust your schedules for the 2014-15 season accordingly.  Additionally, a similar issue may arise in 2016 and once there is confirmation on the EQAO date, a decision will be made on the timing of the OFSAA events.  

Should you have any questions, please contact the OFSAA Office. 

Wrestling Regulation Update

Friday, November, 8, 2013

OFSAA Wrestling follows the Canada Wrestling rulebook with Cadet age class modifications, with standard OFSAA Wrestling modifications.

The Canada Wrestling rulebook for 2013-2014 is, to our understanding, in final production.

In the meantime, schools are advised to follow the 2012-2013 rulebook with the changes as per the 2013-2014 rules slideshow available on the Ontario Wrestling web site (www.oawa.ca <http://www.oawa.ca> ). 

2013-14 OFSAA Wrestling Championship Details

Hosted by:   Turner Fenton Secondary School and ROPSSAA

Welcome all, to this years' event being held at the Powerade Centre, Brampton

Wed-Thurs, March 5th - 6th, 2014

Entry Deadline: Mon, Feb. 24, 2014

Recharge With Milk

Wednesday, October, 30, 2013

OFSAA Basketball and Recharge with Milk are happy to present the Up Your Game program once again for the 2013-14 season and will support high school basketball in Ontario, working to improve the experience for all players and coaches involved. 

Be sure to visit upyourgame.ca for free downloadable content to help your team with valuable training tips and techniques, nutritional information, and specially designed drills with videos where you can ultimately "Face the Beast" and take your game to the next level. Power up by getting the facts on hydration, endurance, muscle building, carbs and protein. 

For coaching tips, questions and concerns, you can reach out to Ryerson Rams and the Junior Men's Canadian National Team head coach Roy Rana through the site. There are many valuable tools in the Coaches Clipboard including coaching notes, practice plans, season support checklist - and more.

Concussion Advice

Wednesday, October, 16, 2013
Concussion Advice

While all efforts are made to avoid sports-related injuries, quick-moving, high-jumping, hard-hitting bodies are often drawn into contact through the nature of competitive games. Some injuries are easier to detect than others and recent research into the causes and effects of concussions has increased concussion awareness. More likely to happen in some sports than others, it's better to be prepared with the knowledge and background of medical professionals that can help avoid serious injury at all levels.

Recently, the Ontario Physical and Health Education Association (OPHEA) refined their Concussion Protocols to reflect, "the most recent research and the guidelines outlined in the Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport, Zurich, November 2012." These updated guidelines will assist with,

  • Concussion Management Procedures: Return to Learn and Return to Physical Activity
  • Tools to Identify a Suspected Concussion
  • Documentation of Medical Examination
  • Documentation for a Diagnosed Concussion – Return to Learn/Return to Physical Activity Plan

To access the new concussion appendices please follow this link to the OPHEA Concussion Protocols Page

In addition, School Sport Canada offers FREE coaching courses available through this link to Programs on the OFSAA website under Coaching In Ontario Schools (CIOS) which include an excellent course called, "Concussion in Sports - What You Need To Know."

The description of the CIOS course says, "National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have teamed up to provide information and resources to help educate coaches, officials, parents and students on the importance of proper concussion recognition and management in high school sports. Mick Koester M.D., ATC, Chair of the NFHS Sports Medicine Advisory Committee and Director of the Slocum Sports Concussion in Eugene, Oregon takes you through this course. In this course you will understand the impact sports-related concussion can have on your players, how to recognize a suspected concussion, the proper protocols to manage a suspected concussion, and steps to help your player return to play safely after experiencing a concussion."

Finally, if you're looking for the best of the best of expert advice on concussions, please consider attending the "2nd annual International Summit on Concussions: Prevention and Next Steps," which will be held at the Hilton Fallsview Hotel in Niagara Falls Ontario, on Thursday October 24, and Friday October 25, 2013 featuring world renowned keynote speakers.

This timely Summit will help guide in answering the following essential questions

  • How conservative should you be (return to play) when you have to consider the child’s academic and emotional welfare: what comes first? How is that managed?
  • How do you handle informed consent when neither the student nor their parent has any idea of the risk or consequences?

School sport is meant to be fun and educational, and a large part of that is safe participation. Administrators, coaches and students should be aware of concussion protocols and play safe.

    Gear Up for 2013-14 with OFSAA

    Wednesday, August, 28, 2013
    OFSAA Guides and Rulebooks

    The 2013-14 competitive sports season is upon us and we'd like to help you get prepare. Please visit our webstore for a selection of score pads, rulebooks, and stat sheets. Also find manuals and handbooks for coaches and players for Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Hockey, Curling, Rugby, Volleyball and more. Get what you need to kickstart the school year with OFSAA sports!

    Follow this link directly to our webstore and start the season off right - OFSAA Webstore

    Spalding becomes official football of OFSAA

    Tuesday, August, 27, 2013

    OFSAA is excited to announce Spalding as its official football.  Spalding has been a strong supporter of OFSAA basketball for many years and will now bring their support of high school sport to football beginning in September 2013.  The Spalding J5V Leather Football will be used at all OFSAA Regional Playoffs and the OFSAA Bowl Series games. 

    For more information on the Spalding J5V football or information for local retailers please contact Kevin Sookram at 905-607-3865 ext. 5414 or kevin.sookram@fotlinc.com.

    Ophea Concussion Guidelines

    Wednesday, June, 5, 2013

    Ophea is pleased to release new and revised concussion protocol appendices based on the most recent research and the guidelines outlined in the Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport, Zurich, November 2012. These new and revised concussion appendices replace the September 2012 concussion appendices in each of the 6 modules, and are effective immediately.

    Developed in partnership with the Ministry of Education and the
    ThinkFirst Concussion Education and Awareness Committee and the Recognition and Awareness Working Group of the mTBI/Concussion Strategy there are now 4 concussion appendices:

    Concussion Management Procedures: Return to Learn and Return to Physical Activity

    Tool to Identify a Suspected Concussion

    Documentation of Medical Examination

    Documentation for a Diagnosed Concussion – Return to Learn/Return to Physical Activity Plan

    For more information, and to access the concussion appendices, please visit: http://safety.ophea.net/release-of-new-and-revised-concussion-protocols <http://safety.ophea.net/release-of-new-and-revised-concussion-protocols


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