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Try Day is now full!

Wednesday, February, 19, 2014

Those schools that have been accepted for Try Day funding have been notified by email.  All reporting packages should be received by early next week, so if you are one of the lucky schools receiving funding and do not get your reporting package by then, please contact diana@ofsaa.on.ca


High School Grand Prix 2014 Teams Announced

Monday, January, 20, 2014

Track & Field athletes from across Canada will converge on Toronto's Varsity Stadium in May to participate and compete in the third edition of the NIKE High School Grand Prix. 

This event unites student-athletes and teacher-coaches from coast-to-coast in a unique, cross-cultural event that has seen a great response in the first two years of competition. Students from across the country enjoy the opportunity to mix competition and sportsmanship while building new friendships and having the experience of a lifetime!

View the official HSGP press release

With student-athletes representing 12 provinces and territories, OFSAA is proud to introduce the Boys' and Girls' teams that will be participating on behalf of Ontario.

Congratulations to the girls’ and boys’ Ontario teams!

Girls’ – Lord Dorchester Secondary School (Dorchester)
A small school of 520 students outside of London, the team looks forward to learning community values and training techniques from other student-athletes across the country, and build track & field support in their school community.
Coaches: James Tennant, Jen Ashby

 

Boys’ – Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School (Kingston)
In the past five years with no track suitable for competition, the track & field team was forced to travel to Belleville to compete. With leadership in the school and community they have built a new track and hope participation in the HSGP can help inspire student-athletes to rebuild the track & field team too.
Coaches: Joanna Besselink, Robin Dziemienko

Visit the High School Grand Prix website

Follow "High School Grand Prix" on Facebook and on Twitter

 

OFSAA Wrestling Playing Regulation Update

Friday, January, 17, 2014

Please be advised that the following rule changes will be in effect for the 2014 OFSAA Wrestling Championships. These changes will supersede those published in the 2013-2014 edition of the Wrestling Canada Lutte Rulebook. All other rules previously published in the 2013-2014 edition will be in effect. This is necessary because OFSAA playing regulations state that we follow CAWA rules. Because CAWA made these changes, OFSAA must follow the changes.

Competition Format:

A wrestler must have a minimum of 30 minutes rest between the end of one bout and the beginning of the next bout.

Wrestling Rules:

Technical Superiority
• 10 points for Freestyle Wrestling.

Throws
• Freestyle Wrestling: 4 points for all throws.

End of Match
• Elimination of 2 x 3 points and seven point differential resulting in a victory.

Par Terre
• Elimination of the 5 second count for the 1 additional back point exposure.

Takedown
• From the standing or neutral position, whenever a wrestler secures control of his/her opponent and brings him down without back exposure, 2 points are awarded. This may occur as either an offensive or defensive maneuver (anything that goes directly from the feet to the back is worth 4 points).

 

Please follow this link to visit the OFSAA Wrestling website for more details on the upcoming 2014 OFSAA Wrestling Championships, March 5-6 in Brampton

ACTIVATE Ontario partners with Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

Monday, January, 13, 2014

For active student-athletes seeking leadership opportunities and another way to get involved, youth in Ontario are invited to participate in the ACTIVATE Ontario initiative and leadership forum.

Click this link to see video of the ACTIVATE Leadership Conference, and read more details of the initiative from the release below;

A two-year partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, in support Motivate Canada’s new ACTIVATE Ontario initiative, will provide Ontario youth with an unprecedented opportunity for civic engagement and personal growth. This new initiative will engage and train teams of youth leaders to play an active role in increasing sport participation, self-esteem, and leadership of youth across Ontario, as well as enhancing the knowledge and understanding of mental health and nutrition concepts and resources. 

Today’s announcement includes an immediate call for applications for the first ACTIVATE Ontario Training Summit which will take place from February 21-23 in Ottawa. The weekend training session – which will include workshops on physical literacy, sport programming, wellness (including mental-health), and leadership – will certify youth as Trainers to host an ACTIVATE Leadership Forum for their region. By partnering with a school or youth-serving organization in their community and completing the Training Summit, teams of 4 Youth Trainers will be eligible to receive up to $12,650 in funding to apply toward developing their own Leadership Forum. 

“Nutrition, physical activity and mental health are key building blocks to healthier living, which is why we are so pleased to support ACTIVATE Ontario. I am confident this program will help youth enrich themselves and make a real difference in their communities,” says the Honourable Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. 

The fee for an individual applicant to attend the ACTIVATE Ontario Leadership Training Summit in February is only $100. All other costs such as meals, travel, and accommodations are subsidized. Interested youth should apply on line at www.motivatecanada.ca/activate/apply. The application deadline is January 27, 2014 at 11:59pm (EST). 

“Thanks to support from the Ontario government and our others partners, Kids Help Phone and ParticipACTION’s Teen Challenge Program, ACTIVATE Ontario will provide youth leaders with the training, resources, and confidence they need to deliver a Leadership Forum of their own design.” says ACTIVATE Program Manager, Zach Hayes. “Through these Forums, teams of youth leaders will work with other young people in their region to help them realize their leadership potential and to create sport or physical activity projects in their communities.” 

Since its inception in 2004, the ACTIVATE program has hosted 14 Leadership Forums at national and regional levels. Now, Ontario schools and community organizations and their youth leaders have the opportunity to take ownership of this program by creating their own Forums using the Youth Driven Development framework Motivate Canada has developed over the past decade. 

About Motivate Canada: 
Motivate Canada’s Youth-Driven Development approach taps into the natural optimism, energy, curiosity, and adventurous spirit that young people have in abundance. Using the power of sport, physical activity and positive peer role models, Motivate Canada’s four core programs— GEN7, ESTEEM Team, ACTIVATE, and Active Circle—give young people the tools, training, and confidence to make a difference in their lives and communities on their own terms. For more information please visit: www.motivatecanada.ca/en/activate

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Contact: 
Geoffery Biss 
ACTIVATE Ontario Program Coordinator 1-866-378-3361 extension 233 
Cell: (416) 888-4830 
activate@motivatecanada.ca

CAAWS Free Wednesday Webinars

Friday, January, 10, 2014

The Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) recently announced a free series of lunchtime webinars to help engage women and girls in sports in Ontario.

Learn more about registering for the Webinars and about CAAWS on the website - http://www.caaws.ca/programs/actively-engaging-women-and-girls-across-ontario/

FREE WEBINAR SERIES

CAAWS’ “Webinar Wednesdays” series is designed as information sessions for Ontario-based community, regional and provincial sport and physical activity organizations. Special guests will join host Sheilagh Croxon, providing valuable learning opportunities.

Space is limited – priority for live webinars will be given to participants in Ontario.
Note: Webinars will be recorded and posted here for access by all.

• Wednesday, January 22, 2014 12:30 – 1:30 EST
Creating Inclusive Environments for Women and Girls
Drawing on findings from CAAWS’ CS4L publication, “Actively Engaging Women and Girls: Addressing the Psycho-Social Factors”, this webinar will review factors that can enhance or limit the participation and leadership of women and girls. This webinar will help service providers to gain a better understanding of how to create positive programs and inclusive environments on the playground, in competitive settings, and around the board table, contributing to the success of all.

*Participation in this webinar is recommended for organizations interested in submitting an application for the CAAWS Incentive Grants (see above)

Register by January 20, 2014.

• Wednesday, March 5, 2014 – Celebrate International Women’s Day early with CAAWS!
“Manswers”
Men are important allies for women and girls and participants and leaders in Canada’s sport and physical activity system. Created with men in mind, this webinar will provide the “manswers” for common questions relating to women’s and girls’ participation, coaching female athletes, supporting women around the board table, and more.  Register…

• Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Promoting Girls’ and Women’s Participation Across the Lifespan
This webinar will provide success stories, tips, and practical advice to help community program leaders and decision-makers engage three important target groups: girls and young women; mothers; and women aged 55-70+. Participants will be connected to the research, tools, and networks available through CAAWS’ On the Move, Mothers in Motion, and Physical Activity and Sport for Women 55-70+ initiative. A number of new CS4L resources will be released.  Register…

• Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Policies on Paper vs. Policies in Action
Policies can be powerful tools to support the participation and leadership of women and girls. Unfortunately, many policies sit dormant on our shelves, rather than being put into action. This webinar will provide examples of diverse policies that are making a difference for women and girls in Canada’s sport and physical activity sector. Tips for creating and implementing policy will be shared; examples of what not to do will also be discussed. Register…

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Sheilagh Croxon, Project Coordinator
647.988.7877
scroxon@rogers.com

Women's Sport School Early Bird Registration Deadline

Monday, January, 6, 2014
OFSAA's Women's Sport School Early Bird registration has been extended
The deadline for OFSAA's Women's Sport School Early Bird registration has been extended to Friday, January 10th. 

Act now to get the special Early Bird rate. Rates and registration form available by clicking this link.

The Women’s Sports School is a professional development conference that brings together teacher-coaches from across the province to share ideas and get motivated. The program encompasses a wide variety of sessions for both curricular and co-curricular programs with sessions geared to high school and middle school teachers. The aim of the Women’s Sport School is to increase participants’ knowledge in several areas of school sport, expose them to new/unconventional sports, teaching methods, as well as provide opportunities for discussion groups with peers. This is an affordable professional development opportunity that should not be missed!

For more info on the schedule, presenters, trade show, and more, please visit the Women's Sport School home page!


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.

Prizes

Top Video: Cash prize of $800

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

Contest Contact:
Rory Barrs
416-426-7053
rory@coachesontario.ca

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. 

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