Performance Days – FAQ

In this section, we try to answer some of the frequently asked questions about Performance Days.

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Overview

Performance Days are opportunities that support athlete and/or club development and performance. They are an important part of your club’s/school’s annual planning to encourage athlete development at all levels. Performance Days are used as tools to improve the overall performance of your skaters by filling training gaps in their yearly plans. Performance Days can take place on or off the ice, as well as in the community.

Performance Day goals include:

  • increasing opportunities for skater development;
  • building a cohesive environment with the club;
  • increasing athlete engagement;
  • providing opportunities for coaches to personalize skater development plans;
  • maximizing community involvement and awareness;
  • increasing athlete retention; and
  • encouraging athletes to become Active for Life by developing a love for the sport.

Skater Performance Days could include (but are not limited to) activities such as:

  • opportunities for skater development (seminars, monitoring, performances);
  • opportunities for athletes to develop performance areas not trained on the ice (character, movement, rhythm, projection, artistry, emotion, etc.);
  • opportunities for team building (challenge days, peer performances); and
  • opportunities for physical or mental training education activities.

Club Performance Days could include (but are not limited to) activities such as:

  • opportunities to engage the community (ice shows, fundraisers);
  • opportunities to increase education, awareness or performance, and in business practices (strategic planning sessions, board boot camps, etc.); and
  • opportunities to build relationships with other local organizations (participating in community events, supporting local charities).

Performance Days are for everyone: athletes, coaches and clubs.

They are an important part of your club’s/school’s annual planning to encourage athlete development at all levels. Performance Days are used as tools to improve the overall performance of your skaters by filling training gaps in their yearly plans.

To determine the optimal time to implement targeted areas (Performance Days), examine your yearly plan and collaborate with coaches and club board members.

Please refer to the following link for more information on planning for performance:

Clubs/schools and coaches should work together to offer the best opportunities to their athletes.

No – Performance Days are specifically designed from goals aimed to target identified focus areas.

Example:

Target Area:  Increase comfort level during external evaluation (test day or competition)

Option:  Use a simulation type of activity

Target Area:  Increase athlete musicality

Option:  Work with a local music teacher or dance instructor to explore rhythms and tempos

Collaboration is an excellent way to engage in the larger community and to access other resources and opportunities for your athletes.

Planning

1. Coaches develop yearly training plans for their athletes.

Please refer to the following resources for more information:

SMART Goals Details

SMART Goals Worksheet

CAC Training Plan Resource Material

2. Coaches identify potential training gaps or target areas.

3. Coaches/Clubs collaborate to develop and design Performance Days to maximize impact in reference to your identified target areas. Try using the ADDIE model to organize your planning.

Please refer to the following documents for more information:

ADDIE Planning Model

Performance Day Planning Sheet

4. If you will be inviting skaters from another club, you will need to apply for a sanction.

Sanction Request Form

5. Execute Performance Days at your club.

6. Evaluate and monitor the impact of your session(s).

7. Start planning for next year!

There is no restriction on the number of Performance Days you can offer; clubs/schools and coaches can plan for what is best based on developmental goals.

Resources

SMART is an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-based

Please refer to the following document for more information: SMART Goals Information

 

Goal setting is an important skill that helps athletes achieve optimal performance. Developing a goal that is specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-based provides clarity, focus, motivation, and increases the likelihood of achievement.

Please refer to the following document for more information:  SMART Goals Information

Coaches, athletes and clubs can set goals.

The ADDIE model is an acronym for Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation and Evaluation. ADDIE is a framework used to plan and create effective and efficient learning solutions.

Please refer to the following document for more information: ADDIE Model

Performance Days – FAQ