Programming and Centre Athlete Models
Through the intake process, NextGen Coaches will work with each athlete to create an annual IAPP. The IAPP will include the athletes’ goals and gap analysis to determine the level of Sport Science and Sport Medicine support required to achieve those goals. These activities will also consider the athlete’s current level of performance and stage of development. From the IAPP, a robust yearly training plan (YTP) will be established to help guide the athlete towards their goals. Athletes who meet criteria have the option to be a Centralized or De-centralized ONGDP Athlete.
A CENTRALIZED ATHLETE is an athlete that utilizes the Ontario NextGen Performance Centre (Welland) as their DTE (Daily training environment). While a centralized athlete is expected to be in the Centre for 10 or more months of the year, they remain eligible to compete with their club or school program as defined in their annual IAPP. Centralized athletes will be provided external, pre-selection, high quality competition opportunities through appropriate regional, national, and international regattas. Although athletes can enter the ONGPC at points throughout the year, and as outlined in their IAPP, the Centre will begin offering full-time training for athletes on the Tuesday following Labour Day each year.
A DE-CENTRALIZED ATHLETE is an athlete that utilizes a club or school program for their DTE, with clearly established expectations on when they will train at the ONGPC. Following acceptance, De-Centralized Athletes are required to participate in the creation of a well-defined annual IAPP in partnership with NextGen Performance Coaches and their club/school coaches. Athletes are expected to maintain targeted training loads, and attend monitoring events and identified camps set out in their IAPP. De-centralized athletes will have access to the ONGPC training plan. Monitoring and assessments will be mandatory pieces the ONGPC program. Athletes will be required to spend between 30 and 40 training days per year in the ONGPC environment in Welland. The schedule of training visits will be established and agreed upon at the time of intake, by the athlete, their club/school coach(es) and the ONGPC staff. This time will be a combination of mandatory assessment and testing dates and periods of time arranged at the discretion of the athlete.
A SEASONAL ATHLETE is an athlete who centralizes in the ONGPC for a portion of the year. This can include athletes that have been selected to a Provincial or National team, de-centralized athletes that centralize for the summer or athletes that live in the area but attend school elsewhere are return to the area. Seasonal athletes can return to their club or school DTE once the team term is finished.
A TID ATHLETE is an athlete that is identified through RCA’s TID Testing protocols that chooses to engage in informed programming in their home environment. Athletes receive a 12 week comprehensive program based on consultation with ONGDP Coaching staff and IST practitioners. After the 12 week program, the athlete may re-test and choose to engage as a centralized or de-centralized athlete should testing results