The following document defines the procedures for athlete selection to the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary NextGen Wrestling program. All program selections are for the September 1, 2016 – August 31, 2017 season only.
The goal of the NextGen Wrestling program is to support the implementation of Wrestling Canada’s high performance development system. It is intended to ensure a progressive stream of athletes and coaches are being trained to standards required to win Olympic and World Championship medals. The program is provided in partnership between Wrestling Canada Lutte (WCL), Alberta Amateur Wrestling Association (AAWA), Own the Podium (OTP) and the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary (CSI Calgary).
Athletes selected to the NextGen Wrestling program will train at the WCL High Performance Centre in Calgary and at CSI Calgary. The 2016/17 program will be led by the CSI Calgary NextGen Wrestling Coach, Carol Huynh. The program and coach will receive technical oversight from the Wrestling Canada High Performance Centre – Calgary High Performance Coach and Women’s National Team Head Coach, with support from CSI Calgary staff (Sport medicine/sport science integrated support team, planning, and administration) where required.
- Canadian citizen
- Member in good standing of Wrestling Canada and their current Provincial Sport Organization
- Under age 24 (turning age 24 in 2017)
- Athlete must sign a CSI Calgary NextGen Wrestling Athlete Agreement.
- Athletes must achieve performance benchmarks as outlined below in the Training Group Description section. Athletes must demonstrate the potential for International podium performances (National Championships, placement at carding tournaments, international tournaments, and university level championships will be taken into consideration).
- Selections are based on competitive results posted between September 1, 2015 and August 15, 2016.
- Selections are based on results posted within the above time period, and also supported by the athlete’s demonstrated commitment to furthering their development within high performance wrestling, as indicated by ongoing performance progression, work ethic, attendance, attitude, health and age (supported by Coach endorsement letter or Performance Report Card).
- The final decision to accept an athlete into the program will rest with the NextGen Wrestling Coach.
- Issues not otherwise covered by this document are subject to the decision of the CSI Calgary NextGen Wrestling Program Management Team.
TRAINING GROUP DESCRIPTION
There are three pathways an athlete can take to be a part of the NextGen Wrestling program. Identified pathways will be determined by athlete performance and program capacity. The three pathways are full-time, part-time and invited. All athletes selected to participate within the NextGen Wrestling program will continue to represent their local / home club team and the NextGen coach will work in cooperation with the athlete’s personal coach. Athletes must be in good standing with the WCL and CSI Calgary and the Wrestling High Performance Centre of Calgary. All athletes will be expected to participate in educational seminars/workshops facilitated through CSI Calgary. Mentorship from the NextGen coach is available in all pathways on an as needed basis.
- Full-Time Athletes:
Athletes must reside within the Calgary area to be eligible to participate in the full-time Wrestling NextGen program. Full-time athletes in the Wrestling NextGen program will train at CSI Calgary, under the direction of the NextGen Coach. Each athlete will have individual technical sessions with the NextGen coach once a week.
- Eligibility for full-time status in the program is based on athlete performance within the eligibility time frame outlined above, and on the following priority order: a) Carded athlete; b) Top 6 Senior; c) Top 3 Junior; d) Top 2 Cadet; e) Top 3 Canadian placement at domestic carding tournaments
Wrestlers must have a school schedule that allows them to participate in the training sessions on a full-time basis.
- Part-Time Athletes:
Athletes must reside within the Calgary area to be eligible to participate in the part-time Wrestling NextGen program. Part-time athletes in the Wrestling NextGen program will train with their home club and integrate into the WCL High Performance Centre on a predetermined schedule, under the direction of the NextGen Coach. Each athlete will be eligible for individual technical sessions with the NextGen coach once a week.
Athletes will be selected on the following priority order: a) Carded athlete; b) Top 6 Senior; c) Top 6 Junior; c) Top 6 Cadet; d) Placement at domestic carding tournaments
- Invited Athletes/camp based programming:
This is an outreach program in partnership with AAWA and Wrestling Canada to facilitate Talent Identification and Development amongst Alberta’s targeted athletes and their club coaches.
These athletes will train full-time within their home club. Athletes will be invited to the program at strategic periods throughout the year to train at the WCL High Performance Centre. Coach mentorship/development opportunities may be available through this stream, at the discretion of the NextGen and High Performance coaches.
Athletes will be selected on the following priority order: a) Full-Time Athlete criteria; b) Part-Time Athlete criteria; c) Provincial Identification
Continued athlete participation in the NextGen Wrestling Program will be based on a tri-annual review process led by the NextGen coach, and supported by the Integrated Support Team. Athlete performance will be reviewed in January (after Christmas Break), May (after National Championships), and again in Aug/Sept at the conclusion of the summer competitive season with performance report cards detailing the daily training environment and performance progression.
ATHLETE SUPPORT (Integrated Support Team)
The NextGen Wrestling program has access to a very extensive Integrated Support Team (IST) with specialists in physiotherapy, massage therapy, mental performance, biomechanics, physiology, nutrition, and strength and conditioning. As a member of the NextGen Wrestling program, athletes will have targeted access to this team of specialists. Targeted access is based on Full-time/Part-time status, an individual athlete needs assessments, a continuous performance progression, as well as ongoing commitment to the program.
APPLICATION AND ACCEPTANCE PROCESS
Athletes and coaches wishing to apply to the NextGen Wrestling program should follow the links below.
The current coach of the athlete will also be required to fill out a questionnaire and upload a letter of endorsement. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Note: Returning athletes are required to re-apply for program selection on an annual basis.
Deadline for application is August 15th, 2016
All applications will be reviewed and athletes will be contacted on or before September 2nd, 2016 to discuss their acceptance to the Wrestling NextGen program.
Athletes accepted into the program will be expected to participate in team orientation and an intake process throughout the week of September 12th.
Should space within the program allow, additional athletes that meet the “Full-Time Athlete” eligibility status criteria above may be accepted to the program on an ad hoc basic at the full discretion of the Wrestling NextGen coach.