On Saturday (Aug. 17) the Hamilton Wentworth Minor Football Association’s Coaches Association conducted its first coaches clinic. Host for the event was the HWMFA at McMaster University.
Coaches spent the first part of the day on the field observing the McMaster Marauders practice where the coaches saw many different drills used by Canadian Interuniversity Sport level coaches and athletes. They were also able to see how a Vanier championship caliber team utilizes practice time through a well thought out plan and high-tempo drills.
After the on-field session, the coaches spent the afternoon discussing 2013 rule changes, efficient practice planning, ‘head-up’ tackling, and proper equipment fitting and techniques. Once the training was complete, the coaches wrote an exam to be certified on this critical aspect of the game. The equipment session was conducted by Dan Dudeck from Contact-to-Contact who provided the equipment fitting, techniques and training. Dudeck is certified in equipment management through the Athletic Equipment Managers Association (AEMA) and facilitated the Equipment Fitting Certification exam.
The coaching clinic was the first one run by the HWMFA Coaches Association and more are planned. Football coaches from all levels wishing to find out more should contact the coaches association through Mike King at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HWMFA has partnered with the CFL Hamilton Tiger-Cats and CJFL Hamilton Hurricanes to provide the only comprehensive grass roots program in Hamilton for ages 7 to 22. Additional information is available at www.hwmfa.com.