AWiS Webinars: Share, Learn, Grow

AWiS is proud to host coach engagement and development webinars every season. These are choice opportunities to share knowledge and experiences, and hear from some of the most experienced and inspiring alpine coaches and other experts committed to supporting the ski racing community.

What’s coming up next? Head to our calendar page to find out.

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2023/24 Season

Date: January 22, 2024

Facilitator: Heather Cribbin, Mental Performance Coach at Heather Cribbin Coaching.

Webinar series: “The Coaching Life: Surviving or Thriving?”

Session topic: “Setting Boundaries and Other Strategies to Enhance Well-being”

Recap: Heather discussed the results of a community survey, emphasizing the importance of self-awareness and personal responsibility in maintaining well-being and the significance of boundaries. She introduced the PERMA model for well-being and explained how it relates to resilience, self-esteem, and self-efficacy. Heather also introduced a coaching model called the Wheel of Life to assess different aspects of life. She then talked about the concept of burnout, defining it and emphasizing its connection to long-term stress and interpersonal relationships.

Access the Zoom video here. Passcode: +aXs64Kc

Date: December 11, 2023

Facilitator: Heather Cribbin, Mental Performance Coach at Heather Cribbin Coaching

Webinar series: “The Coaching Life: Surviving or Thriving?”

Session topic: “Connection, Community, and Coaching: A Conversation with Heather Cribbin.”

Last week, we held the first in our AWiS 2023/24 webinar series, “The Coaching Life: Surviving or Thriving?,” and examined the stressors that coaches were experiencing on and off the hill. Missed it? Here are 3 takeaways:

  • Coaches are inherently process-oriented. Only 25% expressed feeling stressed about athlete outcomes, highlighting a more profound commitment to the coaching process rather than merely results.
  • A balancing act: 75% of coaches have difficulties balancing their personal and professional lives, especially while juggling other commitments such as university studies and additional jobs.
  • Finances are a significant source of stress, with a notable discrepancy between the level of training required and the comparatively low pay in the coaching field. This contributes to a considerable drop in the number of coaches after the age of 30 and leaves many aspiring coaches wondering whether or not coaching is a viable career.

2022-2023 Season

Date: March 27, 2023

Presenter: Phil McNichol, Senior Consultant, McNichol Performance Sports. Phil is a former High Performance Director at Alpine Canada Alpin (2020-2023) and a member of the U.S. National Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame.

Webinar topic: “What is the Cornerstone of Your Coaching?”

Access the Zoom video here. Passcode: b.$kd5e?

Date: February 13, 2023

Presenter: Ryan Jazic, U16 Head Coach, Grouse Mountain Tyee Ski Club

Webinar series: Safety in Sport

Session topic: “Performance vs. Participation”

Date: January 16, 2023

Presenter: Johnny Chrichton, Vice President, BC Alpine Ski Association

Webinar series: Safety in Sport

Session topic: “A Little Bit of Everything Coaching Wise”

2021-2022 Season

Date: May 4, 2022

Presenter: Jamie McCartney, Owner and Physical Performance Director of Titan Performance

Webinar topic: “Physical Literacy: Tackling Dryland”

Date: March 23, 2022

Presenter: Leslie Firstbrook, Apex2100 International Ski Academy in Tignes, France, and former Program Director of Smithers Ski and Snowboard Club

Webinar topic: “How to Develop a Coaching Philosophy”