In continuing with ANB’s goal of becoming the best provincial association in Canada our process has lead to some recurring questions and themes. The continuing goal of staff and all involved in leadership positions in the association is to make our association the best it possibly can be for its members.
Q - Indoors - Why are meets only held in Moncton and Oromocto?
Outdoors - Why are meets only held in Moncton and Saint John?
A - These are the only venues in the province that have full facilities (rubberized tracks that have all the necessary secondary equiptment such as high jump mats, hurdles, blocks, throws equipment, washroom facilities, etc).
Q - How are meet fees determined?
A - It depends on who is hosting the meet. If ANB is hosting the meet then the current fee is $10 per event as what was determined by the ANB board in 2012. If the meet is being hosted by an individual club/group (ASEA, SJTC, UdeM, etc) then they can set the amount to whatever they chose.
Q - How can I get a training routine/plan?
A - ANB has numerous clubs and coaches across the province. Check out our club section on the website http://www.anb.ca/Contact/clubs.phpand contact the one that is closes to you. If you are still in need contact one of our staff.
Q - Are ANB programs only for the best athletes?
A - No, while some of our programs have standards and qualification requirements the majority of our programs are open to all members.
Q - How do I get to higher-level meets?
A - Talk with your coach and club about the competition schedule. All NB meets can be found at on our calendar http://www.anb.ca/Calendar/index.php
Q - How do I get an event clinic hosted in my city/school/club?
A - Contact Jason Reindl with the following information: date, location, where it is to take place, time available, event area(s), and equipment available. He will do his best to coordinate it.
Q - I want to get involved with my club - what should I do?
A - Get in contact with the president/head coach of the club. Offer to join the board of directors (if there is one). Share some ideas and thoughts on what the club can do better and what you are willing to do to help out.
Q - What if there is no club in my area?
A - Several options exists at this point - you could affiliate yourself with a club already running in the province; you could start your own club; you could continue to train and compete as an unattached athlete as club affiliation is not a requirement.
Q - I want to continue my NCCP coaching education. What can I do?
A - Check out the calendar http://www.anb.ca/Calendar/index.phpto see if there are any up coming coaching clinics listed but also contact Steve Leblanc who is in charge of all NCCP related coaching education related matters in NB and make sure he is aware of what you are looking for.
Q - I want to become a better coach - what should I do?
A - Get online, pick up the phone, send an email - coaches are usually very open in helping others. So don’t be shy. http://www.anb.ca/Programs/coaches.phphas many useful links to websites that can help you. If you want to just chat coaching and ideas get in contact with Jason Reindl.
Q - How do I get coaches to share their secrets?
A - While this is a decision for the individual coach the best way to find out is to ask. Coaches are always looking to make their athletes better so open up the dialogue and don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Q - When are coaching courses offered?
A - Coaching courses are held when there is a perceived need. Coaches looking to increase their certification should email Steve Leblanc (firstname.lastname@example.org) to inform him of what course (club, sport, performance) and event area they are looking to do. When there is enough to make a course worthwhile it will be organized.
Q - Why is it more difficult to become more certified in the new NCCP?
A - The Coaches Association of Canada and NCCP have gone away from level decoration (higher level does not automatically make one a better coach) and more to role appropriate - Introduction, Development, High Performance. These areas line up with our Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) Plan. The goal is for the coach to be the best that they can be at the level of athletes they are working with. For example coaches wanting to work with athletes in high performance and get certified at the same level should expect to coach year round, have 4-6 training sessions per week, and working with athletes looking to attend the national junior and senior championships.
Q - Why do we need certified officials?
A - In order for a track meet to count for records, rankings, and making sure it follows the rules of the sport it is imperative that we have certified officials. No officials means no track meet!
Q - How do I get involved as an official?
A - Contact our official’s chair - Dawn McNiven (444-0893) dawn.McNiven@anb.ca
She will be able to explain how to get involved.
Q - Are officials paid like a hockey referee?
A - No, all of our officials are 100% volunteers. Not only are our events much longer but they donate their time solely for the benefit of our sport. Aside from some meals and expenses they are out rain or shine for the betterment of our sport - so next time you see an official say “Thank you”.
Q - How do I become more involved?
A - Contact Dawn or Gabriel. Talk to an official at a track meet and ask them questions. All of our officials are very friendly and would love to explain what they do. We have spots at all of our events areas that are usually very simple but the important thing to remember is that all are important in making the events run on time and in accordance with the rules. We are looking for more officials!
Podium & HP
Q - Are these teams?
A - No, these are not teams. These are programs designed to offer recognition, opportunity, and support to athletes have achieved higher levels of performance.
Q - How do I become part of these programs?
A - Each program has different procedures for selection. For an in-depth look check out the HP section of our website http://www.anb.ca/Programs/athlete-assistance.phpor Podium Program http://www.anb.ca/Programs/podium.php. In short HP program is determined by performances in relation percentages of national rankings. Podium Program is based off of provincial rankings.
Q - What is the difference between Podium and HP?
A - The Podium Program is designed for our Midget and Youth (14-17) aged athletes while HP is designed for our Junior and Senior (18+). Podium is based on staying in the sport and learning how to train and compete versus HP which is based on staying in the sport with a focus on competition, making national teams, and winning medals at major events.
Q - How are programs and events determined?
A - Each of our organizers (Jason Reindl - Podium Program and Steve Leblanc - HP) has an idea on what they want to accomplish with their programs. However the biggest factor is the yearly calendar. Factors such as competition calendar and location and timing are routinely examined.
Q - Why was there no bus arrangements made to a travel trip this 2014 indoor season?
A - Firstly, the competition calendar did not allow it. The 2014 indoor nationals was a possibility but given the small number of NB athletes taking part bus travel would not have been cost affective.
Q - I have further questions who should I contact?
A - For any HP questions contact Steve. For any PP questions contact Jason.
Q - How are the standards determined?
A - Standards are determined by taking the average of 8th place from the previous three legion championships in each event. Events where there are less than 8 competitors use an alternate standard determination format.
Q - Why are the NB standards different from the Canadian ones?
A - Canadian entry standards are determined to make sure that a large number of athletes can enter the meet and the quality of athletes is of a desired performance level. New Brunswick standards are determined to select the best team of athletes possible. Spots are limited and higher standards are required.
Q - Who sets the times, rules, and regulations while at the Legion Championships?
A - Athletes travelling and being part of Team New Brunswick are part of the Legion program. As such the Royal Canadian Legion sets all schedule and rules.
If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact any of our staff or board members. All of their contact information can be found on the contact portion of our website. http://www.anb.ca/Contact/index.php