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2022 BMX Development Program Application
OCA BMX PROGRAM 2022
All programming, camps, and projects will be led by Brendan Arnold. Brendan is a former Cycling Canada Coach holding an NCCP Performance Competition-Development Certification. He comes with 20+ years of experience ranging from helping kids get on a BMX track for the first time to coaching a World Cup and World Championship events around the world. Brendan can be reached at [email protected]
The Ontario Cycling Association High Performance BMX structure differs from the other cycling sport disciplines. This is a result of the younger age for BMX athlete development and the current club format which exists in Ontario. Programming will work with a broad age-range, using camp-based touch points with aspiring younger athletes and more structured and comprehensive formats for athletes training towards international-level competition.
Rising Stars Camps [ages 10-14]
These one-day camps will provide an opportunity for both talent identification and skills development. Athletes will work on race skill fundamentals and develop an understanding of basic race tactics. Camps will build upon each other to help prepare athletes for the next step along the pathway.
Tentative Camp Dates [additional camps TBA]
Camp #1 Sunday May 15 – Pan AM BMX 10am-3pm
Camp #2 Sunday June 18 – Stouffville BMX BMX 10am-3pm
Registration will be available closer to camp dates.
Provincial BMX High Performance Training Group [ages 15-21]
The training group program runs from late-January to September and focuses on athletes who have demonstrated the potential for international success through performances at Canada Cups, National Championships, and ABA/US-Cup races. These athletes will be selected to train under the guidance of the Provincial BMX Development Coach and receive access to sport science services from the Canadian Sport Institute. Those selected must commit to a minimum of one (1) training day/week during the winter and two (2) days/week during the spring/summer.
The goal of this program is to help prepare and develop athletes for success at National Championships, Canada Cups, and US National events with the objective of progressing into Team Canada projects/programs.
Winter programming will take place primarily at JoyRide150 Indoor Cycling Park as well as utilize virtual platforms for education workshops elements and group-based education. Spring/summer training will utilize various BMX tracks including the BMX Supercross track in Etobicoke. Consideration for part-time/associate athlete involvement will be given for athletes living farther distances from training locations.
Tentative Training Schedule
January – April
JoyRide150 – Saturday mornings w/ some weekday evening sessions planned
Spring Rock Hill Camp* – March 2022 Rock Hill, NC [includes internal travel, accommodations, track fees, coaching]. Project pending any travel advisories/restrictions
April – September
PanAm Supercross Track [Etobicoke] – days/time TBC
Canada Cup [QC] – Coach support on-site
Canada Cup Okotoks + Canadian National Championships* – August 2022, [includes internal travel, accommodations, coaching]
*Flights not included. Additional project fees will apply
Fees: Estimated at $150/month + OCA Membership [fee will be finalized based on confired programming and athlete availability]
- Dedicated coaching; including annual training plan, on-going monitoring, and training group coaching with focus on SX performance
- Facility use fees [JoyRide, Pan Am Track, etc.]
- Ontario High Performance Group T-shirt
- Team Ontario BMX jersey
- Access to sport science workshops and resources
- Subsidized project to Rock Hill Camp and Canada Cup/National Championships
Program fees may be adjusted for athletes living farther distances away from training locations who are unable to participate in all sessions [all prescribed training will still be expected to be completed].
OHPSI Identified Athletes
The Ontario High Performance Sport Initiative [OHPSI] is a program administered by the OCA in partnership with the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario [CSIO]. The program provides targeted athletes with additional training opportunities, sport science services [strength and conditioning, nutrition consultations, therapy, etc.], coach access to monitoring tools and consultations, and subsidies for participation at selected camps/projects. These athletes are targeted for having world championship qualification potential and specific preparation or qualification competitions will be arranged solely for these athletes.
No application is required as athletes will be automatically qualified for based on past performance.
All interested athletes are encouraged to complete an online application HERE Deadline January 9, 2022. .