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May 9-11

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May 16-18

CHMP: Summer Senior Nationals

May 17

JFF: Thousand Dollar Strike (SWP)

May 31-June 1

CHMP: Can/Am Cup

June 14

JFF: Developmental Foil Circuit: FINALS (MYF)

June 21-22

JFF: Asian Community Games (LCC)

July 5

JFF: Muskoka SummerFun (MKO)

August 11-15

TRNG: TFC Summer HP Training Camp (TFC)

Strategic Plan 20013 - 2016


Strategic Priorities

This Strategic Plan will direct and guide all of our work over the next four years as we endeavor to grow and change with the needs of our members and the realities of the Canadian Sport System.

Mandate

The Ontario Fencing Association is mandated by the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Health Promotion, to represent all aspects of the Sport of Fencing in Ontario.

The OFA is mandated to:

  • Provide structure and leadership for all members and participants in the Ontario fencing community
  • Establish and maintain technical standards for the sport of fencing in the Province
  • Establish a Provincial Competition system that complies with the principles of the National Long Term Athlete Development Model for Fencing
  • Lead Coaches and Officials Education and Certification Programs
  • Provide a model for Athlete Development within the Province of Ontario that is consistent with the National Long Term Athlete Development Model for Fencing.
  • Provide a communications system for all participants and the community ie. Website, bulletins, mailing lists etc.
  • Deliver Major Games programs and ensure that all athletes have equal access.
  • Provide leadership and co-ordination to our regional partners in promoting and developing the sport of fencing
  • ·         Be the provincial voice of fencing and represent Ontario nationally

Mission Statement

The Ontario Fencing Association promotes nurtures and delivers the sport of fencing within Ontario, ensuring access to all, regardless of gender, race, national origin and social circumstances; aids and guides the balanced development of regional recreational and competitive fencing, and liaisons with regional partners and the Canadian fencing community. The OFA ensures that Ontario fencing follows the Canadian Sport for Life model.

Values

The Ontario Fencing Association (OFA) is committed to the following values:

  • Accessibility to all
  • Promotion of excellence in all contexts
  • Safety and the minimization of risk for all participants
  • Sportsmanship and fair play
  • Accountability and responsive service to all stakeholders
  • Innovation
  • Self- reliance

The Ontario Fencing Association is also committed to creating and enhancing:

  • Individual technical skill and physical fitness
  • Self-discipline
  • Respect for  the rules of the game, opponents, officials and all participants

The Ontario Fencing Association promotes the principles of a healthy active lifestyle and strives to honor this principle in all we do.

Strengths

Fiscal responsibility

Quality of board members (responsible, committed

Dedicated coaches and officials

Collegial community

Diverse community

Emotionally and physically safe

Wider Ontario reach

Forward looking

Lots of constructive criticism

Fencers- commitment

Willing to give back

Hard working

Positive

Training Centre – full time

Accessible

Well equipped

Regional Development Centres

Vets fencing/recreational fencing

 

Vision

 

Fencing means fun and fitness for every age and lifestyle

Strategic Directions

The Ontario Fencing Association states its commitment to Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) and the principles of striving for excellence in everything we do and helping to create a community that is healthy, active and positive in its outlook. These principles will guide our actions in the coming years.

 Capacity

Key Statement

 

The OFA shall develop and implement programs and deliver

services based on sound business practices and the needs

of members in a manner that is well articulated and applied

with consistency, transparency and fairness while moving

towards self-reliance

 

Key Ideas

  • ·         Business Plan
  • ·         Self-reliance
  • ·         Service

Outcomes

  1. 1.       Coaching

By 2016:

There will be an NCCP Instructor Beginner (Aide Moniteur) coach in every fencing club in Ontario.

We will accomplish this by:

  • ·         making the training and certification regionally accessible
  • ·         making the training and certification more affordable

Pathways to coaching certification for all available contexts will be clearly defined and every participant who wants to coach will have a clear idea how to become certified and trained.

We will accomplish this by:

  • ·         Ensuring that there are qualified Facilitators and Evaluators in each region of Ontario
  • ·         Providing subsidies and grants for coach candidates

Ontario coaches feel supported and valued by the fencing community and its leaders

We will accomplish this by:

  • ·         Improving Communications (email threads, website section, Facebook)
  • ·         Involving coaches more in the decisions of the organization
  • ·         Publicly recognizing their efforts

Ontario coaches at all levels have opportunity to gain knowledge and experience beyond NCCP certification:

We will accomplish this by:

  • ·         Creating  opportunities  for coaches to network with peers
  • ·         Funding designated coaches to travel with teams of athletes to high performance events
  • ·         Offering  subsidies  for coaches to attend conferences and workshops
  • ·         Mentoring coaches –in-training at camps and other events

 

  1. 2.       Officials

By 2016 our officials are recognized as professionals who have acquired the knowledge and experience to be experts in their field.

We will accomplish this by:

  • ·         Standardizing training and certification for officials
  • ·         Simplifying pathways for development
  • ·         Providing mentorship to enhance workshop training
  • ·         Publicly recognizing their efforts

 

  1. Governance

Board Growth

By 2016 the OFA Board of Directors will be recognized as professional, ethical and transparent leaders who work as a team for the overall good of fencing in Ontario and Canada.

We will accomplish this by:

  • ·         Creating a Board Manual
  • ·         Providing governance  training for our Board Members
  • ·         Ensuring that there is always a strong Conflict of Interest Policy in place and that it is routinely followed.

 

  1. Constitution and Bylaws

By 2016, the governance documents of the OFA will be up to date, relevant both to the Government and to the members of the OFA, and routinely followed as a guide to creating policy and procedures

We will accomplish this by:

  • ·         Reviewing and revising current bylaws
  • ·         Assign and train a Constitutional Compliance officer
  • ·         Acquire legal advice to develop bylaws that comply with “Bill 65”, the revised Not-for Profit Corporations Act for Ontario

 

 

  1. Use of Committees

By 2016 active committees consisting of stakeholders from all sectors will guide the policies and strategic directions of the OFA.

We will accomplish this by:

  • ·         Encouraging representatives from each club to work on at least one committee
  • ·         encourage members to volunteer for ad hoc committees that do not have a lengthy commitment

 

  1. Long Term Athlete Development

By 2016, all participants and stakeholders in Ontario fencing will be familiar with the principles and terms of LTAD and Canadian Sport For Life and will be guided by these principles in every fencing activity.

We will accomplish this by:

  • ·         Ensuring that every stakeholder group is informed about LTAD and has access to at least one workshop
  • ·         Ensure that coaches are trained in the delivery of LTAD programming (Armband National Instructional Program)
  • ·         Ensure that a Provincial LTAD  infrastructure is in place and strongly linked to the NSO  LTAD infrastructure , including the use of a  standardized measuring tool

By 2016 the Fencing Ontario competition system is reviewed and is aligned with our Long Term Athlete Development Model

We will accomplish this by:

  • ·         Forming a Competition Review Committee of expert coaches who understand the principles of LTAD to review our current competition structure
  • ·         Linking  stages of LTAD with the competitions
  • ·         Align Provincial Competition structure with the NSO wherever possible

 

  1. Sponsorship

By 2016, Ontario Fencing will have a major sponsor in place.

We will accomplish this by:

  • ·         Branding fencing as an all purpose life- long sport with something for everyone
  • ·         Creating excellence in all areas of fencing to motivate a sense of wanting to associate with the sport and with Ontario
  • ·         Initiate a new and unusual project that will attract a major sponsor
  • ·         Build on the success of our athletes and teams
  • ·         Leverage our veterans and alumni for connections with sponsors

 

  1. Volunteers

By 2016 the fencing community will be fully supported by skilled and trained volunteers in every region.

We will accomplish this by:

  • ·         developing a volunteer registry that will list candidates who would like training in specific areas, those volunteers who already have skills to share, and a listing of available times and interests
  • ·         recognizing excellent volunteers who give their time and energy at the club and provincial levels
  • ·         offering training for specific roles such as governance, technical, and promotion etc.

 

  1. Communication

By 2016, fencing will be a familiar sport to most Ontarians

We will accomplish this by:

  • ·         Increasing media exposure
  • ·         Use social media to increase the range of attention
  • ·         Improve the website to have a stronger public component

 

B. Participation

The OFA will offer quality fencing programs and services to

Ontarians regardless of age, skill level, ethnicity, gender,

 or socio-economic status with the understanding that  this will be done on a realistic basis and

with current organizational resources.

 

Key Ideas

  • ·         Inclusive
  • ·         Quality
  • ·         Regional Capacity Development

 

  1. 1.       Community

By 2016, introductory fencing will be offered in four regions of Ontario with quality assurance and standardized programs in place for all groups.

We will accomplish this by:

  • ·         Promoting Regional Community Development Centres (RCDCs) to train coaches, offer introductory fencing programs to schools, recreation centres, small clubs and other community resources
  • ·         Partnering with social agencies and granting bodies to offer fencing to underserviced groups
  • ·         Promote wheelchair fencing where resources allow
  • ·         Promote fencing among the veteran age groups (over 40)
  • ·         Strengthen the connection between RCDCs and Sport in the Community

 

  1. OUA Growth

By 2016, Ontario will enjoy a strong university system that enjoys autonomy while still continuing to integrate participants with the OFA.

We will accomplish this by:

  • ·         supporting leaders within the OUA system
  • ·         advocate for OUA clubs within the sport community
  • ·         offer resources to enhance the university fencing experience (coach and referee training, camps, competitions)

 

  1. School Leagues for FUNdamentals and Learn to Train

By 2016, Ontario will operate high school leagues and circuits in five cities in Ontario.

We will accomplish this by:

  • ·         Offer coach training (Community Instructor) to identified teachers who fence and would be interested in sponsoring a class in their school
  • ·         Sanction a three competition circuit for local high school students
  • ·         Sanction a provincial final for high school aged fencers

 

  1. Recreational Structure

By 2016, Ontario will offer a fully developed recreational structure for Learn to Train and Active for Life teen and adult fencers

We will accomplish this by:

  • ·         Adding a camp program to the current Ontario Challenge Circuit
  • ·         Reviving the OCC Final
  • ·         Restricting the level of competitors to Learn to Train (Orange Armband)
  • ·         Annual awards

 

Excellence

 

  1. Talent Identification

By 2016 all Ontario fencers will be identified according to stage of the Long Term Athlete Development Model for fencing.

We will accomplish this by:

  • ·         offering programs especially created for each stage of LTAD
  • ·         training coaches to teach the Armband system in a consistent manner
  • ·         providing the tools and personnel for evaluation at each stage

 

  1. Athlete Support

The OFA shall provide a framework and environment for

selected high performance athletes that will permit them

to develop, compete, and perform at the highest level

possible.

 We will accomplish this by:

  • ·         Providing a daily training environment with access to the best coaching available
  • ·         Providing access to other elements of athletic training such as strength training, anaerobic and aerobic  training, flexibility training, nutrition and anti-doping counseling, and life balance coaching
  • ·         Provide as much funding as our resources will allow to selected athletes
  • ·         Support coaches to travel with athletes to key competitions