National Team Training & Selections Euros 2016

National Team Training & Selections Euros 2016

Dear Competitor, Coach

 In advance of the AETF European Championships in Tampere Finland the ITF Ireland National Team will be starting our training and preparation, particularly for the non sparring disciplines from the 29th November. We are very keen to add to the training and preparation that has helped us to achieve competitive success in the past few seasons, particularly in sparring, by adding an extra focus to the other disciplines. This is also with a view to having the strongest possible team competing across all the disciplines in the next World Championships in Ireland 2017.  

 

You will note from the calendar of training dates below that there are two types of session listed.

· Technical Days will incorporate pattern, team pattern, special technique, power and prearranged sparring. 

· Sparring/Mixed days will generally be sparring but may on occasion incorporate an additional discipline depending on the requirements at the time. 

Our goals for the technical days are ambitious and will require a higher degree of individual focus and specialisation than has been possible in previous campaigns. With this in mind, we will apply a strict baseline standard for attendance and participation in these sessions and will select and refine the squad at an earlier date than for the sparring positions. You will find the criteria outlined below the training dates.

 

We strongly believe that anyone intending to travel to European and World Championships should be competing at ALL Irish ITF competitions (ITA Irish Cup, Cork Open, Dublin Open, INTA Irish Open, INTA Championships) and traveling to at least one international open each year. We will obviously look most favourably on those competitors who have a track record of competitive success home and abroad when selections are made. If you are hoping to be selected for an Irish team in the near future please ensure you compete as often as possible within your intended division. 

 

All those intending to try out for Pattern, Team Pattern, Special Technique, Power and Prearranged Sparring should make sure they attend the session on November 29th. We want to provide as much early guidance and feedback as possible to ensure the period between now and January 10th can be productive for those disciplines. 

 

The training dates for the Finland campaign are:

 

Nov 29: Technical Day - Cork

Jan 10: Sparring / Mixed - Dublin

Jan 24: Dutch Open

Jan 31: Technical Day - Cork

 

Feb 6+7: INTA Open

Feb 13+14: Cork Open

Feb 27+28: Technical Day and Sparring Day (Selection Deadline) - Dublin

  

Mar 13: Sparring / Mixed - Cork

Mar 31 - Apr 2: Easter camp - Dublin

 

Apr 10: Sparring/Mixed - Cork

Apr 16+17: Dublin Open

Apr 24: Technical Day - Dublin

 

Criteria for attending the Technical Day on November 29th and subsequent dates:

 

The ITF Ireland National team coaches wish to expand the number of categories and events in which Ireland are represented at European and World Championships. Over the past few years we have had very little representation in Power/Breaking and limited representation in Special Technique with the notable exception of Junior and Senior Female. 

 

It is our goal and ambition to ensure Ireland place consistently in the top three countries in Europe and to do this we need to be competitive in all disciplines. We will be committing resources and training time to the promotion of the Power and Special Technique disciplines through National Team Training sessions, workshops and by ensuring these disciplines are contested at all tournaments.

 

Those interested in preparing for and contesting selection in these events should review the following criteria and if suitable, attend national team training, where we will make every effort to enhance existing talent and ability and prepare those selected for international competition.

 

Minimum criteria to attend National Team training for Pattern/Team Pattern:

Any of the following grant eligibility:

Member of the ITF Ireland National Team for Individual or Team pattern in 2014/2015

Consistently performing to a high standard (top 4) at ITF Ireland tournaments (ITA/INTA)

 

Please be advised that those who attend will be evaluated and the coaches will make a determination on whether or not they should continue to attend or continue their development elsewhere before making any further attempt to gain selection. This is not intended to be an exclusive policy but rather reflects the need to individualise programming and feedback in these disciplines to achieve success in competition.

 

Minimum criteria to attend National Team training for Power:

 

Junior Female Power | 6 total points (individual) | Any of; 1 board Knifehand, 2 board Side Kick, 1 board Turning Kick with preference for side kick (team)

 

Junior Male Power | 18 total points (individual) | Any of; 1 board Punch, 2 Board Knifehand, 3 board Side Kick, 2 board Turning Kick, 1 board Reverse Turning Kick with preference for 2 board and higher techniques (team)

 

Senior Female Power | 9 total points (individual) | Any of; 1 board Knifehand, 2 board Side Kick, 2 board Turning Kick with preference for turning kick (team)

 

Senior Male Power | 24 total points (individual) | Any of; 2 board Punch, 2 Board Knifehand, 3 board Side Kick, 2 board Turning Kick, 2 board Reverse Turning Kick with preference for punch and reverse turning kick (team)

 

We are looking for individuals who can consistently and repeatably perform to the standard specified as a baseline for further training and improvement. 3 points are awarded for a completely broken plastic re-breakable board (new). One point is awarded for bending the same board. Boards will be held in a metal holder as at competition.

 

Minimum criteria to attend National Team training for Special Technique:

 

Junior Female Special Technique | 9 points (individual) | Any 1 of; 200cm High Front Kick, 180cm Flying Turning Kick, 100cm Flying High Side Kick with preference for those who can reach heights 10cm or more in excess of the baseline (team) 

 

Junior Male Special Technique | 9 points (individual) | Any 1 of; 240cm High Front Kick, 220cm Flying Turning Kick, 200cm Flying Reverse Turning Kick, 200cm 360 Midair Kick, 120cm Flying High Side Kick with preference for those who can reach heights 10cm or more in excess of the baseline (team) 

 

Senior Female Special Technique | 9 points (individual) | Any 1 of; 210cm High Front Kick, 190cm Flying Turning Kick, 110cm Flying High Side Kick with preference for those who can reach heights 10cm or more in excess of the baseline (team) 

 

Senior Male Special Technique | 9 points (individual) | Any 1 of; 250cm High Front Kick, 230cm Flying Turning Kick, 210cm Flying Reverse Turning Kick, 210cm 360 Midair Kick, 130cm Flying High Side Kick with preference for those who can reach heights 10cm or more in excess of the baseline (team) 

 

We are looking for individuals who can consistently and repeatably perform to the standard specified as a baseline for further training and improvement. 3 points are awarded if the strike pad/board is moved through 90 degrees or to the second position. One point is awarded if the strike pad/board is moved through 45 degrees or to the first position.

 

Minimum criteria to attend National Team training for Prearranged Sparring:

Member of the ITF Ireland National Team for pattern or prearranged sparring in 2014/2015

Consistently performing to a high standard (top 4) in pattern at ITF Ireland tournaments (ITA/INTA)

Ideally you will be athletic and competent in basic gymnastic skills (kip up, handspring, somersault, aerial etc)

 

Deadline for sending in forms November 28th. Forms must be sent to itfireland@gmail.com through the instructor only. No forms to be sent directly by parents or competitors. 

 

Registration forms and competitor agreement forms at this link:

 

Competitor agreement form

 

Registration for selection process Senior

 

Registration for selection process Junior

 

National Team Coaches and Management

Posted by Stephen Ryan