NATIONAL COACHING CAMPS
The second major responsibility of the Institute is the management of National Coaching Camps, for participation in the International competitions, in various sports, especially the priority disciplines of Athletics, Boxing, Hockey (Women), Weightlifting & Wrestling. The first priority is the senior national camps, while the junior national camps are also undertaken. The National Coaching Camps in various sports disciplines for international competitions at home and overseas are held from time to time at different venues in the country under the auspices of the national federation concerned and directly under the supervision of the Sports Authority of India, New Delhi. The training facilities, closer to the International standard, are provided at our two centers, NIS Patiala, and the High Altitude Training Center, Shilaroo (H.P). Sportspersons attending these camps are provided comfortable stay in the hostels of the Institute with nutritious food besides training facilities.
The Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports fully meets the financial implications involved in running the camps, such as:
i. Free Board & Lodging
ii. Training Kit
iii. Competition/Ceremonial Kit
iv. Equipment support
The National Coaching Camps are supervised by the Indian and foreign coaches as and when recommended by the federation concerned and approved by the Sports Authority of India.
The National Coaching Camps are backed by scientific tests at regular intervals. These tests are carried out by experienced scientists, mainly from the departments of Sports Medicine, Physiology, Sports Psychology, Sports Anthropometry, Bio-chemistry and Nutrition in the Faculty of Sports Sciences at the NIS, Patiala.
To know the progress of the national camps, Monitoring Committee meetings are held periodically to assess the progress of sportspersons before their participation in major international competitions. Representatives of the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, IOA, Federations, SAI and Government observers/experts and national coaches attend such meetings.
To organise the national coaching camps, the federations concerned chalk out yearly calendar for training/competition in conjunction with SAI/Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports and IOA. The yearly training plan is formulated by National Coaches and GTMT experts. This includes periodisation of training, competitions, performance and fitness targets, conduct of scientific tests/evaluations (Fitness: Medical, Biochemical, Anthropometrical Psychological and Physiological).
For such mega events, as the Olympics, Commonwealth games and Asian Games, special Coaching Camps are held for elite sportspersons and the training closely monitored and performance watched before the final selection of the Indian contingent.