Where Should I start?

Coaching education begins with training.  The NCCP model distinguishes between training and certification. Coaches can participate in training opportunities to acquire or refine the skills and knowledge required for a particular coaching context and as a result, they are considered “trained”.  Finding the coaching pathway that matches your coaching context is important.

NCCP coaches are described as follows:

  • In Training– when they have completed some of the required training for a context;
  • Trained – when they have completed all required training for a context;
  • Certified – when they have completed all evaluation requirements for a context.

To find a list of upcoming courses in Ontario: www.athleticsontario.ca/coaching-courses

SPORT COACH

During Sport Coach, coaches are exposed to all the event groups. They will be introduced to proper safety requirements technical progression of events, and seasonal planning. The course is NCCP accredited and aligns with the Ontario Physical Education Safety Guidelines and with the Long Term Athletic Development Model and the principals for Train to Train. Coaches will leave trained in all events.  Each learning module is designed to meet the needs of coaches who are providing direct instruction or event assistance to student-athletes in a junior high and high school track and field program. More information

Athlete’s ages: Grades 9-12

LTAD Stage: Train to Train

Events Covered:

  1. Run (hurdles/sprints, and Endurance),
  2. Jump (High Jump, Triple jump, Long Jump)
  3. Throw (Jav, Disc, Shot)

CLUB COACH

During Club Coach, coaches select one event group (Jumps, Throws, Endurance or Sprints/Hurdles) to specialize in and are introduced to all facets of that event group. The focus of this course is to prepare the coach to develop an athlete’s skills over a season of 12-24 weeks. The course is NCCP accredited and aligns with the Long Term Athletic Development Model and the principals for Train to Train and Train to Compete. Coaches will leave trained in one event. Seasonal planning is a key skill that is introduced in this course.  It is recommend to complete Sport Coach for people who are new to coaching and those who are working with young athletes in our sport who are working with all disciplines. More information

Athlete’s ages: Grades 6-12

LTAD Stage: Train to Train, Train to compete

Events to Select:

  1. Hurdles/Sprints
  2. Endurance
  3. Jump (High Jump, Triple jump, Long Jump)
  4. Throw (Javelin, Discus, Shot put)
  5. Para

PERFORMANCE COACH

The Performance Coach certification is for coaches who are actively coaching year round, 40 or more weeks a year and 5-10 sessions a week. The athletes they are responsible for are competing at the Canada Summer Games level or higher.  The training for this course is event group focused.  The main focus of this course is annual planning, periodization and is an introduction to international competition.

Athlete ages: Girls 16 years and up, Boys 17 years and up

LTAD Stage: Train to compete

Events to Select:

  1. Hurdles/Sprints
  2. Endurance
  3. Jump (High Jump, Triple jump, Long Jump, Pole Vault)
  4. Throw (Javelin, Discus, Shot put, Hammer)
  5. Para

Prerequisite Work: (Online)

  • Biomechanics and Physiology
  • fundamental of Psychology
  • Nutrition
  • Planning Concepts
  • Strength Concepts
  • Recovery

ADVANCED COACHING DIPLOMA

Details to come

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