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”.
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.
A certified coach enjoys the credibility of track and field community because they have been observed and evaluated “doing” what is required of them as a competent coach in their sport. Certified coaches are recognized as meeting or exceeding the high standards embraced by our national sport organizations in Canada.
Coach Training + Evaluation = Certification
After completing an NCCP accredited coaching course with Athletics Ontario (RJTW, Sport Coach, Club Coach, Performance coach) you are considered “Trained” in the event(s). In order to be a considered “certified” you must complete the evaluations and any multi sport courses.
Process to becoming Certified:
- Register with the Coaches Association of Canada (https://thelocker.coach.ca/account/login?mode=login)
- Register as a coach with Athletics Canada
- Click “Register” https://athletics.ca/coach
- This website will be where you will upload documents for your portfolio evaluation
- Payment will be made here
- Complete Portfolio and Evaluations
- Complete Multi-sport requirements:
- Making Ethical Decisions completion and online evaluation– (click CAO upcoming courses)
- Performance Coach require Coaching and Leading Effectively, Psychology of Performance, and evaluations in Managing Conflict Leading Drug Free Sport and Making Ethical Decision.
- Upon completion of the evaluation, AO office manager will update the locker to reflect the completed evaluation and “certification” status
Cost for Evaluation:
Direct to Evaluation $200 (did not take course)
Direct to Evaluation $450 (did not take course)
Direct to Evaluation $450 (did not take course – challenging)
Adding an event group $100 (certified in one discipline, would like an evaluation in a different discipline in CC)
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.
Athlete’s ages: Grades 9-12
LTAD Stage: Train to Train
- Run (hurdles/sprints, and Endurance),
- Jump (High Jump, Triple jump, Long Jump)
- Throw (Jav, Disc, Shot)
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
Athlete’s ages: Grades 9-12
LTAD Stage: Train to Train, Train to compete
Events to Select:
- Jump (High Jump, Triple jump, Long Jump, Pole Vault)
- Throw (Javelin, Discus, Shot put)
Details to come