Coach Development - Creating sport and community leaders through education.

Knowledge is power

In Canada, coach education and training is guided by the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC). Under CAC supervision, each National Sport Organization (NSO) is developing coach education that best matches the needs of both athletes and coaches.

National Coach Certification Program (NCCP)

The National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) was developed in 1974 to provide training and certification to coaches in more than 60 sports. The NCCP is competency based which means the educational experiences are interactive and involve more than rote information (what you know). They also focus on the “how” of coaching and the implementation of your knowledge (what you can DO with what you know). A significant focus of the NCCP is accessing coaches’ prior knowledge and engaging their expertise in dialogue, practice, and interaction. In this way, even experienced coaches with an extensive knowledge base can glean important skills, networking, and self-evaluation opportunities through the NCCP process.

Coach Developers are the leaders and the ambassadors of the NCCP program, providing standardized program delivery across Canada. For certified coaches looking to pursue Coach Developer status,  please click HERE.

Responsible Coaching Movement (RCM)

Coaches have many responsibilities, one of them is to ensure they provide a safe environment for their athletes and themselves. When athletes and athletes’ parents entrust a coach as a leader they assume they have taken steps to become a responsible coach.

In 2017, Triathlon BC took the Responsible Coaching Movement (RCM) pledge, showing its commitment to positive change in sport.  The RCM is a call to action to implement policies and processes to ensure athletes are safe. Coordinated by the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport, it highlights three key areas:

  • Rule of Two
  • Background Screening
  • Respect and Ethics Training

These concepts are preventative tools to protect the organization, the coach and to reduce the instances of negative sport experiences related to bullying, abuse, unethical coaching, etc.

Parents have the right to speak with the coach or the coach’s supervisor if they have questions or concerns about interactions with their child.

Triathlon BC currently uses for criminal record checks.  All coaches working with athletes under the age of 19 are required to complete a check.  Haven’t gotten a check completed yet? Email today to get more information.

RCM Resources to help your Club meet the Pledge can be found below.

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NCCP Streams and Contexts

There are two primary coaching education STREAMS within the NCCP program – Community Sport and Competition. These streams reflect the level and focus of ATHLETES that coaches work with in the streams.

Community Sport Coach

Triathlon Youth Community Coach
This workshop is appropriate for those who want to coach children in triathlon and/or related sports. The practical and applied training will integrate the sport’s values into physical training and teach coaches the 3F’s of coaching children (fun, form, fitness) while educating them in physical literacy and the sport’s various techniques.

Triathlon Adult Community Coach
This workshop is for both beginner and experienced coaches who are currently coaching, or intend to coach athletes 18 and older. Through this two-day introductory workshop, coaches will learn how to plan safe and effective practices, make ethical decisions, and learn basic technical skills.

Affiliated Triathlon BC clubs must have an NCCP Community Coach on their roster, and have a community coach onsite at all sanctioned training events.

*Please note: you must be 16 to take either of these workshops.

Competition Coach

Competition Introduction – Part 1
This 2-day workshop is designed for coaches who have completed a triathlon Community Sport Coaching workshop and who wish to learn applied planning and training, how to create a yearly training plan (YTP), and to deepen their knowledge of skills assessment and performance analysis.

*Coaches wishing to take this workshop must have completed Portfolio Paper 1 which follows the Community Sport course, and have received a passing grade on the NCCP’s Making Ethical Decisions online evaluation.

Competition Introduction (Evaluation) – Part 2
This workshop is the practical evaluation for those coaches who have completed both a Community Sport workshop and the Competition Introduction workshop (part 1). Additionally, coaches registering for this workshop must have completed Portfolio Paper 2 which follows the Competition Introduction workshop (and have submitted their Coaching Hours log to their marker).

Competition Development (Mentored Learning Plan)
Tailored for high-performance coaches of competitive Junior /U23 athletes, late maturating athletes, or athletes that have transferred from other sports, this one to two-year program is designed for experienced coaches that wish to develop individual learning/experiential training plans, and to continue their coaching development through a mentorship program.

Long-term Athlete Development for Parents

Many parents are looking for answers to explain what is right for their child when it comes to athletic development. As a coach, you need something that will help explain the facts in an easy, accurate, and user-friendly manner. The Coaching Association of Canada, in coordination with Canadian Sport for Life, has created the following document: “Long-Term Athlete Development Information for Parents” (LTAD) to help coaches educate the parents of the children in their programs.

View the Long Term Athlete Development Guidebook.

Coaching Masters Athletes

Masters sport is booming, and older athletes are seeking coaching guidance as they strive to learn new skills, improve their performance, or compete successfully. Coaching Masters Athletes, a new NCCP resource now available for coaches, offers an exciting opportunity for all coaches to have a positive impact on the lives of adults who want to lead a healthy and active lifestyle, and on society by encouraging more adults to be active.

View the Coaching Masters Athletes Guidebook.

Coaching Athletes with a Disability

Coaching Athletes with a Disability is a manual designed to provide grassroots coaches who have never worked with athletes with a disability with basic information, guidelines, and tips that will assist in creating conditions for effective participation and inclusion.

Download the Coaching Athletes with a Disability Manual HERE.

Coaching Code of Conduct

The athlete/coach relationship is a privileged one. Coaches play a critical role in the personal as well as athletic development of their athletes. Coaches must recognize that they are conduits through which the values and goals of a sport organization are channeled. The Code of Conduct has been developed to aid coaches in achieving a level of behaviour which will allow them to assist their athletes in becoming well-rounded, self-confident and productive human beings.

View the Coaching Code of Conduct.