Coach Resources for COVID-19

  • July 14, 2020

Return to Play Guidelines & Protocols

The Ontario Government has announced that multiple regions within the province will be moving into the next stage of Ontario’s reopening on July 17th.

Similar to Stage 1 and 2, the provincial government will be evaluating Ontario’s progress for 2-4 weeks to see if any adjustments need to be made to ensure safety throughout the province.

The first step to returning to play safely is reviewing your sport’s Return to Play Guidelines and Protocols.

Access your sport’s return to play guidelines and protocols

Getting Ready to Return to Coaching

As Stage 3 begins in many regions throughout the province, as coaches, you most likely have questions regarding your role in COVID-19 safety. Questions such as:

  • What responsibility do I hold as a coach when sports return?
  • What are the new gathering limits and how does that affect team sports?
  • What happens if someone on my team tests positive for COVID-19?

Coaches play an important role in ensuring health and safety is a top priority for all participants. Learn more from commonly asked questions.

What does Ontario’s Stage 3 plan mean for coaches?

COVID Support:

During this time of unprecedented challenge, the CAO is committed to supporting Ontario coaches with greater access for opportunities to learn and enhance your knowledge.

The Quest for Gold Coach Bursary has been extended to Online Delivery courses.

If you complete an eligible NCCP multi-sport training via ‘Online Delivery’ you can now submit for a coach bursary to receive up to 60% back off the cost of the course.

This policy is in effect for courses starting from March 16th, 2020 until further notice.

60-70% back on training and certification

A multitude of NCCP and coach training in Ontario is available in alternative formats. The CAO supports alternative learning methods to provide coaches who are unable to attend an in-class course during these times with certification and/or professional development.

Online Delivery

  • Offering a virtual classroom experience on a scheduled date and time. Online courses are facilitator-led and group-based offered through a platform called Adobe Connect.

Home Study

  • Correspondence based learning method offerings an e-workbook to be completed at your own pace. Once complete you email the workbook to an assigned facilitator to be marked.


  • Completed at your own pace in an online format located inside your NCCP Locker account.

Remote NCCP learning opportunities

Here is a listing of available FREE professional development webinars offered by various organizations in sport, including the CAO!

Coach 2 Coach Webinar Series

  • Free monthly webinars from top sport experts on various topics hosted by the CAO!
  • Receive NCCP PD Points!

Canadian Women & Sport

  • Past and present webinars on gender equity, engaging newcomer girls and women in sport etc.
  • Click HERE to learn more.

The Aspen Sport Institute – Project Play (USA)

  • Coronavirus and Youth Sports.
  • Click HERE for current opportunities.

Free monthly webinars from top sport experts

A multitude of eLearning training is available for free and/or discounted prices during COVID.

NCCP eLearning Options Available in the Locker:

  • NCCP Making Head Way in Sport – FREE
  • NCCP Emergency Action Plan – FREE
  • NCCP Sport Nutrition – $20
  • NCCP Coaching Athletes with a Disability – $15
  • Safe Sport Training – FREE

For more information on each of these offerings, including PD Points, click HERE or log into your NCCP Locker account.

Canucks Autism Network

  • Supporting Positive Behaviour – FREE
  • Access the training HERE using discount code:  JSCAN-A2B3C4D


  • Enhance performance and prevent injuries by improving focus, awareness and mindfulness.
  • NOW eligible to receive 3 PD Points for Ontario residents.
  • Click HERE to access.

Sport for Life – Community Sport Councils of Ontario

  • Cultural Awareness in Youth Sport
  • Diversity & Inclusion Training for Volunteers
  • Effective Board Governance
  • Effective Communication
  • Recruitment & Retention of Volunteers
  • Risk Management in Sport
  • Click HERE to learn more.

Each of these eLearning options are available for FREE through the Community Sport Councils of Ontario (CSCO). Please contact Lori Wells at to receive your FREE discount code. (Limited Codes Available). 

Accessing your NCCP Locker account

We have an extensive library of articles, blogs and resources for you to explore! From psychology to communication, to mentorship, our Coach 2 Coach library is here for you. Here are just a few new ones to get you started:

See past Coach 2 Coach topics.

We want to hear from you!

Let us know in the form below how CAO can continue to support you during these times. Your input and suggestions are vital to ensuring our programs and resources are meeting the needs of Ontario’s coaching and sport community.

Supporting You During COVID-19
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