So you want to become a coach!
Becoming a certified coach is an exciting process that begins your journey into a rewarding and challenging field. It is important to emphasize that some of the best coaches have not been elite athletes themselves, but have developed strengths in key areas such as motivation and communication with athletes, and demonstrating leadership through exemplary behaviors on and off the playing field.
What does it take to become a coach?
- Enjoy working with people.
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
- Ability to work within a team environment.
- Ability to lead effectively.
- Problem-solving skills.
- Critical-thinking skills.
- Love of sport.
- Ability to be creative and to improvise.
- Desire to make a difference in a person’s life.
Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) focuses on the general framework of athlete development with special reference to growth, maturation and development, trainability, and sport system alignment and integration. Based on the physical, mental, emotional, and cognitive development of children and adolescents, each stage reflects a different point in athlete development.
To be successful, an athlete development model such as LTAD requires highly skilled, certified coaches who understand the stages of athlete development and the various interventions that should be made. Each National Sport Organization (NSO) is working towards applying the principles of LTAD in a sport-specific environment. The NCCP multi-sport modules have integrated the LTAD principles and ensure that coaches can play a leadership role in bringing about the changes implied within LTAD.
The Coaching Association of Canada, in coordination with Canadian Sport for Life, has created the following document: “Long-Term Athlete Development Information for Parents” to help coaches educate the parents of the children in their programs.
The National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP), launched in 1974 and delivered in partnership with the government of Canada, provincial/territorial governments, and national/provincial/territorial sport organizations, gives coaches the confidence to succeed.
When you take an NCCP workshop, you’ll not only gain sport-specific technical abilities, but also leadership and decision-making skills. NCCP training will open doors to new opportunities in coaching and in life.
Who is it for?
NCCP workshops are designed for all types of coaches. Whether you’re thinking about coaching your child’s community team or you’re already the head coach of a national team, the NCCP has workshops to meet your needs.
Where do I start?
The CAO offers a range of general coaching workshop NCCP modules that further develop a coach’s skills beyond sport specific training.
How To Get Started
Pick a sport, find your coach education pathway, connect with your provincial sport organization (PSO), and find a coaching opportunity.