You may already coach at the community level or you’re thinking about coaching. Often, you’re a parent whose child is involved in sport, or a volunteer who works with participants of all ages that are new to a sport. There are generally two levels of workshops for community sport coaches which are called “Initiation” (or introduction) workshops, and “Ongoing Participation” workshops.
These focus on participants who are being introduced to a sport. In many sports these are very young children participating in the sport for the first time. In a few sports, initiation into the sport can occur with youth or adults. Participants get involved to meet new friends, have fun, and to learn a new activity. The role of the coach is to ensure a fun and safe environment and to teach the development of some of the “FUNdamentals” stage skills and abilities for participants.
Workshops are typically for either youth participating in a recreational environment, or masters participants participating for recreation, fitness, and socialization reasons. The participants are in the Active for Life stage of long-term athlete development. The role of the coach is to encourage participants to continue their involvement in the sport.
Coaches in the Competition stream usually have previous coaching experience or are former athletes in the sport. They tend to work with athletes over the long term to improve performance, often in preparation for provincial, national, and international competitions.
There are three levels of workshops for competition coaches that reflect the stages of athlete development: Introduction, Development and High Performance.
The Introduction level of Competition workshops are designed for coaches of athletes moving from the FUNdamentals to the Learn to Train and Train to Train stages of long-term athlete development.
The Development level of Competition workshops are designed for coaches of athletes ranging from the Train to Train to the Train to Compete stages of long-term athlete development.
The High Performance level of competition workshops are typically reserved for coaches of athletes in the Train to Win stage of long-term athlete development although there is the possibility of some phasing in of a Train to Compete athlete into the High Performance level because of the fluidity of the stages of long-term athlete development. Coaches in this stream require specific skills and abilities in order to meet the needs of their athletes.
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Coaches in the Instruction stream must have sport-specific skills and training, whether coaching at the beginner or advanced skill levels. Many are former participants in the sport.
The Instruction stream has three different levels of workshops: Beginners, Intermediate performers, and Advanced performers.
Coaches in the Beginners level of Instruction are usually working with participants who are experiencing the sport for the first time through a series of lessons. Typically there’s no formalized competition at this level — it’s strictly about skill development and there is a short timeframe of interaction between the coach and the participant.
Coaches in the Intermediate and Advanced Performers level of Instruction are very specialized instructors who are specifically there to assist athlete’s crossing over to competitive sport to gain enhanced skills, and in some cases, tactical development specific to their sport.
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