The NCCP is Canada’s recognized National Coaching Certification Program. It was developed in 1974 to help provide qualified training and certification to coaches across Canada in more than 65 sports. Coaches are trained in NCCP streams relevant to the participants that they are coaching. In the case of field hockey, standards will be set by the National Sport Organization, Field Hockey Canada (FHC).
The purpose of the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) is to “enhance the experience of all Canadian athletes through quality coaching.” (www.coach.ca). The CAC provides coaches with resources on many aspects of coaching. Including Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) education, the NCCP, Code of Ethics in sport and funding options. It is a great website for information on everything that is coaching!
The National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) certifies coaches who have demonstrated their ability to apply critically important competencies in coaching situations relevant to the athletes they coach. This means that coaches must not only know about coaching, but be able to demonstrate their ability to apply this knowledge in the coaching situation. Each stream consists of Multisport modules that are consistent for all coaches, regardless of sport, as well as Field Hockey specific modules developed by FHC
Coaches must be at least 14 years of age. Certification is valid for no longer than 5 years and professional development is required to maintain certification.
Coaches can receive one of three types of accreditation for the streams:
“In Training”: Coaches who have just entered the world of coaching and a particular sport; these coaches are also taking workshops and are considered “In Training.”
“Trained”: Coaches who have completed training, but have not been evaluated are considered “Trained.”
“Certified”: These are coaches who have completed their training and have been evaluated. Competence is demonstrated and evaluated. In order to become a “Master” in coaching in any of the different streams additional training and professional development is necessary.
Consists of three Multisport Modules and one Field Hockey specific Community Module. There is no certification for the Community Sport Stream. Coaches who complete all 4 modules are considered Community Trained.
There are three sub categories to the Competition Stream:
1) Introduction (Comp - Int) - New sport participants are taught basic sport skills and athletic ability in a fun and safe environment and are typically prepared for local and/or regional level competitions. Consists of 7 Multisport Modules, a Field Hockey specific Competition Introduction Course and a 2 step evaluation process to become Competition Introduction Certified
2) Development (Comp - Dev) - Developing athletes are coached to refine basic sport skills, to develop more advanced skills and tactics, and are generally prepared for performance at provincial and/or national level competitions. Candidates who complete the 12 prerequisite Multisport Modules and Field Hockey specific Competition Development Course are considered Competition Development Trained. Following a 3 step evaluation process, candidates are Competition Development Certified
3) Development Advanced - High Performance (Comp - HP) - High performance athletes are coached to refine advanced skills and tactics and are typically prepared for performance at national or international level competitions. Entry requirements include: Competition Development Certification and Making Ethical Decisions Multisport Module. Program consists of Advanced Coaching Diploma delivered by the Canadian Sports Institute, an active mentorship program within the National High Performance FHC Pathway and a three step evaluation delivered by FHC and assessed by an expert panel. Candidates who successfully complete the program are certified as a Chartered Professional Coach
There are three sub categories to the Instruction Stream:
1) Beginners (Inst - Beg) - Participants of all ages, with little or not sport experience, are taught basic sport skills.
2) Intermediate Performers (Inst - Imd) - Participants, who already have some experience and proficiency in the sport, are taught to refine basic skills and introduced to more complex techniques.
3) Advanced Performers (Inst - Adv) - Participants, who are experienced and already proficient in the sport, are taught to refine advanced skills and techniques.
First of all, each coach must create an NCCP identification and familiarize themselves with their "Locker" a website where all NCCP accreditation and experience will be stored. Click here to create an NCCP ID.
Coaches must first choose a coaching pathway. Within the new NCCP, there are three streams: Community, Competition (Introduction, Development & Advanced - High Performance), Instruction
The diagram below shows the various streams.
->Are you interested in coaching children at the grass roots level such as Funstix, U12 Calgary Junior Program (CJP) or for a local league or at youth camps, if so then the Community Sport Stream is the direction for you.
->If you have at least 2 years coaching experience and are interested in coaching athletes up to U18 at a club level such as CJP U18s, then the Competition Introduction Stream is the direction for you.
->If you are an experienced coach and wish to coach performance club athletes such as Select Club Championship Teams, then the Competition Development Stream is the direction for you.
->If you are interested in becoming a provincial team coach and working with high performance athletes the Competition Development Advanced Stream is the direction for you.
->If you are interested in instructing new coaches or experienced coaches then the Instructional Stream is the direction you would need to take.
The Field Hockey specific courses are offered by Field Hockey Alberta and are available in various centres in Alberta upon request. Generally these courses are held in Calgary or Edmonton.
The general NCCP Multisport courses that are relevant to all athletes across all sports, which are required in order to become a certified coach are offered by Alberta Sport Connection. Please see Alberta Sport Connection's website for course costs, dates and locations. Click here
Occasionally, Field Hockey Alberta will host an Alberta Sport Connection Multisport Course. Click here to see all FHA Course offerings
Last updated 2019-02-10
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