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Coaches are mentors, motivators and leaders. Along with parents and teachers, coaches have a profound impact on the future of our children. It's a great responsibility, and Canada's two million coaches embrace it with passion and dedication.

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.

The NCCP 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.

Increasingly, sports rely on NCCP certification as a benchmark qualification for coaching assignments, both volunteer and paid.


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.

NCCP courses offered by Coaching NL are open to all coaches considered in good standing with Coaching NL. Coaches in "Good Standing" refer to those who adhere to the NCCP code of ethics and are in good financial standing with Coaching NL.


Overview of NCCP Coaching Streams

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.

Initiation workshops focus on participants who are being introduced to a sport. In many sports this is 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.

Ongoing participation 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 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.

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 from competitive sport to gain enhanced skills, and in some cases, tactical development specific to their sport.

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