Hockey coaches seeking certification participate in clinics within National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) instruction streams that are relative to the level of players they are coaching. Clinics are offered at the provincial level through member branches.
Coaches training within the Community Sport stream do not require NCCP certification. They maintain a Trained status.
The Coach 1 program was designed to review the basic tools coaches will need in the areas of leadership, communication, teaching skills and lesson planning. This is taught with the special considerations of the youngest athletes in mind. Coaches in the Intro to Coach program receive a manual that provides progressive practice plans. The practice plans are tailor-made for teaching the beginner to ensure his or her first experience with hockey is fun and positive.
Who Should Attend?
Intro to Coach is a required course for registered coaches working with Initiation players (5-6 years old); however, it is not necessarily targeted to the inexperienced coach. This highly-regarded program shows coaches how to teach basic skills and fundamentals while continuing to emphasize fun.
Qualification is based solely on attendance – 100 per cent attendance is required.
There is no pre-requisite course to Intro to Coach. Participants who successfully complete the program will receive Trained status upon completion of all components, which include online modules, classroom instruction and on-ice sessions.
The Coach 1 course consists of 12 online coach modules, 90-150 minutes of classroom time and 90 minutes of on-ice instruction.
All hockey coaches coaching Novice, Atom, Peewee, Bantam and Midget community sport streams require Coach 2 – Coach Level training.
Member branches and partners may also require the completion of Coach 1 – Intro to Coach or the Coach 1-2 Hybrid clinic for Initiation-level coaches that are instructing players 5-6 years old.
The Coach Level course is the first level of the National Coaching Certification Program. Coach Level follows the competency-based education and training method of learning and is an excellent course for all new and recreational-level coaches. The NCCP Coach Level introduces player development and teaches coach knowledge, skills and attitudes in the following areas:
The Coach Level emphasizes basic skills and the importance of having players develop confidence, self-esteem and a love for the game.
Pathway for certification is shown in graphic above.
Hockey Canada, the Coaching Association of Canada and member branches do not require Certified status in this stream, only Trained.
All head coaches guiding teams at Peewee or above at competitive levels, as determined by the member branch, must be Development 1 Certified (other than those requiring High Performance 1). It is recommended all assistant coaches have Development 1 Trained status.
Coaches learn good coaching habits when they practice effective coaching behaviors. This clinic empowers coaches to do and think for themselves. Coaches in Development 1 get an in-depth practical look into the following:
All head coaches mentoring Bantam, Midget, Junior A teams that compete in interprovincial or national championships, or the highest level as determined by the member branch, must be High Performance 1 Certified. It is recommended that all assistant coaches be, at minimum, Development 1 Trained.
This policy started in the 2015-16 season, and in 2016-17 for Junior A.
The High Performance stream is for those who are coaching players in the Bantam AAA, Minor Midget AAA, Midget AAA and Junior A age categories and who aspire to coach at national and international competitions. Players in these age categories are 13 to 21 years old, and they have shown the skills needed to be considered emerging players.
Coaches attending High Performance 1 seminars will get an opportunity to work in group and individual settings in areas such as:
The Instructional Stream is a series of clinics that assist coaches and players in developing the skills required to play the game. These clinics are composed of in-class and on-ice sessions and are facilitated by instructors trained by Hockey Canada. Coaches’ clinics are offered on five different topics:
The focus of these clinics is to assist the coach in developing the knowledge and skills to teach and develop age-appropriate skills (based upon Hockey Canada’s Long-Term Player Development model).
Register for a hockey coaching clinic
Within the Hockey Canada structure, the Coach Stream, Development Stream and High Performance Stream are delivered at the provincial level.
Please contact the Coaching Association of Canada if you have any questions about the National Coaching Certification Program. You can reach the Member Services department at 613-235-5000 or [email protected].
Register for a hockey coaching clinic
Within the Hockey Canada structure the Coach Stream, Development Stream and High Performance Stream are delivered at the provincial level.
Please contact the Coaching Association of Canada if you have any questions about the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). You can reach the Member Services Department at 613-235-5000 or at [email protected].