The National Coaching Certification Program

The National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) launched in 1974 and is delivered in partnership with the government of Canada, provincial/territorial governments, and national/provincial territorial sport organizations.

The NCCP is governed by the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) and guides all coaching programs in Canada. The CAC unites stakeholders and partners in its commitment to raising the skills and statures of coaches, and ultimately expanding their reach and influence. Through its programs, CAC empowers coaches with knowledge and skills, promotes ethics in sport, fosters positives attitudes, builds competence, and increases the credibility and recognition of coaches.

The NCCP, via Softball BC, Softball Canada, and the CAC, certifies coaches who have demonstrated their ability to apply critically important competencies in coaching situations relevant to the athletes they coach. This means coaches must not only know about coaching, but be able to demonstrate their ability to apply this knowledge in the coaching situation. Certification is valid for no longer than five years and professional development is required to maintain certification.

 Why NCCP?

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 NCCP gives coaches the confidence to succeed. When you take an NCCP workshop, you will 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. BUT, like anything you will get out of the experience what you are willing to put into it.

Who is the NCCP for?

NCCP workshops are designed for all types of coaches. Whether you are thinking about coaching your child’s community team at the ‘B’ or ‘C’ level, a competitive team at the ‘A’ level, or you are already the head coach of the national team, the NCCP has workshops to meet your needs.

How much time does the NCCP take?

NCCP training does not require much time. Individual workshops can be completed in a single evening or over a weekend (two days).

Where do you start in the NCCP?

The NCCP is a competency based program, meaning you start the program where required by your Provincial Sport Organization (PSO – Softball BC) or your National Sport Organization (NSO – Softball Canada), or where you start will/can be based on the level of athletes you are going to be coaching.

Currently, with Softball, there are three different streams within the NCCP program: Community, Competition, and Instruction. Coaches can be trained in any of the three streams, which are specific to the type of athletes they are working with, and can progress through to the highest status through training, competence demonstration, and evaluation.

Within the Community stream, there are two sub-categories: Initiation and Ongoing Participation. Within those categories, coaches can reach two different statuses:

1. In-Training

2. Trained

Currently, there is not a higher status than Trained in the Community stream for Softball.

Within the Competition stream, there are three sub-categories: Introduction, Development, and High Performance. Within those categories, coaches can progress through five different statuses:

1. In-Training

2. Trained

3. Certified

4. Advanced

5. Master

Within the future Instruction stream, there could be three sub-categories: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. Within those categories, coaches will be able to progress through five different statuses:

1. In-Training

2. Trained

3. Certified

4. Advanced

5. Master

The Instruction stream for Softball is still being developed. Therefore, as of now there are no NCCP courses being offered in this stream.

Where do you fit into the NCCP?

Softball Community Sport – Initiation : This is typically targeted towards coaches of U6, U8, and U10 athletes. You may already coach at the community level or you are thinking about coaching. Often, you are a parent whose child is involved in sport, or a volunteer who works with participants of all ages that are new to a sport. This stream requires attendance to a one-day clinic and completing the Making Ethical Decisions Online Evaluation for Community Sport.

*Previously used Name or abbreviation – Learn to Coach (LTC)

To learn more please visit  https://thelocker.coach.ca/Content/Links/Sports/60/622/en/popups/441.htm

Softball Community Sport – Ongoing Participation : This is typically targeted towards coaches of U12, U14 B and C, U16 C, and U18 C. Again, you may already coach at the community level or you are thinking about coaching. Often, you are a parent whose child is involved in sport, or a volunteer who works with participants of all ages that are new to a sport. This stream requires attendance to a one-weekend, two-day clinic and completing the Making Ethical Decisions Online Evaluation for Community Sport.

*Previously used Name or abbreviation – Ongoing Participation (OGP)

*Both Community streams consist of attending one clinic with no Certification process. The highest reachable status in the Community streams is Trained. There is no Certification process in the Community stream.

To learn more please visit  https://thelocker.coach.ca/Content/Links/Sports/60/622/en/popups/442.htm

Softball Competition – Introduction : This is targeted towards coaches of U14 A, U16 A and B, U18 A and B, Junior teams and Senior teams. Coaches in the Competition stream usually have previous coaching experience or are former athletes in softball. They tend to work with athletes over the long term to improve performance, often in preparation for provincial, national, and international competitions. This stream requires attendance to two weekends of training (4 days total) and completing the Making Ethical Decisions Online Evaluation for Competition-Introduction. To gain Certification, it will also require completing a Softball Canada Regional Coach Portfolio and receiving and passing an on-field evaluation of a team practice. To reach higher statuses within this stream, coaches must receive additional training and evaluations.

To learn more please visit  https://thelocker.coach.ca/Content/Links/Sports/60/622/en/popups/443.htm

Softball Competition – Development : This is targeted specifically towards Provincial, Regional, Junior National, and National Team coaches. Coaches hoping to complete this stream will definitely have previous coaching experience and/or are former athletes at a high level in softball (i.e., collegiate, university, national team, or professional). These coaches tend to work with athletes over the long term to improve performance, often in preparation for provincial, national, and international competitions. This stream requires attendance to two weekends of training (4-6 days total) and completing the Making Ethical Decisions Online Evaluation for Competition-Development. To gain Competition-Development Trained status, coaches would also need to complete the six (6) Competition-Development Multi-Sport Modules: Managing Conflict, Leading Drug Free Sport, Coaching and Leading Effectively, Performance Psychology, Developing Athletic Abilities, and Prevention and Recovery. To gain Competition-Development Certified status, coaches will need to successfully complete Softball’s evaluation process for the Competition-Development context, which includes: submission of Coach Portfolio with completion of various tasks, an on-field evaluation of a practice, an on-field evaluation of a game, Making Ethical Decisions Online Evaluation for Competition-Development, Managing Conflict Online Evaluation, and the Leading Drug Free Sport Online Evaluation. To reach higher statuses within this stream, coaches must receive additional training and evaluations.

Softball Competition – High Performance : This is targeted specifically towards Regional, Junior National, and National Team coaches. Coaches hoping to complete this stream must have previous coaching experience and/or are former athletes at a high level in softball (i.e., collegiate, university, national team, or professional). This stream is still being developed, and more details will be made available in the future.

Hopefully, this has helped answer any questions you had about the NCCP. If you still have questions, please contact the Program Coordinator,programcoordinator@softball.bc.ca, for Softball BC, or visit www.coach.ca.