Coach Development – Clinic Descriptions

  • FUNdamentals
    (Community Sport)
  • Learn To Train
    (Intro to Comp)
  • Train to Train
    (Intro to Comp Adv)
  • Train to Compete
    (Competition Development)


This clinic will give you all of the tools you need as a first-time children’s basketball coach. It will help you:

  • Understand the level of athlete you are coaching (typically children between the ages of 6-11, it is also appropriate for 12 – 13 year old that are beginners);
  • Equip yourself with basic tools to plan safe, fun and effective practices;
  • Learn how to teach age appropriate basketball skills from a games approach in a fun and inclusive way.
Target Audience:

  • Anyone with limited or basic basketball experience who wants to get involved at the community level to coach children’s basketball;
  • Parents/guardians volunteering with their child’s basketball program;
  • Coaches looking to transfer their coaching knowledge in order to acquire games approach drills and an understanding of this age group.
  • Assistant coaches that want to further their knowledge of basketball and contribute in building their athlete’s skills
  • Steve Nash Youth Basketball Coaches.
Content Hours:
7.5 hours of in-class & on-court“Trained” coaches have:
The full FUNdamentals workshop.

Learn To Train

This clinic provides a foundation for your coaching career and introduces new coaching methods that will enhance both your coaching and your program’s effectiveness.Through a mix of classroom and hands-on learning in the gym, this workshop focuses on:

  • Developing a strong understanding of Long-term Athlete Development (LTAD) and how it relates to your athletes;
  • How to break down and teach fundamental basketball concepts (including: shooting, loading, dynamic warm-ups, 1-second advantage, spacing, footwork, and error detection/correction);
  • How to load a basketball skill and drill;
  • Developing an effective practice plan;
  • “Make Ethical Decisions” – a powerful six-step decision-making process for every coach and an NCCP requirement for all sports.
Target Audience:

  • Coaches working with competitive youth players in the Learn to Train stage of LTAD;
  • Coaches looking to enhance their knowledge and effectiveness coaching youth;
  • Coaches looking to augment their coaching knowledge by acquiring a ‘games approach’ to drills and an understanding of this age group.
Content Hours:
14 hours of in-class & on-court
“In Training” coaches have completed some but not all of the following modules:

  • Making ethical decisions (MED)
  • Planning a Practice
  • Modified Games Classroom
  • Modified Games Practice
“Trained” coaches have:
The full L2T workshop
“Certified” coaches have:

  • The full L2T workshop
  • MED Online Evaluation
  • L2T Portfolio Evaluation
  • L2T Practice Observation Eval
Professional Development Points required to maintain certification: 16

Train to Train

Advance your coaching with this clinic designed for coaches of athletes in the Train to Train stage of Long-term Athlete Development (LTAD).Building on Canada Basketball’s ‘Learn to Train’ workshop, through a mix of classroom and hands-on experience in the gym, this workshop focuses on:

  • Micro teaching in order to learn how to provide support to athletes in training;
  • Designing activities that develop both technical skills and athletic abilities;
  • Planning a practice that reflects seasonal training priorities;
  • Identifying appropriate activities for each part of the practice;
  • Analyzing performance including error detection and correction;
  • Supporting the competitive experience;
  • Advancing coaching in the progression of skills and concepts (conceptual offensive components, shooting, whole-part-whole teaching, and incorporation of mental training);
  • Designing a basic sport program.
Target Audience:

  • Certified Learn to Train coaches looking to take the next step in their coaching career;
  • Dedicated youth coaches that are looking to provide young athletes in high school senior grades with the proper training to facilitate good basketball habits and skills to maximize their abilities.
Content Hours:
20 hours of in-class & on-court
Pre Requisite:
Learn to Train Certified.
“In Training” coaches have completed some but not all of the following modules:

  • Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) & Making Ethical Decisions (MED)
  • Fundamentals & Skills
  • Psychology & Practice Planning
  • Offense & Defense
  • Competition Plan
  • Practice
“Trained” coaches have:
The full T2T workshop
“Certified” coaches have:

  • L2T certification
  • The full T2T workshop
  • MED Online Evaluation
  • T2T Portfolio Evaluation
  • T2T Practice Observation Eval
Professional Development Points required to maintain certification: 20

Train to Compete

Description:This advanced coach training clinic will prepare you to coach highly competitive basketball teams from high school senior grades to the university level. This workshop will set you up for success and is delivered in three separate modules:

1. Teaching basketball skills module (15-17 hours), which covers:

  • Principals of biomechanics and movements related to basketball;
  • Phases of teaching skills;
  • Daily practice plans to obtain optimal development;
  • Integrating advanced skills/concepts into your practices (shooting, conceptual offense, defensive loading, footwork, screening, advantages, dynamic 1-on-1, and more).

2. Strategies and Tactics module (15-17 hours), which covers:

  • Learning how to combine tactics, strategies, and technical components into your program (passing progressions, shooting, offensive and defensive concepts, penetration principals, special situations, FIBA concepts, and more).

3. Planning module (12-14 hours), which covers:

  • Important aspects of managing an overall sport program in accordance with the Long-term Athlete Development model (LTAD);
  • Acquiring the ability to monitor performance, develop recovery plans, calculate train-to-competition ratios, and adjust volume and intensity;
  • Performance planning, scouting, and how to effectively manage your staff.

Coaches are also required to take the following competition-development multi-sport workshops through their provincial/territorial coaching organization:

  • Coaching and Leading Effectively
  • Managing Conflict
  • Leading Drug-free Sport
  • Developing Athletic Abilities
  • Prevention and Recovery
  • Psychology of Performance
Target Audience:

  • Coaches that have completed the six competition-development workshops listed above;
  • Competitive coaches that want to incorporate sport science into on-court performances;
  • Coaches that want to teach skills and develop programs for athletes entering post-secondary play;
  • Coaches that aspire to, or who are already coaching competitive, post-secondary, or Canada Games level basketball;
  • Coaches working with developed athletes in the Train to Compete stage of LTAD.
Content Hours:

  • Planning 12.25 hrs
  • Tactics and Strategies 16.25 hrs
  • Teaching Basketball Skills 15.5 hrs
6 Comp Multi-Sport workshops

  • Coaching & Leading Effectively 11 hrs
  • Managing Conflict 4.5 hrs
  • Leading Drug-Free Sport 3.5 hrs
  • Developing Athletic Abilities 11 hrs
  • Prevention & Recovery 8.5 hrs
  • Psychology of Performance 8 hrs
“In Training” coaches have:

  • 6 Comp Dev Multi-sport modules
  • 1 of the 3 T2C workshops
“Certified” coaches have:

  • 6 Comp Dev Multi-sport modules
  • All 3 of the T2C workshops
  • MED Comp-Dev Online Evaluation
  • T2C Portfolio Evaluation
  • T2T Practice Observation Eval
  • T2C Competition Observation Eval
Professional Development Points required to maintain certification: 24