Coach Development – National Coach Certification Program (NCCP)

Coaching Pathway

The National Coach Certification Program and Canada Basketball have developed 3 coaching certification pathways that are dependent on the age of athlete you are coaching.

We strongly encourage all coaches to sign up for a free account on Canada Basketball’s coaching website GamePlanBasketball.ca

Community Sport Introduction to Competition Competition Development
Fundamentals Coach: Designed for the first-time coach of athletes in the FUNdamentals stage (ages 6-8 females/6-9 males) of athlete development, this six-hour, in-class and in the gym workshop will help you understand who you are coaching, provide you with the basic skills for planning a practice, and show you how to teach those skills in a fun and inclusive way. Learn to Train : Learn to plan and teach fundamental skills and concepts appropriate for athletes in the Learn to Train stage (ages 8-11 females/9-12 males) of athlete development in this 2.5 day, in-class and in the gym, workshop. Train to Compete: Coaches looking to develop athletes at the senior high school, university, and college levels will benefit from this program. Three sport specific modules make up this course which is part of the standard for coaches working at the Canada Games level. Topics covered include performance planning and scouting, and integration of advanced skills. Coaches are also required to complete six multi-sport modules in the certification process.

Sport Specific Modules:
Planning
Strategies and Tactics
Teaching Skills

Multi-Sport Modules
Coaching and Leading Effectively
Managing Conflict
Leading Drug Free Sport
Developing Athletic Abilities
Prevention and Recovery
Psychology of Performance

Train to Train: Advance your coaching with this workshop designed for coaches of athletes in the Train to Train stage of Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD). Coaches working with young athletes in high school senior grades will acquire coaching skills that help them develop proper training and good basketball habits for maximizing athletes’ abilities.
As part of the certification process for any of these 3 levels, the coach will be required to complete the following:

  • Making Ethical Decisions online exam (only required to be taken once)
  • Evaluation process (each level has a stand alone evaluation that will need to be completed)
All coaches in Saskatchewan are also required to complete their Respect in Sport online training as well as follow their organizations guidelines for background checks.