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You may already be a coach at the community level or thinking about becoming a coach. Toronto's Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division, in partnership with the MLSE Foundation, the Coaches Association of Ontario and other Provincial Sport Organizations, will offer community level coach training to Toronto residents 16+ years.

The City of Toronto will be offering: The Fundamental Movement Skills workshop and a variety of Sport-specific workshops from the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). All programs will be led by a trained Learning Facilitator in their specialty and involve both classroom and practical settings.

This program will be offered at no charge to Toronto residents!

Registration is on-going

Program details

Fundamental Movement Skills

An NCCP workshop for anyone working or interested in working with young children. The Fundamental Movement Skills of throwing, catching, jumping, striking, running, kicking, agility, balance and coordination, form the basis for future sport skill development and for the life-long enjoyment of physical activity. In this workshop, coaches learn how to observe and improve the fundamental movement skills. The course outcomes include analyzing and identifying the various stages of development for each skill, applying a six-step process to teaching each skill, and creating safe games where children can practice the skills.

Course Descriptions

Prerequisite: Minimum age 16 years

An NCCP workshop for anyone working with or interested in working with young children. The Fundamental Movement Skills of throwing, catching, jumping, striking, running, kicking, agility, balance and coordination form the basis for future sport skill development and the life-long enjoyment of physical activity. In this workshop, coaches learn how to observe and improve fundamental movement skills. The course outcomes include analyzing and identifying the various stages of development for each skill, applying a six-step process to teaching each skill, and creating safe games where children can practise the skills. This program is run in partnership with the Coaches Association of Ontario.

Duration: 8 hours of instruction

Prerequisite: Minimum age 16 years

Make Ethical Decisions gives coaches the tools to confidently identify the ethical and moral implications of difficult situations that can arise in the world of team and individual sport. A standardized decision making model allows coaches to properly respond to each situation in a way that is consistent with the NCCP Code of Ethics. MED is one of the NCCP's cornerstone workshops, and leaves coaches with no doubt as to what to do when the going gets tough.

Duration: 3.5 hours of instruction

Prerequisite: Minimum age 16 years

This planning a practice module gives coaches the skills to:

  • organize a well-structured practice plan with safe, age-appropriate activities you've designed to match the proficiency level of participants
  • identify potential risk factors that could impact the sport and practice activities
  • create an emergency action plan
  • identify practice goals and design activities that offer the best training benefits for the athletic skills required in your sport

Duration: 6 hours 15 minutes of instruction

Prerequisite: Minimum age 16 years

After taking the nutrition module coaches will be able to:

  • determine the foods and beverages consumed by your athletes before, during and after training are adequate
  • offer suggestions for more suitable food and beverage alternatives when necessary
  • gain a better understanding of the best way to promote healthy food choices that are consistent with basic sport nutrition principles to both athletes and their parents

Duration: 75 minutes of instruction

Prerequisite: Minimum age 16 years

Upon completion of the Teaching and Learning module coaches will be able to:

  • assess you own beliefs regarding effective teaching
  • analyze certain coaching situations to determine if they promote learning
  • create conditions that promote learning and self-esteem through: appropriate consideration of the affective, cognitive and motor dimensions of learning; the use of words and methods that relate to an athlete's preferred learning style; a sound organization; active supervision; and the use of well-formulated feedback offered at the right time and with the right frequency
  • use teaching assessment grids to gather objective information on teaching effectiveness and use the data to develop an action plan to enhance you own effectiveness as a teacher and coach

Duration: 6.5 hours of instruction

Prerequisite: Minimum age 16 years

Design a Basic Sport Program will teach coaches to:

  • create a sound outline for your sport program that includes competition and training events
  • compare your program to those outlined by the NCCP in terms of long-term athlete development
  • assess the athlete development opportunities your program offers, and identify ways to remedy any weaknesses
  • interpret the information in a sample program, identifying training priorities and objectives at certain periods
  • establish a link between your program's training objectives and the content of practice sessions

Duration: 4 hours of instruction

Prerequisite: Minimum age 16 years

This module gives you the ability to recognize signs indicating that an athlete may need to improve his/her goal setting, focus, and anxiety control skills, and develop tools to help the athlete to make improvements in this area. You will also be equipped to run simple guided activities that help athletes improve basic mental skills.

Duration: 3 hours of instruction

 

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Sport Specific Training

A workshop for individuals interested in coaching a specific sport such as athletics, basketball, soccer, wheelchair sports, to name a few in the community sport and/or instructional stream of the NCCP. In this workshop, coaches will learn how to instruct, observe, and correct skills. A combination of lecture and practice will be used.

Course Descriptions

Prerequisite: Minimum age 16 years

Run, Jump, Throw (RJT) is Athletics Canada’s introductory program for the development of physical literacy with adaptation for children with disabilities. Coaches learn how to use track and field inspired games to teach children the fundamentals of running, jumping, throwing and wheeling in a fun and active learning environment. RJT provides a foundation for all sports, and teaches children to move efficiently, and engage with confidence in a healthy and active lifestyle.

Duration: 8 hours of instruction

Prerequisites: Minimum age 16 years; coaches are required to complete the Hockey Canada – Hockey University four-hour online program BEFORE attending the course

This course addresses the core knowledge all new coaches must have as they begin their coaching careers. The four hours of in-person training includes the following topics:

  • supporting the athlete through communication
  • teaching skills and progressions in the training environment
  • designing and delivering practices
  • the game environment and game-day preparations.

There will also be an on-ice component to the course (1.5 hours) for which coaches will be required to bring a CSA approved helmet, skates, gloves and a hockey stick. Coach 2 is a combination of the former Coach Stream and Initiation Program courses that are now being incorporated into a single course.

Duration: 8 hours of total instruction, 4-hour workshop (see prerequisites above regarding additional hours)

Prerequisite: Minimum age 16 years

The FUNdamentals program, developed by Canada Basketball, in conjunction with the Coaching Association of Canada, is an extensive coach education program for the volunteer coach. It provides the mom/dad or entry-level coach with little sport background, the necessary skills, knowledge and materials to deliver a safe, fun and age/stage appropriate basketball experience for children from five to nine years old. The course features both a three-hour on-court drills and skills session, which teaches coaches how to properly develop basketball fundamentals, and a three-hour in-class session, that covers practice planning, ethical coaching questions and how to guide a team through a season.

Duration: 6 hours of instruction

Prerequisite: Minimum age 16 years

This workshop is designed for the first-time coach. The focus is on engaging children in “soccer play” and teaching basic physical literacy. Participants learn how to run a practice session that is fun, safe and keeps children actively engaged. Participants leave with a basic toolkit including 12 practice plans. This course is ideal for coaches working with young players in the U4 and U5 stage.

Duration: 4 hours of instruction

Prerequisite: Minimum age 16 years

In this course, participants will learn how to develop the ABCs of movement: Agility, Balance, Coordination and speed. In addition, participants learn how to explain the FUNdamentals of a game in a way that children can understand. Participants are provided with effective practice plans that will make preparing for the season easier and help them make a difference with their teams. This course is ideal for coaches working with young players in stage U6 – U9.

Duration: 8 hours of instruction

Prerequisite: Minimum age 16 years

The emphasis in this course is on technical and tactical development within a small-sided game environment. Participants learn how to teach basic principles of play and establish training ethics and discipline in a fun and challenging environment. Participants also learn to train speed and flexibility and understand their role in developing these skills. This course is ideal for coaches working with young players in the U9- U12 stage.

Duration: 16 hours of instruction

Prerequisite: Minimum age 16 years

Coaches learn how to plan and teach sport-specific fundamental skills and concepts appropriate for athletes in the Learn to Train stage (boys 9 to 12/ girls 8 to 11, +1 to 2 years for late entry) of Long-Term Athlete Development in this in-class and on-court weekend workshop. Competition-Introduction is a 19-hour course, scheduled over three days with on- and off-court teachings.

Duration: 19 hours of instruction

Prerequisites: Minimum age 16 years; coaches are required to complete the “Self Inventory Guide” found on pages 6 to 8 of the Workshop 1 – Coach Workbook available online BEFORE attending the course (note: there is no need to print the entire workbook. A hard copy will be provided at the clinic). This course has been designed to introduce the game of volleyball and basic coaching concepts to novice coaches. Coaches are expected to participate in a series of learning experiences designed to assist them with improving their volleyball coaching abilities and assessing their coaching abilities. These activities represent the minimum standard for the training and certification of Level 1 - Volleyball coaches within the NCCP.

Duration: 16 hours of instruction

Prerequisite: Minimum age 16 years

This program focuses on the essentials of coaching an athlete with an intellectual disability. During this one-day course, participants place emphasis on safety, fun, ethics, teamwork and values beyond the game. Training helps volunteers foster love of the sport, promote participation and teach basic skills to beginners of all ages through a variety of activities.

Duration: 8 hours of instruction

Prerequisite: Minimum age 16 years

Designed for coaches who work with new/entry level players, this workshop focuses on how to instruct the basic throws and rules of Ultimate. The role of the coach, planning practices, ethical issues around coaching and the needs of the athlete, will also be covered in this workshop that takes place both in the classroom and on the field or gym.

Duration: 8 hours of instruction

Prerequisite: Minimum age 16 years; Coaches are required to complete Making Headway, Intro Comp Module A and B (Planning a Practice, Making Ethical Decisions, Nutrition, Basic Mental Skills, Designing a Sports Program and Teaching and Learning)

This course is appropriate for coaches who coach athletes up to 18 years of age who are playing house league, club hockey and/or high school. There is both a classroom and field component. Participants will need sticks and appropriate footwear. The course covers field hockey practices, some basic tactics, skill breakdown and teaching progressions.

Duration: 16 hours of instruction

 

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