The NCCP (National Coaching Certification Program) is a competency-based approach, in which a coach is trained and may achieve certification to coach specific ages in a particular coaching environment.
The definition of a "good" or competent coach is no longer just based on "how much he or she knows" about their chosen sport. With the new NCCP program, the focus is on the proper use of effective teaching methods combined with an understanding of what activities and expectations are reasonable and appropriate for specific age groups. A description of the three "streams" adopted by Football Canada is explained further down the page.
There are 5 mandatory courses that are required in Manitoba for all tackle football coaches, regardless of the age of their athletes:
Safe Contact is designed for all coaches who currently coach tackle football. Techniques and drills to teach safe contact are highlighted, in addition to learning how to analyze and correct athletic performance. Upon completing this module coaches will be able to: (not required for Flag coaches at this time)
The Safe Contact course generally consists of a one-day workshop. It is mandatory for coaching all ages of athletes who participate in tackle football. The goal of this module is to provide coaches with the tools required to create a safer environment for their athletes while improving overall skill levels.
Making Head Way in Football is a free, online concussion awareness course offered through the NCCP designed to help you gain the knowledge and skills required to ensure the safety of your athletes and will make you concussion smart! Approximately 60-90 minutes. TAKE ME THERE
Respect in Sport is an online course required by all team staff in Manitoba (not just football coaches). This course helps promote proper understanding and values through a simple and convenient online training course for coaches and sports leaders. It is designed as a tool to assist coaches in identifying and dealing with abuse, neglect, harassment, and bullying in sport. Approximately 2.5 hours - Free TAKE ME THERE
Make Ethical Decisions - Online Evaluation is an online course required by all coaches in Manitoba who have completed any of the Coach Stream courses (below). This Evaluation is designed to reinforce the content covered in the Intro to Comp, and Competition Development programs. Need help registering?
Required for anyone coaching athletes from age 8-13 years of age
Coaches the fundamentals of football with a recreational focus. This workshop will give you skills and confidence in the key areas of practice planning, making ethical decisions, and fundamental technical football skills. The skills you will learn are ideal for voluntary coaches who have children who participate in football, or who wish to assist participants of all ages who are new to the sport. Coaches must attend an 8-hour workshop.
Required for anyone coaching athletes from age 14-18 years of age
Coaches will be taught basic and intermediate skills required to become a trained position coach in offensive, defensive or special teams position skills by an expert coach. The expert coach will also provide drill progressions and will demonstrate how to incorporate these tools into practice plans.
Upon completing this module, coaches will be able to do the following: