Coaching Info

To ensure a beneficial experience for participants, all Personnel will be screened (via a Criminal Record Check) before they can be accepted and placed within any organization affiliated with Softball BC. This includes but not limited to, personnel ages 19 and over who interact with athletes, or who are placed in a position of trust or authority.


Coaching Certification (NCCP)

Launched in 1974, the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) is the CAC’s flagship program, and has been identified as a world leader in coach education. It is currently the largest adult continuing education program in Canada. The NCCP gives coaches the confidence to succeed and is designed & delivered in partnership with the government of Canada, provincial/territorial governments, and national/provincial/territorial sport organizations.

Who is it for?

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

How much time does it take?

NCCP training doesn’t require much time.  Clinics are offered over the course of a weekend.  

Where do I start?

The National Coaching Certification Program makes it easy to get started and stay motivated on the path towards coaching skills development. Read through below to find the path that’s right for you!


Community Sport Coach

You may already coach at the community level or you’re thinking about coaching. Often, you’re a parent whose child is involved in sport, or a volunteer who works with participants of all ages that are new to a sport.

There are two levels of workshops for community sport coaches: Initiation (or introduction) and Ongoing participation.

The Community Sport - Initiation context focuses on participants who are being introduced to a sport. In many sports this is very young children participating in the sport for the first time. In a few sports, initiation into the sport can occur with youth or adults. Participants get involved to meet new friends, have fun, and to learn a new activity. The role of the coach is to ensure a fun and safe environment and to teach the development of some of the “FUNdamentals” stage skills and abilities for participants.

The Community Sport - Ongoing participation context is typically for either youth participating in a recreational environment, or masters participants participating for recreation, fitness,  and socialization reasons. The participants are in the Active for Life stage of long-term athlete development. The role of the coach is to encourage participants to continue their involvement in the sport.


Competition Coach

Coaches in the Competition stream usually have previous coaching experience or are former athletes in the sport. They tend to work with athletes over the long term to improve performance, often in preparation for provincial, national, and international competitions.

There are three levels of workshops for competition coaches that reflect the stages of athlete development: Introduction, Development, and High performance.

The Competition - Introduction context is designed for coaches of athletes moving from the FUNdamentals to the Learn to Train and Train to Train stages of long-term athlete development.

The Competition - Development context is designed for coaches of athletes ranging from the Train to Train to the Train to Compete stages of long-term athlete development.

The Competition - High performance context is typically reserved coaches of athletes in the Train to Win stage of long-term athlete development although there is the possibility of some phasing in of a Train to Compete athlete into the High Performance level because of the fluidity of the stages of long-term athlete development. Coaches in this stream require specific skills and abilities in order to meet the needs of their athletes.


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