The National Coaching Certification Program is the formal coaching system, administered by the Coaching Association of Canada and Speed Skating Canada. The following courses outline the paths of the NCCP education.
Community Sport Coach
This one-day workshop is intended for active skaters and parents who want to work as assistant coaches for Learn to Skate, Learn to Speed Skate and other introductory speed skating programs. Attendees will learn the necessary tools to work with a small group of skaters teaching basic skating skills in a safe, fun and inclusive environment.
Individuals who wish to take on roles of lead instructor/head coach for Learn to Speed Skate and other introductory speed skating programs which are focused on skill develpment and local/regional competitions. Normally delivered over two weekends, this in-class and on-ice workshop provides instructors and coaches with foundational knowledge and understanding of speed skating technique, equipment and practice planning. These skills will help the Coach design and lead effective skill development and movement in Learn to Speed Skate programs.
Introduction to Competition
Providing coaches with the necessary tools to support athletes in training and competition in the Learning to Train and Training to Train stages of development is the focus of this workshop. An emphasis is placed on technical development and seasonal and practice program design. The two weekend course includes topics like introduction to biomechanics and basic race tactics, basic seasonal training programs and designing practice plans, development of basic mental skills, sport nutrition and equipment.
This course is attended through a season via webinars and in-person meetings to prepare coaches to be the head coach of skaters in the Training to Train, Learning to Compete and Training to Compete stages of development.
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