NATIONAL COACHING CERTIFICATION PROGRAM
The Coaches Association of Canada (CAC) has developed the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) as a coach training and certification program for all coaches. The new NCCP is moving towards a competency-based approach where coaches are trained and evaluated in several core competencies. Completion of an NCCP course provides coaches with an NCCP number (NCCP#).
The purposes of the NCCP are:
- To promote and develop excellence in coaching in Canada.
- To provide coaches at all levels with a systematic way to improve their knowledge and skill in the theoretical, technical and practical aspects of coaching.
The NCCP for Gymnastics will Certify Coaches on 6 Levels:
- Gymnastics Foundations (Fun, Fitness, Fundamentals)
- Competition 1 (Competition Introduction)
- Competition 2 (Competition Introduction Advanced)
- Competition 3 (Competition Development)
- Competition 4 (Competition Development Advanced)
- Competition 5 (High Performance Coach)
Gymnastics Foundations Streamlined Descriptions:
Gymnastics Foundations INTRODUCTION (8 hours)
This one day NCCP course is taught in the gym and is an active course. It is relevant to all gymnastics disciplines (Active Start, Artistic, Trampoline & Rhythmic). The course will cover the Fundamentals of gymnastics while developing Fitness abilities and having Fun.
Gymnastics Foundations THEORY (4 hours)
This 4 hour NCCP course will take place in a classroom setting and is applicable to all gymnastics disciplines. It will cover the modules Planning a Practice and Making Ethical Decisions. Upon completion of the theory course, all coaches should complete the online MED exam.
Gymnastics Foundations DISCIPLINE SPECIFIC (8 hours)
We are currently running 4 discipline specific NCCP courses. Each of these one day courses will provide information specific to each discipline and will take place in a gym setting.
Active Start (AS)
- This course is designed for coaches working with preschool age children. Coaches are introduced to the AS approach, the AS child, the AS lesson and the AS program.
- Coaches will be equipped to coach participants under 6 years old.
- Coaches will learn Fundamental Movement Patterns (landings, stationary positions, locomotion, rotation, spring and swing) and basic skills specific to artistic gymnastics.
- Coaches will be equipped to coach Recreational Artistic participants 6 years old and older.
- Coaches will learn progressions and safety tips for teaching basic jumps, body landing skills, adding twist before or after a skill and combination skills specific to trampoline gymnastics. This course does not include any inverted skills.
- Coaches will be prepared to coach Recreational Trampoline participants 6 years old and older.
- Coaches will learn about body posture, locomotion, apparatus manipulation for rope, hoop, ball, ribbon and scarves and basic skills specific to rhythmic gymnastics.
- Coaches will be prepared to coach Recreational Rhythmic participants 6 years old and older.
Gymnastics Foundations Resources:
Gymnastics Foundations Certification:
Competition 1 (Women’s Artistic & Men’s Artistic)
- Coaches who are Gymnastics Foundations Artistic trained and are aspiring to become pre-competitive coaches or wish to teach advanced recreational skills should attend the NCCP Competition 1 coaching course for Women’s or Men’s Artistic gymnastics.
- The Competition 1 course will include many of the skills taught in the previous Level 2 WAG/MAG Technical course.
- This is a 4 day course that will also integrate the Competition-Introduction Part B Theory modules (Teaching & Learning, Designing a Basic Sport Program, Basic Mental Skills and Nutrition (from C-I Part A which is not included in our GF Theory)).
- All coaches will be required to complete the online Making Ethical Decisions (Competition-Introduction) exam before they can apply for certification.
- Once coaches complete the Competition 1 course and MED exam they will be required to complete an evaluation process for certification.
Competition 1 (WAG & MAG) Certification:
Competition 2 (Women’s Artistic & Men’s Artistic)
- Coaches who are Competition 1 or Level 2 Certified may attend this 3-day course. It will include some of the more difficult skills from the previous Level 2 WAG/MAG Technical course as well as many of the skills from the previous Level 3 WAG/MAG Technical course.
- This course will include an expansion of the Designing a Basic Sport Program covered
in the Competition 1 course.
- Coaches will be required to complete an evaluation process to become certified in Competition 2.
Competition 3 (Women’s Artistic & Men’s Artistic)
- This course is currently being developed. The first pilot course was run Sept 2017. The Competition 3 course will include the remaining skills from the previous Level 3 WAG/MAG Technical courses and will incldue new skills that have been invented since that course was created.
- Coaches will be required to complete the Competition-Development multi-sport Theory modules through Coaches Assocation of Saskatchewan: Managing Conflict, Psychology of Performance, Prevention & Recovery of Injury, Coaching & Leading Effectively, Manage a Sport Program, and Developing Athletic Abilites.
- The Competition 3 evaluation will include a portfolio and observation in a competition.
Level 2 (Trampoline & Rhythmic)
- Trampoline (TG) and Rhythmic (RG) disciplines will continue to follow the Level 2 structure until their disciplines have been updated.
- Coaches will be required to attend a Level 2 TG or RG Technical course. Check the Gym Sask Calendar for posted events.
- Coaches are also required to complete the multi-sport Theory course called Competition-Introduction Part B. Visit SaskCoach for a list of upcoming theory courses in the province. Principles of coaching including leadership, teaching methods, designing a basic sport program and basic mental skills.
- At this time, coaches will need to complete a required amount of coaching practical hours under a supervising coach to receive their Practical component.
- All coaches will be required to complete the online Making Ethical Decisions exam before they will be considered certified.
RG Level 2 Practical
TG Level 2 Practical
Level 3 (Trampoline & Rhythmic)
- Level 3 Technical courses for Trampoline are offered throughout Canada. The Level 3 Rhythmic Technical course is offered by Gymnastics Canada only. Please contact the Gym Sask office if you would like to attend a Level 3 course in a specific discipline.
- Visit SaskCoach for a list of upcoming theory courses in the province. Theory courses for Competition-Development are hosted by your local sport Districts. There are 9 modules: Coaching & Leading Effectively; Leading Drug Free Sport; Prevention & Recovery; Managing Conflict; Psychology of Performance; Developing Athletic Abilities, Manage a Sport Program, Performance Planning and Advanced Practice Planning. Right now, Gymnastics coaches are required to take 4 of the 9 modules for Level 3, but this will increase when the new course development is complete.
- The Practical component for Level 3 RG includes collecting 120 practical coaching hours submitted using the Level 3 RG Practical form and completing an assignment designated at the Level 3 RG Technical course.
- The Practical component for Level 3 TG includes collecting 300 practical coaching hours submitted and aquiring 25 points outlined on the Level 3 TG Practical form.
Competition 4 (All Disciplines)
- This course always includes the most current content for all disciplines. It includes four, week-long intensive sessions over two years and preparation of extensive assignments. Coaches are accepted into the program by application to Gymnastics Canda at the start of a new cycle. Coaches who are accepted will combine the principles and technical elements for more sophisticated gymnastics. To become certified in Competition 4, coaches must train an athlete who makes it onto a Canadian National Team.