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#).
Coaches can check their certification and print their coaching transcript by going to the Locker website.
To get tips on coaching, and access coach resources visit the Coaches Association of Canada site.
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
- Competition 1 (Beginning Competitive Gymnastics) – Level 2
- Competition 2 (Provincial Competitive Gymnastics) – Some Level 2 and a lot of Level 3
- Competition 3 (Provincial/National Gymnastics) – Level 3+
- Competition 4 (High Performance Gymnastics) – Level 4
- Competition High Performance Coach
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 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 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 Certification:
Competition 2 (Women’s Artistic & Men’s Artistic)
- Coaches who are Competition 1 Certified may attend this 4-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 projected pilot date is Winter 2017.
- Coaches will be required to complete the Competition-Development multi-sport Theory modules as well as attend the Competition 3 course to become trained.
- There will also be an evaluation process for Competition 3 Certification.
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 (Competition-Introduction) exam before they will be considered certified.
- Level 3 Technical courses for Trampoline are offered throughout Canada. The Level 3 Rhythmic Technical course is offered by Gymnastics Canada only. Coaches who are Level 2 WAG or MAG Certified will now attend the Competition 2 course. 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 likely increase when the new course development is complete.
- The Practical component for Level 3 requires a video, portfolio and participation in a workshop or having an athlete achieve a designated score at Canadian Championships.
Competition 4 (All Disciplines)
- High level competitive coaches attend multiple week-long intensive sessions over two years and prepare extensive assignments to complete these levels, including training an athlete to the Canadian National Team.
- Combine the principles and technical elements for more sophisticated gymnastics.
- Coaches are accepted into the program by application to Gymnastics Canada at the start of a new cycle.