Skiers interested in coaching athletes progressing through cross-country ski club programs, are encouraged to pursue National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) training. Coaching courses enhance the enjoyment of the sport – even if you don’t intend to coach or assist in a formal capacity.
Coach Development Progression
Coaching development is offered in “contexts.” Contexts are levels of coach training and certification that are associated with a stage of the Long-Term Athlete Development model.
The Coaching Association of Canada offers the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP), a coach training and certification program offered in 65 sports. The program is managed in a database called The Locker. Coaches use The Locker to track their progress and guide their development.
Active Start 0-6 yrs | Community Coaching Introduction (ICC)
Community Coaching Introduction training is completed in two steps, taken in order.
Coach Initiation in Sport: This one-hour online multisport course is delivered by the Coaching Association of Canada in the Locker .
Introduction to Community Coaching: Also delivered in the Locker , this four-hour online course teaches parents and entry-level coaches how to safely deliver skill development sessions to children in the Active Start stage of development (Bunnyrabbits). Topics include:
- ethics in sport
- coach responsibilities
- setting up an effective ski playground
- using terrain to teach technique
- ski equipment and clothing needs for children
After completing these courses, coaches have the status “Community Coaching in Trainining.” Coaches can now move to Community Coaching (CC) or Competition Coaching Introduction (CCI-L2T).
6-9 Males | 6-8 Females | FUNdamentals (FUN) | Community Coaching (CC)
Community Coaching builds on Community Coaching Introduction. There are two steps.
Community Coaching: This 13-hour in-class and on-snow workshop is delivered by your Division . The course teaches coaches how to lead a skill development program to children in the FUNdamentals stage of development (Jackrabbits). Coaches also learn how to:
- teach basic cross-country skiing skills (classic and skate)
- design a seasonal plan
- select equipment and prepare skis for participants of this age
After completing this course, coaches have the status “Community Coaching Trained.” Coaches can proceed to Evaluation, or to Competition Coaching Introduction (CCI-L2T).
Coach Development Complete Course Listing
NCCP Course Listing | Nordiq Canada
|Athlete Age||LTAD Stage||NCCP Context|
|23 +/- males|
23 +/- females
|Training to Win(T2W)||Competition Coaching:|
High Performance (CCHP)
|20 – 23 +/- males|
19 – 23 +/- females
|Training to Compete(T2C)||Competition Coaching:|
Development – Advanced Gradation (CDAG)
|16 – 20 +/- males|
15 – 19 +/- females
|Learning to Compete(L2C)||Competition Coaching:|
|12 – 16 males|
11 – 15 females
|Training to Train(T2T)||Competition Coaching:|
Introduction advanced (CCI-advanced – T2T)
|9 – 12 males|
8 – 11 females
|Learning to Train(L2T)||Competition Coaching:|
Introduction (CCI – L2T)
|6 – 9 males6 – 8 females||FUNdamentals(FUN)||Community Coaching (CC)|
|0 – 6||Active Start(AS)||Community Coaching: |
Para Nordic – Competition Coaching
Coaching athletes with a disability is in the development phase in Nova Scotia. Please contact us for further information. We are happy to connect you to people in your area.
NCCP Calendar – NS
There are currently no coaching courses scheduled for Nova Scotia. Please check with your local club for confirmation.
|Intro to Community Coaching||Online||Click Here|
NCCP Calendar – CAN
Divisions Course Calendars
Not all divisions enter courses on the NCCP calendar. For additional accuracy of courses offered in Canada, please check directly with divisions.
NCCP – Coach Developers
Considered experts in learning and coaching, coach developers deliver the NCCP coach training. Coach developers include master coach developers, learning facilitators, and coach evaluators.
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Athlete development matrix
Long Term Athlete Development Model (LTAD) | CS4L
Long Term Athlete Development Model (LTAD) | NC
Coaching Development Articles |NC
Athlete Development Matrix. Subscribe | Coaching Resources | NC
Awards Coaching | NC
Coaching Licence | NC
Instructional DVDs | XC Zone | CANSI
Newsletter | CANSI
Coaching Policies and Procedures |NC
Coaching Association of Canada |CAC
National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) | CAC
Professional Development & Grants | NC
Long Term Coach Development Concept | CS4L
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