Wherever there is an athlete, there is a coach. While some coaches start out as athletes, most are parents, teachers, sport fans, and community members who want to be part of a sport they love and make a difference. Coaches inspire their participants to excel. They lead while building tomorrow’s leaders. When you coach, you encourage participants of all ages to be active, to challenge themselves, and to have fun. In fact, coaching offers enormous benefits for coaches and participants alike.
- Be active and have fun
- Learn self-discipline
- Develop motor skills
- Find ways to improve their performance
- Learn to play safely and fairly
- Gain a model for problem-solving
- Build exceptional planning skills
- Create engaging activities for participants
- Help others stay fit while remaining active themselves
- Teach important physical skills
- Promote safety in sport
- Promote diversity and inclusion
- Model respectful behaviour and problem-solving
- Model community-building behaviour
- Help others improve their performance and build their confidence
- Learn effective ways to persuade, offer constructive criticism, and provide advice
WHAT IS REQUIRED?
The Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) revamped the entire certification and coach training over the past decade to ensure that coaches are not just relying on the technical aspect of their sport. Proper coaching strategy varies based on a number of factors, but the most critical consideration is the age of the athletes.
For organized league play, athletes are grouped by age, taking into consideration their athletic abilities or physical literacy; their ability to comprehend what, why and how; and age-appropriate level of activities and competition. There is no doubt that you cannot coach or teach a 7 year old the same way you would a 17 year old!
The NCCP model (National Coaching Certification Program) has determined the “streams” which relate to the various levels and ages of athletes from a coaching perspective. The levels are referred to as STREAMS, and consist of Community Sport, Introduction to Competition and Competition Development.
The two certification streams for youth football coaches are:
COMMUNITY SPORT COACH
Coaching age 7-13 years – organized play or competition with an emphasis on participation, continued physical literacy development, and experiencing multiple positions (team sport). Focus is on the development of the skills required in the sport, learning the importance of teamwork, and a gradual understanding of the sport – less importance is placed on scores or wins and losses.
INTRODUCTION TO COMPETITION COACH
Coaching age 14-18 years – competitive play, developing a more advanced understanding of the sport and beginning to understand the tactical strategies required for healthy competitive play. Players are likely to begin specializing in certain positions and concentrate more on the skills required to excel in that position(s).
CHOOSE YOUR COACHING PATH BELOW FOR ALL REQUIREMENTS