National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP)


We are happy to present the new coaching pathways format which should make getting your coaching requirements easier for the 2023 season.  

For instructions on how to access the Foundations of Coaching Softball (FOCS) and Making Ethical Decisions (MED) certification information, please read below. For info on Respect in Sport (RiS) please see the RiS portion of our website. 

Steps to Getting Your Coach Training!  

STEP 1: Get your Respect in Sport!

All coaches and assistant coaches MUST have their Respect in Sport. Click here for more information

STEP 2: Choose Your Pathway

You will need to take the Community Pathway if you want to go to the following provincials:

  • U11 Boys/Girls
  • U13 'B' Boys, U13 'A' & 'B' Girls
  • U15 'B" Girls
  • U17 'B' Girls
  • U19 'B' Girls
  • U23 M'B' Men's & Women's
  • Men's and Women's 'B'
  • Master Men's & Women's

You will need to take the Competition Introduction Pathway if you want to go to the following provincials:

  • U13 'A' Boys
  • U15 'A' Boys/Girls
  • U15 'B' Boys
  • U15 'BW' Girls
  • U17 'A' Boys/Girls
  • U17 'B' Boys
  • U17 'BW' Girls
  • U19 'A' Boys/Girls
  • U19 'B" Boys
  • U19 'BW' Girls
  • U23 Men's & Women's
  • Men's & Women's 

Step 3: Foundations of Coaching Softball (FOCS)

Regardless of the pathway, every coach needs to take their FOCS.

For all coaches wanting to take the Community Pathway, the FOCS- Part 1 online module is a pre-requisite. 

FOCS- Part 1 is required for the following Provincials:

  • U11 Boys/Girls
  • U13 'B' Boys, U13 'A' & 'B' Girls
  • U15 'B" Girls
  • U17 'B' Girls
  • U19 'B' Girls
  • U23 M'B' Men's & Women's
  • Men's and Women's 'B'
  • Master Men's & Women's

For all coaches wanting to take the Competition Introduction pathway, the FOCS- Part 1 & Part 2 online modules are a pre-requisite. 

FOCS- Part 1 AND Part 2 are required for the following provincials:

  • U13 'A' Boys
  • U15 'A' Boys/Girls
  • U15 'B' Boys
  • U15 'BW' Girls
  • U17 'A' Boys/Girls
  • U17 'B' Boys
  • U17 'BW' Girls
  • U19 'A' Boys/Girls
  • U19 'B" Boys
  • U19 'BW' Girls
  • U23 Men's & Women's
  • Men's & Women's

 In order to obtain your FOCS - Part 1 and/or 2 you must go to www.coach.ca

  1. Put your curser over "The Locker" and click
  2. Either:
    1. Log in if you have taken any NCCP clinic before you would have an account, and just proceed.  If you  have a number, but don’t have a password, just go to forgot password, or email jac@softball.sk.ca and she will look up your NCCP # and give you a password. 
    2. Or if you have never taken an NCCP clinic before, then click on Don’t have an NCCP#? Create one now!
  3. Choose eLearning - then select from the Multi-Sport tab - Softball.
  4. Choose FOCS- Part 1 and proceed
    - The Part 1 module will cost $10.00, the Part 2 module will cost $15.00.
    - Part 1 should take 60-75 mins. to complete.  Part 2 should take 75-90 mins

 

STEP 4: Making Ethical Decisions (MED)

Regardless of pathway chosen, every coach needs to take Making Ethical Decisions after there FOCS.

In order to obtain your MED Online Evaluation you have 2 options:

Option #1: Take the online module prior to the exam for a fee of $50 and have an unlimited number of chances to pass the evaluation at no extra cost. Go to CAS (Coaches Association of Saskatchewan) to find this: https://saskcoach.ca/nccp-training/upcoming-courses/

Option #2: Try to do the evaluation without the online module for a fee of $85 and with 2 chances to pass. If you do not pass, then you will be locked out of the exam until you complete the online module for a fee of $50.  In order to access the MED Online Evaluation you must go to www.coach.ca

  1. Put your curser over "The Locker" and click
  2. Either:
    1. Log in if you have taken any NCCP clinic before you would have an account, and just proceed.  If you  have a number, but don’t have a password, just go to forgot password, or email jac@softball.sk.ca and she will look up your NCCP # and give you a password. 
    2. Or if you have never taken an NCCP clinic before, then click on Don’t have an NCCP#? Create one now!
  3. Choose eLearning - look for NCCP Make Ethical Decisions Online Evaluation.  

Step 5: Modules & Clinics

Both pathways have modules and in-person clinics that must be taken.  The Community Pathway requires the Community In-Person clinic. The Competition Introduction Pathway requires the 3 Competition online/zoom modules and the Competition Introduction In-Person clinic.  Click HERE to be taken to Coaching Clinics. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Competition Introduction Evaluation

Click HERE for information on the evaluation process, and click HERE for the application form. 

Professional Development (PD) Modules

Click on the Module title for more information and the opportunity to acquire PD points.
 
Softball Canada uses a blended learning approach with our NCCP coach training and education program. This means a coach’s first step in their training pathway for a given coaching context in the NCCP will be to complete the required eLearning module(s) before participating in the face-to-face workshop.
 
 
Below is a list of other online learning opportunities for any coach wanting to continue their learning on-line: 

Did you know that you can receive 1 PD point for coach each year? Make sure you self-report you active coaching in your locker!

To Self-Report your Active Coaching (1 point/year of active coaching) or Coach Self-directed (self-directed learning to a maximum of 3 points per maintenance cycle):

  • go to www.coach.ca put your curser over The Locker (in red on the right hand side) & click
  • log in using your CC# or email and your password (if you forgot it you can retrieve it).  If you don’t have a password, email either jac@softball.sk.ca or coach@coach.ca and ask them for one. 
  • Your Profile will come up.  Please check to see if your information is correct.  Then click on Certification.
  • On the Left hand side, you will see Self-Report - click on it
  • Active Coaching - click on Record Active Status and fill in Month & Year and hit add.
  • Coach Self-Report - click on Record Professional Development and fill it in

Competition Development (Level 3 Technical)

Softball Competition-Development focuses on coaches working with athletes in the Train to Train and Train to Compete stages of Softball Canada’s LTPD model. Certification in this context is required for Canada Summer Games and to be eligible as a National Team Coach.  This training involves both softball specific content over 2 weekend clinics, as well as 6 multi-sport modules offered through your Provincial/Territorial Coaching Association. Once coaches have completed both Weekends they will have Competition-Development In-Training status, and will move to Trained status once the 6 multi-sport modules have been completed. To become Competition-Development Certified, coaches will also need to fully complete the evaluation process. 

Please note, this is not the Certification required for coaching at Canadian Championships. Coaches attending these Competition-Development clinics should already be Trained and/or Certified in Competition-Introduction.

To register for the Competition-Development Clinics Weekend 1 and 2 please see the link below.  Each weekend will run Friday evening, and all day Saturday and Sunday.  Specific details, schedule, and location will be sent out to registered participants prior to the clinic.

 

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