Coaching Certification

Softball Saskatchewan is 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. 

Coaching Clinics

Coaching Requirements for 2023 Provincial Championships

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   

If you cannot find your coaching category below, you only need your Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders and do not need a "pathway."

Community Coach PathwayCompetition Introduction Pathway
U11 'Open' Girls - Head Coaches U13 'Open' Boys - Western Head Coaches 
U11 'Open' Boys - Head Coaches U15 'AA' - Head Coaches
U13 Girls - Head Coaches U15 'AA' - Assistant Coaches
U13 'Open' Boys - Head Coaches NOT going to Westerns U15 'AW' - Head Coaches
U15 'B' Girls - Head Coaches U15 'Open' Boys - Canadian & Western Head Coaches
U17 'B' Girls - Head Coaches U15 'Open' Boys - Canadian Assistant Coaches
U19 'B' Girls - Head Coaches U17 'AA' - Head Coaches
Women's 'Open' - Western Head Coaches U17 'AA' - Assistant Coaches
Men's 'Open' - Western Head Coaches U17 'AW' - Head Coaches
Master Men's - Head Coaches U19 'AA' - Head Coaches
  U19 'AA' - Canadian Assistant Coaches
  U19 'AW' - Head Coaches
  U20 'Open' Men's - Canadian & Western Head Coaches
  U23 Women's 'A' - Head coaches
  Women's 'A' - Head Coaches
  U23 Men's 'A' - Head Coaches

STEP 3: Foundations of Coaching Softball (FOCS)

FOCS online modules are a prerequisite for many coaches before they continue on to taking their Making Ethical Decisions (MED).  FOCS has 2 parts. The following table will show you what part(s) each coach needs to take.  

PART 1PART 1 & 2
Female Categories Female Categories
U13 - Head Coaches  U15 AA - Head & Assistant Coaches
U15 B - Head Coaches U15 AW - Head Coaches
U17 B - Head Coaches U17 AA - Head & Assistant Coaches
Male Categories U17 AW - Head Coaches
U13 - Head Coaches U19 AA - Head & Canadian Assistant Coaches
Adult Categories U19 AW - Head & Canadian Assistant Coaches
Women's Open - Western Head Coaches Male Categories
Men's Open - Western Head Coaches U13 Open - Western Head Coaches
Master Men's - Head Coaches U15 Open - Canadian & Western Head Coaches
  U15 Open - Canadian Assistant Coaches
U17 Open - Canadian & Western Head Coaches
U17 Open - Canadian Assistant Coaches
U20 Open - Canadian & Western Head Coaches
Adult Categories
U23 A Women's - Head Coaches
Women's A - Head Coaches
U23 A Men's - Head Coaches
Men's A - Head Coaches
In order to obtain your FOCS - Part 1 and/or 2 you must go to
  • Put your curser over "The Locker" and click.
  • Either:
    1. Login to your account. If you have taken any NCCP clinic before you will have a account.  If you have your NCCP number, but don’t have a password, just go to "forgot password", or email 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!"
  • Choose "eLearning" - then select from the "Multi-Sport tab - Softball".
  • Choose "FOCS- Part 1" and proceed OR Part 2 if you have already completed Part 1.
    • 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)

Coaches need to take their MED after their 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: they do not have any courses available please email them directly off of that page under "Contact Us."  Please do not email us as this is not our course and we will not be able to help you. 

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

  1. Login to your account. If you have taken any NCCP clinic before you will have a account.  If you have your NCCP number, but don’t have a password, just go to "forgot password", or email 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 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 or 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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