Minimum age for CCC's NCCP workshops
Minimum age for NCCP workshops (policy 2.4.6)
- Coaches must be a minimum of 14 years of age on the first day of an ICC Workshop in order to participate in that course. Although it is not a requirement, CCC strongly suggests, when possible, that coaches that are 14 or 15 years of age (U16) participate in workshops specifically targeting this age group in order to allow the learning facilitator to adapt his/her facilitation to the learning profile that characterizes U16 coaches. These coaches’ learning experience will be enhanced by an adapted facilitation style as opposed to trying to adapt to a class made up of more mature adults with a very different background;
- Coaches must be a minimum of 16 years of age on the first day of a CCI - L2T (Dryland) Workshop to participate in that course;
- The minimum age for designating a coach as NCCP “in training”, “trained”, and “certified” is 16 years of age. Therefore U16 coaches that have completed ICC and CC Workshops will be recognized on the CAC Database with the status indicator “Under 16”. Roll-over to the appropriate post-16 status indicator will happen automatically upon their 16th birthday.
Minimum mandatory coaching qualifications
A principle of athlete development is that “every athlete is entitled to competent coaching”. To improve the minimum standard of coaching throughout our athlete development system, CCC has in place established standards for coaching qualifications. These standards are also needed to prepare our sport system to meet the minimum coaching qualifications required for the 2015 Canada Winter Games and other events such as Provincial Winter Games.
- Coaches must be active NCCP Community Coaches "in training" in order to supervise, instruct or coach ski activities for children six years of age and younger, or assist with the supervising, instructing or coaching of ski activities for children six to nine years of age; and
- Coaches must be active, "trained" NCCP Community Coaches in order to supervise, instruct or coach ski activities for children six to nine years of age, or assist with the supervising, instructing or coaching of ski activities for children nine to sixteen years of age; and
- Coaches must be active NCCP CCI coaches "in training"* in order to supervise, instruct or coach ski activities for children nine to sixteen years of age; and
- Coaches under sixteen years of age (U16) that have completed the ICC Workshop can only assist with ski activities for children six years of age and younger, under the supervision of a qualified coach 16 years of age or older; and
- Coaches under sixteen year of age (U16) that have completed the CC Workshop can only assist with ski activities for children nine years of age and younger, under the supervision of a qualified coach 16 or older.
NB: In this policy the concept of “assisting” applies only to coaching related activities and means that any person qualified to assist in coaching related activities must be subject to meaningful and vigilant supervision of a coach that is qualified in accordance with this policy. Parents, chaperones and other individuals who are present to ensure the safety and comfort of participants or to provide other services are deemed not to be “assisting” for the purposes of this policy, so long as their primary purpose for attendance is not providing coaching or instruction with respect to ski related activities.
The athlete/coach relationship is a privileged one. Coaches play a critical role in the personal as well as athletic development of their athletes. They must understand and respect the inherent power imbalance that exists in this relationship and must be extremely careful not to abuse it. Coaches must also recognize that they are conduits through which the values and goals of a sport organization are channelled. Thus, how athletes regard their sport is often dependent on the behaviour of the coach. The following Code of Conduct has been developed to aid coaches in achieving a level of behaviour that will allow them to assist their athletes in becoming well rounded, self-confident and productive human beings.
CCC Coaches Code of Conduct (Policy 2.4.4)
Core coaching values have been formalized and expressed as a series of principles in the NCCP Code of Ethics. These principles can be thought of as a set of behavioural expectations regarding participation in sport, coaching athletes or teams, and administering sports. The NCCP Code of Ethics can help coaches to evaluate issues arising within sport because it represents a reference for what constitutes both “the good and right thing to do”. For example, the code of ethics helps coaches make balanced decisions about achieving personal or team goals and the means by which these goals are attained.
NCCP Code of Ethics
CCC-NCCP Equivalency policy (policy 2.4.3)
To acquire NCCP trained and certified statuses, coaches are normally expected to progress through the complete coach development pathway for cross-country skiing, including multi-sport and sport specific training opportunities and evaluations (see NCCP page for details).
In exceptional situations, CCC’s Coaching Development Committee may consider granting a coach candidate “trained” status in a given NCCP context in recognition of a coach’s alternative (non-NCCP) development pathway to date.
In any case, only the “trained” status may be granted in virtue of the equivalency policy. All coaches without exceptions have to meet all evaluation requirements to be granted with the “certified” status in a given NCCP context. Therefore, coaches being granted a “trained” status in a given context for cross-country skiing may proceed with the evaluation process for that context or initiate the training process of the next context (for the following LTAD stage).
Furthermore, coaches not granted with NCCP Community Coach “trained” status in virtue of this equivalency policy and wishing at any point in time to be involved as community coaches with participants at the Active Start or Fundamentals stages will be required to proceed with the formal NCCP Community Coach training.
NB: all coaches benefiting from a NCCP equivalency for cross-country skiing will be provided with all Reference Materials for all NCCP contexts up to the one for which coaches are granted the “trained” status or starting their cross-country ski coach training at.
Coach candidates that may apply for a NCCP equivalency in cross-country skiing are:
1) Foreign (non-Canadian) coaches that have an official coaching status awarded by the national coaching certification body of their country of origin;
2) High Performance Athletes that have been full time members of a Canadian National Development Centre OR the equivalent in another country OR a National Ski Team in the 5 years or less preceding their NCCP equivalency application and for at least 2 years.
3) Coaches with NCCP certified statuses in sports other than cross-country skiing OR with university degrees in physical education or similar programs
For detailed eligibility criteria and application requirements, please download policy 2.4.3.