National Coaching Certification Process
- Refer to the Coaching Pathway and determine the appropriate stream for you based on the stage of athlete and level of competition you wish to coach.
- U10-U12: Learn to Train
- U13+: Train to Train
- U16+: Train to Compete (Optional – Not required by Ontario Basketball for Ontario Cup)
- Once you determine the course you need to take, look for the next available clinic in your region. (See clinic dates for FUNdamentals, Learn to Train, Train to Train and Train to Compete courses.)
The Basketball FUNdamentals Community Coaching Course is a NCCP course developed by Canada Basketball, in conjunction with the Coaching Association of Canada, to deliver coach education to the community coach. It provides the mom/dad or entry-level coach with the necessary skills, knowledge and materials to deliver a safe, fun and age/stage-appropriate basketball experience for young athletes.
The FUNdamentals course is six hours and features a three-hour in-class session, which teaches the stages of development and of teaching basketball skills, goes over ethical decision making, and talks about concussions and why coaches are so important in the development of young athletes, and a three-hour on-court drills and skills session, which teaches coaches how to properly develop basketball fundamentals.
Learn to Train
Focuses on learning to teach basic basketball skills, while still emphasizing fundamental movement skills in a fun, inclusive environment for athletes at the U10-U12 level.
- 40% – Fundamental movement and basketball skill development of the individual
- 50% – Individual and multi-player technical aspects of the game
- 10% – Teaching basic offensive and defensive strategy
Steps to Certification:
- Register and complete L2T pre-tasks (online at gameplanbasketball.ca)
- Register and attend a L2T workshop. Completion of the course will grant you “Learn to Train Trained” status
- Complete the ‘Making Ethical Decisions (MED)’ e-learning module (online at thelocker.coach.ca)
- L2T Online Portfolio Evaluation completed by local coach evaluator
- L2T Practice Observation by local coach evaluator
Learn to Train Clinics
|Date & Time||Location||Host||Registration|
|March 11 & 12, 2023||University of Guelph||Game Plan|
|April 1 & 2, 2023||Bond Academy (1500 Birchmount Rd, Scarborough, ON M1P 2G5)||Game Plan|
|April 1 & 2, 2023||Bracebridge Muskoka Lakes Secondary School||Game Plan|
|May 13 & 14, 2023||Carleton Village Jr. & Sr. Sports and Wellness Academy||Toronto Triple Threat||Game Plan|
|May 27 & 28, 2023||Dr. J.M. Denison (135 Bristol Rd, Newmarket, ON L3Y 8J7)||YNBA||Game Plan|
|June 24 & 25, 2023||Niagara College (DJP Campus) 135 Taylor Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario L0S 1J0||Niagara College & Pelham Panthers||Game Plan|
|June 24 & 25, 2023||John Paul II Secondary School (1300 Oxford St E, London, ON N5V 4P7)||London CYO||Game Plan|
|June 24 & 25, 2023||Lambton College||Huron Lakers||Game Plan|
|Saturday July 8 and Sunday July 9, 2023||Impact Training Centre (10 Executive Pl, Kitchener, ON N2P 2N4)||OBA||Game Plan|
|Tuesday July 11 and Wednesday July 12, 2023||Sir Guy Carleton Secondary School (55 Centrepointe Dr, Nepean, ON K2G 5L4)||OBA||Game Plan|
|Saturday July 15 and Sunday July 16||Saturday - Online (Zoom link to be sent by Facilitator)|
Sunday - Lumen Christi Catholic Elementary School (841 Savoline Blvd, Milton, ON L9T 0Z1)
|Tuesday August 8 and Wednesday August 9, 2023||Confederation Education Centre (1645 Woodroffe Ave, Nepean, ON K2G 1W2)||OBA||Game Plan|
|Saturday August 19 and Sunday August 20, 2023||University of Windsor||OBA||Game Plan|
|Saturday August 19 and Sunday August 20, 2023||Francois Dupuis Recreation Centre (2263 Portobello Blvd., Ottawa, ON K4A 0X3)||OBA||Game Plan|
|Saturday September 9 and Sunday September 10||Timiskaming District Secondary School|
(90 Niven St N, New Liskeard, ON P0J 1P0)
|Saturday September 9 and Sunday September 10||Schwartz/Reisman Centre|
(9600 Bathurst Street - Vaughan)
|JCC Warriors||Game Plan|
|Saturday September 16 and Sunday September 17, 2023||Barrie (Location TBD)||OBA||Game Plan|
|Saturday September 16 and Sunday September 17, 2023||Burlington (Playground)||IBSA||Game Plan|
|Saturday September 23 and Sunday September 24, 2023||Saturday, September 23rd, 2023, 9am-5pm: Paramount Fine Foods Centre, Meeting Room # TBD (5500 Rose Cherry Place, Mississauga, ON L4Z 4B6)|
Sunday, September 24th, 2023, 9am-5pm: Mississauga Secondary School, Gymnasium A/B/C (550 Courtneypark Drive West, Mississauga, ON L5W 1L9)
|Saturday September 23 and Sunday September 24, 2023||Arnprior District High School||OBA||Game Plan|
|Saturday September 30 and Sunday October 1, 2023||Durham Playground (1313 Boundary Road)||OBA||Game Plan|
|Saturday October 14 and Sunday October 15 2023||Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre (750 Spadina Ave., Toronto, ON M5S 2J2)||CAO||Game Plan|
|Saturday October 14 and Sunday October 15 2023||Paris District High School (231 Grand River St N, Paris, ON N3L 2N6)||Brantford CYO||Game Plan|
|Saturday October 21 and Sunday October 22 2023||John Paul II (1300 Oxford St E, London, ON N5V 4P7)||London CYO||Game Plan|
|Saturday October 21 and Sunday October 22 2023||William Lyon Mackenzie Collegiate Institute (20 Tillplain Rd, North York, ON M3H 5R2)||North Toronto Huskies||Game Plan|
|Saturday October 21 and Sunday October 22 2023||Elora Public School (288 E Mill St E, Elora, ON N0B 1S0)||CW Celtics||Game Plan|
|Saturday October 28 and Sunday October 29 2023||Pope John Paul II ( 685 Military Trail, Scarborough, ON M1E 4P6)||SBA Blues||Game Plan|
|Saturday October 28 and Sunday October 29 2023||Alpha High Performance Centre (455 Addison Hall Cir Unit 11-13, Aurora, ON L4G 3X8)||IEM||Game Plan|
|Saturday November 11 and Sunday November 12 2023||Kingston (Location TBD)||Kingston Impact||Game Plan|
|Saturday November 11 and Sunday November 12 2023||Niagara College (Daniel J Patterson Campus)||Niagara College||Game Plan|
|Saturday December 9 and Sunday December 10 2023||Saturday, December 9th: Ecole secondary catholique Paul-Desmarais, 5315 rue, Abbott St E, Stittsville, ON K2S 0X3|
Sunday, December 10th: All Saints Catholic High School (Tile Gym), 5115 Kanata Ave., Kanata, ON K2K 3K5
|Saturday January 27 and Sunday January 28 2024||John Paul II (1300 Oxford St E, London, ON N5V 4P7)||London CYO||Game Plan|
Train to Train
Coaches will be introduced to coaching the basic technical and strategies of “global” basketball with a more structured approach to training for athletes U13 and up. To receive the Train to Train certification, one must already be Learn to Train Certified.
- 25% fundamental refinement of skills
- 30% technical knowledge on how players can develop new skills and growing to be more creative in their approach
- 30% introduction to more strategies within the game
- 15% team tactics
Steps to Certification:
- Register & complete T2T Pre-task (online at https://gameplanbasketball.ca)
- Register & attend a T2T Workshop. Completion of the course will grant you a “TRAINED” status
- Complete the Making Ethical Decisions (MED) e-learning module (online @ thelocker.coach.ca)
- T2T Online Portfolio Evaluation
- T2T Practice Observation
Note: Participants must complete the associated pre-tasks, which are available through Game Plan, in advance of attending a Train to Train clinic.
After the clinic, participants must submit a Coach Portfolio and arrange for an evaluation through Game Plan. Evaluations will take place at a practice.
Train to Train Clinics
|Date & Time||Location||Host||Registration|
|June 2nd - June 4th||Dr. J.M. Denison (135 Bristol Rd, Newmarket, ON L3Y 8J7)||YNBA||Game Plan|
|Friday Sept 29, Saturday Sept 30, Sunday Oct 1||Eastview Secondary School (421 Grove St E, Barrie, ON L4M 5S1)||Barrie Royals||Game Plan|
|Friday Oct 13 6-9, Saturday Oct 14 9-4, Sunday Oct 15 9-4||Ottawa (TBD)||OBA||Game Plan|
|Friday Oct 13 6-9, Saturday Oct 14 9-4, Sunday Oct 15 9-4||Friday, October 13th, 2023, 6pm-9pm: Paramount Fine Foods Centre, Monarchs Office - SportsComplex, 3rd Floor (5600 Rose Cherry Place, Mississauga, ON L4Z 4B6)|
Saturday, October 14th, 2023, 9am-5pm: Paramount Fine Foods Centre, Monarchs Office - SportsComplex, 3rd Floor (5600 Rose Cherry Place, Mississauga, ON L4Z 4B6)
Sunday, October 15th, 2023, 9am-5pm: Mississauga Secondary School, Gymnasium A/B/C (550 Courtneypark Drive West, Mississauga, ON L5W 1L9)
|Friday Oct 27 6-9, Saturday Oct 28 9-4, Sunday Oct 29 9-4 (POSTPONED - WILL BE RE-SCHEDULED TO NOVEMBER)||Brantford - Paris District High School (231 Grand River St N, Paris, ON N3L 2N6)||OBA||Game Plan|
|Friday Nov 10 6-9, Saturday Nov 11 9-4, Sunday Nov 12 9-4||John Paul II Catholic Secondary (London)||London CYO||Game Plan|
|Friday Nov 17 6-9, Saturday Nov 18 9-4, Sunday Nov 19 9-4||William Lyon Mackenzie||North Toronto||Game Plan|
|Friday December 8 7-10pm, Saturday December 9 (9:30am-4pm) and Sunday December 10 (9:30am-4PM)||Kitchener-Waterloo Collegiate & Vocational School (KCI), 787 King St, West, Kitchener||KW Vipers||Game Plan|
Note: All clinics require a minimum of 10 participants. If the required number of registrations is not met within five days of the clinic start date, the course will be cancelled.
Train to Compete
The Train to Compete course is offered by Canada Basketball for coaches who are looking to work with high performance athletes and/or work towards a full time coaching position.
Train to Compete is comprised of three basketball specific courses; Planning, Strategies and Tactics and Teaching Basketball Skills, 6 multi-sport modules (learn more about them here) and three evaluations (portfolio, practice and game).
Host a NCCP Clinic
To host an NCCP clinic, complete the clinic request form here.
Ontario Basketball will then reach out and confirm the details of your clinic. Approval will be based on:
- Dates, location and number of clinics already approved in that geographical region.
- Availability of the Learning Facilitator.
Upon approval of the clinic:
- A Learning Facilitator will be assigned by Ontario Basketball to deliver the clinic.
- Clinic date, location, and registration will be posted on the Ontario Basketball website.
- Coaches interested in attending the clinic will register and pay online through Game Plan.
Upon completion of the clinic:
- Coaches can apply for a 70% bursary through the Coaches Association of Ontario Quest for Gold Coach Bursary program.
- Host club will invoice Ontario Basketball for the host subsidy – $40 per coach in attendance, as long as the minimum number of coaches is hit (10 coaches per course).
National Coaching Institute
NCCP Levels 4 & 5
Levels four and five of the NCCP program represent the top levels of professional training for coaches. These levels prepare coaches for leadership roles in national and international sport, and ensure they will be effective within the high-performance sport system.
Levels four and five consist of an applied study program of 20 tasks which can be completed through full-time residence at a National Coaching Institute (NCI) or through a combination of Home Study and Technical courses.
Level three NCCP certification and approval from your National Sport Organization are prerequisites for entry. A physical education degree or equivalent experience in high-performance sport is highly recommended.
For more information on the NCI program, visit the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario website.