Coach Training

National Coaching Certification Process

Reach Higher!

The National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) is here to help you be the best coach that you can be. When you take an NCCP clinic, you gain basketball technical abilities as well as leadership and decision-making skills. NCCP training will open doors to new opportunities in coaching and in life.

Process to Become a NCCP-Certified Coach

  • Look at the Coaching Pathway and determine the appropriate stream for you based on the stage of athlete and level of competition you wish to coach.
  • 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.)
  • Register and pay for the clinic through Game Plan.
  • Complete all of the required pre-course work.
  • Attend the course.
  • Upon completion of the course, you will be “Trained.”
  • To become fully “Certified,” you must submit a Coach Portfolio through Game Plan and participate in a practice and/or game evaluation.
  • After your portfolio has been successfully evaluated, an evaluator in your region will contact you to set up your evaluation date and time.
  • Upon successful completion of your evaluation, your evaluator will submit appropriate documentation to Ontario Basketball indicating that you are now “Certified.”  (Please allow 6 to 8 weeks for your new status to be reflected on your NCCP transcript through The Locker.)
  • Various professional development opportunities are available through Ontario Basketball, Canada Basketball, and the Coaches Association of Ontario and will be required to maintain your certification.

Contact

Please direct any coaching certification questions to:

Michael Selliah
Manager, Coaching Development

Fundamental Movement Skills

The Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) of throwing, catching, jumping, striking, running, kicking, agility, balance and coordination form the basis for future sport skill development and for the life-long enjoyment of physical activity.

Take the FMS workshop to learn how to observe and instruct the fundamental movement skills.

FMS Workshop Outcomes

  • Analyze and identify the various stages of development for the fundamental movement skills;
  • Apply a six-step process to teaching the fundamental movement skills; and
  • Create safe games where children can practice fundamental movement skills.

The Fundamental Movement Skills workshop is part of the National Coaching Certification Program. The workshop is 8 hours in length and provides an in-depth, comprehensive introduction to the Fundamental Movement Skills, the NCCP core-competencies, and includes a significant number of hands-on opportunities for learning.

Fundamental Movement Skills Workshops

Visit the Coaches Association of Ontario course calendar

Contact

For more information about the FMS workshop, visit the Coaches Association of Ontario website.

FUNdamentals

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.

FUNdamentals Courses

DateLocationHostRegistrationClinic Fee
Sept. 9, 2017A.R. Kaufman Family YMCA (Kitchener)Ontario Basketball Game Plan$50
Sept. 30, 2017Abilities Centre (Whitby)Coaches Association of Ontario Game Plan$20
Oct. 21, 2017Collingwood Collegiate InstituteCollingwood Trailblazers Game Plan$50

Contact

Please direct any coaching certification questions or hosting requests to:

Mike Selliah
Manager, Coaching Development

Learn to Train

All new coaches with Ontario Basketball should take the NCCP Learn to Train (L2T): Introduction to Competition course.

Most courses occur on weekends and consist of two eight-hour days. Topics covered include making ethical decisions, planning a practice, and how to develop skills through modified games. Approximately one-quarter of the course will take place in the gym on a basketball court, so participants must be prepared with appropriate gear.

See the cost breakdown for the Learn to Train course (.pdf).

Note: Participants must complete the associated pre-tasks, which are available through Game Plan, in advance of attending a Learn to Train clinic.

Evaluations

After the clinic, participants must submit a Coach Portfolio and arrange for an evaluation through Game Plan. Evaluations will take place at a practice.

The following steps must be completed prior to requesting an evaluation:
  • Pass the Coaching Association of Canada online Make Ethical Decisions exam. (Log into The Locker using your NCCP number.  Click on the “eLearning” tab and access the Make Ethical Decisions — Competition Introduction — Online Evaluation.  There should be no charge as it is included in your Learn to Train course fee.)
  • Submit a Coach Portfolio, which includes the completion of a detailed Practice Plan and the Emergency Action Plan, through Game Plan.

Learn to Train Clinics

DateLocationHostRegistrationClinic Fee
Sept. 9-10, 2017De La Salle (Ottawa)Ontario Basketball Game Plan$325
Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2017Domenico DiLuca Community Centre (Toronto)Ontario Basketball Game Plan$325
Oct. 14-15, 2017St. Max Kolbe C.H.S. (Aurora)IEM Game Plan$325
Oct. 28-29, 2017Kitchener-Waterloo C.V.S.KW Vipers Game Plan$325
Nov. 11-12, 2017Assumption College School (Brantford)Brantford CYO Game Plan$325
Nov. 11-12, 2017O'Gorman Intermediate School (Timmins)Timmins Selects Game Plan$325
Nov. 18-19, 2017Notre Dame C.S.S. (Burlington)Burlington Basketball Game Plan$325
Nov. 18-19, 2017John Paul II C.S.S. (London)London CYO Game Plan$325
Dec. 2-3, 2017Dr. John M. Denison S.S. (Newmarket)York North Basketball Association Game Plan$325
Dec. 2-3, 2017Forster Senior High (Windsor)Windsor Valiants Game Plan$325
Dec. 9-10, 2017George Brown College - Casa Loma Campus (Toronto)George Brown Huskies Game Plan$325
Dec. 9-10, 2017Stratford Central S.S.Stratford Optimist Basketball Association Game Plan$325
Dec. 16-17, 2017Nipissing University - Robert J. Surtees Athletics Centre (North Bay)Nipissing Lakers Game Plan$325
Dec. 16-17, 2017Ecole Secondaire Romeo-Dallaire (Barrie)Barrie Royals Game Plan$325
Jan. 20-21, 2018Humber College - Lakeshore Campus (Toronto)Ontario Basketball Game Plan$325
Feb. 10-11, 2018Kitchener-Waterloo C.V.S.KW Vipers Game Plan$325

Contact

Please direct any coaching certification questions or hosting requests to:

Michael Selliah
Manager, Coaching Development

Train to Train

The Train to Train (T2T): Introduction to Competition Advanced course should be taken by coaches working with athletes at the U13 Bantam age category and higherafter completing the Learn to Train: Introduction to Competition course.

Most T2T courses occur on weekends and consist of a four-hour Friday night and two, eight-hour days on Saturday and Sunday. Topics covered include basic mental skills, planning for the development of basketball players, and how to support the athlete in training. Approximately one-quarter of the course will take place in the gym on a basketball court, so participants must be prepared with appropriate gear.

Participants must download pre-task reading materials and complete the table on the last page and then register for a basketball-specific Train to Train course offered exclusively through Ontario Basketball.

See the cost breakdown of the Train to Train course.

Note: Participants must complete the associated pre-tasks, which are available through Game Plan, in advance of attending a Train to Train clinic.

Evaluation

After the clinic, participants must submit a Coach Portfolio and arrange for an evaluation through Game Plan. Evaluations will take place at a practice.

The following steps must be completed prior to requesting an evaluation:
  • Pass the Coaching Association of Canada online Make Ethical Decisions exam. (Log into The Locker using your NCCP number.  Click on the “eLearning” tab and access the Make Ethical Decisions — Competition Introduction — Online Evaluation.)
  • Submit a Coach Portfolio through Game Plan.

Train to Train Clinics

DateLocationHostRegistrationClinic Fee
Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 2017Kitchener-Waterloo C.V.S.KW Vipers Game Plan$350
Oct. 13-15, 2017**LOCATION CHANGE**
Humber College -
Lakeshore Campus (Toronto)
Ontario Basketball Game Plan$350
Oct. 20-22, 2017Collingwood C.I.Collingwood Trailblazers Game Plan$350
Oct. 27-29, 2017St. Max Kolbe C.H.S.
(Aurora)
IEM Game Plan$350
Oct. 27-29, 2017LoEllen Park S.S.
(Sudbury)
Sudbury Jam Game Plan$350
Nov. 3-5, 2017Glebe C.I. (Ottawa)Ontario Basketball Game Plan$350
Nov. 24-26, 2017Humber College -
Lakeshore Campus (Toronto)
Ontario Basketball Game Plan$350
Jan. 26-28, 2018Humber College -
Lakeshore Campus (Toronto)
Ontario Basketball Game Plan$350
Jan. 26-28, 2018John Paul II C.S.S. (London)London CYO Game Plan$350
Feb. 16-18, 2018Assumption College School (Brantford)Brantford CYO Game Plan$350

Contact

Please direct any coaching certification questions or hosting requests to:

Michael Selliah
Manager, Coaching Development

Train to Compete

The Train to Compete (T2C): Competition Development certification is comprised of three different components: theory, technical, and evaluation.

Theory

The theory portion is available through the Coaches Association of Ontario by completing the following six Competition Development modules:

  • Coaching and Leading
  • Conflict Management
  • Developing Athletic Ability
  • Doping Prevention
  • Injury Prevention
  • Psychology of Performance

Learn more about these modules on the Coaches Association of Ontario website.

Theory Clinics

Visit the Coaches Association of Ontario course calendar

Technical

The technical portion is available through Ontario Basketball by completing the following three technical modules:

  • Planning
  • Strategies and Tactics
  • Teaching Basketball Skills

Technical Clinics

Visit Canada Basketball's Game Plan website

Eligibility

To receive Train to Compete certification, a candidate must meet the following requirements:

  • Have five years of coaching experience.
  • Coach for two years at an elite level, defined as senior high school, regional team, University or College.
  • Fulfill the following minimum hours (which may be achieved by coaching more than one team within two years):
    • Training/Practice Component: 150 hours (70-80 practices)
    • Game Component: 80 hours (40 games)
  • Obtain Train to Train (Introduction to Competition Advanced) certification.
  • Complete Train to Compete (Competition Development) technical modules through Ontario Basketball.
  • Complete Competition Development theory modules through Coaches Association of Ontario.
  • Complete an evaluation, as detailed below.

Evaluation

Coaches must submit the following through Game Plan:

  • List of goals and objectives for the season
  • Practice plan of a current practice
  • Game plan (strategy) and/or scouting report for the game that will be evaluated
  • Coaching/teaching resume
  • One reference letter
  • Copy of your coaching schedule, including practice dates, times, and locations.

An evaluator in your region will contact you to set up your evaluation date and time.

Contact

Please direct any coaching certification questions to:

Michael Selliah
Manager, Coaching Development

National Coaching Institute

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.

Contact

Please direct any coaching certification questions to:

Michael Selliah
Manager, Coaching Development

Host a NCCP Clinic

To host an NCCP clinic, contact Michael Selliah with the following information:

Approval will be based on:

  • Dates, location and number of clinics already approved in that geographical region. (Approval will not be granted if the same level clinic in the same area has already been scheduled.)
  • 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 of clinic:

Contact

To host a NCCP clinic, please contact:

Michael Selliah
Manager, Coaching Development