Professional Development Opportunities

Upcoming Events

Ontario Coaches Conference (Coaches Association of Ontario)

Women and Girls in Leadership and Sport Conference (York University)

NCCP Basketball Super Clinic (Canada Basketball)

Research to Practice Symposium (MLSE LaunchPad)

NCCP Super Clinic (Coaches Association of Ontario)

Ontario Coaches Conference

Markham

The annual Ontario Coaches Conference hosted by the Coaches Association of Ontario is open to coaches of all sports at all levels and features nationally and internationally renowned experts in sport psychology, high performance sport, physical literacy and so much more.

2019 Ontario Coaches Conference

Date: April 5–7, 2019
Location: Markham Marriott, Markham

Register for the Ontario Coaches Conference

Women and Girls in Leadership and Sport Conference

Toronto

The Women and Girls in Leadership and Sport Conference aims to educate, support, and empower women, girls, and allies to advance females in sport and leadership roles. The conference features speakers and workshop clinicians that will share their lived experiences and critical life skills needed to develop female leaders of tomorrow.

2019 Women and Girls in Leadership and Sport Conference

Date: May 3–4, 2019
Location: York University, New Student Centre, Keele Campus, Toronto

Guest speakers include:

  • Kaillie Humphries, two-time Olympic bobsledder
  • Rosie Cossar, Olympic gymnast
  • Kristina May, Olympic beach volleyball player
  • Erin McAleenan, head coach of York University women’s basketball program
  • and more!
Register for the Women and Girls in Leadership and Sport Conference

NCCP Basketball Super Clinic

Hamilton

The NCCP Basketball Super Clinic is an annual basketball coaching clinic hosted by Canada Basketball that provides coaches with the opportunity to participate in various streams, including basketball-specific NCCP courses (FUNdamentals, Learn to Train, Train to Train, and Train to Compete) and other professional development sessions.

2019 NCCP Basketball Super Clinic

Date: May 31 to June 2, 2019
Location: McMaster University, Hamilton

Register by May 12 to get the early bird registration rate!

Register for the NCCP Basketball Super Clinic

Research to Practice Symposium

Toronto

Save the date for MLSE LaunchPad’s second annual Research to Practice Symposium!

This event brings together practitioners working with youth in sport and researchers in the sport sector to tackle common issues together with the best of practical and theoretical minds at the table.

The Research to Practice Symposium is an engaging day of networking, action planning, and small group discussion about challenges, key trends, and best practices across multiple fields of sport, including:

  • Women and Girls’ in Sport
  • Coaching and Leadership Development
  • Physical Education in Schools
  • Supporting Mental Health through Sport and Activity
  • Community-Based Sport and Sport for Development

2019 Research to Practice Symposium

Date: Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Location: MLSE LaunchPad, Toronto

Registration: Opens late March 2019
Cost: Free!

Contact: Gillian White, Director of Knowledge Translation for MLSE LaunchPad

NCCP Super Clinic

Oshawa

The NCCP Super Clinic is an annual coaching development weekend hosted by the Coaches Association of Ontario that provides coaches across sports from grassroots to high performance with multi-sport and sport-specific courses all under one roof.

2019 NCCP Super Clinic

Date: June 7–9, 2019
Location: Durham College, Oshawa

Register for the NCCP Super Clinic

Annual Events

Ontario Physical Literacy Summit (Sport Hamilton)

Toronto Raptors Coaches’ Open House (Toronto Raptors)

Sport for Life Canadian Summit (Sport for Life Society)

Ontario Physical Literacy Summit

Hamilton

The Ontario Physical Literacy Summit takes place every September at Redeemer University College in Hamilton.

The Summit is open to coaches, parent volunteers, teachers or anyone interested in enhancing their knowledge and practices when working with children of various ages to develop their physical literacy, physical activity and sport experience.

2018 Ontario Physical Literacy Summit

The 2018 Summit took place on Friday, September 21 at Redeemer University College in Hamilton.

Learn more about the Ontario Physical Literacy Summit

Toronto Raptors Coaches’ Open House

Toronto

The Toronto Raptors Coaches’ Open House is a free annual event that offers coaches of all levels a unique opportunity to watch, listen and learn from the experienced Toronto Raptors coaching staff through presentations, question and answer periods, and a full team practice.

2018 Toronto Raptors Coaches’ Open House

The 2018 Coaches’ Open House took place on Monday, December 31 at Scotiabank Arena.

Learn more about the Toronto Raptors Coaches' Open House

Sport For Life Canadian Summit

Gatineau, Quebec

The Sport for Life Canadian Summit takes place annually at Hilton Lac-Leamy in Gatineau, Quebec. The Summit brings together leaders who work to enhance the quality of sport and physical activity in Canada.

2019 Sport for Life Canadian Summit

The 2019 Sport for Life Canadian Summit took place from January 22–24 at Hilton Lac-Leamy in Gatineau, Quebec.

Learn more about the Sport for Life Canadian Summit

Courses & Certifications

Respect in Sport Training (Respect Group Inc.)

Coaching Athletes with a Disability (NCCP)

Coaching Kids of All Abilities (Canadian Tire Jumpstart)

HIGH FIVE Training (HIGH FIVE)

Keeping Girls in Sport (Canadian Tire Jumpstart)

Making Head Way Concussion Awareness Training (NCCP)

Physical Literacy Instructor Program (Sport for Life Society)

Sport for Life Leaders School (Sport for Life Society)

Respect in Sport Training

In 2018, Ontario Basketball announced a partnership with Respect in Sport, a nationally respected organization that provides online training programs for activity leaders and parents to ensure that adults are collectively fostering a positive youth sport environment free of bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination.

Respect in Sport training is widely used by Provincial and National Sport Organizations across Canada. Ontario Basketball will gradually introduce the training for coaches and parents over the next few years. Ontario Basketball encourages member clubs to be proactive by becoming early adopters of both programs.

Respect in Sport ProgramCompletion TimeCost
Activity Leader Program2.5 hours$30 plus tax
Parent ProgramOne hour$12 plus tax

Note: The Activity Leader Program counts for three Professional Development points within the National Coaching Certification Program and the certification automatically uploads to a coach’s profile on The Locker (with permission from the coach).

Learn more about Respect in Sport training

Coaching Athletes with a Disability

NCCP Coaching Athletes with a Disability Module

Coaching Athletes with a Disability is a National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) eLearning module that launched in Fall 2017.

The course is designed to provide coaches with knowledge to deliver quality, positive sport experiences for athletes, specifically those with behavioural, intellectual, physical, and sensory disabilities.

The training provides coaches with the ability to:

  • Explain the benefits of sport participation for persons with a disability;
  • Communicate effectively and respectfully with, and regards to, persons with a disability;
  • Design positive, safe, and inclusive sport experiences for persons with a disability; and
  • Consider next steps in their professional development related to coaching persons with a disability.

Cost: $15

To take advantage of this great professional development opportunity, log in to or register for The Locker.

Learn more about Coaching Athletes with a Disability course

Coaching Kids of All Abilities

Coaching Kids of All Abilities is a new training resource launched in January 2019 by Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities in partnership with leading Canadian accessibility organizations.

It is designed to provide coaches and leaders with tools and insight to create an inclusive sport environment, where all participants feel like they belong and bring value to the team.

The training currently includes two online modules:

  • Welcoming All Abilities focuses on creating an environment of inclusion for people of all abilities
  • Supporting Positive Behaviour focuses on managing group behaviour when working with kids of all abilities

Cost:

  • Welcoming All Abilities: $30
  • Supporting Positive Behaviour: $15

Note: A portion of every registration fee goes towards Jumpstart and partners.

Register for Coaching Kids of All Abilities course

HIGH FIVE Training

HIGH FIVE is Canada’s quality standard for children’s programs. HIGH FIVE training provides participants with nationally recognized certification that will assist them in working with children’s programs in the sport and recreation industry.

HIGH FIVE courses include:

  • Principles of Healthy Child Development
  • HIGH FIVE Sport
  • Healthy Minds for Healthy Children
  • Strengthening Children’s Mental Health
  • Principles in Practice
Learn more about HIGH FIVE Training

Ontario Basketball is a HIGH FIVE Umbrella Organization, which means we endorse and promote the HIGH FIVE standard to our membership. Ontario Basketball encourages member clubs to become HIGH FIVE Registered Organizations.

Learn more about becoming a HIGH FIVE Registered Organization

Keeping Girls in Sport

Keeping Girls in Sport is a new e-module launched in Fall 2018 by Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities in partnership with the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) and the Coaching Association of Canada.

The course is designed for coaches, program leaders, parents and others in the sport and physical activity system and addresses how to create safe and respectful environments for girls to participate in sport and physical activity.

Cost: $17*

*A portion of every registration fee will directly impact girls in sport; $2 goes to CAAWS to support their work towards equity and inclusion for girls and women in sport and $1 goes to Jumpstart for their work in communities across Canada.

Register for Keeping Girls in Sport course

Making Head Way Concussion Awareness Training

Making Head Way is a free, award-winning National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) online concussion awareness in sport training module.

Parents, coaches, and athletes all benefit from knowing as much as possible about concussion and this online learning tool is designed to help coaches gain the knowledge and skills required to ensure the safety of their athletes.

The training covers:

  • What to do to prevent concussions;
  • How to recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion;
  • What to do when you suspect an athlete has a concussion; and
  • Return to Play and Return to Learn protocols.

Cost: Free!

To take advantage of this great professional development opportunity, log in to or register for The Locker.

Learn more about Making Head Way Concussion Awareness Training

For additional information about concussions, visit Ontario Basketball’s Concussion Resources.

Physical Literacy Instructor Program

The Sport for Life Society, Coaching Association of Canada, and HIGH FIVE have come together to support recreation leaders, coaches and others in becoming a recognized Physical Literacy Instructor.

The purpose of the Physical Literacy Instructor Program is to equip front-line physical activity workers with the ability to design and deliver quality programs that effectively enhance the development of physical literacy through a blended e-learning and in-person training experience.

Upon completion of the Physical Literacy Instructor Program, participants will be able to recognize, use and implement quality physical activity programs that support the development of physical literacy.

The program has the following four training modules, which combine text-based information, video, interactive elements and in-person workshops for the learner to acquire the knowledge and understanding to develop physical literacy:

  1. Introduction to Physical Literacy (online)
  2. HIGH FIVE Principles of Healthy Child Development (in-person workshop) or HIGH FIVE Sport (in-person workshop)
  3. NCCP Fundamental Movement Skills (in-person workshop)
  4. Quality Physical Literacy Experiences & Program Evaluation (in-person workshop)

Participants are required to successfully complete all four training modules and related learning activities to receive a certificate of completion.

Learn more about the Physical Literacy Instructor program

Sport for Life Leaders School

Sport for Life Leaders School supports the personal learning and development of community leaders as they integrate Sport for Life, Long-Term Athlete Development, and Physical Literacy into their communities.

What: Over a one-year span, Sport for Life Leaders School participants plan, launch, and lead individual community projects, guided and mentored by members of the Sport for Life team. Each month, Sport for Life Leaders School convene for an online seminar conducted by leading Canadian sport and community development experts, and participants discuss, share, and explore ideas and progress on their projects. At the end of the year, the record of each project becomes a new contribution to the knowledge of how to advance Sport for Life.

Who: Sport for Life Leaders School is open to anyone with the desire and ability to become a Sport for Life Leader and make an ongoing contribution to the Canadian Sport for Life Movement.

How: Applicants submit a resume and a brief but detailed overview of the proposed project. The Sport for Life Leaders School participant is the leader of the project in the community, and he or she, either independently or with the support of sponsoring community organizations, provides resources to complete the project.

When: Applications are generally due in the fall each year.

Learn more about the Sport for Life Leaders School