Sport For Life Canadian Summit
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
Date: January 22–24, 2019
Location: Hilton Lac-Leamy, Gatineau, Quebec
Mental Health Workshop for Coaches
The Academy for Student-Athlete Development (ASAD), home of Ontario Scholastic Basketball Association‘s Durham Elite team, is offering a free mental health workshop for the coaching community facilitated by Canadian Centre for Mental Health and Sport (CCMHS) co-founder Krista Van-Slingerland and Mental Performance Consultant Poppy DesClouds.
The workshop is designed to:
- Increase coaches’ knowledge of mental health in general, their own mental health and the mental health of their athletes
- Support the development of coaches’ self-awareness and help coaches to develop their athletes’ self-awareness, particularly awareness of optimal and non-optimal mental, emotional and physical responses to various high-pressure situations
- Increase coaches’ comfort level in asking the “right” questions, saying the “right” things and responding to the mental health needs of their athletes
- Provide coaches with tangible tools and strategies to support the mental health needs of themselves and their athletes
- Help coaches to understand the links between positive mental health and wellness and optimal sport performance
Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Time: 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Location: ASAD classroom, Abilities Centre (55 Gordon Street, Whitby)
Registration: E-mail Marg Jones
Ontario Coaches Conference
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
Women and Girls in Leadership and Sport Conference (Ontario Volleyball Association)
NCCP Super Clinic (Canada Basketball)
NCCP Super Camp (Coaches Association of Ontario)
Ontario Physical Literacy Summit (Sport Hamilton)
Toronto Raptors Coaches’ Open House (Toronto Raptors)
Women and Girls in Leadership and Sport Conference
The Women and Girls in Leadership and Sport Conference hosted by Ontario Volleyball Association is an opportunity for coaches, parents, athletes, and administrators to learn from professional athletes, coaches, and other successful women in the sport industry about promoting leadership, life skills, confidence, and knowledge along with advancing women and girls into leadership positions.
2018 Women and Girls in Leadership and Sport Conference
The 2018 conference took place from May 11–12 at University of Toronto Scarborough.
Guest speakers included:
- Alisha & Tamara Tatham – Former Olympic basketball players
- Teresa Resch – Vice President of Basketball Operations, Toronto Raptors
- Therese Quigley – Former Athletic Director, University of Western Ontario
- and more!
NCCP Super Clinic
The NCCP 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.
2018 NCCP Super Clinic
The 2018 Super Clinic took place from June 8–10 at Brock University in St. Catharines.
NCCP Super Camp
The NCCP Super Camp is an annual coaching development weekend hosted by the Coaches Association of Ontario that provides coaches across sports with:
- Multi-sport and sport-specific courses (including Basketball Learn to Train) along with optional FREE bonus courses all weekend long;
- Activities, programming with world-class camp counsellors, food, and accommodations for guests and kids; and
- Authentic camp experience complete with lake activities, Capture the Flag and s’mores by the campfire!
The NCCP Super Camp provides coach and sport training where it makes sense—on the field, on the court, and on the water!
2018 NCCP Super Camp
The 2018 Super Camp took place from June 15–17 at Camp Olympia in Huntsville.
Ontario Physical Literacy Summit
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.
Toronto Raptors Coaches’ Open House
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.
Courses & Certifications
Coaching Athletes with a Disability
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.
To take advantage of this great professional development opportunity, log in to or register for The Locker.
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.
*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.
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
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.
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.
To take advantage of this great professional development opportunity, log in to or register for The Locker.
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:
- Introduction to Physical Literacy (online)
- HIGH FIVE Principles of Healthy Child Development (in-person workshop) or HIGH FIVE Sport (in-person workshop)
- NCCP Fundamental Movement Skills (in-person workshop)
- 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.
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.