Jumpstart into Coaching: Apply to be a Mentor or Apprentice Coach!

Supporting Diversity & Representation in Coaching

The Coaches Association of Ontario (CAO) is committed recruiting, retaining, and recognizing underrepresented coaches throughout their coaching journey. In support of this, we are excited to launch the Jumpstart into Coaching program.

The Jumpstart into Coaching program is focused on the development of life skills, teamwork and leadership experience through sport for the youth within equity-seeking communities across Ontario. Through training and mentorship opportunities, this program will provide participants with the tools to become grassroots, provincial and national level coaches in their respective sports, free of cost.


Part One

Jumpstart into Coaching aims to help youth from equity seeking groups take their first step into coaching by providing the e-learning module NCCP Coach Initiation in Sport for free!

Who It’s For:

Click here to register for your free code!


Part Two: Targeted Mentorship

In partnership with Ontario Basketball, the second part of the Jumpstart into Coaching program will provide free education, mentorship, and coaching experience to selected youth applicants in Fall 2022!

Apply to be a Mentor

Who It’s For:

  • Experienced basketball coaches wanting to supporting youth coaches belonging to equity-seeking groups in their education and leadership development.

What You Receive:

  • Honorarium for mentorship responsibilities.
  • Mentorship experience (minimum 3 meetings with apprentices over the training period).
  • The opportunity to help guide the next generation of coaches.

Apply Now

Apply to be an Apprentice

Who It’s For:

What You Receive:

  • The standard certification to coach at the community basketball level
  • Free access to NCCP education within the learning plan
  • Support from experienced mentors
  • A coaching placement with an OBA-affiliated club after the education and mentorship period

Apply Now


The Jumpstart into Coaching Program is graciously supported by Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities.



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