The National Coaching Certification Program – it begins here!
Coaches are mentors, motivators and leaders. Along with parents and teachers, coaches have a profound impact on the future of our children. It’s a great responsibility, and Canada’s two million coaches embrace it with passion and dedication.
The National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) is part of a national sports system that is built on solid research and sound principles relating to athlete development across different sports, yet, it’s tailored to the specific needs of baseball. This coach program is recognized nationally & and around the world; in fact, Baseball Canada was just honored with The Sheila Robertson Award for demonstrating a consistent approach in valuing and recognizing the role of the coach within baseball, the media, and the public. Baseball’s NCCP gives coaches the confidence to succeed and is the only coach program for baseball recognized in Canada. When you take an NCCP workshop, you’ll not only gain sport-specific technical abilities, but also leadership and decision-making skills.
NCCP training will open doors to new opportunities in coaching and in life. It is quite simply the gold standard of excellence in coaching development.
The Coach Initiation in Sport & Initiation in Baseball (Fundamentals) online modules are a first step on your coaching pathway in the NCCP. These online modules are the perfect way to set an association up for success, especially for a new coach or a parent interested in getting involved in coaching
They are designed as an important introduction to the key coaching concepts and educational tools that are the foundation of the NCCP. Coaches will learn the fundamentals of coaching and baseball as it explores topics including long-term athlete development, ethics, coaching motivation, and athlete safety and wellness. Initiation Coach in Baseball has specific sections to further educate coaches in skill development of young baseball athletes including throwing and receiving, base-running, game strategies, and hitting. The module remains an excellent informational resource for coaches which they can revisit at any time after successful completion of the module. Also, a multitude of resources become unlocked making their coaching experience even more positive.
“We are pleased to launch an enhanced version of the online initiation module for baseball coaches, in collaboration with the Coaching Association of Canada,” said André Lachance, Business and Sport Development Director with Baseball Canada. “This new version will promote learning through greater interaction, making the experience even more positive. This module will prepare coaches for the various clinics offered by Baseball Canada within the NCCP and will offer them a multitude of resources to make their coaching experience even more positive.”
“The Coaching Association of Canada and Baseball Canada are proud to present this updated version of the Coach Initiation in Baseball learning module as an excellent resource and introduction to the NCCP for the next generation of baseball coaches,” said Lorraine Lafrenière, Chief Executive Officer of the CAC. “We look forward to sharing the multi-sport component of the training module later this year as a beneficial first step for new coaches or parents interested in getting involved in coaching, whichever the sport they’re involved in.”
Coaching baseball in Canada is set up mainly around 6 NCCP clinics, including 2 levels of which a coach can be Trained or Certified. The 1st level is called Regional Coach and includes 4 clinics (Initiation Coach, Teaching & Learning, Absolutes & a Planning clinic). The 2nd level is called Provincial Coach and consists of 2 clinics (Pitching & Catching and Skills Analysis). Completing Regional or Provincial Clinics will earn a coach “Trained” status, furthermore, completing the Evaluation process earns “Certified” status. Coaches should also note Baseball Canada enforces NCCP Training & Certification as mandatory at their Championships; in fact, coaches are not permitted on field without meeting these requirements… When your time comes, players need you coaching & leading them to an experience they will never forget.
A coach will impact a youth athlete for a lifetime and Baseball BC can help begin a successful journey. Information on The National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) is critical for coaches; even for such things as how to register, clinic pathways, etc., find everything here.
Lastly, don’t ever hesitate to call us for more NCCP information or any other baseball matter as we continue serve all youth baseball in British Columbia.
Access this fundamental resource, which will take approximately 2 hours or less to complete, for only $37.45 on Baseball Canada’s website by clicking here & then clicking the “REGISTER NOW” button.
(Please note: all coaches must complete this Initiation module prior to taking any other NCCP baseball clinics.)
Additional workshop information as well as sport nutrition tips, coaching resources and more are available on COACH.ca
For Certified Coaches ONLY
All Baseball Canada coaches certified in the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) have three years to accumulate professional development points in order to maintain certification. For Regional and Provincial coaches, 12 points are required, and 18 points are needed to maintain certification at the Competition Development context.
The first three-year cycle for baseball coaches is scheduled to end on December 31, 2015. The Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) launched their certification period one year after Baseball Canada, therefore, we will extend the first cycle by one year in order to align with the CAC timelines.
Therefore, coaches with a certification expiry date of December 31, 2015 will get a one-year extension to December 31, 2016. Our system will soon show the new expiry date on your profile, and there is no required action on your part. You can visit your profile at nccp.baseball.ca.
All newly Certified Coaches will begin their 3 year Professional Development cycle from the date of “Certification”.
If your Baseball Canada/NCCP "Certification" is showing it will expire due to not have enough PD points to maintain your certification (Certified renewed status), we suggest that you update your status page with outstanding PD opportunities and/or complete one or more of the FREE online modules that Baseball Canada has recently developed. We suggest that you log in to the Baseball Canada coach management system (nccp.baseball.ca) for an up-to-date record of your PD points. This can be seen on your ‘status’ page within a box tracking your PD points. At the bottom of this box it shows the total points needed, in most cases 12.
For options to accumulate PD points fast there are a few new baseball opportunities available for you. These online modules are worth 5 PD points each, and you can register for them by going to your status page at nccp.baseball.ca. Here are 2 of them:
Coach Initiation in Sport
Coach Initiation in Baseball (Fundamentals)
There are also a number of free online resources at coach.ca. For example, you can get 5 pts per module:
Longer term, there are many options to collect PD pts, such as, active coaching (1pt per yr.), self-learning like seminars & conventions (3 pts), any NCCP clinics (5 pts), etc.
NCCP Clinics for 5 Points, some examples are:
Provincial clinics, such as Pitching & Catching or Strategies
Competition Development clinics, such as Base Running, Infielding, Outfielding, or the multi-sport clinics, etc.
Conventions or seminars for 3 Points, some non NCCP examples could be:
Northwest Baseball Coaches Conference (January)
WHAT HAPPENS TO MY NCCP CERTIFICATION IF I DO NOT COMPLETE THE REQUIRED PD IN THE TIME ALLOWED? Your transcript would show that your “Certified” status has not been renewed. To return to a certified status, you would be required to go through evaluation again. For Regional Certified coaches this means completing a Portfolio and a Practice Evaluation for a total of $90. For Provincial Certified coaches this means completing a Portfolio, a Practice Evaluation and a Game Evaluation for a $150 fee.
We thank you for your continued involvement in coaching baseball and serving our athletes across Canada. If you require more information, please contact Baseball Canada at firstname.lastname@example.org
Baseball Canada unveils coaching video series and online platform
OTTAWA- Baseball Canada is pleased to announce a new instructional video series available to all members of our National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). The instructional videos are accompanied by a new video blog (Vlog) series available on our brand new platform, baseballcanadacoaches.ca.
Featuring former big leaguer Joe Siddall along with former National Team player Marc Griffin, the instructional videos cover all aspects of the game of baseball including fielding ground balls, throwing mechanics, hitting load, leads and proper sliding techniques. Topics such as choosing the right size bat, proper tee height and Rally Cap evaluation are just some of the many items discussed in the vlog series.
“We are very excited to launch this video series and host it on a brand new platform,” said Baseball Canada’s Director of Sport Development, André Lachance. “Joe and Marc do a tremendous job as instructors to provide coaches with the information and knowledge that will benefit them and ultimately the athletes they coach. The vlogs act as an additional resource for coaches on topics where information might be harder to come by.”
All of the videos are available to our NCCP members at baseballcanadacoaches.ca
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