How do I start my training as a baseball coach?
All coach training by Baseball Canada is now started through an on-line module at http://nccp.baseball.ca. Just type this URL into your computer address line. This site was developed by Baseball Canada as part of the Initiation Coach program. It is an inter-active self-directed training tool that you complete at your own pace and convenience. It costs $37.45 (including taxes) and gives you access to on-line video drills, materials, practice plans and skill development tools in an easy-to-follow format. You continue to have access to the site after completing the on-line portion of the entry course. The focus of this module is on the 'What to Coach?' side of coaching. Once you complete the course you will be given a choice of workshops where the focus will be on the "How to Coach?" side.
My kids are starting baseball and I want to start coaching at the entry level with my local association. How do I find the programs and training I need?
An important part of the entry level coach training program is Fundamentals and Ongoing Participation introduced by Baseball Canada. It is part of the Community Sport Stream. The Community Stream is geared towards a coach who is entering the system with their children and will be coaching kids in a community or recreational setting. It stresses FUNdamental skill development with the emphasis on FUN. Entry to the training for this program and to all streams is through http://nccp.baseball.ca. Just type this URL you're your computer address line. Additional information on Rally Cap can be found through the provincial baseball association.
I want to become involved in coaching rep (travel) teams in my community. How do I start my training and what do I need?
All coach training by Baseball Canada is now started through an on-line module at http://nccp.baseball.ca. This site was developed by Baseball Canada as part of the Community Sport Stream and is also being used for Competition Introduction & development Streams. It is an inter-active self-directed training tool that you complete at your own pace and convenience. It costs $37.45 (including taxes) and gives you access to on-line video packages, materials, portfolio tasks, evaluations, practice plans and skill development tools in an easy-to-follow format. You continue to have access to the site after completing the on-line portion of the entry course. The focus of this module is on the 'What to Coach?' side of coaching. Once you complete the course you will be given a choice of workshops where the focus will be on the "How to Coach?" side. Baseball Canada originally offered different technical levels of courses that coaches were required to take along with general coaching theory courses. In 2006, programs were introduced that integrate the theory components with the technical information. Today, progression continues as streams are designed directly for the athletes being coached. So, now Community Sport Stream is Rally Cap, Fundamentals and Ongoing Participation. The Competition Introduction stages are now 13U, 15U and 16+. Competition Development has not changed.
How do I check my certification and registration in the Coaching Association database?
If you know your NCCP (or CC) number, go to www.coach.ca. Click on your language of choice, and then click on the 'Check Certification' icon. Once you have entered your name and NCCP number, you can view your transcript (and print off a copy if you wish). If you do not know your CC number, send an email to your provincial baseball association and they will track down your number. Remember it takes 2-3 months after a course for the data to be entered. If you need confirmation in the meantime, your PSO now retains course register forms and we can confirm that you have taken the courses listed.
I already have coaching training/certification. What will happen to my training/certification under the new NCCP system? Will I have to take all my training again?
Existing coach training/certification will be 'grandfathered' into the new system. Transfer of Qualification equivalencies will be given for existing levels. If you meet the certification levels required today, and as soon as you complete My First Pitch &/or Safe Sport eLearning online modules, you will continue to meet these requirements for the foreseeable future. New Coaches entering the system, enter at the age level coaching.
What are these equivalencies?
Click Here to see the Baseball Canada NCCP Transfer Plan
What will I have to do to maintain my certification?
The coach training and courses already taken by coaches will continue to be part of the system. However, certification is now a renewable process. Previously, coaches who took courses and achieved certain certification levels continued to hold that level forever, whether they actively coached or not. Today, Baseball Canada renews certification only for coaches practicing continued education. These coaches earn Professional Development Points (PD) in a five-year cycle. To maintain your coach status to Certified Coach Renewed, certified coaches must be actively coaching at that level and achieve 20 PD pts. PD can be achieved by attending coach conferences, conventions, clinics, eLearning modules or other development activities years. Coaches who let their certification expire will be able to renew by meeting certain criteria - such as a refresher session or updating (may be on-line or may be an update evaluation). If you continue to actively coach and achieve PD requirements, you will maintain your certification. For more info Click Here.
I hear the discussion of 'In Training', 'Trained' and 'Certified'. What do these mean to me?
Coaches progress through different stages for each context in which they coach. Today’s system designates a coach as 'In Training' for a context when coach enters the system and starts taking training, then when the coach finishes requirements that apply to that context, they are designated as 'Trained'. To become 'Certified', a coach goes through additional training and an evaluation process that includes two eLearning modules (Making Ethical Decisions & Safe Sport), video packages, Portfolio tasks (done on-line inter-actively), and observation sessions with a trained evaluator at a practice and/or competition.
Do I have to be 'Certified'?
Certification is not an option until the Competition Introduction Stream (13U, 15U, 16+ & beyond). Highest achievement in the Community Stream (Rally Cap, Fundamentals & Ongoing Participation and 11U) is Coach Trained Status. Coaches should review coach requirements at Local & Provincial Associations, Baseball Canada & Baseball BC Championships to be sure coaching goals will be met. To meet your Baseball Canada & Baseball BC Championship Coach Training Goals, Click Here