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Development Coach

Development Coach

The Development Coach program is the primary entry point for most coaches in the volleyball community.  The course supports coaches working in the Train to Train stage or the age groups of 13-16. The program has three designations that coaches will achieve as they work towards certification.  These designations are: In Training, Trained, and Certified.  The requirements for each designation are listed below.

Volleyball Canada has released the 2019 Coaching Requirements for indoor volleyball. Coaches must follow the new NCCP certification requirements and meet the specified requirements for each appearance at a Provincial Championships.  Even certified coaches may not have some of the training required, so it is important to read through the coaching requirements carefully.

Volleyball Alberta is responsible for the delivery of the Development Coach Pathway.  The requirements are listed below or they can be found under the Development Coach section of Volleyball Canada's NCCP Pathways document.

In Training - Development Coach

To achieve In Training - Development Coach designation, coaches must successfully complete the following:

1. Foundations of Volleyball eLearning

The Foundations of Volleyball eLearning module is now a prerequisite to the in-person volleyball workshop. The module must be completed prior to registering for the Development Coach Workshop. The Foundations of Volleyball eLearning module is designed to provide all the necessary information a volleyball coach will need prior to the volleyball workshop. The content of the module will be applied and practiced in the workshop. 

Trained - Development Coach

To achieve Trained - Development Coach designation, coaches must successfully complete the following in addition to all previously listed requirements:

1. Multi-Sport Modules  

  • Make Ethical Decisions (optional if MED Online Evaluation is completed)
  • Nutrition (optional)

The Multi-Sport Modules provide education and training in areas relevant to coaches in all sports. In Alberta, the Multi-Sport Modules are offered through the Alberta Sport Connection (ASC).  A schedule of upcoming ASC Multi-Sport Workshops in Alberta can be found here.

2. Development Coach In-Person Workshop

After completion of the Foundations of Volleyball eLearning module, you will be prompted to sign up for a workshop in your local area.  This in-person workshop has been designed to introduce the game of volleyball and basic coaching concepts to novice coaches and typically takes place on a Saturday and Sunday. Coaches will be expected to participate in a series of learning experiences designed to assist them in improving their volleyball coaching abilities and to have those coaching abilities assessed throughout the course. 

Please note that coaches must be a minimum of 16 years old in order to participate in a Development Coach Workshop.

A list of workshops currently being offered by Volleyball Alberta can be found here.

Certified - Development Coach

The final step in the Development Coach Pathway is the development of a coaching portfolio and the final evaluation by a certified Coach Evaluator. To achieve Certified - Development Coach designation, coaches must successfully complete the following, in addition to all previously listed requirements:

1. Portfolio Submission 

  • Practice Plan
  • Emergency Action Plan (EAP)

2. Evaluation Requirements

  • Make Ethical Decisions Online Evaluation (free if Make Ethical Decisions Multi-Sport module has been completed)
  • Making Head Way (Generic)
  • Support to Athletes in Training Evaluation

IMPORTANT NOTE:  The 'old' Level 1 workshop has now expired. Beginning on September 1, 2018, a revised Development Coach course will be delivered. Coaches who have taken the Level 1 in-person technical workshop prior to September 1, 2018, and have NOT completed the evaluation, now have a sunset period in which to complete the evaluation. All evaluations for the Level 1 course must be completed and submitted to your Provincial/Territorial Volleyball Association by April 1, 2019. To download the Level 1 Evaluation Package click here.

More information on the Development Coach Portfolio and Evaluation Requirements can be found here.


For more information on Volleyball Canada's Development Coach Pathway, please email Ian Halliday, Coach Development Manager with Volleyball Alberta.