A coach is one of the most influential people in a young person’s life. Coaches don’t just teach how to hit a ball or block a spike but how to win and lose graciously. The athletic skills young people learn from coaches may only apply for a few years, but the attitudes they develop toward themselves and others will last a lifetime.
As a role model, the coach is a teacher, leader, organizer and counselor.
Volleyball Alberta Coaching Requirements
In an effort to provide the best opportunity for athletes to have a positive, safe and rewarding volleyball experience, Volleyball Alberta has developed a coach certification policy for all Premier Tournaments and Provincial Championships in alignment with Volleyball Canada. Specific requirement timelines for all rostered coaches and staff can be found on the Coach & Team Eligibility Timeframe.
All leaders are required to complete the Person In Authority (PIA) Checklist.
Head Coaches for 13U-18U teams will need additional Mandatory Head Coach Requirements.
For more in depth and additional information on Person In Authority Platforms, Mandatory Head Coach Requirements and NCCP Certifications please see below.
We are excited to see the growth in both the athletes and coaches this upcoming club season. See you on the court!
For Coach Development questions, contact: Mike Ling, Manager, Coaching & Early Stages firstname.lastname@example.org
Person In Authority Requirements
For all leaders this season, Person In Authority (PIA) Requirements will be reviewed at the time of registration. To learn more about PIA Requirements click below.
Mandatory Head Coach Requirements (13U-18U)
There are two parts to the Mandatory Head Coach Requirements.
Part 1 – Head Coach Checklist: Must be completed by all head coaches for teams in 13U-18U age classes.
Part 2 – NCCP Certification: Must be completed by all head coaches for teams in 14U-18U age classes.
Part 1 – Head Coach Checklist (13U-18U)
Head coaches are required to complete additional steps:
1) Making Head Way in Sport (MHS) eLearning
2) Making Ethical Decisions (MED) Online Evaluation
3) Foundations of Volleyball (FOV) eLearning
Head Coach requirements must be completed in a timely manner, specified on the Coach & Team Eligibility Timeframe. By not completing the Head Coach Checklist, coaches may be subject to a fine.
**Important** What you see in the Locker under “Certifications” is what we see in the Locker. The Locker can be utilized and considered by coaches as their Coach Transcript.
MHS is completed in The Locker.
The MED requirement is unique, Volleyball Alberta only requires the Online Evaluation to be completed in The Locker.
Register for the FOV in the Volleyball Canada Coaching Centre NOT The Locker.
Part 2 – NCCP Certification (14U-18U)
Head coaches starting at the 14U age class must have a further level of training. The amount of training required will be reflective of a head coach’s circumstances, such as the number of years coaching in an age class category.
The NCCP training required of the head coach will need to be completed prior to March 30, and will be viewed by Volleyball Alberta staff prior to provincials specified on the Coach & Team Eligibility Requirements Timeframe.
|Example 1:||Example 2:||Example 3:|
|I coached 14U last season as a Head Coach, this year I am coaching 16U.||I coached 12U last season as Assistant Coach, this season I am head coach in the 15U age class||I coached 16U for 3 years as a head coach. I haven’t coached for 5 years, this season I am coaching 17U|
|Answer: 2nd year coach in the DEV.COACH level = Certified Development Coach Evaluation required||Answer: 1st year coach in the DEV.COACH level = Development Workshop required||Answer: 1st year coach in the ADV.DEV.COACH level = Advanced Development Coach Workshop required|
Additional Information – Platforms
1. PIA: Police Information Check / Criminal Record Check (CRC), Sterling myBackCheck
Screening of personnel and volunteers is an important part of providing a safe sporting environment. Volleyball Alberta is responsible by law, to do everything reasonable to provide a safe and secure environment for participants in its programs, activities and events. Volleyball Alberta is committed to fulfilling the duty of care it owes to its members. Police Information Checks should be completed PRIOR to an individual working with a club, athletes, or for Volleyball Alberta.
2. PIA: Safe Sport Training (SST) eLearning, https://safesport.coach.ca/participants-training
Safe Sport Training promotes physical, psychological, and social health, and meets Sport Canada requirements for Safe Sport education. The safe sport module is a FREE, 90-minute eLearning module that gives all participants the tools to recognize, address, and prevent maltreatment in sport. You will need a Locker account and NCCP number to access this module. If you have never taken an NCCP course and need a NCCP number, you can create a free account in the Locker.
3. PIA: Screening Disclosure Form (SDF), Sportlomo User Account Login
Annual screening disclosure form in your Sportlomo User Account at the time of registration.
4. Making Head Way in Sport (MHS) (Generic) eLearning, https://coach.ca/making-head-way-concussion-elearning-series This module will help you gain the knowledge and skills required to ensure the safety of your participants. This module will cover: 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 how to ensure athletes return to play safely. You will need a Locker account and NCCP number to access this module. If you have never taken an NCCP course and need a NCCP number, you can create a free account in the Locker.
5. Making Ethical Decisions (MED) Online Evaluation,
Coaches may challenge the NCCP Make Ethical Decisions Online Evaluation, which means they do not need to take the NCCP Make Ethical Decisions Training (Calendar). However, the NCCP Make Ethical Decisions Online Evaluation is only free for those who complete the training and have it listed on their NCCP transcript. A fee of $85 will apply for coaches who have not taken the training and choose to go directly to the evaluation. You will need a Locker account and NCCP number to access this module. If you have never taken an NCCP course and need a NCCP number, you can create a free account in the Locker.
Frequently Asked Questions
6. Foundations of Volleyball (FOV) eLearning, https://coach.volleyball.ca/
The Foundations of Volleyball eLearning module is a prerequisite to the in-person volleyball workshops. Foundations of Volleyball eLearning module is designed to provide all the necessary information a volleyball coach will need prior to the volleyball workshop. The training costs $89 and takes approximately 2-3 hours to complete.
Additional Information – NCCP Certification Requirements
All Head Coaches (14U-18U) listed on any Provincials roster must meet the requirements below for the age category that they are coaching.
DEADLINE: March 30 (annually)
SANCTIONS: For teams attending VC Nationals, Head Coaches who do not meet the requirements outlined below will be subject to the Volleyball Canada $250 fine, payable prior to participation in that year’s Nationals.
For teams not attending VC Nationals, Head Coaches who do not meet the requirements outlined below, will be fined $250, payable prior to participation in that year’s Provincials.
|NCCP Certification Table|
|14U/15U/16U||In addition to complete the Mandatory Requirements, all coaches participating as a Head Coach at a 14U/15U/16U Provincials for the first time are required to have successfully completed the DEVELOPMENT COACH WORKSHOP. In addition to complete the Mandatory Requirements, all coaches participating as a Head Coach at a 14U/15U/16U Provincials for the second time or more (does not need to be consecutive years) are required to have CERTIFIED DEVELOPMENT COACH status.|
|17U/18U||In addition to complete the Mandatory Requirements, all coaches participating as a Head Coach at a 17U/18U Provincials for the first time are required to have successfully completed an ADVANCED DEVELOPMENT COACH (INDOOR) WORKSHOP. In addition to complete the Mandatory Requirements, all coaches participating as a Head Coach at a 17U/18U Provincials for the second time or more (does not need to be consecutive years) are required to have CERTIFIED ADVANCED DEVELOPMENT COACH status.|
|IMPORTANT NOTE: Head Coaches who have achieved Certified status in their appropriate context are still required to complete the mandatory requirements in Section A (above) and maintain Active status in the NCCP Locker. Please refer to Volleyball Canada’s NCCP Certification Maintenance Guide on how to remain Active.|
National Coaching Certification Program
The National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) has been regarded as one of the top coaching education programs in the world but after an extensive review, several modifications have been suggested. Most prominent of these is to ensure that the program is not strictly knowledge based but has a substantial practical component. The main objective for the program is to produce competent coaches rather than simply knowledgeable coaches. As a result, the Coaching Association of Canada adopted a coaching assessment and evaluation process approach for the redevelopment of the certification program. Coaches will be assessed and evaluated on their knowledge at each level.
The primary goal of the NCCP program is to focus on the holistic development of coaches that reflect the needs of the participants and demands of the sport’s context. More specifically, the philosophy of the NCCP program is to offer quality training to develop competent coaches that can be defined as being able to answer to the needs of the participants within a specific context and intervene effectively within the boundaries of an ethical framework of practice. The emphasis is not on what you “the coach” know but what you can do with what you know. The content of the course focuses on 4 essential generic coaching competencies such as problem solving, intervention, values and critical thinking. In developing these competencies, coaches are trained in all aspects of coaching (i.e. human, technical, practical and strategic) that are relevant to all types of coaches and coaching contexts. This will also provide on-going self-development
Levels of Certification
The four (4) levels of certification are the following:
- Development Coach (formerly level 1) – Athletes at the junior high, 13U, 14U, 15U & 16U level
- Advanced Development Coach (formerly level 2) – Athletes at the high school/17U, 18U & 21U level
- Level 3 – Athletes in provincial team programs/university/college
- Level 4 – National team coaches
How Do I Get Certified?
Volleyball Alberta conducts Workshops several times a year and oversees the Evaluation component of the NCCP program. The Multisport modules are run by Alberta Sport Connection – they offer courses in all regions of the province throughout the year.
Volleyball Alberta and Volleyball Canada will follow the Coaching Association of Canada’s (CAC) NCCP Professional Development policy and procedures. Coaches will now receive credit within the Locker database for approved professional development experiences. In order to maintain certification coaches will need to accrue a specific amount of points over a period of 5 years. Please review the CAC’s FAQ for all the details.
The CAC recognizes coaches who are actively coaching with one Professional Development point a year toward their maintenance of certification. Declaring that you are actively coaching is easy. Click here to log in to The Locker, go to your transcript and click the “self-report” whistle icon on the left side of the screen to “Record Active Status”. Don’t forget to come back next year and declare again!
For a summary of how professional development points will be allotted, please see below.
|Sport Specific||Active coaching||1 point/year for every season coached|
1 point/year for learning facilitator or evaluator activity
|To a maximum of 5 points within 5 years|
|NCCP activity||5 points/module||No maximum or minimum|
|Non-NCCP activity*||3 points for ~3 hours activity||Maximum of 3 hours for 1 multiple day clinic/symposium|
|Coach self-directed activity*||3 points for the valid certification period||Maximum of 3 points for certification renewal period|
|Re-evaluation in context||100% of the points required for PD credit in the context||No other PD is required if coach chooses re-evaluation|
|Multi-Sport||NCCP activity||5 points/module||No maximum or minimum|
|Non-NCCP activity||1 point/hour of activity up to 3 points maximum||To a maximum of 50% of required PD credit for the context in a certification renewal period|
* For Non-NCCP activities, and coach self-directed activities, coaches must get approval from Volleyball Alberta to confirm that credit can be claimed. Contact Mike Ling for approval. Procedures for submission of PD points is currently being finalized.