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Coaches

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.

Certification is achieved through the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP).

However, Coach Education is much broader than a simple certification course.  On-going professional development is required. Volleyball Alberta's annual Coaching Symposium (to be confirmed for 2020-2021) is a great way to improve one's knowledge and network with other coaches.

Coaches have a lot on their plate- so we have developed a Resource page to provide coaches a centralized location for various forms, and Multi-media presentations.


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 an updated coaching certification policy for all Premier tournaments and Provincial Championships.  This policy is intended to align with Volleyball Canada's recently updated coaching certification policy for National Championships. 

Volleyball Alberta has had to adjust our policies to work within current restrictions of COVID-19. However, it’s still important to know to start the season, Head Coaches need to have the Mandatory Requirements and training before participating in the VA Leagues.

2021 Mandatory Head Coach Requirements

1.  Foundations of Volleyball 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.

2.  Make 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.
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3.  Making Head Way in Sport (Generic) eLearning, https://coach.ca/making-head-way-concussion-elearning-series
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.

4.  Safe Sport Training 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.

2021 Coaching Requirements

Volleyball Alberta will require Head Coaches to have the following additional training for 2021, however deadine dates have not been determined due to COVID restrictions, but this information will be posted as soon as we know the Premier League start date.  The Volleyball Development Coach workshop materials are being finalized so it can be delivered online.  We are planning to offer this new online training starting at the beginning of March.  The 17U-18U multi-sport requirements are offered online, so we encourage coaches to complete those as soon as possible. 

14U-16U HEAD COACHES on the roster must have TRAINED Development Coach status for 2021:

  • Includes the Mandatory Requirements and the Development Coach workshop.

17U-18U HEAD COACHES on the roster must have TRAINED Development Coach status for 2021 in addition to multi-sport modules:

  • Design a Basic Sport Program (on-line delivery), Calendar
  • Basic Mental Skills (on-line delivery), Calendar

Volleyball Canada Coach Certification Policy (2020-21)

     


      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 assesment and evaluation process approach for the redevelopment of the certification program. Coaches will be assesed 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:

      How Do I Get Certified?

      Volleyball Alberta conducts Technical courses several times a year and oversees the Practical component of the NCCP program. The Theory component is run by Alberta Sport Connection- they offer courses in all regions of the province throughout the year.

      Technical courses apply coaching principles for volleyball. Skills, drills, training methods, strategy and tactics, detection and correction of errors plus psychological preparation are some of the topics covered in this component.


      Maintenance of Certification

      Beginning on January 1st, 2014, 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.
       

        Activity Category Points Limitations
      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 Jim Plakas for approval.  Procedures for submission of PD points is currently being finalized.