Interested in Coaching but don't know where to start?
First thing to know: Anyone can be a coach. It is important to emphasize that some of the best coaches have not been elite athletes themselves, but have developed strengths in key areas such as motivation and communication with athletes, and demonstrating leadership through exemplary behaviors on and off the playing field.
Second thing to know: Coaches are in high demand. There are usually many more athletes and teams wanting to play then available coaches. Your interest in coaching will be warmly welcomed.
Pick a sport! A sport you love, have played, or are interested in, is the best place to start. For parents, a sport your child is currently playing is a great choice as well.
Find a Club! Ok coach, you've got your sport and you're ready go. Next up is locating some athletes. Here is how to find a club:
1. If you are already connected to a club (you've played there, or your child plays there) start with that club
2. If someone you know coaches at a nearby club, that's the second best place to start
3. Third option is a quick google search of nearby clubs for your sport
4. If you're total stuck, contact your Provincial Sport Organization
Now, reach out by phone or email to your club contact, clubs admin, or coaching friend with a message about volunteering as a coach.
Starting as an Assistant Coach to an existing Head Coach is a great way to begin. It usually involves less commitment, provides you with an experienced mentor, and gets you involved right away. Many head coaches will take on an assistant mid-season.
Get some training! Developing as a coach can take on many forms: NCCP training, mentoring, reading, events, and of course coaching experience.
If you're completely new start with the NCCP Coach Initiation module. This short online module will introduce you to the foundational skills in coaching, such as: long-term athlete development, ethics, coaching motivation, and athlete safety and wellness. The Coach Initiation in Sport module will also introduce coaches to the NCCP, a valuable tool for preparing for a coach’s first in-person NCCP workshop.
Depending on your sport, you may be able to start right away as an assistant coach. Other sports require a few more NCCP courses before starting. Almost all head coaching positions required sport specific NCCP training.
Get Coaching! You have a sport, a club, and some training. Time to get out there and start coaching.
Continue your Development! Welcome to the big wide world of coaching. You've started on your path, had some successes, but know there is so much more to learn. With all the books, events, videos, and courses where should you start?
- For general information on coaching start with the Coaches Association of Ontario
- For Sport Specific information, and to find your NCCP Pathway, locate your Provincial Sport Organization
- For national information on coaching visit the Coaching Association of Canada
- Make sure to check out our awesome Resource page (Coming Soon!)