National Coaching Certification Program
Every athlete deserves a certified coach. Canada's NCCP program is designed to meet the needs of practising coaches, whether they be beginner or experienced. The program is structured on five levels and presents coaches with the Theoretical, Technical and Practical aspects of coaching. Each coach should participate in all components of the program to develop their full potential as a coach.
There are five levels in the NCCP Program. Levels one and two are the most common levels achieved and are aimed at coaches of the beginner and developing athlete. Level three is aimed at the higher level competitive athlete and levels four and five are aimed at the High Performance and Olympic athlete.
Badminton Alberta actively promotes the Coaching Association of Canada's National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). This program is organized in three components:
Part A (formerly Theory)
Any Badminton Alberta member may attend technical certification clinics offered by the association throughout the province. Minimal course fees are charged for these clinics since they also receive funding from the Alberta Sport Recreation Parks & Wildlife Foundation.
Coaches attending technical clinics conducted by Badminton Alberta must acquire a copy of the new Badminton Canada 1-2-3 coaching manual. Cost of this manual includes annual updates provided by Badminton Canada to all registered owners. Any registered club, school or zone association may host a technical clinic. At least sixty days advance notice is normally required in order that an announcement can be published in Badminton Review.
Badminton Alberta conducts technical clinics at levels 1 & 2.
Level 1 is a very basic program, designed for phys-ed teachers and community club coaches teaching novice level players. Level 1 technical requires approximately 10 to 12 hours and includes a take home exam.
Level 2 technical is for those coaching competitive players. A full weekend is required to complete this course, and there is a written examination. Level 1 technical is a prerequisite for Level 2.
Level 3 technical is for coaches of advanced competitive play (those preparing athletes for major tournaments including national championships). The course is 3 to 4 days in length and normally offered during the summer months.
Level 3 technical courses are conducted by national coaches appointed by Badminton Canada. This course is not offered every year in Alberta, but travel subsidies are available through an Alberta Sport Recreation Parks & Wildlife Foundation grant for courses hosted in other provinces. To attend a level 3 technical course a coach must be fully certified (ie completed technical, practical and theory components of both level 1 and level 2), and have completed Level 3 Theory.
Theory courses are normally conducted at universities, colleges and by arrangement at other venues. Participants should target the Competition Stream and take the Introduction to Coaching (Parts A & B). A schedule of theory courses is available from Canadian Sport Institute - Calgary.
The practical coaching component for badminton is a specified number of hours of coaching experience: 20 hours of basic coaching for level 1 and 40 hours of competitive coaching for level 2. Coaches who have met these minimal requirements must advise the Badminton Alberta office in order to receive credit by the Coaching Association of Canada.