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Course Descriptions & Evaluation Info


There are currently 4 Athletics coaching courses being offered by Athletics Canada, in three different NCCP contexts.

Run Jump Throw Wheel: Community Sport

Run Jump Throw Wheel is targeted at coaches whose coaching season ranges from 1 day fun days, day camp programs to once or twice a week programs offered over a few months. This program is targeted at coaches/instructors who have little or no sport experience.  The focus of this program is the introduction of fundamental movement skills in a fun and non-competitive environment.

One multi-sport module is also recommended for coaches seeking certification:

  • Making Ethical Decisions (required for training, online evaluation required for certification)

 

Sport Coach: Instruction-Beginner

Sport Coach is targeted at coaches who work with athletes 4 to 10 weeks a year and/or 2-3 sessions a week.  This course is for coaches who are introducing athletes to Athletics and Athletics competitions (regional and provincial).  Planning a practice is a key skill that is introduced in this workshop and coaches are exposed to all event groups through their training.

At Sport Coach, coaches are introduced to the events usually contested in the Junior High environment. At this time there is no para specific course being offered at the Sport Coach level, however coaches currently working with an athlete with a disability in this age/ability range are to attend the Sport Coach workshop as the coaching and technical concepts carry over regardless of whether the coach works within the Olympic or Paralympic context.

Athletes ages: Girls 8 to 11 years, Boys 9 to 12 years

LTAD Stage: Train to train

Prepare coaches to coach: Athletics in an introductory competitive environment

Status upon successful completion:  In-Training Sport Coach

Description: The modules are designed to meet the needs of coaches who are working with athletes in a school program or coaches who are new to the club system. The Sport Coach Workshop participants will be introduced to sprints, hurdles, relays, long jump, triple jump, high jump, shot put, discus and javelin. Some Branches may choose to offer additional events based on the junior high and high school track and field programs in their province.

One multi-sport module is also recommended for coaches seeking certification:

  • Making Ethical Decisions (required for training, online evaluation required for certification)

 

Club Coach: Competition-Introduction

Club Coach is for coaches who are coaching 12-24 weeks a year and/or 3-5 sessions a week.  The athletes Club Coaches work with have a foundation in Athletics or come from a multisport environment.  The focus of this course is to prepare the coach to develop an athlete’s skills in one event group area.  Seasonal planning is a key skill that is introduced in this course.

In Club Coach, coaches select an event group to specialize in and are introduced to all facets of that event group. Coaches are able to complete as many event group specializations as they like.

Coaches wanting to specialize in either wheelchair racing or throws are first required to attend a Club Coach workshop in either the throws, sprints or endurance event groups. Upon completion, they may then attend the one and a half day wheelchair specialization workshop.

Athletes ages: Girls 11 to 15 years, Boys 12 to 16 years

LTAD Stage: Train to train

Prepare coaches to coach: A specific event group in a club environment or coaches who are coaching in a school environment and wish to gain more knowledge in a specific event group.

Status upon successful completion:  In-Training Club Coach

Description: The modules are designed to meet the needs of coaches who are working with athletes in a specific event group, in a club setting. In the Club Coach workshop, participants will select an event group to specialize in: Sprints/Relays/Hurdles; Throws, Jumps, Endurance or Wheelchair Racing.

One multi-sport module is also recommended for coaches seeking certification:

  • Making Ethical Decisions (required for training, online evaluation required for certification)

 

Performance Coach: Competition-Development

The Performance Coach certification is for coaches who are coaching year round, 40 or more weeks a year and 5-10 sessions a week. The athletes they are responsible for are competing at the national level in the junior or senior categories.  The training for this course is event group focused.  The main focus of this course is annual planning and periodization.

Athlete ages: Girls 16 years and up, Boys 17 years and up

LTAD Stage: Train to compete

Prepare coaches to coach: A specific event group in a club or post-secondary environment training for national or international competition.

Status upon successful completion:  In-Training Performance Coach

Description: The following training modules are offered by Athletics Canada to assist coaches in preparing for evaluation.  They are also highly recommended as professional development for Certified Club Coaches.

Coaches who wish to be trained in the Performance Coach context will need to complete an approximately 5h online training block, divided into modules focused on Physiology, Biomechanics, Nutrition, Planning, Strength, Injury Prevention and Recovery & Screening. They will also undertake approximately 2h of pre-course work doing an event audit and event modelling exercise.

The bulk of the 4 day in-class course will be divided between Technical sessions in event groups (12h) and Planning sessions, generally and in event groups (6h). There is also a review of the specific event model (6h) and a practical strength session (3h).

As a result of this workshop coaches will be able to:

  • Perform a thorough analysis of the demands of the event group;
  • Outline a program structure based on training and competition opportunities;
  • Identify appropriate measures for promoting athlete development within program;
  • Integrate yearly training priorities into program;
  • Optimize and sequence training priorities and objectives on a weekly basis to optimize adaptations;
  • Evaluate the ability of athletes to perform to their potential;
  • Report on athlete progress through the program.

This workshop is event group specific and is offered for the following event groups:

  • Endurance  
  • Sprints and Hurdles
  • Jumps
  • Throws
  • Wheelchair Racing​
  • Combined Events

A series of multi-sport modules are also recommended for coaches seeking certification:

  • Making Ethical Decisions (required for training, online evaluation required for certification)
  • Leading Drug Free Sport (required for training, online evaluation required for certification)
  • Managing Conflict (required for training, online evaluation required for certification)
  • Psychology of Performance (required for training)
  • Coaching and Leading Effectively (required for training)