Terms used:

Axel

An edge jump with natural rotation that takes off from a forward outside edge; listed in the Scale of Values according to the number of rotations. Unlike other single jumps which are one rotation, a single Axel has one-and-a-half rotations.

Category

The name for each level of competition within a discipline.  Examples of categories are STAR 1, STAR 2, Pre-Juvenile, Juvenile, Pre-Novice, etc.

Club

A not-for-profit organization that is operating for the general purpose of providing Skate Canada skating programs and is managed by a volunteer board of directors.

Dance Spin

A spin skated by the couple together in any hold. It should be performed on the spot around a common axis on one foot by each partner simultaneously.

Evaluator

An individual sixteen years of age or older who is responsible for evaluating assessments in the STAR 6-Gold structure.  Evaluators are qualified to assess in one or more disciplines.

Event

The name given to a group of skaters entered in a category.  There may be one event per category or several events per category depending on the number of total entries.  Each event is independent of the other events within the category. 

Events

The name given to a group of skaters entered in a category.  There may be one event per category or several events per category depending on the number of total entries.  Each event is independent of the other events within the category. 

Good Standing

A person who has paid all dues outstanding to Skate Canada, a Club, or a Skating School (as applicable) and whom the Board has not declared not to be in good standing and in the case of Members, a Member whose Membership has not been terminated pursuant to Article 3 hereof [of the bylaws].

International Competitions

Within Canada, these are defined as competitions/championships conducted according to the rules of the International Skating Union, where teams from at least one foreign country are invited by Skate Canada.

Member

Each person that meets the requirements of any of the three Member classes as defined in Article 3 hereof [of the bylaws] and that has been duly admitted as a member of Skate Canada.

 

Membership

The status of being in one of the classes as outlined in section 3.1 hereof [of the bylaws].

Pivoting

A two-footed movement in which the toe picks of one foot are inserted into the ice by a skater as a central pivoting point while the other foot travels in a circular pattern around the pivot point.

Qualifying Competition

A qualifying event is any competition or any event that qualifies skaters to the sectional championships and higher. These include, without limitation, Sectional Championships, Skate Canada Challenge, Synchronized Regional Championships, Canadian Figure Skating Championships and the Canadian Synchronized Skating Championships.

Registrant

Includes (i) an individual who is registered by a Club or Skating School with Skate Canada and who is subject to all applicable rules, regulations and policies of Skate Canada but who is not a Member; and (ii) an individual who is engaged in any activity provided, sponsored, supported, sanctioned or recognized by Skate Canada and registered directly with Skate Canada but who is not a Member.

Run

A step or sequence of steps in which the free foot passes the skating foot before is it placed on the ice, thereby bringing the new free foot off the ice trailing the new skating foot.

Section

An organization incorporated or organized in a particular province or territory (and in some cases, a combination thereof) strategically aligned with Skate Canada, that may receive funds from provincial or territorial Governmental Authorities and be subject to applicable sport recognition programs and transfer payment arrangements. Each Section is held to the governance and operating requirements of their respective province and / or territory(ies) and is responsible for skating in their respective jurisdictions.

Skate Canada Coach

A skating expert with the required National Coaching Certification Program qualifications to provide a remunerated service at Skate Canada sanctioned clubs and skating schools, both on- and off-ice. These individuals shall have registered, provided full payment and have met all professional coach registration requirements as set annually by Skate Canada.

Skating School

An organization other than a Club that is operating for the general purpose of providing Skate Canada skating programs.

Spin

An element where the skater rapidly revolves, centred on a single point on the ice, while holding one or more body positions.  In singles and pairs, a spin must have at least three revolutions to be considered a spin. The minimum number of revolutions in a position is two without interruption.

Step

The visible tracing on the ice that is executed on one foot. A step is counted each time there is a change of foot.

Steps

The visible tracing on the ice that is executed on one foot. A step is counted each time there is a change of foot.

Tracking

The spatial relationship of two skaters moving together on a curve or a straight line.  The tracings left on the ice represent each skater’s tracking pattern.

Transition

A term used to describe sections of the program that occur within elements, during entrances and exits of elements and as connecting elements and executed in-between the required/optional elements.

Twist

A hand-to-waist lift in which a skater is lifted into the air on the take-off. At the top of the lift the lifted partner is released and completes a twist, rotating freely in the air, during which time the lifting partner turns a half turn to catch the lifted partner at the waist for an assisted landing. The twist lift is named after the basic solo jump take-off - Axel, Toe Loop, Flip or Lutz – and by the number of rotations the lifted partner completes in the air before being caught. 

National Coaching Certification Program

Launched in 1970, the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) is a partnership between the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC), and more than 60 national sport organizations. The NCCP is Canada’s recognized coach training and certification program and serves a wide range of coaches – from those who introduce beginners to sport to those working with high performance athletes.

Skate Canada’s NCCP model is in direct alignment with the Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model which allows coach training and certification to be specific to the development of an athlete as they progress through the sport.

Aspiring coaches begin coach training and certification at the CanSkate Coach context and work their way through to National Coach. Each Context contains three steps to certification:

CanSkate Coach Pathway

All aspiring Skate Canada coaches begin NCCP training at the Learn to Skate level teaching Skate Canada’s flagship program, CanSkate. The coach pathway is represented below. CanSkate Coaches are eligible to coach the CanSkate Program.

Certification Deadline

Coaches have three years from the date of the in-training course to certify as a CanSkate coach.

Pre-Requisites

  • Must be a Skate Canada registrant
  • Must be at least 16 years of age
  • Must have passed one complete STAR 5 assessment
    • If you do not meet this requirement, please contact your Section Course Administrator for further details on how to take the Club Coach: CanSkate course

In-Training Status

  • Successfully complete the CanSkate Coach Pre-Course Training Module
  • Attend the three-day course including:
    • Successfully pass the on-ice assessment
    • Successfully complete all in-class assignments

Prior to attending the CanSkate course, participants are asked to complete an online pre-course through Skate Canada’s eLearning site. This prepares candidates with a base level of knowledge leading into the course. The three-day CanSkate course introduces participants to the basics of coaching, which includes an introduction to Long Term Athlete Development, Teaching and Learning, Communication, Biomechanics, and all components of the CanSkate program.  Throughout this course, candidates will partake in an interactive learning environment and will reflect on their experiences as a skater and how they can transition into a coach role. Based on the following learning objectives, the CanSkate course will prepare coaches to:

  • Recognize factors that affect learning and relate to the Learn to Skate athlete
  • Relate CanSkate skills to the four biomechanical principles introduced
  • Evaluate CanSkate Skills- recognize errors and strategies to correct the error
  • Identify all components of a CanSkate program and can lead a program with confidence

CanSkate Coach Course Information

The CanSkate course is scheduled and delivered by each Section individually. Frequency of courses are offered by demand- please contact your Section Course Administrator

  • CanSkate pre-course fee: free
  • CanSkate course fee: varies by Section

Trained Status

CanSkate coaches will earn a Trained status once they have completed the three-day coach course and have completed these four multi-sport courses and Locker eLearning:

  • Making Ethical Decisions (multi-sport course)
  • Planning a Practice (multi-sport course)
  • Teaching and Learning (multi-sport course)
  • Coaching Athletes with a Disability (Locker eLearning)

Multi-sport Course Information and Locker eLearning

All multi-sport training is offered in partnership with the Coaching Association of Canada through Provincial and Territorial Coaching Representatives. Click here for more information. Locker eLearning is available through your Locker profile.

  • Multi-sport course fee: varies by province/territory

Certified Status

  • Must be a registered Skate Canada Coach in good standing

The CanSkate Certified Evaluation Portfolio provides a platform for coaches to display their ability to coach at the Learn to Skate level. Coaches are encouraged to gain some experience coaching CanSkate or mentor with another coach prior to submitting this portfolio. To assist with coach development, the portfolio consists of the following components:

  • Mentorship interview with the evaluator
  • Coaching philosophy
  • Coaching goals
  • Skater development philosophy
  • Session observations
  • Emergency Action Plan (EAP)
  • Submission of two technical video lessons at the CanSkate level
  • Warm-up, group activity, cool down plan
  • Make Ethical Decisions online evaluation

Becoming a Certified CanSkate Coach

  • When ready to complete the certification process, coaches must enroll in CanSkate Coach Certified Evaluation Portfolio through the eLearning site.
    • You will be prompted to pay a $105 evaluation fee prior to entry. Please note, this fee is non-refundable. Coaches should enroll in this course only when they are prepared to finish the portfolio in a timely manner (within maximum of two months of enrolling).

Upon enrollment, the following events will take place:

  • The coach will be assigned a coach evaluator by Skate Canada
  • The evaluator will set up a time with the coach to review the portfolio (pre-brief conversation)
  • The coach will complete the portfolio requirements and will notify the evaluator
    • Ensure portfolio is in fillable Portfolio Template
    • Submit for marking (within two months)
  • The evaluator will review the portfolio
    • Please allow four weeks for marking
  • The evaluator will schedule a time with the coach to review the portfolio as well as create an action plan (debrief). The action plan may include additional professional development activities such as eLearning, resubmission of lessons, mentor coach lessons, etc.

CanPowerSkate Coach Pathway

The CanPowerSkate Coach Program prepares coaches to develop hockey and ringette players at the Learn to Train stage of LTAD. The program serves as a transition out of CanSkate, to further develop sport-specific skating skills. Coaches going through the CanPowerSkate pathway will explore the delivery of the program and can utilize what they have learned to customize an advanced delivery of power skating. CanPowerSkate Coaches are qualified to coach the CanPowerSkate program.

 

Certification Deadline

Coaches have three years from the date of the in-training course to become Certified CanPowerSkate Coach.

Pre-Requisites

  • Be a Skate Canada registrant or current Skate Canada Coach in good standing
  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Have a Skate Canada, Hockey Canada, or Ringette Canada NCCP status

In-Training status

  • Successfully complete the CanPowerSkate Coach Pre-Course Training Module (currently not available)
  • Attend the two-day course

Prior to attending the CanPowerSkate course, participants are asked to complete an online pre-course through Skate Canada’s eLearning site. This prepares candidates with a base level of knowledge leading into the course. The 2-day CanPowerSkate course builds on concepts and topics introduced in CanSkate focusing on the Learn to Train stage of Long Term Athlete Development. The CanPowerSkate Coach course focuses on the technique of skating, application of biomechanics, skill analysis, and the delivery of the CanPowerSkate program. Throughout this course, candidates will partake in an interactive learning environment and will reflect on their experiences. Based on the following learning objectives, the CanPowerSkate course will prepare coaches to:

  • Analyze CanPowerSkate skills
  • Recognizing correct technique and biomechanical application to CanPowerSkate skills
  • Distinguish how to train CanPowerSkate player in a circuit format
  • Organize, plan and execute a CanPowerSkate session

CanPowerSkate Course Information

The CanPowerSkate course is scheduled and delivered by each Section individually. Frequency of courses are offered by demand- please contact your Section Course Administrator

  • CanPowerSkate pre-course fee:  free
  • CanPowerSkate course fee:  varies by Section 

Trained status

CanPowerSkate coaches will earn a Trained status once they have completed the two-day coach course, have completed these three multi-sport courses and Locker eLearning:

  • Making Ethical Decisions (multi-sport course)
  • Planning a Practice (multi-sport course)
  • Teaching and Learning (multi-sport course)

Multi-sport Course Information 

All multi-sport training is offered in partnership with the Coaching Association of Canada through Provincial and Territorial Coaching Representatives. Click here for more information. 

  • Multi-sport course fee: varies by province/territory

Certified status

  • Must be a registered Skate Canada Coach, in good standing
  • Successfully complete the CanPowerSkate Coach Certified Evaluation Portfolio (Locker)

The CanPowerSkate Certified Evaluation Portfolio provides a platform for coaches to display their competency of coaching on a CanPowerSkate session. To assist with coach development, the portfolio consists of the following components: 

  • Coach philosophy
  • Coaching goals 
  • Puck/ring philosophy
  • Emergency Action Plan (EAP)
  • Submission of two 10-minute lessons
  • Advanced technical lesson plan 
  • Warm-up, development time, cool down plan
  • Completion of the Making Ethical Decisions online evaluation

 Becoming a Certified CanPowerSkate Coach

  • When ready to complete the certification process, Coaches must enroll in CanPowerSkate Coach Certified Evaluation Portfolio through the eLearning site.
    • You will be prompted to pay a $105 evaluation fee prior to entry.  Please note, this fee is non-refundable. Coaches should enroll in this course only when they are prepared to finish the portfolio in a timely manner (within a maximum of two months of enrolling).

Upon enrollment, the following events will take place:

  • The coach will be assigned a coach evaluator by Skate Canada
  • The evaluator will set up a time with the coach to review the portfolio (pre-brief conversation)
  • The coach will complete the portfolio requirements and notify the evaluator
    • Ensure portfolio is in fillable Portfolio Template
    • Submit for marking (within two months)
  • The evaluator will review the portfolio
    • Please allow four weeks for marking
  • The evaluator will schedule a time with the coach to review the portfolio as well as create an action plan (debrief). The action plan may include additional professional development activities such as eLearning, resubmission of lessons, mentor coach lessons, etc.

Regional Coach Pathway

The Regional Coach Program prepares coaches to develop skaters at the Learn to Train stage in figure skating. Specifically, this context focuses on the STAR 1-5 program which is designed to prepare skaters for success at Learn to Compete. Regional Coaches are qualified to coach all Skate Canada figure skating programs and levels.

Certification Deadline

Coaches have three years from the date of the in-training course to certify as a Regional Coach

Pre-Requisites

  • Must have a CanSkate Certified status
  • Must be either a registered Skate Canada coach in good standing or a Skate Canada registrant
  • Must meet one of the following:
    • Have passed one complete Senior Bronze Test (STAR 6), or
    • Have passed STAR 5 Freeskate assessment and one additional STAR 5 Assessment 

In-Training Status

  • Successfully complete the Regional Coach Pre-Course Training Module
  • Attend the three-day course for Regional Coaches

Prior to attending the Regional Coach course, participants are asked to complete an online pre-course through Skate Canada’s eLearning site. This prepares candidates with a base level of knowledge leading into the course. The three-day Regional Coach course builds on coach concepts and topics introduced in CanSkate preparing coaches to venture into their own coaching business. Focusing on the Learn to Train stage of Long-term Athlete Development, the Regional Coach course dives deeper into Biomechanics, skill analysis, and skill technique.  Coaches are introduced to the STAR 1-5 program and explore the process of assessment. Based on the following learning objectives, the Regional Coach course will prepare coaches to:

  • Recognizing correct technique through element analysis.
  • Distinguish the best strategies to train and develop skaters at the STAR 1-5 level
  • Organize, plan and execute a live session
  • Manage their business

Regional Coach Course Information

The Regional Coach course is scheduled and delivered by each Section individually. The frequency of courses is offered by demand - please contact your Section Course Administrator

  • Regional Coach Pre-Course Module fee: free
  • Regional Coach Course fee: varies by Section

Trained Status

Regional Coaches will earn a Trained status once they have completed the three-day coach course and have completed these five multi-sport courses:

  • Making Ethical Decisions (multi-sport course – completed in CanSkate pathway)
  • Planning a Practice (multi-sport course- completed in CanSkate pathway)
  • Teaching and Learning (multi-sport course- completed in CanSkate pathway)
  • Design a Basic Sport Program (multi-sport course)
  • Basic Mental Skills (multi-sport course)

Multi-sport Course Information

All multi-sport training is offered in partnership with the Coaching Association of Canada through Provincial and Territorial Coaching Representatives. Click here for more information.

  • Multi-sport course fee: varies by province/territory

Certified Status

  • Must be a registered Skate Canada coach in good standing

The Regional Coach Certified Evaluation Portfolio provides a platform for coaches to show their ability to coach Learn to Train figure skaters. Coaches are encouraged to gain some experience coaching or mentor with another coach prior to submitting this portfolio. To assist with coach development, the portfolio consists of the following components:

  • Coach philosophy
  • Coaching goals
  • Discovering eLearning
  • Mentorship
  • Submission of two technical lessons at the STAR 1-5 level
  • Submission of a mock STAR 1-5 Assessment
  • STAR 1-5 weekly session plan
  • Make Ethical Decisions online evaluation

Becoming a Certified Regional Coach

  • When ready to complete the certification process, Coaches must enroll in Regional Coach Certified Evaluation Portfolio through the eLearning site.
    • You will be prompted to pay a $105 evaluation fee prior to entry.  Please note, this fee is non-refundable. Coaches should enroll in this course only when they are prepared to finish the portfolio in a timely manner (within a maximum of two months of enrolling).

Upon enrollment, the following events will take place:

  • A coach will be assigned a coach evaluator by Skate Canada
  • The evaluator will set up a time with the coach to review the portfolio (pre-brief conversation)
  • The coach will complete the portfolio requirements and notify the evaluator
    • Ensure portfolio is in fillable Portfolio Template
    • Submit for marking (within two months)
  • The evaluator will review the portfolio
    • Please allow four weeks for marking
  • The evaluator will schedule a time with the coach to review the portfolio as well as create an action plan (debrief). The action plan may include additional professional development activities such as eLearning, resubmission of lessons, mentor coach lessons, etc.

Provincial Coach Pathway

Notice Board: Provincial Coach Update (November 2021)

Pre-Requisites

  • Must have a Regional Coach certified status
  • Must be a registered Skate Canada coach in good standing 

In-Training Status

Step 1: Successfully complete two Provincial Coach Pre-Course eLearning Modules in the disciplines of your choice prior to attending the discipline-specific virtual courses

      • Singles
      • Pairs 
      • Ice Dance 
      • Synchronized Skating 
      • Cross-Discipline Foundational Training (mandatory) 

Step 2: Successfully complete two Discipline Specific Virtual Courses 

  • Singles
  • Pairs (pre-requisite: Singles pre-course and virtual course)
  • Ice Dance 
  • Synchronized Skating

Step 3: Attend an in-person Cross-Discipline Foundational Training course after completing the matching pre-course module. (coming soon)

Provincial Coach Course Information

The Provincial Coach courses are scheduled and delivered by each Section individually. The frequency of courses is offered by demand - please contact your Section Course Administrator

  • Provincial Coach Pre-Course Modules fee: free
  • Provincial Coach Cross-Discipline Course fee: varies by Section

Trained Status

Provincial Coaches will earn a Trained status once they have completed the pre-course eLearning modules, the Discipline Specific Virtual Courses and the in-person Cross-Discipline Foundational Training Course coach course, and have completed these 10 multi-sport courses:

  • Making Ethical Decisions (multi-sport course – completed at CanSkate)
  • Planning a Practice (multi-sport course- completed at CanSkate)
  • Teaching and Learning (multi-sport course- completed at CanSkate)
  • Design a Basic Sport Program (multi-sport course – completed at Regional)
  • Basic Mental Skills (multi-sport course – completed at Regional)
  • Advanced Practice Planning
  • Sport Nutrition
  • Prevention and Recovery
  • Performance Planning
  • Developing Athletic Abilities

Multi-sport Course Information

All multi-sport training is offered in partnership with the Coaching Association of Canada through Provincial and Territorial Coaching Representatives. Click here for more information.

  • Multi-sport course fee: varies by province/territory

Certified Status

  • Must be a registered Skate Canada coach in good standing

The Provincial Coach Certified Evaluation Portfolio provides a platform for coaches to show their ability to coach Train to Train figure skaters. Coaches are encouraged to gain some experience coaching or mentor with another coach prior to submitting this portfolio. To assist with coach development, the portfolio consists of the following components:

  • Coach philosophy
  • Coaching goals
  • A skater’s or team’s yearly plan
  • Two lessons (Foundational skating lesson and a technical lesson)
    • The technical lesson must include one of the elements identified in the discipline of choice:
      • Singles: Double Axel or triple jump of choice
      • Pairs: Group 3, 4 or 5 lift or twist
      • Dance: Dance spin or lift
      • Synchro: Pivoting block or intersection
  • Training session observation
  • Submission of the pre-course workbooks
  • Make Ethical Decisions online evaluation

Becoming a Certified Provincial Coach

  • When ready to complete the certification process, Coaches must enroll in Provincial Coach Certified Evaluation Portfolio through the eLearning site.
    • You will be prompted to pay a $255 evaluation fee prior to entry.  Please note, this fee is non-refundable. Coaches should enroll in this course only when they are prepared to finish the portfolio in a timely manner (within maximum two months of enrolling).

Upon enrollment, the following events will take place:

  • The coach will be assigned a coach evaluator by Skate Canada
  • The evaluator will set up a time with the coach to review the portfolio (pre-brief conversation)
  • The coach will complete the portfolio requirements and notify the evaluator
    • Ensure portfolio is in fillable Portfolio Template
    • Submit for marking (within two months)
  • The evaluator will review the portfolio
    • Please allow four weeks for marking
  • The evaluator will schedule a time with the coach to review the portfolio as well as create an action plan (debrief). The action plan may include additional professional development activities such as eLearning, resubmission of lessons, mentor coach lessons, etc.

 

National Coach Pathway

The National Coach Program is designed for coaches working with Train to Compete athletes who will acquire the necessary skill set to improve athlete performance in preparation for provincial, national, and in some cases international competitions

Pre-Requisites

  • Must be a certified Provincial Coach  status
  • Must be either a registered Skate Canada coach in good standing or a Skate Canada registrant

In-Training Status

  • Attend Analyze Technical and Tactical Performance (ATTP) course
  • Complete ATTP workbook successfully

In a multi-skating discipline environment, the ATTP 2-day course prepares coaches to refine advanced figure skating skills and strategize plans for helping their athletes reach their full potential. At the ATTP course, coaches will analyze technical skills at the novice-senior competitive levels. Based on the following learning objectives, the ATTP course will prepare coaches to:

  • Analyze technical and tactical performance by observing and defining key factors that influence competitive performance
  • Analyze technical and tactical performance by applying the principles of motion to detect and correct key performance factors
  • Identify strategies to monitor and evaluate the technical and tactical performance
  • Implement and assess the effectiveness of corrections

Course Information

The ATTP course is scheduled and delivered by each Section individually. Frequency of courses are offered by demand- please contact your Section Course Administrator

  • Suggested course fee: $250

Trained Status

National Coaches will earn a Trained status once they have completed these 10 multi-sport courses:

  • Making Ethical Decisions (Competition - Development)
  • Advanced Practice Planning (completed at Provincial)
  • Sport Nutrition (completed at Provincial)
  • Prevention and Recovery (completed at Provincial)
  • Performance Planning (completed at Provincial)
  • Developing Athletic Abilities (completed at Provincial)
  • Managing Conflict
  • Coaching and Leading Effectively
  • Psychology of Performance
  • Leading a Drug-free sport
  • Manage a Sport Program

For further information, please review the following overview and module descriptions and contact Provincial and Territorial Coaching Representatives (PTCR) to get started. Depending on the module, multi-sport training may be done in-person, online, or by correspondence. Please inquire with the PTCR in your area. 

 

Certified Status

  • Must be a registered Skate Canada coach in good standing

The National Coach Certified Evaluation Portfolio provides a platform for coaches to show their ability to coach Train to Compete figure skaters. Coaches are required to work with novice to senior competitive athletes in at least one skating discipline – singles, ice dance, pair skating, or synchronized skating. National Coach evaluation is broken down into three parts; Part 1 – Coach Portfolio, Part 2 – Observation of a training session at your club or skating school and Part 3 – Observation of a competition with a Novice, Junior or Senior level competitive athlete.

Part 1: Coaching Portfolio

Upon enrollment, the following events will take place:

  • The coach will be assigned a coach evaluator by Skate Canada
  • The evaluator will set up a time with the coach to review the portfolio (pre-brief conversation), set up at time for the Observation training session and/or Observation of a competition.
  • The coach will complete the portfolio requirements and notify the evaluator
    • Ensure portfolio is in fillable Portfolio Template
    • Submit for marking (within two months)
  • The evaluator will review the portfolio
    • Please allow four weeks for marking
  • The evaluator will schedule a time with the coach to review the portfolio as well as create an action plan (debrief). The action plan may include additional professional development activities such as eLearning, resubmission of lessons, mentor coach lessons, etc.

The National Coach Portfolio includes:

  • Coaching philosophy
  • Competition plan
  • Athlete tracking and monitoring
  • Program management and communication tools
  • Three online multi-sport
    • NCCP Competition-Development: Making Ethical Decisions (MED)
    • NCCP Competition-Development: Managing Conflict
    • NCCP Competition-Development: Leading Drug-Free Sport

Part 2: Observation of a training session at your club or skating school

Upon enrollment, the following events will take place:

  • The coach will be assigned a coach evaluator by Skate Canada
  • A pre-brief will be scheduled (this can be done in-person, on the phone, or video conferencing such as Skype, FaceTime)
  • 1-hour observation to be scheduled
  • Debrief post observation

The purpose of this observation is to evaluate the skills to manage an athlete in a training environment.

Part 3: Observation of a competition with a Novice, Junior or Senior level competitive athlete.

Upon enrollment, the following events will take place:

  • The coach will be assigned a coach evaluator by Skate Canada
  • A pre-brief (should be done in-person at the competition you select)
  • Observation of a competitive event at the novice to senior level
  • Debrief post event

 

Becoming a Certified National Coach

  • When ready to complete the certification process, Coaches must enroll in National Coach Certified Evaluation Portfolio through the eLearning site.
    • National Coach portfolio evaluation: $100
    • National Coach training session observation: $200
    • National Coach competition observation: $200
    • Re-evaluation/observation fees may be applicable based on the areas identified as future strengths 

 

Become a coach with Special Olympics 

For more information regarding Special Olympics coaching, please contact your local chapter.

Maintenance of NCCP Certification

The Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) and Skate Canada recognize the value of having certified NCCP coaches that are engaged in professional development programs which reinforce the values of lifelong learning and sharing amongst the coaching community.

Skate Canada Professional Coaches with an NCCP certification are required to obtain professional development (PD) points on a three-year cycle. PD points can be earned through a multitude of activities that coaches already participate in, including: national and provincial conferences and workshops, eLearning modules, NCCP workshops, coach mentorship programs, sports camps, and active coaching. In most cases coaches are already earning PD points -- Maintenance of Certification is simply tracking these points and recognizing coaches for their efforts. Cycle dates are individual to each coach and are based on the date a coach has earned a certified status. From the date of certification, a coach’s 3-year cycle will begin the following January.

Cycle dates are individual to each coach and are based on the date a coach has earned a certified status. From the date of certification, a coach’s 3-year cycle will begin the following January.  For example:

  • Coach A achieves a Regional Coach Certified status on February 2, 2017
  • Coach A’s cycle will begin January 1, 2018, and run until December 31, 2021.
  • Coach A is eligible to collect PD points from February 2, 2017, until December 31, 2021.

Tracking of all PD points is kept in your Locker. To determine your cycle dates, as well as your required points, log into your Locker profile.

Coaches Membership Responsibilities

Skate Canada Professional Coaches with an NCCP certification are responsible for renewing their certified NCCP status to be considered a registered member “In Good Standing” with Skate Canada.

Should a coach not reach the required PD points prior to their expiry date, their status will become “not renewed” and would therefore be considered “Not In-Good Standing” and unable to coach on a Skate Canada ice or at competitions, until they fulfill their required PD points.

Coaches who hold an In-training or Trained NCCP status are required to maintain the necessary PD points of their last NCCP Certified, certification. (i.e. A National Coach In-training must maintain PD points required for Certified Provincial Coach)

Professional Development Points

The amount of points required per cycle is dependent on your highest certified status.

NCCP Certification Professional Points Required
NCCP CanSkate Coach - Certified 6
NCCP CanPowerSkate Coach - Certified 12 
NCCP Regional Coach - Certified 12
NCCP Provincial Coach - Certified 12
NCCP National Coach - Certified 18

Note: Level 4 and Level 5 Certified Coaches must meet the PD points required of a Certified National Coach.

PD points are tracked in the Locker database.  All registered events put forth by CAC (i.e. Sport Leadership Conference), a Provincial/Territory Coaching Representative (PT/CR; i.e. Multi-Sport modules), Skate Canada (i.e. Ice Summit) or a Skate Canada Section (i.e. AGM) are tracked by the responsible host body. Skate Canada coaches are responsible for tracking PD points such as Active Coaching and any Self-Directed learning in their own locker.

More information on active coaching and self-reporting PD activities can be found here

How to Earn Professional Development Points

Events that are organized by CAC, PT/CR, Skate Canada, and Skate Canada Sections will earn you PD points. 

Category Number of Points Maximum Points
NCCP Events 5 points per event No maximum
Sport-Specific Non-NCCP Events 1 point per hour (max. 3 points per event) No maximum
Multi-Sport Non-NCCP Events 1 point per hour (max. 3 points per event) up to 50% of required points
Active Coaching 1 point per year 3 points per cycle
Self-directed Learning 1 point per hour 3 points per cycle

PD Activity Examples

NCCP events:

  • Attend an NCCP Course
  • Complete an evaluation portfolio
  • Complete CAC e-Learning modules
  • Get re-evaluated in an NCCP context

Sport-specific non-NCCP events:

  • Attend Skate Canada's Ice Summit
  • Attend Skate Canada's Education Symposium
  • Attend SDC Workshop/Seminar
  • Complete Skate Canada's e-Learning modules
  • Attend Section Seminar
  • Serve on a Section Committee

Multi-sport non-NCCP events:

  • Attend CAC’s Sport Leadership Conference
  • Attend a conference of other sports seminar/workshops offered by your Provincial/Territorial Sport Organization
  • Attend an event hosted by another National or Provincial Sport Organization

Active coaching:

  • Earn one point each year you coach and register as a Skate Canada Professional Coach

Self-Directed Learning:

  • Attend a post-secondary course
  • First Aid Training
  • Sport-related community activity 

NCCP Status for Coaching

Program, content or level of skater/team Singles Pairs Ice Dance Synchro NCCP status required for coaching Skate Canada programs, content or level of skater/team (In-training, Trained, Certified)  Minimum NCCP status for qualifying competition accreditation
CanSkate         CanSkate Coach, Regional Coach, Provincial Coach, National Coach  
CanPowerSkate          CanPowerSkate Coach  
STAR 1-5 X X X X Regional Coach, Provincial Coach, National Coach Regional Coach
STAR 6-Gold X X X X Regional Coach, Provincial Coach, National Coach Regional Coach
Beginner / Elementary       X Regional Coach, Provincial Coach, National Coach Regional Coach
Pre-Juvenile / Juvenile X X X X Regional Coach, Provincial Coach, National Coach Regional Coach
Pre-Novice X X X X Regional Coach, Provincial Coach, National Coach Provincial Coach
Novice X X X X Regional Coach, Provincial Coach, National Coach Provincial Coach
Intermediate       X Regional Coach, Provincial Coach, National Coach Provincial Coach
Open       X Regional Coach, Provincial Coach, National Coach Provincial Coach
Junior X X X X Regional Coach, Provincial Coach, National Coach National Coach
Senior X X X X Regional Coach, Provincial Coach, National Coach National Coach