Become a Coach

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Coach Subsidy Program

Cross Country Ski Nova Scotia (CCSNS) is committed to helping its member clubs strengthen their coaches and instructors’ development.  CCSNS is offering financial support to individual coaches and instructors that are contributing to their club’s development.  There are subsidies available, up to $500, for out-of-province opportunities and within-province subsidies available, up to $250.

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Community Coach

The community coach (CC) context is broken down into two steps, each of them corresponding to a specific LTAD stage:

NCCP Context LTAD Stage Athlete Age
Introduction to Community Coaching (ICC) Active Start 0 - 6
Community Coaching FUNdamentals

6 - 9 males

6 - 8 females

Introduction to Community Coaching (ICC) (10 hours)

The workshop is designed to teach parents and other beginning coaches how to deliver a series of age-appropriate skill development sessions under the supervision of more experienced coaches. The orientation is for skiers of all age groups with an emphasis on working with children under six years of age. Coaches will be taught basic coaching skills, how to teach the fundamentals of technique, growth and development considerations, how to create a motivating learning environment and how to set up a ski playground. There are no prerequisites except enthusiasm and the minimum age requirement of 16 years.

Community Coaching (CC) (16 hours)

This workshop is the second step in the NCCP progression. It provides essential training for coaches delivering an effective skill development program to children six to nine years of age (the FUNdamentals stage of skier development). It is designed to train coaches to teach children intermediate technical skills in an enjoyable way so that it is FUN to learn, to select games that reinforce the technical skills being taught, to design and lead on-snow sessions, and to select and prepare equipment for young children.  Successful completion of the NCCP Introduction to Community Coaching Workshop is a prerequisite.

Steps to NCCP Community Coach certification:

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  • Complete the ICC workshop
  • Complete the CC workshop
  • Complete the tasks outlined on the Certification Checklist (includes practical experience form)
  • Complete the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) “Making Ethical Decisions"(MED) evaluation.
    This component is evaluated online by the CAC, and can be completed at any time following the ICC workshop.

Coaches that complete these steps and become certified Community Coaches are then eligible for the next step in the NCCP progression: Competition-introduction

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