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Coach Development is crucial to continuing to develop present and new coaches from across Canada.

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  • Coach Development Model

    Coach Development Model
  • NCCP Community Initiation/WR Level 1

    NCCP Community Initiation/WR Level 1

    This course is designed to enable coaches to acquire basic skills so that players new to the game learn to play safely, with enjoyable competition. It is an 8 hour Trained Only course with no post-course evaluation.

    The presence of sport in a person’s life carries enormous benefits for social, physical and personal development while broadening cultural awareness. Rugby is a uniquely inclusive sport, and you as the coach hold a position of genuine influence over a player’s rate of personal development and their sense of community and self-worth.

    Course Timetable

    Unit 1 - Game Knowledge
    Module 1 Role of a coach 30 mins
    Module 2 Understanding the Game and the principles of play 1hr 15mins
    Module 3 Applying the principles of play to the development of skills 1hr
    Unit 2 - Planning
    Module 4 Planning and demonstrating a practice  2hrs 30mins
    Module 5 Participants and their needs (optional) 15mins
    Module 6 Management (Laws and risk management strategies) 30mins 
    Module 7 Simplified ethical decision making framework  30mins 
    Module 8 A review of Rugby Ready and safety in contact 1hr 15mins

    Total duration: 8hrs (one day course). Recommended delivery for one day is 8:45am - 5:30pm with a lunch break of 45mins. A modular delivery of a number of evenings is available if needed. 

     

    Prior to registration coaches must complete the following:

    Once all pre-requisites are complete, coaches can register for the workshop at training.rugbycanada.ca

  • NCCP Competition Introduction/WR Level 2

    NCCP Competition Introduction/WR Level 2

    This course is designed to provide coaches with the skills needed to coach teenage and adult players in a club or school environment. It is extremely important that coaches have an understanding of rugby before taking this course, which is delivered over 18 hours.

    The presence of sport in a person’s life carries enormous benefits for social, physical and personal development while broadening cultural awareness. Rugby is a uniquely inclusive sport, and you as the coach hold a position of genuine influence over a player’s rate of personal development and their sense of community and self-worth.

    The Competition Introduction course aims to develop coaches who know how to coach as well as teach what to coach. The course demonstrates your current level of competence and explores Game Knowledge and Coaching Process Skills.

    The course will be delivered through a range of methods and will be highly interactive. Throughout the course, you will be encouraged to practice your coaching skills. Grasp this opportunity for feedback from your World Rugby Educator and your peers. These opportunities will also form the foundation of your competency-based assessment.

    Prior to registration coaches must complete the following:

    Once all pre-requisites are complete, coaches can register for the workshop at training.rugbycanada.ca


    Post-workshop coaches are considered Trained and are required to complete a portfolio and an observation of a practice session successfully in order to achieve Certified status.

  • NCCP Competition Development/WR Level 3

    NCCP Competition Development/WR Level 3

    Rugby Canada is happy to announce that we will be offering a blended version of the course in 2021. The course will include several bi-weekly online sessions, facilitated by our Educator Team, and supplemented with guest speakers on various topics. In between sessions, coaches will have mandatory tasks to complete. Following the online sessions, we are scheduling an in-person training weekend (restrictions permitting). Please find course details below.

    Online Sessions (5-6:30 PST / 9-10:30 ATL):

    • April 12th, 2021
    • April 26th, 2021
    • May 10th, 2021
    • May 24th, 2021
    • June 7th, 2021
    • June 21st, 2021
    • July 5th, 2021
    • July 19th, 2021
    • August 2nd, 2021
    • August 16th, 2021
    • August 30th, 2021
    • September 13th, 2021 (Tentative)

    In-Person Weekend:

    • December 3-5th, 2021 Toronto*

    *The 2022 course dates have not yet been confirmed, but the in-person weekend will take place in Vancouver or Langford, BC.

    Please note, applications will be accepted beginning Monday December 7th and closing Sunday January 3rd at midnight EST. Unfortunately, those who have already applied will be required to resubmit their applications, however they can resubmit the same application task.

     

    Applications must include:

    • A letter of endorsement from your provincial union* 
    • A completed application task (please email jtittley@rugby.ca for the application task)
    • A coaching resume
    • A cover letter

    *Professional and National Team Coaches can go directly to the National Union for letter of endorsement

    **Please note, due to the current border closures and ambiguity around timelines for re-opening, we will not be accepting any applications from coaches residing in the United States at this time.

    Coaches will be selected based on the following criteria and all coaches will be notified whether they are selected no later than Monday, February 15th, 2021.

     

    Selection Criteria:

    • Quality of application task
    • Team Environment/Context (To ensure they are working with a team throughout an entire season)
    • Past coaching experience and education (Certified NCCP Competition Introduction/WR Level 2 or equivalent)
    • Demonstrated commitment to continuing education

    Selected coaches will be expected to engage fully and completely in the process. Should any coach be unable to participate in multiple online sessions or consistently fail to complete tasks on time, they will be asked to leave the course. For more information on the scope of commitment of the course, please review the coach development model graphic above.

    The cost has been adjusted to reflect the change in course structure. A course fee of $700 will be due upon acceptance of selection. The course fee includes both training and evaluation. The course fee does not include travel or accommodation for the in-person session.

    Applications and any questions should be emailed to Jackie Tittley, Manager of Training and Education at jtittley@rugby.ca. Coaches who are interested but do not feel ready to begin the process can also contact Jackie Tittley for more information on how to prepare.

     

    Technical and Tactical In-Course Delivery

    The in-course component of this course is approximately 32 hours in length and contains the following modules:

    Module 1: Selection and succession planning

    Module 2: Developing a team profile

    Module 3: The game profile

    Module 4: Patterns of play (attack and defence)

    Module 5: Developing a game plan

    Module 6: Achievement strategies

    • Periodised planning
    • Game logistics planning
    • Critical incident analysis
    • Practical planning

    Module 7: Sport Science

    Module 8: Risk Management and laws

    Module 9: Game day management

     

    Evaluation / Assessment

    Coaches participating in the course will achieve certification through:

    1. Practical evaluations of a practice and game

    2. Submission of a Season Portfolio

    Practical on-site Evaluation(s)

    The coach must be evaluated in their own environment. The practical evaluation of a practice may be done in person, or by video submission but practical evaluations of a game must be done in-person. Please note that a Coach Developer may require more than one evaluation.

    Season Portfolio (Coaching Diary)

    An NCCP Competition Development (World Rugby level 3) coaches’ portfolio must include evidence of the following over a full season (12-month period):

    • Team profile
    • Yearly training plan
    • Team strengths and weaknesses
    • Micro, macro and meso planning
    • Game profile
    • Emergency action plan
    • Main contacts
    • Personal coach profile
    • Personal development plan
    • Coaching team development plan
    • Personal coaching philosophy
    • Staff details
    • Play profiles
    • Selection criteria and process
    • Patterns of play
    • Game plan
    • Season plan
    • Competition results and fixtures
    • Statistical analysis
    • Code of conduct
    • Reflection

    The season portfolio must be submitted electronically to your coach developer in a single pdf format.

  • WR Coaching Sevens

    WR Coaching Sevens

    WR Sevens Level 1:

    The Introduction to Coaching Sevens is an attendance based course delivered over 8 hours. It is intended for a coach of a group of players working under the guidance of a head coach, coaching co-ordinator, or Union scheme.

    On successful completion of the course, the coach will be able to:

    • Be aware of the history and format of Sevens
    • Be aware of the variations in law and characteristics of the Sevens game
    • Be aware of aspects of coaching process
    • Be aware of principles and play and coachable components of Sevens
    • Gain some experience in coaching Sevens

    The course will be delivered through a range of methods and will be highly interactive. Throughout the course, you will be encouraged to practice your coaching skills. Grasp this opportunity for feedback from your World Rugby Educator and your peers.

    Prior to registration, coaches must complete the following:

    • WORLD RUGBY – Rugby Ready online module
    • WORLD RUGBY – Concussion Management for the General Public online module
    • WORLD RUGBY - WR Beginners Guide to Rugby Union
    • WORLD RUGBY - Introduction to Coaching

    WR Coaching Sevens Level 2: 

    Prior to registration, coaches must complete the following:

    • WR Concussion Management for the General Public 
    • WR Rugby Ready 
    • WR Laws of the Game 
    • WR Introduction to Coaching 
    • WR Functional Role Analysis 
    • WR Key Factor Analysis 
    • WR First Aid in Rugby 
    • WR Introduction to Strength and Conditioning (Select 1) 
    • Save your World Rugby certificates to your computer as PDF’s
    • Return to your profile at training.rugbycanada.ca and upload all three certificates to your profile
    • Register for the course you wish to take
  • Maintenance of Certification

    Maintenance of Certification

    Maintenance of Certification

    Rugby Canada and its Provincial Unions recognize the value of having NCCP certified coaches that are engaged in Professional Development programs which reinforce the values of lifelong learning and sharing amongst the coaching community.

    In order for NCCP certified coaches to maintain their certified status, they will be required to obtain Professional Development (PD) points. PD points can be earned through a multitude of activities that coaches already participate in, including: national and provincial sport organization conferences and workshops, eLearning modules, NCCP workshops, coach mentorship programs, and active coaching. In most cases coaches are already earning their required PD points -- Maintenance of Certification is simply the policy that has introduced tracking these points and recognizing coaches for their efforts.

    Log into the Locker for an up-to-date record of your PD points. For examples of opportunities to accumulate PD points, check out the pages below, and if you still have questions, check out the FAQs!

    Multi-Sport Modules

    Self Reporting and Active Coaching

    Frequently Asked Questions

    NCCP Community Initiation/WR Level 1

    NCCP Community Initiation does not require an evaluation, a coach can only receive a 'Trained' status. A certified status is only available if the coaching course offers the opportunity to be evaluated.

    An NCCP Community Initiation 'Trained' coach is not required to accumulate PD in order to maintain their certification. If an NCCP Community Initiation 'Trained' Coach attends any Professional Development workshops/seminars etc., this will still be recorded on the coach's transcript on the locker, but as a record of attendance.

    NCCP Competition Introduction/WR Level 2

    The NCCP Competition Introduction context has an evaluation, a coach has the opportunity to be evaluated and to receive a 'Certified' status.

    An NCCP Competition Introduction 'Certified' coach must accumulate 20 PD points over a 5-year period in order to maintain their certification. If an NCCP Competition Introduction 'Certified' coach does not accumulate 20 professional PD with 5 years, this will be reflected on their transcript as 'Certified Not-Renewed'.

    In order to renew their certification, a coach will have to meet the PD points required. Once they acquire the 20 PD points, their status will be updated from 'Certified Not-Renewed' to 'certified'.

    NCCP Competition Development/WR Level 3

    An NCCP Competition Development has an evaluation, a coach has the opportunity to receive a 'Certified' status.

    An NCCP Competition Development 'Certified' coach must accumulate 30 PD points over a 5-year period in order to maintain their certification. If an NCCP Competition Development 'Certified' coach does not accumulate 30 PD points within 5 years, this will be reflected on their transcript as 'Certified Not-Renewed'.

    In order to renew their certification, a coach will have to meet the PD points required. Once they acquire the 30 PD points, their status will be updated from 'Certified Not-Renewed' to 'Certified'.

  • Strength and Conditioning (World Rugby Level 1)

    Strength and Conditioning (World Rugby Level 1)

    Aims:

    Within its six modules, the Level 1 course will address eight key topics:

    • Long Term Player Development
    • Pathway
    • Functional screening
    • Anatomical Adaptation
    • Demands of the game
    • Principles of training
    • Speed and intermittent sprint endurance
    • Periodization
    • Recovery

    The Level 1 course will expand on the physical conditioning content in the Rugby Ready course. The topics addressed will seek to enhance the coach’s knowledge and understanding of Strength and Conditioning for the Rugby player. In particular, the course will introduce the coach to the Long-Term Player Development Pathway in a practical manner. A simple yet informative Functional Screen will be outlined. The coach will then be introduced to the concept and practice of ‘Anatomical Adaptation’, or preparing the player to be fit to train, practice and play. This approach to physical conditioning emphasises a combination of stability, mobility and strength training activities while simultaneously engaging in Rugby-related activities.

    The coach will study the physical demands of the game as well as the principles of training. These will allow the coach to integrate physical conditioning into a more game-related conditioning process. Practical guidelines for conducting the warm-up and cool-down will be discussed and described. Principles of the important component of speed development will be discussed. Practical examples of speed, multi-sprint/activity conditioning and conditioned games will be outlined.

    Course Outcomes:

    • The coach will be able to describe the different stages of the Long-Term Player Development Pathway.  
    • The coach will be able to administer a basic functional screen.
    • The coach will be able to implement an anatomical adaptation programme.
    • The coach will have an understanding of the demands of the game and will be able to describe the principles of training. In addition, the coach will become familiar with warm-up and cool-down activities.
    • The coach will have a knowledge and appreciation of the different methods of developing speed acceleration and game-related conditioning. The coach will also be able to implement speed, multi-sprint/activity and conditioned games to advance the match fitness of players.
    • The coach will have an understanding of programme planning and periodization. The coach will also develop an understanding of the importance of recovery and be able to implement key elements of recovery, such as unloading and tapering, within the programme.

    Assessment

    Completion of online pre-requisites and full attendance required. This course is competence based and involves on-course appraisal. It involves both classroom and practical activities, where coaches will be expected to participate fully in all sessions. 

    If you are interested in being contacted when enough interest is shown in a course being run, please click here.

     

  • Activate World Rugby Injury Prevention Exercise Programme

    Activate World Rugby Injury Prevention Exercise Programme

    What is Activate? 

    Activate is a structured, progressive exercise programme that is designed to be used as part of training sessions and pre-match warm-up routines. 

    The programme was developed using scientific evidence and expert opinion, whilst feedback from active coaches helped to ensure that the programme is suitable to use across community-level rugby settings. 

    To download resources, click HERE

    There are four versions of Activate: 

    Under-15 (Age 13–15 years) 

    Under-16 (Age 15–16 years) 

    Under-18 (Age 16–18 years) 

    Adult (Age 18+ years) 

     

    Each version contains several progressive phases to be used throughout the playing season. 

    All versions of the programme share a similar structure and contain the same types of training activities: 

    • balancing and hopping exercises to improve general movement control 
    • bodyweight and partner resistance exercises to develop lower and upper body strength and control 
      plyometric exercises to develop lower and upper body power 
    • landing and side-stepping to develop control and technique when performing these activities during play 

    Research has shown that the programme can reduce the number of injuries to muscles and ligaments (by 26-40%) and the number of concussions (by 29-60%) in youth and adult community-level rugby players. Using the programme more frequently has also been shown to further lessen injury risk. 

     

    What are the benefits of using Activate? 

    Using Activate with players will help to develop and improve their: 

    • General movement control and skill – Many of the exercises in Activate can help to develop the stability and mobility that underpin the safe and effective performance of various movements when playing rugby 
    • Conditioning and athletic performance – The progressive nature of Activate can help to improve parts of players’ athletic performance; such as: strength, power, running speed, and ability change of direction efficiently 
    • Physical robustness – Using Activate can help to develop the ability of muscles, tendons, and ligaments to handle the forces they experience when playing rugby, leading to a lower risk of these structures being damaged when playing rugby and other sports.