NCCP Coaching Clinics
Hockey Canada's National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) is a competancy based program designed to provide coaches
the tools and knowledge to effectively work with their players. The coaching clinics that comprise this program are geared toward
specific age groups and playing levels. To be eligibile to coach minor hockey and even Junior hockey in HEO coaches are required to
take the appropriate clinic.
The Hockey Canada NCCP Coaching Clinics are:
The Coach 1 clinic is designed for coaches working in the Initiation and Novice Programs. Coaches are required to achieve
trained status at this level. The goals of the clinic are:
1. To provide coaches with the tools to work with 5 - 8 year olds
2. Provide coaches the training to successfully implement the IP and Novice curriculums
3. Introduce coaches to the concepts of fair play and cooperation within the hockey environment
Prior to registering for the Coach 1 clinic coaches must first register for and complete the Hockey University Online Coach 1/2 Course.
This clinic is a day long event, combining classroom with on-ice learning. Participants will spend approximatly 4.5 hours in the classroom and 1-2 hours on the ice. Key topics of the clinic include:
- The Practice Environment
- Developing Skills
Coach 2 is designed for coaches working with players at the recreational levels and the Novice or Atom competitive levels.
Coaches are required to achieve trained status at this level.
The clinic is a one day event. Participants will be presented with learning opportunites in both classroom and on-ice settings. Approximatly 5 hours of in class will be supplemented with 1-2 hours on ice to cover these key topics:
- The Practice Environment
- Developing Skills
- Teaching Checking Note - upon completion of the Coach 2 Clinic coaches will also be recognized as having completed Checking Level 1 of the Instructional Stream
Prior to registering for the Coach 2 clinic coaches must first register for and complete the Hockey University Online Coach 1/2 Course.
Development 1 is designed for coaches working with players at the competitive levels, Peewee Rep B and above. In certain coaching
scenarios the coach requires trained status at this level. In other scenarios certified status is required.
Coachces at the Peewee AAA level and above must certify at the Development 1 level. Coaches at the Reb B, A and AA levels are required to be trained only. For more information on the difference between trained and certified status click here.
The clinic is a two day event. Coaches will receive approximatly 12 hours of in-class instruction and
4 hours of on-ice instruction. Coaches taking the Development 1 clinic may be required to complete a take-away
clinic assignment and a field evaluation.
Clinic topics include
- Communications Philosophy
- Make Ethical Decisions
- Team Building
- Drill Design
- Skill Development Pyramid
- Developing Drill Progressions
- Developing Athletic Abilities
- Seasonal Planning
- Individaul Skills and Tactics
- Goaltending Introduction
- Practice Planning
To be trained the coach must only attend the Development 1 clinic.
To become certified at the Development 1 level the coach will also be required to complete and pass:
Take home written assignment
Dev 1 Field Evaluation
Make Ethical Decisions (Competition-Introduction) online evaluation.
High Performance 1
The High Performance 1 (HP1) Coaching clinic is an enriched development experience for coaches, which features in-class sessions, group work, a written assignment, online CAC evaluations and a field evaluation. The High Performance 1 program is for those who are head coaches at Bantam AAA, Midget AAA and Junior A and who have aspirations to coach at national and international competitions. Coaches must achieve certified status to be eligible to hold head coach positions at the High Performance 1 levels listed above. Trained status does not provide eligibility. Coaches should consult the HP1 Certification Policy for more detail and information.
Coaches seeking certification at the HP1 level must successfully complete the following:
• Attend a 5 day clinic
• Complete and pass a written assignment
• Complete and pass a field evaluation of both practice and game
• Complete and pass the CAC Make Ethical Decisions (Competition-Development) online evaluation
• Complete and pass the CAC Leading Drug Free Sport online evaluation
• Complete and pass the CAC Managing Conflict online evaluations
• The inclass clinic provides the coach with the instruction and content to prepare him/her to pass the CAC online evaluations.
• The CAC online evaluations are accessed through the My Locker app on the Coach.ca website.
HP1 Curriculum Includes:
The following resources provide more detail and information on Certification, Pathways and Certification Maintenance:
Hockey Canada's NCCP Webpage
Coach 1 Pathway
Coach 2 Pathway
Development 1 Pathway
High Performance 1 Pathway