Coaching Certifications & Clinics


Are you looking to get involved with lacrosse as a coach? Amazing!

We've made the process as easy and barrier free as possible so you can move from desire to bench-boss, assistant coach, or gate-swinger in no time. To get you familiar with the steps, check out how to become a lacrosse coach, which takes you from creating your NCCP number at coach.ca in step 1, to registering for a clinic in your area in step 3 - concept to coach just like that!

Coaching Certification Levels

The minimum standards for coaching in the CDLA for city leagues, playoffs and provincials is:

AGE GROUPCOACH CERTIFICATION
U6
Community Initiation - Trained
U8
Community Initiation - Trained
Rec / House League
Community Development - Trained
U10
Community Development - Trained
U12
Community Development - Trained
U14
Competitive Introduction - Trained
U16
Competitive Introduction - Trained
Junior Competitive Introduction - Trained

NOTES:
- Head Coaches and Assistant Coaches will be held to the same standard at ALL levels

- If you completed a course last year at the Competitive Introduction level, THEN YOU MUST COMPLETE YOUR COACH WORKBOOK THROUGH YOUR ONLINE COACHING ACCOUNT BY MARCH 31, OR YOU WILL HAVE TO TAKE THE COURSE AGAIN. Due to the volume of workbooks that are submitted each year, it is advisable to complete and submit your online workbook by September 1st of the year you took the clinic to allow enough time for marking before the next season.

- There are three levels of Certification for all courses:

- In Training - means you have completed preclinic and/ or clinic and awaiting attendance to be marked

- Trained - means you have completed the workbook online ( if applicable) following the clinic and it has been reviewed and approved; for Community Initiation and effective 2015 for Community Development, you will receive trained status after completion of the appropriate clinic and attendance is marked.

- Certified - means that in addition to completing the workbook, you have had an ‘in person‘ assessment by a Master Facilitator, and have completed the ‘Making Ethical Decisions‘ online test through the Coaching Association of Canada.( Competitive Introduction level only )

- A first year coach may be ‘In Training‘ (this means you have taken the clinic and are awaiting attendance to be marked ).

- if you are a first year coach at the U6/U8 levels, you only need to complete the Community Initiation clinic

- if you are a first year coach at the U10/U12 levels, you need to complete the Community Development clinic; you DO NOT have to take the Community Initiation clinic prior to this clinic, you can simply start at this level.

- if you are a new coach at the U14/U16, you must complete the Community Development clinic/level first before you take the Competitive Introduction level; however, you cannot take both these levels in the same year, so you would have to start by taking the Community Development clinic;

- A second year (and beyond) coach must be ‘Trained‘ status(this means you took the clinic with attendance marked, and completed any applicable workbook online and it has been successfully corrected)

- In order to coach a TEAM ALBERTA team, a coach must be ‘Certified‘ which means that a Master Learning Facilitator has completed an ‘in person‘ review and assessment of the coach and they have passed this successfully.

To register for online clinics, please click on the link below in step one of the COACHING CERTIFICATION COURSE REGISTRATION PROCEDURES

Please review the following information before you initiate course registration request:

Coaching Certification Course Registration Procedures

1. CDLA Coaching information: Please email coach@calgarylacrosse.com with the course you want to register for

** NOTE - You are NOT officially signed up for any course once you complete the sign up above.  The link at the bottom of these instructions shows you how to login to the NCCP site and register for a course.  You must follow the instructions in the guide below to be 'officially' registered.

2. You will be sent a course ‘code‘/access id and further instructions
3. You must then login to the Canadian Lacrosse Association NCCP website system as instructed
4. Complete the ‘pre-clinic‘ assessment (this can take between 1-2 hours and is for community development and competitive introduction levels only); this MUST be done before you attend the course
5. Once your pre-clinic assessment has been completed, you must also register online for the course via your NCCP account, status tab. This step puts your name onto the clinicians list which is used to update attendance in the nccp.lacrosse.ca system.
6. Attend the required course, be sure you complete the attendance sheet at the clinic
7. Complete your coach‘s workbook ( Competitive Introduction level only ) online through your NCCP account, status tab. Once your attendance is marked, you will receive an auto-email from the system advising your workbook is now ready for completion.
8. Minimum age to Coach is 16
9. Please keep a record of your NCCP system login id and password as CDLA does not have access to this information
10. Your Coach certification status is available through your nccp.lacrosse.ca account in the Status tab and through the coach.ca website by logging into your locker.
11. Skipping any steps 1 through 7 will only hinder your progress in certification

The following link provides instructions and screen shots on how to register and complete your pre-clinic assessment. 
 
** NOTE - You are NOT officially signed up for any course once you complete the sign up above.  The link at the bottom of these instructions shows you how to login to the NCCP site and register for a course.  You must follow the instructions in the guide below to be 'officially' registered.

 

Upcoming Coaching Clinics

The Community Development courses in April are ideal for new coaches in 14U and 16U, as well as coaches who are coaching 6U to 12U.  The May 7-8 two day course is for coaches who already have Community Development and who are coaching 14U and 16U.

 

Here are the remaining course dates.  All clinics will be held at Oakridge Arena.

  • April 9, 2022 - Community Development (one day course for new coaches / 6U to 12U coaches)
  • April 10, 2022 - Community Development (one day course for new coaches / 6U to 12U coaches)
  • April 23, 2022 - Community Development (one day course for new coaches / 6U to 12U coaches)
  • April 24, 2022 - Community Development (one day course for new coaches / 6U to 12U coaches)
  • May 7-8, 2022 - Competitive Intro (two day course for 14U and 16U coaches)
  • May 14, 2022 - Community Development (one day course for new coaches / 6U to 12U coaches)
  • May 15, 2022 - Community Development (one day course for new coaches / 6U to 12U coaches)

To sign up for a course, please direct coaches to this page on the CDLA website.  From there, they just complete our registration form and we will send them the information they require based on the information they provide us on the form.

http://calgarylacrosse.com/content/coach-certification

 

Here you will find all our upcoming coaching clinics along with registration links so you can sign up. Registration is easy but just in case you need a little assistance, check out our how to register for a coaching clinic on the locker instruction guide.

Date Level Location Host Association Registration Link
April 9, 2022 CC Dev - Box Calgary, NW CDLA https://thelocker.coach.ca/event/public/5480009
April 10, 2022 CC Dev - Box Calgary, SE CDLA https://thelocker.coach.ca/event/public/5480010
April 16, 2022 CC Dev - Box Edmonton GELC https://thelocker.coach.ca/event/public/5480025
April 23, 2022 CC Dev - Box Calgary, NW CDLA https://thelocker.coach.ca/event/public/5480012
April 23, 2022 CC Dev - Box Cold Lake   https://thelocker.coach.ca/event/public/5480035
April 24, 2022 CC Dev - Box Calgary, SE CDLA https://thelocker.coach.ca/event/public/5480013
April 23 - 24, 2022 Comp Intro - Box Edmonton GELC https://thelocker.coach.ca/event/public/5480030
April 30 - May 1, 2022 Comp Intro - Box Lacombe CALL https://thelocker.coach.ca/event/public/5480022
         
May 1, 2022 CC Dev - Box, 2022 Lacombe CALL https://thelocker.coach.ca/event/public/5480014
May 7, 2022 CC Dev - Box, 2022 Edmonton GELC https://thelocker.coach.ca/event/public/5480028
May 7 - 8, 2022 Comp Intro - Box Calgary CDLA https://thelocker.coach.ca/event/public/5480024
May 14, 2022 CC Dev - Box Calgary, NW CDLA https://thelocker.coach.ca/event/public/5480016
May 15, 2022 CC Dev - Box Calgary, SE CDLA https://thelocker.coach.ca/event/public/5480017
May 28, 2022 CC Dev - Box Edmonton GELC https://thelocker.coach.ca/event/public/5480029
         
June 4 - 5, 2022 Comp Intro - Box Edmonton GELC https://thelocker.coach.ca/event/public/5480031
         

Professional coach Development Opportunities

There are several recommended online coaching courses that coaches of any level can complete at any time on The Locker which will enhance your knowledge as a coach, and help you bring success to your team.

To find these coaching courses follow these easy steps:

  1. login to your account at The Locker.
  2. Click ELEARNING along the top navigation bar.
  3. Select Multi-sport along the left navigation bar.
  4. Select your course.
  5. Enjoy becoming a stronger coach.

Responsible Coaching

The ALA has taken the pledge and is now a proud champion of the Responsible Coaching Movement!

By making this pledge, the ALA is showing our commitment to implementing supportive policies and processes that ensure the safety and protection of our athletes and coaches, and provide our coaches with the tools and training necessary to model ethical behavior.

The Responsible Coaching Movement (RCM) is a multi-phase. system-wide movement coordinated by the Coaching Association of Canada and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport that has the potential to affect all sports organizations and coaches in a positive way.

The first phase of the RCM focuses on three key areas:

  • Rule-of-Two: The Rule-of-Two serves to protect Minor athletes from potentially vulnerable situations by ensuring that more than one adult is present at all times. Vulnerable situations can include closed doors meetings, travel, and training environments.
  • Background Screening: The background screening process involves using a number of different tools to ensure coaches meet the necessary security requirements to coach athletes. These tools include comprehensive job postings, criminal record checks, interviews, and reference checks.
  • Respect and Ethics Training: Increasing coaches ethical conduct and behavior toward athletes requires that coaches be trained to understand what it means to act ethically. This training includes the Make Ethical Decisions module within the National Coaching Certification Program (CAC) but there are many.

With the support of the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC), the ALA will be actively reviewing current policies and procedures to ensure they align with the recommendations and guidelines of the RCM.

Working closely with our members and clubs, we will identify realistic ways and means to entrench the Responsible Coaching Movement across our sport and enhance the safety of our athletes and the ethical conduct of our coaches.

 

Coach.ca  to access your locker
 
nccp.lacrosse.ca  to access your nccp account
 

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