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Coaching FAQ


Q. How does the new NCCP system correlate with the "old" NCCP system?

A. The old NCCP system consisted of three distinctive parts: “Theory”, “Technical” and “Practical”. The National Governing Body (CLA) have the responsibility to conduct and control the technical and practical aspects while the Provincial Governing Body (OLA) have the responsibility to provide the theory training.

Community Development Certification has replaced "Level 1," Competitive Introduction Certification has replaced "Level 2" and Competitive Development Certification has replaced "Level 3." Standards required in each discipline can be found WHERE?. Unlike other sports, lacrosse has opted to combine the Technical, Theory and Evaluation into all coaching streams.

Q. Why is it necessary for the NCCP to update its certification process?

A. Under the old certification system, a coach was required to attend a technical training session, a theory training session and complete a practical component. The Technical and Theory sessions involved a minimum of 12-14 hours each, and were usually conducted over an entire weekend.

The new certification process allows coaches to train at the level they are active at, which provides experience in addition to education throughout the process.

Q. Does my old certification qualify me to meet the standards required under the new system?

A. Yes, it also allows a coach with any of the old levels of certification to attend any of the new Competitive Coaching training sessions.

Q. What does the term “CBET” mean?

A. “CBET” stands for “Competency Based Education Training”. In simple terms, it means that a coach must demonstrate (through the evaluation process) that the material is understood and that he/she can perform the tasks associated with the training.

Q. What do the three categories “In-Training”, “Trained” & “Certified” mean?

A. “In-Training” indicates that a coach has attended a Training session for one of the coaching streams.

“Trained” indicates that a coach has attended an “In-Training” session and successfully completed the evaluation workbook, or has successfully challenged the Community Development requirement.

“Certified” indicates that a coach has completed all the above as well as the online ethics test and any additional evaluations required by the CLA.

Q. How do I go from “In-Training” to “Trained”?

A. Successfully complete the Evaluation Workbook.

Q. Who is required to be NCCP “Certified”?

A. Only those coaches who participate in the categories outlined on the CLA's Form 100 for each discipline, i.e. National Team Coaches, Provincial Coaches or Zone/Area Coaches.

No coaches in the categories covered by Community Development are required to be “Certified.”

Q. How do I go from “Trained” to “Certified”?

A. At the Competitive Introduction level in all disciplines, a coach must successfully complete their online ethics test and either host a supervised practice session or provide video footage of a practice session.

Q. How will I know that my Evaluation Workbook has been received and processed by the CLA?

A. If the minimum standard established by the CLA Coaching Committee is met, the Member Association will be advised that the coach has successfully completed their workbook.

If the minimum standard is not met, the coach and the Member Association will each receive notification as well as a written report which will detail areas for improvement. The coach can review the report and address these shortcomings before resubmitting their workbook.

NOTE: Coaches receiving notification that the minimum standard has not been met are encouraged to contact their training facilitator for assistance.

Q. In the categories where a video is part of the criteria for becoming “Certified” does it follow the same pattern as the Evaluation Workbooks?

A. Yes

Q. Who and how do I determine if I should submit a video or request a supervised evaluation for the practice session outlined in the Competitive Introduction Evaluation Workbook?

A. It is the coach in question who determines if he/she prefers a supervised evaluation or submits a video. The “how” will depend on the coach's ability and means to submit their video. If the coach selects the a supervised evaluation, the request must be forwarded to the Member Association by the President of the coach's home association.

Q. Is there a requirement for me to be trained at the Community Level before attending the Competitive training sessions?

A. All coaches must have been certified under the old system and have attended a Community Training Session.

Q. What is the NCCP Part “A” and Part “B” and how does that correlate with the Lacrosse coaching program?

A. Part “A” and Part “B” are the theory portions of the old theory courses from Level 1 and 2 found to be necessary in the new system.

Q. How many attempts do I have to successfully pass the online ethics test?

A. Participants must pass this test on their second attempt; otherwise, the coach must be retrained before attempting this test.

Q. Is there a fee required attempting the test and, if “Yes,” is the fee required for each attempt?

A. Yes to both questions.

Q. Who sets the minimum requirements for coaches?

A. The CLA Coaching Committee is responsible for administrating the Coaching Certification Program. Each Member Association has a voting Coaching Coordinator who carries the number of coaching votes relevant to the number of disciplines active in the MA.

Q. Where would I go to find additional information on the coaching program?

A. For answers to questions not found within this FAQ, please direct your inquires to Rick Phillips (vpcoaching@ontariolacrosse.com) and Bruce Codd (bruce@ontariolacrosse.com).