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Water Polo Canada uses the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) as its coach education and development tool.  Water Polo Canada has made each NCCP course sport specific and based on the water polo Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD)pathway model.  The concept behind the water polo NCCP is that it is athlete centered, coach driven, and administration, sport science, and sponsor supported.  Which means that coaches do not have to follow a linear progression, subsequently, a coach may register for a water polo NCCP course with limited pre-requisites as the NCCP courses target the athlete and not the coach.

Building on the philosophy of an athlete-centred coach development model, the water polo NCCP is a competency-based education program – learning by doing and activity based learning.  Coaches are presented with specific learning outcomes that must be achieved through evaluation.  The coach is therefore trained based on the evaluation criteria of each learning-outcome.  Although the majority of the learning-outcomes are the same for each coaching course, the depth and scope changes based on the type of athlete the coach coaches.

A competency-based education program allows a coach to challenge his/her training – meaning doing the evaluation without taking the workshop.  Water Polo Canada wants to develop competent coaches who posses the core competences of Valuing, Interacting, Leading, Problem-solving, and Critical Thinking.  If a coach feels they possess the core competencies and knowledge through prior learning experiences, then they may ask to be evaluated without any context (course) training.


Continuing once again with the principle of LTAD and an athlete-centred approach, the coaching programs have been divided into two streams:  Community and Competition.  Within each stream there are a number of contexts (courses) that pertain to the developmental age of the athlete that the coach is coaching.  Water Polo Canada currently has 3 active NCCP courses:  Community Sport – Initiation “I Love Water Polo Instructor”,
Community Sport – Initiation “Community Club Coach”and Competition – Introduction “The Practice Coach”.  Water Polo Canada is in development of two more NCCP programs:  Competition – Introduction “The Advanced Coach” and Competition – Development “The Professional Coach”.The generic NCCP diagram can be downloaded here.

Community Sport Stream (CSp)

Competition Stream

Initiation -
Community Club Coach

Introduction - The Practice Coach


Introduction - The Advanced
Competitive Coach
(In development)

 

Development - The Professional Coach
(
In development)


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In the water polo NCCP model, a coach’s transcript will show the following regarding each coaching context (course): “in training”, “trained”, or “certified”.  In training means some of the outcomes have been trained; trained means that all of the outcomes have been trained; and certified means that all of the outcomes have been evaluated.

In a competency-based education world the Kaizen concept of continuous improvement is embraced.  Therefore, coaches are encouraged to continue their education and development through what is called Professional Development (PD).  In the water polo NCCP, PD is considered as any type of education that may help a coach become more competent at training and developing the athletes they are coaching on a regular basis.  An example would be a coaching conference held by Water Polo Canada or the Coaching Association of Canada.  Other examples could be a Competition – Introduction coach taking a Competition – Development multi-sport module.  Since Competition – Development focus on older competitive athletes and the Competition – Introduction coach focuses on younger competitive athletes; a workshop in the Development context may help improve the coach’s tool for their younger competitive athletes.


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About the Coaching Association of Canada


The Coaching Association of Canada unites stakeholders and partners in its commitment to raising the skills and stature of coaches, and ultimately expanding their reach and influence.  Through its programs, CAC empowers coaches with knowledge and skills, promotes ethics, fosters positive attitudes, builds competence, and increases the credibility and recognition of coaches.  Visit www.coach.ca for more information about coach education and training.


 
 
 

 


 
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