The Rabbit Skill Development Program (Rabbit SDP) requires certified coaches to lead the ski groups. The groups are limited to 8 skiers, unless there is an assistant coach or co-coach available.
The Strathcona Nordics Ski Club (SNSC) runs the Rabbit SDP for 10 weeks from January to March as a Saturday program and a Sunday program. Coaches can participate for the full 10 weeks or co-coach and share the sessions with another coach, or assist another coach, or act as an alternate coach for Saturday, Sunday, or both days.
Coaching certification for participation in the Rabbit SDP involves:
- Taking required coaching courses:
- Introduction to Community Coaching (10 hrs dryland)
- Community Coaching (16 hrs dryland, and on-snow)
- Completing a Making Ethical Decisions online test
- Completing a minimum of 20 hours practical experience
SNSC will cover the cost of the courses for your commitment to participate in coaching in some capacity with the Rabbits SDP.
SNSC typically hosts the Introduction to Community Coaching course on the first weekend of December. The Community Coaching course will follow within 4 weeks on a weekend. Check the club website for upcoming course dates.
Once you have completed the coaching courses, you can complete the online Making Ethical Decisions test at any time.
To move from a status of trained to a status of certified, you must:
- Complete a minimum of 20 hours of coaching
- Particpate in some kind of season wind-up, ski tournament or other age-appropriate FUNdamental special activity
- Fill our your Practical Experience Form
- Have either the club Head Coach, Rabbits SDP Coordinator, or other SNSC Director sign the form
Coaches will be further supported by annual Coaching Refresher clinics with the Club Head Coach. Coaches will also have the opportunity to do small group and/or one-on-one mentoring with the Head Coach to further develop their coaching skills.
Cross Country Canada (CCC) details about coaching qualifications
CCC Policy: Minimum Mandatory Coaching Qualifications
as of : January 31/06
Coaches must have completed the Introduction to Community Coaching workshop
in order to supervise, instruct or coach ski activities for children six years of age and younger, or assist with the supervising, instructing or coaching of ski activities
for children six to sixteen years of age;
Coaches must have completed the Community Coaching workshop in order to supervise, instruct or coach ski activities for children six to sixteen years of age;
Coaches must have completed the NCCP Level 1 Technical course in order to supervise, instruct or coach ski activities for children under the age of 16 years”.
The key improvements of a competency-based NCCP include:
A greater emphasis on coach abilities; certification based on a proven ability to do versus simply to know.
A structure for the program that is able to accommodate differences between sports, types of coaches, and environments in which coaches work.
Coach training and certification based on the needs of the participants and as experiential as possible.
The new NCCP model distinguishes between training and certification:
Coaches can participate in training opportunities to acquire or refine the skills and knowledge required for a particular coaching context as defined by the sport. However to be certified in a coaching context, coaches must be evaluated on their demonstrated ability to perform within that context in areas such as program design, practice planning, performance analysis, program management, ethical coaching, support to participants during training, and support to participants in competition.
In the new NCCP system a coach is described as:
In Training – when a coach has completed some of the required training for a context;
Trained – when a coach has completed all required training for a context;
Certified – when a coach has completed all evaluation requirements for a context.
Certified coaches enjoy the credibility of the sporting community and of the athletes they coach. They are recognized as meeting or exceeding the high standards embraced by more than 60 national sport federations in Canada. Fostering confidence at all levels of sport, certification is a benefit shared by parents, athletes, sport organizations, and our communities.
To check your certification status, please visit the Coaching Association of Canada website http://www.coach.ca/