NCCP Coaching Course
Rugby Canada : Introduction to Competition
Courses in British Columbia

The National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) is a coach training and certification program for 65 different sports and is offered in both official languages across Canada . NCCP workshops are designed to meet the needs of all types of coaches, from the first-time coach to the head coach of a national team. The NCCP is the recognized national standard for coach training and certification in Canada . As part of the program, all coaches are trained in ethical decision-making and sport safety.

Over the past 5 years a new contextual approach to coach education has been put in place and Rugby Canada along with the Coaching Association of Canada has developed its Introduction to Competition Course. This course is Rugby Canada 's introduction to the game in a "contact environment". Its purpose is to provide competitive coaches with the necessary training and education to effectively develop Training to Train and Training to Compete athletes participating in high school and club rugby in Canada .

By taking part in the Introduction to Competition Course, coaches can attain both Trained and/or Certified status.

Trained and/or Certified
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 become 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

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 because they have been observed and evaluated “doing” what is required of them as a competent coach in their sport. They are recognized as meeting or exceeding the high standards embraced by more than 60 national sport organizations in Canada . Fostering confidence at all levels of sport, certification is a benefit shared by parents, athletes, sport organizations, and our communities

Rugby Trained: Introduction to Competition Course

Coaching Criteria:

  •  Currently coaching high school and/or club rugby players in Canada
  • Desire to coach contact rugby
  • Some knowledge of the game of rugby is strongly recommended

Course Length:
Completion of Course Modules (approximately 18 hours of training)

Course delivery:
The course can be delivered in a variety of ways. BC Rugby will be providing its coaches with a number of options

  •  Weekend Delivery: Friday evening, 6.00pm to 10.00pm, Saturday, 9.00am – 5.00pm, Sunday, 9.00am – 4.00pm
  • Weekday Evenings plus Weekend Day Delivery: Three weekday evening sessions plus one full day on the weekend.
  • Weekday Evenings Delivery: A six week course with one session per week on weekday eveinings.
  • Club Delivery: Club works with BC Rugby to set up course times.


Course Numbers:
A minimum of 8 coaches and a maximum of 12.

Expected Outcomes:
Coaches completing the Introduction to Competition Course will be:

  • Trained in athlete development processes in Training to Train and Training to Compete stages of Athlete Development
  • Trained in Making Ethical Decisions
  • Trained in Planning a Practice
  • Trained in Providing Support to Athletes in Training (Confidence in Contact and Safety in Rugby )
  • Trained in Analyzing Performance
  • Trained in Game Understanding at an intermediate level (individual and unit skills, strategies and tactics)
Rugby Certified: Introduction to Competition Course

Those coaches that complete the Introduction to Competition Course and want to progress to Certified status will have that option.
They have to complete four tasks following the course:

  • The Making Ethical Decisions on-line examination.
  •  The evaluation of a Written Practice Plan and Emergency Action Plan from a coaching log book/portfolio.
  •  Complete the Performance Analysis evaluation
  •  Performance Analysis onsite practice plan evaluation
It is recommended that coaches wait at least 4 weeks until after the course is completed before being evaluated for Certified status.


BC Rugby : Introduction to Competition Course Outline:


Module 1


Welcome and Course Overview 30 min
Role of the Coach/Communication 1 hour
Understanding the Game 2 hours



Module 2


Planning a Practice 1 hour
Athlete Development Processes 1 hour



Module 3


Warm-up & Fitness 30 min
Provide Support to Athletes in Training: Analyze Performance 1 2.5 hours



Module 4


Make Ethical Decisions (Qualified Facilitator Needed) 3 hours



Module 5


Provide Support to Athletes in Training: Analyze Performance 2 2.5 hours



Module 6


Safety and Confidence in Contact  (PART 1) Safe Rugby 1 hour
Safety and Confidence in Contact  (PART 2) Safe Rugby 2 hours



Evaluation, Debrief, Review 1 hour



TOTAL HOURS 18 hours
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