Whether you coach first-time participants at the community sport level or national team athletes, proper nutrition is essential for overall good health and optimal athletic performance. Participants of all ages and at all levels of competition are affected by good nutrition. It’s not only about knowing what to eat -- it's also knowing when to eat, especially if you’re on the road with your athletes, or even with other coaches or parents. Plan ahead to maintain good eating habits by browsing our nutrition tips, and/or contacting a registered SNAC dietitian in your area that can answer your specific nutrition questions!
To read more about proper Sport Nutrition for Athletes and Coaches, click here.
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By successfully completing the Make Ethical Decisions (MED) training, coaches will be fully equipped to handle ethical situations with confidence and surety. MED training helps coaches identify the legal, ethical, and moral implications of difficult situations that present themselves in the world of team and individual sport.
MED training is a cornerstone of the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP), and leaves coaches with no doubt as to what to do when the going gets tough.
For more information on the training and evaluation, click here.
Concussions can occur while participating in any sport or recreational activity. Since the circumstances under which a concussion can be sustained are so varied, it’s important for all coaches, parents, and athletes to be aware of the signs, symptoms, and what to do if a concussion occurs.
These concussion awareness resources have been developed as part of the Public Health Agency of Canada’s “Active & Safe” initiative and are designed to help you gain the knowledge and skills required to ensure the safety of your athletes. Get concussion smart via our award-winning “Making Head Way” eLearning modules, test your concussion IQ, find out what happens during a concussion, or simply browse through real concussion stories.
For more information on the eModule and concussion guidelines, click here.
There are many reasons why people get involved in coaching a community sport. Here are a few:
A community coach strives to do the following:
In short, when you become a coach, you help others reach higher, both in sport and in life!
The simple fact that you’re visiting coach.ca means that you have one of the key ingredients of all coaches – passion!
Here is a list of other skills that are useful to becoming a community coach:
Don’t worry if you think you don’t have some of these skills – you’ll find that if you simply go out there and give it a try, you will find that the skills will develop with time and practice.
It’s also not important at first to know every technical aspect of the sport you choose to coach – far more important is the passion and enthusiasm you bring to the role.
For further information about how to get started, click here.
To help you plan effective practices the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) has provided downloadable tips, tools and resources. A key element to successful practices is the ability to build a practice plan through a process:
These FREE tutorials will help you Get Coaching!