"Coaches are avid learners, open to new challenges and new ideas and this never seems to change over the years. Not knowing a good deal about something is never a reason not to begin it. Coaches believe, and rightly so, that they can learn whatever is needed as they engage in the activity and the learning process never ends."
(Andy Higgins, Best Coaches Best Practices, 2003)
So you want to become a coach..
Becoming a certified coach is an exciting process that begins your journey into both a rewarding and challenging field.
It is important to emphasize that some of the best coaches have not been elite athletes themselves but have developed strengths in key areas such as motivating and communicating well with their athletes, and demonstrating leadership through exemplary behaviours both on and off the playing field.
Whether you enter coaching as a high level athlete, interested parent, teacher or recreational participant, by embracing formal coach training you will be embarking on an important first step to discovering optimal ways to develop your own unique coaching style: one that keeps athletes enjoying their sport, remaining committed to it, and growing as individuals. Throughout this process you will gain immeasurable moments of achievement, excitement and "celebrate the joy of effort, of learning, of facing challenges and all that makes us rich" (Andy Higgins).
Good Coaching is fundamental to community sport. By becoming a valued member of your community, good coaches can share the positive aspects of an active lifestyle.
Here are a few steps to help you on your coaching path:
1. It begins here...read this document. It is an introduction to the National Coaching Certification Program, which is a coach training and education program.
2. Contact the Provincial Sport Organization (PSO) of the sport you are interested in coaching. The PSO can help you identify where you should start and what your options are.
3. Contact a local club in your community to find out about volunteer coaching opportunities. Review their course calendar for workshops in your area. Maybe you want help planning a practice or designing a basic sport program.
4. If you need any help identifying your coach education pathway or are looking for education opportunities pleae, speak to Coaching Manitoba by phone (204) 925-5913 or by email