Thursday, August 30, 2001 - Information
National Coaching Institute - Calgary

Excellence in Coaching Education
"The NCI-Calgary's mission is to develop world-class professional coaches who are capable of preparing athletes for podium performances in sport, and for life outside of sport," states Mary Ann Reeves, Director of the NCI-Calgary. "The NCI fosters and develops excellence in coaching by providing the knowledge, skills and attitudes for coaches to develop self-reliant athletes capable of podium performances through a holistic athlete-centered process."

In 2000/2001, 13 Diploma candidates from 10 different sports registered at the NCI-Calgary an Alberta licensed private vocational school. Six students graduated, and are all employed as full time coaches, one student withdrew, and six are continuing for their second and final year in 2001/2002.

This year the NCI Committee launched a new vision and a new partnership initiative with the National Sport Organizations (NSO's) to establish national standards and criteria for coach certification and ultimately - required professional membership. This new partnership will elevate the coaching education model in Canada toward developing coaching as a profession.

"We're trying to raise the whole image and credibility of coaching by professionalizing it" says Reeves. "And, we want to raise the standard so that the coaches at the high performance level are qualified to do that."

Within this new framework, coaches would first obtain a Diploma in high performance or expert coaching at one of the seven NCI's across Canada. Next, the coach would seek Level 4/5 certification through their NSO, and be required to meet national standards. Following certification, a coach would apply for professional membership or licensing by the Canadian Professional Coaches Association or their sport specific affiliate body.

A major change that will begin to be implemented in the fall of 2001, at all of the seven NCI's across Canada is a shift from a delivery model of 16 independent courses to an integrated modular delivery model. This involves a learning program that takes a problem-solving approach whereby a student will learn and be expected to demonstrate his/her competency in carrying out the main coaching tasks. These coaching tasks include analysis (of the athlete's needs), planning for improved performance, implementation of the plan and competition and, continual monitoring and evaluation. This further step in implementing a competency based approach to teaching and learning allows for a consistent alternation of knowledge acquisition and application to occur so that aspiring high-performance coaches can better integrate new knowledge as they are coaching and demonstrate their competency in implementing specific tasks.

For more information on the NCI program visit http://www.coach.ca/nci/


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