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Development through Coaching Manitoba

Coaching Manitoba offer coaches and coach developers ongoing professional development opportunities.

For more information please read on.




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The National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) is here to help you be the best coach that you can be. When you take an NCCP clinic, you'll gain water polo technical abilities as well as leadership and decision-making skills. NCCP training will open doors to new opportunities in coaching and in life.

Ready to become a trained coach? Click on the link below.

Water Polo Canada uses the Officials Training and Certification Program (OTCP) as its officials’ education and development tool. Officials include both referees and minor officials.

The Officials Training and Certification Program (OTCP) is currently undergoing an important transition. The purpose of the changes are to align the referee development system with water polo’s Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) pathway model and with the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) for water polo. The OTCP courses and the requirements for each certification levels are now based on the LTAD philosophy of being athlete-centered, coach-driven, and administration/sport science/sponsor-supported.

Revised certification levels:
•Regional referee = Regional “trained”
•Provincial referee = Provincial “trained”
•National C and National B = National “trained”
•National A = National “certified”

Take a step now towards the new certification!

Read more at http://www.waterpolo.ca/otcpoverview.aspx.


What is -

Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD)

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10 Key Points that Best Describes LTAD:

1.  Athlete progression
2.  Scientific research
3.  The art of the coach
4.  Chronological vs developmental age
5.  Windows of optimal trainability

6.  Importance of physical literacy (0-12 years old)
7.  Early vs late specialization
8.  Planning and periodization
9.  Competition structure
10. System alignment

Long-term athlete development (LTAD) is an athlete progression model from playground to podium, cradle to grave, and the pursuit of excellence and an active lifestyle.  It is athlete centered, coach driven, and administration, sport science, and sponsor supported.  LTAD was developed by a group of Canadian sport scientists, and was adopted by Sport Canada in 2005.  All recognized Olympic sports, water polo for example, were asked to create its own sport-specific LTAD model based on the Canadian Sport for Life Document.  LTAD is based on the premise of continuous improvement the Kaizen approach.  LTAD is a road map to long-term sustainability for water polo in Canada, and not only a player pathway model.  LTAD identifies an organization's shortcomings, and attempts to correct the inefficiencies within an organization's culture.

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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.

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. Complete Respect in Sport - an online training program designed to assist coaches in identifying and dealing with abuse, neglect, harassment, and bullying in sport.

2. Take a coaching course in the  National Coaching Certification Program .

3. 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. Find your PSO, in the drop down partner menu in the top left corner of our website.

4. 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.

5. If you need any help identifying your coach education pathway or are looking for education opportunities please, speak to Coaching Manitoba by phone 204-925-5913 or by  email .  


Respect In Sport

The Respect in Sport Course is mandatory for all Manitoba Water Polo Coaches!

For more information on the Respect in Sport Program and how to complete the course

please click here Respect in Sport.

Women to Watch Grant Program

Sport Manitoba and Coaching Manitoba encourages and supports equitable participation and resources for women in sport.

Women to Watch is a monthly grant program administered by Sport Manitoba and Coaching Manitoba designed to assist young girls and women to further their involvement in their chosen sport.

For more information on this grant program please read on.

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