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. You can also check out our new interactive tool from coach.ca below.
Is this your first year of coaching, and you have no clue what to do? Or, perhaps you've been a coach for a couple of years, but know that there are still some things you could learn about planning your practices? Packed with tips, tools, and resources you can download, these FREE tutorials from coach.ca will set you up for success!
Coach Education Pathway
Determine what sport you want to coach and if you want to work in a competitive or recreational setting. This will help you choose your training pathway.