Speed skating coaches across BC are in integral component of each club. Club coaches may be parents, former skaters, current skaters or other interested volunteers. Anyone interested in coaching is encouraged to speak with their local club about becoming a Club Assistant (no formal training required). Speed skating coaches typically coach on-ice, wearing either speed skates or other skates. Prior experience as a speed skater may be an asset, but is not required.
The formal coaching system used in speed skating is the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP), which is jointly administered by the Coaching Association of Canada and Speed Skating Canada. NCCP education includes sport-specific knowledge, general sport sciences information, teaching and learning tips, safety considerations and much more.
There are four NCCP speed skating courses available:
FUNdamentals Leader: This workshop is intended for active skaters and parents looking to work as assistant coaches for Learn to Skate, Learn to Speed Skate and introductory speed skating programs. Over the course of one day, attendees will be equipped with the necessary tools to work with a small group of skaters teaching basic skating skills in a safe, fun, and welcoming environment.
FUNdamentals Coach: This workshop is intended for individuals who wish to assume the role of lead instructor/head coach for Learn to Speed Skate and introductory speed skating programs which are primarily focused on skill development with skaters participating only in local/regional competitions. Normally delivered over two weekends, this in-class and on-ice workshop will provide instructors/coaches with foundational knowledge and understanding of speed skating technique, equipment, and practice planning in order to be able to design and lead an effective Learn to Speed Skate and/or introductory speed skating program focused on skill development and fundamental movement skills.
Introduction to Competition: This workshop is focused on providing coaches with the tools necessary to support athletes in training and competition in the Learning to Train and Training to Train stages of development, with an emphasis on technical development and seasonal and practice program design. Topics covered over the course of two weekends include: introduction to biomechanics and basic race tactics, basic seasonal training programs and designing practice plans, as well as further exploration of the development of basic mental skills, sport nutrition, and equipment.
Competition Development: The newest certification available to speed skating coaches is Competition Development, which prepares coaches to be the head coach of skaters in the Training to Train, Learning to Compete and Training to Compete stages of development. The course is delivered throughout a season via webinars and in-person meetings and focuses on a deeper understanding of principles learned in the Intro to Comp workshop.
Dates and information about upcoming NCCP courses can be found on the BCSSA Calendar of Events, indicated in red. Further information about the pathway into coaching can be found in the Introduction to Coaching in Speed Skating document, produced by the BCSSA CDC.
All NCCP courses an individual has taken are tracked in an online database called The Locker. Anyone who has taken an NCCP course (in any sport) will have a profile on The Locker. If coaches need assistance finding their account number (CC #) or password, please contact the BCSSA Technical Director, Chris Acton, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coaches may also find the following videos helpful in retrieving their account information:
All coaches are encouraged to continue their coaching education through a variety of avenues, including additional NCCP courses, speed skating specific courses and general sports-related courses. NCCP-certified coaches are required to do professional development to maintain their certification.
An example of an additional NCCP course includes Making Head Way in Speed Skating, a *FREE* online module about concussion recognition in speed skating.