Coach Requirements

NCCP Coaches are described as follows:

In Training - when they have completed some of the required training for a context 
Trained - when they have completed all required training for a context;
Certified - when they have completed all evaluation requirements for a context.

Coach requirements: 


House league age Categories varies.  

Learn to Play age Categories U7, U9.

All registered Coaches must fully complete the NCCP Initiation Coach in-person coach clinic

Coaches at the House league & Learn to Play programs Coaches required to take the NCCP Initiation Coach in-person coach clinic. 

The NCCP Initiation Coach context focuses on participants who are being introduced to a sport. In many sports these are very young children participating in the sport for the first time.  House League and or Learn To Play (Timbits Softball).  Participants get involved to meet new friends, have fun, and to learn a new activity. The role of the coach is to ensure a fun and safe environment and to teach the development of some of the “Fundamentals'” stage skills and abilities for participants.

NOTE:  Participants in the NCCP Initiation Coach clinic must complete the Foundations of Coaching Softball 1 and Making Ethical Decision(MED)  online modules before attending the in-person clinics.

Softball Community Sport - Initiation Pathway

Provincial Championships

These requirements apply to the following age categories:
U11 Boys, U11 Girls, U13 Boys, U13 Girls, U15 Boys, U15 Girls,  U17 Boys, U76 Girls,  U20 Mens, U19 Women’s,  Intermediate Women & Men

All registered Coaches must fully complete the Community Sport - On Going Participation in the National Coaching Certification Program.

Only coaches who are Fully trained Community Sport -On going Participation can be on the bench during provincials. Registered Community Sport-On-going Participation Coaches Must attend all games and be always on the team’s bench.

All registered coaches or the manager must fully complete the Community Sport - On Going Participation NCCP. Anyone who has not completed  Community Sport -On Going Participation Coach course will not be permitted to coach at provincials.

NOTE:  Participants in the Community Sport - OGP clinic must complete the Foundations of Coaching Softball 1 online module prior attending clinics.

2024 Coach Clinics  Online Registration Form.


1. Foundations of Coaching Softball 1 and 2 - online courses and must be completed before attending clinic.  (See link below)

The online foundation 1 & 2 modules must be completed before the start of the course.

  Here is the link to take the online modules Foundation 1 & Foundation 2

2. See the list of course required below in red Must be completed before you attend the Softball Nova Scotia Coach Clinic. These online modules are offered free click link here for  virtual, classroom you will see all the e-learning modules you can take By following this link some of the courses are available for free. 


Mandatory Modules: 

MED - Making Ethical Decisions Module

Safe Sport Training

Canadian Championships

Requirements for following Categories:
U23 Men’s, U19 Men’s, U19 Women’s, U16 Boys, U16 Girls, U14 Boys, U14 Girls, Master,  Senior Men & Women 

Coaches are signed to the current Softball Canada or Provincial/Territorial Team Registration Certificate of his/her team. 
U14 & U16: Head Coach must be Competition - Introduction Certified, Assistant Coaches must be Competition - Introduction Trained in the National Coaching Certification Program and must attend at all games and be on the team’s bench.

 U19, U23, Men’s & Women’s:  All Coaches must be Competition - Introduction Certified in the National Coaching Certification Program and must attend at all games and be on the team’s bench.

If none of the coaches are fully certified and in attendance at all games and on the team’s bench, they will not be allowed on the field or in the coach’s box at a Canadian Championship.

Canada Summer Games 
Eligible Age Category - U18 with two U19 players permitted for 2025 Canada Summer Games. 

All Coaches on the official registration form must be fully Competition - Development Certified under the National Coaching Certification Program  

 These coaches must be so certified not later than 180 days before the opening of the Games.

 All Certified Coaches must be in attendance on the team bench at all games to be eligible to be on the field. 

Coaching Requirements - Pre-registration is required for all PSO and NSO sanctioned events. For verification of training and certification purposes, coaches must include their NCCP number on their Pre-Team Registration forms. See also:

Softball Coaching Pathways - can also be found at the following link:

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