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.
You may already coach at the community level/ House league or you’re thinking about coaching. Often, you’re a parent whose child is involved in sport, or a volunteer who works with participants of all ages that are new to a sport.
There are two levels of workshops for softball community sport coaches: Initiation and Ongoing Participation (Initiation is the minimum requirement- for coaches coaching at house league level, & Learn to Play programs Coaches)
The Community Sport - Initiation context focuses on participants who are being introduced to a sport. In many sports this is very young children participating in the sport for the first time. (Timbits Softball) In a few sports, initiation into the sport can occur with youth or adults. 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.
Softball Community Sport - Initiation Pathway
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.
MED - Making Ethical Decisions Module
Safe Sport Training
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: https://softball.ca/programs/coaching/nccp-training
Softball Coaching Pathways - can also be found at the following link: https://softball.ca/programs/coaching/nccp/pathways