Hockey Canada’s National Coach Certification Program (NCCP) is a competency-based program. The program enables coaches to build their coaching tools and knowledge of the game, so they can work effectively with their players.

Coaches enter into a ‘stream’ of coaching by taking part in clinics that are relative to the athletes that they are working with.

Coach Stream
• work with community and recreational teams, i.e. Novice, Atom

Developmental Stream
• work with provincial and regional teams, i.e. Peewee rep, Junior B

High Performance Stream
• work with national and international teams, i.e. Midget AAA, university

Within the Hockey Canada structure the Coach Stream and Development Stream are delivered at the provincial level. Clinic schedules can be obtained by contacting your local Hockey Canada branch.

The following three charts detail the three main streams of hockey that athletes move through in their development. The new NCCP model attempts to mirror this athlete model with the coaching development model to ensure that coaches are being educated with the necessary tools to meet the athlete’s needs.

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Coach Stream

  Age Range Competitive Context Training Environment Skill Emphasis
Community 5 – 10 Initiation
Novice
Atom
2-4 hours per week
1-2 practices/wk
1-2 games/wk
Technical Skills: 75 - 85 %
Individual Tactics 15 - 25 %
Team Tactics 10 % or less
Recreational 11-17 Pee Wee House
Bantam House
Midget House
2-4 hours per week
1 practice/wk
1-2 games/wk
Technical Skills: 75 - 85 %
Individual Tactics: 15 - 25 %
Team Tactics 10 % or less
Adult Recreational 18 + Ad hoc leagues 1-2 hours per week
No practices
1-2 games/wk
N/A

Development Stream

  Age Range Competitive Context Training Environment Skill Emphasis
Provincial 11-17 Pee Wee Rep
Bantam Rep
Midget Rep
4-6 hours per week
2-3 practices/wk
2-3 games/wk
Technical Skills - 35 - 45 %
Individual Tactics - 15 - 25 %
Team Tactics - 10 - 20 %
Team Play -  10 - 15 %
Strategy - 10 % or less
Regional 15-21 Junior Hockey “B” and below
Senior Hockey
4-6 hours per week
2-3 practices/wk
2-3 games/wk
Technical Skills - 35 - 45 %
Individual Tactics - 15 - 25 %
Team Tactics - 10 - 20 %
Team Play -  10 - 15 %
Strategy - 10 % or less
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High Performance Stream

  Age Range Competitive Context Training Environment Skill Emphasis
National 15-40 Midget AAA
Junior A
Major Junior
University
6-10 hours per week
3-5 practices/wk
2-3 games/wk
 
International 18-40 National Teams
Minor Professional
European Leagues
6-10 hours per week
3-5 practices/wk
2-3 games/wk
 

 

Check NCCP Number
If you have taken a coaching clinic you have been registered on the national database that is updated and administrated by the Coaching Association of Canada. Upon registration you are given a unique number that you should use when registering for clinics or applying for coaching positions. Click here to check your status

Please click here to download a resource guide outlining the key details on each of the three streams of the National Coach Certification Program.

Register for a Clinic
Within the Hockey Canada structure the Coach Stream and Development Stream are delivered at the provincial level. To register for a clinic, click here and select your branch.

The following materials will assist you in completing the Speak Out Integration model within the NCCP Coach Stream.

Pre Task

Before attending the in-class portion of this course you will be required to complete this pre-clinic task.  These tasks are designed to kick-start your learning experience by making you think about some of the key issues facing the hockey coach.  There is no right or wrong answers, this task will be reviewed in the classroom session.

Click here to download the Pre-Task Workbook

Click here to download the Pre-Task Readings

Additional Readings

Support articles on the following topics can be found by clicking on the appropriate link:

Click here to download information on Responding to Bullying, Harassment and Abuse.

Click here to download information on Frameworks for Intervention and Prevention.

Click here to download information on Prevention Guidelines.

Click here to view the Supervision and Prevention sections of the Speak Out! DVD.

» NCCP Downloads