Coaching Association of Canada

Resource Library

The following resources have been developed by the CAC to assist coaches. If you can’t find what you are looking for, please contact

Leading the Way: Working with LGBTQ Athletes and Coaches

Leading the Way is a practical resource for coaches to create welcoming, inclusive teams. This second edition now includes the Canadian results of the international Out on the Fields Study on Homophobia in Sport (2015), and reflects the recent guidance to sport organizations on creating inclusive environments for trans identities released by the CCES.


Coaching Masters Athletes

Masters sport is booming, and older athletes are seeking coaching guidance as they strive to learn new skills, improve their performance, or compete successfully. Coaching Masters Athletes, a new NCCP resource now available for coaches, offers an exciting opportunity for all coaches to have a positive impact on the lives of adults who want to lead a healthy and active lifestyle, and on society by encouraging more adults to be active.


Long-term Athlete Development for Parents

Many parents are looking for answers to explain what is right for their child when it comes to athletic development. As a coach, you need something that will help explain the facts in an easy, accurate, and user-friendly manner. The Coaching Association of Canada, in coordination with Canadian Sport for Life, has created the following document: “Long-Term Athlete Development Information for Parents” to help coaches educate the parents of the children in their programs. 


Coaching Athletes with a Disability

Coaching Athletes with a Disability is a manual designed to provide grassroots coaches who have never worked with athletes with a disability with basic information, guidelines, and tips that will assist in creating conditions for effective participation and inclusion. 


Coaches Resource Guide: Supporting Young Athletes who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing in a Mainstream Setting 

The Coaches Resource Guide: Supporting Young Athletes who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing in a Mainstream Setting was written by Carolynn Osborn and supported by Sport Manitoba, the Manitoba Department of Education and Advanced Learning, the Manitoba Deaf Sports Association, the Canadian Deaf National Swimming Team and the Canadian Deaf Sport Association. This guide provides information on hearing loss, principles in effective communication, creating Deaf and Hard of Hearing friendly environments, and certain sport specific modifications.


Working with LGBT Athletes and Coaches

This top 10 list, inspired by the CAAWS resource, Leading the Way: Working with LGBT Athletes and Coaches, is based on the experiences of Canadian athletes and coaches. The resource aims to make sport a more welcoming place for those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and two-spirited.

Click here to read the list

NCCP Code of Ethics


NCCP Model Diagram


Concussion Resources

Pocket Concussion Recognition Tool Download 
Player Code of Conduct Download
Return to Play Guidelines Download 
Concussion Guidelines for Parents Download 
Concussion Guidelines for Coaches Download 
Concussion Guidelines for Athletes Download