Coaching Association of Canada

Cross Country Skiing

Nordiq Canada offers the following NCCP workshops.

Introduction to Community Coaching: Under the supervision of experienced Learning Facilitators, this in-class workshop will teach parents and entry-level coaches how to deliver a series of age-appropriate skill development sessions to children in the Active Start stage of development. Coaches will also learn how to set up an effective terrain garden, how to utilize terrain to teach technique, and how to advise parents on the ski equipment and clothing needs of their children.

Community Coaching: After completing the Introduction to Community Coaching workshop, this in-class and on-snow workshop will teach community coaches how to lead a skill development program at the club level to children in the FUNdamentals stage of development. Coaches will learn how to teach basic cross-country skiing skills (both classic and skate), and how to introduce children to competition in a positive way.

* A professional development workshop for coaches of athletes with a disability is also available.

Competition Coaching Introduction (CCI): There are two workshops for coaches in this context, one Dryland and one On-Snow. Both workshops are designed for coaches of athletes aged 8-12 in the Learn to Train stage of the LTAD.

The 19-hour Dryland workshop focuses on physical literacy, team building, practice planning for activities year-round, and designing a basic sport program.

The 16.5-hour On-Snow workshop will teach coaches about team management, supporting athletes in competition, equipment selection and the effective teaching of intermediate-level ski technique.

Competition Coaching: Introduction Advanced (CCI – Advanced): There are two workshops for coaches in this program, one Dryland and one On-Snow. Both workshops are designed for coaches of athletes aged 12 to 16 in the Training to Train stage of LTAD, and who have previously completed both CCI Learn to Train coach workshops.
In the 18.5-hour Dryland workshop, coaches are taught about growth and maturation, energy systems, training intensities, monitoring and recovery, strength, speed, flexibility, exercise performance and health, as well as roller-skiing and other dryland ski simulation techniques.

The 17.5-hour On-Snow workshop focuses on developing an effective competition plan for a team, preparing and supporting athletes at a competition, teaching basic mental skills, and refining all ski techniques.

Competition Coaching: Development (CCD): There are two workshops for coaches in this context, one Dryland and one On-Snow. There are also several multi-sport modules to be completed separately. This context has been developed for coaches who have completed Competition Coaching: Introduction Advanced training, and work with athletes aged 15 to 20 in the Learn to Compete stage of LTAD.

The Dryland workshop takes place over five days and focuses on developing athletic abilities, analyzing technique, designing a Yearly Training Plan, and planning for prevention and recovery.

During the 4-day On-Snow workshop, coaches will learn to detect and correct technical and tactical elements to enhance performance and prevent injuries, to support athletes in selection of adequate equipment, to manage ski test, wax test and ski prep protocols on race sites, to manage administrative aspects of programs and oversee logistics, and to report on athlete progress throughout a program.

In addition, coaches will be required to complete the following multi-sport modules and evaluations:

  • Managing Conflict and Managing Conflict online evaluation;
  • Leading Drug-free Sport and Leading Drug-free Sport online evaluation;
  • Coaching and Leading Effectively;
  • Psychology of Performance; and
  • Make Ethical Decisions online evaluation (Competition – Development).

For more information on Cross Country Canada’s NCCP workshops, please click here.

Competition Development Advanced Gradation (CDAG): The first step of this program is the completion of the Advanced Coaching Diploma in one of the Canadian Sport Institutes across the country. Coaches can then move on to CDAG’s sport specific training and evaluation.

The sport-specific curriculum of the CDAG program consists primarily of hands on learning opportunities where coaches work and learn from high performance sport specialists. The objective for these tasks is to provide coaches with the opportunity to collaborate with professionals to build a better sport program for all athletes they coach but primarily aimed at athletes in the Training to Compete stage of development. The effectiveness of the CDAG practical program relies heavily on the efforts of the coach to find the best possible specialists to work with and use their expertise and knowledge to affect better coaching outcomes for their athletes.

CDAG training and evaluation components:

1- Attend a cross country skiing High Performance coaching seminar and submit critical review
2- Integration of Sport Physiologist into training program design
3- Integration of Sport Psychologist into training program design
4- Analysis of trends in technique, tactics and biomechanics
5- Helping Athletes Achieve Sport/Life Balance
6- Assisting and leading international racing trips