Coaches are invaluable in the development of an athlete’s skills. They are teachers and mentors for the thousands of young athletes they interact with in their day-to-day work. They work not only with athletes but also the athlete’s parents in setting realistic goals and the training required to reach their potential and their goals. All Skate Canada coaches are required to be trained and/or certified in the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP).
Becoming a Skate Canada Professional Coach requires planning and commitment to the profession. A certified coach is an experienced, skilled and dedicated professional. Coaches have a huge impact on the lives of their skaters and coaches always need to be aware of this fact and conduct themselves in a professional manner. Coaches need to constantly educate and update themselves in order to be effective.
Currently, all coaches who work at Skate Canada member clubs and Skating Schools must meet the minimum criteria as outlined in Rule 2401 of the Skate Canada Rule Book and other provisions set from time to time by the Skate Canada Board of Directors, and be registered professional coaching members of Skate Canada.
Vision For Coaching
As Skate Canada Professional Coaches we believe coaching is a privilege earned through our commitment to:
- Competently and professionally serving the athlete as a role model, teacher, coach, athlete manager, strategist, and volunteer.
- Developing a well-rounded individual and creating a positive and safe sport environment that will promote physical development and well-being, mental development and positive self image, social skills development, creativity and artistic development, discipline, self-reliance and independence, and principles of fair play and good sportsmanship.
- Providing quality service to and being accountable to the athletes, parents, clubs and schools, community, and Skate Canada.
- Sharing knowledge with athletes, parents, coaching peers, clubs and schools, volunteers and Skate Canada.
- Actively engaged in continuous improvement and education and overall professional development
- Maintaining an open-minded attitude to new ideas and change.Supporting the 2014-2018 Skate Canada Strategic Plan.
- Conducting oneself in a manner that is befitting of a coaching professional and that is compliant with Skate Canada and ISU rules, regulations and policies.