Coaching

Coaching

Coaches are the mentors and leaders within the cycling sports who support riders as they develop and practice the sport. Coaches are involved in the athlete development process in a broad variety of ways, ranging from the very first introduction a new cyclist has to the sport, to the highest level of international competition, and everything between.

Like riders, coaches undergo a training process designed to assist them in developing the necessary skills and ethical behaviors to work with cyclists in their discipline and level of interest. Indeed, the term "Coach" refers to someone who has followed the standard training and certification progression for the sport. The standard coach certification and training program in Canada is the National Coaching Certification Program commonly referred to as NCCP.

 In order to practice as a coach in Alberta cycling sports, a person must hold both a Alberta Bicycle Association coaches' license, and have either been certified as the result of having passed the requirements of the NCCP program for their particular Cycling discipline, or must have completed the course work and be in the progress of gaining the practical experience necessary to be evaluated and certified (essentially, a Coach in Training).

Currently Cycling Canada is working in partnership with the Coaching Association of Canada and the Alberta Bicycle Association to offer three coach development programs. They are Let’s Ride! Community Initiation, Ready to Race Introduction to Competition, and Performance Cycling Competition Development

1. Let’s Ride! Community Cycling Initiation

Let’s Ride! Community Cycling- Initiation (CCI) is the NCCP context for coaches who will primarily work with novice, pre-competitive cyclists at the community level, including participants in the Active Start, FUNdamentals and early Learn to Train stages of athlete development. The program is simple, based on a number of pre-designed lesson plans, and adaptable to the varying skill and ability levels of participants. The focus of the program is on having participants develop skills which are basic to MTB, BMX, and Road, in a controlled, off-road, off-trail setting such as a sport field or parking lot.

CCI training has two parts – the “Let’s Ride!” CCI workshop (5 hrs), and a Basic Cycling Skills workshop (8 hrs). The first workshop provides information on ethical coaching, participants and their needs, basic practice planning, equipment and other important information for coaches of beginner cyclists. The second workshop provides an opportunity for “on-bike” practice in skill teaching and analysis, practice coaching and use of provided lesson plans. On completion, coaches have “Trained” status in NCCP.





Modules

Module/Course

Offered by:

Status achieved upon completion:

Let's Ride! Community Initiation (Classroom, 8h)

Alberta Bicycle Association

In - Training

Basic Cycling Skills (on-bike, 8h)

Alberta Bicycle Association

Trained

2. Ready to Race! Introduction to Competition:


Ready to Race! Introduction to Competition (R2R) is the context for coaches who will primarily work with new competitive cyclists at the community and club level. These athletes will likely be in the Learn to Train to Train to Train stages of LTAD, although the context could apply to any new racer of any age. These athletes have basic but developed cycling skills and the desire to begin competing within a structured training and competition program. They should have passed through an entry-level Community Initiation program (CCI) to help them develop the basic skills.

Modules

Module/Course

Offered by:

Status achieved upon completion:

Training Basics (Classroom, 14h)

Alberta Bicycle Association

In - Training

Basic Cycling Skills (on-bike, 8h)

Alberta Bicycle Association

Skills and Tactics one discipline: MTB, Road, Track, or BMX (on bike, 7h)

Alberta Bicycle Association

Trained

Training to Race (classroom, 14h)

Alberta Bicycle Association

Skills and Tactics second discipline: MTB, Road, Track, or BMX (on bike, 7h)

Alberta Bicycle Association

Evaluation

a) Make Ethical Decisions (MED) On-line evaluation

Coaching Association of Canada

Certified

b) Completion of Portfolio

Cycling Canada

c) Completion of final on-line evaluation.

Cycling Canada

Maintenance of Certification:

 

 

Certified coaches must complete Professional Development in order to maintain there certification

Requirements for Introduction to Competition is 20 points every five years.

 

3. Performance Cycling. Competition Development                                                                                  

Performance Cycling is the coaching context for coaches working with late Train to Train and Train to Compete stage cyclists: athletes who are entering National and initial International level competitions. At this level success requires much more than simply having “a big engine”. A solid and comprehensive foundation of technical skills and detailed attention to cycling position is needed to maximize efficiency and performance.

Modules

Module/Course

Offered by:

Status achieved upon completion:

Analyzing Performance (7.5h)

Cycling Canada

In - Training

Performance Planning (7.5h)

Cycling Canada

Manage a Program (Part 1) (3h)

Cycling Canada

Coaching and Leading Effectively (11.5h)

CSI Calgary

Trained

Developing Athletic Abilities(7.5h)

CSI Calgary

Prevention and Recovery (7.25h)

CSI Calgary

Doping Prevention (3.5h)

CSI Calgary

Psychology of Performance (5h)

CSI Calgary

Managing Conflict (5h)

CSI Calgary

Evaluation

 Plan a Project - online module (3h)

Cycling Canada

Certified

 Manage a Program (Part 2) online module (3h)

Cycling Canada

Evaluation #1: Training Camp Project

Cycling Canada

Evaluation #2: Competition Project

Cycling Canada

Maintenance of Certification:

 

 

Certified coaches must complete Professional Development in order to maintain there certification

Requirements for Performance Development are 30 points every five years.


For further information contact the Alberta Bicycle Association office 
780.427-6352


info@albertabicycle.ab.ca

Course Schedules 2014

ABA Coaching Courses Schedule

CSI Coaching Courses Schedule Edmonton

CSI Coaching Courses Schedule Calgary

Professional Development Seminars 2014

ABA PD Seminars Schedule (coming soon)

CC PD Seminars Schedule

CSI Calgary PD Seminars Schedule


 

 

 

 

 



Resources:


Online Resources

Links
Canadian Coaching Association


Employment/Volunteer
Opportunities

Each year, several coaches from around the province are hired on a short-term basis to coach camps and clinics, or lead provincial team projects.

The ABA will have opportunities for Alberta coaches to gain experience through cycling camps and provincial team projects.
The coaches selection document can be found here.

All selected coaches will be required to submit a Police Record Check, Child Welfare Check and a Driver’s Abstract.

For more information, please contact us.