Coaching Courses

Each year, the ABA host courses that make up the technical component of NCCP certification. Courses are specific to Road, Track, or Mountain Bike. Courses are usually hosted in the spring (March, April, May).Each spring, the ABA offers cycling-specific courses which are components of the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). The NCCP is in the process of changing from its old structure with five levels (1 to 5) and three components (Theory, Technical, and Practical) to a new structure that is based on the three different streams in which coaching takes place in Canada.  These are Community Sport, Competition and Instruction.

The ABA will offer the following courses: CLICK HERE

Let's Ride - Community Initiation

Instructional Coaches Start Here! Community Initiation is the context for coaches who will primarily work with novice, precompetitive cyclists at the community level. These athletes will likely be in the
FUNdamentals to early Train to Train stages of LTAD. We expect these participants to be able to ride a bicycle, be interested in improving their skills, and open to trying a competitive experience. The key objectives for a Community Initiation Cycling Coach are therefore:
  • Ensure participants have a fun, safe, stage-appropriate experience that makes them want to come back;
  • Help to develop basic cycling skills which are transferable to all cycling disciplines, and which can be done on any kind of bicycle;
  • Introduce participants to the idea of competition and show them the competition pathway if they want to become more involved. Community Initiation cyclists will usually participate 1 to 3 times per week. Coaches will likely be volunteers, parents, and recreation and summer camp leaders, so the program will be 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 will be on having participants develop skills which are basic to MTB, BMX, and Road, in a controlled, offroad, off-trail setting such as a sport field or parking lot. This will help minimize liability issues for those delivering the program.

Introduction to Competition

Competition Coaches Start Here! The following series of coaching courses are called Introduction to Competition within the new NCCP coaching education model. This course is similar to the old Level 2 Theory and Technical course. There are no prerequisites for any of the courses listed below. Each module (Part A , Part B or Road/MTB/BMX Skills and Tactics) can be taken in sequence or in the order that best fits your personal schedule.

Ready to Race! Introduction to Competition 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. We expect these athletes to 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 or non-competitive Instruction program to help them develop the basic skills.

The key objectives for an Introduction to Competition Cycling Coach are therefore:
  • Ensure participants have fun, safe, stage-appropriate experiences that make them want to continue in competitive cycling;
  • Introduce participants to regular training 3 to 6 times per week;
  • Introduce participants to competition in multiple cycling disciplines, within club, school or basic provincial-level competition programs;

Assist the development of cyclists passing through their growth spurt, and be ready to modify training and competition accordingly, consistent with the LTAD Model;

  • Create a foundation to prepare participants to advance to a more specialized development level of training and competition as they develop. Introduction to Competition cyclists will usually participate 3 to 6 times per week for an entire season. Coaches will typically be volunteers who are operating within a club program as specialist youth/introduction coaches. The focus of the program will be on having participants develop skills and abilities needed for successful club-level competition.

The Introduction to Competition coach development program emphasizes multi-sport and multi-discipline development of cyclists. Consequently, coaches in this program will take two discipline-specific skills clinics, which will focus on teaching, analyzing and correcting performance skills. Coaches may select any two of MTB, BMX or Road/Track skills clinics. In addition, coaches will take two learning sessions to develop their skills in areas including ethical decision-making, practice planning, sport program design, and supporting athletes in training and competition. The learning sessions may be taken before or after the skills clinics, adding flexibility to the program. After each block of learning, coaches will complete evaluation activities to attain certification.

Introduction to Competition

To be “trained” at the Introduction to Competition level, you simply need to complete Training to Race (formerly Introduction to Competition - Part A), Training to Race (formerly Introduction to Competition - Part B) and either Road, MTB or BMX Skills and Tactics courses. To be “certified” at this level you must also be evaluated by an NCCP evaluator after you have completed the courses. The evaluator (arranged through the ABA) will determine whether the candidate meets the certification criteria for Introduction to Competition or requires extra work in specific areas to increase their competency level and attain certification.


Cycling NCCP Overview
Cyclings New NCCP Transition
Canadian Coaching Association
Coaches of Canada