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