Coaching


Welcome coaches, trainers, and managers to the 2021/2022 season! 

Introduction
The coaching coordinator in your association is your main source of information. Please read through the following pages to learn what you need as a coach/manager/trainer for the 2021-22season.

Coaching Profiles
All coaches: please update your profiles on the Ringette Canada website http://www.coachingringette.ca/c and review your NCCP transcripts to ensure you have qualified for the 2021-2022 season.  You must have the certification for your position completed by January 1st, 2022.

For coaches looking for PD points over the summer and fall of 2021, please refer to the website http://www.coachesontario.ca/calendar (Coaches Association of Ontario) for summer course options.

Contact Info
Most coaching questions are answered here on this page. If you do have a question please contact the coaching coordinator of your association.
Coaches should feel free to contact Caryn McKee, GAARA Coaching Coordinator at coaching@gaara.ca

Mandatory Coaching Meetings and PDU's: All coaches must attend, and any coach who wants to receive 2 PDU's for attending our coaching meetings this fall must register (free) on the coach.ca website. Attendance will be validated at the door. Here are the links to register:

DATES TBA

If You Are New to Coaching, You Need a National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP#)

You should start by going to coach.ca, select “The Locker” and create an account for yourself. This will allow you to get an NCCP#, also known as your coaching number, and you will use this for the courses that you take. (ERRA)

Training Requirements

If you don't know what courses you need, a summary of the Ontario Ringette Bench Staff Qualification Requirements can be found at: https://ontario-ringette.com/the-people/coaches/coaching-pathways/.  All coaches/managers/trainers should visit this link to confirm the training that they need to coach this upcoming season. (Ringette Ontario).

All Head Coaches and Assistant Coaches must also become MED (Make Ethical Decisions) Certified. For more information please see MED section below.

Note that all bench staff must be properly qualified for their positions by November 30th, 2021. 

Anyone can review the public profile of a coach or trainer at coach.ca. Once on the site click on “Find a Coach Transcript” at the top of the page and then enter the NCCP# (formerly the CC#) and the coaches’ last name and you will be able to view a profile with all recent coaching certifications.

COURSES:

1. Coach Initiation in Sport

Anyone who is new to coaching ringette needs to take this online course. To access Coach Initiation in Sport follow this link http://www.coach.ca/coach-initiation-in-sport-s17259. This page will provide you with details on how to go to “The Locker” to sign up for the course.
The course takes one hour to complete and the cost is $15. (ERRA) 

2. Community Sport Initiation

This workshop will give you all of the tools you need to hit the ice with confidence as a first-time ringette coach. Over the course of 10 hours, this in-class and on-ice workshop will help you:

  • Understand the level of athlete you are coaching (typically children from U9 to U12);

  • Equip you with the basic tools to plan safe, fun, and effective practices;

  • Show you how to teach basic ringette skills in a fun and inclusive way.

WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS WORKSHOP?
Anyone with limited or basic ringette experience who wants to get involved at the community level to coach; parents/guardians volunteering with their child’s ringette program; coaches of recreational ringette.

WHO WOULD YOU COACH?
You would coach players with little to no previous ringette experience - typically children in the FUNdamentals and/or Learn to Train stages of Long-term Athlete Development (LTAD).

3. Competition - Introduction:

This two-day workshop provides an exceptional foundation for your coaching career and introduces new coaching methods that will enhance both your coaching and your program’s effectiveness.
Through a mix of classroom and hands-on learning on the ice, this workshop focuses on:

  • Preparing coaches to plan and execute fun and safe practices for their players;

  • Introducing basic and more complex technical and tactical elements relevant to ringette;

  • Providing an opportunity for coaches to practice the above elements on the ice;

  • Preparing coaches to plan for an entire season of ringette, ensuring their athlete's abilities progress over the course of the season; and

  • Ensuring coaches are aware and understand the guiding principles of Long-term Athlete Development (LTAD) in order to appropriately plan their seasons.

WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS WORKSHOP?

  • Coaches working with competitive youth players in U12 and higher; and

  • Recreational ringette coaches working with older athletes in the Active for Life stage of Long-term Athlete Development.

  • Coaches working with adult players and are new to certification (ie have no coaching courses yet) only need to complete the CI course.

4. Competition Introduction: certified

AA Head Coaches and Assistant Coaches must become ‘CI Certified’ which involves completing the CI Evaluations after attending the CI clinic. Instructions as to how to apply for the Evaluations are posted on the RO website.  There is a new CI evaluation process.

For the 2020-2021 Season all registered bench staff who are requesting a Competition Introduction (CI) Evaluation to complete CI Certification must follow the revised process outlined at the following link: https://ontario-ringette.com/the-people/coaches/competition-introduction-evaluations/

Competition Introduction (CI) Evaluations must be requested by October 31st, 2021 and completed by January 15th of the current playing season.

All U14, U16, and U19AA coaches are required to be CI certified.

By January 15th, 2020 all U16A and U19A coaches will be required to be CI Certified, and by January 15th, 2021 all U14A coaches will be required to be CI Certified. (Karla Xavier, Technical Director, tech@ontario-ringette.com)

5. Making Headway in Sport

All coaches will need to complete a concussion awareness course. Designed to help you gain the knowledge and skills required to ensure the safety of your athletes, these NCCP Professional Development modules will make you concussion smart!

Starting the 2017-2018 season, a Making Head Way Concussion eLearning Module is mandatory for all Head Coaches, Assistant Coaches, Coaches in Training, and Trainers. The deadline to complete this requirement is November 30th, 2021. It is highly recommended that all Managers complete this module as well.

Note: For 18+ and 35+ BB, B, CC, C, and Dev level teams, the designated qualified bench staff member is required to complete a Making Head Way module by November 30th, 2021.

To start go to http://www.coach.ca/-p153487 and when you go to choose modules, select Making headway in Sport (ERRA)

6. Making Ethical Decisions (MED) Course

All coaches have to complete MED. This involves attending a three-hour course and then completing an evaluation online.

If you obtained MED through another sport and you can see it on your Coach Profile on coach.ca you don’t take the in-class training again. But you do need to log onto your profile on www.coachingringette.ca and complete the online evaluation (see below).

If you were trained in 2014-15 or earlier and you are not yet MED certified, you just need to go to the MED online evaluation and complete it. You should be in the system and it should be free. Once you complete the online evaluation you are done.

For coaches trained this year, you must do a MED course in person (3 hrs) and then you do the online evaluation. Once you have completed the MED classroom course you can go to http://coach.ca/make-ethical-decisions-med--s16834 and can complete the MED online evaluation.

For the online evaluation if you are CSI make sure you pick the Community Sport Introduction version, and if you are CI pick the Competitive Introduction version.

Trainers do not need to complete the course or the online evaluation. (ERRA)

MED (MAKING ETHICAL DECISIONS) CLINICS:

The RO calendar will be updated once more information has been received (Pandemic planning 2020).
The cost is $75.

Registering for a Coaching Clinic

To register for a course, you will need to go to the Ringette Canada site first and log on. Then you will see your profile which tells you what courses you can take. 
https://coachingringette.ca/index.php?page=325

Community Sport Initiation (CSI) and Competition Introduction (CI) Clinics for 2021-22:

https://coachingringette.ca/index.php?province=ON&new_year=2018&home_section=Course+Listing&page=330

Competition Introduction - Registration deadline is September 2nd
September 11/21 @ 9:00am to 2:00pm
September 12/21 @ 9:00am to 2:00pm
September 13/21 @ 5:00pm to 10:00pm
September 15/21 @ 5:00pm to 10:00pm

Community Sport Initiation - Registration deadline is September 2nd
 September 11/21 @ 9:00am to 2:00pm
 September 12/21 @ 9:00am to 2:00pm
 
 Competition Introduction - Registration deadline is September 9th                                 September 18/21 @ 9:00am to 2:00pm
 September 19/21 @ 9:00am to 2:00pm
 September 25/21 @ 9:00am to 2:00pm
 September 26/21 @ 9:00am to 2:00pm
 
 Competition Introduction - Registration deadline is September 16th
 September 25/21 @ 9:00am to 2:00pm
 September 26/21 @ 9:00am to 2:00pm
 October 02/21 @ 9:00am to 2:00pm
 October 03/21 @ 9:00am to 2:00pm
 
 Community Sport Initiation - Registration deadline is October 3rd
 October 12/21 @ 6:00pm to 10:00pm
 October 14/21 @ 6:00pm to 10:00pm
 
 Competition Introduction - Registration deadline is October 7th
 October 16/21 @ 9:00am to 2:00pm
 October 17/21 @ 9:00am to 2:00pm
 October 23/21 @ 9:00am to 2:00pm
 October 24/21 @ 9:00am to 2:00pm
 
 Competition Introduction - Registration deadline is October 21st
  October 30/21 @ 9:00am to 2:00pm
 October 31/21 @ 9:00am to 2:00pm
 November 02/21 @ 5:00pm to 10:00pm
 November 04/21 @ 5:00pm to 10:00pm
 

Coaches who register for ERRA hosted clinics may now use the ERRA website to complete payment - use this link: CSI/CI coaching clinics http://easternregionringette.ca/page.php?page_id=111763
 
COACHES will be required to register and pay for the clinics, then they may apply for a grant through CAO (Coaches Association of Ontario).
Here is a link to the program 
http://www.coachesontario.ca/qfg/bursary-program/

ALL associations and ALL coaches MUST become acquainted with it. It's free money that helps us achieve our training obligations - let's use it.

Clinic Type

Clinic Cost

CAO Grant 

Association Fee

CI 70%

300

210

90

CSI 60%

165

99

66

Evaluation 70%

100

70

30

 

  • All coaches for all sports are entitled a grant up to $300 per person, per fiscal year (April 1st to March 31).

  • The grant will cover 60% of a CSI clinic and 70% of a CI clinic and 70% of an on ice evaluation. They also cover 60% of other professional development type clinics (basically 60% for anything and 70% if it leads to certification).

There are 2 caveats to receiving these grants:

  • The coach must show that they have registered and paid for the clinic out of pocket (they actually have to attest to this on the form, as well as attest that they are not paid in advance by the association. You can view the form using the link above)

  • Online clinics are not eligible (ie the online MED clinics).
     

Rowan’s Law - More information TBA

 

Coaching FAQ

1. What is Coach Initiation in Sport
2. What is Community Sport Initiation (CSI)
3. What is Competition Introduction (CI)
4. I am a new coach at 18+ BB and lower; Do I need to do CI?
5. I am a new coach at 18+ A or AA; Do I need to do CI?
6. When I try to register for CI the link says WORKBOOK and I can't register?
7. How do I maintain my certification?
8. If I need professional development (PD) points for my certification, do I need to retake a course? 
9. How can I get professional development (PD) points?
10. What happens if I don’t complete the required professional development requirements within the five year cycle?
11. Do B.B. teams or lower need a coach or player coach on the bench?
12. Who qualifies as “Designated Bench Staff”?
13. Who must attend rule change clinics?
14. How often are rule change clinics held?
15. If I am a new coach to GAARA and did not coach in the youth associations, do I need CSI and CI?
16. How can I get a police check?
17. How often must I renew my police check?
18. Where can I get more information about the Ontario Ringette Association coaching requirements?

19. I have CSI and I want to sign up for CI. Do I need to do Coach Initiation Online Module? 


 

1. What is Coaching Initiation in Sport?

The Coach Initiation in Sport online module is designed as an important introduction to the key coaching concepts and educational tools that are the foundation of the NCCP.  The module remains an excellent informational resource for coaches which they can revisit at any time after successful completion of the module.  Coach Initiation in Sport is a valuable resource for:

  • Parents new to coaching
  • New coaches

  • Experienced coaches new to the NCCP

  • Athletes transitioning to coaching

  • Experienced NCCP coaches who need professional development, or a refresh on the fundamental principles of the NCCP

  • Sport administrators who work with the NCCP and coach development

Access Coach Initiation in Sport online module in the Locker https://thelocker.coach.ca/account/login?ReturnUrl=%2fonlinelearning, for $15. This e-module will take approximately 1 hour to complete. 

Please note: all ringette coaches must complete this module prior to taking any other NCCP community sport-specific workshops.


 

2. What is Community Sport Initiation (CSI)?

This workshop will give you all of the tools you need to hit the ice with confidence as a first-time ringette coach. Over the course of 10 hours, this in-class and on-ice workshop will help you:

  • Understand the level of athlete you are coaching (typically children from U9 to U12);
  • Equip you with the basic tools to plan safe, fun, and effective practices;

  • Show you how to teach basic ringette skills in a fun and inclusive way.

WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS WORKSHOP?

Anyone with limited or basic ringette experience who wants to get involved at the community level to coach; parents/guardians volunteering with their child’s ringette program; coaches of recreational ringette.

WHO WOULD YOU COACH?

You would coach players with little to no previous ringette experience - typically children in the FUNdamentals and/or Learn to Train stages of Long-term Athlete Development (LTAD).
 


 

3. What is Competition Introduction (CI)?

Competition - Introduction: This two day workshop provides an exceptional foundation for your coaching career and introduces new coaching methods that will enhance both your coaching and your program’s effectiveness. Through a mix of classroom and hands-on learning on the ice, this workshop focuses on:

  • Preparing coaches to plan and execute fun and safe practices for their players;
  • Introducing basic and more complex technical and tactical elements relevant to ringette;

  • Providing an opportunity for coaches to practice the above elements on the ice;

  • Preparing coaches to plan for an entire season of ringette, ensuring their athletes abilities progress over the course of the season; and

  • Ensuring coaches are aware, and understand the guiding principles of Long-term Athlete Development (LTAD) in order to appropriately plan their seasons.

WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS WORKSHOP?

  • Coaches working with competitive youth players in U12 and higher; and
  • Recreational ringette coaches working with older athletes in the Active for Life stage of Long-term Athlete Development.

  • Coaches working with adult players and are new to certification at the A level (ie have no coaching courses yet) need to complete the CI course.
     


 

4. I am a new coach at 18+ BB and lower; Do I need to do CI?

No.  For all coaches and assistant coaches BB and lower, CSI OR CI is sufficient.
 


 

5. I am a new coach at 18+ A or AA; Do I need to do CI?

Yes.  Coaches of 18+ A or AA need CI trained. 
 


 

6. When I try to register for CI the link says WORKBOOK and I can't register?

You need to go back to your Ringette Canada status page that you access with your user name and password and you need to scroll down to the blue section called 'Competition Introduction' and you need to click on Introduction to Coaching Ringette Workbook. You will then complete a short online exercise. You are asked to print your workbook and to bring it to the CI workshop.
 


 

7. How do I maintain my certification?

When does the five year certification count begin?

Aside from the first cycle, which starts on January 1st, 2014: when you begin any NCCP training, the five year count begins. For example, if you are CI certified, your clock will begin ticking on January 1st, 2014, but if you participate in a CD course in 2015, you clock will be reset. When you move from ‘in training’ or ‘trained’ to ‘certified’ status, a new five year cycle will begin.

The five year clock is always reset on January 1st. Therefore, if you complete new activity in a context, the clock will be reset the following January 1st. For example: if you complete certification status in March 2014 your five year clock will reset January 1st 2015.   Ringette coaches will be required to complete professional development to maintain certification in a five year cycle. In this case, the first cycle deadline will be December 31st, 2018. Any professional development activity will be calculated in “points”. Each context requires a different number of points to remain certified. Below is the chart that indicates the number of points required for each context in Ringette:

Context

Minimum Professional Development Credits Required for a Period of Five Years

Community Sport Initiation (CSI)

10 points

Competition Introduction (CI)

20 points

Competition Development (Comp-Dev)

30 points

https://coachingringette.ca/index.php?page=353
 


 

8. If I need professional development points for my certification, do I need to retake a course? 

No, you do not need to retake a course.
 


 

9. How can I get professional development points?

ACTIVE COACHING POINTS Coaches will receive 1 PD point per year for active coaching. These points need to be SELF-DECLARED. To declare your active coaching: Log in to The Locker Under your profile, click CERTIFICATION on the menu tab Click the Self-Report Whistle on the left hand side Record Active Status Self-directed points can be earned up to a maximum of 3 points per maintenance cycle. Learning that falls into this category include:

  1. First Aid Training 
  2. College/University Coaching Related Courses 
  3. Officials Training 
  4. Conference/Seminar

These points need to be SELF-DECLARED.

To declare: Log in to The Locker Under your profile, click CERTIFICATION on the menu tab Click the Self-Report Whistle on the left-hand side Go to Coach Self-Report Complete Details and Save

 

 

Activity Category 

Points

Limitations

Sport-
specific

Active coaching
 

1 point/year for every 
season coached
1 point/year for learning
facilitator or evaluator activity

To a maximum number
of points equal to the number
of years of the certification
renewal period: 5 years

NCCP activity

5 points/module

No maximum or minimum

Non-NCCP activity*

3 points for approx.3
hours activity 

No maximum or minimum

Coach self-
directed
activity*

3 points for the valid
certification period

Maximum of 3 points for
certification renewal period

Re-evaluation
in context

100% of the points
required for PD credit
in the context

No other PD is required if coach
chooses re-evaluation


Multi-
sport

NCCP activity

5 points/module

No maximum or minimum

Non-NCCP
activity

1 point/hour of activity
up to 3 points
maximum

To a maximum of 50% of
required PD credit for the context
in a certification renewal period

 *For Non-NCCP activities, and coach self-directed activities, coaches must
get approval from Ringette Canada’s Coaching Development Committee to
confirm that credit can be claimed.  https://coachingringette.ca/index.php?page=353

Professional Development Activity Chart

Approved Professional Development Activities

 

Activity

Units

Context

Provider

Notes/Comments

CI module: Basic
Mental Skills

5

CSI
CI

Home Study
Provincial
Coaching
Association

* contact your PSO to find out
when they are available, or
contact your provincial coaching
association directly.
 It is recommended that CSI
Coaches complete the CI 
?modules in the following order:
Teaching and Learning, Basic
Mental Skills and Nutrition, 

CI module:
Teaching and
Learning

5

CSI
CI

Home Study
Provincial
Coaching
Association

* contact your PSO to find out
when they are available, or
contact your provincial coaching
association directly.

CI Module:
Nutrition 

5

CSI
CI

Home Study
Provincial
Coaching
Association

* contact your PSO to find out
when they are available, or
contact your provincial coaching
association directly.

Fundamental
Movement Skills

5

ALL

Provincial
Coaching
Association

 

Prevention in
Motion

3

ALL

Canadian Red
Cross
Provincial
Sport
Organization

 

Respect in Sport

3

ALL

Provincial
Sport
Organization

www.respectinsport.com

Speak Out

3

ALL

Hockey Canada

 

Principles of
Healthy Child
Development

3

CSI

High Five 

www.highfive.org

Petro-Canada
Sport  Leadership
conference

5

ALL

Coaching
Association
of Canada

www.coach.ca

https://coachingringette.ca/index.php?page=353
 


 

10. What happens if I don’t complete the required professional development within the five year cycle?

Failure to accumulate the required professional development credits within the specified time causes the coach’s status to be changed to Certified (Not-Renewed). A coach who completes the required Professional Development credits after the end date of the period for renewal of certification will achieve Certified (Renewed) status but the subsequent period for renewal of certification will begin on the original date by which the required Professional Development credits should have been complete.

 


 

11. Do B.B. teams or lower need a coach or player coach on the bench?

18+ and 35+ teams are required to have a qualified bench staff member registered on their TRF and present during sanctioned events. It is strongly suggested that teams consider having a non-player coach on the bench but this is not a requirement at this time.

For “A” and “AA” teams, the qualified bench staff must be a non-playing head coach.

For “BB” playing levels and lower:

  • The qualified bench staff member may be a coach, trainer or manager
  • The qualified bench staff member may be a player as long as they are identified on the TRF as coach, trainer or manager

Where there is a player-coach, that individual is responsible for the team and will be subject to all disciplinary actions, including ejection during the game. It is strongly recommended that teams have a non-playing member of the Bench staff on the Bench for sanctioned play.
 


 

12.  Who qualifies as “Designated Bench Staff”?

A Designated Bench Staff is Head Coach, Assistant Coach, Trainer and Manager.
 


 

13.  Who must attend rule change clinics?

According to 4.3.1 of the coach manual of the ORA operating manual it is the head coach or assistant coach that must attend for A and AA. In the adult manual for BB teams and below it becomes the registered bench staff member when there is not a head coach identified.
 


 

14.  How often are rule change clinics held?

They are held every second year and are mandatory for a designated bench staff member from each team to attend.
 


 

15.  If I am a new coach to GAARA and did not coach in the youth associations, do I need CSI and CI?

As a new coach to GAARA, you will need CSI or CI to coach as of the 2018-19 season. Please see the link for coaching pathways.  https://ontario-ringette.com/the-people/coaches/coaching-pathways/
 


 

16. How can I get a police check?

You can apply for a Records check online at the following website: https://www.ottawapolice.ca/en/contact-us/Types-of-Records-Checks.aspx
 



17. How often must I renew my police check?

Your police check is valid for 3 years from the date it was issued.
 


 

18.  Where can I get more information about the Ontario Ringette Association coaching requirements?

https://ontario-ringette.com/the-people/coaches/coaching-pathways/
 


 

19. I have CSI and I want to sign up for CI. Do I need to do Coach Initiation Online Module?

No. If you have completed the CSI or CI course prior to 2015 you do not require the Coach Initiation in Sport eModule.
 


 

Coaching Resource Links:

Ringette Canada: https://www.ringette.ca/
Ringette Ontario: https://ontario-ringette.com/
The Eastern Ringette Association: Coaching resources: http://easternregionringette.ca  
The Coaching Association of Canada: https://www.coach.ca
The National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP): https://www.coach.ca/coach-training-in-canada-s15408
Adult Development Manual: https://ontario-ringette.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/3.-Adult-Development-10-2017.pdf
Coaching Development Manual: https://ontario-ringette.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/5.-Coaching-Development-10-2017.pdf
Maintenance of Certification: https://www.coachingringette.ca/index.php?page=353

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