So you want to become a coach…
Becoming a certified coach is an exciting process that begins your journey into both a rewarding and challenging field.
It is important to emphasize that some of the best coaches have not been elite athletes themselves but have developed strengths in key areas such as motivating and communicating well with their athletes, and demonstrating leadership through exemplary behaviours both on and off the playing field.
Whether you enter coaching as a high level athlete, interested parent, teacher or recreational participant, by embracing formal coach training you will be embarking on an important first step to discovering optimal ways to develop your own unique coaching style: one that keeps athletes enjoying their sport, remaining committed to it, and growing as individuals.
Good coaching is fundamental to community sport. By becoming a valued member of your community, good coaches can share the positive aspects of an active lifestyle.
Here are a few steps to help you on your coaching path:
1. Complete Respect in Sport – an online training program designed to assist coaches in identifying and dealing with abuse, neglect, harassment, and bullying in sport.
2. Take a coaching course in the National Coaching Certification Program.
3. Contact the MLA if you are interested in coaching. We can help you identify where you should start and what your options are.
4. Contact a local club in your community to find out about volunteer coaching opportunities. Review their course calendar for workshops in your area. Maybe you want help planning a practice or designing a basic sport program.
The Benefits of Being A Certified Coach
By learning how to become a coach, you can provide a positive experience for others and for yourself. Coaches represent many different roles to many different people. Coaches are viewed as teachers, mentors, role models, friends, and leaders in the community in which they become involved. Coaches contribute to the community, have an enormous effect on the development of our youth, and participate in a great learning experience.
Good coaching is fundamental to community sport. By becoming a valued member of the community, good coaches can share the positive aspects of an active lifestyle. The role of a coach allows you to teach things such as teamwork, character building, and the fundamental skills of the sport to participants who are eager to learn.
Coaches can help to train any type of participant, from beginners to Olympians, and everyone in between.