Coaching Association of Canada

CAC response to COVID-19

March 23, 2020

The Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) continues to monitor all available information related to the continued spread of COVID-19. The health and safety of our employees, partners, and the coaches we serve in Canada are our priority.

Coaching through COVID

CAC Operations

  • Coach and Partner Services and Analytics Team: Coaches and Partners are requested to submit all questions through the form on this page. Increased inquiry volumes may result in delays in responding. We appreciate your patience and understanding at this time. 
  • Remote Work: The CAC staff are currently working remotely and responding to messages as soon as possible. CAC staff are available to support coaches and NCCP partners. CAC staff email addresses and phone numbers can be found here.

Return-to-Coaching Guidelines for In-Person NCCP Delivery

The NCCP COVID-19 Task Force, in consultation with the Partnership and medical and legal professionals, has produced guidelines in line with public health measures to help NCCP Partners mitigate the spread of COVID-19 as they return to in-person delivery.

These resources include:

 All of these resources are also available within the Partner Protected Area of Coach.ca.

The resources are based on Public Health of Canada guidelines to prevent infection and reduce risk of spread of COVID-19 during in-person workshops. They are not intended to overrule or contradict Provincial or Territorial Public Health guidelines or sport-specific guidelines. Sport organizations and other host agencies should return to in-person NCCP delivery only when appropriate jurisdictional government authorities modify restrictions to safely do so.

Rule of Two in a Virtual Environment

Following the April 16, 2020 CAC Partner call and requests from the sport community, the CAC has prepared additional information so support sport organizations, coaches, parents/guardians, and participants with steps in the Responsible Coaching Movement, and specifically, the Rule of Two for training in a virtual/online environment. See the updated guidelines here.

CAC Strikes COVID-19 NCCP Delivery Task Force

The Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) has struck a COVID-19 NCCP Delivery Task Force to consider the impact on NCCP delivery (including training and evaluation) given current restrictions on in-person gatherings and social distancing guidelines. The CAC’s COVID-19 NCCP Delivery Task Force convened its initial meetings on Thursday, April 2 and Monday, April 6, following an open call to NCCP Partners to participate on the committee.

Initial meetings focused on identifying potential gaps, issues, and risks facing NCCP delivery partners, including National Sport Organizations (NSOs), Provincial/Territorial Coaching Representatives (PTCRs), Provincial/Territorial Sport Organizations (PTSOs), and local clubs. The Task Force also considered recommendations for requirements for coach developers for online delivery. Read the full statement.

Resources for Sport Leaders and Administrators

Resources for Coaches

The process of restarting sport activities presents significant challenges for coaches and participants. After the extended period of restricted training and competition, participants may experience a variety of physical and psychological effects that will impact their return to sport participation. The CAC has created resource documents to provide guidance and tips for coaches during this transition period:

The CAC recognizes the immense disruption to coaches' plans and goals caused by COVID-19 and appreciate your continued desire to pursue your lifelong learning activities. Those who wish to continue their Lifelong Learning through the CAC's digital channels are invited to review the following options:

  • Coaching Through COVID: Webinar series to support and reengage coaches as we return to sport.
  • eLearning Module: NCCP Emergency Action Plan: The NCCP Emergency Action Plan Module prepares coaches to respond calmly, quickly, and effectively if a sport participant is seriously injured during practice or competition.
  • eLearning Series: NCCP Making Head Way: A free, online answer to the prevalence and ambiguity of concussion in sport. Includes specific modules for Soccer, Snowboard, Freestyle Ski, Football, and Speed Skating. 
  • #CoachToolkit presented by TeamSnap: The CAC's popular video series of proven and practical tips inspired by the NCCP from successful coaches across Canada.
  • Coach's Kitchen: The CAC's collection of easy make-at-home meal and snack recipes from certified sport nutritionists.

Given the dynamic nature of this situation, the CAC recommends that sport organizations align any additional protocols to promote the health and safety of all participants and coaches with directives from the Public Health Agency of Canada.

In addition to establishing additional protocols, we encourage everyone in the upcoming weeks and months to be vigilant with regards to their health and safety.

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