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.
Latest update: March 23
The CAC supports Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Committees in their decision not to send teams to Tokyo
- Statement from CAC CEO Lorraine Lafrenière
- Statement from Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Committees
Changes to CAC Operations
As of March 23rd, the CAC is focusing its resources on delivering essential services to its constituents, albeit with the following changes:
- Coach and Partner Services Team: Coaches and Partners are requested to submit all questions via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your first and last name and NCCP# in your message. Increased inquiry volumes may result in delays in responding. We appreciate your patience and understanding at this time.
- Remote Work: Following the guidelines of their respective federal, provincial and territorial governments, all CAC employees will be working remotely until March 31, 2020. CAC staff are available to support coaches and NCCP partners. Please contact our Coach and Partner Services Team for assistance at email@example.com. CAC staff email addresses and phone numbers can be found here.
- RA Centre Closure: The RA Centre, which houses the CAC and many other National Sport Organizations within the House of Sport, will be closed until April 5, 2020.
Postponed CAC Events
The CAC has postponed the following upcoming events:
- Provincial/Territorial Coaching Representatives (PTCR) Meeting (April 7/8)
- Alberta Women in Sport Leadership Program (April 16)
The CAC will consider rescheduling the events after April 20, 2020, following the information and advice from local health authorities for events in Canada. Further, the CAC recommends that its NCCP delivery partners monitor information and advice of the public health authorities in their respective provincial/territorial jurisdictions, as well as that of their municipal and/or local health authorities, to assess the risks and to make the best decision for their organizations.
Resources for Sport Leaders and Administrators
- Email alerts: Sport leaders and administrators are advised to consult the advice of the Sport Medicine Advisory Committee. The committee releases updates every 48 hours via email. You can subscribe here or follow Own The Podium on Twitter.
- Public Health agencies: The Public Health Agency of Canada continues to assess the situation related to COVID-19 as new information becomes available. Updates can be found at:
Educational Opportunities for Coaches
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:
- 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.