The Saskatchewan Coaching Academy offers coaches the opportunity to complete all NCCP Competition-Development multi-sport modules in two intensive 3-day blocks. This new format is designed to support coaches in the completion of NCCP Multi-sport training in an engaging, interactive environment.

Program Overview

Coaches completing all 9 NCCP modules will earn the CAS-CSCS Performance Sport Coaching Certificate, recognizing their accomplishment as a NCCP Competition-Development Trained coach.

Expert facilitators for the CAS-CSCS Performance Sport Coaching Certificate include NCCP Master Coach Developers, consultants from the Sport Medicine and Science Council of Saskatchewan, and faculty from University of Regina and University of Saskatchewan. These experts have worked with athletes and coaches competing at national and international championships, Olympic and Pan-American Games, and in professional leagues such as the CFL, the NHL, and MLB.

The CAS-CSCS Performance Sport Coaching Certificate includes 62 hours of in-class learning.

The following NCCP modules will be offered as part of the program:

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This module that will prepare coaches to:

  • Identify the athletic abilities required in your athletes’ sport;
  • evaluate athletes’ abilities and interpret data to prescribe training;
  • understand training principles, methods and protocols; and
  • develop and prescribe training protocols specific to your athletes’ age and stage of development.

This module gives you the skills needed to:

  • promote a positive image of sport, and model it to athletes and those supporting their performance;
  • deliver clear messages and explanations when communicating with athletes and their supporters; and
  • identify opportunities to interact with all athletes and use feedback to improve and correct performance and behaviour.

In order to achieve peak performance, an athlete’s training program needs to be periodized according to the demands of their sport, as well as their individual development needs. The Performance Planning module allows coaches to reflect on the structure of a yearly plan, and appropriately sequence training and development priorities so as to achieve peak performance.

After completing the Performance Planning module, you will be able to:

  • perform a thorough analysis of the demands of your athletes’ sport at the elite (high-performance) level;
  • outline a program structure based on training and competition opportunities;
  • identify appropriate measures for promoting athlete development within your own program;
  • integrate yearly training priorities into your own program;
  • organize and sequence training priorities and objectives on a weekly basis to optimize adaptations; and
  • evaluate the ability of your athletes/team to perform up to their potential in competition.

As coaches begin to take on more responsibility, they are expected to plan and execute tasks that go beyond the delivery of daily training and the management of the daily training environment.

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • manage administrative aspects of the program and oversee logistics;
  • manage staff’s roles and responsibilities;
  • manage camp and tournament finances and travel; and
  • monitor and report on athlete progress throughout program.

This workshop you will have the knowledge needed to:

  • identify common injuries in your sport and develop appropriate prevention and recovery strategies to keep your athletes injury-free during training and competition;
  • offer valuable information and guidance on hydration, nutrition and sleep as they relate to injury prevention;
  • choose skills and drills that help athletes perform appropriate warm-ups and cool-downs;
  • develop functional evaluations for an athlete’s return to play; and
  • implement recovery and regeneration techniques to help an athlete maintain or return to optimal performance post injury.

For individual training sessions to effectively contribute to the overall objectives of an annual training plan, a coach must understand the outcome of each training session and how their cumulative effects will contribute to athletic development. The Advanced Practice Planning module examines the impact of daily training sequencing, and the manipulations that can affect training outcomes.

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • identify the factors that affect practice planning;
  • ensure that practice plans are consistent with the microcycles and phases of which they are part;
  • sequence exercises in a practice so that their order is consistent with the research on sequencing;
  • develop a plan for training athletic abilities over a microcycle;
  • develop a plan for training technical and tactical abilities over a microcycle; and
  • develop a plan for a microcycle that helps athletes taper before a competition.

This module will allow you to:

  • identify common sources of conflict in sport;
  • determine which individuals or groups are most likely to find themselves in situations involving conflict;
  • learn important skills that will help you prevent and solve conflict resulting from misinformation, miscommunication or misunderstanding; and
  • develop skills that will empower you to listen and speak effectively in conflict situations while maintaining positive relationships with athletes, parents, officials and other coaches.

This workshop will allow you to:

  • Help athletes learn to manage distractions and use visualization techniques to prepare themselves technically and tactically for training and competition;
  • learn how to work with athletes or teams to identify performance and process goals related to their ability to focus on performance; and
  • learn debriefing skills that can be used to help athletes assess their performance in both training and competition.

This module you will be able to:

  • Fully understand and explain the consequences of using banned substances in sport;
  • educate athletes about drug-testing protocols at major competitions;
  • encourage athletes to safeguard their sport values and take greater responsibility for their personal actions; and
  • apply the NCCP Ethical Decision-Making Model to your coaching as it relates to keeping your sport and athletes drug-free.

Program Eligibility

Coaches must complete the following to be eligible to apply for the Saskatchewan Coaches Academy:

  • Certified Comp-Intro* or equivalent and minimum 3 years coaching experience
  • NCCP Make Ethical Decisions (online evaluation complete)
  • Respect in Sport
  • Application Form and PSGB Letter of Support
    * NSOs/Game Plan may endorse former NT athletes without Comp-Into Certification

Program Tuition

Tuition for the Saskatchewan Coaching Academy is $500* and includes all 9 modules. Lunch will be provided each day for coaches.

*Scholarships up to 50% of registration and travel costs are available through the CAS Coach Development Grant for CAS member coaches. To apply for membership, go to

Program Registration

Registration for the the Saskatchewan Coaching Academy is currently closed.

Program Schedule

The Saskatchewan Coaching Academy will be offered twice a year to accommodate summer and winter sports. The program runs Friday to Sunday.

Next Opportunity: Fall 2020

Block 1: Dates TBD
Block 2: Dates TBD

Block 1 – Dates TBD

*Lunch Provided
Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
AM Coaching and Leading Effectively
Performance Planning
Prevention and Recovery
8:00 – 12:00
Lunch* Lunch* Lunch*
PM1 Coaching and Leading Effectively
Performance Planning
Prevention and Recovery
1:00 – 4:30
PM2 Manage a Sport Program
Performance Planning
6:30 -10:00


Block 2 – Dates TBD

*Lunch Provided
Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
AM Developing Athletic Abilities
Psychology of Performance
Advanced Practice Planning
8:00 – 12:30
Lunch* Lunch* Lunch*
PM1 Developing Athletic Abilities
Psychology of Performance
Managing Conflict
1:00 – 5:30
PM2 Leading Drug Free Sport
5:30 – 10:00
Coach Appreciation Dinner and Social
6:30 – 8:30