Coach Resources

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Please choose from one of the following or contact for more information. Review the 2019 NCCP Strategic Plan.

Cycling BC Coach & Builder Web:

In an effort to better illustrate coach and program development opportunities through the NCCP and Cycling BC, we are proud to share this Coach & Builder Web.  To start, choose your preferred LTAD stage and read inwards.

Types of Athlete Support:  

There are four categories of support for athletes: Instructors, Trainers, Coaches, and Mentors. An individual can play all four roles when working with a participant, however, it is important to understand and acknowledge the role currently required and the boundaries of each role.

  • Instructors are specialists at explaining a skill and teaching it in a specific setting, using effective demonstrations, technical cues, observations, and appropriate feedback.
  • Trainers specialize in physiology or preparation of the body and provide participants with a training regiment.
  • Coaches carry the role of helping participants achieve their goals over the course of the season and can identify breakthroughs or when additional professional services are necessary (bike fit, nutrition, mental training).
  • Mentors provide strong mental and emotional support but are often not involved in daily activities.

Learning Styles:

There are 4 popular learning styles, visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and auditory digital. Your learning style affects how others understand your explanation. I am a ___________ learner so I need to adjust my explanation process for everyone here today that is a different style.

  • Visual styles learn best by seeing an image or demonstration of the concept or movement. They are commonly more aware of their surroundings than others.
  • Auditory styles learn best by discussing or listening to new ideas. They learn especially well when internal dialogues are externalized. Often these learners are more aware of rhythm and tone than others.
  • Kinesthetic styles learn best by completing the movements of the activity or interacting with a tangible representation of a concept (an object). Often these learners are more aware of ambiance than others.
  • Auditory Digital styles learn best by quietly reflecting on the steps required to succeed and carry an innate ability to visualize situations in their mind.

The Golden Circle:  To help coaches choose what actions to take in any situation, the NCCP suggest a 3-prong approach very similiar to the popular talk from Simon Sinek. When unsure of what to do, first ask “Why are my participants are here? Why am I here?”.  This will help you understand the needs of your participants. Then ask “How can I modify the goal of the session…IE: tight turns, to their why statement?“. Use your knowledge of your participants and the LTAD to modify the session to the needs of your participants.  By taking the time to ask these questions, it will help you understand WHAT the session should look and feel like.

Remember, it is not about who are you…or even what you do…but how you make others feel that defines you.  Know why you coach and why your participants show up, then trust in your ability to create a safe space and focus on have fun riding your bike! Let your passion shine through!

5 Elements of a Healthy Practice (High-Five): When designing your training session or program, consider the tenants of the High Five Healthy Child Development program (1min video). If your practice includes all five elements below, then keep it up! If you would like to learn about how to bring these five elements to your practice, please consider participating in a High Five course (schedule).

  • A Caring Adult
  • Opportunity to Participant
  • Opportunity to Play
  • Opportunity to Master Skills
  • Opportunity to Make Friends.

Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD): The LTAD is more than a model – it is a system and philosophy of sport development. LTAD is athlete centered, coach driven, and administration-supported. Since athlete and participant development is at the core of the Cycling Canada Cyclisme mission, LTAD is key to everything we do, whatever our role or level within the cycling system. View LTAD for all cycling disciplines.

Mountain Bike: This document is a guide to MTB based on principles of Long-Term Athlete Development, and informed by our work on Gold Medal Profile for MTB. Along with all Canadian sport organizations, Cycling Canada has adopted the Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model as its framework for athlete and sport development. LTAD is based on sport science research combined with the practical experience of working with thousands of athletes and coaches to develop a comprehensive set of principles for effective athlete development. View full PDF.

Para: This document is focused on the particular needs of athletes with a impairment in cycling. It is intended to be used alongside the Cycling Canada Cyclisme LTAD Guide, as well as the LTAD publication No Accidental Champions. It is a guide for coaches, athletes, parents and sport leaders to welcoming Para-cyclists to the sport and to providing LTAD-based programs from entry to Active for Life stages. Our goal is not simply to help Canadian Para-cyclists to be the best in the world, but to ensure that every athlete with an impairment can enjoy participation in cycling for a lifetime. View full PDF.

Integration: Integrating athletes with a disability into an event at the provincial or club level requires a little forethought and planning. This document complements the Para-cycling LTAD. View Full PDF.

BMX: BMX is really two sports. For young riders, up to about 12 years old, BMX racing is fun, fast and competitive. Winning races may seem important, but what really counts is fun, friendship, developing skills, and learning the lessons of sport. By participating in BMX as one of many sports, the rider develops physical literacy, the basic movement and sport skills which are the foundation of athleticism. Winning in this BMX means building great skills, remaining physically active, and developing a life-long love of cycling and sport. We call this “BMX for Fun and Skill”. View Full PDF.  View Brochure.

Track: Track cycling can be a part of a cyclist’s Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD). We see three main opportunities: Track for Development, Track for Performance and Track for life. This document is a guide to success in track cycling, it is based on sports science research combined with practical experience of working with thousands of athletes and coaches. View Full PDF

Cyclisme mission, LTAD is key to everything we do, whatever our role or level within the cycling system. View LTAD for all cycling disciplines.

Responsible Coaches Movement: Coaches across Canada give athletes the benefit of their knowledge, enthusiasm and passion in sport. Coaches dedicate their time to helping youth build confidence, self-esteem, and foster positive body image development through participation in sport.

Coaches have many responsibilities and one of them is to ensure they provide a safe environment for the athlete and for themselves. When athletes and athletes’ parents entrust a coach as a leader they assume they have taken steps to become a responsible coach which includes implementing the 3 steps to Responsible Coaching

1) Follow the rule of 2: This means that the coach is never alone or out of sight with your child. Two NCCP trained or certified coaches should always be present with an athlete, especially a minor athlete, when in a potentially vulnerable situation such as in a locker room or meeting room. All one-on-one interactions between a coach and an athlete must take place within earshot and in view of the second coach except for medical emergencies. One of the coaches must also be of the same gender as the athlete. Should there be a circumstance where a second screened and NCCP trained or certified coach is not available, a screened volunteer, parent, or adult can be recruited.

2) Complete your background screening: The background screening ensures that coaches meet the important requirements to coach athletes. Screening tools include comprehensive job postings, criminal record checks, interviews, and reference checks. Coaches can complete their criminal record check screening with their local police department.

3) Enroll in Ethics Training: Ethics training prepares coaches to effectively handle situations that arise from ethical dilemmas or even legal challenges that concern individuals, teams, and their sports organizations.

A) NCCP Making Ethical Decisions:  The Making Ethical Decisions training helps coaches identify the legal, ethical, and moral implications of difficult situations that present themselves in the world of team and individual sport.  This training is part of Cycling BC’s Coach & Builder Web.

The MED module can be completed one of two ways:

  1. $85 e-learning module + $0 exam (e-Learning via The Locker)
  2. $40 four-hour classroom course + $15 exam (viaSport classroom schedule)

B) Respect in Sport: Training for coaches and parents that empowers them to recognize and prevent bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination (BAHD) through interactive, online certification. Now available online through an e-learning platform created by Cycling Canada.

During the registration, provide your NCCP number if you wish the course credit be uploaded directly to The Locker. Coaches certified in 1 NCCP context receive 3 pro. dev credits.

Coaches & Activity Leaders

  • $30/user (2.5 hrs) Begin E-Learning
  • Full details:
  • Note: To optimize the learning experience and retention, please break the 2.5 training into 30-40 minute blocks. You may pause the training at any time.
  • Cycling BC Staff: Please contact your coordinator to access a discount code.

Parents & Families

  • $12/family  (1 hr)  Begin E-Learning
  • Full details:
  • Note: Complete the Child Management page (use fictitious information if necessary)

C) Commit to Kids: This online training provides coaches with practical information to help them enhance child and youth safety in sport. The goal of the training is to empower coaches and support the great work they are doing with child and youth athletes.  Begin online training


Additional RCM Resources:

Information, tools, and resources for coaches who want to learn more about the Responsible Coaching Movement.

Stages of Group Development: There for six stages of group development, commonly condensed into four phases:

  • Forming
  • Storming
  • Norming/Performing
  • Adjourning/Mourning