Competitive Coaching

Competitive Coaching Information

Competition Introduction (C1):

The Competition Introduction course provides the coach with the theoretical and technical knowledge required to prepare them to coach athletes in developmental, pre-competitive, and competitive programs.

To become a trained Competition Introduction (Comp 1/C1) coach, the participant must be 16+ years old and be fully trained in the relevant Foundations discipline. Then attend a series of training courses, as described below.

Pre-requisites:
Must have taken Gymnastics Foundations Theory OR Part A Multi-Sport Theory or Multi-Sport Theory 1.
Must have completed Making Ethical Decisions (MED) online evaluation AND the Emergency Action Plan (EAP) eLearning module at www.coach.ca
Must be 16 years of age.

This course takes place in an online classroom setting and will cover the following NCCP modules:

  • Nutrition
  • Basic Mental Skills,
  • Design a Basic Sport Program,
  • Teaching & Learning

Prerequisites:
Coaches 16 years and older, who are trained in Gymnastics Foundations-Artistic, and Gymnastics Foundations-Trampoline and want to learn how to coach:

  • Developmental athletes
  • Pre-competitive athletes
  • Beginner provincial level competitive athletes

This is a 3-day course that will include many of the skills taught in the previous Level 2 WAG Technical course. All coaches will be required to complete the online Making Ethical Decisions Competition Introduction exam before they can apply for training. Once coaches complete the C1 course they will be required to complete an evaluation process for certification.

Objectives:

  • Learn how to plan a training session
  • Learn how to develop a yearly training plan that integrates training priorities and promotes athlete development
  • Learn how to give athletes basic nutritional advice
  • Learn how to help athletes be mentally prepared for competition
  • Acquire the required teaching competencies to apply at this level of gymnastics

Acquire the required technical competencies to apply at this level of gymnastics

This is a 1-day course that will include many of the skills taught in the previous Level 2 MAG Technical course. All coaches will be required to complete the online Making Ethical Decisions Competition Introduction exam before they can apply for training. Once coaches complete the C1 course they will be required to complete an evaluation process for certification.

Prerequisites:
Coaches 16 years and older, who are trained in Gymnastics Foundations-Artistic, Gymnastics Foundations-Trampoline, and Competition Introduction Women’s Artistic or Level 2 WAG Gymnastics Trained and want to learn how to coach:

  • Developmental athletes
  • Pre-competitive athletes
  • Beginner provincial level competitive athletes

Objectives:

  • Learn how to plan a training session
  • Learn how to develop a yearly training plan that integrates training priorities and promotes athlete development
  • Learn how to give athletes basic nutritional advice
  • Learn how to help athletes be mentally prepared for competition
  • Acquire the required teaching competencies to apply at this level of gymnastics
  • Acquire the required technical competencies to apply at this level of gymnastics

Prerequisites:
Coaches 16 years and older, who are trained in Gymnastics Foundations-Trampoline and want to learn how to coach:

  • Developmental athletes
  • Pre-competitive athletes
  • Beginner provincial-level competitive athletes

The Competition Introduction course provides the coach with the theoretical and technical knowledge required to prepare them to coach athletes in developmental, pre-competitive, and basic competitive programs.

Objectives:

  • Learn how to plan a training session
  • Learn how to develop a yearly training plan that integrates training priorities and promotes athlete development
  • Learn how to give athletes basic nutritional advice
  • Learn how to help athletes be mentally prepared for competition
  • Acquire the required teaching competencies to apply at this level of gymnastics
  • Acquire the required technical competencies to apply at this level of gymnastics

C1 Coach Certification Pathway

C1 Coach Evaluation Guidelines for Success

C1 MAG/WAG Coach Evaluation Templates (Fillable) 

C1 TG Coach Evaluation Template 

Yearly Training Plan Sample

Once you have completed the evaluation guidelines and templates to complete your certification.

Visit the application to upload evaluation requirements. A payment of $110 will be required at the time of application. Once the application has been submitted you will be emailed a link to create an account to communicate with the evaluator.

Competition Introduction Advanced (C2)

The Competition Introduction Advanced course provides the coach with the theoretical and technical knowledge required to prepare them to coach advanced competitive athletes.

To become a trained Competition Introduction Advanced (Comp 2/C2) coach, the participant must be fully certified in the relevant Comp 1 discipline, and attend a training course described below.

Prerequisites:
Coaches 16 years and older, who are Competition 1 – CERTIFIED in Women’s Artistic Gymnastics.

This 4-day course includes some of the more difficult skills from the previous Level 2 WAG Technical course as well as many of the skills from the previous Level 3 WAG Technical course. This course will include an expansion of the Designing a Basic Sport Program covered in the C1 course. Coaches will be required to complete an evaluation process to become certified in C2.

Objectives:

  • Learn how to develop the physical attributes athletes require at this level of gymnastics
  • Learn how to develop a detailed yearly training plan
  • Learn artistic preparation and choreography
  • Acquire the required teaching competencies to apply at this level of gymnastics
  • Acquire the required technical competencies to apply at this level of gymnastics

Prerequisites:
Coaches 16 years and older, who are Competition 1 – CERTIFIED in Men’s Artistic Gymnastics.

The Competition Introduction Advanced course provides the coach with the theoretical and technical knowledge required to prepare them to coach advanced competitive athletes.

Objectives:

  • Learn how to develop the physical attributes athletes require at this level of gymnastics
  • Learn how to develop a detailed yearly training plan
  • Acquire the required teaching competencies to apply at this level of gymnastics
  • Acquire the required technical competencies to apply at this level of gymnastics

C2 Coach Certification Pathway

C2 Coach Evaluation Guidelines for Success

C2 MAG/WAG Coach Evaluation Templates (Fillable)

C2 TG Coach Evaluation Template

Level 2 TG Practical Coaching Form (Last day to submit Level 2 TG practical form is December 31, 2024, after this date coaches must complete the new C2 TG Evaluation process).

C2 Evaluation Submission – Visit the application to upload evaluation requirements. A payment of $110 will be required at the time of application. Once the application has been submitted you will be emailed a link to create an account to communicate with the evaluator.

Competition Developmental (C3)

Prerequisites:
Coaches must be C2 – CERTIFIED in Women’s Artistic Gymnastics.

This course is 4-day long. Coaches are required to attain the multi-sport theory component which is the completion of four (5) Competition Development Modules.

The five competition development modules are;

  • Managing Conflict,
  • Psychology of Performance,
  • Coaching and Leading Effectively,
  • Manage a Sport Program,
  • Leading a Drug-Free Sport

To find the closest course module offerings in your area, please visit the workshop calendar at coach.ca.
Coaches will be required to complete an evaluation process to become certified in C3.

Objectives:

  • Learn how to structure routines in order to maximize athletes’ scores
  • Learn advanced principles of planning, including multiple peaking
  • Learn advanced principles of physical preparation as they apply to this level of gymnastics
  • Learn advanced principles of artistic preparation, dance, choreography as they apply to Women’s Artisitc Gymnastics
  • Acquire the required teaching competencies to apply at this level of gymnastics
  • Acquire the required technical competencies to apply at this level of gymnastics

Prerequisites:
Coaches must be Competition 2 – CERTIFIED in Men’s Artistic Gymnastics.

The Competition Development course provides coaches with the tools required to help athletes develop more advanced skills.

Objectives:

  • Learn how to structure routines in order to maximize athletes’ scores
  • Learn advanced principles of planning, including multiple peaking
  • Learn advanced principles of physical preparation as they apply to this level of gymnastics
  • Acquire the required teaching competencies to apply at this level of gymnastics
  • Acquire the required technical competencies to apply at this level of gymnastics

More information forthcoming

C3 Coach Certification Pathway

C3 Coach Evaluation Guidelines for Success

C3 Coach Evaluation Templates

Level 3 TG Practical Requirement Form – In order to become Level 3 Certified, Trampoline Coaches must also complete the Practical Requirements of 300 hours of competitive coaching after the completion of the Level 3 Technical Course. Coaches must earn 25 points as per the Trampoline Gymnastics Level 3 Practical Requirements Form.

Competition 4 & 5 – High Performance / International Gymnastics (All Disciplines)

  • Combines the principles and technical elements for more sophisticated gymnastics.
  • High level competitive coaches attend week-long intensive sessions and prepare extensive assignments to complete these levels, including training an athlete to the Canadian National Team.
  • For these levels a coach can only be invited to attend by Gymnastics Canada

GymCan Equivalency & Exemption

Experienced Coach:

Gymnastics Canada provides an opportunity for experienced, previously trained gymnastics coaches living and working in Canada to ‘challenge’ evaluations, so that instead of taking the required courses and then completing the evaluation, the coach proceeds directly to the evaluation.

NCCP Evaluation Challenge – Experienced Coach (Please note that depending where the coach’s certification is from this process can take a long time)

 

National Team Athlete:

Gymnastics Canada provides an opportunity for current and retired Canadian Senior National Team athletes who are actively coaching to ‘challenge’ evaluations, so that instead of taking the required courses
and then completin
g the evaluation, the coach proceeds directly to the evaluation.

NCCP Evaluation Challenge – National Team Athlete