2017 Coaches Week in BC

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September 23 - 30, 2017 marks the third annual National Coaches Week and we’re asking Canadians everywhere for your help celebrating! Whether you are from a National Sport Organization, Provincial/Territorial Sport Organization, club, or you are a coach, parent, or athlete, we want your help saying ‘thanks!’ to coaches from coast to coast. 

Join the conversation on social media using #ThanksCoach and #CoachesWeek.  Download the National Marketing Kit here!




Submit a video (30 seconds or less) of your sport team, club or association that demonstrates how much you appreciate your coach.  

The winning entry will be awarded $750 towards team expenses ie. travel expenses, equipment, uniforms, team celebration, etc.


Post your video (less than 30 seconds) to Facebook or Instagram. Include:

  1. The name of the team or club
  2. What the money will be used for in the description/caption
  3. Why you appreciate your coach
  • Tag viaSport BC in the post
  • Include the hashtag #SurpriseBCcoach in the post


  • Follow/like viaSport BC on Instagram and/or Facebook
  • Post your video using the hashtag #SurpriseBCcoach & tag viaSport BC
  • Each video will be evaluated on creativity, intention/impact (why you appreciate your coach) and fun [5 points each]
  • *Make your Facebook posts / Instagram profile public so that we can view your video


  • All entries must be posted between 4pm PT, August 24 2017 and 11:59pm PT, September 30 2017
  • By entering our contest, the entrant consents to the release of their video for promotional use by viaSport BC, and Provincial and Regional sport organizations. Entrants must own the rights to the video.
  • Sport teams/clubs/associations must be based in British Columbia
  • The winning video on behalf of the team/club/association will be contacted via Facebook or Instagram in the beginning of October
  • In order to receive payment, the winning entry must fill out an ‘Intention of Use Agreement’ form

Have more questions? Check out our Contest FAQ. 


Register for any National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) multi-sport course that's hosted by viaSport's Regional Alliance for only $10! See the calendar below for more details!


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Coaching and Leading Effectively

September 28, 2017 to September 29, 2017

The Coaching and Leading Effectively 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;
  • identify opportunities to interact with all athletes and use feedback to improve and correct performance and behaviour.
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Sporting Parents Workshop

Pitt Meadows

Parents play a crucial support role in their child's sport development; however, this often comes with several emotional and logistical challenges. The Sporting Parents Workshop aims to address the challenges and needs of the sporting parent and to equip them with the tools to effectively foster their child's development in both sporting excellence and staying active and healthy for life.

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After taking the Nutrition module you will be able to:

  • determine if foods and beverages consumed by your athletes before, during and after training are adequate;
  • offer suggestions for more suitable food and beverage alternatives when necessary;
  • gain a better understanding of the best way to promote healthy food choices that are consistent with basic sport nutrition principles to both athletes and their parents.
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Basic Mental Skills


The Basic Mental Skills module gives you the ability to:

  • recognize signs indicating that an athlete may need to improve his/her goal setting, focus, and anxiety control skills; and develop tools to help the athlete to make improvements in these areas;
  • run simple guided activities that help athletes improve basic mental skills.
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Planning a Practice

Sun Peaks

The Planning a Practice module will give you the skills to:

  • organize a well-structured practice plan with safe, age-appropriate activities you’ve designed to match the proficiency level of participants;
  • identify potential risk factors that could impact the sport and practice activities;
  • create an emergency action plan;
  • identify practice goals and design activities that offer the best training benefits for the athletic skills required in your sport.
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Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS): Coach Professional Development

Campbell River

The FMS module will give participants the skills to:

  • analyze and identify the various stages of development for the fundamental movement skills;
  • apply a six-step process to teaching the fundamental movement skills;
  • create safe games where children can practise fundamental movement skills.

Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS): Coach Professional Development


The FMS module will give participants the skills to:

  • analyze and identify the various stages of development for the fundamental movement skills;
  • apply a six-step process to teaching the fundamental movement skills;
  • create safe games where children can practise fundamental movement skills.
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Teaching and Learning


Upon completing the Teaching and Learning module you will be able to:

  • assess your own beliefs regarding effective teaching;
  • analyze certain coaching situations to determine if they promote learning;
  • create conditions that promote learning and self-esteem through:
  • appropriate consideration of the affective, cognitive and motor dimensions of learning;
  • the use of words and methods that relate to an athlete’s preferred learning style;
  • a sound organization;
  • active supervision; and
  • the use of well-formulated feedback offered at the right time and with the right frequency.
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Design a Basic Sport Program


Design a Basic Sport Program will teach you to:

  • create a sound outline for your sport program that includes competition and training events;
  • compare your program to those outlined by the NCCP in terms of long-term athlete development;
  • assess the athletic development opportunities your program offers, and identify ways to remedy any weaknesses;
  • interpret the information in a sample program, identifying training priorities and objectives at certain periods;
  • establish a link between your program’s training objectives and the content of practice sessions.
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Psychology of Performance


Completing Psychology of Performance 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;
  • learn debriefing skills that can be used to help athletes assess their performance in both training and competition.

Coach Developer Conference

The 2017 Coach Developer Conference is a multi-sport event open to all NCCP Coach Developers. Registration is still open! Don't miss an opportunity to network and learn from sport leaders representing a variety of sports and from all over Canada.