Field Hockey Canada > 2020 National Coaches Week - Education Resources

September 19-27 is National Coaches Week! We’re saying #ThanksCoach by providing several multisport Learning opportunities either FREE or low cost throughout the week.

Throughout the week

NCCP eLearning courses are available through your coaching Locker account at
Visit the eLearning page to take the following NCCP Courses:
• NCCP Coaching Athletes with a Disability,
• NCCP Making Headway in Sport,
• NCCP Emergency Action Plan,
• Safe Sport Training or
• NCCP Coach Initiation in Sport.
Atlantic Virtual Conference – FREE
Each session will be 25-30 minutes long followed by 5 minutes of questions. The theme of the coaching conference is Safe Sport: Diversity and Inclusion.

MONDAY: September 21

Physical Activity in the Year of Covid –
“Only 4.8% of children (ages 5-11) and 0.8% of youth (ages 12 – 17) were meeting 24-hour movement behaviour guidelines during COVID-19 restrictions, compared to the 15% prior to the pandemic.”
Join us as we catch-up with ParticipACTION and discuss all-things physical activity and sport among children and youth in Canada. Current stats on children’s activity levels, school-based PE and organized sport will be presented as well as lessons learned from COVID-19. Tips will also be provided on how best to support athletes, on and off the playing field, when it comes to preparing for a potential second wave of the pandemic. Bring your questions on physical activity in Canada for Dr. Leigh Vanderloo!
Participants receive 1 NCCP PD Point

TUESDAY: September 22

Webinar: Managing Self –
Coach Jeff Overholt (PGA of Canada) will be sharing his experience with the application of mindfulness in the context of sport. He will present a step by step framework which coaches can utilize to help their young athletes access the present moment in both practice and competition. The webinar will conclude with a post competition debrief with a young athlete which will highlight the practical implementation of the concepts.
Participants receive 1 NCCP PD Point

WEDNESDAY: September 23

Q&A on Sport and Inclusion –

Host Akil Augustine will guide us through conversations on coaching, getting kids active, parasport, inclusion, safe sport, and more! Each session will include 30 minutes of open Q&A from participants (that’s you!), so bring your questions! Don’t miss this opportunity to get answers to your burning sport leadership questions.

The Hijabi Ballers project, based in the Greater Toronto Area, seeks to recognize and celebrate the athleticism of Muslim girls and women. Through our programs, we also work to increase representation, and consequently participation, of Muslim females in sport spaces and sports programs around the city. What are challenges What special skills are needed? And who should make the leap to coaching parasport.

Webinar: empowering girls through positive coaching –
This session will look at positive coaching practices that are fundamental to keeping girls in sport. This interactive webinar will include a presentation of strategies for coaching girls and enhancing long term athlete development, inspiring coaches to consider strategies to coach both the mind and body to keep athletes healthy and strong during training cycles.
Participants receive 1 NCCP PD Point

THURSDAY: September 24

Q&A – Parasport Coaching –

we will hear from two Para-Athletes turned Para-coaches. What is coaching parasport all about? What special skills are needed? And who should make the leap to coaching parasport? Bring your questions on coaching parasport and get answers!
Participants receive 1 NCCP PD Point

Webinar: Mixed Ability Sport –
Mixed Ability  Sport presents an exciting opportunity to engage EVERYONE in sport and recreation, no matter age, experience, or ability. Innovative variations within existing sports allows for full inclusion, not only for individuals with disabilities, but also for those returning to sport, newcomers, and any individual in our communities. Mixed Ability Sport differs from able-bodied, Special Olympics and parasport, in that it uses the inclusion components of these to maximize participation for individuals of any background or ability without classification, divisions or labels. Enhancing existing program offerings within clubs, communities, municipalities and schools, Mixed Ability Sport provides a foundation for everyone to actively participate together, and to share in the benefits that sport brings.
Participants receive 1 NCCP PD Point

THURSDAY: September 24

Q&A – Safesport 101 with Olympian Allison Forsyth –
Join CAO and Canadian Olympian Allison Forsyth to talk Safe Sport in Canada. Safe Sport has been a critical topic in Canadian sport over the last two years. We know it’s a challenging topic, covering physical safety, maltreatment, abuse and more. Allison as a tireless advocate for safer sport in Canada will guide us through these important issues. Changes are taking place from the national level all the way down to grassroots sport. Coaches have an opportunity to make positive change in their critical role as leaders in sport. Learn what it is, why it’s important, and what coaches and parents need to know. Bring your questions to this important session.
Participants receive 1 NCCP PD Point

SUNDAY: September 27

Virtual Beyond Coaching Conference:
Coach New Brunswick is very excited to bring you the fifth annual, first-time virtual and FREE Beyond Coaching Conference. Coaches may register for multiple sessions, and are invited and encouraged to attend our 2020 Annual General Meeting at 4:30 pm AST. Registration for all sessions closes Friday, September 25th 2020 at 4 pm AST.

The following two sessions will be included:
“Building Community through Sport” with Greg Henhawk, Mohawk of the Bear Clan from Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation, Manager of Indigenous Projects at Sport for Life

“The Importance of the Athlete/Coach Bond” with Marnie McBean, 3x Olympic Gold Medalist and Chef de Mission for Team Canada Tokyo 2020

Other upcoming coaching development opportunities:

September 30th

Effective Coaching Strategies for the High Performance Athletics Coach.
Ideal for coaches working with high performance athletes in Athletics. This 3 part webinar series is led by Dr. SHaunna Taylor. Topics that will be covered include: leadership practices, mental performance and mental health, goal setting, stress management and much more.
The first webinar is FREE as part of Coaches Week on Sept 30th from 7:00 – 8:00pm

November 4-6 2020

Petro-Canada Sport Leadership sportif
For the first time ever, this important annual event is free to everyone and will take place through a virtual environment.

Register now:

This year’s conference theme is Courage by Design. Through a series of engaging keynote presentations and breakout sessions, delegates will be motivated to consider how intentional acts of courage, inclusivity, and resilience can shape positive change in Canada’s sport community. SLS20 promises to:
• Educate delegates through collaborative and quality breakout sessions with tangible takeaway skills;
• Inspire delegates with topical and respected keynote speakers;
• Unite colleagues from sport organizations and energize and broaden potential networks of interest; and
• Recognize and celebrate Canada’s top coaches at the Petro-Canada Sport Leadership Awards Gala.
Our sport community encompasses daring leaders and courageous change makers. We witness thoughtful acts of inclusivity, resilience, self-care and collaboration, and these examples of deliberate action challenge us to rethink our own behaviours and assumptions.