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Cheer on Sask for the Paris Olympic Summer Games 

Following years of dedication to sport through the grassroots level to high performance, 23 individuals from Saskatchewan will represent the...

Weekly Roundup
Weekly Roundup – July 10-16

Photo Credit: Basketball Canada / Michael P. Hall Saskatchewan finishes fourth at Football Canada Cup Regina played host to the...

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Weekly Roundup – July 2-9

Stewart, Tarasoff top of Junior Elite National Championships podium The 2024 Speedo Junior Elite National Championships concluded after taking place...

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Weekly Roundup – June 26 – July 2

Photo Credit: Athletics Canada Numerous Saskatchewan athletes at Bell Track and Field Trials The Bell Track and Field Trials featured...

Saskatchewan Stories
Mother and Olympic coach, Mary can do it all

High-performance coach, Mary Carroll will be taking on numerous roles while in Paris for the 2024 Olympic Games, later this...

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Weekly Roundup – June 19 – 25

Team Canada photo credit: Volleyball World Findlay named to Canada Selects rugby team Regina’s Mostyn Findlay was named to Canada...

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Weekly Roundup – June 12 -18

Dave Adolph honoured at the 2024 U SPORTS Awards Saskatoon’s Dave Adolph was announced as the recipient of the Jean-Marie...

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Weekly Roundup – June 5 – 12 

Garchinski, McGregor selected to 2025 Canada Games Women in Coaching Apprenticeship Program  Prince Albert’s Madison Garchinski (softball) and Saskatoon’s Taylor...

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Weekly Roundup May 29 – June 4 

Norsten named Rookie of the Year in rugby   Carissa Norsten, who hails from Waldheim, was named the 2024 HSBC SVNS...

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Weekly Roundup – May 22-28 

Canada mixed finish at 2024 PanAm Aquatics U19 Championship   Six of Regina’s water polo athletes concluded their time with the...

Pride Parades – Regina & Saskatoon

CSCS will be joining Sask Sport in the Regina and Saskatoon Pride Parades this year, and CSCS athletes are invited...

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Weekly Roundup – May 15-21

Three Saskatchewan swimmers qualify for Olympics and Paralympics The Canadian Swimming Trials in Toronto have led to three Saskatchewan swimmers...

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Weekly Roundup – May 8-14

Canada wins second match of 2024 Pacific Four Rugby Series Regina product, Gabrielle Senft joined Team Canada for their 33-14...

Coaching Female Athletes

Coaching female athletes involves understanding unique physiological, psychological, and social dynamics. Tailoring training to accommodate differences in strength, agility, and...

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Weekly Roundup – May 1-7

Canadian 3x3 basketball team with Crozon miss out on Olympic qualifier Canada’s 3x3 Team with Humbolt’s Paige Crozon were just...

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Weekly Roundup April 24-30

Crozon to represent Canada in 3x3 Olympic Qualifier Humbolt’s Paige Crozon will look to help qualify Team Canada for the...

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Weekly Roundup – April 17 – 23 

Two Saskatchewan hockey players named to U-18 Team Canada   Saskatoon’s Roger McQueen and Whitewood’s Reese Hamilton have been named to...

Saskatchewan Stories
Q & A with Julie Kozun

Julie Kozun, a Paralympian in sitting volleyball, knows just how important volunteers are to the sport community as a whole....

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Weekly Roundup – April 10-16

Photo: Matt Johnson Clark helps Canada claim gold Long-time member of Team Canada, Emily Clark, helped Team Canada capture its...

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Weekly Roundup April 3-9

Goncin, Ostepchuk named to Canada Wheelchair Basketball roster Regina duo, Garrett Ostepchuk and Nik Goncin, were announced to the senior...

Advanced Coaching Diploma (ACD)

The most extensive NCCP Multi-sport program offered to Canada’s top coaches.

The NCCP Advanced Coaching Diploma (ACD) helps coaches prepare athletes for podium success at the Provincial, National and International level. Our flexible and cutting-edge one-year program allows coaches to connect and learn from experienced mentors, content experts, fellow coaches, and respected partners across Canada. We help coaches enhance competencies and apply learnings in their specific coaching context to implement a safe and successful sport program.

ACD graduation attests to the sport community and others in the field that a coach has demonstrated a high potential to lead, problem solve, interact and critically reflect to implement safe and effective sport programming.

Program Structure and Fees

All program modules are offered online and are delivered through the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institute Network (COPSIN). The modules are delivered through a hub structure in collaboration with all COPSIN Regional Delivery Centres.

The NCCP ACD is offered as a one-year program and is structured to offer coaches flexibility and options for content and engagement. The program includes 9 modules and 20 hours of mentorship for a total of over 180 hours of training. Each module must be completed before another is undertaken.

Program Fees

Fee TypeFee
Application (non-refundable)$75

*Tuition may be paid in installments as identified in the memorandum of understanding (MOU). Coaches entering a modified delivery entry platform will pay negotiated fees based on an assessment/learning plan.

Should you apply?

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    About the Program

    The cutting-edge flexible ACD program produces coaches who can prepare athletes for podium success in provincial, national, and international competitions. The program is now offered fully online with a maximum of 2 hour learning sessions making it more accommodating to fit within your busy schedule.

    NCCP ACD applicants are NCCP Competition-Development Certified or Trained have been working with athletes at a Train to Train, Train to Compete, and Train to Win, which may include:

    • Provincial/Territorial Sport Organization coaches seeking to develop into coaches of high performance athletes
    • National Training Centre coaches and next-gen coaches
    • Canada Games and provincial team coaches
    • Coaches in Canada seeking to develop into coaches of high-performance athletes
    • Post-secondary institution coaches
    • Personal coaches of identified athletes

    The NCCP ACD emphasizes athlete performance across the Competition-Development and High-performance contexts. The program produces coaches who can prepare athletes for podium success in provincial, national, and international competitions.

    Coaches should contact their National Sport Organization to learn how the program may connect to NCCP Competition-Development Advanced Gradation (CDAG) or NCCP Competition High-Performance status.

    ACD Benefits

    • Online flexible program with 2-hour max learning sessions
    • Live sessions, flexible learning and mentorship
    • Enriched by interaction with a community of coaches from all across the country
    • Training reflecting the current landscape of coaching in Canada
    • Cost effective pricing

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    Admission Criteria

    The program and all its modules are available to Canadian citizens or permanent residents and non-permanent residents and landed immigrants in Canada.

    To ensure coaches have the prior learning and experience required to succeed in the program, applicants are NCCP Competition-Development Certified or Trained. A relevant post-secondary diploma or degree may be considered, with appropriate coaching experience. Regardless of previous certification, training and education, coaches should have completed the following NCCP Training:

    NCCP Requirements

    • NCCP Make Ethical Decisions Online Evaluation
    • NCCP Managing Conflict Online Evaluation
    • NCCP Leading Drug-Free Sport eLearning

    The completion of the following modules is strongly recommended:

    • NCCP Performance Planning Multisport Module
    • NCCP Advanced Practice Planning Multisport Module
    • NCCP Psychology of Performance

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    Admission Process

    To complete the application to the Advanced Coach Diploma, coaches must upload the following in the Locker:

    • Coaching Resume outlining a minimum of 3 years relevant coaching experience
    • Letter of intent indicating the coach applicant’s reason for applying to the program
    • Letter of recommendation (e.g.: employer, Provincial/Territorial Sport Organization, Provincial/Territorial Coaching Representative, National Sport Organization)
    • Current Yearly Training Plan (YTP)

    Requirements to be accepted in the ACD include:

    • Satisfactory completion of the CAC screening process through the Locker
    • The Institute / Centre determination that minimum requirements are met
    • Appropriate capacity of the program
    • Successful interview (Appendix 5) with the Institute / Centre
    • Completed application form (digital) through the CAC Locker and payment of the non-refundable application fee of $75.00.

Cohorts and Application Deadlines

Canadian Sport Institute Alberta

Delivery Language: English

Application Deadline: January 30, 2024

Start Date: April 2024

Institut National du Sport du Québec

Delivery Language: French

Application Deadline: June 30, 2024

Start Date: September 2024

Are you ready to fully engage and critically reflect on your coaching practices?

If you have the desire to be more effective in your coaching, want access to cutting-edge knowledge and the opportunity to work alongside other high-performing coaches and mentors, the Advanced Coaching Diploma is the next step in your career.

To find out more information in Saskatchewan, contact Craig Nieuwstad or 306.510.5992