Overview of NCCP

Water Polo Canada uses the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) as its coach education and development tool. Water Polo Canada has made each NCCP course sport specific and based on the water polo Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) pathway model. The concept behind the water polo NCCP is that it is athlete centered, coach driven, and administration, sport science, and sponsor supported. Which means that coaches do not have to follow a linear progression, subsequently, a coach may register for a water polo NCCP course with limited pre-requisites as the NCCP courses target the athlete and not the coach.

Building on the philosophy of an athlete-centred coach development model, the water polo NCCP is a competency-based education program – learning by doing and activity based learning. Coaches are presented with specific learning outcomes that must be achieved through evaluation. The coach is therefore trained based on the evaluation criteria of each learning-outcome. Although the majority of the learning-outcomes are the same for each coaching course, the depth and scope changes based on the type of athlete the coach coaches.


Community Sport Stream
Initiation – Community Club Coach

Competition Stream
Introduction – The Practice Coach
Introduction – The Advanced Competitive Coach (In development)
The Professional Coach (In development)

WPC NCCP Policies

Excerpt from WPC web site (please follow link for any updates)
The Water Polo Canada NCCP Operating Manual has been developed for the purpose of regulating the program standards and planning for coach development, training, and evaluation. Please click here to download the Operating Manual (revised June 2009).
Water Polo Canada will allow coaches under the age of 16, but not less than 14 years of age, to access NCCP training and certification. Coaches must be at least 14 years of age as at the date of the event. The Minimum Age Policy will be in effect as of March 31st, 2010.
1. Coaches at least 14 years of age, but under 16 years of age, will be identified on the NCCP Database as U16;
2. Coaches at least 14 years of age, but under 16 years of age, are only eligible to be trained and evaluated as “The Practice Coach” and “I Love Water Polo”
3. Coaches assigned the U16 designation will have that designation automatically removed upon their 16th birthday;
4. Coaches under the age of 16 are allowed to access NCCP training.
5. Coaches under the age of 16 can access NCCP evaluation, but will not be recorded in the NCCP Locker as certified.
The water polo National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) is currently undergoing a transition from the level program to the new competency-based education program (see NCCP Overview for more details).

About the Coaching Association of Canada

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