Coaches are vital to ensuring curlers of all ages, stages and ability enjoy the sport in a SAFE manner, and have the opportunity to develop their skills at their own pace. Coaches play a key role in the implementation of curling’s Long Term Athlete Development Model for both recreational and competitive curlers. Coaches act in key volunteer roles which support programming at our local clubs.
Looking for a rewarding way to volunteer, get involved as a coach! The Ontario Curling Council, Northern Ontario Curling Association and Ontario Curling Association train and certify the most curling coaches in the world! They do so using the world-renowned National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP).
Coaches learn how to coach the level of athlete they are planning to work with by entering either the Recreational or Competitive stream.
Ready to start your NCCP training? Not sure where to start? Click on the links below. Or, perhaps you’re already a certified coach – check your status in the NCCP Locker.
Coaching Development Pathway
Click on the diagram below to view the entire Coaching Development Pathway graphic in detail as a PDF file.
NCCP Coach Training
NCCP Coach Training is provided by the Ontario Curling Council’s member associations: the Ontario Curling Association and Northern Ontario Curling Association. Click on the association logo below to find a list of available courses offered near you!
OCC Strategic Priorities for Coaching
- Train more club instructors to instruct Adult Learn to Curl Programs.
- Deliver best-in-class, athlete-centred coach programming by trained and certified coach developers;
- Work with Curling Canada to continually improve coach programming;
- Maximize opportunities for coaches to access professional development opportunities;
- Train more wheelchair curling coaches;
- Connect coaches through a “network” to engage, develop, and share best practices amongst coaches.
- Support the training and certification of Master Coach Developers, Technical Leaders, Learning Facilitators and Coach Evaluators;
- Provide support in certifying Competition Development coaches; and
- Provide opportunities for mentorship, observation and participation at athlete development events.