All speed skating coaches within the NWT are volunteers. For many years, they have offered high quality programs to hundreds of eager skaters. To support this remarkable volunteer group the NWTASSA is strongly committed to the development of high quality, skilled coaches for all of our clubs. Our coaching development program follows the programs of Speed Skating Canada which fit into the Coaching Association of Canada's Long Term Athlete Development Model. The NWTASSA strives to provide opportunites for coach training to all NWT speed skating coaches. We encourage coaches to contact us with their training needs so that we can arrange the appropriate level of coaching clinic. Where possible, financial assistance to attend coaching clinics will be provided.
Once coaches are trained they receive a coaching certification number from the Coaching Association of Canada. Coaches can then track their training and certification in both speed skating and other sports.
The following courses have been developed by SSC and are specific to the sport of speed skating. Please visit the links below for further information:
8.5 hour workshop introducing participating
Coaches are trained to assist in practices and provide skaters with a safe training session
Speed skating skills and general coaching concepts
Eight modules in a 25 hour course over two sessions
Completion of on-line ethics course
Practical consists of a on-site assessment of running a successful practice
12 Modules in a 32 hour course conducted over two sessions
Targetted toward coaches who work with developing athletes attending local and territorial competitions
Coach portfolio and on-site assessemnt required
30 hour course for those coaching high performance skaters
Coaches will develop a high level of technical expertise
Course modules include injury prevention, mental preparation for competion and the development of yearly training plans
Level required for coaching at the Canada Winter Games