Introduction to Coach Accreditation

The Link with Long Term Athlete Development

Alpine Canada's Long Term Athlete Development (ACA LTAD) document identifies the growth and developmental stages that all children and adolescents experience. At each development stage, young athletes must acquire and develop their physical and mental abilities, capacities and skills at the right time.

ACA-CSC coach education programming links directly with ACA LTAD stages of growth and skill development. At each program level, coaches acquire knowledge and skills necessary to meet growth and skill development needs of the athlete.

ENTRY LEVEL

  • ACA LTAD Stage
  • Gliding Start (U6) - Skier Essentials (U12)

DEVELOPMENT LEVEL

  • ACA LTAD Stage
  • Learn to Train (U14) – Train to Train (U16)

PERFORMANCE LEVEL

  • ACA LTAD Stage
  • Train to Train - Train to Race (Competitive U16, U19+)

HIGH PERFORMANCE

  • ACA LTAD Stage
  • Race to Win (U19+)

For para-alpine programs, the ACA PARA LTAD document identifies both recreational and competitive streams for skiers with a disability based on "age of experience", either congenital or newly acquired disabilities.

Recognition Statuses

Within each coaching program (e.g. Entry Level etc.), coaches are recognized along a continuum of beginning coach to a more experienced and competent coach. Statuses recognize this continuum:
TRAINED status - the coach has completed learning opportunities to acquire or refine the skills and knowledge required for coaching in a particular context (e.g. U12 Entry Level).

CERTIFIED status - the coach has completed evaluation activities demonstrating the ability to perform in areas such as training session planning, performance analysis, ethical coaching, support to ski racers during training and support in competition.

CERTIFIED ADVANCED status - the coach has completed a wider scope of learning and has completed further evaluation on their enhanced abilities in their respective coaching context. The certified advanced coach has the knowledge to lead a program, athletes and coaches, within their respective context and level of certification.

ENTRY LEVEL

  • TRAINED
  • CERTIFIED
  • CERTIFIED ADVANCED

DEVELOPMENT LEVEL

  • TRAINED
  • CERTIFIED
  • CERTIFIED ADVANCED – Pilot in progress

PERFORMANCE LEVEL

  • TRAINED
  • CERTIFIED
  • CERTIFIED ADVANCED – Under Development

HIGH PERFORMANCE

  • Under Development (Summer 2018)

Progressing

Within a Program Level

CERTIFIED and CERTIFIED ADVANCED statuses are required if the goal is to continue coaching in one context (e.g. U12 entry level). The higher the recognition status, the more competent the coach is likely to be to effectively develop athletes and coaches in one context and are considered experts at their respective contexts.

Between Program Levels

It is not necessary to achieve certified statuses in one program before starting in another, for example moving from Entry Level to Development Level (except for coaches who do not meet minimum age requirements). Although, this generally requires prerequisite courses before accessing a coaching program entry point.

There are many paths through the coaching program. Coaches will choose a path depending on athletes they are coaching, employer requirements or personal interest.