What is National Coaches Week?

National Coaches Week celebrates the positive impact coaches have on athletes, participants, and communities across Canada. This week is an opportunity to recognize coaches for the integral role they play by saying #ThanksCoach. With events held across the country to celebrate coaching, National Coaches Week provides coaches with the recognition they deserve for the time they devote to ensuring Canadians live an active, healthy lifestyle. 

Learn more about the National Campaign here!



2019 National Coaches Week - September 21-29

Mark your Calendar! National Coaches Week is part of an initiative of ViaSport and PacificSport VI are planning an exciting week of events!

Coaches Week features workshops and clinics specially designed for coaches, parents and recreation leaders.

PacificSport VI is proud to provide NCCP Training at a reduced rate during Coaches Week within National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) along with workshops provided by our regional sport and SportHealth partners.

If your sport or sport health organization have workshops or seminars that you would like to include as a part of Coaches Week please contact PacificSport VI's Athlete and Coach Services Coordinator, Kevin Lindo at 250-754-6200 or at klindo@pacificsport.com 



2019 National Coaches Week Courses in the PacificSport VI Region


Design a Basic Sport Program - September 21, 2019

The NCCP Design a Basic Sport Program is a module that will prepare coaches to:

  • Develop a program structure based on opportunities for training and competition

  • Establish indicators of athlete development in the program

  • Develop practice plans that reflect seasonal training priorities

Location: Vancouver Island University, Building 356, Room 313 | Time: 9:00am-4:00pm (Lunch will be provided at the course)

Cost: $75 | Facilitator: Bryan Baxter



Basic Mental Skills - September 22, 2019

The Basic Mental Skills module gives coaches the ability to recognize signs indicating that an athlete may need to improve his/her goal setting, focus, and anxiety control skills; develop tools to help the athlete to make improvements in these areas; and run simple guided activities that help athletes improve basic mental skills.

Location: Vancouver Island University, Room TBD | Time: 8:30am-12:00pm

Cost: $50 | Facilitator: Bryan Baxter



Teaching and Learning - September 22, 2019

Upon completing the Teaching and Learning module you will be able to:

  • assess your own beliefs regarding effective teaching;

  • analyze certain coaching situations to determine if they promote learning;

  • create conditions that promote learning and self-esteem through:use teaching assessment grids to gather objective information on teaching effectiveness, and use this data to develop an action plan to enhance your own effectiveness as a teacher and coach.

    • appropriate consideration of the affective, cognitive and motor dimensions of learning;

    • the use of words and methods that relate to an athlete’s preferred learning style;

    • a sound organization;

    • active supervision; and

    • the use of well-formulated feedback offered at the right time and with the right frequency.

Location: Vancouver Island University, Building 356, Room 313 | Time: 1:00pm-6:15pm

Cost: $85 | Facilitator: Bryan Baxter



Making Ethical Decisions - September 25, 2019

By successfully completing the NCCP Make Ethical Decisions training, coaches will be fully equipped to handle ethical situations with confidence and surety. The training helps coaches identify the legal, ethical, and moral implications of difficult situations that present themselves in the world of team and individual sport.

Upon completing the NCCP Make Ethical Decisions training, coaches will be able to:

  • analyze a challenging situation and determine if it has moral, legal or ethical implications; and

  • apply the NCCP Ethical Decision-Making Model to properly respond to situations in a way that is consistent with the NCCP Code of Ethics.

This module is a cornerstone of the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP), and leaves coaches with no doubt as to what to do when the going gets tough. To enrol in this multi-sport coaching module today, please select your Province or Territory for more information.

Please note: Once a coach has taken the NCCP Make Ethical Decisions training, they can access the NCCP Make Ethical Decisions online evaluation FREE, available through The Locker.

Successful completion of the evaluation is necessary for coach certification in any NCCP program.

Location: Vancouver Island University, Building 356, Room 313 | Time: 5:30pm-9:30pm

Cost: $60 | Facilitator: Bryan Baxter



Injury Prevention Workshop - September 25, 2019

Upon completing the workshop, students will be able to:

  • learn best practices and tips on how to remain in optimum condition throughout the season

  • learn how to manage work load and deal with injuries should they arrive

  • understand ways to prepare pre-competition and recover appropriately

This workshop is ideally suited for student athletes, team coaches, and community leaders.

Location: Vancouver Island University, Building 356, Room 111 | Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm

Cost: $10 | Facilitator: Abe Avender

*Students, PacificSport Athletes & Coaches are free. Please contact Kevin Lindo (klindo@pacificsport.com) for the access code.



Concussion Management in Youth - September 26, 2019

In honour of National Coaches Week, the Nanaimo Brain Injury Society and PacificSport would like to invite you to attend this informative workshop. This workshop is for people working with youth who want a better understanding of Return to School/ Return to Play standards after concussion. Basic information on concussion such as causes and symptoms with also be covered. This workshop would be great for parents, teachers, park and recreation leaders and coaches of all levels. The cost of the workshop is $10 and all proceeds will go towards NBIS's Concussion 101 Program for School District #68.

Location: Vancouver Island University, Building 356, Room 315 | Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm

Cost: $10 | Facilitators: Dr. Jamie Dunnett & Natasha Wilch



Fundamental Movement Skills - September 28, 2019

In developing and teaching a child, we break down simple skills into key components to help the child learn and understand. Given the opportunity to learn a wide range of physical skills, children acquire the basic building blocks for the competence, confidence and motivation to try many physical activities and sports.

Fundamental movement skills are very important to a child’s physical development. When confident and competent in these skills, children can develop sport-specific and complex movement skills. 
These skills allow children to enjoy sports and physical activities. Most importantly, with a firm grasp of the fundamental movement skills, a child may enjoy a long life of physical activity.

The learning activities in this workshop will prepare you to:

  • Detect and correct basic errors for fundamental movement skills in participants so they have a choice to adopt a healthy, active lifestyle

  • Apply a teaching process to fundamental movement skills

  • Adapt fundamental movement skills for participants with intellectual, physical, sensory or behavioural disabilities

  • Lead activities that will promote the development of fundamental movement skills in a safe, responsible manner while interacting with others

  • Provide stage-appropriate feedback to encourage and develop fundamental movement skills in participants ​

Location: Vancouver Island University, Building 356, Room 111 | Time: 9:00am-1:00pm (Lunch will be provided during the course)

Cost: $50 | Facilitator: Catharine Edwards




About the Facilitators

Catharine Edwards:

Catharine is PacificSport VI’s Program Coordinator and has worked with the organization for over 15 years. She champions Physical Literacy Training and Development for Teachers, Coaches, and Recreation Professionals, and has been involved with coaching for the majority of her life. Catharine also oversees PacificSport VI’s Multi-Sport Programs for children aged 4-12, as well as the After School Programs offered in primary and intermediate schools across the district.

After over 20 years of coaching in Ontario and New Brunswick, Catharine became the first Head Coach of the PacificSport Regional Synchro Swim Centre in Victoria. Catharine is a graduate of Physical and Health Education from Queen’s University, and is an NCCP Level 3 Coach. Her other coaching qualifications include NCCP Learning Facilitator Competition, Introduction Synchro Swim and High Five, Master Coach Developer in Synchro Swim, and Fundamental Movement Skills.

Catharine is also very active in the Dragon Boat community as the chair of the High Performance Committee and as an official with Dragon Boat Canada. She is currently a paddler on the Nusa’Lon Dragons Women’s Competitive Team and is a Community Coach at the Nanaimo Paddling Centre.


Bryan Baxter:

Bryan got his start in facilitating while working with MacMillan Bloedel. He, along with three others, designed, developed and delivered a business education course for approximately 3500 logging and sawmill employees on Vancouver Island and the mainland starting in 1998.

Since then, Bryan has taken his craft into the realm of coaching. He has been delivering the core modules of the NCCP for the past 15 years. He also facilitates the coaching clinics for the BC Lacrosse Association. In his spare time, Bryan volunteers as a Director for the Canadian Lacrosse Association as the Director of Domestic Development.

His biggest care about coaches is that they will always place the needs of the young athletes above everything else. The wins and losses do not matter in the big scheme of things. What is important is that coaches are creating adults of the future and coaches need to be aware of everything they say and do because young athletes are like sponges and will hang on every word and action that coaches deliver.

Bryan's favorite quote: 

Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care. - Theodore Roosevelt