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It is essential that athletes have access to qualified coaches throughout the athlete development pathway. The new Competency-Based Education and Training (CBET) approach to the National Coaching Certification Program will help to ensure that all coaches are better able to facilitate the development and preparation of athletes, consistent with the principles of long-term athlete development. Unlike the old program that was hierarchical (Level 1, 2, 3) CBET training and certification ensures that coaches obtain knowledge and develop skills applicable to the age and caliber of athletes he/she is working with. A U8 Coach needs a different skill set than someone coaching U16 AA. Neither should be considered better than the other, instead, they should both be competent in their particular context.

Coaching Requirements:

All individuals appearing on a team roster as a “coach” must have completed coaching training/certification (as per the outline below) by the December 31st deadline. Failure to comply will result in the offending person being removed from their team roster and consequently, will not allow this individual to participate in league, tournament or exhibition play for the remainder of the season. Approved team rosters can be requested thru the RAS office.

Coach Certification Requirements-2018-2019


Level 1 and Level 2 Technical and Theory clinics are part of the old program and are no longer conducted.

CSI and CI clinics for Ringette are conducted by Ringette Saskatchewan

Definitions under the new CBET program: • Trained – successfully completed the appropriate course • Certified – successfully completed the corresponding evaluation process

Introduction to Competition (Part A & Part B) clinics and Ethics modules are conducted by Zone Sport Councils.


Requirements specific to Ringette Saskatchewan

RAS does not differentiate between Head Coaches and Assistant Coaches. The requirement for the Head Coach is the requirement for all coaches.  All clinics must be attended in full to obtain certification with no exceptions granted.

For coaches in U14B to U19B: You will now be required to be CI-Trained by Dec .31/19.  MED and Respect In Sport will also be required by certification deadline.

Coaches at A or AA must be fully CI-Certified for all levels by Dec.31/19. MED and Respect In Sport will also be required by certification deadline.

Coaches in 18+B and 18+C must be CSI-Trained by Dec .31/19.  MED, and Respect in Sport will also be required by certification deadline.

18+A coaches must be fully CI-Certified by Dec .31/19.  MED and Respect In Sport will also be required by certification deadline.

At least one member of the bench staff (including trainer) must be First Aid certified.

All New coaches to Ringette must also complete the Coach Initiation in Sport Module prior to attending a clinic.


Coaching Certification Program

The Coaching Association of Canada is revamping its National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) and the transition is underway! The NCCP is changing its delivery method from primarily lecture-based to more of a problem-solving approach. Coaches who need training will have opportunities to acquire or refine the skills, knowledge and attitudes deemed important to coach effectively in a particular context. Three streams are being developed to educate and evaluate coaches: Community, Competition and Instruction. Coaches who want to be certified will be required to demonstrate their ability to achieve the requirements identified for their coaching context in areas such as program design, practice planning performance analysis, program management, ethical coaching support to participants during training and support to participants in competition.


Youth Coaches

Anyone ages 14-17 years of age, interested in coaching are required to take the NCCP coaching courses laid out below at the Community Sport – Initiation and Competition – Introduction contexts for Ringette in Saskatchewan.  A ‘Certified’ status can only be obtained on their 16th birthday.  Until then, trained coaches under 16 years of age will be considered ‘Trained – Under 16’.  Anyone under 18 years of age cannot qualify as the Certified Female on the Bench.

*Note all youth coaches must be listed on the Roster as ‘CIT – Coach In Training’ and be one of the five bench staff listed. 

14-15 years old – On Bench

Must take CSI and RIS

Can only coach U9, U10 and U12B. 

16-17 years old – On Bench

Can coach all divisions.

A/AA coaching must be CI – Certified, MED and RIS

B/C coaching must be either CSI – Trained or CI – Trained (dependent on who they are coaching), MED and RIS