The Competition – Introduction context is designed for coaches of athletes moving from the FUNdamentals to the Learn to Train and Train to Train stages of long-term athlete development.
For Softball Alberta Provincial Championships in categories that lead to a Western or Canadian Championship, at least one coach on the provincial roster must be Competition Introduction Certified. Certified status is granted once a coach has attended both Weekend 1 and Weekend 2 of the face to face clinic, completed their On Field Practice Evaluation and completed their Make Ethical Decisions Online Evaluation. Trained status is granted once a coach has attended both Weekend 1 and 2 of the face to face clinic and completed their Make Ethical Decisions Online Evaluation. There are additional prerequisite online courses needed in addition mentioned below.
If a coach has no previous softball specific NCCP training, then they must also complete the Foundations of Coaching Softball (FOCS) Part 1 and 2 courses as a prerequisite to the Comp Intro clinic weekends. If they have only completed FOCS Part 1 as the prerequisite to completing their Community Softball clinic, then they must complete Part 2 before attending the Comp Intro clinic weekends. If a coach has completed Community Softball prior to 2020, they do not have to take the FOCS Part 1 and 2 modules. These prerequisites must be completed in order to be granted the above Certified and Trained statuses.
There are additional coaching requirements for teams who qualify for Canadian Championships. For U14 and U16 Canadians, the Head Coach must be Comp Intro Certified and Asst Coaches (or any other coach wishing to go on the field) must be Comp Intro Trained. For U19 and above Canadians, all coaches who wish to go on the field must be Comp Intro Certified.
**Please note that you must attend Weekend 1 and 2 in order to move on to the evaluation process of your certification.