Competition Coach

Competition Coach Workshops

Competition Coach is designed for coaches who plan to work with athletes who are practicing and competing together. The Competition Coach pathway, at right, describes three training and certification pathways available. Certification as a Competition Coach requires the submission of a practice portfolio and an in-person, on-ice evaluation. Note that certification expires after five years; certification is renewable through a maintenance process where the coach accumulates Professional Development points through additional training. 

Click on the pathway image at right for a version in PDF format. 

Two-day workshop: spent on-ice and in the classroom

Prerequisite: None, but general knowledge of the game. (Minimum age is 14 years for training but cannot achieve certified status until after 16th birthday).

Course Cost: $290 + HST

In order to register for a workshop you must have a Curler Profile.  If you already have one, you do NOT need to create a new one.

Course content:

  • Teaching & Learning
  • Strategy & Tactics
  • Skill Analysis
  • Practice Planning, including Safety and EAP (Emergency Action Plan)
  • Delivery Skills
  • Brushing Skills
  • Drills to Correct

After completing the workshop the coach is considered to be a “Competition Coach In-Training”.

Coaches may be eligible for funding support for their training and evaluation fees through the Coaches Association of Ontario.

Competition Coach Workshops

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Trained vs. Certified

To achieve “Competition Coach Trained” status a “Competition Coach In-Training” must:

  1. Complete the Multi-Sport NCCP “Make Ethical Decisions” workshop (3.5 hours) as offered by the Coaches Association of Ontario. For details go to NCCP Making Ethical Decisions. The workshop is available in-person, remote access webinar or as a home study. Occasionally the Ontario Curling Council may deliver the workshop in conjunction with a Competition Coach Workshop or as requested by the membership.  See below for MED-Curling Workshop dates and locations.

To achieve “Competition Coach Certified” status a “Competition Coach Trained” coach must:

  1. Complete an In-person Evaluation. This is a 2-hour evaluation session (one-on-one with an Evaluator) that follows the submission of a portfolio.  The coach must execute a complete practice session on ice with his/her team.  See instructions below for details.
  2. Successfully complete the on-line Make Ethical Decisions (MED) Evaluation at

Competition Coach Evaluation

In order to receive a “Certified” Competition Coach status, coaches must successfully complete the MED online evaluation and the Curling on-ice Evaluation.

Coaches wishing to pursue evaluation must:

  1. Complete a Competition Coach Evaluation Request – you will be required to upload your completed practice plan,  emergency action plan and athlete profile. Note that you will require a Curler Profile in order to complete the Evaluation Request.
  2. Pay your evaluation fee of $180 + HST.  Remember – coaches may be eligible for funding assistance through the Coaches Association of Ontario.
  3. When your plan is approved (revisions may be required) you will be notified by email. You may then contact a local evaluator to set a mutually agreeable time for your evaluation.
  4. Upon completion of the evaluation, the evaluator will return all documentation to the OCC office for entry into the NCCP Locker, and a copy of the signed evaluation (by both the coach and evaluator) will be returned to the coach via email.

Some helpful tips for a successful evaluation:

  1.  All practices must contain skill detection and correction – for this reason, early- and mid-season practices are best.
  2. On-ice practice time for evaluation purposes should not exceed 60 minutes.
  3. All practices should have a clearly defined goal and activities should be consistent with that goal . For example, if a practice goal is to improve draw weight consistency, the Crazy 8’s takeout drill is not an activity which is consistent with the practice’s goal.
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