Coach Development & Certification
To become a badminton coach in Ontario, you will need to follow the NCCP Coach Development Pathway. Badminton Ontario (BON) currently offers the following streams of coach training and certification.
To coach on-court at BON events, coaches are required to purchase a BON Coach accreditation card. To be eligible for accreditation coaches will need to maintain the appropriate level of certification, have a valid certificate for completing the “Respect in Sport module for Activity Leaders” e-module, and a valid Police Record Check (PRC) for vulnerable sectors.
Best suited for coaches who will be working with players of varying levels of playing experience, including beginners & grassroots, and will introduce players to competitive badminton.
*Regional – CERTIFIED is required to purchase a BON accreditation card and subsequently coach on-court at BON events and BCAN Elite Series tournaments.
PROVINCIAL CERTIFICATION WORKSHOP (formerly Level 2)
Best suited for coaches who will be working with competitive players.
–> Regional Certification is a pre-requisite, and coaches should spend a significant amount of time developing the skills they acquired in the Regional workshop, before moving forward with the Provincial modules.
*Provincial – TRAINED is required to coach a district team at the Ontario Winter Games
*Provincial – CERTIFIED is required to coach on-court at the BCAN National Championships.
NOTE: The minimum age requirement for an individual to take either an NCCP workshop or module is 14 years old. This is both a Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) policy and a Badminton Canada policy. The CAC policy also states that no one under the age of 16 can be certified as a coach in the NCCP. The age requirement policies are in place to ensure a productive and age-appropriate learning environment for all participants.
Should a Learning Facilitator or member submit a NCCP event into the CAC Locker for Badminton Ontario’s approval, with someone under the required age, the event will not be approved. The underaged individual will be required to retake the workshop or module again after they turn the appropriate age.
SHUTTLE TIME – SCHOOL PROGRAM (Grass Roots)
Best suited for coaches, teachers, school staff/volunteers who may have limited basic badminton experience. They will be working with children and youth in an educational setting with a range of badminton skills.
COMPETITION – DEVELOPMENT (formerly Level 3, Advanced +)
Best suited for coaches who will be working with competitive and elite players.
–> Provincial Certification is a pre-requisite, and coaches should spend a significant amount of time developing the skills they acquired in the Provincial workshop, before moving forward with these modules.
*Competition-Development – CERTIFIED is required to coach provincial/territorial team at the Canada Games, as well as to coach internationally with National Team athletes.
Shuttle Time – gives you access to knowledge and resources to implement a badminton program within a school setting. Great for teachers!
Regional certified – required to be permitted to coach on-court at Badminton Ontario events and Badminton Canada Elite Series tournaments
Provincial trained – eligible to coach a district team at the Ontario Winter Games.
Provincial certified – required to be permitted to coach on-court at the Badminton Canada National Championships.
Competition-Development certified – eligible to coach a provincial/territorial team at the Canada Games as well as coaching internationally with National Team athletes.
Practice & Competition Evaluations
To complete a certification, it is required to pass a practice and/or competition evaluation with one of our coach evaluators.
There is an evaluation fee for each level of the coaching pathway. This fee varies based on the level of the evaluation.
If you are looking to receive a practice and/or competition evaluation to complete your certification, please contact the Director of Coaching, Kristina Hall <email@example.com> to setup an evaluation. (Can be done in person or via video submission.)
Tips to improve your video submission:
- When speaking with your group, come closer to the camera (or if possible, get someone to free-cam, or use a microphone). If the audio is not loud enough, and we cannot make out what you are saying, you may be asked to re-submit the video.
- Ensure the angle covers the main coaching area. If using more than one court, ensure the camera covers the space used, we need to see you in action as a coach.
- Try to minimize outside noise. If possible, run it when the courts/club are not busy, otherwise, ensure that the audio will be loud enough to hear you.