Coaches' Corner


Coaches interested in coaching at Ottawa TFC, make sure to follow this 3 step process:
 

Step 1 - Coaching certifications

  • Determine what level of coaching you are interested in, and which qualifications you have and/or do not have: Mandatory certifications

Step 2 - Coach applications

  • Apply to coach at Ottawa TFC by filling in the following application.

Step 3 - Outstanding Certification Requirements

 

 

COACH REQUIREMENTS INSTRUCTIONS

POLICE RECORDS CHECK - Level 3 - Vulnerable Sector Police Check

Competitive Coaches and Managers & Recreational Coaches (U9+), once accepted to the position, will need to pass a Level 3 Vulnerable Sector Police Check. This Police Records Check is valid for 5 years of continuous Coaching or Managing within OTFC.

If you were not a Coach or Manager with OTFC last year, send an email to references@ottawatfc.com with the subject line "Request for Invitation - Background Check". Your email should have your first name, last name, email address and the language (English or French) you wish to receive the invitation in. Also include the age group, gender and team position you will be volunteering for. Once processed, you will receive an invitation email from "myBackCheck.com".  


VOLUNTEER APPLICATION (PROFILE) 

All Team Staff (i.e. Coach, Assistant Coach, Manager, Assistant Manager, Treasurer, Equipment Manager) as applicable must fill in a volunteer application. To do this:

  • Sign in to your PowerUp account;

  • Click on the Volunteer Now! tab in the left menu bar (if using a computer); and

  • Click on the Apply Now button next to 2022 Summer.


LTPD COACHING COURSES

Please note that Ottawa TFC will only pay for the required levels of coach licensing for coaches who have committed to the club. Any additional licensing must be covered by the individual. The licensing stays with the coach and forms a part of their education. 

The Canadian Soccer Association’s Coach Courses will give you the confidence to succeed as you enter the ranks of certified coaches in Ontario. Each level features education on age-appropriate coaching for each level of play. Registration for all Coach Courses is done online at coachcentre.ca.

 

LEARN TO TRAIN (U9-U12)

The emphasis of this course is on technical and tactical development within a small sided game environment (6v6, 7v7, 8v8).

You'll learn:

  • How to teach basic principles of play;

  • How to establish training ethics and discipline in a fun and challenging environment;

  • How to communicate to this specific age group;

  • This is a key time to train speed, flexibility and skills and understand your role in developing these skills.

Course description: 16 hours (2 days). A interactive workshop led by an expert facilitator with years of experience coaching soccer. You'll spend time in the classroom and on the field practicing drills. There are vibrant deliberations regarding parent management and guidance on all safety requirements.

 

SOCCER FOR LIFE (U13+)

The emphasis of this course is on technical and tactical development within the 11-a-side game environment.

You'll learn:

  • How to plan and deliver effective, enjoyable, age-appropriate practices and how to provide feedback to your players.

  • How to be able to better understand the role of the coach, and the developmental stage of the players you are coaching.

  • How to provide a safe practice/game environment for your players.

Course description: 16 hours (2 days). An interactive workshop led by an expert facilitator with years of experience coaching soccer. You'll spend time in the classroom and on the field practicing drills. There are vibrant deliberations regarding parent management and guidance on all safety requirements.

 

HIGHER LICENSES (ONTARIO AND CANADA SOCCER)

Higher levels of coaching required further licensing beyond the above basic courses. The formal pathway for coach education in Ontario and Canada can be viewed in detail here on the Ontario Soccer's Coaching Course page.

 


RESPECT IN SPORT FOR ACTIVITY LEADERS                           

Respect in sports (RIS) is an e-learning program for coaches, trainers, managers and any adult with a supervisory role over youth involved in soccer. It is designed as a tool to assist participants in identifying and dealing with abuse, neglect, harassment and bullying in sport. 

All Competitive and U11-U18 Recreational Coaches must complete the “Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders” program. We are hoping that coaches will recognize the long-term value of the program because of the values it promotes and also what it teaches regarding important practical guidelines for youth coaches. 

The online course costs $30. The curriculum is broken into six (6), 30 minute modules and includes audio/visual presentations, quizzes and printable handouts. Another beneficial feature of the program is that it does not need to be done all at once; it can be completed at your leisure.  

Please email references@ottawatfc.com for a code to take the course for free (OTFC staff only).

Once you receive the code, log into the system via the following link: RESPECT IN SPORT   

 


MAKE ETHICAL DECISIONS

Make Ethical Decisions (MED) is a course that is required for all coaches who take LTPD Coaching Courses.  All Ottawa TFC Coaches are required to attend the mandatory in-class MED course, which runs approximately 3 hours in length.

To search and register for an MED Course, visiting the following link: MED COURSE.

This is an NCCP course. Completed course information can take up to 15 days to appear on your Coaches transcript in NCCP - The Locker

 


MAKING HEAD WAY - CONCUSSION ELEARNING SERIES

Designed to help you gain the knowledge and skills required to ensure the safety of your athletes, these NCCP Professional Development modules will make you concussion smart! 

CONCUSSION ELEARNING SERIES

Completed course information can take up to 15 days to appear on your Coaches transcript in NCCP - The Locker

 


 COACH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

The Ottawa TFC Coach Development Program (CDP) is a continuing education program for all Ottawa TFC coaches.  Two to three coaching clinics are conducted each month on various topics both in class and on field.  Coaches at Ottawa TFC are required to attend a certain number of CDP sessions each season.  The minimum number of sessions is determined by the level at which the coach is involved.  

Starting in 2019, the CDP program has been split into two streams:

  1. Grassroots (for those coaching U12 and younger, or recreational soccer)

  2. Academy (more advanced for those coaching at the higher levels in the club).  

For required credits for each level, see the last column of the coaching matrix

For questions or enrollment in the CDP please email vlad@ottawatfc.com.

The actual program is organized through a coach's TeamSnap account.    

 


 SELF-ASSSESSMENT AND MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

The mentorship program pairs coaches up with staff coaches at the club, and works from a self-assessment and action plan process, through on and off-field mentorship, concluding back with a re-assessment or debrief. Details

This is required for all Academy coaches, and available to all coaches (pending approval/acceptance by mentor coach).