Coaches' Corner is a space where students and coaches can access helpful sport-specific resources; a different sport is highlighted every month.
Various aspects of sports are brought to the forefront such as accessibility, lesson plans, and general knowledge (who doesn’t love fun facts?!). With the world of coaching being ever-changing, we believe it is important to constantly strive to be a better coach and mentor. We hope that these resources are helpful to you and that in the future you may try and incorporate some of your learnings into your lesson plans and programs.
- Hockey BC
The Hockey BC website offers ample information both about hockey and para-hockey programs and clinics and more. It also includes training tools such as stickhandling videos and helpful mental training and nutrition documents.
This website offers equipment lists, how to play, and ways to include all players with adaptions.
- Hockey Canada
Para hockey follows the same rules as ice hockey with a few adaptions.
News in Hockey
This article offers insight into the National Hockey Leagues “return-to-play” plan for the 2020 season amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.
- According to Matthews (2014), the coveted Stanley Cup has been presented to one team each year since 1914, barring two years (1919 during the Spanish Influenza and 2005 due to the NHL Lockout).
- The first ever indoor hockey game was March 3rd, 1875 in Montreal (Matthews, 2014).
- You can play hockey no matter your height. According to Matthews (2014), the shortest recorded player in the NHL was 5 feet, 3 inches (Roy Woters) who was a goalie.
According to Hockey Canada (n.d.), the fundamental skills in hockey are passing, puck handling, and shooting. In all three skills, Fundament Movement Skills are embedded, such as agility and balance. NCCP (National Coaching Certification Program) offers a Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) workshop (Douglas College offers this module through SPSC 1195).
For further information regarding the NCCP FMS Workshop visit: coach.ca/nccp-fundamental-movement-skills
Pursuing a teaching career but also love hockey? Here are some high school with Hockey Programs/Academies
British Columbia offers a range of Hockey Academies. These academies offer a unique learning experience to their athletes. Part of their time is spent in the classroom learning traditional school subjects, while the remainder of the day is spent training for hockey on and off the ice.
- Delta Hockey Academy
The Delta Hockey Academy is known to develop exceptional students and athletes. They work closely with the Delta School District to provide outstanding education and training.
- Yale Hockey Academy
The Yale Academy offers student-athletes the opportunity to grow and develop important life and hockey skills through classroom studies, on and off ice training, and through the Canadian Sport School Hockey League.
- Okanagan Hockey Academy
The Okanagan Hockey Academy is just one academy that the OHA hosts. The Okanagan Hockey Academy places equal need for excellence in the classroom and on the ice. Students will spend time in the classroom (as at a regular high school), but additional time training for hockey on and off the ice.
Hockey Canada. (n.d.). Skating Skill Development: The Skating Pathway. Retrieved on September 12, 2020, from https://www.hockeycanada.ca/en-ca/hockeyprograms /players /essentials /positions-skills/skating
Matthews, D. (2014, July 23). 20 Fun, random facts about hockey. Last Word On Sports. Retrieved September 1, 2020, from https://lastwordonsports.com/2014/07/23/20-fun-random-facts-about-hockey/#
- Canadian Lacrosse Association
The Canadian Lacrosse Association website offers a variety of resources including news, events, and information about the sport of lacrosse.
- British Columbia Lacrosse Association
The BC Lacrosse Association website provides details on the various kinds of lacrosse, team BC, and helpful resources such as field layouts and rules.
News in Lacrosse
- An 18 year old Ontario Lacrosse player, Aidan Fearn, created a petition to include Iroquois National Lacrosse Team in the 2022 World Games, which took off rather quickly.
Read full article
- Guli (2019), acknowledged that “modern rules for the sport date back to 1974 when they were drafted for a match between the Native American communities of Seneca and Mohawks.”
- Today men’s lacrosse teams have 10 players while the women’s lacrosse teams have twelve. Doyle (2018), found that in the early years of the sport, lacrosse teams had “… from 100 up to 1000 on a field that was nearly two miles long.”
- Guli (2019), pointed out that the first lacrosse game played by women was in Scotland in 1890.
- According to Doyle (2018), Lacrosse was “… ranked among the top 3 safest sports by the NCAA” which is rather impressive.
According to Whittemore (2018), the basic skills required in Lacrosse are passing, catching, scooping, and cradling. The sport of lacrosse requires the fundamental movement skills of running, jumping, throwing, agility, and balance. Lacrosse is a high action sport that involves many precise actions and movements.
High School Highlights
Each of these academies strive to develop and maintain a high level of personal and athletic excellence with their student athletes. Sports academies offer a unique opportunity to not only develop intellectually, but also competitively by splitting their time between regular classroom activities and Lacrosse training.
Doyle, J. (2019, February 21). 11 Fun facts about its history and origins. LacrossePal. Retrieved on September 5, 2020 from https://lacrossepal.com/lacrosse-facts-history/
Guli, N. (2019, August 02). 8 Interesting facts about lacrosse you didn’t know. Retrieved from https://www.explosion.com/132077/8-interesting-facts-about-lacrosse-you-didnt-know/
Whittemore, F. (2019, October 15). Basic lacrosse skills. Retrieved from https://www.sportsrec.com/4244533/basic-lacrosse-skills
Canada Snowboard: https://www.canadasnowboard.ca/en/about/our-credo/
Para Snowboard Canada: https://paralympic.ca/paralympic-sports/para-snowboard
News in Snowboarding:
This article by CTV News, outlines the impact Covid-19 has had on a variety of winter sports. This article additionally, provides insight for what is being done for training and competitions in the future.
CTV News Montreal, highlights Canadian Olympic freestyle snowboarder Max Parrot, who was recently deemed cancer-free. Article HERE
- According to Boday (2018), the sport of snowboarding was invented in the 1960’s and was first called “Snurfing” (a combination of “snow” and “surfing”).1
- Similar to skateboarding, snowboarding was seemed to be a youth sport, while skiing was for the older population, this actually caused snowboarding to be banned at resorts in the 1980’s (Boday, 2018).1
- The sport of snowboarding made its Olympic debut in Nagano, Japan (1998).2
Snowboarding utilizes Fundamental Movement Skills such as balancing, jumping, and sliding.
- Off season training videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuV_9_lOpcE
- The Canada Snowboard website has a great list of snowboarding tips, several webinars, LTAD, and Para LTAD information, and more. Check them out here!
High School Highlights:
Rossland Secondary School is now expanding their athletics academy and piloting The Red Mountain Racers Ski Academy in Rossland, BC
COVID-19 Tool Kit
Popular British Columbia winter sport destinations are opening soon with new safety precautions. Whistler Blackcomb, Big White, and Cypress will be observing safety measures such as:
- Mandatory mask wearing
- Increased sanitation
- “Bubble” only lift loading
- Social distancing
- Taekwondo Canada: http://taekwondo-canada.com
- Coaching Association of Canada NCCP Taekwondo information: https://coach.ca/taekwondo
- Paralympics Canada outlines Para Taekwondo: https://paralympic.ca/paralympic-sports/para-taekwondo
News in Taekwondo:
This captivating article emphasizes the introduction of Para Taekwondo to what was supposed to be the Summer 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, which will now be held in 2021.
“Taekwondo Day celebrated 20 years from sport’s Olympic debut” this article outlines September 4th as World Taekwondo Day, which happens to fall on the anniversary of the first time the sport appeared at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney: https://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1098029/sydney-2000-world-taekwondo-day
According to McNeely (August 24, 2019), translational breakdown of Taekwondo is “’[t]ae’ translates to foot, ‘kwon’ to hand, and ‘do’ to way. Taekwondo means the way of the fist and foot.”
Taekwondo Canada (n. d.), explains that competitors “… wear the Dobok, the traditional white uniform with protective equipment, is coloured for easy differentiation.”
McNeely (August 24, 2019), describe the sport as “primarily a striking art though training may also include grappling, throws and joint locks. It specializes in fast powerful kicks.”
Fundamental Movement Skills involved in the complex sport of Taekwondo include: kicking, dodging, and balancing.
15 exercises to improve balance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-xtL7NO0fw
Taekwondo Canada takes injuries seriously. Check out this link for helpful safety tips and injury prevention: http://taekwondo-canada.com/programs/Medical
Taekwondo Canada highlights an article with a concussion recognition tool graphic by Dr. Terry De Freitas.
Taekwondo Canada also recognizes the high possibility of neck and head injuries in the sport. They outline signs of injuries and the appropriate steps to take for “non-medical” personnel. Their website also emphasizes tips on how to safely re-enter into the sport.
COVID-19 Tool Kit:
Taekwondo Canada offers extensive information regarding the risks, different policies, and recommendations for those participating in Taekwondo during heightened COVID-19 precautions: http://taekwondo-canada.com/programs/covid-19
Taekwondo Canada has also added a “Return to Sport” video discussing what the organization is doing to stay safe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mALBNnWR3vM&feature=youtu.be
Taekwondo Canada states their requirements for coaching certification “… includes the entire evaluation process for the context and includes requisite online multi-sport training/evaluations and other non-NCCP training/certifications” such as first aid.
Check out these links for more information:
McNeely, D. (August 24, 2019). 10 Facts about Taekwondo. Martial Minded. Retrieved from https://martialminded.com/taekwondo-facts/
Taekwondo Canada. (n. d.). About us. Taekwondo Canada. Retrieved from http://taekwondo- canada.com/about-us/
- Basketball Canada: https://www.basketball.ca – The Basketball Canada website highlights players, news, and links to the fan store.
- Wheelchair Basketball Canada: https://www.wheelchairbasketball.ca – The Wheelchair Basketball Canada website offers program information, news, events, videos, and much more.
News in Basketball/ Wheelchair Basketball:
- Ottawa will host the 2026 International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) World Championships for men and women! Check it out HERE
- Basketball Canada shares top 10 moments in Canadian basketball from 2020: Read Article
- CBC Kids (n.d.), expressed that “[t]he average NBA shoe size is a whooping 14.81, and the biggest is 20.”
- When playing wheelchair basketball, players are able to dribble and wheel their chair at the same time. Wheelchair Basketball Canada (n.d.) also states that “… if the ball is picked up and/or placed on the player’s lap, he or she is only allowed to push twice before being obligated to shoot, pass, or dribble the ball again.”
- According to CBC Kids (n.d.), basketball was not only “… originally played using a brown soccer ball,” the original nets used on “[t]he first basketball courts had peach baskets nailed up as nets.”
- The Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) involved in the sport of basketball include: running, catching, jumping, and dribbling.
- Active for Life has FMS videos and other FMS resources: Find them here
- Videos on the Fundamentals of Dribbling and the Jab Step – videos are under 3 minutes each.
- Wheelchair Basketball Dribbling Skills Video
- Wheelchair Basketball Speed and Agility Skills Video
- Active and Safe Central has an in-depth resource page on injury prevention in basketball.
COVID-19 Tool Kit:
- The Coaching Association of Canada has live webinars to address “Coaching Through COVID” which can be accessed here: https://coach.ca/coaching-through-covid. These are also available are past webinar recordings.
Coach Certifications required for Coaching specific sport/level:
- Check out the Safe Sport Overview on the Basketball Canada Website
- Basketball Canada Policies and Procedures: https://www.basketball.ca/en/about/governance
- Through NCCP, Basketball Canada offers a number of in-class workshops including “Fundamentals Coach,” “Learn to Train,” “Train to Compete,” and “Train to Train.” https://coach.ca/basketball
CBC Kids. (n.d.). Cool facts about the most popular hoop sport – basketball. Retrieved from https://www.cbc.ca/kidscbc2/the-feed/cool-facts-about-the-most-popular-hoop-sport- basketball
Wheelchair Basketball Canada. (n.d.). About the Sport. Retrieved from https://www.wheelchairbasketball.ca/the-sport/about-the-sport/
- The Volleyball Canada website shares information for both International and National competitions, development, news, and so much more. Check it out here: https://volleyball.ca
- Volleyball BC offers information for players, coaches, and referee’s alike.
- Sitting Volleyball: https://volleyball.ca/en/sitting-volleyball-teams
News in Volleyball:
- Student athlete, Hayley Hodson, shares importance of taking the proper precautions to avoid brain injuries, even in non-contact sports such as volleyball: Full story and news report HERE
- Justin Lui, an openly gay elite volleyball player, shares his story of team support:
- According to Frechette (n.d.), in gameplay, a volleyball can reach speeds up to 87 MPH.
- On any given day, a volleyball athlete jumps around 300 times per game (Frechette, n.d.).
- Frechette (n.d.), also stated that the longest volleyball game ever played was for 75 hours and 30 minutes, the game was so long because they were using the previous scoring method, only receiving a point on your serve.
- The Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) in volleyball are jumping, running, throwing.
However, passing, setting, hitting, serving, digging, and blocking are the more specific skills required for the sport.
- Some say volleyball is a very intense game of “don’t let the balloon hit the ground” and while they may have a point, the game of volleyball is so much more complex. Want to learn more? Check out the skill break downs here: https://prorecathlete.com/7-basic-volleyball-skills/
- Need some speed and agility training ideas. This 2-minute video should help you.
- There are a variety of injuries that can occur while playing volleyball, such as jammed fingers and ankle and shoulder injuries, among others.
- To mitigate injuries, ensure proper and thorough warmup and cool down, listen to your body, and consider ankle braces or taping techniques for extra support during game play or practice (Stop Sports Injuries, n.d.).
COVID-19 Tool Kit:
Check out Volleyball Canada’s extensive COVID-19 “return to play” guidelines and resources.
Coach Certifications required for Coaching specific sport/level:
- Volleyball Canada’s coaching requirements PDF:
- The Volleyball BC website offers insight to a variety of coaching pathways:
- Other helpful links:
- Safe Sport: https://volleyball.ca/en/about/safe-sport
- NCCP: https://volleyball.ca/en/development/coach
Frechette, T. (n.d.). 30 Fun and Interesting Facts About Volleyball. Athletic Lifts. Retrieved from https://athleticlift.com/fun-facts-about-volleyball/
Stop Sports Injuries (n.d.). Preventing Volleyball Injuries. American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. Retrieved from https://www.stopsportsinjuries.org/STOP/STOP/Prevent_Injuries/Volleyball_Injury_Prevention.aspx
Volleyball Canada (n.d.) Sitting Volleyball Program Info. Retrieved from https://volleyball.ca/en/sitting-volleyball-teams
BC Soccer Association
The BC Soccer website keeps you up to date on all soccer specific matters.
Check out their podcast, online coach licensing information, and more.
Canada Soccer offers news, events, and even a “Fan Toolkit” to make it easier for fans to show support.
News in Soccer:
Canadian born, Alphonso Davies is being credited as an asset to the FC Byern Munich FIFA World Cup triumph in February. Davies has earned two Canadian Athlete of the Year Awards. check out his story here.
To celebrate International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, MLS WORKS and Women @ MLS are presenting a speaker series to highlight women on the technical and sporting side of the league.
Check out the highlight video featuring women who have excelled in roles with the MLS and the broader soccer sphere.
The fastest red card was awarded to Keith Gillespie in 2007 after 0 seconds. He elbowed another player before a throw-in (Soccer Blade, 2020).
Only Canadians and Americans use the term “soccer” while the rest of the world refer to the game as “football” (Soccer Blade, 2020).
In Winter 2021, Katy Nesbitt was the first woman to referee a Major League Soccer championship match in professional men's sports in North America (mlssoccer.com).
The Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) involved in soccer are kicking and running.
Other important skills are throwing, catching, and dodging.
Want to improve your power, speed, agility? Check out this video for drills you or your team can follow.
Power Soccer with Adaptive Sports Athletes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5A12baiB9s
To mitigate injuries, it is recommended to go through a proper warm-up, abide by the heading guidelines, and make sure that you are playing with the correct size gear such as shin guards and cleats (Advanced Solutions International, n.d.).
According to Advanced Solutions International (n.d.), the current heading guidelines for individuals under the age of 11 is zero permitted per week. However, for ages 11-12, 25 headers are allowed per week. There is no limitation for ages 13 and up.
COVID-19 Tool Kit:
Coach Certifications required for Coaching specific sport/level:
Soccer Canada offers extensive insight to coaching pathways such as Pro Licencing and youth and senior performance streams with NCCP.
Check out this website for more info: https://canadasoccer.com/coach/
Advanced Solutions International (n.d.). Preventing soccer injuries. Retrieved from https://www.stopsportsinjuries.org/STOP/Prevent_Injuries/Soccer_Injury_Prevention.aspx
Soccer Blade. (2020, October 28). Interesting and fun facts about soccer: 42 Essential FAQ’s. Retrieved from https://soccerblade.com/42-interesting-and-fun-facts-about-soccer/
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