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The “C” IN BPEC

The Bachelor of Physical Education & Coaching (BPEC) believes in the development and education of coaches. In addition to the overall courses and curriculum offered in our Department, we provide the following opportunities for those students interested in a future full of coaching!

PART 1: MEET YOUR BPEC STUDENT COACHING AMBASSADOR

Your 2019-2020 Student Coaching Ambassador is Jonathan He!

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Welcome to my bio, hope you’ll stay for a bit. The name is Jonathan He: 4th year BPEC student and Student Coaching Ambassador for Douglas College. Coaching is the biggest passion in my life, right between my family and eating tasty food. Excluding all the years I was telling my teammates what to do, I’ve been formally coaching since I graduated from secondary school in 2013. While I sometimes pretend that I coach my friends when we play football or tennis, the sport I love coaching the most is Ultimate Frisbee. I’ve been a part of the Ultimate Frisbee Club at New Westminster Secondary School since grade 9 and kept up my involvement post graduation, taking over as head coach in 2015. At the same time, I was a player/coach with the SFU Ultimate Club team starting in my sophomore year. In the summer, I am part of the Vortex Ultimate Program which is one of the largest junior ultimate programs on this side of Canada. With them, I am a coach for one of their national teams and also act as a Program Coordinator. With the Vortex program I've been to the Canadian Ultimate Championships (Canadian Nationals) 5 times, 3 times as a player and 4 times as a coach. One thing I can say for sure: I’ve reached a higher level of patience after having spent an obscene number of hours teaching children how to throw a piece of circular plastic in a straight line. 

I think why I like coaching ultimate more than anything else is because it is uniquely challenging compared to more traditional sports. Like in all sports, the coaches manage the team’s age, athleticism, skillfulness, strategies, group dynamics, etc. With ultimate, especially at the secondary school level, coaches also need to manage mixed gender competition and players that have never played a sport in their life. However, what these unique challenges provide me with that few other sports settings do not, is an opportunity to work with a wider variety of students. This translates into a more inclusive environment. I get to work with the 15 year old girl that is taller than some of the boys on the team; I get to work with the kid that has never owned a pair of cleats; I get to work with the international student that got cut from the basketball team because he would only be here for half of the season. Every year that I’ve coached ultimate, I’ve always finished the season thinking “because I coached him/her, I learned that I could have done ‘this’ better.” That thought not only excites me, it fulfills me. 

Ultimate is a relatively young and developing sport and the ulti-community is something that is close to my being. However, to be completely honest, it’s not really the ultimate that draws me towards coaching. If things had played out differently, I could easily see myself coaching a different sport, or tutoring, or even counselling. In actuality, if I was unable to be involved in ultimate for whatever reason, I’d still find myself in front of someone, working with them to reach their goals. Being a coach is a platform for me to engage with others, see their side of the story and potentially make a meaningful impact on their future. That’s the kind of mentality I wish to bring to the student coaching ambassador position. I want to help, not always about sports, but rather using sports as a jumping off point. 

Please feel free to contact me here. I’ll do my best to answer any questions, coaching related or otherwise. If there is anything I can’t help you with, I will be happy to point you in the right direction. Thanks for reading!

PART 2: BPEC COACHING & FIELDWORK 

All BPEC students must complete a minimum of four fieldwork placements (Click here for more information on Fieldwork). Those students who are interested in a coaching-focused career path may complete up to three (69 hours) placements in a coaching setting. Coaching-specific sites will offer supervised on-the-job coach training in all areas of athlete development: physical, mental, tactical and technical sport-specific training. In addition, the networking opportunities with coaches, teachers and athletes is a planned benefit of Fieldwork in that student-coaches are exposed to current innovative coaching methods and meet people who can help students navigate their career paths.

PART 3: NATIONAL COACHING CERTIFICATION PROGRAM (NCCP) & BPEC

The Douglas College Sport Science (SPSC) Department, the Coaches Association of Canada (CAC), and ViaSport have teamed up to integrate the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) multi-sport modules into BPEC courses. The National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) was created in Canada to unify national/provincial/territorial sport organizations across the country. 

WHAT IS THE NATIONAL COACHING CERTIFICATION PROGRAM?

The National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) and the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) have three (3) Coaching Streams:

  • “Community” Sport Coach Training – this stream is for coaches often coaching at the community level or thinking about coaching. This includes parents with a child involved in sport, those who volunteer, or those who work with participants of all ages.
  • “Competition” Coach Training – this stream is for coaches who usually have previous coaching experience or are former athletes in the sport. They tend to work with athletes over the long term to improve performance, often in preparation for provincial, national, and international competitions. BPEC ‘trains’ students in this stream. 
  • “Instruction” Coach Training – this stream is for coaches who already have sport-specific skills and training, whether coaching at the beginner or advanced skill levels. They teach or coach the sport in a variety of areas. Many are former participants in the sport.

For more information on the NCCP Coaching Certification Program, visit the CAC website.

HOW IS NCCP INTEGRATED INTO BPEC? 

As part of their BPEC journey, graduating students receive "trained status" in the following modules: 

Professional Development

  • Fundamental Movement Skills (SPSC 1195)

NCCP Competition-Introduction 

  • Nutrition (SPSC 2210)
  • Ethical Decision Making (SPSC 2210)
  • Mental Skills (SPSC 2210)
  • Plan a Practice (SPSC 2210)
  • Teaching & Learning (SPSC 2210)
  • Design a Sport Program (SPSC 2210)

NCCP Competition-Development

  • Developing Athletic Abilities (SPSC 4199)
  • Prevention and Recovery (SPSC 3276)
  • Manage Conflict (SPSC 3240)
  • Coaching and Leading Effectively (SPSC 3240)
  • Leading Drug Free Sport (SPSC 3276)
  • Psychology of Performance (SPSC 4231)

NCCP offers additional modules that are not currently offered in our BPEC Program. These include: 

Professional Development

  • Empower +
  • Aboriginal Coaching Module
  • Coaching in Secondary Schools
  • Making Head Way
  • Mentorship
  • Resistance Training

NCCP Competition Development

  • Advanced Practice Planning
  • Manage a Sport Program
  • Performance Planning

For more information on these additional modules, visit the CAC website. We also advise student to check with their respective Provincial Sport Organization (PSO) to confirm which additional modules may be required. 

COURSE GRADES AND NCCP REQUIREMENTS

In all courses that integrate NCCP modules, students must receive at least a ‘C’ grade on their transcript. Please read the following as it relates to academic transcript grades versus NCCP module grades.

  • "F": Student fails the course and has to re-take as per graduation requirements. Student must therefore re-take NCCP modules embedded in course (along with all other course requirements).
  • "C-": Student meets academic transcript requirement and ‘passes’ the course. However, student must be re-assessed on NCCP module components. Student must consult with instructor for the course and determine modified assignments/make-ups. Must be completed before graduation. This is an internal SPSC requirement.
  • "C" and above: Student meets academic and non-academic requirements. 
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN “TRAINED” VS “CERTIFIED” STATUS?

"Trained" refers to Coaches who have participated in training opportunities and/or workshops to acquire or refine the skills and knowledge required for a particular coaching context (i.e. Competition-Introduction). 

"Certified" refers to coaches who are “trained” and have been evaluated by a Sport NCCP Learning Facilitator (LF), in an actual “live” sport practice/game. They must demonstrate an ability to perform within that context in areas such as program design, practice planning, performance analysis, program management, ethical coaching, support to participants during training, and support to participants in competition.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF INTEGRATING NCCP INTO BPEC?

The benefits of NCCP Coach Education being integrated into post-secondary education include:

  1. The opportunities for assessment and extended application of the core competencies and skills. The combination of degree delivery and Fieldwork experiences provides student-coaches the chance to learn, apply and debrief with both Faculty and community Coach mentors - bringing the concepts of NCCP Competency Based Education Training to life in a post-secondary setting!
  2. The convenience of completing an industry standard certification within an academic degree. Students not only save the time, they also save money by paying a reduced NCCP fee due. This is due to the fact that SPSC Faculty are NCCP Learning Facilitators, meaning their fee is covered in student tuition.