Squash Canada announces Mandatory Coach Certification Policy

Squash Canada is committed to coaching excellence and is therefore pleased to announce the new Mandatory Coach Certification Policy 

This policy is the first step in the organization’s plans to increase and improve the number, diversity, and standards of qualified, trained, and certified coaches at Squash Canada sanctioned events as outlined in the 2021-2024 Strategic Plan. In addition, it will help foster the long-term sustainability of the sport of squash and will see enhanced standards for coaches as they develop the next generation of players from grassroots to high-performance. 

NCCP squash coach certification is key to: 

  • Better educated and trained coaches; 
  • Increase the number of role models for the sport of squash and our athletes; 
  • Understand appropriate language when speaking to athletes; 
  • Teach and instruct proper sport technical standards; 
  • Raise the level of coaching in both smaller and larger jurisdictions within Canada; 
  • Protect coaches in terms of liability and insurance; 
  • Align with the Squash Canada Sport Safety Program, which includes the CAC Safe Sport Training, Rule of Two, Responsible Coaching Movement, Competition Manipulation, Online Referee Certification and more! 

The Mandatory Coach Certification Policy is effective November 16, 2023, and will adhere to the following implementation plan:  

  • Phase One – coaches must complete the:  
    • Intermediate Coaching Course and Make Ethical Decisions online evaluation by January 1, 2025  
    • Provincial Coaching Course and Make Ethical Decisions online evaluation by January 1, 2025  
  • Phase Two – coaches must be a:  
    • Certified Club Coach by January 1, 2026  
    • Certified Provincial Coach by January 1, 2026  

To review the Mandatory Coach Certification Policy – Click Here  

“Squash Canada is committed to excellence in our sport and coaching standards are no exception,” said Geoffrey Johnson, COO of Squash Canada. “With the introduction of the Mandatory Coach Certification Policy, it will require individuals that wish to coach at our national events and/or represent the organization internationally to be certified in the NCCP. Coach education and training is vital to player development at all levels, and this will see an increased pool of certified coaches across the country.” 

For more information on your coach certification status or to begin your pathway to coach certification, please contact Squash Canada COO Geoffrey Johnson at geoffrey.johnson@squash.ca