Minimum Coaching Requirements Policy
Coach Registration and Minimum Requirements Policy
Effective on: Feb. 12, 2017
1. The Alberta Triathlon Association (ATA) requires that any person acting as a coach in front of registered ATA triathletes, whether volunteering or gainfully employed, shall complete specific requirements to ensure the protection of the athletes and minimum standard of coaching as recognized by the ATA and its governing bodies. The ATA supports foundational and continuing coach education and expects the highest professional standard for its coaches. This policy will describe the rights and requirements of coaching with the ATA, affiliated triathlon clubs and ATA member athletes.
2. This policy applies to all individuals who wish to be designated as a coach within Alberta Triathlon as well as clubs and affiliates.
3. All individuals must comply with the following minimum requirements to be registered as a coach:
a) Be at least 14 years of age
Compliance with Policies
b) Agree and adhere to all Alberta Triathlon’s governing documents, including but not limited to:
ii. Code of Conduct and Ethics
iii. Discipline and Complaints
vi. Coach of Record Policy
vii. Social Media Guidelines for Coaches and Athletes
c) Agree and cooperate fully with the ATA in matters of discipline, appeals, selection, and other issues in connection with the ATA, clubs, affiliates or members.
d) Complete and submit the online screening questionnaire on a yearly basis as per the ATA Background Check and Screening Policy.
e) Driving abstract (if coach will be driving athletes)
f) Police Information Check with Vulnerable Sector Verification
Memberships and Affiliations
g) Be registered and in good standing with the following organizations :
i. Alberta Triathlon Association (coach-level)
ii. Triathlon Canada
iii. Coaching Association of Canada
1. Subspecialty NCCP certifications considered:
a. Swim Alberta / Swim Canada
b. Alberta Bicycle Association / Cycling Canada
c. Athletics Alberta / Athletics Canada
h) Membership in each organization requires annual renewal. This membership renewal is the sole responsibility of the respective coach. Memberships in the Alberta Triathlon Association expire on December 31 each year.
i) Coaches having applied for ATA coach membership have six (6) months to complete:
a. A Triathlon Canada sanctioned and ATA-recognized Community Coach course.
j) At the end of the six (6) month period, potential coaches will have completed the coaching and written requirements to receive an ATA coaching certification card
a. There will be a 30-day period upon completion of all requirements wherein the ATA office will review the application and all commensurate documents.
k) Coaches visiting Alberta to coach Alberta athletes must complete the following:
a. Present a copy of their current valid coaching certification from their resident PSO or NSO.
b. Submit an application 30 days in advance (for administrative processing) with proof of compliance with all ATA minimum requirements. Demonstration of current membership with their resident PSO will fulfill the requirement of ATA membership for coaches visiting Alberta for less than 15 days.
l) All certified ATA coaches are expected to participate in one recognized professional development session per annum.
a. Professional development encompasses a facilitated learning opportunity aimed at enhancing the skills of a triathlon coach and can include, but is not limited to:
iii. Formal Coursework
b. Coaches seeking to have alternative learning opportunities considered to fulfill their ongoing professional development requirements need to submit the details to Triathlon Canada
1 As members / registrants of these organizations, coaches are subject to the requirements, policies and any sanction pursuant to those requirements or policies. For example, as members / representatives of Triathlon Canada, coaches / facilitators are bound by the code of professional conduct. Independently, coaches are also bound by Alberta Triathlon Association’s Code of Conduct and Ethics.