Competition Development Coaching Course

NCCP Rugby Competition Development / World Rugby Level 3

This course focuses on coaches who are competing in highly competitive levels of rugby. It is focused on the developed levels of performance through a number of multi-sport modules and technical / tactical rugby specific components. The Multi-Sport modules are broken down into six workshops on the following topics run by your local sport’s governing body.

This course is by invitation only and applications must be made directly to the Rugby Canada Coach Development Manager. All applications must be accompanied by a letter of endorsement from the coaches Provincial Union and include a full current coaching resume.

Note: A coach at this level must be coaching a team over a full season and be available for a minimum of two face-to-face evaluations over that time.

Prevention and Recovery of Injury: After finishing this module, coaches will be able to design a personalized Prevention Action Plan that will enhance their athletes’ performance and assist in the prevention of injuries. In particular, they will be able to Identify injuries common in sport and methods of preventing them.

Pre-requisites for registering to this course:

  1. Certified at the NCCP Competition Introduction Level
  2. Current certificates for World Rugby Rugby Ready, World Rugby Laws and World Rugby Concussion Management
  3. Completion of all 7 of the following NCCP Competition Development Multi-Sport modules
    • Design a Basic Sport Program (NCCP Competition Introduction multi-sport module)
    • Prevention and Recovery of Injury
    • Managing Conflict
    • Leading Dope Free Sport
    • Psychology of Performance
    • Coaching and Leading Effectively
    • Developing Athletic Abilities

Technical and Tactical In-Course Delivery

The in-course component of this course is approximately 32 hours in length and can be delivered in a number of formats depending on logistical constraints and contains the following modules:

Module 1: Selection and succession planning
Module 2: Developing a team profile
Module 3:The game profile
Module 4: Patterns play (Attack & Defence)
Module 5: Developing a game plan
Module 6: Achievement strategies

  • Periodised Planning
  • Game logistics planning
  • Critical incident analysis
  • Practice planning

Module 7: Sports science
Module 8: Risk management and Laws

Pre-requisites for a practical on site Evaluation

  1. Develop and present a team profile and season plan which should be constantly reviewed
  2. Provide a season diary for the team that is being coached. The diary provides evidence of a coach’s ability to Plan, Do & Review. Coaches should use the World Rugby Coach’s diary (or similar) to record their coaching over the season. This will be reviewed by an World Rugby Educator at different stages of the season.
  3. Complete a personal coaching profile.
  4. Assess your current team and outline a vision for the season (driven by your team strengths & weaknesses)

Practical on site Evaluation(s)

  1. The coach must me assessed twice in their own coaching environment. If logistics prove to be a major constraint one of these evaluations may be completed by video and online interview.


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