Coaches are also able to register for a free Game Plan account in order to access the NCCP course registration. The free membership will only give coaches access to NCCP course registration, online NCCP materials (pre-tasks & portfolio), coach profile/transcript.

For a cost of only $49.95, domestic coaches will receive a 5-year membership to Canada Basketball’s own Coaching Education website with access to ALL of the coaching tools and resources.  For international coaches, the cost of registration is $124.95.

Join the Game Plan Today to Unlock Access to Tons of Different Coaching Tools and Resources!

  • Practice Planner

  • Drill Library

  • Videos

  • Skill documents

  • Team Season Planner

  • Athlete Performance Planner

  • NCCP Clinics


Follow the below instructions to retrieve your CC#:

Go to On the right hand side of the website, it will reach "My Locker", hover over that tab, then press the Profile button. This will then bring you to the log-in screen. From here you can press the "lookup my NCCP#" button. You will then follow the steps on the screen to retrieve your CC#.

Practice Planner

Coaches will now be able to easily create and store practice plans!

Each practice plan will be able to include:

  • Goals & Objectives

  • Reminders

  • Practice Teams

  • Drills- with Drill photos and descriptions

  • Team Season Planner

  • Athlete Performance Planner

  • NCCP Clinics

Coaches will also be able to access National Team practice plans!

Drill Library

The Library will allow coaches to access TONS of great basketball drills, including drills from NCCP Toolboxes, National Team Drills, Famous Drills, etc.

Coaches will also have the option to add their very own drill (which can later be added into the coach’s practice plans).

The Drill Builder allows coaches to put explanations/ descriptions of the drill, add multiple sketches of the drill, POE, etc. Coaches will then be able to search through the drill to meet their needs based on a variety of factors (Phase of drill, LTAD stage of drill, type of drill, etc.)


Canada Basketball is offering a Video Library providing coaches with a variety of different resources:

Drills & Skills: Coaches will be able to watch the National Teams go through a variety of drills

Coach Schools & Clinics: Weren’t able to attend the coach school? No problem, we have the coach school session available online for coaches to watch and learn from

Games: Do you have a favourite Team Canada game? Watch them here. If your favourite game is not uploaded, please request the game at and we will try our best to get that game uploaded for you.

Drop-in Practices: Coaches will be able to see a full Nation team practice. See how Team Canada trains from warm up, to cool down!

Coaching Resources (Skills Documents)

Canada Basketball’s diverse set of coaching resources is now available to anyone that is a member of the Game Plan.

Thoughts and insights from top basketball gurus: Mike MacKay, Renato Pasquali, Allison McNeill and much more!

NCCP Clinics

Are you having trouble finding NCCP Clinics in your area? No problem, now all of the NCCP Clinics running across Canada are listed conveniently in one central place.

On the Game Plan, you will be able to sign-up for the clinic, complete the pre-tasks online and submit your portfolio- all from one easy location!

Maintenance of Certification

Do you want accreditation on things that you already do? The CAC and Canada Basketball recognize the value of having certified NCCP coaches that are engaged in Professional Development programs which reinforce the values of lifelong learning and sharing amongst the coaching community.

In order for NCCP coaches to maintain their certified status, they will be required to obtain Professional Development (PD) points.

There are many ways to accumulate points. Events that are organized by the CAC, Canada Basketball, P/TSO or P/TCR will allow coaches to accumulate PD points. Such events include: Coach Schools, Canada Basketball Conferences and Workshops, eLearning modules, NCCP workshops, coach mentorship programs, active coaching and many more!

In most cases coaches are already earning their required PD points -- Maintenance of Certification Status is simply the introduction of tracking these points and recognizing coaches for their efforts.

In General:

NCCP Training = 5 points

Non-NCCP Events = 1 point/ hour (up to 3 points)

Active Coaching = 1 points/ year

The PD Points System

Coaches will need to maintain their certification on 4-year cycles after becoming certified. Therefore, if the coach does not reach the required PD point threshold in the 4-year period, they will lose their certified status.

Required Points

Please refer to the below table for the number of points required for each context.


Required Points

Learn to Train


Train to Train


Train to Compete


Coach Developer Pathway

NCCP Coach Developers are directly responsible for the development of coaches and need to be experts in learning as well as experts in coaching. For basketball, they include: Learning Facilitators (LFs), Master Learning Facilitators (MLFs), Coach Evaluators, and Master Evaluators (MEs).

The NCCP now has a simple and universal 4-step process for becoming a Coach Developer.For more details and steps on becoming a Coach Developer visit!

Coach Developer Characteristics

Learning Facilitator (LF)

  • Practice A passion for sport and coaching

  • An effective communicator

  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment

  • An understanding of his/her Provincial/Territorial sport community and the contribution of coaching and sport leadership education

Master Facilitator (MF)

  • A passion for sport and coaching

  • A strong communicator and charismatic leader

  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment

  • An understanding of the Canadian sport community and the contribution of coaching and sport leadership education

  • A proven track record of supporting and promoting the importance of National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) certified coaches and familiarity with competency-based coach education

  • Flexible work schedule

Apply to be a Coach Developer

Coach Developer application coming soon!

Where can I find my CC#?

First go to On the right hand side of the website, it will reach "My Locker", hover over that tab, then press the Profile button. This will then bring you to the log-in screen. From here you can press the "lookup my NCCP#" button. You will then follow the steps on the screen to retrieve your CC#.

How do my old NCCP modules transfer over into the new system?

Take a look at our Transfer Guide. It outlines how each of the old modules fits into the new system. The guide will also outline your next steps in getting certified in the new system.

When are the next NCCP Clinics being held in my area?

If you look at the Clinics Tab, all of the upcoming clinics in each province are listed.

How do PD points work? How many do I need to keep my certification?

Take a look at our Maintenance of Certification page. Here it will break down the rules for the PD points, the number you need for each context and how to achieve these points.

When are the upcoming coach schools or conferences for coaches?

All of the upcoming coach schools are listed here. You can also contact your local P/TSO, for more information about local coach schools and conferences.

What course should I take if I want to coach high school, elementary school, etc.?

Based on our LTAD model we have broken the NCCP Clinics down into four different streams: community sport, competition introduction, competition development and high performance.

Each of these streams focuses on different levels of competition in the sport.

Each clinic is targeted for specific age ranges:

  • Active Start 0-6 year olds

  • FUNdamentals F 6-8, M6-9

  • Learn to Train F 8-11, M 9-12

  • Train to Tain F 11-15, M12-16

  • Train to Compete, F 15-18+, M16-18+

  • Learn to Win F 18-23+, M18-25+

  • Train to Win F 23+, M25+.

*Please note that these provided age targets are just guidelines, and coaches can take further certification than is recommended.

Multi-Sport Modules

A list of the many Multi-Sport Modules that the CAC offers can be found here.  The modules that are part of Canada Basketball’s Coaching Pathway can be found below:

L2T & T2T/Comp Int

Make Ethical Decisions

  • Analyze a challenging situation and determine if it has moral, legal or ethical implications

  • Apply the NCCP Ethical Decision-Making Model to properly respond to situations in a way that is consistent with the NCCP Code of Ethics.

T2C/Comp Dev

Leading Drug-Free Sport Comp-Dev

  • Fully understand and explain the consequences of using banned substances in sport;

  • Educate athletes about drug-testing protocols at major competitions;

  • Encourage athletes to safeguard their sport values and take greater responsibility for their personal actions;

  • Apply the NCCP Ethical Decision-making Model to your coaching as it relates to keeping your sport and athletes drug-free.

Managing Conflict Comp-Dev

  • Identify common sources of conflict in sport;

  • Determine which individuals or groups are most likely to find themselves in situations involving conflict;

  • Learn important skills that will help you prevent and solve conflict resulting from
    misinformation, miscommunication, or misunderstanding;

  • Develop skills that will empower you to listen and speak effectively in conflict situations while maintaining positive relationships with athletes, parents, officials, and other coaches

Coaching and Leading Effectively Comp-Dev

  • Promote a positive image of sport, and model it to athletes and those supporting
    their performance;

  • Deliver clear messages and explanations when communicating with athletes and
    their supporters;

  • Identify opportunities to interact with all athletes and use feedback to improve and correct performance and behaviour.

Psychology of Peformance Comp-Dev

  • Help athletes learn to manage distractions and use visualization techniques to prepare themselves technically and tactically for training and competition;

  • Learn how to work with athletes or teams to identify performance and process goals related to their ability to focus on performance;

  • Learn debriefing skills that can be used to help athletes assess their performance in both training and competition.

Prevention and Recovery Comp Dev

  • Identify common injuries in your sport and develop appropriate prevention and recovery strategies to keep your athletes injury-free during training and competition;

  • Offer valuable information and guidance on hydration, nutrition, and sleep as they relate to injury prevention;

  • Choose skills and drills that help athletes perform appropriate warm-ups and cool-downs;

  • Develop functional evaluations for an athlete’s return to play;

  • Implement recovery and regeneration techniques to help an athlete maintain or return to optimal performance post injury.

Developing Athletic Abilities Comp-Dev

  • Identify the athletic abilities required in your athletes’ sport;

  • Evaluate athletes’ abilities and interpret data to prescribe training;

  • Understand training principles, methods and protocols;

  • Develop and prescribe training protocols specific to your athletes’ age and stage of development.

*Please note that the context appropriate Make Ethical Decisions Module and/or online evaluation is required for transfer from the old model to the current NCCP system.

Website and contact information for your Provincial/Territorial Coaching Representative (PTCR) can be found at  From here you will be able to find information on multisport modules in your area and contact your PTCR to register.

A calendar can be found by logging into

Canada Basketballs Transfer Guide

What Coach Has:

  • FUNdamentals "In Training"

Possible Situtation:

  • Took Steve Nash Youth Basketball Training

How to Get 'Certified' Status

  • Need to take FUNdamentals Part A or FUNdamentals Technical Module

What Coach Has:

  • FUNdamentals "Trained"

Possible Situtation:

  • There is not currently a certified status for FUNdamentals

How to Get 'Certified' Status

  • There is not currently a certified status for FUNdamentals

What Coach Has:

  • Learn to Train "Trained" (Transfer)

Possible Situtation:

  • Level 1 Certified

How to Get 'Certified' Status

  • Need to take MED Comp-Int Online Evaluation and MED Multi-Sport Course

What Coach Has:

  • Learn to Train "In Training" (Transfer)

Possible Situtation:

  • Level 1 Technical

  • Level 1 Technical & Theory

How to Get 'Certified' Status

  • Need to complete Learn to train Portfolio and Practice Observation

  • Need to complete Learn to train Portfolio and Practice Observation

What Coach Has:

  • Train to Train "Trained" (Transfer)

Possible Situtation:

  • Level 1 Certified and Level 2 Certified

How to Get 'Certified' Status

  • Need to take MED Comp-Int Online Evaluation and MED Multi-Sport Course

What Coach Has:

  • Train to Train "In Training" (Transfer)

Possible Situtation:

  • Level 1 Certified and Level 2 Theory & Technical

  • Level 1 Certified and Level 2 Technical

How to Get 'Certified' Status

  • Need to complete the Train to Train Portfolio and Practice Observation

  • Need to complete the Train to Train Workshop, Portfolio and Practice Observation

Resources for Academic Institutions

Are you a High School, College or University looking to deliver basketball-specific NCCP (National Coaching Certification Program) modules as part of an academic course? Refer to the list below on how to do so!

1. Submit Your Course Syllabus

The course syllabus must include the following:

  • Course name

  • Course code

  • Brief description of the course and its learning objectives

  • Course calendar – including specific dates of when NCCP content is covered

  • Explanation on how the micro-coaching with age-appropriate athletes is integrated for students

2. NCCP Content Delivery

A trained or certified LF (Learning Facilitator) must deliver the NCCP content. Select one of the following options:

  • OPTION 1: Indicate the name and NCCP# of the LF delivering the content. To request an LF, contact your P/TSO.

  • OPTION 2: Have a member of your academic institution trained as an LF.

For more details on the role of an LF and the steps on becoming one, click here!

3. Fee Collection

  • Contact your P/TSO to determine course fees

  • Indicate how these fees are collected from students enrolled in the course

4. Game Plan

Would you like your students to register for Canada Basketball’s NEW Coach Education and Development website – Game Plan? If so, let us now at!

*Details 1-4 must be sent to Canada Basketball 1 MONTH PRIOR to the course start date and should be submitted each time the course is being run.

Please submit course work to

What do I do to get my FIBA licence for NCCP coaches?

The application to fill out can be found here

Why get a FIBA Licence?

The overall objective of the FIBA Licence is to create a productive interaction between FIBA and the TOP coaches in all countries around the world that will in turn contribute to global basketball coach development. As a Canada Basketball (CB) Train to Compete certified coach in the CB Coaching Education Model (as seen below), get your FIBA Licence as a top coach in the National Coaching Certification Program Competition Development stream.

Other benefits of the FIBA Licence?

  • Worldwide recognized licence that will be issued from Canada. The Canadian FIBA licence is recognized with CB's level of coach education by FIBA and all other countries

  • All coaches need their FIBA licence to work with national team programs or coach at FIBA competitions

  • Will become a standard requirement for applications for coaching careers

With your FIBA licence, you will also automatically become a member of the World Association of Basketball Coaches (WABC), which will allow you to get involved with:

  • The worldwide basketball coaches community

  • Contributing to different decision in multiple areas (e.g. Basketball Rules...), through future consultations (e.g. survey...)

  • Further information/tools from WABC/FIBA, which will help your development

  • Opportunities to connect with coaches in the community, to share your knowledge and to learn from others.

Who can get their FIBA Licence?

To be eligible for this certification a coach must be Train to Compete Certified or Level 3 Certified plus have completed and passed the Making Ethical Decisions (MED) course and online exam.

Please note that while completing the MED course and online exam this will also automatically give a Level 3 Certified coach a Train to Compete certified status in the new NCCP context.

For further description of the course please see CB's website and coach education course description.

How do I get my MED if I have the old NCCP Level 3?

The MED competition development evaluation is to be completed by logging into the Locker and selecting the "eLearning" option from the drop-down menu on the right hand side of the screen.

Successfully completing the MED Online Evaluation - Competition Development is necessary for Train to Compete certification and the FIBA licence. Canada Basketball and CAC highly recommend that you take the MED course prior to taking the online evaluation.

The course and evaluation cost $85 combined. If you go straight to evaluation, please note that you only have two attempts at the evaluation.

How do I get my FIBA licence?

What is the Locker?
The Locker is a CAC database that holds all of your coaching certifications. It replaced the old "CAC coaching report card." It's an online learning place where coach education is offered.

The Application Form
For the registration, Canada Basketball will have to collect the following for each coach:

  • First name (mandatory) as seen on your passport

  • Last name (mandatory) as seen on your passport

  • Date of Birth (mandatory)

  • Citizenship (mandatory) and Second Citizenship (if applicable)

  • Current City and Country of residence (mandatory)

  • Education Level (mandatory)

  • Email address (mandatory)

  • Phone number (optional)

  • A passport copy (mandatory) - JPEG, GIF or BMP

  • A passport headshot (mandatory) - JPEG, GIF or BMP

This should be done by downloading and filling out the FIBA Licence Application Form and emailing it back to

The Headshot

  • The headshot must be in the JPEG, GIF or BMP format that is no larger than 5 MB

  • If provided with a headshot that fits the requirements Canada Basketball can crop the headshot to fit the format requirements listed before uploading your application to FIBA

  • Headshot requirements listed by FIBA that will prompt errors

    • The headshot is cut

    • The headshot is not centered

    • The headshot is not in colour

    • The headshot is not zoomed in enough

    • The headshot is not in colour

The Passport
A digital copy of your passport will be required as part of the registration. The file must be no larger than 5 MB. The Passport Number may be blocked out however all of the other information must be visible. This information will be cross referenced ith the registration form and entered into the database.Your passport will only be seen by Canada Basketball and FIBA as the information is uploaded in to the database.

The passport is required because you cannot be a FIBA Coach and a player agent at the same time. This document helps prevent people from entering both systems. A passport is also necessary to verify your nationality and citizenship.

Your passport will only be needed for the initial registration so as you renew your passport you will not have to provide it to Canada Basketball or FIBA.

Other FAQ

Who will have access to my profile?

Will my Date of Birth show on anything from FIBA?

  • Yes, your Date of Birth will appear on your FIBA Coaching Card as well as on the FIBA Certified Coach's page.

I have a Theory 3 & Technical 3, where do I stand?

  • Train to Compete Coach Portfolio

  • Train to Compete practice & game observation

  • Complete the MED module and/or online exam

Please contact your Provincial Basketball Organization

I have a Technical 3, where do I stand?

  • Theory 3 & Technical 3

    • Train to Compete Coach Portfolio

    • Train to Compete practice & game observation

    • Complete the MED module and/or online exam

    • 6 multi-sport modules (Developing Athletic Ability, Coaching and Leading, Conflict Management, Injury Prevention, Psychology of Performance and Doping Prevention)

Please contact your provincial basketball organization for the portfolio and practice/game observations

For more information on the multisport modules offered in your province and schedule click here

I have a Theory 3, where do I stand?

  • Theory 3 & Technical 3

    • Train to Compete Coach Portfolio

    • Complete the MED module and/or online exam

    • Three Train to Compete Basketball Modules (Teaching Basketball Skills, Strategies and Tactics and Planning)

Please contact your Provincial Basketball Organization

If you have any other questions or concerns, or would like additional information, please contact


The Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) Long-Term Athlete Development Model (LTAD) provides a consistent framework from which coaches, parents and organizations can work. This document has been designed with the input of sport scientists and coaches from across the country. It is a long-term player/athlete development model that illustrates to coaches, parents, volunteers and administrators at the local, provincial and national levels, the importance of a systematic and consistent approach to the development of athletes from an Active Start to Active for Life. It also recognizes the importance of participation in securing the health of the nation.

The model is to be used as a guide for coaches and administrators. This will assist them in understanding the importance of teaching particular aspects of the game to athletes at specific stages of development. It is hoped that with this systematic approach, skills and abilities needed to achieve excellence in basketball will be reachable. It will also ensure that all participants will receive the appropriate training that will produce well-rounded people and maintain a lifelong passion for the sport.

Read More on the LTAD here

Canada Basketball Long-Term Athlete Development Model

The Canada Basketball Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) Model is based on the Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) Re- source Paper, developed by Canadian world leaders in the areas of child and sport development. The LTAD Model is athlete centered, coach driven, and administration, sport science, and partners supported. The model integrates elite, community, and scholastic sport, physical education, athletes with a disability, and the general health of the nation.

LTAD is a training, competition, and recovery framework for athletes at all stages of life. LTAD focuses on the general frame- work of athlete development with special reference to growth, maturation, and physical and mental development.

The overall aim of LTAD Model is twofold:

  • To allow participants to find fun, fitness, social interaction, and self-fulfillment through an all-inclusive sport environment.

  • To develop competitive pathways that are developmentally appropriate and lead players to the highest possible levels of achievement.

The Ten Factors of LTAD

As an individual or organization delivering basketball programming in Canada, assess your actions and decisions in reference to these LTAD concepts.

  • The FUNdamentals

  • Specialization

  • Developmental Age

  • Trainability

  • Physical, Mental, and Emotional Development

  • Periodization

  • Calendar Planning for Competition

  • The 10-Year Rule

  • System Alignment & Integration

  • Continuous Improvement

Canada Basketball Athlete Development Model PDF

The Mini-Basketball Philosophy

Mini-Basket is designed for school, community or club basketball players and programs.  The philosophy of Mini-Basket is to allow children to play a game that is better suited to the development of their physical, mental and basketball skills by instituting long term athlete development (LTAD) modifications to the adult game.  With high repetitions and touches, it is player oriented with the emphasis is on skill development in combination with the teaching and loading of actions.

The aim of Mini-Basket is to provide a rich and high quality experience for youth basketball players.  In turn, a positive experience will help foster their passion as they grow with the sport.  The emphasis of Mini-Basket is on the quality of the experience and its appropriateness to the age and ability of the participant.

The adult game of basketball is played with a large ball, a full court and ten-foot hoops.  In Mini-Basket, the size of the ball, court size and number of players is reduced and the height of the hoop is lowered.  There are fewer rules that are gradually introduced as the player’s progress in their skill development and understanding of the game, keeping it developmentally appropriate.

Why Mini-Basketball?

Benefit 1: Increased Handling of the Ball
When youth play traditional 5 on 5 games, it is common for 1-2 players to rarely touch the ball. This is especially true when a team has 1-2 dominant players who are the best ball handlers or are early developers.  Teammates tend to pass the ball to those players and those players tend to take the ball to the basket and sometimes coast to coast, failing to work on team and decision making skills. This results in other players not developing their skills. The dominant player is only working on a few skills, and the team isn’t developing as a whole.

In Mini-Basket, everyone must be involved for a team to have success.  All players get to handle the ball almost every possession allowing for more skill repetition in competition environments and therefore, providing the best opportunity for skill development to occur.

Benefit 2: Better Spacing
Even with the smaller bodies of young players, 5 on 5 games are crowded.  Youth basketball is not the right environment for players to practice dribbling through double teams or passing through multiple types of coverage - their skill package is underdeveloped to be successful in those areas.

Mini-Basket opens the court up and provides players with more room to operate.  Youth can play in open space, allowing them the opportunity better practice and load their skills without multiple defenders crowding the ball. This spacing also allows for players to practice individual and team decision-making skills (advantages, when to shoot/pass/drive).

Benefit 3: Focus on Basketball Skills & Actions
Mini-Basket emphasizes individual skills as well as 1, 2 and 3 player actions that are the foundation for successful 5 on 5 play.  The focus is on concept development as opposed to being system and set oriented.

Defense for Mini-Basket is player-to-player, creating opportunities at the offensive end for freedom, decision-making and creativity to develop.

Benefit 4: More Directed Competition
Games in Mini-Basket competitions are shorter in duration but more frequent, allowing players to face multiple opponents in one competition day.  The number of players is reduced, allowing for maximal competition experience and playing time during this developmental stage.  Players can play in classifications (A, AA and AAA) based on their development and skill level to challenge the elite players, while keeping new and late developing players involved.

Playing Mini-Basket

Mini-Basket 3v3
Youth play 3 versus 3 with a size 3 ball and an 8-foot hoop.  The court is half court with no 3-point shot awarded.  Games are 10 minutes long with 4 players per team.  Multiple games against different opponents are played over the course of the competition.

Mini-Basket 4v4
Youth at this level play 4 versus 4 with a regulation size 5 ball and 9-foot hoop.  The court is crosscourt with a regulation 3-point line. Games are 12 minutes long with 6 players per team.  Multiple games against different opponents are played over the course of the competition.


At young ages, children are competing too often with over-zealous parents and coaches wanting to win, robbing them of the opportunity to have fun and develop skills that will enable them to be successful.  Steve Norris PhD

Please download the Mini-Basket informative poster

Mini-Basket Resource & Files

For clubs, school & other programs that are interested in adapting the Mini-Basket competition model, please make use of the below Mini-Basket resources.

If your school/program/club is running Mini-Basket, let us know! To have your organization listed on our website, email with information required below.

Organization Name



Age Range

# of Athletes

Orangeville Hawks





Kennetcook Area Minor Basketball Association





Winnipeg Minor Basketball Association





Devon Spring Basketball





Next Level Basketball





Clarington Basketball





Basketball Sherbooke