Softball Saskatchewan is happy to present the new coaching pathways format which should make getting your coaching requirements easier for the 2023 season.
For instructions on how to access the Foundations of Coaching Softball (FOCS) and Making Ethical Decisions (MED) certification information, please read below. For info on Respect in Sport (RiS) please see the RiS portion of our website.
If you cannot find your coaching category below, you only need your Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders and do not need a "pathway."
|Community Coach Pathway||Competition Introduction Pathway|
|U11 'Open' Girls - Head Coaches||U13 'Open' Boys - Western Head Coaches|
|U11 'Open' Boys - Head Coaches||U15 'AA' - Head Coaches|
|U13 Girls - Head Coaches||U15 'AA' - Assistant Coaches|
|U13 'Open' Boys - Head Coaches NOT going to Westerns||U15 'AW' - Head Coaches|
|U15 'B' Girls - Head Coaches||U15 'Open' Boys - Canadian & Western Head Coaches|
|U17 'B' Girls - Head Coaches||U15 'Open' Boys - Canadian Assistant Coaches|
|U19 'B' Girls - Head Coaches||U17 'AA' - Head Coaches|
|Women's 'Open' - Western Head Coaches||U17 'AA' - Assistant Coaches|
|Men's 'Open' - Western Head Coaches||U17 'AW' - Head Coaches|
|Master Men's - Head Coaches||U19 'AA' - Head Coaches|
|U19 'AA' - Canadian Assistant Coaches|
|U19 'AW' - Head Coaches|
|U20 'Open' Men's - Canadian & Western Head Coaches|
|U23 Women's 'A' - Head coaches|
|Women's 'A' - Head Coaches|
|U23 Men's 'A' - Head Coaches|
FOCS online modules are a prerequisite for many coaches before they continue on to taking their Making Ethical Decisions (MED). FOCS has 2 parts. The following table will show you what part(s) each coach needs to take.
|PART 1||PART 1 & 2|
|Female Categories||Female Categories|
|U13 - Head Coaches||U15 AA - Head & Assistant Coaches|
|U15 B - Head Coaches||U15 AW - Head Coaches|
|U17 B - Head Coaches||U17 AA - Head & Assistant Coaches|
|Male Categories||U17 AW - Head Coaches|
|U13 - Head Coaches||U19 AA - Head & Canadian Assistant Coaches|
|Adult Categories||U19 AW - Head & Canadian Assistant Coaches|
|Women's Open - Western Head Coaches||Male Categories|
|Men's Open - Western Head Coaches||U13 Open - Western Head Coaches|
|Master Men's - Head Coaches||U15 Open - Canadian & Western Head Coaches|
|U15 Open - Canadian Assistant Coaches|
|U17 Open - Canadian & Western Head Coaches|
|U17 Open - Canadian Assistant Coaches|
|U20 Open - Canadian & Western Head Coaches|
|U23 A Women's - Head Coaches|
|Women's A - Head Coaches|
|U23 A Men's - Head Coaches|
|Men's A - Head Coaches|
Coaches need to take their MED after their FOCS. In order to obtain your MED Online Evaluation you have 2 options:
Option #1: Take the online module prior to the exam for a fee of $50 and have an unlimited number of chances to pass the evaluation at no extra cost. Go to CAS (Coaches Association of Saskatchewan) to find this: https://saskcoach.ca/nccp-training/upcoming-courses/. If they do not have any courses available please email them directly off of that page under "Contact Us." Please do not email us as this is not our course and we will not be able to help you.
Option #2: Try to do the evaluation without the online module for a fee of $85 and with 2 chances to pass. If you do not pass, then you will be locked out of the exam until you complete the online module for a fee of $50. In order to access the MED Online Evaluation you must go to www.coach.ca
Click on the Module title for more information and the opportunity to acquire PD points.
Did you know that you can receive 1 PD point for coach each year? Make sure you self-report you active coaching in your locker!
To Self-Report your Active Coaching (1 point/year of active coaching) or Coach Self-directed (self-directed learning to a maximum of 3 points per maintenance cycle):
Softball Competition-Development focuses on coaches working with athletes in the Train to Train and Train to Compete stages of Softball Canada’s LTPD model. Certification in this context is required for Canada Summer Games and to be eligible as a National Team Coach. This training involves both softball specific content over 2 weekend clinics, as well as 6 multi-sport modules offered through your Provincial/Territorial Coaching Association. Once coaches have completed both Weekends they will have Competition-Development In-Training status, and will move to Trained status once the 6 multi-sport modules have been completed. To become Competition-Development Certified, coaches will also need to fully complete the evaluation process.
Please note, this is not the Certification required for coaching at Canadian Championships. Coaches attending these Competition-Development clinics should already be Trained and/or Certified in Competition-Introduction.
To register for the Competition-Development Clinics Weekend 1 and 2 please see the link below. Each weekend will run Friday evening, and all day Saturday and Sunday. Specific details, schedule, and location will be sent out to registered participants prior to the clinic.