BOWEN ISLAND FC COACHES / MANAGERS
BIFC recognizes the idea of coaching soccer can be an intimidating prospect for many people/parents. This section is designed to help you understand the position a bit better and to provide some much-needed resources to help you as you embark on your soccer journey. For some of you this may be information you already know but for others just getting started this can be a good place to start. BIFC is always looking for coaches and managers at our Mini House (U5 - U8), Youth Teams (U9-U12) level.
HOW DO I GET STARTED?
You do not need to have previous coaching experience to get involved or even a background in soccer although that would be an asset. If you are interested in a role as a coach with BIFC please contact the Club TD who is also available for any questions or concerns you may have. We frequently hold zoom calls to discuss coaching matters and hold coaching clinics to assist and train our coaches. In addition we have an inventory of coaching drills for each age group which we share with our coaches.
WHAT IS REQUIRED?
We require all our coaches to submit a Criminal Record Check, have CPR A level and/or Basic First Aid, work to obtain their age-appropriate coaching certification requirements as outlined by BC Soccer and the Canadian Soccer Association. BIFC will work with all of our coaches to ensure they feel supported and appreciated. The Club will cover the expenses involved in obtaining these requirements and provide you with the guidance, support, encouragement and feedback you require to be successful and most importantly to enjoy the experience.
MAKING ETHICAL DECISIONS:
Making Ethical Decisions (MED) online evaluation pass (75%+) is necessary for “certified” status in the NCCP database. Coaches can choose to take the evaluation directly (without the training) but only have two tries at the test before having to complete the training. Making Ethical Decisions multi-sport training module is offered through the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) and is available in person or through home study options Making Ethical Decisions (MED).
BIFC will provide support to our coaches and their certification process. It can be confusing for some to navigate so we are providing some details in this section to help you with this is process. This chart provides you with a brief outline of the different levels required at the youth level on the recreational side. The Club TD will be in contact with you directly in regard to assisting you with the certification process.
The Community Stream is an introduction to soccer and coaches may register for any of the 4 courses (Active Start, Fundamentals, Learn to Train and Soccer for Life). Each course focuses on a different stage of development regarding children, youth and adult levels of play and coaches are not formally evaluated at these levels. Coaches need to complete the Online Theory and Practical Field Components to receive certification credit. There is no pre-requisite to register for these courses.
The online theory component (part 1) is for coaches who want to start their certification process in the Community Stream and then finish the practical on-field component (part 2) to obtain their full certification. It is made up of various modules to help you become more knowledgeable at the age specific stages of development that you coach. Work at your own pace to complete these modules which may only take about 60-90 minutes in total to finish the entire course. To receive full certification credit, all coaches are required to successfully complete the online theory component (part 1) as a pre-requisite first before being able to register for the practical on-field component (part 2). Once both parts have been completed, you will receive certification credit for the respective level. If you are or will be coaching in one or more of the following age groups and previously have not completed this course requirement, then the online theory is for you as your first step. Please log in to your www.coachcentre.ca account to register or create an account.
HOW DO I GET STARTED?
For managers, our Club Coordinator is available to support you. We have created a Coaches and Managers Handbook which is a great resource and summary of the roles and responsibilities of the Club. To help you understand the role and responsibilities we have created a Manager - Role document.
CRIMINAL RECORD CHECK
All BIFC coaches and managers, staff and Board members are required to provide a current CRC (they are valid for 5 years). Click here to request a CRC and use access code: E3DSSWHA2W.