FUNdamentals Coach

The FUNdamentals workshop combines specific speed skating skills and general coaching concepts in a 25 hour course broken down into eight modules. After completing the FUNdamentals, the coach will be prepared to take inexperienced athletes and provide them with safe and educational training sessions teaching them basic speed skating skills. This course is generally delivered over two weekends. The modules presented include:


Learn about the NCCP, coaching certification in Canada, and where you fit in. Learn about the sport of speed skating including its history, disciplines and current Canadian stars. Work with the Fair Play philosophy and discuss the various roles of the coach. Understand why athletes are involved in sport, and howyou can influence that motivation.

Making Ethical Decisions

Analyze a situation that has moral implications. Determine whether the situation has legal or ethical implications. Identify the ethical issues in the situation. Apply the NCCP ethical decision-making framework to respond to an ethical situation adapted to the coaching context, and produce a response that is consistent with the NCCP Code of Ethics.

Speed Skating Technique I

Develop your own speed skating by learning the basics of speed skating on ice, including straightaway skating, skating the corners and starts. Refine your own technique while learning the proper technique for your skaters. Understand the basic biomechanics behind speed skating.

Managing a Practice I

Organize activities within a practice plan that is well structured, is adapted to athletes’ age, and reflects safety considerations. Distribute activities appropriately in the various parts of the practice. Identify potential risk factors for the sport and the activities. Design an Emergency Action Plan (EAP). Identify suitable practice goals. Design activities that have appropriate characteristics for the sport, the age group, and athletes’ proficiency level. Design activities to obtain certain training effects on the athletic abilities required in the sport. Work with the prepared FUNdamentals practice plans so that you can apply them in your own coaching situation with confidence. Get introduced to the idea of sport program orientations and periodization. Become aware of proper hydration, and sound warm-up and cool-down practices. 

Analyze Performance I

Learn how to correctly identify major technical flaws in your skaters’ technique. Observe skaters practicing in order to practice your observational skills. Examine video clips with clear examples of major technical problems. Become familiar with this material in Workshop A, and refine it in Workshop B.

Teaching and Learning I

Assess your own beliefs regarding effective teaching. Analyze certain coaching situations to determine whether they promote learning. Create conditions that promote learning and self-esteem through (1) appropriate consideration of the affective, cognitive, and motor dimensions of learning; (2) the use of words and methods that relate to the athlete’s preferred learning style; (3) a sound organization; (4) active supervision; (5) and the provision of feedback that is well formulated and offered at the right time and with the right frequency. Use teaching assessment grids to gather objective information on teaching effectiveness. Interpret this data to develop an action plan to enhance teaching effectiveness.


Speed Skating Equipment I

Become familiar with all of the common speed skating equipment, and the variations between short track and long track equipment. Learn how to sharpen blades. Become familiar with this material in Workshop A, and refine your knowledge in Workshop B.



Peer Teaching

The purpose of this activity is to give coaches an opportunity to put into practice the skills they have learned from the Teaching and Learning I module along with the knowledge they have gained from theSpeed Skating Technique I module. In essence, the coaches will demonstrate their teaching skills while using effective drills and activities to impart speed skating skills to their athletes.


Following the first weekend coaches will receive the status of In-Training, and upon successful completion of all modules coaches will receive the status of Trained for the FUNdamentals context. In order to receive full certification, coaches are required to complete an evaluation which includes the submission of a portfolio and an on-ice evaluation. Upon a successful evaluation coaches will be certified as a FUNdamentals speed skating coach by Speed Skating Canada and recognized as a Certified in the Instruction stream in the Beginner context by the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC).