5252- Coaches

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Job Description: 

Coaches prepare and train individual athletes or teams for competitive events. They are employed by national and provincial sports organizations, professional and amateur sports teams, sports clubs and universities or they may be self-employed. This unit group also includes sports scouts who identify and recruit athletes for professional sports teams. They are employed by professional sports organizations.

Main Duties: 

Coaches and sports scouts perform some or all of the following duties:

Identify strengths and weaknesses of athletes or teams
Plan, develop and implement training and practice sessions
Nurture and develop athletes' potential skills and abilities
Develop, plan and co-ordinate competitive schedules and programs
Motivate and prepare athletes or teams for competitive events or games
Formulate competitive strategies, develop game plans and direct athletes and players during games or athletic events
Analyse and evaluate athletes' or teams' performances and modify training programs.
Sports scouts
Identify and recruit developing athletes for professional sports teams
Observe and evaluate prospective athletes' skills and performance, and review their past records
File reports on scouting assessments and recommendations with professional team employers.

Employment Requirements: 

Completion of the National Coaching Certificate program is usually required for individual and team sports coaches in all sports.
National Coaching Certificate Level 3 is usually required for provincial coaches.
National Coaching Certificate Level 4 is usually required for coaches of national team athletes.
A degree in physical education may be required.
Experience in and technical knowledge of the sport is required.
Sports scouts
Experience in and technical knowledge of the sport is required.

Classified Elsewhere: 

Athletes (5251)
Athletic therapists (in 3144 Other professional occupations in therapy and assessment)
Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitness (5254)
Sports officials and referees (5253)

International Careers(ISCO): 
Source Of Info: 

National Occupation Classification, (2011)

Statistics Canada and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada,

February 2012,

Catalogue no. 12-583-X