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Competition Development

NCCP Rugby Competition Development / World Rugby Level 3

The NCCP Competition Development / World Rugby Level 3 course focuses on coaches who are competing in highly competitive levels of rugby. The course is focused on the developed levels of performance through a number of multi-sport modules and technical / tactical rugby-specific components. 

This course is by invitation only, and applications must be made directly to the Rugby Canada Coach Development Manager. All applications must be accompanied by a letter of endorsement from the coach's Provincial Union and include a full current coaching resume.

Note: A coach at this level must be coaching a team over a full season and be available for a minimum of two face-to-face evaluations over that time (one evaluation must be during a training environment and the other must be during a competition environment).

Pre-requisites for registering to this course:

  1. A coach must be NCCP Competition Introduction Certified
  2. Current certificates for World Rugby RugbyReadyWorld Rugby Laws of the Game and World Rugby Concussion Management for the General Public within the last 12 months
  3. Completion of all 11 of the following NCCP Competition Development Multi-Sport modules:
    • Advanced Practice Planning
    • Coaching and Leading Effectively
    • Developing Athletic Abilities
    • Design a Basic Sport Program
    • Leading Drug Free Sport*
    • Manage a Program
    • Managing Conflict*
    • Make Ethical Decisions (Competition Development)*
    • Performance Planning
    • Prevention and Recovery of Injury
    • Psychology of Performance

* These multi-sport modules require an online evaluation to be completed to achieve a certified status.

Your Provincial Union Coaching Administrator can provide full details on the NCCP Competition Development Modules.

Technical and Tactical In-Course Delivery

The in-course component of this course is approximately 32 hours in length and contains the following modules:

Module 1: Selection and succession planning
Module 2: Developing a team profile
Module 3: The game profile
Module 4: Patterns play (Attack & Defence)
Module 5: Developing a game plan
Module 6: Achievement strategies

  • Periodised planning
  • Game logistics planning
  • Critical incident analysis
  • Practice planning

Module 7: Sports science
Module 8: Risk management and Laws
Module 9: Game Day Management

Pre-requisites for a practical on-site Evaluation

  1. Develop and present a Team Profile and Yearly Training Plan (YTP), which should be constantly reviewed.
  2. Provide a Season Portfolio (Season Diary) for the team that is being coached. The diary provides evidence of a coach’s ability to Plan, Do & Review. Coaches should use the World Rugby Coach’s Diary (Season Portfolio) to record their coaching over the season. A NCCP Learning Facilitator/World Rugby Coach Trainer will review this at different stages of the season.
  3. Complete a Personal Coaching Profile.
  4. Assess your current team and outline a vision for the season (driven by your team strengths & weaknesses)
  5. Complete Make Ethical Decisions Online Evaluation
  6. Complete Leading Drug Free Sport Online Evaluation
  7. Complete Managing Conflict Online Evaluation

Practical on-site Evaluation(s) - Certification

The coach must be evaluated twice in their own coaching environment. One evaluation must be in a training environment, the second evaluation must be in a competition environment. Please note that a Coach Developer/World Rugby Trainer may require more than one visit.

Certification Maintenance

A NCCP Competition Introduction/World Rugby Level 3 coach must acquire 20 Professional Development points over a 5 year period.

For more information on the NCCP Competition Development / World Rugby Level 3 program please contact Paul Hunter, Manager, Community Coach Development (e-mail

Season Portfolio (Coaching Diary)

A NCCP Competition Development / World Rugby Level 3 coaches portfolio must include evidence of the following over a 12 month period:

  • Team Profile
  • Yearly Training Plan
  • Team Strengths & Weaknesses
  • Micro, Macro and Meso Planning
  • Game Profile
  • Emergency Action Plan (EAP)
  • Main Contacts
  • Personal Coach Profile
  • Personal Development Plan
  • Coaching Team Development Plan
  • Personal Coaching Philosophy
  • Staff Details
  • Player Profiles
  • Selection Criteria and Process
  • Patterns of Play
  • Game Plan
  • Season Plan
  • Competition Results and Fixtures
  • Statistical Analysis
  • Code of Conduct
  • Reflection

The season portfolio must be submitted electronically to the Master Learning Facilitator in a PDF format.

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