NSGA Regional Development Centers

New for 2021, the Nova Scotia Golf Association will be launching their Regional Golf Development Centre program (NSGA RDC) – pilot program. The overall goal of this program will help to set a new standard for golf programming and coaching in Nova Scotia.  

This program will bring together the NSGA and member clubs to close the gaps in golf development at the provincial and community level. The NSGA RDC pilot-program will focus on junior program development, coach training, policy development and recognizing funding opportunities for member clubs.

Each NSGA RDC will be given access to the Sport for Life Playbuilder App, a golf activity database with has Long-Term Player Development (LTPD) compliant programming, to use as a guide. The NSGA will also bring educational workshops to the RDC’s to provide training for members in the surrounding areas. In addition to being recognized as a best-in-class golf development facility in Nova Scotia, the NSGA will increase marketing efforts to support programming at the selected RDC facilities.

2021 NSGA Regional Development Centers

River Hills golf & country club
NSGA PlayBuilder App

The NSGA has partnered with the Sport for Life PLAYBuilder to give selected Regional Development Centers a simple solution for creating and sharing lesson plans that support physical literacy development through golf. The PLAYBuilder App provides coaches access to an extensive database of developmentally appropriate activities, and lessons for junior golfers of all ages.

At the end of the day, this app will allow coaches to spend less time on administrative tasks, and spend more time coaching.

Each NSGA Regional Development Center will receive a unique login to access this database to use as a resource throughout the year.

Responsible Coaching Movement

The Responsible Coaching Movement (RCM) is a call to action for sport organizations, parents, and coaches to enact responsible coaching across Canada – on and off the field.

The RCM is a multi-phase movement that affects all sport organizations and coaches across Canada. It stems from extensive and ongoing consultation with the sport community in Canada that showed us some of the systemic issues in sport, the role various parties play, and strategies for addressing these issues.

The Coaching Association of Canada and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport support the Canadian sporting community in improving practices that ensure the health, safety and well-being of all participants.

  • Rule of Two

    The goal of the Rule of Two is to ensure all interactions and communications are open, observable, and justifiable. Its purpose is to protect participants (especially minors) and coaches in potentially vulnerable situations by ensuring more than one adult is present. There may be exceptions in emergency situations.

    Good practices to implement the Rule of Two

    • Ensure a coach is never alone and out of sight with a participant without another screened coach or screened adult (parent or volunteer) present.
    • Allow the training environment to be open to observation.
    • Ensure a participant rides in a coach’s vehicle with another adult present.
    • Consider the gender of the participant(s) when selecting the screened coaches and volunteers present.
    • Eliminate one-to-one electronic messaging. Ensure that all communications are sent to the group and/or include parents.
    Applying the Rule of Two in a Virtual Setting
    • The Rule of Two should continue to apply to all minor athletes in the virtual environment during the COVID-19 pandemic (additionally, for those athletes under age 16, a parent or guardian should be present during the session where possible)
  • Background Screening

    Background screening ensures that coaches meet the important requirements to coach athletes. Screening tools include comprehensive job postings, criminal record checks, interviews, and reference checks. Coaches can complete their criminal record check screening with their local police department or by visiting Sterling Talent Solutions.

    Note: If you opt to do your criminal record check screening with Sterling Talent Solutions, you will have to take your Vulnerable Sector Screening through your local police department.

  • Ethics Training

    Ethics training prepares coaches to effectively handle situations that arise from ethical dilemmas or even legal challenges that concern individuals, teams, and their sports organizations.

    Ethics training includes the NCCP Make Ethical Decisions (MED) module within the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP), as well as training in abuse and harassment prevention, such as Respect in Sport, which coaches can take before and during their coaching career.

    Successfully completing the NCCP Make Ethical Decisions (MED) training equips coaches to handle ethical situations with confidence and surety. NCCP Make Ethical Decisions training helps coaches identify the legal, ethical, and moral implications of difficult situations that present themselves in the world of team and individual sport.

    Respect in Sport training empowers coaches and parents to recognize and prevent bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination (BAHD).

    There are two ways to complete ethics training:

    1. In-class workshop (virtual for COVID): To participate in an in-class NCCP Make Ethical Decisions module, please contact your local Provincial/Territorial Coaching Representative.
    2. Home study: Some provinces and territories offer the NCCP Make Ethical Decisions module through home study. Please contact your local Provincial/Territorial Coaching Representative for more information.

    Respect in Sport, and Commit to Kids training is also delivered through interactive, online home-study.