Coaching Application and Information

Cochrane Minor Basketball Association (CoMBA) has a strong, supportive, basketball community and a wealth of knowledge in its membership.  We benefit from this knowledge through the volunteer efforts of our coaches, many of whom are parents.  Given the nature of Saturday games, at any time or venue, throughout Calgary, it is difficult to expect parents to coach teams other than that of their own children.  However, it is not requisite that you have a child in the program to coach with us. If you are a community member who is interested in coaching with our association please email with your contact information, and a brief outline of your background, qualifications, and areas of interest (ie girls U15, boys U11).

Cochrane Minor Basketball and Calgary Minor Basketball require that their coaches have training.  In order to coach in Calgary Minor Basketball's league, coaches must have attended Calgary Minor Basketball's coaching clinics (3 hour theory and 3 hour on court)  Please refer to the following link for details.  (link will be updated once Calgary site updated). Clinic spots fill up fast, therefore, you should register as soon as possible.  Coaching clinics for the 2019 2020 season are at no cost to our coaches/associations.  This will be reviewed by CoMBA on a yearly basis.  

Please follow this link to register for clinics.  to be updated once Calgary Minor has posted link

To coach at Basketball Alberta Youth Provincials, Basketball Alberta requires the head coach to have a minimum of NCCP's Fundamentals for mini, and Learn to Train,  for U13 and U15 levels.  See the Basketball Alberta website for details and sessions for these clinics.  Cochrane Minor Basketball will reimburse coaches, active in the association, for NCCP coaching clinics specific to Basketball, to a maximum of $150.

If you are interested in coaching, please indicate so on your registration form.  Due to possible scheduling conflicts, we ask that if you have more than one child playing, you indicate your preference for coaching.  We strongly discourage coaching more than one team, in the interest of the teams and coaches.  If you have coaching experience and strong basketball knowledge and would like to mentor  and assist on your other child's team, that would be appreciated.

Once you have indicated your preference, please email and provide a brief outline of your background and interest.  What level basketball have you played?  Coached?  Have you coached any other sports?  Are you interested in being Head Coach only, or will you share the lead with another?  

Coaches are not confirmed until after teams are sorted in order to present the most objective evaluation possible.

In the event that more than one person has indicated an interest in coaching a particular team, all interested parties will be approached to establish if

  • if two interested parties have both indicated they wish to head coach we would see if we can compromise a division of duties, such as co coaching, or one taking the assistant role
  • any of the parties would be willing to coach, for example, his/her other child's team  
  • if, knowing that the team is adequately covered, wish to assist with practices or withdraw their application.

Should more than one party wish to head coach, and all parties wish to 'compete' for the position, the board will meet to assess the applicants' qualifications, coaching certification, experience, and history with the board/association.  The board will then select a 'head' coach based on these factors.  

Potential coaches are permitted to observe, but NOT participate in evaluations, and will be granted an short audience with the evaluators where they may offer insight if they have coached players on previous teams.  For example, should a parent of a 'bubble' player, wish to coach his/her child on the B team, that request can be made to the board.  However, a player that is in the top half of the evaluated players, will not be allowed to play down, so his/her parent can coach.  CoMBA endeavours to have A players play with A, and B players play with B, for the maximum growth and development of the players and teams.  Another example may be a home situation that makes it difficult for a player to attend games/practices.  Sometimes we have players from other sports, who are quite committed to, and accomplished in those sports, who do not therefore attend practices or games regularly.  This input can be very useful for the 'bubble' players, and help the evaluators 'fill out' on the short snap shot the evaluation offers.  These 'intangibles' will be taken into consideration by the evaluation team, however, the placement of the players will not be disclosed, and the coaches will not be present during the finalization of the teams by the evaluators. 

Although coaching experience is definitely an asset to any basketball coach, it is not a requisite.   Working together, with CoMBA clinics, and mentoring from fellow coaches, we endeavor to put a capable coach on each bench.  If you want to coach, "eventually," get going now!  U11 is the best time to learn with them and then you will have the experience and development to coach effectively at U18!

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