Coaching Requirements

All coaching staff are required to have a valid Respect in Sport Certificate within the last 5 years.

Things like bullying, discrimination and even abuse. They’re just some of the many difficulties kids may face. To help identify issues, every coach in Manitoba must take the Respect in Sport course. As of 2017, coaches and managers will be required to re-take it every five years.

Over the years the course has been updated to include topics such as cyber-bullying, hazing and gender identification.

Updated course includes:

  • Modification to reflect change to age of consent legislation
  • Increased messaging pertaining to Hazing
  • Increased messaging about Cyber Bullying, Discrimination effecting Lesbian, Gay and Transgender athletes
  • Social Media concerns
  • Widened the scope of the program to include any person of power/authority
  • Shortened completion time to 2.5 hours
  • Mobile friendly

To take your Respect in Sport Certification click on the logo below.



Coaches who certified prior to 2017 must re-certify in 2022.

  • Go to website: 
  • Select a language you would like to complete the course in
  • Log in to your account. If you cannot remember your information please use the "Recover username or Password" (bottom right by LOGIN button)
  • Note: the important date is your birthdate (for username recovery) You will be asked a security question (for password recovery)
  • Click on the words "RE-CERTIFY NOW" (In Black and White at the top of the page)
  • Re-certification confirmation button will appear and you will click on "YES-reset my certification"
  • One last time - "Final Recertification Confirmation--click on "reset Now- Reset my certification" 
  • You are at the program main page there are 7 modules. You do not have to do them all at once however please make sure you finish the first module before you exit or it will not be saved
  • Once you have completed all 7 modules you will be issued a new certification number that will need to be entered on your RAMP Coaching Profile


  • In your Respect in Sport Profile, make sure to check off the SOFTBALL box so Softball Manitoba can verify you have a valid certification. 
  • Go into your profile and answer "allow" to the line to NCCP question. This will allow your Respect in Sport to be shown on your NCCP transcript
  • Check that your email on your RIS is the same email you are using with Coaching Canada


NEW as of Fall 2021: Make Ethical Decisions update

Make Ethical Decisions (MED) is still required, but it is no longer integrated in the weekend Community Softball or Comp-Intro NCCP clinics. If you are registered for an upcoming NCCP clinic and have not taken MED yet, you can complete it prior to attending the clinic.

*Coaches are only required to take MED training once, and it is good for all contexts in all sports. 

For more info on registering for MED, please click HERE

National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP)


Requirement for all coaching staff (Head Coach, Assistant Coaches, Managers) attending an A, AA or AAA Minor Provincial Championship:

All coaching staff must complete the Respect in Sport course to be eligible to participate in any of the Softball Manitoba Minor Provincial Championships. Information to complete this 3-hour on-line course can be found at the top of this page.


Requirement for the Head Coach of a team attending an A Minor Provincial Championships:

  • Foundations of Coaching Softball: Part 1
  • Ongoing Participation Community Softball: Trained
  • Multi-Sport Module: Making Ethical Decisions + Online Evaluation

View Softball Canada's Community Softball Ongoing Participation Pathway here.


Requirement for the Head Coach & Assistant Coaches of a team attending a AAA Minor Provincial Championship:


Teams participating in a Provincial Championship leading to a Western Canadian or a Canadian Championship are required to follow Softball Canada’s Coaching Certification Requirements as follows; 

Managers and Coaches are eligible to participate in Canadian Championships under the following provisions:

  • They are signed to the current Softball Canada or Provincial/Territorial Team Registration Certificate of their team.
  • The Head Coach is Competition Introduction: Certified in the National Coaching Certification Program and is in attendance at all games and on the team’s bench. All Assistant Coaches are Competition Introduction: Trained.
  • If the Head Coach is not fully Certified and in attendance at all games and on the team’s bench, then all coaching staff will not be allowed on the field or in the coaches box at a Canadian Championship. If the Head Coach is Certified and in attendance at all games and on the team’s bench then the coaching staff (coach, assistant coaches, and manager) may go on the field. If an Assistant Coach is not Trained they will not be allowed on the field or in the coaches box.
  • A province/territory sending a team to a Canadian Championship without the Head Coach Competition - Introduction Certified will be fined $2,500. (Two Thousand Five Hundred Dollars).
  • Managers and Coaches may not participate as players unless they are so registered.

3. If, for any justifiable reason, the certified coach or manager registered with a team is unable to meet the coaching commitments necessary for the team to compete at any of the above mentioned championships, the team may replace its certified coach with another certified coach who can meet all further coaching requirements. The pick-up coaches must be properly registered no later than June 22nd (June 30th north of the 53rd parallel) and approved for the Championship they are participating at least ten (10) days prior.

4. The certified coach or manager substitute must be with the team in the dugout or on the field when it participates in a Provincial Championship. (Teams that do not meet the proper coach certification requirements by June 22nd are ineligible for an approved substitute.) Any team, which earns the right to represent the Province in WCSC/Canadian competition through a Provincial Championship, will forfeit this right if the team did not meet the above requirements.

Note: A team forfeiting its right to represent the Province in a WCSC/Canadian competition because it did not meet the above coaching requirements will be replaced as Provincial representative by the next highest team in the Provincial Championship standings, which did meet the coaching requirements. If no other team indicated intent to represent the Province at a WCSC/Canadian, the team forfeiting will face further action. ($2000 fine).

5. The certified coach must be the coach that signs the line-up card at the pre-game meeting for all games.

Competition Introduction: TRAINED Requirements:

  • Foundations of Coaching Softball: Part 1
  • Foundations of Coaching Softball: Part 2
  • Softball Competition Introduction Clinics (Weekend #1 & Weekend #2)
  • Multi-Sport Module: Making Ethical Decisions + Online Evaluation

Competition Introduction: CERTIFIED Requirements: 

  • Foundations of Coaching Softball: Part 1
  • Foundations of Coaching Softball: Part 2
  • Softball Competition Introduction Clinics (Weekend #1 & Weekend #2)
  • Multi-Sport Module: Making Ethical Decisions + Online Evaluation
  • Coach Portfolio Submitted 
  • On-Field Evaluation


View Softball Canada's Competition Introduction Pathway here.


CLICK HERE to view all the NCCP pathways 

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