SHSM Policy and Implementation Guide – Sports
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SHSM Policy and Implementation Guide – Sports

The SHSM–Sports enables students to build a foundation of sector-focused knowledge and skills before graduating and entering apprenticeship training, college, university, or an entry-level position in the workplace. Where local circumstances allow, boards may elect to offer one or more variants of the SHSM in a given sector, each with a particular area of focus. This SHSM may be designed to have a particular focus – for example, on competitive and recreational sports, sports management, or sports media and broadcasting. This focus is achieved through the selection of the four major credits in the bundle.

TOOLS AND RESOURCES

For local labour market opportunities in the sector, see your local SHSM contact at the board office.

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INSIGHT

The requirements of this SHSM are unique and are geared to the sports sector. However, the design of all SHSM programs follows a consistent model, described in Section A: Policy.

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Required Components for the SHSM–Sports

The SHSM–Sports has the following five required components:

1. A bundle of nine Grade 11 and Grade 12 credits

These credits make up the bundle:

  • four sports major credits that provide sector-specific knowledge and skills. The four courses must include at least one Grade 11 and one Grade 12 credit, and may include one cooperative education credit related to the sector.
    (This cooperative education credit would be additional to the two that are required in the bundle; see below);
  • three other required credits from the Ontario curriculum, in each of which some expectations must be met through a contextualized learning activity (CLA) for the sports sector. The three credits include:
    • one in English;1
    • one in mathematics; and
    • one in science or business studies or social sciences and humanities (or a cooperative education credit related to the sector, which would be additional to the two cooperative education credits required in the bundle; see below);
  • two cooperative education credits that provide authentic learning experiences in a workplace setting, enabling students to refine, extend, apply, and practise sector-specific knowledge and skills.

1. Note that a compulsory English credit is required in Grade 11 and in Grade 12 for graduation with an OSSD. Schools may determine whether the CLA, required for the SHSM bundle of credits, is completed in the Grade 11 or Grade 12 English course.

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See Section A1.2 for more on SHSM credits.



Credits
Apprenticeship Training
Grades 11–12

College
Grades 11–12

University
Grades 11–12

Workplace
Grades 11–12
Major Credits
One credit may be substituted with a cooperative education credit (additional to the 2 required co-op credits)
4
Including at least
one Gr. 11 and
one Gr. 12 credit
4
Including at least
one Gr. 11 and
one Gr. 12 credit
4
Including at least
one Gr. 11 and
one Gr. 12 credit
4
Including at least
one Gr. 11 and
one Gr. 12 credit
English including a CLA 1 1 1 1
Mathematics including a CLA 1 1 1 1
Business Studies or Science or
Social Sciences and Humanities

including a CLA
May be sustituted with 1 cooperative education credit (additional to the 2 required co-op credits)
1 1 1 1
Cooperative Education 2 2 2 2
Total number of credits 9 9 9 9

Note: Communications technology courses from the Ontario technological education curriculum may be taken as major credits for some Sports SHSMs (e.g., those focused on media and broadcasting). In the technological education curriculum, multiple credits allow additional instructional time for the practice and refinement of skills needed to develop student performance to the levels required for certification, entry into apprenticeship programs, or participation in school–work transition programs (see The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 11 and 12: Technological Education, 2009, page 17).

2. Sector-recognized certifications and/or training courses/programs

This SHSM sector requires students to complete a specified number of compulsory and elective sector-recognized certifications and/or training courses/programs, as indicated in the following table. NOTE: Where an item in the table is capitalized, it is the proper name of the specific certification or training course/program that is appropriate for the SHSM. Where an item is lowercased, it is the name of an area, type, or category of training for which specific certifications or training courses/programs should be selected by the school or board. The requirements are summarized in the table below.

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See Section A1.3 for more on SHSM certifications and training.

Three (3) compulsory
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Level C – includes automated external defibrillation (AED) Standard First Aid Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) – generic (i.e., not site-specific) instruction
Three (3) electives from the list below
advanced training in a technique (e.g., fundamental skills in sport, fundamental movement skills, paddling technique, Spinning) coaching – performance coaching – theory communication skills
compass/map/global positioning system (GPS) concussion awareness conflict resolution customer service
equity and inclusion ergonomics ethical considerations event coordination
geographic information system (GIS) group dynamics health and safety – basic HIGH FIVE
incident management Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship (ICE) instructor certification leadership skills
life-saving (Bronze Cross or higher) marine safety/marine first aid officiating personal training
Pleasure Craft Operator portfolio development project management risk management
sector-specific software 1 sport nutrition sport program design sports team trainer certification
wilderness first aid wilderness survival working with individuals with disabilities wrapping and taping for performance and injury

3. Experiential learning and career exploration activities

Experiential learning and career exploration opportunities relevant to the sector might include the following:

  • one-on-one observation of a cooperative education student at a placement in the sports sector (an example of job twinning)
  • a day-long observation of an employee in the sports sector (an example of job shadowing)
  • a one- or two-week work experience with a member of an industry association or a professional in the sector (an example of work experience)
  • a volunteer experience at a community sports facility or at a professional sports team event
  • an experience coaching an elementary school student or team in an extracurricular activity
  • participation in an exercise class at a fitness facility
  • a tour of an athletic facility
  • attendance at a sports sector career fair
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See Section A1.4 for more on experiential learning and career exploration activities.

POLICY

Note that volunteer activities in an SHSM cannot be counted towards the hours of community involvement required to earn the OSSD.

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4. Reach ahead experiences

Students are provided one or more reach ahead experiences – opportunities to take the next steps along their chosen pathway – as shown in the following examples:

  • Apprenticeship: visiting an approved apprenticeship delivery agent in the sector
  • College: interviewing a college student enrolled in a sector-specific program
  • University: observing a university class in a sector-related program
  • Workplace: interviewing an employee in the sector
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See Section A1.5 for more on reach ahead experiences.

5. Essential Skills and work habits and the Ontario Skills Passport (OSP)

Students will develop Essential Skills and work habits required in the sector and document them using the OSP, a component of the SHSM.

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See Section A1.6 for more on Essential Skills and work habits.

Pathways for the SHSM–Sports

See the table illustrating the four pathways and required credits leading to completion of this SHSM.

TOOLS AND RESOURCES

Visit the ministry's SHSM website for related resources.

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Awareness building (Grades 7 and 8)

See Section B3.4 for information on building awareness of SHSM programs among students in Grades 7 and 8.

Exploration (Grades 9 and 10)

See Section B3.4 for information on providing Grade 9 and 10 students with opportunities for exploration of SHSM programs. In addition, students considering this SHSM can be encouraged to enrol in the following courses to become better informed about careers and postsecondary options in the sector:

  • Healthy Active Living Education: These Grade 9 and 10 courses are recommended for all students who are considering enrolling in an SHSM–Sports program. The courses emphasize regular participation in a variety of physical activities that promote lifelong healthy active living.
  • Information and Communication Technology in Business: Expectations in this Grade 9 or 10 course build a foundation of digital literacy skills that are needed in the media and broadcasting and the management areas of the sector.
  • Communications Technology (TGJ20): This course is recommended for any Grade 10 student who is considering enrolling in an SHSM–Sports program with a focus on media and broadcasting. It provides students with opportunities to gain a better understanding of the communication and media skills required in this sector.
  • Career Studies (compulsory) and Discovering the Workplace: Some of the expectations in these Grade 10 courses provide opportunities for students to explore occupations and other postsecondary options in the sector and to participate in experiential learning activities.

Specialization (Grades 11 and 12)

Students acquire the sector-specific knowledge and technical skills required to earn their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with an SHSM–Sports by completing its five required components. Students and their parents/guardians are encouraged to consult with guidance counsellors and teachers to select the courses that will enable students to pursue their goals.

Students pursuing an apprenticeship pathway should consider the Ontario Apprenticeship Program (OYAP), which enables them to start an apprenticeship while earning their OSSD. Students pursuing a university pathway are advised to complete their required cooperative education credits in Grade 11, in order to allow room in their timetables in Grade 12 for credits needed to meet university entrance requirements.

When helping students plan their SHSMs, particularly with respect to the selection of courses to fulfil the requirement for credits in the major, teachers should bear in mind that technological education courses can be offered as single-credit or multiple-credit courses.

Program Pathways: SHSM–Sports

This template shows program requirements for the SHSM–Sports in Grades 11 and 12, along with some of the additional credits needed for an OSSD. It is provided to help guide students in choosing the credits they need to meet the SHSM requirements in the pathway of their choice. Students should always review their pathways plan with their parents/guardians and their teachers to ensure that they have all the credits they need to graduate with an SHSM–Sports.

  • Shaded boxes represent required credits in the bundle for the SHSM-Sports.
  • (C) represents a compulsory credit for the OSSD.
  • The SHSM bundle of credits must include two cooperative education credits, but may include a maximum of four. The possible options are noted below, and explained fully in Section A1.2 of this guide.
Apprenticeship Training Pathway
Specialization
Grades 11–12
College Pathway
Specialization
Grades 11–12
University Pathway
Specialization
Grades 11–12
Workplace Pathway
Specialization
Grades 11–12
1 English credit (C)*
(in either Gr. 11 or Gr. 12)
1 English credit (C)*
(in either Gr. 11 or Gr. 12)
1 English credit (C)*
(in either Gr. 11 or Gr. 12)
1 English credit (C)*
(in either Gr. 11 or Gr. 12)
1 math credit (C)*
(in either Gr. 11 or Gr. 12)
1 math credit (C)*
(in either Gr. 11 or Gr. 12)
1 math credit (C)*
(in either Gr. 11 or Gr. 12)
1 math credit (C)*
(in either Gr. 11 or Gr. 12)
1 business studies* or science credit* or
social sciences and humanities credit*
(in either Gr. 11 or Gr. 12)
A cooperative education credit related to the sector may be substituted.
1 business studies* or science credit* or
social sciences and humanities credit*
(in either Gr. 11 or Gr. 12)
A cooperative education credit related to the sector may be substituted.
1 business studies* or science credit* or
social sciences and humanities credit*
(in either Gr. 11 or Gr. 12)
A cooperative education credit related to the sector may be substituted.
1 business studies* or science credit* or
social sciences and humanities credit*
(in either Gr. 11 or Gr. 12)
A cooperative education credit related to the sector may be substituted.
4 sports major credits (including a Gr. 11 and a Gr. 12 credit)
A cooperative education credit related to the sector may be substituted for one of these four credits.
4 sports major credits (including a Gr. 11 and a Gr. 12 credit)
A cooperative education credit related to the sector may be substituted for one of these four credits.
4 sports major credits (including a Gr. 11 and a Gr. 12 credit)
A cooperative education credit related to the sector may be substituted for one of these four credits.
4 sports major credits (including a Gr. 11 and a Gr. 12 credit)
A cooperative education credit related to the sector may be substituted for one of these four credits.
2 cooperative education credits related to the sector (in either Gr. 11 or Gr. 12)**
May be used as (C) credits
2 cooperative education credits related to the sector (in either Gr. 11 or Gr. 12)**
May be used as (C) credits
2 cooperative education credits related to the sector (in either Gr. 11 or Gr. 12)**
May be used as (C) credits
2 cooperative education credits related to the sector (in either Gr. 11 or Gr. 12)**
May be used as (C) credits
2 optional or compulsory credits (Gr. 11) 2 optional or compulsory credits (Gr. 11) 2 optional or compulsory credits (Gr. 11) 2 optional or compulsory credits (Gr. 11)
2 optional or compulsory credits (Gr. 12) 2 optional or compulsory credits (Gr. 12) 2 optional or compulsory credits (Gr. 12) 2 optional or compulsory credits (Gr. 12)

* A contextualized learning activity (CLA) must be included in the course. (Note that students must take Grade 11 and Grade 12 English to graduate with an OSSD, but schools may choose to offer the CLA in either grade.)

** May be taken the summer before Grade 11

Note: To guide students and teachers in the development of their SHSM program, schools can access the latest approved SHSM course list for each sector through their SHSM board lead.

Occupations in the Sports Sector

The following table provides examples of occupations in the sports sector, with corresponding National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes, sorted according to the type of postsecondary education or training the occupations would normally require.

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See Section A1.6 for more on occupations and NOC codes.

Apprenticeship Training College
  • Special Events Coordinator 1226
  • Arena Manager 0721
  • Broadcasting Sports Director 5131
  • Broadcast Technician 5224
  • Film or Video Camera Operator 5222
  • Recreation Facility Manager 0721
  • Recreation, Sports and Fitness Program and Service Director 0513
  • Sports Agent 5124
  • Sports Announcers and Broadcasters 5231
  • Sports Photographer/Videographer 9474
  • Sports Photojournalist 5221
  • Technical and Coordinating Occupations in Sports Broadcasting 5226
University Workplace
  • Athletic Therapist 3144
  • Health and Physical Education Teacher 4141
  • Kinesiologist 4167
  • Nutritionist 3132
  • Recreation/Sport Consultant 4167
  • Sports Author or Writer 5121
  • Sports Journalist/Columnist 5123
  • Sports Media Producer 5131
  • Sports Psychologist 4151
  • Sports Public Relations and Communications 5124
  • Athlete 5251
  • Coach 5252
  • Fitness/Sports Instructor 5254
  • Lifeguard 5254
  • Operators and Attendants in Recreation and Sport 6671
  • Outdoor Sport and Recreational Guide 6442
  • Personal Trainer 5254
  • Recreation/Sport Program Instructor 5254
  • Sports Equipment Assembler and Inspector 9498
  • Sports Officials and Referees 5253
  • Sports Retailer 0621

Note: This information is based on the 2006 NOC. An update to the NOC in 2011 resulted in changes to the codes and titles for many occupations, and in some cases to the occupations included in the group. For more detail, refer to the NOC website. Ontario Job Futures uses information based on the 2006 NOC. (Note also that some of the names of occupations listed here reflect common usage in the sector and may differ slightly from those used in the NOC system.)

Postsecondary Programs and Training in the Sports Sector

The following are examples of programs and training related to careers in the sports sector and the accreditations associated with each.

Apprenticeship Training
Special Event Coordinator Certificate of apprenticeship/certificate of qualification

 

College
Advanced Television and Film Advanced diploma
Applied Photography Diploma
Broadcast Journalism – Television News Diploma
Broadcasting – Radio Diploma
Broadcasting – Television and Communications Media Diploma
Communication, Culture, and Information Technology Bachelor's Degree
Fitness and Health Promotion Diploma
Golf Management Diploma
Physical Fitness Management Diploma
Public Relations Diploma
Recreation and Leisure Services Diploma
Recreation Facility Management Diploma
Recreation Therapy Diploma
Sport and Event Marketing Advanced Diploma
Sport Conditioning Diploma
Sport Management Diploma
Sporting Goods Business Diploma
Sports Administration Diploma
Sports Business Management Advanced Diploma
Sports Journalism Advanced Diploma
Therapeutic Recreation Advanced Diploma

 

University
Applied Human Nutrition Bachelor's degree
Athletic Therapy Bachelor's degree
Biology Bachelor's degree
Biomedical Engineering Bachelor's degree
Biomedical Science Bachelor's degree
Chemistry Bachelor's degree
Communication Studies Bachelor's degree
Health Promotion Bachelor's degree
Human Kinetics Bachelor's degree
Image Arts – Photography Bachelor's degree
Journalism – New Media, Broadcast, Print Bachelor's degree
Journalism – Print and Broadcast Bachelor's degree
Kinesiology Bachelor's degree
Radio and Television Bachelor's degree
Recreation and Leisure Studies Bachelor's degree
Sport Psychology Bachelor's degree
Sports Administration Bachelor's degree

 

Training for the Workplace
Coach Certificate
Fitness/Personal Trainer Certificate
Fitness/Sports Instructor Certificate
Lifeguard Certificate
Outdoor Adventure Skills Certificate
Personal Trainer Certificate
Recreation Therapist Assistant Certificate
Referee Certificate
Snow Resort Fundamentals Certificate
Sports Official Certificate