Coaches

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From Coaches to Assistant Coaches, Managers, Trainers and the young brothers and sisters who periodically assist with practices, every member of the team’s Coaching Staff is valuable in the development of minor hockey players.

The following information is intended to add value for new Coaches primarily, but the links, articles, and tips we’ve found along the way will benefit Coaches from all backgrounds.

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A. Beginner Level Tips for Minor/Youth Hockey Coaches

Getting Involved…

One of the most important aspects about minor hockey is the way it brings families together, whether on frigid cold mornings heading to a 6:00 AM practice or celebrating the new jersey they get from their very first hockey team… with their favourite number!

As a result, there are so many great reasons to get involved with your son or daughter that you’ll remember for a lifetime!  Whether your goal is to be an on-ice assistant, team manager or eventually a head coach, each role comes with responsibilities and a need to be child-centric in your duties.

It’s important to note that most Head Coaches have applied for and been selected by the applicable Hockey Association prior to the season’s start.  Usually, these Head Coaches have an idea of who at least one of their Assistant Coaches will be, but do not necessarily have a full bench staff selected, so getting involved is never too late and involves a few steps…

Tips on how to contribute:

  1. Determine which of the roles listed below are the best fit for your interests*:
    • Head Coach
    • Assistant Coach
    • Trainer
    • Manager
    • Assistant Manager
    • Fundraiser
    • Equipment Manager
    • Snack Coordinator
    • Parent Liaison
    • Travel/Tournament Coordinator
    • Statistician
    • Scorekeeper
    • Penalty Box Operator
    • Ticket sale
    • Note: Not all teams will require each of the above roles but depending on the Coaching Staff and the level of hockey (house league vs competitive etc.) many of these roles could be required.  In many cases the roles above wind up being assigned by the Team Manager.
  2. Speak with your Coaching Staff to determine which roles are available. If you have success in your first attempt, that’s great… Congratulations!  If a Team Manager has already been appointed, start there…
  3. Commit to filling one of the available roles, even if it may not be exactly your first choice!  This is not unlike the real world in the job environment, you may have to try a few different roles before you get to the one you desire most, but you can use that time to spread a lot of good will and buld relationships aas a dependable contributor.
  4. Build on your experience throughout the year and make it known that you’d like to be considered for “X” next year… 
  5. Keep engaged 

Coaches play such a significant role in the lives of young hockey players, whether they are Assistant Coaches or the Head Coach.  Along with such enormous influence comes great responsibility and the need for all coaches to recognize the impact they can and will have on the impressionable youth who depend on their instructions.

Training for New Coaches in Canada

In Canada, despite being a scandal-plagued organization and experiencing a race by sponsors and Associations to cut ties in 2022 (Tim Horton’s, Canadian Tire, Telus etc.), Hockey Canada’s website still offers a lot of information for Coaches, while it’s still operating…

The following information breaks down the steps you need to consider:
1. Community Sport Stream

A. Coach 1 – Intro to Coach

B. Coach 2 – Coach Level

You may already coach at the community level or you’re thinking about coaching. You may be a parent whose child is involved, or a volunteer who works with participants of all ages that are new to the game of hockey.

Check out the Ontario Hockey Federation’s (OHF) site which provides a terrific overview of each of the above courses:  COACH 1 & 2 Overview & Process

2. Competition Stream

A. Development 1

B. High Performance 1

At this level, you’re typically a hockey coach with previous experience, or maybe a former athlete. Perhaps you already coach a hockey team at the regional or provincial level, and you want to work with athletes long term to improve their performance.

Details about the certifications and training programs available for Competitive-level coaches can be found in C. Coaching Resources (FOR ALL LEVELS) by clicking on this link – Certifications & Training for Competitive Coaches. 

Requirements summary:

 

Other Coaching Requirements vary by Association:

  1. Respect In SportRespect in Sport is an accessible, online resource in the prevention of bullying, abuse, harassment, and discrimination (BAHD). The program’s mission is to empower participants to recognize signs of BAHD and eliminate it from the game, through a global culture of respect.  To complete the course, check with your own Association.  You can find your Member Branch coaching contact right here.
  2. The Concussion Awareness Training Tool (CATT) is a series of online educational modules and resources addressing concussion recognition, diagnosis, treatment, and management. Good concussion management is pivotal to minimizing the risk of brain damage and may reduce long-term health consequences.
  3. Gender Identity Training – In Ontario, a number of Associations have adopted additional training requirements.   Team officials will not be approved on a team roster unless both of the following modules have been completed:
    • Understanding Discrimination based on Gender Identity
    • Gender Expression Training
    • For more information visit the following link: Gender Identity Training
For additional links about Coaching Requirements in Canada:

National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) – Reference document (.pdf) 

Hockey Canada Registry – One place to register for a program.

Hockey Canada Member Coaching Contacts – A BETTER place to register for local programs and to confirm coaching requirements.  Here you will find links to your Provincial/Regional Associations which will drill down to your local Association level.

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B. Bench Management Topics

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C. Coaching Resources (FOR ALL LEVELS)

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Be sure to bookmark this page as new content will be added regularly to add even more value to our community.

If you have suggestions or would like to contribute please visit our CONTACT US FORM to learn more!

Be sure to bookmark this page as new content will be added regularly to add even more value to our community.

If you have suggestions or would like to contribute please visit our CONTACT US FORM to learn more!

Be sure to bookmark this page as new content will be added regularly to add even more value to our community.

If you have suggestions or would like to contribute please visit our CONTACT US FORM to learn more!

Be sure to bookmark this page as new content will be added regularly to add even more value to our community.

If you have suggestions or would like to contribute please visit our CONTACT US FORM to learn more!

Be sure to bookmark this page as new content will be added regularly to add even more value to our community.

If you have suggestions or would like to contribute please visit our CONTACT US FORM to learn more!

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