COACHES

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The Coach's role.

Coaches are an essential part of a positive minor hockey experience.

Successful minor hockey coaches often posses good communication and leadership skills, have a passion for and knowledge of the game, and build a culture of teamwork, hard work and respect.

GHC greatly appreciates the time and energy our volunteer coaches commit to our association and its goals. Applications for Jr. Inferno community coaching positions are accepted throughout the registration process. All applications will be verified by the Director of Coaching and the Coach Selection Committee.

Read and understand association policies and Return to Play information.

Review Hockey Calgary game play guidelines for the "Development Phase."

Schedule equipment pick-up before first practice.

Sign up for Skills Sequence Training (Link provided by GHC Coordinator Player and Coach Development) and review GHC Skills Sequence Program for 2020-21.

Meet Community Coach Requirements by November 15 of the applicable season.

Select a Cohort Manager and a Cohort Health & Safety Coordinator. (Send these names to your AGC)

Attend the Virtual Orientation for your Age Division (Link provided by GHC Coordinator Player and Coach Development)

DEVELOPMENT PHASE FAQ

Photo: Dave Holland
Photo: Dave Holland

Have more questions? Visit our Return to Play page or contact the Director of Coaching.

Community Coach Requirements

Respect in Sport (RIS) for Activity Leaders

Hockey Calgary requires that all team officials have Respect in Sport (RIS) for Activity Leaders certification. This program educates coaches and activity leaders to recognize, understand and respond to issues of bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination. Please note, this certification is different than RIS Parents.

Hockey Canada NCCP Training

Minor hockey coaches require Hockey Canada National Coach Certification Program (NCCP) training, delivered through Hockey Alberta. All minor hockey teams must meet Hockey Alberta's Coaching Requirements by November 15 of the applicable season. Coach requirements are based on a team’s age group. To search for clinics, to register, or to view your current qualifications visit Hockey Canada's eHockey website.

Update for 2020-21: Certification programs will include a combination of in-person clinics (using physical distancing) and online programming. Hockey Alberta will maintain the same requirements for all Coaches and Team Officials for the 2020-21 season (November 15 deadline), with the addition of an online Hockey Canada Return to Hockey Safety Guidelines module for all head coaches.

  • All clinics offered via Physical Distancing. A two-metre distance between attendees and instructors will be in place throughout all clinics.
  • All participants will be required to complete a pre-screening document prior to attendance.
  • Facility policy regarding masks will be followed.
  • All registration must be done online, prior to the clinic. No walk ups will be accepted.
  • For the clinic, ensure you bring the following:
    • Mask/ Face Covering
    • For the on-ice portion (skates, stick, gloves, CSA-approved helmet)
    • For the in-class portion: notepad, pen/pencil, and/or IPad/ laptop

Hockey Canada Safety Program (HCSP)

All Hockey Alberta teams must have at least one (1) registered safety person who has completed the Hockey Canada Safety Program (HCSP). For Timbits and Novice teams, there must be one (1) certified individual for every 10 players. The 6-hour, online clinic is done through Hockey Calgary's eHockey site and is an introduction to team safety, risk management, injury recognition and emergency action plans.

Police Information Check

All coaches must complete a Police Information Check every three years. GHC will provide coaches with a Volunteer Screening Program Number in order for the check to be done at no charge to you. Police Information Checks can be done online through ePIC (Electronic Police Information Check).

Keeping Girls in Sport

Keeping Girls in Sport was created to help everyone who coaches girls, even parents, understand how girls develop physically, mentally, socially, and emotionally. When we understand how and why girls play we can help every young athlete stay in sport, reach their potential, and remain active long after the competitions end. Finally becoming the next generation of inspiring female coaches and role models. Keeping Girls in Sport was created by Respect Group Inc. in partnership with Canadian Tire Jumpstart, the Coaching Association of Canada, and the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport.

*A lInk will be provided to GHC coaches access this course with no charge to you.

Coach Resources

COMMUNICATION PROCESS

All issues concerning the operation of a Cohort shall be communicated using the following process. The purpose of this process is to establish a standard approach to communication so GHC members can resolve difficulties or misunderstandings in a timely and transparent manner.

At no time should a GHC parent or player contact a member of Hockey Calgary, Hockey Alberta or the Central Zone Referee Committee for a resolution to a team issue. This is in accordance with the communication policies for these governing organizations.

If a GHC member wishes to report an incident to the GHC Board, it must be done so in a formal manner in accordance with GHC's Conflict Resolution Policy. The complaint must be signed and in writing, and must be filed within fourteen (14) days of the incident. Anonymous or third party complaints will not be accepted.

1

Parent and/or Player

In issues that provoke an emotional response and/or risk of hostile confrontation, please honour the 24-Hour Rule. This is an effective way to validate the facts and collect your thoughts.

2

COHORT MANAGER AND COACH

Parents must first work on a resolution with the Cohort Manager and Cohort Coach Leader. If necessary, arrange a face-to-face meeting to discuss the issue. The goal of this meeting is to solve the problem.

3

AGE GROUP COORDINATORs

If the issue cannot be resolved, please consult your Age Group Coordinator. AGC will consult with the appropriate Board member(s) and GHC Policies to work towards a satisfactory conclusion.

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