Community Coach Requirements, Insurance and Reimbursement

Hockey Alberta’s 2021-2022 Coaching Requirements must be completed by November 15, 2021 for all Hockey Calgary team officials.

Head Coach Requirements

Each team is required to have one (1) Head Coach. This is a mandatory position. Head Coaches must be up-to-date with the following qualifications:

  1. RIS Hockey Alberta Activity Leader
  2. Hockey Canada National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) training required by Age Division
  3. Police Information Check
  4. Keeping Girls in Sport
  5. Hockey Canada Safety Program*

*In U7 & U9, one coach per 10 players must have the Hockey Canada Safety Program. In all other age divisions, including Female Elite, one team official must have the Hockey Canada Safety Program.

Assistant Coach Requirements

Each team will have a maximum of four (4) Assistant Coaches, including one (1) Goalie Coach if designated. These are mandatory positions. Assistant Coaches must be up-to-date with the following qualifications:

  1. RIS Hockey Alberta Activity Leader
  2. Police Information Check
  3. Hockey Canada Safety Program *If required for team
  4. Keeping Girls in Sport *Optional

*In U7 & U9, one coach per 10 players must have the Hockey Canada Safety Program. In all other age divisions, including Female Elite, one team official must have the Hockey Canada Safety Program.

On-Ice Help

Each team will have a maximum of four (4) Assistant Coaches, including one (1) Goalie Coach if designated. These are mandatory positions. Assistant Coaches must be up-to-date with the following qualifications:

  1. Police Information Check
  2. RIS Hockey Alberta Activity Leader *Optional
  3. Keeping Girls in Sport *Optional

Insurance

Head Leaders, Assistant Coaches and On-Ice Help are covered under the Hockey Canada Insurance program. As per Hockey Calgary regulations, only insured individuals should be on the ice for practices and on the bench during games. The Hockey Canada Insurance Program is a mandatory supplemental insurance program and is not designed to replace individuals existing insurance.

Is COVID-19 coverage included as part of the Hockey Canada Insurance?
Yes. Under Hockey Canada’s current General Liability policy, there is a specific definition for the term ‘bodily injury’ and that definition includes sickness and disease. Many insurance companies are implementing Communicable Disease/COVID-19 exclusions on policies, but Hockey Canada has successfully negotiated to leave that exclusion off until September 1, 2023 at the earliest.

Helpful Hints

  • Obtaining your Respect in Sport (RIS) Activity Leader

The Respect In Sport (RIS) – Activity Leader course is an on-line, self-guided course that takes approximately 2.5 hours in total to complete.

RIS Activity Leader is required for all team officials (Head Coach, Assistant Coach, On-Ice Helpers.) This must be completed or renewed (if expired) asap. Re-certification will be required every 4 hockey seasons. GHC will reimburse the cost of RIS Hockey Canada Activity Leader for team officials as required.

  • Obtaining your Police Information Check

Applicants can apply in person at a Calgary Police Service location, or online through ePIC – the electronic Police Information Check. For a guide to the online application process, please refer to the Calgary Police Information Check Instruction Manual.

GHC will provide a letter to coaches and on-ice helpers who need a current Police Information Check so applicants can apply as a “volunteer” with our agency. This letter will be sent to you before November 1, 2021. Team officials who required a Police Information Check must apply as soon as possible. As this is busy time of year for Police Information Checks, the current processing time is approximately two weeks. If your Police Information Check has been submitted but is not processed by November 15, 2021, please notify coaching@girlshockeycalgary.com. Police Information Checks must be renewed every three years.

  • Registering for Hockey Canada NCCP Training

Minor hockey coaches require Hockey Canada NCCP (National Coach Certification Program) training, delivered through our provincial hockey branch (Hockey Alberta). Coaches in Alberta have access to a wide variety of clinics and training opportunities to help develop their skills as teachers and instructors of players of all ages across the province. Required coaching courses are hosted across the province, beginning at the end of August, and ending November 15. Certification programs will include a combination of in-person clinics (using physical distancing) and online programming.

To view Hockey Alberta Coach Requirements, Upcoming Clinics, please visit: https://www.hockeyalberta.ca/coaches/clinic-information/

  • 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 Head Coaches access this course with no charge to you.

Coach Reimbursements

GHC will reimburse coaches for the cost of required courses taken this season in order to meet Hockey Alberta certification requirements. A Coach Reimbursement Form will be available soon, please keep your receipts. Reimbursement will be accepted from November 1-November 30, 2021. Reimbursement requests will not be accepted after this date. Cheques will be processed after November 30 and will take approximately two weeks.

Coach Development

GHC may approve coach certifications for current and future coaches as development opportunities are available. Coach Development reimbursement must be approved by the Director(s) of Coaching.

 Send any questions to coaching@girlshockeycalgary.com.