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Community Coach Requirements, Insurance and Reimbursement

Hockey Alberta’s 2019-2020 Coaching Requirements must be completed by November 15, 2019 for all Hockey Calgary team officials. All coach qualifications are assigned to your Hockey Canada ID and available to view through your Hockey Canada eHockey Participant Profile.

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. Hockey Canada Safety Program**

*In Initiation & Novice, one coach per 10 players must have Coach 1 – Intro to Coach.

**In Initiation & Novice, 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*

*In Initiation & Novice, 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 Helper Requirements

The total number of On-Ice Helpers may vary by team. On-Ice Helpers must attend a minimum of 70 per cent of practices to qualify for credit. On-Ice Helpers must be up-to-date with the following qualifications:

  1. RIS Hockey Alberta Activity Leader
  2. Police Information Check

Insurance

Head Coaches, Assistant Coaches and On-Ice Helpers who are on the official team roster are covered under the Hockey Canada Insurance program. As per Hockey Calgary regulations, only individuals on the official team roster (and therefore insured) 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.

Insurance costs are set by Hockey Canada in partnership with BFL Canada. For the 2018/19 season, insurance for additional team officials was approximately $48.50 per person. GHC covers the cost of insurance of five (5) team officials per team — any additional team officials are an additional cost to the team.

For example, if you have 7 team officials, Hockey Canada will charge GHC for the cost of 7 insured individuals. GHC will cover the cost of 5 of these individuals, and invoice the team for the remainder. For individuals who are officially rostered to more than one GHC team, GHC is charged once per individual, not once per team. We do our best to minimize the cost of additional team official insurance to teams. GHC will invoice your team for any additional insurance costs in January 2020.

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 your Team Manager before November 1, 2019. 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, 2019, 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.

You can register for NCCP training through Hockey Canada’s eHockey system.

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

Coach Reimbursements

GHC will reimburse coaches for the cost of required courses taken to meet certification requirements. Reimbursement requests will not be accepted after December 31, 2019.

For reimbursement requests, please submit the Coach Reimbursement Form and forward copies of applicable receipts to admin@girlshockeycalgary.com

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 at coaching@girlshockeycalgary.com

Please direct any questions on coach development to coaching@girlshockeycalgary.com.