Coaching Requirements

As per Hockey Albera, all Local Minor Hockey Associations and Club Teams must ensure by November 15th, all Teams meet the requirements outlined in the chart below. Any Team that does not meet the requirements outlined within the Hockey Alberta regulations is not an eligible team and  is not able to participate in sanctioned games.

To head-coach at the PWAA level (this year or down the road) you must have taken "COACH - DEVELOPMENT 1".  Hockey Alberta just added a course on October 18th/19th at the Carriage House Inn.  The cost is $262.00 + GST.  If you have any interest in applying to coach PWAA, you must take this course or one of the other dates offered outside of Calgary.  Space is limited.  If you sign up for the course and SMHA doesn't select you as the head-coach, you may decide to cancel up to 72 hours in advance for a full refund less an administration fee of $30.00.

Once the certification deadline passes, any team that does not meet the required certifications for their Team Officials will be notified that they are ineligible to participate until they have obtained the proper certifications.

Coaches are required to ensure they have the required certifications. Please review the information in the links below and ensure tall your requirements are completed.


Respect In Sport- Activity Leader (RIS-AL).

**** Respect in Sport Activity Leader is required of all Springbank bench and Ice Staff prior to being assigned to a team must be completed immediately
To check your RIS -AL certification or to take the course please click the link. Please be sure to choose "Springbank" as your office. Ignore all the Calgary ones.
NOTE: This is different from the Parent RIS you were required to take prior to your player's registration.

Coaches Application

Thank you for completing this application form and for your interest in volunteering with SMHA.
Please e-mail your completed application to


Coach Selection Process

SMHA has a committee to look at the overall evaluation process and to implement guidelines and practices to ensure a fair and complete evaluation. As part of that initiative the committee also came up with some initial guidelines on the coach selection process.

2016 coach selection process (pdf)

SHMA Coaching Clinics


Hello Coaches and Assistant Coaches, again this year Springbank Minor Hockey will be offering Coach Certification Clinics at Springbank Park for All Seasons.

The document outlines the requirements for the 2019-20 hockey season as approved by Hockey Alberta and Hockey Calgary.  

To find out what clinics you have already completed, please go to the link;

Note that Springbank Minor Hockey does not have access to your password for Hockey Canada.

Upcoming SMHA sponsonored clinics:

Each link provides details of time, date, location, what to bring and pre-requisites. Coach 1 is not a pre-requisite for Coach 2. There are HU-ONLINE courses to complete before the classroom sessions.
Please note 10 days before each clinic, Hockey Calgary will open up the registration to allow coaches outside SMHA to register.

The “Safety Program” certification is an online module and can be completed via the link:

The “Respect In Sport – Coach” certification is also an online module and can be completed via the link:

Note that Springbank Minor Hockey does not have access to your password for the Respect in Sport Group.  Also, this mandatory certification is different from “Respect in Sport – Parent”, which one parent in each family must complete.
Also a reminder, if you have not completed RIS Parent or RIS Coach in the last 4 years, you are due to re-certify. If you are unsure, please login to your account


Police Information Checks (Due Nov 15)

Welcome to the 2019-20 Hockey season! Please read through the information below for SMHA Police Checks.

  • SMHA requires all Coaches, Assistant Coaches, on ice helpers and Managers to have a current Police Check. (Vulnerable Sector Check Required)  Police Checks are valid for 3 years with SMHA.
  • Please email to receive your Volunteer letter and information to begin the on line process.
  • If you reside in Bragg Creek, Harmony or Redwood Meadows you will need to complete your check at the Cochrane Detachment. You still require a volunteer letter to bring with you. Please email to receive your letter.  
  • All Police Checks must be completed by November 15, 2019. If you require a secondary check it must be completed by December 1, 2019.

The Vice President of Hockey will only consider coaching applications from applicants who meet all the necessary requirements including coaching certifications and a current police check. Failure to complete the police check by the deadline will result in removal from your position without exception.  

If you have any questions or want to check the status of your current Police Check with SMHA please contact Angela at the information below.

Angela Bucholtz
Police Check Administrator, SMHA

Code of Conduct - Coaches

Fair Play Code of Conduct for Coaches

  1. I will be reasonable when scheduling games and practices, remembering that players have other interests and obligations.
  2. I will teach my players to play fairly and to respect the rules, officials, and opponents.
  3. I will ensure that all players get equal instruction, support, and playing time
  4. I will not ridicule or yell at my players for making mistakes or for performing poorly.
  5. I will remember that players play to have fun and must be encouraged to have confidence in themselves.
  6. I will remember that participants need a coach they can respect.  I will be generous with praise and set a good example.
  7. I will obtain proper training and continue to upgrade my coaching skills.
  8. I will work in cooperation with officials for the benefit of the game.
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