As per Hockey Alberta, all Local Minor Hockey Associations and Club Teams must ensure by November 15th, all Teams meet the requirements outlined by Hockey Alberta. 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.
SMHA's internal Police check deadline is September 30. If You have not already completed the process by then you must be in the process by either wait for confirmation on your check or booked/attending an appointment for a secondary in-person (if applicable)
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.
More detailed information on coach requirements and understanding of the Coach levels can be found below in the clinic section
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.
New Process Document will be published soon.
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 any of the requirements including the police check by the deadline will result in removal from your position without exception
SHMA Coaching Clinics
Thank you for volunteering as a Head Coach (HC), Assistant Coach (AC), or Manager (Mgr.) Springbank values your volunteer time and can not have a successful season without you.
- Please note that SMHA does not allow “on-ice help” all coaching staff on the ice must have a designation of HC or AC and the required credentials
All on-ice COACHING staff at a minimum must have:
- An active Spordle account (Hockey ID) – if you do not have one, please follow this link to create an account. Creating a Spordle account
- Respect in Sport – Activity leader (RIS-AL) (recertification is due every 4 years) - see below instructions
- Police Check (PIC) under the vulnerable sector (renewal every 3 years)
- Managers, Head Coaches, and Assistant Coach must have a PIC
- SMHA has arranged to have the PIC costs covered by the Alberta Volunteer Society for all Managers, Head Coaches, and Assistant Coaches
- This information is kept offline at SMHA and we are working on integrating these into your Spordle account this season. Operations will reach out to every volunteer in our database who is new or have an expired PIC.
All volunteers must fill out an application, you will be required to have the below information on hand to answer some of the questions
SMHA would like to start or continue your coaching development, the Hockey Alberta grid outlines the requirements needed to be a member of the coaching staff for a minor hockey team set forth by Hockey Alberta. (Click to see grid)
SMHA has arranged "in-house" training sessions with Hockey Alberta for those of you interested in starting or furthering your coaching credentials. We arrange these sessions in advance for our members so they do not have to travel to a clinic elsewhere in the city and can have their credentials in place well in advance of the Hockey Alberta deadline of November 15th. These clinics are held private for SMHA for a short period then the clinic will be posted public 48 hours prior to the start of the clinic – please do not delay in registering
If you miss this opportunity you will need to source your own clinic via the Hockey Alberta website < Coach tab
- You will be required to have an active Spordle account in order the register for coaching clinics
This further development does not ensure you are placed on a team as a Head Coach or Assistant Coach and does not guarantee you will qualify for our reimbursement program.
- The below dates are for you to note and the live link to register will be published in late August or early September
- All of the in-person courses below require the online portion in order to be fully certified
- Head Coach (HC) is required to have the corresponding Level according to the age group
- Hockey Alberta requires in U7 & U9; 1 coach for every 10 players to have Level 1 and Assistant coaches are asked to complete this level
- Hockey Alberta recommends in U11, U13, U15 & U18; more than just the Head Coach be certified in order to cover coaching staff attendance
- Assistant Coaches are encouraged to take advantage of our in-house clinics in case they are asked by the Head Coach to cover the above Hockey Alberta requirements/recommendations
- SMHA will only cover the cost of Head Coach qualifications
- Coaches do not need level 1 to take level 2
- Coaches are required to have level 1 if coaching U7 & U9
- Coaches are required to have level 2 if coaching U11, U13, U15 & U18
- Head Coaches are required to have checking if coaching U11, U13, U15 & U18
- if a Coach has level 2 and is coaching a U7 or U9 then it is a requirement to take level 1; level 2 does not supersede level 1
- it is recommended that more than one coach have safety in order to cover coaching staff attendance
Coach 1 – October 15
(registration link coming soon)
Coach 2 – October 16
(registration link coming soon)
Checking Skills – October 16
(registration link coming soon)
Safety Program (any coach) – this is an online module and can be completed via the Hockey Alberta website < coach
Respect in Sport - Activity Leader
Required for All on-ice coaching staff
RIS-AL could be expired-please log in to Respect in Sport-Activity Leader to view your status - update if necessary. You will not be allowed to coach if this is not up to date
Required for All Managers, Head Coaches, and Assistant Coaches
SMHA also requires all volunteers to have a Police Check (PIC); you will be contacted if you are required an update or take one.
Furthermore, you are required to have this completed by SEPTEMBER 30th or you will NOT be rostered to the team
SMHA POLICE INFORMATION CHECKS
Police Information Checks (Due September 30th)
Please read through the information below for SMHA Police Checks.
- SMHA requires all Coaches, Assistant Coaches, and Managers to have a current Police Check. (Vulnerable Sector Check Required) Police Checks are valid for 3 years with SMHA.
- Your Spordle account may state your PIC is expired, SMHA has a secondary process where up-to-date info is safely kept, and most often those records have an up-to-date PIC.
- SMHA is working on housing the PIC in each Coach Spordle this season
- 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.
- All Police Checks must be completed by SEPTEMBER 30th. If you require a secondary check it must be completed by December 1.
- If You have not already completed the process by then you must be in the process by either wait for confirmation on your check or booked/attending an appointment for a secondary in-person (if applicable)
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 SMHA Operations
Code of Conduct - Coaches
Fair Play Code of Conduct for Coaches
- I will be reasonable when scheduling games and practices, remembering that players have other interests and obligations.
- I will teach my players to play fairly and to respect the rules, officials, and opponents.
- I will ensure that all players get equal instruction, support, and playing time
- I will not ridicule or yell at my players for making mistakes or for performing poorly.
- I will remember that players play to have fun and must be encouraged to have confidence in themselves.
- I will remember that participants need a coach they can respect. I will be generous with praise and set a good example.
- I will obtain proper training and continue to upgrade my coaching skills.
- I will work in cooperation with officials for the benefit of the game.
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