SMHA code of conduct
SMHA Core Values
We will show RESPECT to our opponents, teammates, coaches, parents, and officials. We will be ACCOUNTABLE to one another and represent ourselves with INTEGRITY on and off the ice. Our CHARACTER will be what sets us apart from the competition and help pull us through the tough times. We will play with HONOUR, as playing this game is a privilege. We will be the HARDEST WORKING team in the league and prove that we are the team to beat!
WE ARE THE SPRINGBANK ROCKIES
revised - Sept 27, 2023
SMHA believes in, promotes, is guided by, and has built a culture around our Codes of Conduct and we require that all members read, accept, and conduct themselves in accordance with these codes. Behavior contrary to these codes will be dealt with seriously and suspensions from hockey may be imposed.
Coaching tool Box
At no time are you to contact Hockey Calgary, SMHA and Hockey Calgary have provided you with multiple levels of support for asking questions and seeking resources.
Coach Them - online drills software
- Head Coach access
- All Head coaches will receive a login and password from the VP
Coaches Site - one-stop shop for all your coaching needs
- Head Coach access
- All Head coaches will receive a login and password from the VP
In order of contact when needing assistance:
- your SMHA age group coordinator (AGC) member
- SMHA Operations
- your League Chair
- SMHA coaching manual
- Here you will find administrative resources
- It is not only the responsibility of the team Manager but of the Head Coach as well. Hockey Calgary holds the Head Coach responsible for any infractions that occur when policy and procedures are not followed
- It is advised that all Head Coaches have a familiar understanding of the Manager's role
- Game Play Guidelines
- U9 Rink Divider Procedures
- U9 Coach, Manager Scorekeeper Cheat Sheet
- U9 Hockey Hub YYC Gameplay Guidelines
- U11 HyBrid Goalie Policy
- U11 Pathway
Affiliation Procedures (Hockey Calgary link coming soon)
Procedure for use of Affiliated Players-SMHA internal policy
- The Head Coach and ONLY the head coaches are to contact each other with the request for the use of an approved affiliate player.
- This is a Head Coach to Head Coach communication.
- They are to engage in an open dialog as to the best fit and most deserving of players.
- Only approved affiliate players can be considered, if a player that is not approved is used the Head Coach of the team using said player will be suspended
- "Friend requests" are not permitted nor should parents be contacted directly no matter the position they might hold on the affiliate team.
- The Head Coach is also required to notify their League Chair prior to the game when using affiliates
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.
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.
1. Coach Levels and certifications
The Hockey Alberta grid outlines the requirements needed to be a member of the coaching staff for a minor hockey team. (Click to see grid)
- Coach levels are only required of the Heach Coach.
- You will be required to have an active Spordle account in order the register for coaching clinics
- Please see this "How-to" guide for setting up your account
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
- See the section on coaching clinics for more information and access to the registration link.
If you miss this opportunity you will need to source your own clinic via the Hockey Alberta website < Coach tab
NOTE: 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.
2. Respect in Sport - Activity Leader (AL)
Required for All on-ice coaching staff
- If this is your first time please be sure to choose "Springbank" as your office. Ignore all the Calgary ones.
- SMHA does not cover the cost of this program
3. Police Checks - Vulnerable Sector Check (VSC)
Required for All Managers, Head Coaches, and Assistant Coaches
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 waiting for confirmation on your check or have a booking to attend an appointment for a secondary in-person (if applicable)
For more details please visit the below section SMHA Police Information Checks
NOTE: no third-party background checks will be accepted - only Calgary Police Services or RCMP Vulnerable Sector checks will be allowed
4. Coaching Staff Application
All volunteers interested in coaching and managing must fill out SMHA's online coaching staff application - see the section below Coaching Staff Application
5. SMHA Code of Conduct
All SMHA members must read and acknowledge SMHA's Code of Conduct
Team staff Application
In order to be considered for a coaching staff position: Head Coach, Assistant Coach, or Manager, all volunteers must fill out a Team staff application
If you have any questions, please email SMHA Operations
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) or Assistant Coach (AC) 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 volunteers 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 Coaches must have a PIC (Police Check)
- 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 in your Spordle account, SMHA does not keep these on file. Only the date of the search is recorded.
All volunteers (Head Coach, Assistant Coach, and Manager) must fill out an application. (see above)
Head Coaches (HC) must hold the appropriate level of certification based on the age group they are coaching.
- Coaches who require Level 2 certification are not required to complete Level 1.
- Level 1 certification is mandatory for coaching U7 and U9 teams, regardless of any top-level or elite coach training previously undertaken.
- The following level certifications are recommended for each age group:
- U7: Coach Level 1**
- U9: Coach Level 1**
- U11: Coach Level 2*
- U13: Coach Level 2*
- U15: Coach Level 2*
- U18: Coach Level 2*
* Head Coaches must also possess checking certification when coaching U11, U13, U15, and U18 teams, regardless of non-body designation.
**U7 and U9 teams, Hockey Alberta requires at least one coach for every 10 players to have Level 1 & Safety certification. Assistant coaches are also encouraged to complete this level.
U11, U13, U15, and U18 teams, Hockey Alberta recommends that more than just the Head Coach be certified to ensure coaching staff attendance is covered.
All Assistant Coaches are encouraged to participate in our in-house clinics in case they are asked by the Head Coach to fulfill Hockey Alberta's requirements or recommendations but are ineligible for our coach reimbursement program
Safety certification: All Head Coaches must complete and have an up-to-date Hockey Canada online safety course. Additionally, each team must have a trained safety person present at all sanctioned hockey events. It is advised to have assistant coaches take this certification.
The below dates are for you to note and the live link to register for the SMHA in-house clinics will be set via the Age Group Coordinator
If you miss the SMHA in-house clinics you can find more options on the Hockey Alberta website <coach tab>
Coach #1 – October 14th
- In-class: 9 am - 1:45 pm
- On-ice: 1:45 pm - 3:15 pm
Coach #2 – October 15th
- In-class: 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
- On-ice: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Checking Skills – October 15th *to follow the Coach #2 clinic
- In-class: 2:45 pm - 5:30 pm
- On-ice: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Safety Program (any coach) – This is an online module and can be completed via the Hockey Alberta website < coach tab >
Coach Reimbursement program
Springbank Minor Hockey Association will provide reimbursement of course costs for the required courses in accordance with the most up-to-date coach requirements grid provided by Hockey Alberta
If courses are taken electively by a volunteer member and these are not considered required via the Hockey Alberta grid, SMHA will not reimburse for such coach development (for example - U11 through U18, SMHA will only reimburse the Head Coach for Coach 2 and Checking Skills and not an Assistant Coach as it is only the Head Coach that is required to have such certifications).
For U7 & U9 there may be instances where two coaches are required to take Coach 1
Safety will be reimbursed to any Team Official, For all age categories.
- All reimbursement requests must be received by the respective Age Group Coordinator (“AGC”)by December 15th of the currently active season.
- Coaches can not submit their own expenses to SMHA
- The AGC is then required to submit to the SMHA Treasurer by January 15th of the same season.
- Any request received after this will not be reimbursed.
- SMHA will not reimburse expenses of previous seasons and reserves the right to deny any application.
We highly encourage all Assistant Coaches to obtain training that mirrors that of the Head Coach, however, SMHA will not reimburse for such elective coach development.
Respect in Sport Activity Leader is a required course by all Team officials (renewed every 4 years) and is not reimbursed by SMHA.
Reimbursement for police checks is not a reimbursable expense as Volunteer Alberta provides these to Springbank Minor Hockey Association at no cost (coaches and managers).
In summary, only Coach 1, Coach 2, and Safety and Checking Skills are reimbursed courses for SMHA coaches (or Team Official) that are required to take the certification. To be eligible for reimbursement, all reimbursement requests must be received by the respective Age Group Coordinator (“AGC”)
SMHA Background CHECKS
Police Information Checks (Due September 30th)
Please read through the information below for SMHA Police Checks.
- Depending on your address you will be required to process your background check with Calgary Police Servies (CPS) or Cochrane RCMP - further details are found below
- 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.
- This will cost nothing for the member as Volunteer Alberta provides these to Springbank Minor Hockey Association at no cost (coaches and managers). However, if you are required a secondary check via fingerprints this cost will not be covered by SMHA.
- Coaches can view their background expiry status in their personal Spordle accounts - SMHA only records the dates of issue and no documents are uploaded or kept on file (As per the privacy ACT)
- It is the responsibility of the member to keep the original document safe
- Renewals are required in the year when the season starts, rather than the specific month of expiratory in the Spordle system. For example, if a background check expires on February 12, 2024, it is considered expired for the entire 2023-24 season.
- 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 waiting for confirmation on your check or booked to attend an appointment for a secondary in-person (if applicable)
- No third-party background checks will be accepted - only Calgary Police Services or RCMP Vulnerable Sector checks will be allowed
Calgary Police Services(CPS) or Cochrane RCMP
- In order to access the no-charge system. All Police Checks new or renewing require Operations to issue either an email voucher (CPS) or a letter of volunteer (RCMP)
Cochrane RCMP processing:(This is a link to their website)
- If you reside in Rocky View County, Bragg Creek, Harmony, or Redwood Meadows you will need to complete your check at the Cochrane Detachment.
- Please follow these "how to RCMP" instructions when applying at the Cochrane RCMP
Calgary Police Services (CPS) processing:(this is a link to their website)
- All addresses within the Calgary Police Services jurisdiction.
- Please follow these "how to CPS" instructions when applying with the Calgary Police Services
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.
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