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Coaches are some of the world’s most important and impactful people. They are entrusted with young lives, often spending more time with them than their parents and teachers. Coaches are expected to provide a safe environment, communicate in a positive way, teach fundamental skills and tactics and give direction during games. They help young people become fit and to develop character. In today’s world, coaches are expected to teach young people more than just hockey skills but also sportsmanship, positive life skills and lessons, safety and how to deal with challenging situations that may arise on and off the ice.

Coaches trained through Hockey Alberta provide leadership, education, instruction, and contribute to the growth of more than 64,000 athletes across the province. Along with the life lessons imparted by coaches, the importance of hockey specific skills and the ability by a coach to teach them are directly related to the development of players.

How do we help?

Outside of the coaching foundation set in National Coach Certification Program (NCCP) clinics, Hockey Alberta offers instructional stream and professional development courses throughout the province. The instructional stream and PD courses consist of classroom and/or on ice instruction. These courses have been developed to offer coaches a practical session on teaching skills/tactics and how to properly plan their season and practices.

Along with the in-person training sessions, there are a number of resources and tools that will aid you in coaching, and more specifically, planning practices and teaching skills.


Annually – We Deliver

  • 165 NCCP Coach Clinics
  • 12,000 participants receive NCCP training
  • 60 NCCP Instructional Clinics to 900 coaches
  • Over 200 Alberta Coach Plan programs to 1,455 coaches
  • MHA Training Seminars