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.
First, coaches achieve certification through the completion of appropriate clinics such as Coach Level, Checking and Development 1.
Then, once certified, coaches can increase and enhance their knowledge by attending instructional stream courses offered by Hockey Alberta. These courses have been developed to offer coaches a practical session on teaching skills and tactics in areas such as skating, developing defence, goaltending and small area games.
- Coach 1 & 2
- Development 1
- Checking Skills
- High Performance 1
- HCSP (Safety)
- Instructional Stream
- Respect In Sport
By offering both a Coach 1 - Intro to Coach and a Coach 2 - Coach Level course, Hockey Alberta can provide coach instruction better targeted towards the age of athlete coaches are working with. It has been determined that needs of coaches at the Initiation and Novice level are in greater alignment and thus the change of requirement from Coach 2 - Coach Level to Coach 1 - Intro to Coach.
Coach 1 - Intro to Coach is not necessarily targeted to the inexperienced coach. This program shows coaches how to teach hockey’s basic skills while keeping the theme of their practices with an emphasis on fun and fundamentals. Coach 1 reviews the basic tools they will need in the areas of leadership, communication, teaching skills, and lesson planning. All this is taught with the special considerations of the youngest athletes in mind
Coach 1 and 2 emphasizes basic skills and the importance of having players develop confidence, self-esteem and a love for the game.
Manuals with progressive practice plans are provided at each in-person clinic, these help to eliminate much of the planning necessary to ensure a fun and effective practice and remove much of the demand from coaches who often find themselves with little time to plan their practices.
The NCCP Development 1 course is a two day clinic where coaches attend 13 hours of classroom and 3 hours of on-ice instruction and/or observation. The Development 1 course will provide a foundation for coaches coaching in the competitive streams in the following areas:
- Drill Progressions and regressions
- Skills analysis
- Seasonal planning
- Linking individual skills and tactics
- Team building and team tactics
All Head Coaches coaching Atom, Atom Female, Peewee, Peewee Female, Bantam, and/or Bantam Female, and Midget teams are required to complete the Hockey Canada Instruction Stream - Checking Skills clinic.
Hockey Canada has developed a national standard in the instruction of checking skills. Coaches must attend a five-hour Instructional Stream Session that reviews the basic tools required to teach:
- Checking skill acquisition
- Four phases of checking – positioning and angling, stick checks, contact confidence, body checking
- Checking safety
- Checking skills drills
- Roles and Responsibilities
The clinic emphasizes basic checking skills and the importance of having players develop confidence, respect and an awareness of the checking process.
This course features three hours of classroom activity and 1.5 hours on-ice, with coaches learning proper teaching techniques and the importance of awareness in leading youths in a physical contact sport.
Hockey Alberta will be hosting our NCCP High Performance 1 Seminar in Camrose, July 2017. The seminar will feature professional speakers on topics such as special teams, yearly plans, offensive/defensive individual tactics, offensive/defensive team play systems, goaltending, and ethical decision making.
In addition to classroom lectures and tasks, the selected coaches will plan and run on-ice sessions as well as coach on the bench in game situations. The NCCP High Performance 1 coaches will be guided by some of the best leaders and mentors in Alberta and Canada. Coaches will work with some of Alberta’s top athletes as part of an Elite Development Camp.
National coaching requirements through the Hockey Canada Policy Statement outline:
All Head Coaches coaching Bantam, Midget or Junior A teams competing in Regional or National Championships or the highest level as determined by the branch, must be High Performance 1 Certified. It is recommended that all Assistant Coaches be at minimum Development 1 trained.
In Alberta, this requirement will directly affect the following leagues: Bantam AAA (AMBHL), Midget AAA (AMHL), Midget AAA Female (AMMFL), and Junior A (AJHL). Hockey Alberta and the Alberta Minor Midget Hockey League recommend all Head Coaches obtain High Performance 1 Certification for the 2016-2017 season and will become mandatory for the 2017-2018 season.
Hockey Canada Safety Program – Level I is now a four-hour online program referred to as “Hockey University – Safety”.
This program is a great introduction to team safety, injury recognition and important information for anyone who wishes to be a team Safety Person. From the Fair Play Code and Code of Ethics, to Safety at the Rink, Injury Management and the Emergency Action Plan, this program gives you the information and confidence needed to be the go-to-person on your team for health, wellness, injury recognition,safe and proper recovery and return to play procedures.
Hockey Canada has developed the Instructional Stream Program to act as a supplementary coaching education program. These courses are offered to coaches in Alberta free of charge and are delivered by Hockey Alberta trained Instructors.
The clinics consist of three hours of classroom and on-ice instruction, and offer coaches practical sessions on teaching skills and tactics. The clinics provide a welcoming environment for coaches to educate themselves on new skill development techniques for their players.