Coach Education

2019-20 Coaching Requirements - Deadline to complete is November 15, 2019.
Hockey Alberta

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.

Required coaching courses are hosted across the province, beginning at the end of August, and ending November 15.

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Coaches will be given the tools to teach hockey’s basic skills while keeping the theme of practices on fun & fundamentals. Clinics topics include leadership, communication, teaching skills, and lesson planning. All of this is taught with special considerations of the youngest athletes in mind.

STEP 1: *HU-ONLINE Coach 1/Coach 2 ($29 + GST)

  • 12 module online course that takes approximately 4 hours, and covers the coaching foundation building blocks
  • Once registration is complete, coaches can enroll in the appropriate in-person clinic relevant to their coaching requirements (Coach 1 or Coach 2). When attending the in-person, it is assumed coaches that they knowledge from this online course

STEP 2: In-Person Coach 1 – Intro to Coach ($136 + GST)

  • 4 hours classroom followed by 1.5 hours on ice
  • Hosted from end of August until November 15th (requirement deadline for coaches)
  • Coaches will learn skill development, skill progressions, practice delivery and resource utilization in this practical learning and sharing environment.

AVAILABLE ONLINE AND IN-PERSON COACH 1 CLINICS >

This course emphasizes the basic skills and importance of having players develop confidence, self esteem and a love for the game.  Coaches will be given an introduction to player development, coach knowledge, tools to effectively communicate with athletes and parents, and how to support the athlete in the team, training, practice and game environment.

STEP 1: *HU-ONLINE Coach 1/Coach 2 ($29 + GST)

  • 12 module online course that takes approximately 4 hours, and covers the coaching foundation building blocks
  • Once registration is complete, coaches can enroll in the appropriate in-person clinic relevant to their coaching requirements (Coach 1 or Coach 2). When attending the in-person, it is assumed coaches that they knowledge from this online course

STEP 2: In-Person Coach 2 – Coach Level ($136 + GST)

  • 4 hours classroom followed by 1.5 hours on ice
  • Hosted from end of August until November 15th (requirement deadline for coaches)
  • Coaches will learn skill development, skill progressions, practice delivery and resource utilization in this practical learning and sharing environment.

AVAILABLE ONLINE AND IN-PERSON COACH 2 CLINICS >

This course will cover the basic tools to teach Checking skill acquisition, 4 phases of checking (positioning & angling, stick checks, contact confidence, body checking), checking safety, checking skills drills, roles & responsibilities.  An emphasis is placed on the basic checking skills, and the importance of having players develop confidence, respect and an awareness of the checking process.

STEP 1: *HU- ONLINE Checking ($22 + GST)

  • 6 module online course that takes approximately 1.5 hours
  • Once registration is complete, coaches can enroll in the in-person clinic. When attending the in-person, it is assumed coaches that they knowledge from this online course

STEP 2: In-Person *COACH-INSTRUCTIONAL STREAM Checking Skills ($116 + GST)

  • 5 hours classroom followed by 1.5 hours on ice
  • Registration link found under Instructional Stream category
  • Hosted from end of August until November 15th (requirement deadline for coaches)

AVAILABLE ONLINE AND IN-PERSON INSTRUCTIONAL STREAM - CHECKING SKILLS CLINICS >

This 4-hour online program is an introduction to team safety, injury recognition, fair play code and code of ethics, safety at the rink, injury management and the Emergency Action Plan.  The teams Safety Person will gain the information and confidence needed to be the go-to-person on your team for health, wellness, injury recognition safe and proper recovery & Return to Play procedures. 

  • This training is valid for 3 seasons from the date of completion (expiring on September 1st). Once expired must re-take the online course, or apply for Level 2 status (with appropriate qualifications).

CLICK HERE to register for Online Safety >

Safety – Level 2

Those who have completed the Safety Program Online, and are a minimum of Standard First Aid, or Medical Professionals are eligible.  Safety – Level 2 grants a maximum of an additional 3 years onto the initial expiry date from the Safety course.  The new expiry date is relevant to the expiry of additional medical training and can continually be renewed & re-submitted up to the maximum of additional 3 years.

CLICK HERE to apply for Level 2 >

Activity Leader/Coach

Provides in-depth information on bullying, abuse, harassment and neglect.  Demonstrates negative behaviours and provides ideas of how a situation may be best handled, including valuable information from subject matter experts delivered in a clear and concise fashion, and asks questions of the leaders based on the scenarios presented.

  • This online program must be completed prior to a coach being able to register on a team (which means needs to be completed before going on the ice with your team to be covered by Hockey Canada Insurance).

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR RESPECT IN SPORT >

This course provides a foundation for coaches within the competitive streams, and teaches drill progressions & regressions, skills analysis, seasonal planning, linking individual skills & tactics, team building & tactics, and goaltending.

STEP 1: In-Person Development 1 ($262 + GST - Includes Written Assignment + Evaluation Fees)

  • 2 day clinic with 13 hours of classroom, and 3 hours on-ice instruction where coaches learn to motivate and lead athletes as the move into a competitive environment, build age and competition-appropriate practice plans, while giving players a solid understanding of skills and strategies needed to compete.
  • 100% attendance will result in “Trained” status, must successfully complete following steps to obtain “Certified”

STEP 2: Written Assignment

  • Assignments are emailed out after the clinic and must be completed and returned within 6 weeks of course date. Return completed assignments to: spattison@hockeyalberta.ca
  • Assignment topics include Coach Development Plan, EAP, Video Skills Analysis, plan & execute 3 practices.

STEP 3: Making Ethical Decisions (MED) Online Evaluation (FREE)

  • Takes approximately 60 minutes, through the Coach Association of Canada’s “Locker”.
  • Coaches are provided the opportunity to apply skills learned in the workshop to real life situations. Once completed coaches will have demonstrated the ability to handle ethical situations with confidence.

STEP 4: Field Evaluation

  • Once steps 1-3 are completed in full, coaches will receive a letter outlining eligibility to complete a Field Evaluation, which consists of an evaluator being assigned to evaluate one practice. Prior to the FE coaches are required to submit practice plans and EAP to their evaluator.
  • Completion of this final step will move coaches from “Trained” to “Certified”

Certification Maintenance

  • Once Certified, coaches have 5 Years to gather 20 PD points (tracking found on “the Locker”) to keep their “Certified” status.
  • PD courses can be found under the Professional Development Tab

AVAILABLE DEVELOPMENT 1 CLINICS >

This seminar is hosted once a year for a full week in July at Hockey Alberta’s offices in Red Deer.  It includes professional speakers in the delivery of sessions including special teams, planning to perform, offensive/defensive team play, goaltending, game and bench management, ethics in coaching, teambuilding and many more. 

In addition to classroom sessions, coaches will be provided practical learning and development by running on-ice session and coach on the bench with our AJHL Player Development camp which is run the same week.  Coaches selected to attend this Seminar will be guided by some of the best leaders and mentors in Canada.

HP1 is a full week, and coaches will need to come committed and prepared for long days.  The seminar includes both individual and group tasks, and assignments that will be used to support the delegates in becoming fully certified as a High Performance 1 Coach.

Coaches are considered ‘trained’ after 100% attendance in the course, to meet requirements of being ‘certified’ coaches must successfully complete the written assignment, field evaluation, and Making Ethical Decisions Online Evaluation by the set deadlines.

Applications for 2020 High Performance 1 will open in February of 2020.

Requirements

The Requirement set nationally is that “All Head Coaches coaching Bantam, Midget and Junior A teams that compete in Inter-provincial 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.”

Please refer to Coach Requirements for those who would require this course for coaching within Alberta

Eligibility

Coaches looking to apply should meet the following criteria:

  • Currently coach elite athletes in a competitive stream
  • Currently or will be coaching in one of the 5 required leagues
  • Certified at the Development 1 Level

Field Evaluation Criteria:

  • Male Stream: HC at the Bantam AA level or higher, or be an AC at the Bantam AAA level or higher under proper guidance, or HC at Team Alberta Competition
  • Female Stream: HC at the Midget AAA or higher, or be an AC at the College, University or Senior AAA Level, or HC at a Team Alberta Competition.

2019 Seminar Information

July 16-21 in Red Deer, AB.

$1350 (plus GST): HP1 Seminar

$1600 (plus GST): HP1 Seminar + accommodations

HP1 seminar includes:

  • Daily Meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • All required course material & coaching resources
  • Track suit & registration gift
  • Written assignment marking & field evaluation fee