All Head Coaches coaching Atom, Atom Female, Peewee, Peewee Female, Bantam, Bantam Female, Midget and Midget Female 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 complete an online, classroom and on-ice component that will cover the following 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.
The course features 1.5 hours of classroom activity and 1.5 hours of on-ice, with coaches learning proper teaching techniques and the importance of awareness in leading youth in a physical contact sport.
STEP 1: REGISTER FOR HU-ONLINE CHECKING
Hockey University – ONLINE Checking is the first step to being “trained” in Checking Skills. It is a 6 module course that is completed in a 1.5 hour online session. The Online component is not recognized as fully completed until the survey at the end is complete.
Once registration has been completed in the *HU-ONLINE Checking, coaches are able to enroll in an in-person clinic in their region. The assumption for the in-person clinics would be that coaches are coming in with the knowledge base from the *HU-ONLINE Checking.
STEP 2: REGISTER FOR THE IN-PERSON CHECKING SKILLS
The in-person clinic will combine both classroom (1.5 hrs) and on-ice (1.5 hrs). Coaches will learn: 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.
Once you have registered for the *HU – ONLINE Checking coaches are to enroll in an in-person Checking Skills course, found under "Instructional Stream".
STEP 3: ACHIEVE ’TRAINED’ STATUS IN CHECKING SKILLS
Coaches will be considered “trained” based on 100% completion of the *HU-ONLINE Checking and 100% attendance in the in-person Checking Skills clinic. Hockey Canada and Hockey Alberta only require “trained” status for those with Checking Skills.
Please ensure that the Coach Requirements are fully understood for yourself as well as team, and that the Coach Education Requirements have been fulfilled.