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2019 Alberta Challenge Coach Application

General Information

The Alberta Challenge is held in odd-numbered years, opposite to the Alberta Winter Games. The Alberta Challenge allows for athlete evaluation and development through regional selection camps and a six-team tournament format. Athletes will be selected from regional selection camps with three teams representing each region. Bantam-aged players (2004 & 2005-born) are eligible for the 2019 Alberta Challenge. Regional camps are open tryouts and are held in April prior to the Challenge.

As part of the program an emphasis is placed on the development and identification of Alberta’s best hockey people who might have an opportunity to represent Alberta at future national or international events. The Alberta Challenge leads able participants through the development process to the Team Alberta program.

The preparation and training of the coaches, trainers and on-ice officials for the Alberta Challenge is crucial to the success of the program and ensures quality leadership for the future of hockey in Alberta.

2019 Alberta Challenge: May 1-5 (Leduc)

Hockey Alberta is looking for one head coach and two assistant coaches to lead each Alberta Challenge team through the regional camps, team training and the Alberta Challenge competition. Applicants should be coaching at the competitive Bantam level or higher and all applicants must have a minimum of Development I Level qualification.

The Process

  • All applications must be submitted via the online application form to the Hockey Alberta Office by December 5.
  • Coaches will be selected and notified by the Hockey Alberta Coaches Selection Committee by December 18.
  • Unsuccessful coaches will be notified by email.

Selection Criteria

The following are some of the criteria considered in selecting coaches for Hockey Alberta Development programs:

a) Professional Development

  • Minimum level of NCCP Development I Qualification
  • Education background
  • Leadership/Management training courses
  • Special volunteer experience in Hockey or Sport

b) Coaching/Hockey Experience

  • Level of playing experience
  • Level of coaching experience
  • Current coaching position

c) Coaching Philosophy

  • Personal coaching philosophy
  • Personal ambitions in coaching
  • Values as a coach
  • Knowledge of building team unity
  • Knowledge of how to work with others
  • Technical/tactical knowledge for short term competition
  • Knowledge of player selection/evaluation

Program Timelines and Expected Commitment

All coaches are expected to commit to the following activities:



Short Term Webinar


Team Planning Conference Calls

January - March (set by each individual team)

Regional Camps

April 5-7, 2019 in Fort Saskatchewan (North) and Cochrane (South)

Alberta Challenge Competition

May 1-5, 2019 (Leduc)

Special Information

Please also note that these coaching positions are not paid positions and all coaches are required to complete a Criminal Record Check. Your expenses, including mileage, meals and accommodation costs will be covered through the program as budgeted funds allow. Bearing all the above in mind, we would ask all those coaches interested in applying to coach, please complete the form below.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Taryn Baumgardt, Coordinator, Female Hockey at

2019 Alberta Challenge Coach Application

If you are interested in applying to coach at the 2019 Alberta Challenge, please complete the form below.

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