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2024 Alberta Challenge Trainer Application

General Information

The Alberta Challenge is a core Hockey Alberta Development Program. The Alberta Challenge allows for athlete evaluation and development through regional selection camps and a six-team tournament format. Coaches, trainers and director of operations also are evaluated to continue in the U16 and U18 development path. Athletes will be selected from regional selection camps with three teams representing each region. U15-aged players (2009 & 2010 born) are eligible for the 2024 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; that might have an opportunity to represent Alberta at future national or international events. The Alberta Challenge leads able participants through the development process to Team Alberta and further opportunities.

The preparation and training of the coaches, therapists and referees for the Alberta Challenge is crucial to the success of the program and ensures quality leadership for the future of Hockey in Alberta. Hockey Alberta routinely selects only the best available coaches, therapists and referees to develop, but ensures their commitment to excellence and fairness in the program.

2024 Alberta Challenge, May 1-5 (Red Deer)

We are looking for one support staff to head up the Safety Program for each of the Alberta Challenge teams through the regional camps, training camp and competition. Applicants should be training at a fairly competitive level with a minimum of Hockey Canada Safety Program and valid First Aid / CPR certifications.

The Process

  • All applications must be submitted via the online form below to the Hockey Alberta Office by October 30.
  • Therapists will be selected and notified by the Hockey Alberta Therapist Selection Committee.
  • Unsuccessful applicants will be notified by email.

Selection Criteria

The following will be some of the criteria considered in selecting therapists for Hockey Alberta Development Programs:

a) Professional Development

  • Qualifications and certification attained - (CPR/First Aid, Hockey Canada Safety Program, Sport First Responder, CATA Certification, Certificate or Diploma in Sport Physiotherapy, Certification Candidate in CATA or Sport Physiotherapy, SMCA Athletic First Aid, SMCA Sports Taping)
  • Attendance and participation at related seminars
  • Education
  • Memberships and affiliations

b) Experience

  • Years of experience in your selected field
  • Scope of experience (teams, responsibilities, events, tournament play)
  • Years of experience with this level of athlete
  • Previous zone or provincial experience (preference given to experience in Team Alberta programs)

c) Hockey Support Staff Experience

  • Experience in prevention, recognition, assessment and care of athletic injuries of a hockey nature, including return to play decisions
  • Must be able to handle/repair equipment, sharpen skates and respond to needs of athletes in a competitive hockey environment.
  • Must have experience in athletic taping and strapping.
  • Experience in physical fitness training and testing.
  • Implementing a practical team nutrition program.
  • Must be experienced with the needs of elite athletes and be willing to spend long hours ensuring equipment and team needs are being met as assigned by Head Coach and Director of Operations.

d) Human Resources

  • Proven ability to take initiative and efficiently use time
  • Proven ability to work with other staff
  • Proven ability to successfully relate to and work with players at this age level
  • Proven ability to successfully cope with deterrents and hardships in a pressure situation
  • Proven ability to be thoroughly organized

e) Knowledge of Program

  • Proven ability to work towards objectives of a program
  • Proven appreciation for and awareness of the unique problems that can conceivably occur in the operation of a zone team

** Preference will be given to CATA Certified Therapists; Certificate or Diploma holders in Sport Physiotherapy or Certification Candidates in CATA or Sport Physiotherapy*

Program Timelines and Expected Commitment

All trainers are expected to commit to the following activities:



Trainers Webinar


Team Planning Conference Calls

January - March (set by each individual team)

Regional Camps

April 5-7 in North and South locations

Alberta Challenge Competition

May 1-5 (Red Deer)

Special Information

Please also note that these trainer positions are not paid positions and all therapists 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 of the above in mind, we ask that those interested in submitting an application to be a trainer please fill out the form below.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dave Campbell.

2024 Alberta Challenge Trainer Application

If you are interested in applying to be a Trainer at the Alberta Challenge, please complete the form below.

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