SMHA On Ice Helper Policy

Sep. 06, 2021

SMHA has created an On Ice Helper Policy to ensure all requirements for Hockey Canada insurance and player safety are met.

Parents wanting to go on the ice and any teams wanting to use on ice helpers should make themselves familiar with the policy.

On Ice Helpers must be approved by the Head Coach and meet the following requirements:

  • Any on-ice helpers must be a current registered member of BC Hockey / Hockey Canada. If the individual is not currently registered through a minor association, junior team, senior team or as an associate member, SMHA must register the individual as a volunteer with Hockey Canada;
  • All on ice helpers must wear a CSA certified helmet with chin strap fastened and appropriate face protection required for the player’s level of play. A BNQ certified neck guard must also be worn by all minor hockey aged players assisting as an on ice helper
  • U15 and below on ice helpers must wear full gear. All other helpers (above U15) are to wear what is appropriate to their Division;
  • Any helper who is not a BC Hockey minor or junior player must have current certification in Respect in Sport for Parents (RIS). Additionally, they must be under the direct supervision of the certified team officials;
  • All on ice helpers over 18 years of age must have a current Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Person Check on file with SMHA;
  • Non Members offering coaching or other on-ice help for a fee is not a volunteer, and must become an associate member prior to participation.

The full policy can be at the links below:

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