Coach Selection


Coaching Clinics:  (see below for requirements)  A REMINDER TO COACHES TO CHECK CLINICS 

PAGE AT BC HOCKEY AND REGISTER FOR YOUR COACHES CLINICS. 

Select this link for Procedural Changes in Dev. 1 Certification 

 Coaching Certification Requirements

The following are the minimum certification requirements for Coaches. Certification levels are listed below.  Select 

the "coloured” links to find out more info.  Certification must be obtained by December 1st of the current playing year.

It will be mandatory that all coaches follow the current code of conduct from VIAHA and BC Hockey.

All appointed coaches must be available for the week of tryouts.
 

The National Coach Certification Program (NCCP) has gone through a number productive changes in the past two (2) seasons and this table will serve as the rubric to determine what a coach requires to coach at any given level. Certification details are listed in a separate document and can determined using the chart in this link
 
NCCP Info (PDF)


COACH SELECTION POLICY

Effective Date: April 2015


Overview:

This policy addresses the following aspects of Coach Selection within SMHA:

1.      Coach Application Process and Timelines;

2.      Coach Selection Criteria;

3.      Single vs. Multiple Applicants;

4.      Selection of Assistant Coaches/Bench Staff;

5.      Final Coach and Bench Staff Approvals;

6.   Role of the Risk Management;

7.     Appeals of Coaching Appointments;

 

1.      COACH APPLICATION PROCESS AND TIMELINES

1.1       The Head Coach of SMHA is responsible for implementing a Coach Selection

Process each year.  

1.2       Individuals wishing to apply to coach either recreational or representative teams 

within SMHA must complete a coach application (available on the SMHA website) and 

submit it by July 15th, emails with your intent does not constitute an application. Coaches 

will be appointed by the Head Coach of SMHA.

1.2       Coach applicants must include current proof of all certifications with their 

application in the event SMHA does not have this information on file.

1.3       Coach applicants who do not yet hold the appropriate coaching certification for the 

level that they are applying to coach can still apply. They must indicate on the application 

their intent to register in the appropriate certification course(s) for the coming hockey 

season.   If selected as a coach, certification requirements must be met by dates required 

by SMHA as per BC Hockey deadlines. 

1.4       Coach Applicants must have completed Criminal Record Check within the last 3 years with their 

application. Apply online thru the website.

1.5 All bench staff must have completed the CAPP concussion program through BC Hockey.


2. COACH SELECTION CRITERIA

 
2.1       As a baseline, the following criteria shall be used by the SMHA Head Coach in 

selecting suitable applicants for approval as coaches

a.       Certification: coaches selected hold, or will hold by the BC Hockey deadline 

date, the necessary coaching,  RIS and CAPP certification to coach the team applied 

for in the current hockey season; Be sure to complete the player/coach 

bench staff RIS and not the parent one. Failure to do so will make 

you ineligible.

b.      Experience: coaches have the necessary experience and background to 

effectively coach and mentor the young athletes they have applied to coach;

c.       Appropriate: coaches have a current Criminal Record Check, have not faced 

any adverse discipline or other action from SMHA or as a member of any minor 

hockey or other amateur sport/youth association and will provide a suitable role 

model for the team he/she is responsible for.

2.2       The SMHA Head Coach may request letters of reference, prior to coaching evaluations, and a 

seasonal coaching plan.  In addition, a personal interview may be conducted.    


3. SINGLE VS MULTIPLE APPLICANTS


3.1.       If two or more coach candidates qualify and apply to coach the same 

recreational or representative team, the SMHA Head Coach shall with the approval of 

the coaching committee, appoint all of the coaches for all of the divisions.

3.2        The Coaching Committee shall include the SMHA Head Coach, President, Vice 

President, applicable Divisional Coordinator, Development Coordinator, and at least 

one other appointment made by the President.

3.3        The same pre-determined criteria and interview questions will be asked of 

each competing team coach candidate to ensure the selection process is fair and 

consistent.

4. SELECTION OF ASSISTANT COACHES/BENCH STAFF


4.1.      Assistant coaches shall be selected by the team’s head coach and submitted for 

approval by SMHA Head Coach by Sept 30th. Interviews will not be conducted for 

assistant coaches.


 4.2.     In instances where a team head coach is unable or unwilling to select his or her 

assistant coach(es), the coach shall refer the matter to the SMHA Head Coach for 

resolution.

4.3       Competing candidates shall be selected by the Coaching Committee in a manner 

consistent with Policy 3.

 

5. FINAL COACH AND BENCH STAFF APPROVALS



5.1                    Team coach selections as recommended by the SMHA Head Coach shall 

be ratified by the Coaching Committee. 

 

6.   ROLE OF THE RISK MANAGER

 

6.1          It shall be the responsibility of the Risk Manager to ensure all necessary 

reference and security checks, including criminal reference checks, are completed 

and on file for all recommended coaches and bench staff. The risk manager will also 

ensure all code of conducts are signed and videos watched by all parents. 

6.2 Sooke Minor Hockey will only be rostering one risk manager per team. You 

must use the other teams’ safety at games if yours is unavailable. Sorry no 

exceptions.

7.  APPEALS OF COACHING APPOINTMENTS


7.1          Coaching appointments may be appealed to the Appeals Committee along with payment (refer By-Law 25).

 

Forms for Coaches 

AP Form to be completed by Coach/Parent  AP Request 

Coach's Application Application for Coaching 

Coaching Clinics BC Hockey Clinics Page 

AP Rules & Information  AP RULES 

Team AP Form Team AP Form 

 Practice Plan  Blank Practice Plan

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