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Minor Hockey :: Coach/Volunteer Certification

The certification requirements outlined below are for both Minor and Female hockey.

 

Risk Management: Who needs what?

 

All volunteers at all levels - Coaches, assistant coaches, trainers and managers registered with any minor hockey team or association must
complete the Hockey Nova Scotia screening process of Criminal Records and Child Abuse Registry checks. Criminal Records and Child abuse Registry checks must be resubmitted every 3 years.

 

All volunteers at all levels - Coaches, assistant coaches, trainers and managers registered with any minor hockey team or association must complete the Respect in Sport online course.

 

Coach Certification: What do I need?


Certification Requirements:

*    All Coaches, including  assistants, at the Atom ‘AAA’, ‘AA’, ‘A’ ‘B’, Peewee ‘AAA’, ‘AA’, ‘A’, ‘B’,’ Bantam ‘AAA’, ‘AA’, ‘A’ ,‘B’,C,  Midget Major, ‘AAA’ Minor, ‘AA’, ‘A’, ‘B’, and C’  and Junior ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ divisions within HNS must be certified at the N.C.C.P. Development Level I Level Clinic.

 

*       All instructors at Initiation division (players aged 5 & 6) are to be certified with a minimum Intro Coach Program.

 

*        All coaches at the Novice division (players aged 7 & 8) are to be certified with a minimum Intro Coach Program.

 

*      All  coaches at House/Recreational level from Atom, Peewee, Bantam, Midget must certified in the minimum Intro Coach Program or old Initiation Program. NCCP DEVELOPMENT I is acceptable for House/Rec coaches. 

 

NOTE: Coaches at higher levels who are required to take the NCCP Development Level I clinic will not be permitted to take the Intro Coach clinic. Also, coaches and instructors at the Initiation entry level and Novice levels will not be permitted to register for the NCCP Development Level I clinic. Coaches and instructors must register in the clinic established as appropriate to the age grouping of the players they are coaching/instructing.

 

·        All bench officials/coaches, including assistants and trainers at the “AAA”, “AA”, and “A” divisions at all levels must be certified in the Hockey Canada Safety Program. This certification must be renewed every three years and coaches are responsible to verify their currency annually. Coaches/Instructors who are required to requalify may do so by registering for any scheduled Hockey Canada Safety Program clinic and attending the afternoon session only. Individuals who attend the afternoon sessions for the purposes of requalification must identify such at registration and are responsible to bring their original Hockey Safety Manuals to the clinic as they will not be supplied. Individuals who register for the fill course will receive manuals at the clinic.

 

·       All medically trained professionals must take the HSP Course. It deals with rink safety, hockey equipment fitting and various other non first aid topics that are specific to hockey

 

·       All teams at the “B”, “C”, and Recreational divisions must have at least one member of the bench staff certified in the Hockey Canada Safety Program. Bench staff includes Head Coach, Assistant Coaches and Trainer.

 

·           All Initiation Program and Novice Teams/ Groupings must have at least one coach or instructor certified in the Hockey Canada Safety Program

 

·         It is recommended that all teams at the “AAA”, “AA”, and “A” levels have at least one member of the bench staff certified at the HCSP Level II. HCSP Level II is available to individuals who hold a valid First Aid certificate and CPR Level “C” from a recognized agency. HCSP Level II is provided once an individual provides proof of certification. There is no clinic training required for this certification. With this certification, an individual will have to refresh every five (5) years instead of every three (3) years.  Individuals interested in obtaining this certification may do so by providing proof of the required qualifications to Hockey Nova Scotia. Contact Hockey Nova Scotia at (902) 454-9400 for more information.

 

·        A new coach (1st year) will only be required to attend a maximum of one (1) certification clinic in any one (1) season. If a coach is new and requires both the NCCP and the HSP, they would take the NCCP Development Level I or Initiation Program clinic (as applicable in year one and the Hockey Safety Program Clinic in their second season. This would allow the coach to be eligible for both seasons.)

 

NOTE: The Hockey Nova Scotia deadline for registration of coaches of all ‘AAA” level teams is October 15th annually. The registration deadline for all remaining REP teams (AA, A, B) coaches is October 31st annually. These dates are in place to afford Hockey Nova Scotia the opportunity to advise associations, teams and clubs early in the season when their respective coaches do not possess the necessary certification and allow them to attend clinics as scheduled.

 

·         A coach will only be required to attend one (1) certification clinic in any one (1) season. (i.e. if a coach is new and requires both the NCCP and the HSP, they must take the NCCP and be eligible to coach in year one. They would then take the HSP in year two.)

  ·      Requalification clinics will be held in conjunction with regular Hockey Safety Clinics with the re qualifying participants attending the afternoon session commencing at 12:30 p.m.

 

NOTE: For the NCCP, coaches who have previously certified in either the NCCP Coach or NCCP Intermediate levels are not required to take the new NCCP Development I Level Clinic where that is required. They will be eligible to coach with what they currently have.

 

 

Definitions:

Coach or Assistant Coach

·         A person who is both on the bench during games and is on the ice during practices.

 

Trainer

·         A person who is on the bench during the games to attend to any injuries. This person is on the bench or in the rink during practices as well - but does not go on the ice at all to help with any practices.

 

Manager

·      A person who volunteers to help out a team with booking ice time, submitting tournament applications and making travel plans, coordinates team budgets and fundraising events. This person does not go on the bench during games and does not go on the ice during practice.



 
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