Coaching :: HP1 POLICY
Hockey Nova Scotia’s Coach Certification NCCP High Performance 1
This interim policy outlines how Hockey Canada membership will manage head coaches who may not be in compliance with the regulation at various points in the season due to circumstances beyond the team’s control. This policy is in no way intended to compromise the integrity of the Coach Certification regulation. Hockey Canada Development staff have been asked to monitor the Regional and National Championship events in order to track the trends in Coaching certification.
High Performance 1 – Head Coach Certification Policy
All Head Coaches coaching U15, U18, and Junior A teams that compete in Interprovincial or National Championships or the highest level as determined by the Branch, must be High Performance 1 "certified". It is mandatory as well in HNS that all Assistant coaches be at minimum Development 1 trained.
• HP1 has been mandatory since the 2015-16 season for U15 and U18 levels of hockey.
• HP1 has been in effect since the 2016-17 season for Junior “A” in 2016-2017.
All head coaches coaching teams in U13 or above teams at competitive levels, as 16-01-10 – NCCP Coach Certification Policy.v2 determined by the Branch, must be Development 1 "Certified" (other than those requiring High Performance 1). (As per HNS Coach certification, all assistant coaches must have Development 1 "Trained" status as well.)
• This interim policy is in effect for the 2017-18 season and applies to all coaches Elite, Female U18 and Jr ‘A’ coaches. Starting in the summer of 2018, HNS will host an HP1 Clinic each year, thus all coaches will have the opportunity to become trained and certified annually, negating the need for the “Start of Season” section of this policy for future years.
1. A club team that registers a Head Coach who is not in compliance with the HP1 Coach Certification regulation is required to complete the following prior to their teams first game of the current season:
2. A Head Coach that does not complete the requirements noted above by October 15 will be removed and the team will default to the requirements outlined within the “Coach Relocates, Resigns or is removed”, outlined in the next section.
1. When a Head Coach is relocated for work, resigns from the team or is released by the club team, placing the team into a non-compliant position with the High Performance 1 Certification requirements, the club team may replace the Head Coach position with a coach that is Development 1 level certified (minimum) or transfer responsibilities to the ‘Registered’ D1 certified Assistant Coach.
A. The club team must notify the HNS office indicating the new Coach’s name, the Division and Category of hockey coached and the certification level of the coach. If the replacement or registered Assistant Coach is not HP1 Certified, the club team is required to ensure the coaches has or does complete the following:
• Head Coach complete the Development 1 Certification, as well as the online Hockey Canada Safety Program and Respect in Sport – Activity Leader program.
‘Trained’ Coach Status (explanation)