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Coaching :: HP1 POLICY

Hockey Nova Scotia’s Coach Certification NCCP High Performance 1
** Interim Policy Agreement **


The HP 1 Coach Certification Policy has been in effect since the 2015-16 season. The need for this policy was prompted by a discussion with the Member Executive Directors requesting that Hockey Canada & the Coaching Association of Canada consider a policy that would take in to account a consistent national approach to be taken by membership in the event that a coach is not yet certified.

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.


Hockey Canada Board of Directors’ Approved Coach C
ertification Policy

High Performance 1 Head Coach Certification Policy

All Head Coaches coaching Bantam, Midget, 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 Bantam and Midget levels of hockey.
Major Bantam ‘AAA’ – Men’s teams that compete at the regional championships must designate a head coach that is certified at the NCCP HP1 level.
Midget ‘AAA’ – Men’s teams that compete at regional championships and the right to represent their region and compete for the TELUS Cup national championship must designate a head coach who is certified at the NCCP HP1 level.
Midget ‘AAA’ – Women’s teams that compete at regional championships and the right to represent their region and compete for the National Female Midget championship must designate a head coach who is certified at the NCCP HP1 level.

HP1 has been in effect since the 2016-17 season for Junior “A” in 2016-2017.
Junior ‘A’ teams that compete at regional championships and the right to represent their region and compete for the RBC Cup national Junior ‘A’ Championship must designate a head coach who is certified at the NCCP HP1 level.


NCCP Development 1
Coach Certification Policy

All head coaches coaching teams in Peewee 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 Midget 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.


START OF SEASON: Team Not In Compliance With A HP1 Certified Coach

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:

  1. Submit a request to the HNS office indicating the coach’s name, the Division and Category of hockey coached and the rationale outlining why he/she is not in compliance.

  2. The Head Coach in question must complete or have completed the Development 1 Certification, as well as the online Respect in Sport Activity Leader program and appropriate CAR and CR checks.

  3. Complete Appendix A and Submit a deposit to the Member Branch in order to reserve and confirm attendance in the next available Branch/HC-led High Performance 1 seminar. ($800 Non-refundable deposit)

  4. The Head Coach must complete the training and evaluations contained in the following Coaching Association of Canada Multisport modules (located at www.coach.ca).

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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.


DURING THE SEASON: coach relocates, resigns, or is removed from the
Head Coachposition

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 ‘RegisteredD1 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.

  • Submit a deposit of $800 to reserve and confirm attendance in the next available HP1 seminar offered within HNS and complete and submit Appendix A to the HNS office.

  • Have the Head Coach complete the training and evaluations contained in the following Coaching Association of Canadamultisport modules
    (
    www.coach.ca).

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B. The coach is to complete all of the above within 45 days of appointment and Appendix A submitted prior to coaching.

‘Trained’ Coach Status (explanation)

  1. A Head Coach who has attended the High Performance 1 seminar, but has yet to submit the written assignment is considered ‘Trained’. This coach has the ability to be a Head
    Coach in a Division where High Performance 1 is required for the season immediately following the attendance of the HP1 seminar.

  2. The ‘Trained’ coach is ineligible to register as a Head Coach of a team in the Divisions where HP1 is required in the subsequent season unless his/her written assignment has been submitted and marked with a passing grade. In this case the coach would be deemed eligible to be registered while awaiting the field evaluation to be completed during the season in which the exam is completed.

  3. A coach that completes the HP1 training is eligible to register as a ‘Trained’ coach for the season immediately following the seminar completion. For any seasons beyond, the coach must be ‘Certified’ or have a note attached on his/her HCR record indicating ‘Awaiting Field Evaluation’. 



 
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