General Information (Newmarket Minor Hockey)

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Job Description – Minor Hockey Coach



Oversee and be responsible for all aspects of the day to day operation of a Newmarket Minor House League Hockey Team, ensuring that the objectives of the Association as stated in the NMHA Bylaws and regulations in the OMHA Manual of Operations are met.  Be a spokesperson for the team and represent the team at all meetings and functions.


This position requires a Level of Certification as stated in the Ontario Minor Hockey Association Manual of Operations. In addition Prevention Services (PRS) certification and VSS police screening through York Regional Police is mandatory. The position will report to the Division Convenor. Performance will be reviewed and evaluated at the end of each season.


Interested applicants will be required to apply by the last registration date of each year, completing a Coaching Application Form and providing the Association the names of 3 Personal References. Attending an interview may be required.


All applicants will review and comply with the requirements of the Newmarket Minor Hockey Associations Bylaws as well as the Ontario Minor Hockey Association’s “Code of Conduct” and Manual of Operations.  Coaches will also review and follow the requirements of the OMHA and Association’s Harassment and Abuse Policies and Procedures.


This position will require unsupervised and possible physical contact with the athletes and may require the transportation of athletes. 


A minimum of 10 hours per week of time can be expected to fulfill the obligations of this position.  In addition to regular season, teams may represent the Association in sanctioned tournaments.


Duties and Responsibilities


Coach as a Leader:

·         Seasonal Goals and Objectives – establish seasonal goals and objectives for the Team;

·         Be a role model for your players in reference to appropriate behaviour towards officials, other coaches and other players;

·         Develop leadership abilities in your athletes (e.g. encourage athletes to lead drills in practice, mentoring);

·         Meet with parents of athletes at least 3 times per year, and at the preseason meeting outline philosophies, ice time, playing time and other important aspects of your plan;

·         Demonstrate a sincere effort in helping each athlete to maximize his or her potential.

Coach as a Teacher:

·         Teach the necessary hockey skills for the age group as outlined in the NCCP Coaching course;

·         Teach skills using the proper sequences and progressions;

·         Teach skills using understandable language;

·         Recognize that athletes differ in learning and readiness to learn, and that learning requires the acquisition of skills and attitudes.  This requires patience and perseverance of the coach and player before the required behaviours will be consistently demonstrated in game play;

·         Teach more than just hockey skills!         


Coach as an Organizer:

·         Plan effective practices (seasonal plan should include practice plan);

·         Select support staff that meets the Association standard and approval and will provide maximum benefit to you and players;

·         Seek the assistance of the parents of the players in running the activities of your program (e.g. team or parent liaison).


Coach as a Role Model:

·         Ensure that your deportment and the deportment of all team officials, players and parents are to a standard acceptable to the NMHA;

·         Make all team participants aware of the OMHA/NMHA Code of Conduct;

·         Report to NMHA any and all incidents involving team officials, players or parents, where police or other authority, i.e. hotel security, arena staff etc. are involved including any incidents at home or away or at tournaments;

·         Use your best judgment to de-escalate any potential problem situations by appointing a “parent-liaison” person to deal with the parent group.  



·         Hold parent and player meetings;

·         Attend all Association meetings as directed;


Risk Management (Safety)

·         Review safety action plan for team with trainer;

·         Ensure that all ice and dressing room activities have supervision, the “Two Deep” rule must be followed;

·         Report any arena deficiencies to the Executive;

·         Review player equipment on a regular basis for defects and advise parents accordingly;

·         Monitor rehabilitation of injured athletes and obtain medical clearance to return to play;

·         Report any player abuse to the Executive;

·         Maintain communication with Executive, to ensure that Association can assist in the resolution of difficulties at an early stage, and improve overall hockey program on an ongoing basis.