Coaches are an integral part of the culture and team sports environment with Squamish Minor Hockey.
Our coaches motivate, inspire and teach our players to be the best versions of themselves, on and off the ice, while fostering a positive hockey culture based on the principles of team play and sportsmanship. If you are passionate about the sport of ice hockey, have previous coaching experience, and would like to work with an enthusiastic group of young athletes, we encourage you to apply for one of our many coaching positions!
All coaching positions are vacated at the end of each season, and all potential coaches, including returning coaches, must complete the application, self-evaluation and Coach Code of Conduct in order to apply. Applicants may also be requested for an interview.
Coaching qualifications include:
Coaching courses, Hockey Canada Safety Clinics, Respect in Sport for Hockey Canada Activity Leaders and Concussion Awareness Training Tool (CATT) can be found here: https://www.bchockey.net/coaches/be-a-coach
Hockey Canada ID
Visit the BC Hockey Coaching Clinics web page to learn more about getting certified as a coach. You can take a clinic through SMHA or any other minor hockey association. Prior to registering for the Coach 1 or Coach 2 clinic, an online clinic must be completed. Part A is called HU-Online Coach 1/2. Once this clinic is completed you can register for the Coach 1 or Coach 2 clinic.
Coach 1 is required to coach U6 through U9 (Initiation Minor and Major and Novice Minor and Major).
Coach 2 is required to coach U11 to U18 C and U11 Rep. The program is delivered in two parts. In Part A, you complete the online program which covers topics such as The Coaching Code of Ethics, Skills, Drills and Thrills, Dealing with Athletes, Dealing with Parents, and the Philosophy of Coaching. In Part B, you attend classroom and on-ice sessions.
Once you have successfully completed your clinic(s), submit your receipts to the SMHA Registrar for reimbursement.
Respect In Sport
Respect in Sport is an online course for all hockey volunteers who have contact with players. It takes about three hours to complete. You will have to pay for the course and you will be reimbursed for the expense once you have finished it.
When you register for the course, use the same email address that you used for your Hockey Canada Registry ID to ensure that your results are attached to your ID.
Coaches: Please be sure to take the Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders
Concussion Awareness Training Tool (CATT)
This 40-minute online course is free for BC Hockey members and is required before taking part in any practice or game. The CATT course can be accessed from the BC Hockey website.
Criminal Record Checks
BC Hockey has mandated that all coaches, on-ice helpers, officials, managers, safety persons and volunteers must have a valid Criminal Record Check in order to participate, coach, or volunteer for Squamish Minor Hockey Association.
Criminal Record Checks can be completed online:
- Visit the Province of BC Criminal Records Review program website: https://justice.gov.bc.ca/criminalrecordcheck
- Enter our unique access code: 4G4MS59ST3
Once the review has been completed, your Criminal Record Check will be submitted directly to Squamish Minor Hockey Association.
If you have any questions regarding these requirements, please contact Conny Bonthron, SMHA Registrar, at [email protected].
Ongoing Coaching Training & Development
Squamish Minor Hockey Association also offers coach mentorship, on-ice development training and coaching seminars provided by our Technical Director of Hockey. On-ice support includes collaborative, hands-on support and development for coaches and players during team practices. We also host several coaching seminars throughout the season. Seminar topics include efficient and effective practice planning, technical skill teaching and correction (biomechanics of shooting, skating, and passing), developing hockey IQ, implementing team structures, and special team systems, creating offense, and developing defense. The intention of the seminars is to create an interactive environment that promotes learning through discussion and collaboration.
Greg McDonnell Mental Performance ($325 per hour)
Maximize team and individual performance. Develop strategies to meet your goals, increase confidence and mental toughness. Areas of focus include; mental skill development, team building, visualization training and concussion support.