New Coaches

The following information will assist you in your first steps in becoming a hockey coach.  These are just general guidelines to begin the process of developing your own program.

Job Description

Head Coach

  • Serve as the official spokesperson on behalf of the team
  • Coordinate the delegation of responsibilities to the assistant coach and manager
  • Plan on and off-ice activities in consultation with the assistant coach
  • Organize parents meeting to inform them on the team's hockey season plan
  • Coordinate player evaluation and selection in conjunction with the Association mentor
  • Plan, implement and control pre-game preparation and communication with the team
  • Design the practice plans in consultation with the assistant coach
  • Coach the team in all games and practices
  • Establish rules for the team and oversee the supervision of the players
  • Submit a year end report which contains the following information - evaluation of players performance, evaluation of team's performance, outline of practice plans and game strategy and recommendations on how the program can be improved.

Assistant Coach

  • Assist with player evaluation and the player selection process
  • Assist with planning, organizing and conducting practices
  • Assist with pre-game preparation
  • Assist with the operation of the team during the games
  • Assist with scouting and evaluation of opponents
  • Assist with the supervision of players off and on the ice
  • Assist with the formulation of the game plan
  • Submit a year end report to the head coach containing player observations
  • Report to the head coach

The following qualifications can be applied to both the Head Coach and the Assistant.

  • Coaches must meet SHA certification requirements for that age category
  • Strong hockey background in playing, coaching, evaluating
  • Strong interest and commitment to child/athlete development
  • Ability to work with fellow coaching personnel
  • Ability to communicate on and off-ice requirements to players and parents
  • Available to meet time requirements

Communicating With Players

These are some questions that a coach or assistant coach should consider when dealing with players:

  • How are your team rules communicated to the players?
  • How do you instill a sense of motivation into one or more players?
  • Do you see yourself as a role model for the athlete?
  • How do you handle the player who does not get along with teammates?
  • What approach will you take to individual and team discipline?
  • What is your approach when dealing with players who have suggestions?
  • How would you handle a situation where there is jealousy between two players or where two players dislike one another?
  • How do you handle behavior changes of your players at the specific age group?
  • What makes players of this age-group different from adults?

Communicating With Parents

These are some questions that a coach or assistant coach should consider when dealing with parents:

  • How you would handle a parent who has a different philosophy or game plan than yours?
  • What is your approach when dealing with parents who have criticisms and/or complaints?
  • What is your approach when you hear that a parent is criticizing you "behind your back" and hasn't approached you on their own to discuss the concern?
  • How would you approach the parent who is excessively vocal and negative in the stands knowing that it is affecting either their own child or the team?
  • How would you handle a complaint from a parent that his/her child does not play enough?
  • How would you handle complaints/accusations from a parent that the team's budget isn't in order and that there may be money missing?
  • What are the most important steps in a dispute resolution?

Self Assessment - How am I Doing?

A self-evaluation is a useful tool for personal development. At a minimum, it creates an introspective look into an individuals personal coaching style and motivations. It can target strengths and weaknesses, and may lead to realizations about barriers to effective coaching style.

The following sets of questions can help you articulate your philosophy of coaching as well as the atmosphere of your team and practices.

  • How do I want players to interact on the ice?
  • What resources should be available to my players?
  • What was the most important thing I tried to teach the players this week, month?
  • What is the most important thing my players will learn from me this season?
  • What did I learn from my players this week?
  • Did I reach my coaching goals?
  • Are the players having fun?  Am I having fun?

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