Coaches (Saugeen Shores Minor Hockey)


In this Covid-affected 2020/21 season, things are a little different for coaching qualifications. Please review the 3 sections below to make sure your qualifications are up to date.



  1. If you are coaching SSMHA  < U9, you need a minimum of C1.


            If you are coaching  > U10, you need a minimum of C2.




How can you check your qualifications? Use this ehockey link…


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If at any time you are unsure, or need questions answered, contact your  VP






  1. A C2 Online course is being offered October 31st at this link...









  1. D1 Qualifications and the D1 Field Evaluation.




  • All D1 Field Evaluations are suspended until further notice. 


  • Coaches who are required to move from D1 Trained to Certified, or have an expiring D1 Trained qualification, can still work towards their on-ice evaluation.  



This process includes:


1)      Completion of the  Making Ethical Decisions – Online Evaluation

2)      Completion of the D1 – Post-Task Workbook

3)      Submission of the D1 - Request for Evaluation Form to the local association or local D1 Field Evaluator


  • Once the above requirements are met and confirmed with the OMHA office, coaches will be granted a 1-year qualification extension. 


  • The expectation is that coaches complete the Trained to Certified process once D1 Field Evaluations can resume. 


  • The 4th and final step - (on ice evaluation) may resume next season. At this point, you will reset for 5 years.



Any questions, please reach out to the OMHA Development team. See…


Development Team

'Coaches' refers to Head Coaches and Assistant Coaches. Most teams have at least one assistant coach. All coaching staff must have the following qualifications:

-   Coaches for Novice and younger must have Coach 1 qualification
-   Coaches for Atom and older Local League must have Coach 2 or higher (Development 1) qualification
-   Coaches for Atom Rep/AE must have Coach 2 or higher (Development 1) qualification
-   Coaches for PeeWee and older Rep/AE must have Development 1 qualification
-   MUST have 'Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders' and 'Gender Identification and Expression' courses
-   please see 'How to Volunteer' for details
-   please see OMHA Team Official Qualification Requirements for further clarification of coaching requirements

The Coach's role on the bench staff and for the team includes, but is not limited to:

-   choosing the team either through try-outs or evaluation skates
-   working with coaches of other teams and the SSMHA Ice Scheduler to develop a game schedule
-   recruit bench staff and help to ensure that all volunteers have the appropriate qualifications
-   develop strong communication with the team families and bench staff
-   develop a positive rapport with all players, encouraging skill and team development, fair play and fun as priorities
-   ensure that gender identification awareness is discussed at the start of the season, as per the Hockey Canada Gender Identification and Expression course and policies, as well as ensuring that all players have a safe changing space free from discrimination and bullying
-   develop practice plans to aid in the player and team development
-   work with players to learn game rules and develop game strategy 
-   note that there must be at least one qualified coach at ALL ice times, although this does not have to be the head coach
-   work with the trainer to identify injuries and ensure that players are safe from worsening injuries
-   discuss with families whether tournaments will be part of the team's season and arrange accordingly
-   participate in season wrap-up events such as the banquet

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