Coaches and Volunteers with completed Certifications reflected in HCR can continue to participate.
Coaches and Volunteers without completed Certifications reflected in HCR, can no longer participate until their certifications are complete.
Hockey Nova Scotia will be reviewing each team's roster in the coming day or two, and marking any Coach and Volunteer profile as "ineligible" if that profile is missing Certifications or documentation.
(Note to Managers: Let's do a drop-in virtual Google Meet tonight for roster check ups for those that want help. Link will be sent around by email & posted in the Managers Facebook group. It has been a challenge to keep up with the email requests and I know I've missed people. If you can't pop in virtually tonight, reply to a prior email you sent so it'll bump up to the top of my inbox. We'll be through this roster phase very soon! - Helen)
With a last-minute surge in signups for the "Respect in Sport - Activity Leader" course, our prepaid licenses have all been used. We are in the process of securing more yesterday and today, so if you need that specific course as a new Coach or new Volunteer, please check back later this evening for an updated code. We will post on Social Media when the new code is available as well.
A message from Craig Foley, Sackville Minor Hockey Risk Management
There are exactly 15 days left until the December 1st Coach & Volunteer Certifications deadline.
Head Coaches & Managers are responsible to ensure that any person who steps on the ice for games or practices is listed on their team's Official Hockey Canada Roster.
Any adult who steps on the ice must be listed and approved as either a Head Coach or an Assistant Coach with any team they are helping. No exceptions.
This important rule is in place to protect Head Coaches and/or Managers from any personal liability associated with having an uncertified/unapproved person on the ice.
Attention - U11, U13, U15, and U18 Competitive Team Coaches
The NCCP Development 1 coaching course is required for all Competitive U11, U13, U15, and U18 teams. It is only offered in person and spans one evening and one full day. If this is your first time coaching U11 + Competitive, you must be at least registered in a Developement 1 Clinic before the Dec 1st deadline.
As of today, there are still a few spots in a Dartmouth session on Nov 25th/26th, with other sessions offered throughout December. Spaces are limited and will fill up quickly as the Dec 1 deadline approaches. Please sign up ASAP if you require this course.
What about On Ice Helpers?
You cannot call an adult an On-Ice Helper on your Official Hockey Canada Team Roster. The designation of On-Ice Helper exists for registered players in Hockey Nova Scotia who help with younger teams under the guidance of a trained coach.
Aaron Hiscock, VP Competitive, will be hosting a coaches meeting this coming Thursday night from 7:30-9:00 pm in the Mezz at the Arena.
We would really like to have as many coaches there as possible (all welcome) but we strongly encourage all head coaches to attend. Please ensure there is at least one representative there from each team.
We are aiming to cover the following topics:
Coach Requirements/Deadlines Rink Behavior/Expectations Two Deep Rule Affiliate Players Green Armband Initiative / New Rules or Rule Changes Div Coordinator Roles Development Program Coach Mentorship and Support Team Genius Reporting / Mid Season and or End of Season Evaluation (Team Level)
Aaron would like for coaches to put some thought in ahead of time to any questions around rules and penalties you may have. Hopefully we can help to resolve some issues and concerns by helping to clarify some of the rules and regulations.
Sackville Minor Hockey is pleased to offer U11, U13, and U15 Recreation players an extra opportunity of working with the SMHA Development Team. This program is developed and run by our SMHA Development Team, overseen by VP Development John Hubley.
Space is limited to the first 30 Recreation players in each division.
This is completely optional, and will be one hour each week of on-ice programming.