Coaching & Volunteer Certifications


Updated: July 21, 2022

Coaching Applications - Please Fill in This Google Form.

Updated: Nov 6, 2021 - From Craig Foley, Risk Management

High School Students as On-Ice Helpers

There is a Hockey Nova Scotia On-Ice Helpers Policy that our SMHA Coaches could be capitalizing on. It allows High School Students to help with practices as On-Ice Helpers. The On-Ice Helper must be registered as a player with Hockey NS, and they can be playing at any level be that Recreation, Competitive, High School, Major Midget/Bantam. They also must work under the direction/supervision of a Certified Coach.

This is a fantastic opportunity for our SMHA Coaches at U7, U9, and U11 to have some on-ice assistance, and creates and encourages leadership opportunities for High School Students. 

It has recently come to my attention that some Lockview students - and possibly other schools in our area - have a program where students can get School Credits toward a Leadership Course for becoming an On-Ice Helper. I now have three Lockview High students helping with U7-3; they are a great asset on the ice, and they enjoy helping out.

If anyone seeing this message has connections to High School Students who are playing at any level this season and who might want to be on-ice helpers, please encourage them to get involved. Interested High School Students can contact any SMHA Coach directly, or you can reach out to me and I will try and share your information with a Coach who would like some help.

Coaches: please email me the name(s) of your helper(s); I am compiling a list to provide to Hockey NS for their records.

Thank you,

Craig Foley
SMHA Risk Management


Updated: Oct 24, 2021 - From Craig Foley, Risk Management

New Volunteers: CLICK HERE to create a Volunteer HCR Profile
This Volunteer Profile can be "linked" to your parent profile, so you can manage them from the same place in HCR 3.0. 
This step allows your Criminal Record Check and volunteer courses to be added to your profile.

Updated: Oct 17, 2021 - From Craig Foley, Risk Management

Hello everyone,

A number of you have experienced issues with the Respect In Sport Activity Leader training in relation to the user code. The cause of the issue was that we had exhausted our current number of user passes. We have now obtained more and were advised by the company that things should be up and running again.  If you have any issues with this or other volunteer requirements please feel free to contact me at

Thank you for volunteering !

Craig Foley
SMHA Risk Management



Hello Parents and Volunteers,

The courses and certifications that you will need depend on your role in the association but EVERYONE (including all Team Officials, Volunteers,  Board of Directors and Executive) must have their required courses and qualifications:  (Due by Dec 1st)

Please take the time to become familiar with the Hockey Canda site (the NEW HCR 3.0) and to check and ensure your qualifications are up to date. This process is quick and easy, and should be something that can be done in less than 5 minutes. Your qualifications can be found in your Hockey Canada Account Profile on the new HCR site under the "Qualifications tab". Head coaches and Managers are responsible to confirm your team staff is up to date. The requirements are as follows:

1) Respect in Sport - Parents and Volunteers

Respect in Sport is an online course, and there are different streams: one for Parents, one for Volunteers / Activity Leaders. If you are both a Parent and a Volunteer, you must complete both streams/courses.

  • Parents - at least one parent per Minor Hockey Family must complete this course. The course costs $12. Do not use the Pre-Registration Code listed below for volunteers. The course certification does not expire.  Any parent who has taken the Parent Course previously (i.e. with an older child) needs to add their younger children involved with Minor Hockey to their Respect in Sport account.
  • Volunteers / Activity Leaders - You may use this Pre-Registration Code: SVMHA-C8X7N9X. If you have any issues with this code, please make a couple of attempts. If you are having issues with the registration process, email


2) Criminal Record Check

Criminal Record Checks with Vulnerable Sector Check is required by SMHA Volunteers. This can be completed online through through the specific Hockey Nova Scotia portal at: If you do not use this link, the Criminal Record Check will NOT link to SMHA, and this creates issues with getting your results linked to your profile. Please try to complete this in September. If the Criminal Record Check requires fingerprinting it can take quite a long time to process. Backlogs with the systetm can also occur near the the December 1st deadline, and this results in checks not being entered on time, and volunteers unable to take part until the process is complete.


As you're starting your Criminal Record Check through the Hockey NS Portal on BackCheck, be sure to select Sackville Minor Hockey. Once completed you will receive an email from police within a few days stating that the check is completed, and another email will follow with a serial number in a PDF form (ensure that this is not sitting in your junk mail). At that time you need to sign into your backcheck account and enter the serial number provided to share your results with SMH (Follow instructions provided on the web page). If you don't receive an email from the police regarding your check, you can call them at (902-490-1329 Halifax Regional Police Records). They will give you the serial number over the phone. If you are not sure if you need this updated or not, check your HCR 3.0 profile. If it expires in 2021 or earlier, you need to do it again. If you can't find your HCR 3.0 profile you can email for asistance. If you receive a request to be finger printed please go to the Halifax Police station and bring the Finger Print Letter along with the request you received from them.   A volunteer letter for fingerprinting is available upon request from SMH Risk Management.  


3) Coaching Clinics and On-line Safety

Coaching and On-Line Safety Courses can be found on the Hockey Canada (HCR 3.0) website ( .  Log into your account to access these under "Register for Clinics". Dates and locations can be viewed (once posted) on this website, choose one and sign up. Determine what you need as soon as practical, as these can fill up quick.                                     

All Coaches for L2P, IP(U7), Novice(U9) and rec levels are required to take Introduction to Coaching. (**On-Line portion prior to classroom is HU – Online Coach 1/2 )        

All Coaches for competitive levels are required to take Coaching Developmental  1 (These coaches do not need  to take Introduction to Coaching)                          

 *One member of every coaching staff must take the On-Line Safety Course, usually the head coach. (AAA, AA, and A Teams, all coaches need to complete this)                        


4) Covid related - Planing a Safe Return to Hockey

Planning a Safe Return to Hockey - All volunteers are required to have this. The online ocurse can be found on the Hockey Canada web site. (


Hockey Nova Scotia has also produced a chart to assist with identifying what you require as a volunteer.  The chart can be found at



Thank you everyone

Craig Foley
Director, Risk Management