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Becoming a Coach


The GTHL will be following Ontario Hockey Federation (OHF) requirements* for coaches entering the 2022-23 season.

Click HERE for the 2022-2023 Coach requirements and to register for clinics.

*Requirements are subject to change


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What training does one need to become a coach in the GTHL?

All managers, head coaches, assistant coaches, and trainers, are required to complete a harassment and abuse certification course by taking the Speak Out course or the Respect in Sport (activity leader) online course and the OHF Transgender Inclusiveness Training for Team Officials.

When do the clinics take place?
Our clinics typically take place between May and October. Click here* for a list of clinics.

*Ensure the filter on the clinic page is set to the 2022-23 season

Do you want to host a clinic?
Click here if you would like to host a clinic for your group and would like more information.

What is the refund policy?
For GTHL clinics only, cancellation and/or withdrawals will be subject to a 15% cancellation fee of the clinic cost and a request for a refund must be made at least 6 days prior to the clinic start date. If your clinic consists of the Hockey University Online Component and you’ve started the session, we will deduct the $21.00 program fee from your refund.

Who can I contact to learn more?
Development, Certification and clinic information, Private Clinics and Mentorship Information:

Stephanie HydeCoordinator, Hockey Development and Community Outreach x 229
Brian Kyla-Lassila –Manager, Membership Services x 236
Phone: (416) 636-6845
Fax: (416) 636-2035


Gender Identity and Expression course For Team Officials

The Ontario Hockey Federation provides online training for team officials to support inclusive hockey in Ontario and understanding discrimination based on gender identity and gender expression.

To register or for more information click HERE


Respect in Sport - Activity Leader (Speak Out)

The Respect in Sport- Activity Leader online program is not the same as the Respect in Sport-Parent program.

This three-hour online program is divided into six 30-minute modules that include audio/visual presentations, quizzes, and printable handouts. One of the great benefits of the program is that it does not need to be completed in one sitting, allowing you to complete it at your leisure. However, you will not be considered trained until you complete the entire program. Participants can complete this program at their leisure within a 30 day time frame.

Your registration and completion of the Respect in Sport program via our website will automatically update to your record in the Hockey Canada Registry.

The cost of the Respect In Sport online course is $30.

Click here to register for the Respect in Sport online course.


Concussion and Maltreatment

The GTHL hosts mandatory educational sessions for the Head Coach and Trainer of each Team (House League, Select, “A”, “AA”, and “AAA”).

Sessions cover:

The Session is approximately 2 1/2 hours in length. Concussion and Maltreatment sessions occur in the Fall. Coaches and Trainers should contact their organization to inquire on how to register for a session.

These sessions will play an important role in the GTHL’s goal of providing a safe environment for all participants.


Hockey University - Online Coach 1/2

Hockey Canada provides online learning opportunities through their Hockey University program. The 4.5 hour Coach Level 1 & 2 prerequisite course provides in-depth information and instruction on leadership, communication, safety, teaching skills, and progressions. All the Hockey U modules lead into the in-class coach level program.

The HU Online-Coach Level 1/2 course is the prerequisite to the 4.5 hour in-class coach level courses.  The online course will continue to be available on your Hockey Canada profile until it is completed.  The online portion must be completed before you are able to register for the coach level in-class courses.

Click here to access the online course.


 

Coach Level 1 - Initiation Program and U9 (Houseleague/Select)

U9 and below house league coaches should be trained at the Coach 1 Level. This 8.5 hour course (4.5 hours online Coach Level 1 & 2 prerequisite course and 4 hours in-class) includes topics such as; skills teaching/analysis, lesson organisation, teaching stations, drills and games for development, and equipment and space usage for teaching. Also included is an on-ice training session designing and delivering the topics covered. You will be required to bring a CSA-approved helmet, skates, gloves and a hockey stick for the on-ice component. The Initiation Program was developed by Hockey Canada to make a child’s first contact with hockey a safe and positive experience. In a structured learn-to-play hockey program environment, beginners can learn the game’s basic skills and become contributing members of a team, develop confidence, and experience personal achievement. The Hockey Canada Initiation Program atmosphere is one of fun and fair play.

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This course has a prerequisite which requires that participants complete the Hockey University-Coach 1/2 online program before registration for the 4.5 hour in-class course that includes a 1.5 hour on-ice training session. The online course will continue to be available on your Hockey Canada profile until it is completed.

Click here for clinic dates and locations.

Click here if you have registered and would like to access your Hockey Canada profile and Hockey University pre-task courses.

Coach 2 Level (Houseleague/Select - U10 and above)

All U10 and above house league head coaches should be trained at the Coach 2 Level. This 8.5 hour course (4.5 online Coach Level 1 & 2 prerequisite course and 4 hours in-class) includes topics such as; supporting the athlete through communication, designing and delivering practices and the game environment, game day preparations, and the National Coaching Certification Program’s (NCCP) M.E.D.-Making Ethical Decisions workshop. Also included is an on-ice training session designing and delivering the topics covered. You will be required to bring a CSA-approved helmet, skates, gloves and a hockey stick for the on-ice component.

This course has a prerequisite which requires that participants complete the Hockey University-Coach 1/2 online program before registration for the 4.5 hour in-class course that includes a 1.5 hour on-ice training session. The online course will continue to be available on your Hockey Canada profile until it is completed.

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All coaches who participate in a Coach Level 2 clinic can become fully certified by:

    1. Completing Making Ethical Decisions online with the Coaching Association of Canada. To view your Coaching Association of Canada Locker profile or complete the Making Ethical Decisions-Community Sport online evaluation, you will be required to log-in to your Coaching Association of Canada Locker profile. For instructions on how to get into the Locker Click HERE 

 

  1. Complete and submit for review the Coach Learning Log Workbook portion of the Coach Workbook received at the in-class session. The Coach Learning Log Workbook document along with proof of Making Ethical Decisions completion must be scanned and emailed to: coachdevelopment@gthlcanada.com – Evaluation assignment participant responsibilities are Pages 7-32.

Click here for clinic dates and locations.

Click here if you have registered and would like to access your Hockey Canada profile and Hockey University pre-task courses.


Development 1 (A, AA & AAA Coaching)

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The Hockey Canada Development 1 is the training required for head coaches and assistant coaches of rep level hockey ‘A’, ‘AA’ & ‘AAA’ (excluding U14 AAA and above AAA). Hockey Canada’s Body Checking component is included in the GTHL Development 1 training. Completion is of this course is considered Development 1 TRAINED and if you require a CERTIFIED status you will be required to successfully complete the following:

  1. Completion of the NCCP Make Ethical Decisions Online Evaluation (Free to D1 participants after clinic completion) via the Locker. Upon completion of the D1 clinic your records in the Hockey Canada Registry will be updated to reflect a “Trained” status (this may take a few days after the clinic). Your Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) Locker profile will also be updated which will allow you to take the NCCP Make Ethical Decisions Online Evaluation. For instructions on how to get into the Locker Click HERE. Proof of completed Making Ethical Decisions and assignment completion (Step 2) must be emailed to the GTHL coachdevelopment@gthlcanada.com
  2. Complete and submit for review the Coach Evaluation Criteria portion of the Coach Work Book received at the in-class session. (Click here to download Coach Evaluation Criteria PDF) The document along with proof of M.E.D completion must be emailed to coachdevelopment@gthlcanada.comEvaluation assignment participant responsibilities include; Pages 2-5 Biography and goals, Page 7 Seasonal Plan, Page 12 Video Analysis, Pages 14-17 Practice 1 & Self Evaluation, Pages 18-21 Practice 2 & Self Evaluation, Pages 22-25 Practice 3 and the Self Evaluation, Page 27 Emergency Action Plan (EAP)
  3. Schedule and successfully participate in an on-ice evaluation  – To schedule an evaluation please Click HERE

*IF YOU REQUIRE A SECOND EVALUATION, YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO PAY A RE-EVALUATION FEE OF $90.00.

The GTHL follows Hockey Canada and Coaching Association of Canada requirements for program delivery, certification, and maintenance of certifications. This 16-hour course includes topics such as; team building with athletes, skills and progression, season planning, practice design, goaltending, offence, defence, individual/team tactics, practice to game transitions and the National Coaching Certification Program’s (NCCP) M.E.D.-Making Ethical Decisions workshop. Also included is an on-ice training session designing and delivering the topics covered. You will be required to bring a CSA-approved helmet, skates, gloves and a hockey stick for the on-ice component.

All coaches who participate in a Development 1 Clinic from July 1, 2014 to present, will be required to complete three steps to be fully certified and acquire 20 Professional Development points within five years of certification date:

Click here for clinic dates, locations, and more information

Click here for more info on Professional Development/Certification Maintenance


High Performance 1

All Head Coaches coaching U14 AAA and above at the AAA level (U21 excluded) must be High Performance 1 Certified.

The HP1 coaching program is an advanced development experience which features in-class sessions, assignments, and a field evaluation. The in-class session will provide the coach will a special opportunity to learn from presenters who have years of experience in high performance coaching environments. Coaches will complete an assignment that they will receive feedback and support on from a mentor. Also, a Hockey Canada evaluator will be scheduled to observe a practice and game, as well as conduct an overall evaluation of a coach’s program.

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The Ontario Hockey Federation will be hosting High Performance 1 clinics across Ontario during the summer and will be accepting applications.

Click here for more information and to apply.


Instructional Stream

The GTHL is committed to providing clinics that increase the knowledge and skills of coaches to help them teach age appropriate skills to players. Instructional Stream clinics include a 3 hour in-class/1 hour on ice session and are based on several different topics; skating, checking skills, goaltending, developing defenceman, and skills. Each Instructional Stream clinic carries a value of  5 point towards certification maintenance.

Click here for in-class clinic dates and locations.


Professional Development

Hockey Canada and the Coaching Association of Canada have provided a framework for developing coaches and maintaining certification through participation in national and provincial sport organization conferences and workshops, eLearning modules, NCCP workshops, coach mentorship programs, and active coaching. Professional Development points can be earned through a multitude of activities that coaches already participate in. PD points are tracked by the Coaching Association of Canada and Hockey Canada.

Click here for more info on Professional Development/Certification Maintenance


 

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