Team Official Qualifications
There are four positions on the team that are considered Team Officials which are the Coach, any Assistant Coaches, the Manager and the HCSP (Hockey Canada Safety Person). The following table outlines the courses that these Team Officials must complete and by what deadline.
NOTE - all Team Officials must first be approved by the Executive before completing the below.
At this time we are not anticipating that the Covid 19 vaccine requirement that was in place last season will be necessary this season, but we are still living in a pandemic, so that may still become a factor closer to the Fall. We will advise as soon as possible if this situation changes.
|Official Type||Return to Hockey||RIS||CRC||CATT||Coaching Clinic||HCSP|
Returning Officials should be able to log into Hockey Canada and validate their current qualifications, by logging into the following link: https://register.hockeycanada.ca/home, selecting 'My Account' by clicking your profile icon on the top right, and and then selecting the 'Qualifications' tab on your profile. If you are unable to access this - you can email our administrator at email@example.com, and they can check this for you.
Do NOT delay in signing up for any of these clinics or in completing these certification steps. There will be NO Courses offered after December 1st. Do not leave it until the last minute as you probably will not be able to sign up for the course you need as it will be full. Most classes are limited in size and they do fill up quickly.
The cost of all courses are reimbursable for rostered team officials. For reimbursement, please e-mail your proof of certification and receipt along with your name, team info and mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org
There are penalties and or fines assessed if teams do not have team officials that have the required qualifications in place by the deadline . For teams that have divisional playoffs, they may be disqualified. It is very important to get this done sooner than later.
Our process for adding Team Officials to their teams is through TeamSnap Registration - please use the following link:
Respect in Sport (RIS)
Respect in Sport (formerly known as SpeakOut) for coaches and sport leaders is designed to assist in identifying and dealing with abuse, neglect, harassment and bullying in sport. The on-line curriculum is broken into six, 30 minute modules and includes audio/visual presentations, quizzes and printable handouts.? It can be taken module by module so you don't need to complete the whole course at once.
RIS can be found online here: https://bch.respectgroupinc.com/ Make sure you select the 'Activity Leader' version of the course.
Criminal Records Check (CRC)
All Registered Volunteers with CMHA are required to complete a Vulnerable Persons Criminal Record Check. This is required every 3 years as per BC Hockey guidelines.
For the last couple of years we have used the in person verification process, but due to Covid we are resurrecting the online CRC process.
Here is the link: https://justice.gov.bc.ca/criminalrecordcheck
Our Access Code is: J9N7AAQGZ7
If you have a current CRC (it was completed within the last two seasons), you do not need to complete this step. If you are not sure if your CRC is still valid, please email our Administrator - Glenna Weiss and she will check for you.
Concussion Awareness Training (CATT)
The Concussion Awareness Training Tool (CATT) is a required certification for all Team Officials to have completed
CATT can be found online here: http://www.cattonline.com/
Coaching qualifications are split into 2 categories. The "community" stream and the "performance" stream. The community stream is for coaches working with 'C' or House teams (including Initiation and all Atom teams). The performance stream is for coaches working with 'A" or Rep teams in Atom division and higher. Head Coaches wishing to coach the Bantam AAA team are also required to complete the High Performance certification.
If you are unsure of your qualifications or qualification requirements, please contact our Director of Hockey - Craig Sherbaty for clarification.
There are 4 different courses to take depending on which team level you are going to coach. They DO NOT crossover into each other's requirements. If you are coaching at multiple levels, you may need multiple certifications.
In order to be qualified to coach (or assistant coach) any Initiation team, you must be "Coach-1" qualified
In order to be qualified to coach (or assistant coach) a C team (any Atom team, and any House team above Atom) you must be "Coach-2" qualified (or equivalent - formerly called Coach-Hybrid).
In order to be qualified to coach (or assistant coach) an A team (in all divisions higher than Atom) you must be "Coach-Developmental 1" qualified (or equivalent).
In order to be qualified to head coach the Bantam AAA team, you must be "High Performance" qualified (or equivalent).
To register for these clinics, go to Hockey Canada Online Clinics
Hockey Canada Safety Program (HCSP)
The Safety Person(s) on the team all must complete this clinic. The clinic is completed entirely online. Please note that the HCSP clinic is required and can NOT be substituted with First Aid or Medical Professional qualifications.
To register for the clinic, go to Hockey Canada Online Clinics
Can all Team Officials go on the Bench??
Please note that the Team Manager and HCSP are considered to be registered Volunteers and not Coaches. They can push pucks in practice and open a door on the bench, but they are not permitted to Coach unless they also have the required Coaching certification.
On Ice Helpers
BC Hockey highly recommends that all Adult Volunteers helping with the team be Team Officials, but there are some circumstances where additional On Ice Helpers are used.
On Ice Helpers must have their Planning a Safe Return to Hockey, Criminal Record Check, CATT Certification, and Respect In Sport. This allows them to be added to the CMHA Volunteer Roster. The only thing they do not need is the Coaching clinic, but it is HIGHLY recommended that volunteers who want to help with the kids on the Ice should get their Coaching certification.
On Ice Helpers CANNOT COACH and CANNOT serve in a dressing room or on a bench as a Team Official. They can push pucks in practice, but they cannot act as a Coach.
What about Players as On Ice Helpers?
We often get questions about if other players can serve as On Ice Helpers. Yes - this is not just permitted, but that kind of mentorship is encouraged.
Current BC Hockey guidance: https://www.bchockey.net/Administration/BulletinItem.aspx?id=525
Rules around this are:
NOTE that players in Juvenile who are over 19 are considered adults and will need to follow the criteria above for adult On Ice Helpers.