Hockey Coach Job Description
• Oversee and be responsible for all aspects of the day to day operation of the assigned hockey team,
ensuring that the objectives of the Association as stated in the BMHA Constitution and OMHA Manual
of Operations are met. Be a spokesperson for the team and represent the team at all meetings and
• This position requires a Level of Certification as required by the Ontario Minor Hockey Association.
Please the OMHA manual of operations for details. All applicants must review and comply with the
BMHA constitution, bylaws including a code of conduct, in addition to the OMHA Manual of Operations
• A commitment of approximately 10 hours per week is required in order to fulfill the obligations of the
• Eligible applicants will be required to submit a Vulnerable Sector Check or sign an offence declaration,
in the case BMHA has a valid record check from the previous 1-2 years.
Coach as a Leader Standards
• Establish seasonal goals and objectives for the team.
• Be a role model for your players by using appropriate behaviour towards officials, players, parents
and other coaches.
• Foster leadership abilities in your athletes.
• At a minimum, meet with parents of athletes at a pre-season and in-season meeting to outline your
coaching and team philosophies, playing time and other relevant aspects of your plan.
• Demonstrate a sincere effort in helping each and every athlete on your team to maximize his/her
Coach as a Teacher Standards
• Develop a seasonal plan and review it routinely.
• Teach age and ability appropriate skills using proper sequence and progression.
• Teach skills using understandable language.
• Recognize uniqueness in your athletes and always treat them with respect.
• Understand your position as a role model, and facilitate the acquisition of skills other than that gained
on the ice surface.
Coach as an Organizer and Communicator Standards
• Plan effective practices.
• Select support staff that will provide maximum benefit to you and all of your athletes.
• Hold individual player meetings when required.
• Be available to parents and/or hold meetings with parents when required.
• Utilize athletes’ parents for assistance in various activities.
• Communicate any issues or concerns immediately with the BMHA board.
Risk Management and Safety Standards
• Review athletes’ equipment on a regular basis and advise parents accordingly.
• Monitor rehabilitation of injured athletes and ensure medical clearance is received prior to returning
from an injury.
• Report any player abuse or harassment to BMHA per OMHA guidelines.
• Review team safety emergency action plan with trainer.
• Ensure that all ice and dressing room activities have adult supervision. Ensure that all tech devices
with photography or video capabilities are not present at any time in dressing rooms.
• Report any arena safety deficiencies to the BMHA.
Vulnerable Sector Check
It is a requirement of the BMHA that all volunteers, holding a position of trust and authority with the possibility of contact with children, must be screened by means of a Vulnerable Sector Check. It is the responsibility of the coach to ensure he/she obtains a Vulnerable Sector Check for all coaching staff on his/her team as well as any volunteers that may assist.
The blank record check form is accessible on line at https://belmontminorhockey.ca/Public/Documents/Coaching%20Forms/BMHA_Vulnerable_Sector_Check_Letter.pdf
The Vulnerable Sector Check form is to be delivered to your local police service (i.e. OPP if living in Malahide or Central Elgin Township). If in an OPP governed area, you may do this online at https://www.opp.ca/index.php?id=147&lng=en . Once completed the coach is responsible to submit it in a sealed envelope to the BMHA registrar.
A Vulnerable Sector Check is required every 3 years for all volunteers holding a position of trust and authority with the possibility of contact with children. If you have submitted a Vulnerable Sector Check to the BMHA in the last 2 years, you may complete an offense declaration instead. The offense declaration form can be found on the website https://belmontminorhockey.ca/Public/Documents/Coaching%20Forms/BMHA_Vulnerable_Sector_Check_Letter.pdf
Every volunteer is obliged to inform the BMHA Executive if he or she is charged, tried, or convicted of any offence under the Criminal Code of Canada or other federal statute.
The following criteria MAY result in a "fail" rating:
Criminal Code convictions or charges pending for the following offences:
• Sexual Assault or child abuse offences
• Indictable criminal offences of any kind.
• Current prohibitions or probation orders forbidding the individual to have contact with children under
the age of 16.
Applicants may also be rejected as a result of other information gained during the screening process, or as a consequence of other factors. It is the BMHA executives who will review questionable PRC’s and decide on suitability. This decision can be appealed in writing to the general membership through the Grievance committee. The BMHA general membership’s decision is final. BMHA may also solicit additional applicants after the closing date to fill any vacant positions.