Coaches are the key on-ice teacher for our kids, so it's important we have enough high quality coaches to help our kids develop to the best of their ability in a fun, safe environment.
All coaching requirements and certifications must be completed by November 15 of the season year and you must have a valid Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector check BEFORE you apply.
These are the basic requirements to become a coach:
- Criminal record check and Vulnerable Sector Check completed by Didsbury RCMP detachment: HERE
- Respect in Sport for Hockey Canada Activity Leaders
In addition, depending on the program you intend to coach for, Hockey Alberta maintain a list of coaching requirements.
A huge thank you for stepping up and managing your child's hockey team! Here's a couple of tips to get you started on the right track.
For the 2020/2021 season, a TeamSnap premium subscription is provided free of charge for all teams - this includes scheduling. Gone are the days where managers would have to pay for a basic subscription out of their own pocket and then use cash calls to get reimbursed at the end of the season!
At the beginning of the season, all team parents will be invited to join the TeamSnap team and then when a manager is selected, we will assign the manager permissions to those people who volunteer for that position.
The DMHA belongs to the North Central Zone (NCZ) of Referees, which provides a reference website with all the relevant links/info you'll need to be successful this year.
As many of you are aware, each year all Minor hockey officials must re-certify. This year Didsbury will host a clinic on October 27th, which includes approx 6hrs training and a 1hr on-ice assessment and Didsbury Memorial Arena. Check the clinics and dates which work best for you, and register asap; registrations will close 10 days prior to the clinic date. LINK More info will follow as the date approaches. A short list of clinics & region contacts within the NCZ can also be found here:LINK .
During your registration for our annual re-certification clinic, you'll also be required to complete a short online course through Hockey Canada, as well as perform a criminal record check. Prior to the clinic, check the http://www.nczrc.ca regularly for updates on new rules, guidelines, and try the (awesome) free Rules App! Take time to study - check your rule book, and maybe try the Practice Exams & Answer Keys: LINK
DMHA also recently began utilizing third party assigning software called "Arbiter". We use to Arbiter to communicate, schedule, accept and decline upcoming game assignments, which also offers an optional mobile app. Its user fee (approx $8/annually), will be afforded by individual payroll deduction.
For further information please contact me: Referee in Chief - Jason Pick firstname.lastname@example.org 403-439-0244
Thanks for joining us in this 2020/2021 hockey season!