Coaching, the mainstay of hockey in this province A
t the start of the 2013-14 season Hockey Canada in partnership with the member Branches introduced Hockey University; a new innovative way to teach hockey coaching courses. The coaching courses available online are for the levels of Intro to Coach (IP) and Coach Stream.
Coaches sign up online and take a four hour course, the online course can be completed at their leisure, as all completed information is saved as they go through the course. Once they have completed the online session, they are able to register for the final task, a four hour in-class session (2.5 hours in-class, 1.5 hour on-ice).
“Hockey University helps establish consistency in the messages and resources delivered to coaches throughout the country. It doesn’t matter if you take the course in British Columbia or Newfoundland and Labrador, everyone will be given the same information,” stated Paul Dagg, technical director, Hockey NL. “This new format also gives coaches flexibility to complete the online course at their own pace and instant access to updated coaching resources. Coaches will always have access to their Hockey U account, whether they need a refresher or new information is added.”
This new wave of coach education is beneficial to the membership in Newfoundland and Labrador due to the vast geography and commuting workforce.
Hockey NL considers that if it assists coaches with continuing education programs and resources then, essentially, you are having an impression on the 9,000 plus players in the province. It has created mandatory certifications for all teams in the province based on their age and category of play, in order to ensure that the young players have the best possible coaching they deserve. It has created a funding model to support the coaches at the higher levels when obtaining credentials outside the province. Also the new certification program requires coaches complete an online program in making ethical decisions. The branch relies on volunteer coaches to make the experience for the players a positive one, and education in this area is paramount for the success of their programs.
Dagg, who has worked with Hockey Canada and in the Canadian Hockey League with the Brampton Battalions, is the provincial association’s full-time technical director and is available to work with coaches in the province in a variety of capacities from specialty skills clinics, to team selections, and to off ice training curriculums.
For more information on Hockey University to see what courses are needed for each level of hockey, or to contact Hockey NL technical director, Paul Dagg, please visit the association’s website at www.hockeynl.ca.
Paul Dagg, technical director, Hockey NL