Coach­ing, the main­stay of hockey in this prov­ince A

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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

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