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OWHA Policy

Extract from OWHA Policy Handbook -


Instructors, Coaches and Trainers

(A) All OWHA teams must have at least one female staff registered and OWHA recommends at least one female coach to be registered. It is the responsibility of all teams to know and follow the requirements as outlined in Team Official Qualification Requirements Policy.

(B) All OWHA teams must have a registered trainer with a minimum of HTCP Level 1 certification present at all OWHA sanctioned events.

GCGH Coaching Staff Minimum Requirements

Coaching Staff Requirements Per Level


Coaching Certification Programs

The various programs align with the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) as described by Hockey Canada.

FUNdamentals, House League & Development Stream

Coach 1 - Introduction to Coaching

  • 12 on-line coach modules, 1.5 - 2.5 hours of classroom, 1.5 hours of icetime

Coach 2 - Coach Level

  • Same format as Coach 1 program, with a post-training task during the year
  • Completion of Making Ethical Decisions



Competitive Streams

Development 1

  • 16 hours in classroom & icetime
  • Written assignment
  • Field evaluation of practice
  • Completion of Making Ethical Decisions

High Performance 1

  • 6 day clinic in classroom & icetime
  • Written assignment
  • Field evaluation of practice & game
  • Completion of Making Ethical Decisions


Training & Certification Levels

NCCP coaching levels come in two different types - Trained and Certified.  

Trained levels are the result of completing the basic tasks and require no further work from the coach.  Generally, House/DS Head Coaches and all Assistant Coaches required trained status. OWHA regulations state that Trained status is only valid for 5 years, after which the coach must either continue the training path, or retake their current course level.

Certified levels are the result of completing the assigned tasks and evaluations of a given course.  All competitive Head Coaches for U-13 and above require this level. In order to maintain a certified status, coaches must accrue 10 Professional Development Points within 5 years.  These points can be obtained through many streams, such as:

  • National and provincial sport organization conferences and clinics
  • eLearning modules
  • NCCP workshops
  • Coach mentorship programs
  • Active hockey coaching

Making Ethical Decisions

This is the final step for Coaching 2, Development 1, and High Performance 1 coaching levels.  The course can be done in-person or on-line and takes approximately 4 hours, for a cost of $75-$85.


Coaching Bursaries

The Coaches Association of Ontario provides a bursary each year to assist with the cost of Coach Clinics/Development.  The award is up to $300.00 per coach each year.

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