The Head Coach is responsible for ensuring that all aspects of team management are carried out through a team of volunteers. These volunteers will include other team officials (Assistant Coaches, Trainer, Manager) and others who perform a range of functions essential to team success, e.g. timekeepers, official scorers, treasurer, etc. In most cases responsibilities are spelled out and yet even with that it is important to take the time necessary to discuss and agree on how duties will be carried out and support provided to each volunteer and the team.
Fair Play and Safety Pledge
Fair Play and Safety Pledge for Parents
The BMHA Fair Play and Safety Program is designed to ensure that our youth are given the opportunity to participate safely and with respect in our national sport. Thus we want to encourage, foster and enhance the aspects of safety and respect, both on and off the ice, by all participants involved. Fair Play encourages all players to be as competitive as possible, but only within the rules of the game. Fair Play does NOT take away from winning; it teaches the “sport” of hockey and provides life long lessons in respect, teamwork, and friendship. A component of the BMHA Fair Play and Safety Program is a Pledge for Parents. It is mandatory that parents review and sign the BMHA Fair Play Pledge form prior to the beginning of regular season games.
The pledge form can be downloaded here.
Behaviour at the Rink
Some things that Parents SHOULD be doing:
- Communicate to your child, in a positive manner, areas that the coach is trying to focus attention.
- The only yelling from the stands should be encouraging calls, backing-up areas that the coach is trying to focus attention on.
- Show respect for the officials, learn more about the standard of play, and the different signals that officials use.
- Be positive and avoid reacting negatively when a penalty is called.
- Work with your coaches to teach the players what is expected of them.
- Encourage respect for the team-mates and other players around your child.
- Visit the Hockey Canada Website, to always be gathering knowledge of the game, and areas that you can help.
- Always allow opportunity for your child to describe to you what happened at today's practice or game from their view point.
- Encourage, in all ways, your child to develop a positive attitude towards healthy competition, co-operative teamwork, fair play and grace under pressure.
- Watch out for other young players and report any inappropriate behaviour or abuse to your coach, convenor, or any member of the Association's executive.
NOTE on ABUSE: All team officials (coaches, managers, trainers) and BMHA convenors/executive members are required to take a "Speak Out Against Abuse" training course, that is helpful in identifying and reporting any inappropriate behaviour or abuse by parents.
NOTE on REFEREES: Many parents do not realize that the referees at your child's games are generally slightly older players from our own area Associations. Just as your Atom or Peewee aged player is working at improving their game, so too are these Bantam and Midget aged Referees trying to improve their skills. Of course they make mistakes. Remembering that they are human, in fact they are your neighbours children, can help to make the game more fun for everyone.
Please click to read the "Referee is only Human" article.
Respect in Sport Program
The Respect in Sport Program is an online certification program designed to protect our youth as well as enhance Hockey Eastern Ontario (HEO)'s mandate of providing a safe and fun environment for all participants.
The program provides information on parents’ natural influence over a child, the coach or leader’s role in an activity, the role parents play in their child’s enjoyment of a sport or activity, and protecting your child when they are outside of your immediate control. The program also provides parents with tools to evaluate their own behavior by highlighting 5 key “behavioural traps” frequently exhibited by parents, particularly in competitive sports. It demonstrates negative behaviours and provides ideas of how a situation may be better handled, includes valuable information from subject matter expert’s delivered in a clear and concise fashion, and asks questions of parents based on scenarios presented. Specific topics include:
- 5 common negative parent behaviours
- Child development/nutrition and hydration/rest/injuries
- Interacting with coaches, officials, and other parents.
The parent/guardian from each household must take the online course before the participant begins his/her first regular season session for IP participants and first regular game for Novice and above. With this implementation of this program it will foster and develop a culture of mutual respect in HEO and serve as an effective risk management tool as well as contributing to the overall safety and enjoyment of the game by all participants. The parents/guardians of our players represent a key step towards achieving our vision.
Completion of the Respect in Sport “Parent Program” for at least one parent/guardian of each family of every registered player in IP, Novice and any new players shall be a condition of their eligibility for participation in hockey.
The cost of this program ($12) is the responsibility of the parent/guardian of the respective player. Note that the cost is per family (one parent certified per family and other parent, step parents, grandparents, kids, etc. can take the program for free by using certified parent username and password).
The program can be accessed through the HEO website (www.hockeyeasternontario.ca) or directly at https://heoparent.respectgroupinc.com/secure/. It is a one hour online curriculum with both audio and visual features that allows flexibility and does not have to be completed in one session.
For further information, view the Frequently Asked Questions
At the start of each season, all BMHA players must go through evaluations to sort them into teams. This gives everyone the opportunity to play with others at a similar level and affords coaches the opportunity to best provide a positive teaching and learning experience.
The sort-out process for Novice and Atom will be based on two skills sessions and one scrimmage. The skills sessions will allow players to demonstrate their skating and hockey skills outside of the game environment. The scrimmage sessions will allow players to demonstrate both their skating skills and ability to play the game. Puck control and game play will also factor into the sort out process.
Peewee, Bantam and Midget divsion evaluations will be largely scrimmage based with a skills portion be the primary part of the first session. Players will have the fairest opportunity in a game situation to demonstrate their skills and how they play the game.
The evaluation scoring system is a five point scale (1 to 5) and criteria for these scores will vary according to the age group. Evaluators will be looking at skating, puck control, shooting, passing and overall game play.
The following document provides more detail on the approach that will be followed during the evaluations.
At each session, independent evaluators - those with no children playing in that Division - will use the scoring system to arrive at a score. The results will be the primary reference tool for the Division Convenor and VP Operations to form teams at A, B or C levels.
Goalies will be evaluated by goaltending specialists, with the results being provided to the VP Operations.
Welcome to all new and returning hockey players. We are pleased that you have decided to play hockey this season and to join in nearly 400 other players from within the Blackburn Minor Hockey Association (BMHA) boundaries in playing either house league or competitive hockey.
Coaches are Team Officials and are automatically members of the BMHA and therefore subject to the Rules, Duties and Regulations, Constitution and By-?Laws of Hockey Canada, ODMHA, GHA and the BMHA, including but not limited to the following:
1. "Team Officials" refers to the Head Coach, Assistant coaches, Trainer and Manager and are each responsible for attending a Speak Out clinic and submitting a Police Records Check form;
2. Head Coaches, as selected by the BMHA Executive, are responsible for obtaining their team officials;
3. Competitive Head and Assistant Coaches must have received valid Speak Out and Coaching Certification prior to their first league game of the current season. House League Coaches have a 30 day window after the first game to get their Speak Out and Coaches Clinics, as long as they have signed up for both. All new IP Instructors must attend an IP Instructor Clinic within 30 days of their first IP Session. BMHA will reimburse team officials for registration fees associated with attending these mandatory clinics, payable upon presentation of the appropriate receipt;
4. Head coaches are responsible to ensure that a qualified trainer is at each "on-?ice" session, including the very first practice at the beginning of the season. If the team designated Trainer has not been certified, at the very start of the season, the Head Coach is responsible to ensure that a qualified Trainer is available to fill their spot in the mean time;
5. Team Officials are responsible to become familiar with all of the various rules, regulations and particularly the playing rules of Hockey Canada, ODMHA, GHA and BMHA;
6. Coaches are responsible and accountable for instructing their team in accordance with the BMHA Hockey Development Program applicable to their level;
7. Coaches are responsible and accountable for applying BMHA By-?Law No. 17 with respect to equal ice-? time for all of their players;
8. Head Coaches are responsible, prior to the commencement of the league schedule, to hold a meeting with the parents. At this meeting the program for the season shall be outlined and discussed, obtaining agreement by all concerned with regards to team expenses involving tournaments, purchase of additional ice-?time, etc. The Division Convenor is required to be in attendance. Specifically, Head Coaches are to ensure that the agenda for this meeting, as a minimum, includes:
a. Introduction of the Division Convenor and description of their role;
b. Selection of Assistant Coaches, Trainer and Team Manager - as well as a description of their roles;
c. BMHA equal ice-?time By-?Law No. 17;
d. Practice ice purchases and tournament policies;
e. Yearly budget, as determined by the parents;
f. BMHA Hockey Development Program, as applicable to the team;
g. Team rules, as determined by the parents;
h. Special Equipment requirements/purchases;
i. Complaint process and the order of communications.
9. Head Coaches are responsible, prior to the commencement of the league schedule, to hold a team meeting with the players to review and discuss roles of team officials, fair play and safety pledge, team rules, and the season plan as appropriate to the respective age group;
10. Coaches are responsible to ensure that players are not on the ice until the arena staff has completed any on-?ice work, have left the ice and closed their gates. A team official must accompany the team to and from the dressing room and must be present whenever players are in the dressing room;
11. Coaches are responsible to ensure that players are not permitted on the ice without the standard hockey equipment as approved by Hockey Canada, the ODMHA and the BMHA;
12. Head Coaches are responsible for collecting from the BMHA Equipment Director, at the beginning of each season, all sweaters, pucks, and any other (goalie) equipment. Then, at the conclusion of each season, they are responsible for the return of same;
13. Head Coaches have the authority to hand out suspensions, penalties, etc. not to exceed one game per player per season. The player has the right to appeal directly to the BMHA Head of Discipline regarding any Coach imposed discipline received;
14. Players who are unable to control their temper on and off the ice should be given special attention by the Team Officials and, in problem cases, the Head coach is responsible to consult with the BMHA Head of Discipline;
15. Cases of flagrant misconduct, intoxication, drugs (use or sale), public displays of anger, or other actions deemed to be sufficiently severe by any Team Official shall be reported immediately to the Head of Discipline;
16. All protests or appeals to GHA or BMHA will be submitted in writing to the BMHA President or Head of Discipline (as suitable to the occasion) within 48 hours after the game or incident. A copy of the protest or complaint must be forwarded to the Division Convenor and Appeal fees, as determined by GHA or BMHA, must accompany the protest or appeal;
17. It must be recognized that Head Coaches may not always be available, and Assistant Coaches may be required to act as Head Coach for some games and/or practices. All such occurrences should be reported to the Division Convenor, prior to the occasion and regardless that the Head Coach is still responsible to prepare the game or practice plan for the event(s) that they will be missing;
18. Head coaches are responsible for the ensuring the implementation of Season Plans in keeping with BMHA's long term development program and any direction from the Director of Development; and updating the Convenor and Director of Development on progress relative to Season Plan.