Trainer's Corner

Trainer’s Certification

All OGHA trainers must complete:

  • A Police Record Check (PRC) and Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS)
  • The Respect in Sport Activity Leader awareness training
  • Hockey Trainers Certification Program (HTCP) e-learning level 1 certification.

For all levels including Peewee competitive and above, trainers must have Level 2 Standard First Aid or Health Care Provider Level 2 certification.

To apply for a PRC/VSS you will require a volunteer letter from the OGHA. Complete and print the following form and bring to local police station with the volunteer letter which you can get from your team’s manager:,pdf.pdf

To register for Respect in Sport for Trainers visit

For Hockey Trainers Certification Program (HTCP) training visit:

Introduction to HTCP

Level 1 information

Level 2 information

For Trainer Level 1 and 2 e-learning certification and Refresher Clinic visit

For Trainer Level 3 information visit

Concussion information and ROWAN's LAW'S_LAW_Document_(FINAL_June_27)_small.pdf

OGHA Rowan's Law Day presentation - Concussions in Hockey (Dr. Sunita Nayar-Kingwell)

Trainer’s Role and Responsibilities

Hockey Trainers perform an important role in the OGHA. In fact, every team in the OGHA must have at least one certified trainer, and the trainer must be present every time the team takes to the ice! The OGHA will reimburse all Trainers for the cost of obtaining a Trainers certificate and will provide the necessary First Aid Kit to the Trainers. Trainers are responsible for the safety and well-being of all players on the team. In addition to providing First Aid to injured players, Trainers are required to perform a number of tasks, including:

  • Creating and implementing an Emergency Action Plan (EAP).

  • Checking for properly maintained and properly fitted equipment for all players.

  • Ensuring that medical “Return to Play” Certificates are obtained before allowing injured players to return to the ice.

  • Checking for dangerous situations (ice surfaces, boards, dressing room, arena).

  • Setting and ensuring a proper standard of sportsmanlike behaviour by players, coaches, and parents.

  • Assisting in the education of players and other participants about risk management policies and procedures.

  • Keeping accurate records of any injuries, no matter how small.

Trainer Responsibilities:

As a Hockey Trainer and team official you must play a leadership role in implementing effective risk management programs with your own teams, enhancing the safety of players and everyone involved in amateur hockey.

The following are some responsibilities that the HockeyTrainer should assume:

  • Implement an effective risk management program with your team that strives to prevent injuries and accidents before they happen.

  • Assume a proactive role in identifying and minimizing or eliminating risks during all activities. If in doubt, always err on the side of caution.

  • Promote and reflect the values of Fair Play and strive to instill these values in all participants and others involved in amateur hockey.

  • Ensure that all players are provided with meaningful opportunities and enjoyable experiences free from physical and/or emotional mistreatment.

  • Conduct regular checks of players’ equipment to ensure proper fit, protective quality and maintenance, and advise players and parents regarding the selection or replacement of equipment.

  • Promote proper conditioning, warm-up, and cool down techniques as effective methods of injury prevention.

  • Maintain accurate medical information files on all players and team officials and bring these to all team activities.

  • Maintain a Player Injury Log.

  • Maintain a fully stocked first aid kit and bring it to all team activities.

  • Implement an effective Emergency Action Plan with your team and practice it regularly to ensure all involved understand their roles and are prepared to act promptly when an incident occurs.

  • Recognize life-threatening and significant injuries, and be prepared to deal with serious injury.

  • Manage minor injuries according to basic injury management principles and refer players to medical professionals when necessary.

  • Recognize injuries that require a player to be removed from action. Refer players to medical professionals and coordinate return to play measures to minimize risks of re-injury or further harm.

  • Promote a healthy lifestyle with all hockey participants by being a good role model and by educating participants regarding hygiene, performance-enhancing substances, drug and alcohol abuse, nutrition and hydration.

  • Facilitate communication with players, coaches, parents, physicians, therapists, paramedical personnel, officials and other volunteers regarding safety, injury prevention and player’s health status.

  • Act as trainer for both your team and your opponent's team if only one hockey trainer is present.


Trainer’s Resources

OGHA Trainer’s Season To Do List

Trainer’s Equipment Checklist

Trainer download documents

OGHA Significant Injury - Return To PLay