Coach's Corner

Hockey participation offers families value beyond making an individual a better player or even a better athlete. The game of hockey is a powerful platform for participants to build character, foster positive values and develop important life skills. These benefits are available to all players, desirable to every family and transcend the game.  These are the new Hockey Declaration of Principles and are very much in line with our association’s vision for all to strive to achieve throughout the year.  The NHL has a website dedicated to these principles and can be found here or a small poster size copy can be found here as well.


Beginning with the 2015-16 season, the OWHA implemented a new policy whereby all coaches and their staff must have their required qualifications in place and registered within the IVRnet system to be eligible to fill their appropriate position.  The association will help make alternate arrangements for coverage should coaches not have the required qualifications while they are working towards them. If you are still at all unsure what qualifications are required for yourself or your assistant coaches, please consult the following link as well as our Risk and Safety manager’s sections for the none hockey requirements for all volunteers.


If by chance you do not have the pre-requisite courses or you are interesting in volunteering as a coach now or in the future the OWHA puts on many coaching clinics in various districts.  For more information on these clinics, please visit their website at the following link for the list and locations of available clinics.  Of note, we are not tied solely to OWHA. Our coaches can also register for clinics organized by Hockey Eastern Ontario (HEO) which also hosts NCCP clinics for those wishing to receive their required qualifications. Please visit their website here for the list of available clinics.



Concussion Awareness Training for Coaches & Trainers


All head coaches and trainers are recommended to complete the “Making Headway - Concussion Awareness” (generic) module. The “Making Headway” module is offered online by the Coaching Association of Canada and this free module can be accessed at any time and will only take 60-90 minutes to complete.  This module can be access at . The module is recognized by the NCCP and will count as five points towards your coaching re-certification. 



Gender Identity Course


There is now a new published course in regards to Gender Identity by Hockey Canada that is highly recommended for Head coach’s and Staff to complete.  It is a free course and takes about 2 hours to complete.  The following link will bring you to the appropriate area to complete the course.



Coaching Resources 


Shift Management Tool - This spreadsheet helps you equally assign players when you have an uneven number of forwards

Hockey Canada Clinics - Website

Forgot your coaching Certificate Number? click here to look it up.

Risk Management and Emergency Action Plan Template



Practice Plan Resouces


Blank Full Hockey Practice Plan - Template

Blank Hockey Template - 4 Diagrams

Blank Hockey Template - Single Diagram




There are many sites out there were you can find drills and here are a few examples to get you started:


Just for Coaches

Ice Hockey Systems

Prodigy Hockey

Hockey Canada - just search "drills" and you can find material for the appropriate level

Hockey Share

Coach Nielsen's Ice Hockey Drills