How to become a coach (Whitchurch Stouffville Minor Hockey Association)

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Without coaches who volunteer their time and step behind the bench every season, there would be no minor hockey in Stouffville. These volunteers are the heart of any minor hockey association.

Every year we require new volunteers, particularly in the younger divisions. So how do you become a coach? How do you obtain the proper certifications? Keep reading to find out!


It is an OMHA requirement that each team have certified bench staff consisting of a head coach, assistant coach(es), and at least one HTCP certified trainer.

The goals of the coach certification programs are to:

  • Provide coaches with the tools to work effectively with young players
  • Provide coaches the training to successfully implement the Head Coach curriculum
  • Introduce coaches to the concepts of fair play and cooperation within the hockey environment

The certification training focuses on:

  • Facilitating parent meetings
  • Delivering effective practices
  • Designing a safety program
  • Teaching individual technical skills
  • Preparing for game day

How to check the status of your certifications?

Access your Hockey Canada Registration (HCR) record using Hockey Canada’s eHockey. Once you create an eHockey account you can access your HCR profile, view your hockey history, check the status of your certifications, and sign up for clinics. Sign up for an eHockey account.
Visit the OMHA website for instructions on creating an eHockey account.

Certification Requirements by Division


Head Coach Requirements
Coach Certfication - level dependent  
Respect in Sport (RIS) or PRS  
Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC)  
Gender Identity and Expression Course  
Rowan's Law Acknowledgement Form  
Assistant Coach Requirements

Respect in Sport (RIS) or PRS  
Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC)  
Gender Identity and Expression Course  
Rowan's Law Acknowledgement Form

Coach Certification - level dependent

Assistant Coaches at House League require Respect in Sport (RIS)-Activity Leader or Speak Out! and Gender Identity and Expression Course Only . However, they would require the appropriate qualification listed in chart above for participation with teams from outside their House League (i.e. exhibition and/or tournament play).

In addition, if the Head Coach were not available to start a House League game, an appropriately NCCP qualified Coach would be required to act as the Head Coach.

OMHA Certification Clinics

A major part of OMHA service is the implementation of certification programs for all team staff.
The OMHA delivers these programs to its membership through clinics province-wide each year.

View a listing of current clinics and register for clinics online through eHockey.

Online Certification Courses

Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders

The OMHA has entered into a partnership with Respect Group Inc. in piloting the offering of Speak Out! certification as an online e-learning option to our Members. Access instructions to assist with accessing and advancing through Respect in Sport via the OMHA website.

Respect in Sport Activity Leader Program User Instructions

Respect in Sport Activity Leader Program Course Log-In

Rowan's Law Acknowledgement

In order to be rostered to a WSMHA team for the 2020-2021 hockey season, all players, rostered team officials, and on-ice volunteers must:

  1. review the Ontario Government's age-appropriate concussion awareness resources.
  2. review the OHF Concussion Code of Conduct
  3. commit to operate within the parameters of the OHF concussion code of conduct, and
  4. acknowledge review of the above resources and your commitment by completing the Rowan's Law Acknowledgement Form.

Understanding Discrimination based on Gender Identity and Gender Expression

The Ontario Hockey Federation (OHF) is pleased to announce the launch of a new training module for team officials, to support trans-inclusive hockey in Ontario, Understanding Discrimination based on Gender Identity and Gender Expression Training.

There are two modules which will educate team officials on this important topic. All team officials will require an eHockey account in the Hockey Canada Registry (HCR) in order to register for and complete the two modules. Once completed, notification will be posted to the team officials’ member profile on the HCR.

All coaches, trainers, and on-ice volunteers must complete the Gender Identity course to be rostered for the 2020-2021 hockey season.

Complete the Modules

  1. If you don't already have one, set up an eHockey account.
  2. Register for the clinic. Ignore the location listed-this is an online course.
  3. Log into your eHockey account.
  4. Select the participant you want to register for the course. This is YOU, not your child! If you take it under your child's ID, you will have to retake the course under your own ID.
  5. Checkout. There is no cost for the course, but you must checkout to complete the registration process.
  6. On the screen after checkout, note the supported devices.
  7. Completing checkout will trigger an automated email to the account used in your eHockey account confirming your registration with a link to access the modules.
  8. Launch the program modules at OHF Login
  9. Login using your eHockey account credentials.
  10. Complete both modules.
  11. You will not receive a certificate upon completion, but may verify completion by checking your eHockey account.

Police Vulnerable Sector Check

WSMHA requires a clear Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC) be filed when someone volunteers for the first time and every 3rd season thereafter. For more information on the Police Vulnerable Sector Check process, visit the York Regional Police website.

In order to expedite the process of obtaining a PVSC, the applicant requires a signed letter from the WSMHA office which confirms that the applicant is a volunteer with the association. The letter will allow the YRP to charge the volunteer processing rate and waive the extra fee should you need to be fingerprinted because your date of birth matches someone in the RCMP database.

The original Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC) letters must be submitted—photocopies will not be accepted—and you will not be reimbursed without the original.

Online Application Form

Please note: Health cards and Social Insurance Number cards are not accepted. Requests for any level of police record check can be made only by the applicant. Third-party requests will not be accepted.

If fingerprints have been taken in the past or it is discovered that fingerprints are necessary for any reason, the online process will stop and the applicant will be asked to attend the Community Resource Centre to complete the application.

Community Resource Centre
10720 Yonge Street 
Richmond Hill, ON
Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturdays: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Google Maps link

The Locker - CAC Database

The Locker is the Coaching Association of Canada’s online database. Access to The Locker will provide all coaches with the opportunity to track their progress and guide their development.

Coaches can create a log-in and access their Profile and Transcript online -where they can can view/update personal information, coaching records and access printable transcripts.

Certification Maintenance & Professional Development points will be tracked on the Coach's Transcript in "The Locker" and will update the Hockey Canada Registry (HCR) Profile when "Certified" status is renewed. 

Coaching Association of Canada

The Locker Login procedure PDF.

The Locker Login

Transfer Of Qualifications

For individuals holding valid qualifications from other OHF Member Partners or Hockey Canada Branches, we require you to download, complete and submit the Application for Conversion/Upgrade to the OMHA Office.

 Application for Conversion/Upgrade

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