MANDATORY PRE-SEASON MEETING AND
MODULES FOR COACHES AND CONVENORS
The North York Knights will hold their pre-season House League coaches and convenors meeting on Sunday Sept 15th, 2019 at Armour Heights Community Centre (2140 Avenue Road south of Wilson Avenue – parking available). The Coach and Convenor meeting will begin at 7:00 pm.
Please note that attendance is mandatory if you wish to be a House League coach or assistant coach. While some hockey knowledge would certainly be an asset, prior coaching experience particularly at the younger age divisions is NOT required. The Knights will try to pair up volunteers to ensure that there is some hockey and/or coaching experience associated with each team (and volunteering to coach with a buddy essentially guarantees that your respective children will be on the same team). The Knights provide a Coaching Handbook that reviews how to manage a team and plan practices, and supply one ‘Coach Kit’ per team (with pucks, pylons and a white board) for our newest coaches in the Tyke division. The Knights have a Coach Mentor who would be pleased to provide his assistance and attend initial practices to help with planning and on-ice organization. If you are going to be at the arena with your child, why not step on the ice / bench and join in the fun! Please remember that the Knights is a not-for-profit organization that relies entirely on the assistance of parent and non-parent volunteers to run our programs for your children. Please help us ensure that every child has an enjoyable hockey experience this season by considering our request to join us for the upcoming House League season.
Anyone who wishes to coach with the Knights MUST complete or have completed the ‘Speak Out’ course or the equivalent ‘Respect In Sport’ online program. Completion of one of these courses is a Hockey Canada requirement. If you would like to coach but have not completed either the Speak Out course or the Respect in Sport program, please go to the GTHL website and complete the online clinic (link below).
MANDATORY TRAINING Module FOR Team Officials in 2019 – 2020
The Ontario Hockey Federation (OHF) has introduced training modules for all convenors, all coaches, Select trainers and Select managers to support trans-inclusive hockey in Ontario. Completion of the two modules, Understanding Discrimination based on Gender Identity and Gender Expression and a Guide to the Dressing Room Policy and Confidentiality Statement, is mandatory in order to be approved to a roster for the 2019-20 season.
There are two modules that will be used to educate convenors, coaches, Select trainers and managers on this important topic. For all convenors, coaches, Select trainers and managers, completion of these two modules will be required by October 1, 2019.
All convenors, coaches, Select trainers and managers 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 convenor, coach, Select trainer or manager’s member profile on the HCR.
The first step in completing the training is to have an eHockey account in order to sign up for the required modules. Convenors, coaches, Select trainers and managers who do not already have an eHockey account can click the following link to sign up:
Once your account has been established, or for those who already have an account, please click on the link below to be directed to the OHF landing page for more information on the training and to register for the course (no costs). Convenors, coaches and Select trainers and managers will access the course registration via the link and then be responsible for completing the Gender Identity and Expression course. Upon registering for the course, convenors, coaches and Select trainers and managers will receive an email with instructions for completing the modules.
Please note that this training has been mandated by the OHF and must be completed if an individual wishes to volunteer in the North York Knights Hockey Association. Thank you for your co-operation on this important matter.