London ON, The
weekend of August 7th to 9th was all about Development
for ALLIANCE Hockey Coach Facilitators, Member Associations and Goaltender
On August 7th Coach Facilitator
Instructors attended a workshop on the new Certification Requirements
implemented by Hockey Canada. Don McKee
was the guest speaker who spoke on motivation and educating today’s Coach.
Gary McFarlane, Technical Director of ALLIANCE Hockey and Director of Operations for the ALLIANCE Hockey Under 16 Team presented a revamped Development 1 Presentation for Coach Facilitators. Coaches for the 2015-16 Season will now be required to complete and on-line Making Ethical Decisions Course and have a practice evaluated to obtain their certification. Once Coaches have completed their certification they will be required to further their education by attending various workshops over a 5 year period to maintain their certification.
On August 8th, 35 Coaches attended a Specialty Clinic Workshop on Skating, Puck Control, Developing Skilled Defensemen and Small Area games. Coach Facilitator’s, Scott McCulloch, Shawn Way and Chris Golem lead both the in class and on-ice sessions at Nichols Arena in London. ALLIANCE Hockey Member Associations will be encouraged make application to host the Specialty Clinics as part of the Coach Certification Maintenance Program.
On August 9th, 26 Goalie Coaches attended the Hockey Canada Goaltender Certification Program. Marc McCallum, Goalie Coach ALLIANCE Hockey Under 16 Team and Hockey Canada Goaltender Coach Instructor lead the class-room and on-ice programming at Nichols Arena. Those in attendance at the Clinic were encouraged to go back to their Member Associations and recruit goaltender coaches and present the clinic to develop consistency across the Country as it relates to Goaltending Instruction.