Managers are essential to hockey at every level. A responsible, organized, well-equipped manager coach can be a positive influence on the experience of players, parents and other coaches.
The Team Manager is a central figure in creating the flow of communication – not only within the team (players, parents and coaches), but between the team and all support systems such as the Minor Hockey Association, Division Managers, League Managers, other teams, referees and officials. By taking on the operational aspects of the team, the manager enables the coach to focus on player development and on-ice instruction to provide the players with rewarding hockey experiences.
Every team will organize themselves slightly differently to best function in their surroundings, however, there are still many tasks that all Team Managers will need to complete regardless of what team they work with.
The Team Manager’s Manual is available here and as a free download off the Hockey Canada website.
This manual provides information to aid Team Managers in the smooth operation of the team throughout the season. Ten key topics are addressed within the manual; team meetings, delegation, team rules, record keeping, organizing games, applying for tournaments, organizing travel, team finances, team activities and coaching resources.
While the Team Manager’s role is one of in-depth involvement – and may go beyond the scope of the ten topics discussed – there is no reason to become overwhelmed. The team is there to support and, through delegation, a ‘divide and conquer’ approach can be extremely efficient.
Numerous appendices including templates, samples and a glossary of terms have been integrated into the manual to assist the Team Manager in pre-planning and organization. The appendices are active documents that can be downloaded and customized to fit your own team needs.
Be sure to keep in close communication with your Local MHA Representative to provide you with assistance in completing managerial duties.
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR MANAGERS
Unsure of the qualifications you require? Along with consultation from your local Minor Hockey Association, please note the links below:
» RESPECT-IN-SPORT ACTIVITY LEADER COURSE
» GENDER INDENTITY & EXPRESSION TRAINING
OVERVIEW OF CLINICS/COURSES
RESPECT-IN-SPORT ACTIVITY LEADER OVERVIEW
The Respect in Sport Activity Leader Program educates activity leaders to recognize, understand and respond to issues of bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination. It may be the single most important training leaders receive to assist in creating a safe, healthy and respectful environment for all participants.
Porting My Profile to a New Implementation:
If you are already a fully certified user for the Respect in Sport Activity Leader, Respect in Sport for Hockey (Speak Out Online),or Respect in School programs, you may transfer (port) your certification and profile to a new implementation. All three program certifications are interchangeable. For example, if you are a teacher/coach and you completed the Respect in School program or you are a hockey coach and have completed the Respect in Sport program and you want to transfer your profile to another application you can. Click here to port your certification.
GENDER IDENTITY & EXPRESSION OVERVIEW
The Ontario Hockey Federation (OHF) provides training modules for team officials to support trans-inclusive hockey in Ontario;
understanding Discrimination based on Gender Identity and Gender Expression Training.
These two modules which will educate team officials on this important topic.