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Becoming a Coach

What training does one need to become a coach in the GTHL?

All managers, head coaches, assistant coaches, and trainers, are required to complete a harassment and abuse certification course by taking the Speak Out course or the Respect in Sport (activity leader) online course.

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When do the clinics take place?
Our clinics typically take place between May and October.

Can I host a private clinic?
Click here if you would like to host a private clinic for your group and would like more information.

What is the refund policy?
For GTHL clinics only, cancellation and/or withdrawals will be subject to a 15% cancellation fee of the clinic cost.

Who can I contact to learn more?
Development, Certification and clinic informaiton, Private Clinics and Mentorship Information:
Brian Kyla-Lassila,Technical Director
Phone: (416) 636-6845 x 236
Fax: (416) 636-2035


Respect in Sport (Speak Out)

The Respect in Sport online program is recognized as an equivalent to the Speak Out/Prevention Services training. This course is not the same as the Respect in Sport-Parent program.

This three-hour online program is divided into six 30-minute modules that include audio/visual presentations, quizzes, and printable handouts. One of the great benefits of the program is that it does not need to be completed in one sitting, allowing you to complete it at your leisure. However, you will not be certified until you complete the entire program. Participants can complete this program at their leisure within a 30 day time frame.

Your registration and completion of the Respect in Sport program via our website will automatically update to your record in the Hockey Canada Registry.

The cost of the Respect In Sport online course is $30.

Click here to register for the Respect in Sport online course.


Coach Level 1 - Initiation Program and Novice (Houseleague/Select)

Novice and below house league coaches should be trained at the Coach 1 Level. This 8 hour course (4 hours online and 4 hours in-class) includes topics such as; skills teaching/analysis, lesson organisation, teaching stations, drills and games for development, and equipment and space usage for teaching. Also included is an on-ice training session designing and delivering the topics covered. You will be required to bring a CSA-approved helmet, skates, gloves and a hockey stick for the on-ice component. The Initiation Program was developed by Hockey Canada to make a child’s first contact with hockey a safe and positive experience. In a structured learn-to-play hockey program environment, beginners can learn the game’s basic skills and become contributing members of a team, develop confidence, and experience personal achievement. The Hockey Canada Initiation Program atmosphere is one fun and fair play.

This course requires that participants complete the Hockey Canada – Hockey University online program in addition to the 4 hour in class course that includes a 1.5 hour on ice training session. The online course will be available to complete upon sign-up for any in-class Coach Level clinic.  The online course will continue to be available on your Hockey Canada profile until it is completed.  The online portion must be completed before your in-class course date.

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Click here if you have registered and would like to access your Hockey Canada profile and Hockey University pre-task courses.

Coach 2 Level (Houseleague/Select - Minor Atom and above)

All Minor Atom and above house league head coaches should be trained at the Coach 2 Level. This 8 hour course (4 hours online and 4 hours in-class) includes topics such as; supporting the athlete through communication, designing and delivering practices and the game environment, game day preparations, and the National Coaching Certification Program’s (NCCP) M.E.D.-Making Ethical Decisions workshop. Also included is an on-ice training session designing and delivering the topics covered. You will be required to bring a CSA-approved helmet, skates, gloves and a hockey stick for the on-ice component.

This course requires that participants complete the Hockey Canada – Hockey University online program in addition to the 4 hour in class course that includes a 1.5 hour on ice training session. The online course will be available to complete upon sign-up for any in-class Coach Level clinic.  The online course will continue to be available on your Hockey Canada profile until it is completed.  The online portion must be completed before your in-class course date.

Coach Level pathyways

All coaches who participate in a Coach Level 2 clinic can become fully certified by:

  1. Completing Making Ethical Decisions online with the Coaching Association of Canada. To view your Coaching Association of Canada Locker profile or complete the Making Ethical Decisions-Community Sport online evaluation, you will be required to log-in to your Coaching Association of Canada Locker profile. For instructions on how to get into the Locker Click HERE 
  2. Complete and submit for review the Coach Learning Log Workbook portion of the Coach Workbook received at the in-class session. The Coach Learning Log Workbook document along with proof of Making Ethical Decisions completion must be scanned and emailed to: coachdevelopment@gthlcanada.com – Evaluation assignment participant responsibilities are Pages 7-32.

Click here for clinic dates and locations.

Click here if you have registered and would like to access your Hockey Canada profile and Hockey University pre-task courses.


Development 1 (A, AA & AAA Coaching)

The GTHL follows Hockey Canada and Coaching Association of Canada requirements for program delivery, certification, and maintenance of certifications. The Development 1 is the certification required by Hockey Canada for head coaches of rep level hockey ‘A’, ‘AA’ & ‘AAA’ (excluding Minor Bantam AAA and above AAA). Hockey Canada’s Body Checking component is included in the GTHL Development 1 training. This course does not include Hockey Canada’s harassment and abuse certification (Speak-Out).

This 16-hour course includes topics such as; team building with athletes, skills and progression, season planning, practice design, goaltending, offence, defence, individual/team tactics, practice to game transitions and the National Coaching Certification Program’s (NCCP) M.E.D.-Making Ethical Decisions workshop. Also included is an on-ice training session designing and delivering the topics covered. You will be required to bring a CSA-approved helmet, skates, gloves and a hockey stick for the on-ice component.

D1 PATHWAYS

All coaches who participate in a Development 1 Clinic from July 1, 2014 to present, will be required to complete three steps to be fully certified and acquire 20 Professional Development points within five years of certification date:

  1. Making Ethical Decisions online with the Coaching Association of Canada. To view your Coaching Association of Canada Locker profile or complete the Making Ethical Decisions-6 Step online evaluation, you will be required to log-in to your Coaching Association of Canada Locker profile. For instructions on how to get into the Locker Click HERE 
  2. Complete and submit for review the Coach Evaluation Criteria portion of the Coach Work Book received at the in-class session. (Click here to download Coach Evaluation Criteria PDF) The document along with proof of Making Ethical Decisions completion must be scanned and emailed to: coachdevelopment@gthlcanada.com – Evaluation assignment participant responsibilities include; Pages 1-3 Biography and goals, Page 9 Video Analysis, Page 14 Emergency Action Plan, Page 15 Team Information, Pages 16-18 Practice 1 & Self Evaluation, Pages 20-22 Practice 2 & Self Evaluation, Pages 24-26 Practice 3 and the Self Evaluation.
  3. Schedule and successfully participate in an on-ice evaluation  – To schedule an evaluation please Click HERE

*IF YOU REQUIRE A SECOND EVALUATION, YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO PAY A RE-EVALUATION FEE OF $60.00.

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Click here for more info on Professional Development/Certification Maintenance


High Performance 1

All Head Coaches coaching Minor Bantam AAA and above at the AAA level (U21 excluded) must be High Performance 1 Certified. According to the Hockey Canada policy this requirement would take effect for the 2015/2016 season.

The HP1 coaching program is an advanced development experience which features in-class sessions, assignments, and a field evaluation. The in-class session will provide the coach will a special opportunity to learn from presenters who have years of experience in high performance coaching environments. Coaches will complete an assignment that they will receive feedback and support on from a mentor. Also, a Hockey Canada evaluator will be scheduled to observe a practice and game, as well as conduct an overall evaluation of a coach’s program.

HP1 pathways

The Ontario Hockey Federation will be hosting High Performance 1 clinics across Ontario during the summer and will be accepting all applications.

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Instructional Stream

The GTHL is committed to providing clinics that increase the knowledge and skills of coaches to help them teach age appropriate skills to players. Instructional Stream clinics include a 3 hour in-class/1 hour on ice session and are based on several different topics; skating, checking skills, goaltending, developing defenceman, and skills. Each Instructional Stream clinic carries a value of  5 point towards certification maintenance.

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Professional Development

Hockey Canada and the Coaching Association of Canada have provided a framework for developing coaches and maintaining certification through participation in national and provincial sport organization conferences and workshops, eLearning modules, NCCP workshops, coach mentorship programs, and active coaching. Professional Development points can be earned through a multitude of activities that coaches already participate in. PD points are tracked by the Coaching Association of Canada and Hockey Canada.

Click here to view the Professional Development information