Coach Information (Dofasco Minor Hockey)

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Attention Head Coaches and Assistant Coaches for 2023-2024 

Please Click Here To View The Alliance Hockey Coaching Certificate Requirements for 2023-2024

If you need to upgrade your certification, please watch the Spordle website for upcoming clinics

The following table lists the certifications required for our volunteers.

Volunteer Role

Police Check

Respect in Sport
Activity Leader

Community Coach Stream


HTCP Level 1 Trainer

Gender Identity and Expression


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Head Coach - House League

Head Coach - Select

✔ (preferred)

Assistant Coach

On-ice Help








Parent Liaison


Note: A certified Head Coach and a certified Trainer must be present for every game. Therefore, it is recommended that more than one individual per team obtain the required certifications for each role.

All costs incurred in obtaining the required certifications are reimbursed 100%.

Police Check (Vulnerable Sector Check)
Each volunteer must submit an up to date Vulnerable Sector Check to the Dofasco Rec Park Main Office for review.  This must be completed by the end of October.  If you live in the City of Hamilton, please Click Here To Visit the Hamilton Police Website for more information.  If you live outside of the City of Hamilton, please visit the police service website of your local jurisdiction.

Respect in Sport
All Coaches, Trainers and Managers within the jurisdiction of the ALLIANCE are required to be certified in the RIS - for Activity Leaders Program.   

ALLIANCE Hockey has joined in the National initiative to implement the Respect in Sport educational tool. RiS is an e‐learning program for coaches, trainers, managers and any adult with a supervisory role over youth involved in hockey. It is designed as a tool to assist participants in identifying and dealing with abuse, neglect, harassment and bullying in sport. The on‐line course curriculum is broken into six (6), 30 minute modules and includes audio/visual presentations, quizzes and printable handouts. Another beneficial feature of the program is that it does not need to be done all at once, it can be completed at your leisure.


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 the Thames Valley Respect in Sport program, you can. Click here to port your certification!

Note: This course is different from Respect in Sport for Parents.

Community Coach (Coach 1 – Intro to Coach & Coach 2 – Coach Level) 
Community Coach Clinic focuses on getting your players moving in the right direction and enjoying themselves while being introduce to the game of hockey. You will learn the fundamentals of being a positive role model towards your athletes.

Upon completing the Clinic you will be trained to:

  • Use Hockey Canada resources to plan on/off-ice activities
  • Communicate effectively with players, parents, officials and league administrators
  • Encourage participants and work within fair play guild lines
  • Conduct safe, effective and age appropriate on-ice practice drills
  • Apply an ethical decision making process 

Clinic Structure
Community Coach Clinic is delivered in two parts. (A participants must first register for the clinic through the ALLIANCE Hockey Clinic Listing Page)

Part A: the participant completes the 4 hour hockey university (HU*) online component – a link to the online component will be provided upon registration
Part B: the in-person clinic which includes 4 hours in-class and 2 hours on-ice

Development 1

The Development 1 Clinic is designed for coaches working with players that are engaged in competitive levels of hockey. Learn to motivate and lead your athletes as they movie into a competitive environment. Build age-appropriate and competition specific practice plans while you give your players a solid understanding of the skills and strategies they need to compete. You will also learn to analyze your player’s abilities to ensure that they’re equipped, both mentally and physically, for a more intense level of play.

Learning Outcomes
Upon completing this clinic you will be trained to:

  • Plan and design a practice session
  • Analyze your athletes performance
  • Develop skill-specific programs
  • Coach a competition-oriented practice
  • Coach in a competitive situation

Clinic Structure
This is a 16-hour in-class clinic, hosted over 2 days with on-ice session.

Evaluation & Certification
After completing this clinic you will be considered ‘Trained’. To become Development 1 – ‘certified’ you need to complete the Clinic Post-Task assignment, Making Ethical Decision (MED) Comp Intro online evaluation.