Coaches (CYO Minor Hockey)


Resources, Forms, and Information for CYO Coaches and Trainers


Mandatory certification and training for all bench staff. 

Coaches, Trainers, Assistant Coaches, Team Managers, and On-Ice Helpers


CYO Minor Hockey coaches and assistant coaches require Hockey Canada's National Coaching Certificate Program (NCCP) Community Coach Stream. Clinics are offered at various times in the fall in St Catharines and Niagara.

Mite/IP Program Coordinator(s) = minimum NCCP Coach 1 - Intro to Hockey Coach
Novice Coaches = minimum NCCP Coach 1 - Intro to Hockey Coach
Atom and above = minimum NCCP Coach 2 - Coach Level

To register for a clinic, create an eHockey Canada account (you may already have one from when you registered your child to play). Once you have logged in, select "Signup for a Clinic" from the top navigation bar and search for either "Coach 1 Intro to Coach" for Novice benches, or "Coach 2 Coach Level" for Atom and above.

More information can be found on the Hockey Canada website under NCCP Levels and Requirements


CYO Minor Hockey Trainers require Hockey Trainer Certification (Level 1) from the Hockey Development Centre for Ontario (HDCO). 

All on-ice helpers (over 18), coaches, trainers, and team managers require:

1. Police Check: All bench staff over the age of 18 must submit a cleared Police Vulnerable Sector Check to the CYO Office at the start of the season. Police checks are valid for 2 years.

2. Code of Conduct: All bench staff must sign and submit a copy of the  CYO Coaches Code of Conduct to the CYO Office at the start of the season.

3. Respect in Sport (Activity Leader): All bench staff must complete the Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders.This online program is different from the parent program.

4. Gender Identity and Expression Course: All bench staff must complete this online program. To register, log into your eHockey Canada account and select "Signup for a Clinic" from the top navigation bar. Search for "Gender Identity and Expression Course" from the list.

5. Signed Concussion Form: The CYO fully supports the intent of Rowan's Law to create awareness of concussions, change the culture on concussions, and provide safe sport participation. All Team Officials must review the OHF Concussion Code of Conduct and submit the online acknowledgement form prior to the start of the season. Players will also be given a brief in-person pre-game explanation of the material at a point before the first game of the season is played.

Failure to complete these items will result in the person(s) being removed from the bench and ice.


Forms and information for use during the season

Medical Information Form: The team Trainer is to have every parent fill out a medical information form at the start of the season. The trainer should keep these forms on-hand during league events (especially travel games) in the event a medical issue arises. For privacy reasons, these forms are not kept after the season is finished so new ones must be submitted each year.

Travel Permit: Any game not played as part of the regular season requires a travel permit. This includes tournaments and exhibition games. 

Incident Report: For any incident occurring during a league function; to be filled out after a 24 hour waiting period (not immediately).

Medical Report: For any medical incidents or issues the league should be made aware of that will affect a player's ability to play or participate in league events.

Concussion Policy: Policy and procedures surrounding concussions. Note that a player's return to the ice following a concussion requires a medical clearance note, and player return will follow the Hockey Canada Concussion Protocols.

Key Policies


CYO Rule Book: All bench staff should read and familiarize themselves with the CYO Rules, which contain important gameplay information and league protocols and requirements, including player rotation and fair play rules.

Dressing Room Policy: As per Alliance protocols, when any player under the age of 18 is in the dressing room (before/during/after a game) the CYO requires a minimum of 2 approved team officials (bench staff, parish leader, program leader, team parent) either in the dressing room, or immediately outside the room with the door ajar.

On-ice Helper Equipment Policy: All on-ice helpers under 17 years old must be a registered CYO player and wear a CSA approved helmet with full-face shield, as well as shin pads, gloves, and skates. Adult on-ice helpers (including coaches and trainers) must wear CSA approved helmets (face protection optional) and skates. Helmet straps must ALWAYS be done up. Failure to do so will result in removal and possible suspension per CYO Minor Hockey rules.

Players are not allowed on the ice (practice or game) until the zamboni doors are closed AND there is a minimum of either 1 certified bench person (coach, trainer, or manager) on the bench/ice, or the referees are present and on the ice.

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