Coaching

Coach Policies and Coach Manual

The Crowfoot Coach Manual includes coaching policies, procedures, and programming expectations.   The manual was last updated in 2017 and is currently under review but much of the content is still correct.

Click here to access the Crowfoot Coach Manual

Should you have any questions related to coaching, please email the Crowfoot VP On Ice ( vpon-ice@crowfoothockey.com ).

Coaching Application

Crowfoot teams are led by volunteer coaches.  In most cases these coaches are selected from within the parents of the players on the team.  Occasionally we select candidates with no player on the team.   We ask that all volunteers who would like to be considered for a Head Coach, Assistant Coach or Goalie Coach position fill out a coaching application.  The application form typically takes between 5 and 15 minutes to fill out.

Click here to access the Crowfoot Coaching Application form.

Coach Certification Requirements

Hockey Alberta sets out a number of certification requirements for all coaches based on the age group they are working with.  Historically these certification requirements must be met by November 15th of the current season.   In addition to age division Coaching Certifications, Crowfoot Hockey requires that all on-ice staff obtain a current Police Check and the Respect In Sport for Activity Leaders certification.

Click here to access the Hockey Alberta Coaching Requirements page.

Resources

There are countless hockey resources available online and it can be difficult to determine the quality of the available content .  Below are some resources we have found to be of fairly high quality to help you get started.

  • Crowfoot Development Material - This material was created during the hockey disruptions of 2019/20 to facilitate a standardized program for our Crowfoot cohort season.
  • HockeyShare – (https://www.hockeyshare.com/) Hundreds of FREE hockey drills for all levels. Paid membership also allows you to draw and create your own drills, and organize your practice plans.
  • Hockey Canada Drill Hub, Coaches Network  ( https://www.hockeycanada.ca/en-ca/hockey-programs/drill-hub and https://www.hockeycanadanetwork.com/ ) Core Skill Development Pages – Find the Hockey Canada App here which allows FREE access to hundreds of drills for all levels as well as other coaching related content.
  • Hockey Canada - U9 Season PracticesHockey Canada has provided a season plan including 32 practice plans.
  • USA Hockey – (https://www.usahockey.com/practiceplans) Hundreds of FREE hockey drills and practice plans for various age categories. Also find a lot more useful coaching information on this useful site.
  • The Coaches Site – (https://thecoachessite.com/) An all in one site for all levels of coaches including drills, practice plans, videos, blogs, seminars and workshops. Paid subscription is required for all access, but does have free information if linked to their social media pages.
  • Weiss Tech Hockey and University – (https://weisstechhockey.com/ and https://www.weisstechuniversity.com/ ) Very coach oriented and easy to use. Numerous FREE drills available but also includes a lot of valuable information for season planning with a paid subscription.
  • Ice Hockey Systems – (https://www.icehockeysystems.com/) Numerous FREE hockey drills and practice plans for all levels of hockey.  Also includes videos, a coaches blog and other coaching information on the site.  
  • Coach Nielson’s Ice Hockey Drills – (https://coachnielsen.wordpress.com/) An underrated site with numerous FREE drills along with other valuable information and coaching related links.  
  • Youtube - SerdachneyHockey – Over 75 skating and skills videos for various age and skill levels. 
  • Youtube - How To Hockey - Coach Jeremy – Hundreds of instructional hockey videos along with great coaching information and
  • Youtube - Pavel Barber – Nearly 500 videos of hockey related content including information on puck handling and scoring.  A very entertaining site that provides numerous tips and ideas for having fun while instructing.
  • Youtube - iTrain Hockey – Great videos on skating and scoring technique.
  • Twitter - @TheCoachesSite
  • Twitter - @TLPF_Hockey – Think Less Play Faster is a great feed relating to drills, tactics and other coaching and instructional information.