Coaching Application for the 2024-2025 Season (Aylmer Minor Hockey Association)

Coaching Application for the 2024-2025 Season
Thank you for choosing to apply for a coaching position for the upcoming season. Please fill out the sections below. PLEASE NOTE: All coaches and volunteers are mandated by the AMHA to have a vulnerable sector check completed every three years. In the case that an applicant has submitted a VSS within the last two years, an offense declaration form must be submitted. The offence declaration forms or VSS request forms can be found on the website under the TAB "forms."

AMHA and EEMHA Coaching Application Instructions

Interested applicants for the 2024-25 season for both Representative Hockey(EEMHA) or Local League(AMHA) must apply by completing the AMHA coaching application and submitting it online by the closing date of Friday June 7th, 2024.

Please read this document thoroughly and be familiar with the terms and conditions stated within. The successful candidate must agree with the terms and conditions of the position.

Please complete the information sections below. The AMHA coach selection committee will then contact you to conduct an interview. Regardless of whether you have coached in the AMHA system before, you are expected to be vetted to ensure there are no concerns with your application, and that you are willing to abide by the constitution, bylaws, and manual of operations set forth by Hockey Canada, the OHF, the OMHA and the AMHA.

Coaching recommendations made by the coach selection committee are then evaluated by the AMHA board of directors, before any coaches will be confirmed and notified.

Hockey Coach Job Description

Position Description:

Oversee and be responsible for all aspects of the day to day operation of the assigned hockey team, ensuring that the objectives of the Association as stated in the AMHA Constitution and OMHA Manual of Operations are met. Be a spokesperson for the team and represent the team at all meetings and functions required.

This position requires a Level of Certification as required by the Ontario Minor Hockey Association. Please the OMHA manual of operations for details. All applicants must review and comply with the AMHA constitution, bylaws including a code of conduct, in addition to the OMHA Manual of Operations

A commitment of approximately 10 hours per week is required in order to fulfill the obligations of the position

Eligible applicants will be required to submit a Vulnerable Sector Check or sign an offence declaration, in the case the AMHA has a valid record check from the previous 1-2 years.

Position Requirements:

Coach as a Leader Standards

• Establish seasonal goals and objectives for the team.

• Be a role model for your players by using appropriate behaviour towards officials, players, parents and other coaches.

• Foster leadership abilities in your athletes.

• At a minimum, meet with parents of athletes at a pre-season and in-season meeting to outline your coaching and team philosophies, playing time and other relevant aspects of your plan.

• Demonstrate a sincere effort in helping each and every athlete on your team to maximize his/her potential.

Coach as Teacher Standards

• Develop a seasonal plan and review it routinely.

• Teach age and ability appropriate skills using proper sequence and progression.

• Teach skills using understandable language.

• Recognize uniqueness in your athletes and always treat them with respect.

• Understand your position as a role model, and facilitate the acquisition of skills other than that gained on the ice surface.

Coach as an Organizer and Communicator Standards

• Plan effective practices.

• Select support staff that will provide maximum benefit to you and all of your athletes.

• Hold individual player meetings when required.

• Be available to parents and/or hold meetings with parents when required. 

• Utilize athletes’ parents for assistance in various activities.

• Communicate any issues or concerns immediately with the AMHA board.

Risk Management and Safety Standards

• Review athletes’ equipment on a regular basis and advise parents accordingly.

• Monitor rehabilitation of injured athletes and ensure medical clearance is received prior to returning from an injury.

• Report any player abuse or harassment to AMHA per OMHA guidelines.

• Review team safety emergency action plan with trainer.

• Ensure that all ice and dressing room activities have adult supervision. Ensure that all tech devices with photography or video capabilities are not present at any time in dressing rooms.

• Report any arena safety deficiencies to the AMHA.

Vulnerable Sector Check

It is a requirement of the OHF that all volunteers, holding a position of trust and authority with the possibility of contact with children, must be screened by means of a Vulnerable Sector Check. It is the responsibility of the coach to ensure he/she obtains a Vulnerable Sector Check for all coaching staff on his/her team as well as any volunteers that may assist. 

The Vulnerable Sector Check form is to be delivered to your local police service (i.e. Aylmer Police Station if living in Aylmer or the OPP if living in Malahide Township). Once completed the coach is responsible to pick up the completed record check and submit it online under your HCR Account online.

A Vulnerable Sector Check is required every 3 years for all volunteers holding a position of trust and authority with the possibility of contact with children. Each year, you will be required to submit a scanned PDF copy of your VSC along with a signed OHF Screening Declaration Form to the OHF via your HCR account.

Every volunteer is obliged to inform the AMHA Executive and OHF if he or she is charged, tried, or convicted of any offence under the Criminal Code of Canada or other federal statute.

All information regarding VSC's and OHF Screening Declaration Forms can be located at under the Coaching heading.

The following criteria MAY result in a “FAIL” rating:

Criminal Code convictions or charges pending for the following offences:

• Sexual Assault or child abuse offences

• Indictable criminal offences of any kind.

• Current prohibitions or probation orders forbidding the individual to have contact with children under the age of 16.

Applicants may also be rejected as a result of other information gained during the screening process, or as a consequence of other factors. It is the AMHA executives who will review questionable PRC’s and decide on suitability. This decision can be appealed in writing to the general membership through the Grievance committee. The AMHA general membership’s decision is final.

AMHA may also solicit additional applicants after the closing date to fill any vacant positions.

AMHA Coaching Application

Team Selection - Indicate Rep(EEMHA) or Local League(AMHA)

i.e. U5, U8, U11 Rep, U13 Local League

Coaching Certification

Previous Coaching Experience

Drawing on your experiences?

Please provide examples of two situations from previous coaching experiences that you have identified as challenging situations. Once you have identified these situations, please provide insight of how you handled the situation. Then provide additional insight as to what you learned from the situation and how you would handle a similar situation in the future.