2023/24 HEAD COACH APPLICATION FORM OPEN
- If you are interested in being a Head Coach for any RMHA team, please fill in this Head Coach Application Form. If you have any questions about the application form or about being a Head Coach with the RMHA's House League program, please contact the RMHA VP House.
- U9 to U18 house league head coach applications for the upcoming season are accepted until the day before evaluation sessions begin. U7 and U21 head coaches may be selected after the start of RMHA Evaluations.
AFFILIATION FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS -> Click here
- For players being affiliated to a higher level / division team, the Specially Affiliated Player permission form must be completed and sent to the hosting association's Registrar and then processed by the District Registrar before participation. Once processed, that player is added to official Hockey Canada roster as an affiliate (A). The team can then go into the GHA myTTM system and select the player that is now elligible for affiliation. Note that you may see other players in the myTTM list that are not official affiliates for your team.
- Until an affiliate has been CONFIRMED to be on your official Hockey Canada Roster, identified with an A, then they are not to be called up.
- Be aware that there are deadlines for affiliation changes and addition of affiliates to a roster.
- For tracking purposes, teams must submit a GHA Affiliate Player Call-Up Notification form for all game affiliate use during the entire season before the game. The online submission is done through the GHA web site by clicking on Team Login.
- Please ensure you have reviewed and follow the GHA Rules and Regulations pertaining to affiliate and reporting online.
- Allow sufficient time for processing of affiliation paperwork and do not wait too late into the season. At least a week's notice to submit the form to the registrar should be provided to add the player to your roster as an affiliate (A).
- Refer to the Affiliation Chart in the GHA Rules and Regulations.
- Once the head coach has selected the team's bench staff, the list must be sent to the RMHA Registrar at email@example.com
- The Head Coach picks the team's bench staff (Assistants, Trainers, Manager).
- For U9 to U21 teams, including the Head Coach, the total number of bench staff should not exceed six (6) on the Hockey Canada roster.
- **Note** Maximum 3 staff on the bench at U9 games (per team).
- **Note** Maximum 5 staff on the bench at U11-U21 games.
- RMHA Executive and Board of Directors are not included in that count and can be added as extra volunteers on the bench. Any exceptions are to approved by VP House or VP Competitive, as additional insurance fees may need to be covered by the team.
- RMHA recommends that each team have two bench staff with trainer certification to ensure there is always a trainer available for games and practices.
- It is suggested that you have an Assistant Coach that also holds the coaching certifications necessary to fill in as head coach, if needed.
- On-Ice Helpers that are 15 years of age or younger MUST wear FULL equipment.
Not sure what bench certifications you need? Click the link to find out.
Not sure what certifications you have? Set up an account through the eHockey site.
You can add yourself as a participant and see your certifications here that show up in the Hockey Canada Registry where team rosters are built (provided you have previously been set up with a Hockey Canada Profile).
These certifications are verified before a bench staff member can be approved on a roster by the completion deadlines.
- If you are a first time bench staff member, taking the online Respect in Sport Leader course will create a Hockey Canada profile in our registry (as a member of the RMHA, please be sure to select Hockey Eastern Ontario as the branch and Russell MHA as your association).
- If you are new to the RMHA but previously been a rostered bench staff member, be sure to contact the RMHA Registrar to have your existing profile moved over to our association's registry from your previous association.
FEE REIMBURSEMENT - CLINIC / CERTIFICATION:
- The RMHA will reimburse those selected to be on a team roster, for courses needed and completed.
- Receipts should be kept and sent to the RMHA Treasurer once all required certifications for the season are completed.
- Please advise in your email of the total refund amount and include the individual receipts.
The GHA has a Fair Ice Time policy that is strictly enforced and supported by the RMHA.
Fair Ice must be given to all defense and all forwards, (i.e. you cannot rotate 2 centres for the entire game when you have 8 forwards.)
See GHA R&R 20.1
As per Hockey Eastern Ontario (by November 10th) :
Teams are required to have a pre-season chat and cover the topics on the checklist. (attached) This can be built into parent meetings that take place at the start of the season. Please share the policies, glossary of terms and checklists with all of your teams and ensure that they know what is required to be discussed during a pre-season meeting.
- Gender Diversity Memo Regarding Pre Chats
- Pre Season Chat Checklist
- Glossary of Terms
- HEO Dressing Room Policy
- HEO Confidentiality Statement
September 2018 Reference Material:
- Gender_Diversity_Memo_Regarding_Pre_Season Chats
- Pre Season Chat - Atom and below
- Pre Season Chat - Peewee and above
New in 2017 onwards for Team Officials:
Link to the course registration at eHockey : Gender Identity and Expression Course
** Completion of this free course is mandatory for Head Coaches, Assistant Coaches and Trainers at Initiation, House League and Rep **
POLICE VULNERABLE SECTOR CHECK
- ALL bench staff (Coaches, Managers, Trainers) MUST have a current Police Vulnerable Sector Check (VSC)
- Police Checks are good for 3 years.
- You can check the expiry date of your current Police Check by looking at your profile on the eHockey website.
- Russell residents MUST have the Police Check done at the Embrun Police Station.
- Once completed, a copy is be given to the RMHA Director of Risk & Safety - firstname.lastname@example.org, who will enter the date of completion into the eHockey website.
HOW TO GET YOUR POLICE CHECK -
1) Print and fill in a hard copy of the LE220 Vulnerable Sector Check (VSC) Form.
- Under 'Purpose of the Record Check', select 'volunteer'.
- For 'Name of Organization/Agency', fill in 'Russell Minor Hockey Association in Hockey Eastern Ontario'.
2) Print a copy of the HEO RMHA VSC Letter.
- This letter must accompany your VSC form, when you drop it off at the Police Station.
3) Get your Police Check SIGNED.
- Have one of the board members, listed as approvers on the HEO RMHA VSC Letter, sign the form.
Note: City of Ottawa residents need to follow the process dictated by the Ottawa Police.
COACH PRACTICE DRILLS RESOURCE:
- Hockey Canada DRILL HUB.
Referees WILL NOT TOLERATE any abuse and are expected to call "abuse of officials" penalties without hesitation. Referees will be enforcing the start of the game exactly as scheduled. At the end of the warm up, teams are to be at center ice ready for face off. A three minute warmup includes ready time for faceoff.
Exhibition Game Refs
- Refs will only work if you give them CASH **BEFORE** the exhibition game starts.
- Teams requesting referees for exhibition games can do so by completing the online form on the D9RA web site : www.d9ra.ca
- Confirmation of booking will include fees for the Refs.
Captains and/or Alternate Captains
As per Hockey Canada, the purpose of a Captain and Alternate Captains is to allow them, when they are on the ice, the privilege of asking the Referee for his interpretation of any rule during the progress of the game. As per Hockey Canada Rule 2.4 (a), each team may appoint a Captain and not more than three Alternate Captains. A team can choose not to appoint a Captain and Alternate Captains, however they lose the privilege of asking the Referee for rule interpretations and equipment measurements (situation 7 – rule 2.4a).
The RMHA does not permit voting or appointing a captain and/or alternate captains from the U7 - U11 age groups. From the U13 to U21 age groups, the team has the option to appoint a Captain and not more than three Alternate Captains. Captains are to be decided by the coaching staff. A player or parent vote will not be permitted when deciding on team captains.
Reasoning for this policy:
- In order for the RMHA to be an inclusive organization it is felt that voting or appointing a Captain and/or Alternate Captains at the younger age groups will not allow for all players to feel welcome. The idea of rotating these positions throughout the team during the season was considered, however the RMHA does not feel it is in the best interest of development to reward all players when some players may not deserve to be (i.e. behaviour issues).
- The RMHA does not believe that players from U7-U11 age groups have a strong enough grasp of the rules of the game to fulfill Hockey Canada’s purpose of a Captain and Alternate Captains. Once players reach the U13-U21 age group, it is expected that they have a strong enough understanding of the rules of the game and can ask Referees for rule interpretations appropriately.
- The alternative purpose of captains is to help provide a leadership structure on a team that the rest of the players can use as an example to be respectful to teammates, opposition, coaches, referees and all volunteers and finally to encourage a healthy rapport both within and outside the lockerroom.