Head Coach Application Form
The head coach selection process is a critical part of Owen Sound Minor Hockey Group
(OSMHG) operations. The decisions impact its players in their development, their growth,
and their enjoyment of the game. It also impacts the families of these players, the
community and the image and reputation of the OSMHG and its members.
Coaches are required to meet and support the Association expectations as set out
below, in addition to complying with the OSMHG and its members By-Laws,
Policies/Procedures, and Rules of Operations.
Persons interested in applying for a Coaching position should consider these before
submitting their application.
1 - Conduct
OSMHG and its members are committed to compliance with its “Code of Conduct”. The Code
of Conduct identifies the standard of behaviour which OSMHG expects of all members
including the coaching staff.
Members and participants of OSMHG will:
- Conduct themselves at all times in a manner consistent with values demonstrating
fairness, integrity and mutual respect.
- Avoid behaviour, which brings OSMHG or the sport of hockey into disrepute,
including but not limited to use of alcohol, use of non-medical drugs and use of
alcohol by minors.
- Refrain from comments or behaviours, which are disrespectful, offensive, abusive,
racist or sexist. In particular, behaviour which constitutes harassment or abuse will
not be tolerated, and will be dealt with under the OMHA’s Harassment and Abuse
- Maintain communication with Executive, to ensure that Association can assist in
the resolution of difficulties at an early stage, and improve overall hockey program
on an ongoing basis.
- Comply with ALL mandated policies, activities and procedures designated by the
Technical Director of Player/Coach Development, the 1st Vice President of Rep,
2nd Vice President of Local League, and the Executive.
Failure to comply with these expectations or the Code of Conduct may result in disciplinary
action. Such action may result in the member losing all privileges, which come with
membership in the Association including the opportunity to participate in OSMHG /OMHA
activities and events, both present and future.
2 - Leadership
The Coach’s responsibilities as team leader include:
- Seasonal and intermittent goals and objectives for the team.
- Development of abilities, personal (leadership, mentoring, cooperation) and
- Demonstrative behaviour as a role-model, positive reinforcer, and
- Selection of support staff (manager, parent reps etc) that meet the OSMHG and
its members standards and approval.
- Strengthen relationships and build teamwork.
3 - Instruction
The Coach’s responsibility as instructor/ teacher include:
- Teach hockey skills appropriate to the age.
- Teach using properly outlined sequences and progressions.
- Communicate to players in appropriate language and tones.
- Teach to players varied learning styles, aptitudes, and levels of ability.
- Providing a disciplined environment for the player to learn and grow in.
- Teach the OSMHG and its members strategies and objectives at each level.
- Planning effective practices well in advance of actual practice times.
- Attending all in house, coaching clinics and meetings.
4 - Coach as Risk and Conflict Manager
The Coach’s responsibilities to ensure maximum safety and minimum conflict include:
- Proper supervision in dressing rooms and on ice at all times.
- Ensure players are properly equipped at all times and advise parents of any
potential issues, defects, etc. that could compromise player safety.
- Report any abuse to the Executive.
- Quickly resolve disagreements and increase team unity.
Intentions are to put the best available coaches on the ice with the players. A coach may
be removed from his/her position at any time if it is determined they are not meeting the
expectations of OSMHG, or if they fail to comply with the above expectations, they may be
relieved of their position immediately by the Executive.
All applications will be reviewed. And depending on numbers and timelines, all applicants
may not necessarily receive an interview.
Should my application be accepted and approved by OSMHG:
A) I agree to commit myself faithfully and meet the expectations OSMHG and its members
has of its Coaches, to teach sportsmanship and fair play within all my players. I will be a
good role model that all my players can look up to.
B) I agree to adhere to OSMHG and it's members By-Law, Rules of Operation guidelines and
philosophies set forth by the OSMHG and its members, it's Director of Development,
conveners and committees. Failure to comply may result in termination or other
consequence deemed suitable by the Executive.
C) I understand and agree that the Head Coach bears ultimate responsibility for any and all
team staff conduct or lack of performance in their duties. It is also understood that all
signing parties are subject to discipline or suspension at the OSMHG discretion.
D) I acknowledge that as a coach I must have the required levels as mandated by the
Ontario Minor Hockey Association and will ensure my team staff will meet these certification
E) I understand that failure to abide by the rules and regulations set forth by the OMHA and
specially OSMHG and its members will result in my immediate dismissal.
F) As a condition of being selected, I understand I must consent to a Vulnerable Police
Check and meet requirements set out in OSMHG and its members Policy on Volunteer
Application deadline is 10:00 pm on February 28th, 2023
[ CLICK HERE ] to continue to the 2023/24 OSMHG Coaching Application.