a) Ensure that they and everyone on the player’s bench have proper training and certification; refer to Section 3.1 for certification details.
b) Be familiar with Hockey Canada, NYHL, HVMHA Rules and Regulations and Hockey Canada Risk Management and National Insurance Program and the provisions of this Manual.
c) Complete or have completed a Personnel Screening Consent and Authorization form to Coach (annual requirement).
d) Ensure that players are eligible to play.
e) Check game sheets for misconduct or match penalties and ensure that these are served.
f) Check with Referee or Select Convenor if game sheet information is ambiguous or unclear.
g) Ensure appropriate conduct of players and team staff and team parents on and off the ice at Select team events.
h) Complete appropriate game sheets for all games (regular season, pre-season, exhibition, and tournament).
i) Endeavour to check equipment used by players periodically to ensure it meets safety standards and advise parents of deficiencies. A Coach may, at his/her discretion exclude a player because of deficient equipment but must inform the Select Convenor of the exclusion.
j) Direct all correspondence with NYHL through the Select Convenor.
k) Attend NYHL and HVMHA meetings, but as a minimum may send the team manager.
l) Observe the Fair Play Rule, as follows:
The Select program is an extension of Hillcrest House League; as such Coaches must endeavour to play all players equally. Every attempt to follow this rule should be made, with two exceptions – (1) third period situations where the game is close or (2) when killing penalties. Even in these situations, the Association prefers that Coaches still elect to allocate ice time equally but, if players are short shifted or miss a shift, consideration should be given to making this up in other games. Coaches are required to consider the affect on the development and commitment of players and team morale.
m) Observe the Fair Play Rule – Play offs, as follows:
Coaches are permitted to use players in the best way s/he sees fit to achieve a win. The Association prefers that Coaches allow all players to participate. Coaches are not permitted to short shift players. Coaches are not permitted to bench players in order to achieve a win during any period of the game.
n) Notwithstanding the above, Coaches are permitted to bench players where, in their opinion, a player’s behaviour is detrimental to the team, presents a danger to players or officials or damages the reputation of the Association. These must be reported to the Select Convenor.