These templates are for all coaches for their use, to assist them with match preparation and game analysis. Please download any or all of the forms below.

Recommended Hockey Modules - This document has been developed by Hockey New Zealand with input from the Regional Development Managers/CoachForce personnel and information from the FIH Club Development Manual.

Goalkeeping Booklet - Nicola Connell
Goalkeepers require specialised GK specific training in order to best develop.
This booklet is a culmination of all things Goalkeeping! An 'A to Z' of information for Goalkeepers of all ages, and a useful upskilling tool for coaches.
Includes GK specific small games, warm ups, drills and correct techniques.

The MHL has developed a Coach Guide to assist coaches in understanding the League, its Area Associations and the governing bodies of Minor Hockey, which include the Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL), the Ontario Hockey Federation (OHF) and Hockey Canada.  This guide is designed to give you general information. Click here to download this guide.

All Team Officials are required to complete a Criminal Reference Check and are required to attend a “Speak Out” Harassment & Abuse clinic (or complete the Respect in Sport on-line equivalent). You must also become a registered Team Official with the Area Association that you are interested in becoming a part of.  Additional certification requirements are listed in the MHL Coach Guide and in the “Team Officials” section of the website.  Associations may have further requirements and in greater number than the MHL.

Criminal Reference Check forms and the Community Organization and Volunteer Authorization Letter can be obtained from the MHL Office, Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm.  Please note, the Criminal Reference Checks can take 6 – 9 weeks to complete.  If fingerprinting is required, the Criminal Reference Check can take up to another 6 weeks if using the unpaid option.

Previously restricted to iced-over ponds in tundra-like lands, hockey has quickly become a popular sport for many people, particularly youth. But even if you've played ice hockey before, when it comes to coaching a group of kids, you may feel like Emilio Estevez's character Gordon Bombay in "The Mighty Ducks" -- completely out of your element.

Before you get into the nitty-gritty of hockey skills, positions and equipment, decide on some basic coaching strategies and how you want to work on them with your team. Build team camaraderie by talking with your players in the locker room before games and then warming up on the ice together. Review good sportsmanship with your athletes and be sure they have an understanding of why it's important to respect their opponents. Also, review strategies and plans for the game with your players, but be prepared to change these depending on how the game unfolds [source: Lifetime Hockey ].

Once you've laid a foundation for your team's strategies and goals, you can move on to coaching your players on the skills and rules of hockey. Hockey is a complex game, and your athletes will need to develop a variety of separate skills to play well. These include skating, handling the puck and using the hockey stick. Hockey can also be a high-contact, intensely physical game -- in some leagues, players check, or ram into one another, in order to gain control of the puck [source: Cunningham ]. However, rules for youth leagues may vary for safety precautions, so be sure your players are aware of what is and isn't allowed.

These templates are for all coaches for their use, to assist them with match preparation and game analysis. Please download any or all of the forms below.

Recommended Hockey Modules - This document has been developed by Hockey New Zealand with input from the Regional Development Managers/CoachForce personnel and information from the FIH Club Development Manual.

Goalkeeping Booklet - Nicola Connell
Goalkeepers require specialised GK specific training in order to best develop.
This booklet is a culmination of all things Goalkeeping! An 'A to Z' of information for Goalkeepers of all ages, and a useful upskilling tool for coaches.
Includes GK specific small games, warm ups, drills and correct techniques.

The MHL has developed a Coach Guide to assist coaches in understanding the League, its Area Associations and the governing bodies of Minor Hockey, which include the Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL), the Ontario Hockey Federation (OHF) and Hockey Canada.  This guide is designed to give you general information. Click here to download this guide.

All Team Officials are required to complete a Criminal Reference Check and are required to attend a “Speak Out” Harassment & Abuse clinic (or complete the Respect in Sport on-line equivalent). You must also become a registered Team Official with the Area Association that you are interested in becoming a part of.  Additional certification requirements are listed in the MHL Coach Guide and in the “Team Officials” section of the website.  Associations may have further requirements and in greater number than the MHL.

Criminal Reference Check forms and the Community Organization and Volunteer Authorization Letter can be obtained from the MHL Office, Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm.  Please note, the Criminal Reference Checks can take 6 – 9 weeks to complete.  If fingerprinting is required, the Criminal Reference Check can take up to another 6 weeks if using the unpaid option.

These templates are for all coaches for their use, to assist them with match preparation and game analysis. Please download any or all of the forms below.

Recommended Hockey Modules - This document has been developed by Hockey New Zealand with input from the Regional Development Managers/CoachForce personnel and information from the FIH Club Development Manual.

Goalkeeping Booklet - Nicola Connell
Goalkeepers require specialised GK specific training in order to best develop.
This booklet is a culmination of all things Goalkeeping! An 'A to Z' of information for Goalkeepers of all ages, and a useful upskilling tool for coaches.
Includes GK specific small games, warm ups, drills and correct techniques.

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