2023-2024 Bench Staff & On-Ice Help Requirements (West Lorne Comets)

Print2023-2024 Bench Staff & On-Ice Help Requirements

2023/2024 Coaching Applications Are Now Closed.  WLMHA will be contacting those that have applied to discuss next steps, including interview process & required training.   If you have any questions or concerns, please email [email protected]

Coach & Bench Staff Requirements

WLMHA is committed to ensuring the selection of quality coaches, with an emphasis on learning hockey, improving hockey skills, and promoting a positive experience in sport for kids. Above and beyond coaching methods, there are Hockey Canada requirements for bench staff.

All Bench Staff (Coaches, Trainers, Team Managers) are required to complete the following:

Vulnerable Sector Screening
All individuals volunteering, including coaches, trainers and parents volunteering to help on-ice, must have a completed Vulnerable Sector Screening. If you have completed your Vulnerable Sector Check in the last three years and WLMHA has a copy on file, please complete the declaration form.

Vulnerable Sector Screenings (Volunteers) can be completed online or in person at the Elgin County OPP Detachment.  

Steps to Complete the Vulnerable Sector Check:

  1. Download the 2023-Volunteer_LetterWLMHA and include your name. Vulnerable Sector Screenings are free with this letter.
  2. Either apply online with the OPP here, or visit the Elgin County detachment in St. Thomas in person. 
  3. Attach your completed VSC to your Hockey Canada Coach's profile and email confirmation to [email protected]

Respect In Sport Activity Leaders:
All coaches & on-ice help (including parents volunteering to help on-ice) are required to also complete their Respect in Sport (Activity Leader) course as well.  This is required even if you have completed the Respect in Sport - Parent course.  

Gender Expression & Identity Course
This course must be completed online by all bench staff.  Register and complete this course within the Hockey Canada database.  This will be added to your Hockey Canada profile.

Rowan's Law Resources & Acknowledgement
All bench staff are required to complete the Rowan's Law Acknowledgement from the Ontario Hockey Federation.  Bench staff are required to be aware of Concussion Awareness Resources and Return to Play, as well as bench staff and player responsibilities.

OMHA Coaches & Trainer Requirements:
If you are successful in a coach’s position, you will be required to complete mandatory training as outlined below (per OMHA’s 2023-2024 Team Official Requirements).  For information on upcoming Clinics and Courses, please visit OMHA - COACH

Coach Training Requirements (OMHA):