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Guidelines of the Stoughton Youth Hockey Association, inc.

Coaching Selection and Responsibilities

  1. Before the end of the season, the DOHO, through the ALD and Team Rep, shall solicit the names of club members interested in serving on the Coaches Committee for the following season. The Coaches Committee should have a representative from each age level.
  2. By the time of the annual meeting, the DOHO will appoint a chairperson for the Coaches Committee. This chairperson shall then review the names submitted previously to serve on the committee and recommend their approval, including a vice-chairperson to the Board.
  3. The Coaches Committee shall at the earliest date possible present the names and qualifications of potential head coaches to the Board for approval. Because the club utilizes parent head coaches, the final disposition of head coaches may not be known until try-outs and team selection. All head-coaching candidates should be made aware that final placements might be based on the outcome of team selections. The coaching committee will make appointments to head coaching positions immediately following team selections. These appointments, given that the Board initially approved the candidate, constitute the authority to coach that team pending the final approval by the Board.
  4. Only the Board may remove or replace a head coach.
  5. If circumstances prevent a head and/or assistant coach from being present at a game or practice, an adult designated by the coach will be in charge.
  6. In conjunction with USA Hockey and WAHA requirements, all coaches must sign a Sexual and Physical Abuse disclaimer and consent to a criminal background check.
  7. The club agrees to reimburse room fees for named coaches that do not have a child on his/her team, for one elective tournament per season and the State Tournament if the team qualifies. The coaches must stay at the same facility as the rest of the team. All coaches must room together at SYHA reimbursed hotels unless any are married and/or have children and they bring their wives and/or children to the tournament.
  8. Coaches are to provide a safe and healthy environment for the skaters.
  9. Coaches are to provide equal opportunity for play, including special teams, in games and scrimmages.
  10. Coaches are to treat all players with dignity at all times.
  11. Coaches are to remember that skaters at all levels are still children and are encouraged to promote the “fun” aspect of hockey.
  12. Coaches should play all skaters at all positions, including goalie at the Mite level and Squirt levels, to ensure a better understanding of the game of hockey as well as to facilitate the skater’s overall development.
  13. By the end of each season, coaches will prepare a written evaluation of each skater and discuss it with the skater and his/her parents. The purpose of this is to provide an assessment of the player’s ability, stick handling, game awareness, consistency of effort, ability to be coached and understanding of hockey principles. The evaluation should also identify areas of improvement that would make the skater a better hockey player. The purpose of this evaluation is to assist skaters in achieving their full potential as hockey players, not to embarrass them.
  14. Coaches are to exemplify qualities of good sportsmanship, conduct and other traits, which they expect from their players. It is never appropriate for coaches to take illicit drugs or to attend a game or practice while intoxicated or to drink to excess in the presence of the team.
  15. Coaches are encouraged to foster team spirit.
  16. Coaches are to work to develop maximum team effort and play as opposed to encouraging individual play.
  17. Coaches are expected to maintain and uphold team discipline. In exercising discipline, coaches should deal with unacceptable behavior immediately and uniformly.
  18. If a player misbehaves, exhibits poor sportsmanship, misses practices consistently or fails to inform a coach of pending absences, a coach may reduce the player’s ice time during a practice or game.
  19. Coaches should provide an atmosphere of open communication with parents at all times.
  20. Coaches are responsible for discussing and explaining their expectations for the season.
  21. Coaches are expected to be supportive of the club’s philosophy and guidelines.
  22. Coaches are reminded that they are representatives of the Stoughton Youth Hockey Association and that their attitudes and behaviors reflect not only on themselves but the club as well.