Guelph Minor Hockey Association
All rep coaches need to read and acknowledge the GMHA coaches pledge. It is the intention of this pledge to promote fair play and respect for all participants within the Guelph Minor Hockey Association. When a coach applies for a position at GMHA he accepts this pledge and must follow these principles at all times during hockey activities and events.
Alcohol & Drugs
I will demand a sports environment that is free from drugs and alcohol and will refrain from their use at all games and practices. I will never coach a game or conduct a practice if I am under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Behaviour and Respect
I will have a positive attitude and will always praise my players for trying hard, playing fair and doing their best, regardless of the outcome of the game. I will not criticize or yell at any player for making a mistake or losing a game. I will not tolerate physical or verbal abuse in youth sports. I will remember that children need a coach they can respect. I will be generous with praise and set a good example. I shall refrain from comments or behaviours which are disrespectful, humiliating, demeaning, offensive, abusive, racist or sexist. Behaviour which constitutes bullying, harassment or abuse will not be tolerated.
I will ensure that our proposed team budget is presented to all parents on my team before a blind vote to accept it as a group. A 51 per cent majority of parent votes is required to accept our team budget, and it must be approved by the GMHA Rep Director before implementation.
Being appointed the head coach is the same as being appointed as the CEO. I am responsible for everything that happens with this team.
I will maintain an open line of communication with my players' parents. I will explain my goals and objectives for the team, as well as the rules of the game and the policies of the league, whenever requested or necessary, to the best of my ability.
I will never ridicule or yell at my athletes for making mistakes or for performing poorly. I will remember that children play to have fun and must be encouraged to have confidence in themselves. I acknowledge that emotional, negative outbursts are unacceptable at any time while coaching and leading young athletes.
Fairness & Equity
I will ensure all athletes receive equal instruction, discipline, support and appropriate, fair playing time. I will follow the GMHA's provision of Fair Ice Time (FIT) for all players, as documented in the Association's Rules of Operation. I specifically understand that: a) all players pay the same fee to participate in GMHA programs; b) all players are selected in tryouts to be a member of a team; c) minor hockey is a developmental activity, physically, mentally and socially; d) winning is an “end result”, development is the “means” and statistically, very few players will go on to play professionally. I will strive to use all players in all situations, including the Power Play, Penalty Kill, and “goalie-out” situations
I will attend and participate in the GMHA's Annual General Meeting if at all possible.
I will hold 2 parent meetings in the season. One at the beginning of the season to introduce the staff and the handbook and one in December to address how the season is progressing and any concerns