Volunteer coaches still needed for youth spring league
Anyone looking to give back to the sport of field hockey in the form of volunteering to help grow the game is asked to consider coaching in the 2023 Victoria junior spring league, which gets underway in early April.
Junior league technical director Ali Lee says efforts will be made to keep friends or teammates together in coaching assignments. That said, she notes it is more important to balance out the experience level of coach partners in each age group, and to maintain consistency across the programs.
“Coaches are expected to follow the same practice plans each week as their peers, so that on the field you will see all teams doing the same sessions,” she says.
There are certification requirements to get involved as a coach, including completion of online and in-person courses. Individuals may have already completed some of these, but here is a list of requirements for the various positions:
- Mandatory for all coaches/volunteers are all three Safe Sport courses, including Making Ethical Decisions (MED), SafeSport and Making Headway in Sport.-
- Head coaches must have completed the Coach Initiation in Sport and Field Hockey Canada’s Community Course-
- Assistant coaches need the Coach Initiation in Sport, while the FHC Community Course is optional.
Interested parties are asked to click on this link https://forms.gle/2jKQdYXPHwB1XeNX7 and fill out the electronic form to get started. Those who sign up will be contacted and informed which courses they need to take before the season begins.
Two in-person MED courses will be scheduled for late February and early March. The other courses can be completed online. Costs incurred for taking the Coach Initiation in Sports course will be reimbursed.
For more details, visit http://victoriajuniorfieldhockey.ca/clubs/393/pages/182500
— Photo courtesy Armando Tura