House League Coaching Staff Overview (Stouffville-Markham Girls Hockey)

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 House League Coaching Staff Overview (2022-2023)

Without coaches and trainers who volunteer their time and step behind the bench every season, there would be no minor hockey in Markham/Stouffville. These volunteers are the heart of any minor hockey association. It is an OWHA requirement that each team have certified bench staff consisting of a head coach, assistant coach(es), and at least one HTCP certified trainer.

  1. Review the team staff requirements below.
  2. APPLY: Apply to volunteer as a member of our House League team staff.

If you have any questions about volunteering as a member of our house league team staff, please email our VP of House League at [email protected].


Before signing up to volunteer, please review the vaccination policies for the OWHA, City of Markham and Town of Stouffville


OWHA House League Team Staff Requirements (view all requirements)

All qualifications listed are the MINIMUM REQUIREMENT. All Team Officials must:

  • Have a satisfactory Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC) on file with the SMGHA.
  • Have 'Respect in Sport - Activity Leader' or 'Speak Out!'
  • Complete 'Rowan’s Law Resource Review & Acknowledgement.'
  • Be registered with the OWHA.
  • Be a minimum of 16 years of age.
  • Be at least 2 years older than the oldest player in all divisions.


Head Coach

Assistant Coaches



Submit to SMGHA as proof of completion

HU - ONLINE Coach 1 / Coach 2 Y Y (U7, U9) N Register for course via HCR 3.0 portal (online) Email PDF of HCR 3.0 account 
HU - ONLINE Checking
 Required to complete Coach 2 N N Register for course via HCR 3.0 portal (online) Email PDF of HCR 3.0 account 
Coach 1 - Intro to Coach (U7, U9)

Prerequisite: HU- ONLINE Coach 1 / Coach 2


Y (U7, U9) N

Register for course via HCR 3.0 portal (online)

Email PDF of HCR 3.0 account

Coach 2 - Coach Level (U11, U13, U15, U18)

Prerequisite: HU- ONLINE Coach 1 / Coach 2; HU- ONLINE Checking




Register for clinic via HCR 3.0 portal (online)

Email PDF of HCR 3.0 account

Trainer Certification Level 1 (women only)




Register for online course through Hockey Trainers Ontario website

Email Completion #

Respect in Sport Activity Leader




Register for online course through OWHA Respect in Sport website

Email Completion #

Rowan’s Law Resource Review & Acknowledgement




Completed during player registration

Not required

Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC)*

*required every 3 years. We will accept PVSCs from your employer or another sports association for the current year only (i.e. 2022)




Submit online or Apply In-person

Original PVSC Letter or Scan.

Birth date





Email birthdate to Convenor

*IMPORTANT: ALL Head Coaches and Assistant Coaches in U7 and U9 MUST complete 
'Coach 1 – Intro to Coach.' No other qualifications are accepted by the OWHA (for example, if you have completed Coach 2, you still need to take the Coach 1 course).


The SMGHA provides 100% refund of course fees and Police Vulnerable Sector Checks (PVSC) for volunteers in our house league program, based on the requirements in the table above. Expenses such as lunch, parking, or mileage are not refunded. All courses and the PVSC must be completed by October 30th. Please submit your receipts to your Convenor or directly to the league Registrar.


Reimbursement is processed when all certifications required to roster you to your team position have been completed and you have submitted a clear PVSC. Refund cheques will be provided by January 30th to rostered team officials in good standing with the Markham Stars.

How to Register for courses on the Hockey Canada Registration portal (HCR 3.0)

 HCR 3.0 is Hockey Canada’s universal platform for managing all Hockey Canada team official registrations (the eHockey platform is no longer in use).

Create HCR 3.0 Account

  1. For new and existing team officials. Visit the HRC 3.0 website and create a new account.
  2. In your account, go to "My Account."
  3. On the 'Dashboard' page, select "Link Member." You will now be able to look up your eHockey profile via your name & birthday, or your HCR number.
  4. Once you find your account, complete the "Link Member" process and you will now see all of the hockey credentials that were previously listed in the eHockey profile.
  5. Register for Courses

Register for Courses on HCR 3.0

  1. Use the links in the table above to register for the necessary courses.
  2. For courses listed on HCR 3.0:
    • Select "Ontario Hockey Federation" in the first drop-down box at the top of the page.
    • In the "select your organization" drop-down box, start typing "Ontario Women's Hockey Association" and select this option.
    • You will then see the courses that are available to OWHA team officials. 

Course and Certification Overview


Coach 1 – Intro to Coach (Online)


Role: All team staff (U7, U9)

Cost: ranges from $100-200 (*keep receipts for reimbursement)

Estimated Course length: Online (2-4 hours)

  1. You must complete the prerequisite first: HU- ONLINE Coach 1 / Coach 2
  2. Then, you will be able to register for the Coach 1 - Intro to Coach course.

IMPORTANT: The Coach 1 - Intro to Coach course is required for ALL TEAM STAFF in the U7 and U9 divisions.  No other qualifications are accepted by the OWHA.

Coach 2 – Coach Level (Online)


Role: Head Coach (U11, U13, U15, U18). Recommended for Assistant Coaches.

Cost: ranges from $100-200 (*keep receipts for reimbursement)

Estimated Course length: Online (2-4 hours)

  1. You must complete the prerequisite first: HU- ONLINE Coach 1 / Coach 2
  2. Then, you will be able to register for the Coach 2 - Coach Level course.

Trainer Certification Level 1 (Online)


Role: Trainer (women only)

Cost: Approx. $85 (*keep receipts for reimbursement)
Estimated Course length:4-6 hours


The HTCP Level 1 and Level 1 Refresher e-learning courses provide a simple and convenient method of certification and are designed to be accessible from any personal computer.   It is presented as an online curriculum and includes interactive multi-media tutorials, quizzes and printable downloads.  It also enables students to access online resources and complete the learning modules at their own pace.  The online version incorporates the content of the current HTCP Level 1 curriculum and requires the participant to complete each module and successfully pass an examination at the conclusion of the course.

The HTCP is designed to educate people in the prevention, recognition and management of hockey-related injuries and is the only sport-specific risk management, injury management and safety education program in Ontario.

Hockey Trainers Ontario (HTO) is the administrative body responsible for overseeing the delivery of the HTCP in Ontario and works closely with its Member Associations to provide education for trainers across the province. 


Respect in Sport Activity Leader: Online

Role: All team staff
Cost: Approx. $30 (*keep receipts for reimbursement)
Estimated Course length: 3 hours


The Respect in Sport Activity Leader program is an on-line training program for hockey coaches, assistant coaches, trainers, referees and other personnel involved with the great sport of hockey. 

This program is also completed by many leaders in other sports and by individuals who may lead youth in virtually any activity. While a great number of topics are covered during this program, at the core, Respect in Sport is primarily designed as a tool to assist leaders to identify and respond to abuse, neglect, harassment, and bullying.

You only need to the complete this course once.

Rowan's Law (Concussion Safety) Review & Acknowledgement

 Role: All team staff
Cost: Free
Estimated length:15 minutes

Ontario is the first jurisdiction in Canada to pass concussion safety legislation, setting a precedent for sport legislation across the
country. On March 7, 2018, Ontario passed Rowan's Law (Concussion Safety), 2018 and related amendments to the
Education Act. This new legislation, which received all-party support, is intended to protect amateur athletes by improving
concussion safety on the field and at school.

Rowan’s Law (Concussion Safety), 2018, makes Ontario a national leader in concussion management and prevention by
establishing mandatory requirements that call for:
  • Annual review of concussion awareness resources that help prevent, identify and manage concussions, which athletes,
    coaches, educators and parents would be required to review before registering in a sport
  • Removal-from-sport and return-to-sport protocols, to ensure that an athlete is immediately removed from sport if they are
  • suspected of having sustained a concussion and giving them the time required to heal properly
  • A concussion code of conduct that would set out rules of behaviour to minimize concussions while playing sport.

Police Vulnerable Sector Check

Role: All team staff

Cost: Approx. $70 to submit. Additional $70 if fingerprints are required (*keep receipts for reimbursement). 


The Police Vulnerable Sector Check provides the screening of individuals who intend on working or volunteering with vulnerable people. The Stouffville Markham Stars Hockey Association requires a clear Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC) be filed when someone volunteers for the first time. Your PVSC is good for three years. The original Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC) letter must be submitted—photocopies will not be accepted—and you will not be reimbursed without the original.

Your Convenor will provide you with a volunteer letter from the SMGHA that you will need to include in your application. This letter will entitle you to a discount in your registration fee. 

Please note: Based on results of the Vulnerable Sector Check, fingerprints may be required to confirm the identity of the applicant and a fingerprint fee will be charged. You will also need to visit a York Region Police Customer Service Location, even if you originally submitted your application online. Fingerprints are becoming a more frequent request and a number of our coaches had to provide them last year.