The Ringette Alberta Junior Coach Program is available to young players who wish to be involved in coaching a team and starting their leadership experience. The purpose of the Junior Coach role is to provide valuable mentoring and exposure to quality coaching for young athletes. Once the coach has turned 18, they are expected to complete the full Community Sport or Competition Introduction Stream.
To qualify to be a junior coach, you must meet the following criteria:
- Be a minimum of 14 years of age – a coach may join a team mid-season as a Junior Coach once they turn 14.
- A maximum of 17 years of age by September 1st of the current Ringette season
- A current ringette player (or taking one year off due to injury, etc.)
- Registered on the team roster in the Junior Coach role
There is nothing preventing someone from taking the full CSI or CI courses once they turn 14, though they would not be considered the “female coach” until they turn 18. The purpose of the Junior Coach is to allow ringette players a chance to experience coaching without the burden of coaching courses.
Both the Junior Coaches and On Ice Assistants will be required to complete the Coach Initiation eModule. More information on how to complete is available through the link.
On-Ice Assistants are parents or volunteers wishing to assist with practices and testing days should also complete this online program to gain important subject knowledge, and be assigned on the roster in this role. The On-Ice Assistant role will:
- Be 18 years of age or older
- Assist teams registered in U19 or younger
- Only help during practices and Testing Days; not certified to be on the bench for games; league or exhibition, tournaments, etc.
- Follow the same screening process as set by the local association
- Be registered on the Team Roster as an On Ice Assistant
Note: the Coach Initiation eModule does not expire and will not need renewal. To find out which statuses require renewal and PD points, check our NCCP page.