Team Staff Requirements

The deadline to complete all requirements is December 15. 

*with the exception of CI Evaluation which is January 31.

Read through our Team Staff Policy (#10) to make sure you are in compliance.

All coaches must be “Trained” or “Certified” check your pathway to see what you might be missing, and compare it to your NCCP Locker profile.

If you’re wondering if your coaching status needs renewing, check our Status Renewal page.

Refer to our Coaching Clinic Schedule or How to Register pages for more information.

Check your pathway and if your status says “In Training” or “Not Yet Certified”, you are missing something. In previous seasons, coaches have been approved despite missing one or two components. That will not happen this season so check your profile and make sure you have everything you need.

Division Head Coach Assistant Coach
Active Start Coach Initiation in Sport eModule Coach Initiation in Sport eModule
U10 CSI Trained CSI Trained
U12C CSI Trained CSI Trained
U12B CSI Trained CSI Trained
U12A CI Trained CI Trained
U14C CSI or CI Trained  CSI or CI Trained
U14B CI Trained CI Trained
U14A CI Trained CI Trained
U14AA CI Certified CI Trained
U16B CI Trained CI Trained
U16A CI Certified CI Certified
U16AA CI Certified CI Certified
U19B CI Trained CI Trained
U19A CI Certified CI Certified
U19AA CI Certified CI Certified
Open A/B/C/D no requirements no requirements
NRL CI Certified + Comp Dev module CI Certified + Comp Dev module

Components required to complete the pathway for each status:

Pathway components:

  1. Coach Initiation in Sport eModule: online ~ 1 hr, 1 time only (all coaches)
  2. Make Ethical Decisions Module (AB) Clinic: in class or webinar ~ 3.5 hrs, 1 time only
    • Making Ethical Decisions online evaluation: online – only do this AFTER the MED class. DO NOT PAY $85.
  3. Community Sport Initiation (CSI): in class ~10 hrs (U10, U12B, U12C, U14C) ~ renewal 10 PD points every 5 years
  4. Competition Introduction Trained (CI) (U12A, U14, U16, U19, NRL) ~ renewal 20 PD points every 5 years
    • Workbook ahead of time: online ~2 hrs
    • In class ~20 hrs
  5. Competition Introduction Evaluation Certified: on ice practice observed by an evaluator (HC @ U14AA, HC & AC @ U16A/AA, U19A/AA, NRL)

Refer to the Clinic Schedule page for more information.

This chart is busy, but might be a helpful representation for some coaches. More details are available on our “How to Register” page, including a breakdown of this diagram by status.

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 be matched with a team, contact your local association’s coaching director and say that you’re interested in being a Junior Coach. They will find a team for you to join!

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 (until December 15th) 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.)
  • Complete the Coach Initiation in Sport eModule in the NCCP Locker
  • On a team in any division younger than the Junior Coach
  • 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.

On-Ice Assistants are parents or volunteers wishing to assist with practices and testing days and must complete the Coach Initiation in Sport eModule found on the NCCP Locker. 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
Per a 2017 memo from Ringette Canada: “Following discussions with Ringette Canada stakeholders at the 2016 HP Summit, and through the Competition Review work, Ringette Canada will be encouraging coaches to complete professional development towards their maintenance of certification focused on the Competition – Development context. As such, starting next season, certified Competition – Introduction coaches attending CRC will be required to complete 1 Competition- Development multi-sport module during the season. This requirement will be annual and continuous until all Competition – Development multi-sport modules are complete.”

All coaches (head and asst.) who attend CRC will need to complete 1 Comp Dev module in the time between CRCs. For example, if CRC ended in April 2019, Coach X can take a course in May 2019 and it would count towards the 2020 CRC. If a coach takes a course in May 2019 but the team does NOT qualify for the 2020 CRC it will NOT count towards the 2021 CRC.

Exception: if a coach completed their CI certification during the 2019-2020 playing season, they do NOT have to do a Comp Dev module prior to the 2020 CRC.

All coaches must complete Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders. This does not have to be redone each season. If you’ve done it but it’s not showing up in your NCCP Locker profile, log into Respect Group and click the button that allows them to share the information with NCCP. It will also give you PD points.

Each TEAM at CRC needs to have a coach or trainer on the bench with First Aid or higher. See our Trainer Certification page for details.

To facilitate coaches completing the requirements, Ringette Alberta will be scheduling 3 Comp Dev modules in both Edmonton and Calgary during the 2019-2020 season. We are working with the Black Gold and 123 League schedulers to create blackout dates and hope to have them posted shortly on our Coaching Clinic Schedule page.

The Competition Development multi-sport modules are:
  • Managing Conflict
  • Leading Drug-Free Sport
  • Psychology of Performance
  • Prevention & Recovery
  • Manage a Sport Program (Oct 2019)
  • Coaching & Leading Effectively
  • Developing Athletic Abilities (Feb 2020)
  • Performance Planning (Nov/Dec 2019)

NRL coaches are working towards Comp Dev certification, and for the 2019-2020 season must complete 1 multi-sport Comp Dev module before November 30, 2019. This does not apply to coaches who are already Comp Dev certified.

All coaches must complete Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders. This does not have to be redone each season. If you’ve done it but it’s not showing up in your NCCP Locker profile, log into Respect Group and click the button that allows them to share the information with NCCP. It will also give you PD points.

To facilitate coaches completing the requirements, Ringette Alberta will be scheduling 3 Comp Dev modules in both Edmonton and Calgary during the 2019-2020 season. We are working with the Black Gold and 123 League schedulers to create blackout dates and hope to have them posted shortly on our Coaching Clinic Schedule page.

The Competition Development multi-sport modules are:
  • Managing Conflict
  • Leading Drug-Free Sport
  • Psychology of Performance
  • Prevention & Recovery
  • Manage a Sport Program (Oct 2019)
  • Coaching & Leading Effectively
  • Developing Athletic Abilities (Feb 2020)
  • Performance Planning (Nov/Dec 2019)

National Coaches Week is September 21-29 and the NCCP, in conjunction with Alberta Sport Connection, is offering several courses throughout the week in Calgary and Edmonton. This includes the multi-sport Competition Development modules that will count for NRL coaches leading up to getting their Comp Dev certification.See the schedule and registration links on the Alberta Sport Connection website.

Each Team Staff is able to have ONE designated trainer on their TRF, this individual must be 18 or older and counts towards the maximum of 5 staff members permitted on the bench at once. To be a trainer, Standard First Aid or higher is required. Alternatives include:

i.          Medical Doctor/Student
ii.         Fireman
iii.        Registered Nurse
iv.         Ambulance Training
v.          Athletic Therapy
vi.         Sport Physio Designation or Sport First Responder
vii.        Equivalency for any certified standard first aid course, thirteen (13) hours or more in duration (eg. St. John Ambulance or Red Cross Standard First Aid programs), which includes the following content:
•     Principal of First Aid and Safety
•     Artificial Respiration
•     Wounds and Bleeding
•     Shock, Unconsciousness and Fainting
•     Fractures
•     Head and Spinal Injuries
•     Joint Injuries
•     Medical Conditions (Diabetes, Asthma, etc.)

A copy of the first aid training, college registration or other certification paperwork must be emailed to Bronwen before the trainer will be approved.

Note: Managers are NOT permitted on the bench during games.

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING IMPORTANT INFORMATION BEFORE BEGINNING YOUR MANAGER’S CERTIFICATION PROGRAM TEST:

This managerial “course” has been designed specifically for those who may not wish to coach, yet wish to contribute and be involved in a team’s organization. The information contained in the Managers Certification is valuable and beneficial for any individual in the team sport setting. It is highly recommended that those people who are currently in a coaching role obtain this certificate to help increase their knowledge in the area of team administration. This program is intended to prepare an individual for a managerial or an administrative position on any Ringette team.

  • Go to the Ringette Canada coaching website and sign in to or create your profile. SIGN UP HERE
  • After creating your online profile, you will be able to access the Manager’s Certification Program by clicking on the “register” tab and select either ‘other’. When prompted, you will have to make an online payment of $25.00 through PayPal. You will then have access to the program.
  • Please read through the material online and answer the respective questions. You will not be able to advance to the next section without having successfully answered the questions. Thus, you will be re-directed to the appropriate material to assist you in correcting your answer.
  • If you leave the online program stagnant for a period of time, you will be able to resume where you left off.
  • Once complete, a certificate of achievement will be generated, but you are not required to print this as you will receive a wallet card accrediting you as a Certified Manager by Ringette Canada. These individuals will be registered with their provincial/territorial association and with Ringette Canada as certified managers.
  • You will have the ability to review the Manager’s Certification Program by logging onto the system at any point in the future.
  • All certified managers will be added to the Manager’s database and will have the ability to receive emails regarding updates or professional development opportunities. All provinces will be provided with a master list of all certified managers in their province.

As per Ringette Alberta Policy, Managers must have completed their certification by December 15 of the current playing year to be an eligible Team Staff member.