School is back in session, and that means another Hockey Canada Skills
Academy (HCSA) season is underway. As students return to the classroom and
to the ice this school year, here are a few resources instructors can
incorporate into their HCSA curriculums.
Skills and Drills
The Hockey Canada Network
app gives coaches and players the tools to succeed with drills, skills,
videos, practice plans and articles on their tablet or phone. There are
over 1,500 drills and more than 100 lesson plans available on the app, with
more added throughout the season.
Drill Hub is another resource available to instructors to find skills and drills for
students. It is a free resource for coaches and instructors to access
hundreds of drills and videos. There are also pre-made
practice plans available to download, along with templates for game rosters, player stats,
scouting reports and more.
Looking for more drill inspiration? Hockey Canada will frequently post
skill videos on its social channels that can be incorporated into practice
plans. Search the hashtag #HCSkillsCoach and #HCGoalieCoach on Twitter,
Facebook and Instagram to find more drill videos to utilize on the ice.
All HCSA lead instructors need to be certified in the Respect in Sport for
Activity Leaders program. They also need to have the Coach 2 – Coach Level
from the National Coach Certification Program (NCCP) or, at a minimum, be
trained in two of these instructional stream clinics: skating, developing
defencemen, skills or small-area games.
However, there are opportunities to expand coaching certification to a
higher level, including taking more instructional stream clinics or NCCP
coaching programs such as Development 1 or High Performance 1. Hockey
coaching web page explains the difference between the levels and provides
example coaching pathways. Instructors should connect with their Hockey Canada Member for more
information on higher-level coaching certification.
For more resources, be sure to log into the HCSA account on
HockeyCanada.ca. Once logged in, instructors will have access to the HCSA curriculum,
practice plans for on- and off-ice activities, support tips and links to
previous HCSA seminars.
With over 150 HCSAs across the country, it is encouraged to reach out to
lead instructors at other schools to share insights and tips. Local hockey
associations in the area can be another great resource as lesson plans are
finalized. For further support throughout the school year, contact Drew McLaughlin, manager
of Member engagement and school programs.