How to become a House League Coach (Markham Waxers)

PrintHow to become a House League Coach

Without coaches and trainers who volunteer their time and step behind the bench every season, there would be no minor hockey in Markham. These volunteers are the heart of any minor hockey association.

Every year we require new volunteers, particularly in the younger divisions. So how do you become a coach? How do you obtain the proper certifications? Does the MMHA refund certification fees? Keep reading to find out!


It is an OMHA requirement that each team have certified bench staff consisting of a head coach, assistant coach(es), and at least one HTCP certified trainer.

The goals of the coach certification programs are to:

  • Provide coaches with the tools to work effectively with young players
  • Provide coaches the training to successfully implement the HC curriculum
  • Introduce coaches to the concepts of fair play and cooperation within the hockey environment

The certification training focuses on:

  • Facilitating parent meetings
  • Delivering effective practices
  • Designing a safety program
  • Teaching individual technical skills
  • Preparing for game day

The Hockey Trainer Certification Program (HTCP) is a risk management and safety education program for the volunteer hockey trainer. The ultimate goal of the program is to have all hockey trainers implement effective risk management on their own teams, where safety is the first priority at all times, both on and off the ice.

Certification is also important for the MMHA to meet its insurance requirements.

How to check the status of your certifications?

Access your Hockey Canada Registration (HCR) record using Hockey Canada’s eHockey. Once you create an eHockey account you can access your HCR profile, view your hockey history, check the status of your certifications, and sign up for clinics. Sign up for an eHockey account. Visit the OMHA website for instructions on creating an eHockey account.

House League Certification Requirements by Division

Download the 2019-2020 OMHA Certification Requirements Chart

Initiation, Minor Novice, Novice Atom and Above
Head Coach
Coach 1¹ Coach 2²
Respect in Sport (RIS) or PRS Respect in Sport (RIS) or PRS
Gender Identity and Expression Course Gender Identity and Expression Course
Rowan's Law Acknowledgement Form Rowan's Law Acknowledgement Form
Assistant Coach
Respect in Sport (RIS) or PRS Respect in Sport (RIS) or PRS
Gender Identity and Expression Course Gender Identity and Expression Course
Rowan's Law Acknowledgement Form Rowan's Law Acknowledgement Form

¹ formerly CHIP / Introduction to Coaching
² formerly Coach Stream

Certification for Assistant Coaches for House League is be Speak Out! or Respect in Sport only, but an Assistant Coach requires the same certification as the Head Coach for participation with teams from outside its House League (i.e., exhibition or tournament play). In addition, if the Head Coach were not available to start a House League game, an appropriately certified Coach would be required to act as the Head Coach.

OMHA Certification Clinics

A major part of OMHA service is the implementation of certification programs for all team staff. The OMHA delivers these programs to its membership through clinics province-wide each year.

Read more about OMHA clinics.

View a listing of current clinics and register for clinics online through eHockey.


Online Certification Courses

Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders

The OMHA has entered into a partnership with Respect Group Inc. in piloting the offering of Speak Out! certification as an online e-learning option to our Members. Access instructions to assist with accessing and advancing through Respect in Sport via the OMHA website.

Respect in Sport Activity Leader Program User Instructions

Respect in Sport Activity Leader Program Course Log-In

Understanding Discrimination based on Gender Identity and Gender Expression

The Ontario Hockey Federation (OHF) is pleased to announce the launch of a new training module for team officials, to support trans-inclusive hockey in Ontario, Understanding Discrimination based on Gender Identity and Gender Expression Training.

There are two modules which will educate team officials on this important topic. All team officials will require an eHockey account in the Hockey Canada Registry (HCR) in order to register for and complete the two modules. Once completed, notification will be posted to the team officials’ member profile on the HCR.

All coaches, trainers, and on-ice volunteers must complete the Gender Identity course to be rostered for the 2017-2018 hockey season.

Complete the Modules

  1. If you don't already have one, set up an eHockey account.
  2. Register for the clinic. Ignore the location listed-this is an online course.
  3. Log into your eHockey account.
  4. Select the participant you want to register for the course. This is YOU, not your child! If you take it under your child's ID, you will have to retake the course under your own ID.
  5. Checkout. There is no cost for the course, but you must checkout to complete the registration process.
  6. On the screen after checkout, note the supported devices.
  7. Completing checkout will trigger an automated email to the account used in your eHockey account confirming your registration with a link to access the modules.
  8. Launch the program modules at
  9. Login using your eHockey account credentials.
  10. Complete both modules.
  11. You will not receive a certificate upon completion, but may verify completion by checking your eHockey account.

Rowan's Law Acknowledgement

In order to be rostered to a Markham Waxers team for the 2019-2020 hockey season, all players, rostered team officials, and on-ice volunteers must:

  1. review the Ontario Government's age-appropriate concussion awareness resources.
  2. review the OHF Concussion Code of Conduct
  3. commit to operate within the parameters of the OHF concussion code of conduct, and
  4. acknowledge review of the above resources and your commitment by completing the Rowan's Law Acknowledgement Form.

Certification Obtained Outside the OMHA

If you have obtained a coach or trainer certification with an association outside of the OMHA, please complete the Application for Conversion/Upgrade of Certification form and forward it to the OMHA so that your certifications can be added to your Hockey Canada Registration (HCR) system record.

Certification Reimbursement

MMHA provides 100% refund of certification course fees for volunteers in our house league program. Expenses such as lunch, parking, or mileage are not refunded. Certification courses must be completed by November 30th.

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 mailed to the address provided on the refund form by January 30th to rostered team officials in good standing with the MMHA.

MMHA reimburses clinic fees that provide the minimum qualifications to be a certified volunteer in the house league program.

  • PRS: All rostered house league coaches
  • Coach 1: Mite and Tyke coaches (head and assistant coaches)
  • Coach 2: Novice through Juvenile coaches (head and assistant coaches)
  • Trainer Certification Level 1: Trainers and Conveners

You are welcome to take a higher level courses (Level 2 Trainer Certification, Coach Development, etc.), however, we will provide a refund based on the cost of a certification clinic at the minimum certification required.

If you choose to take several Continuing Education Courses to accumulate points as opposed to one recertification course, once you accumulate sufficient points to qualify for recertification, please submit your request for refund with proof that you have been recertified. You will be refunded the standard rate for the cost of a recertification course if the combined cost of the Continuing Education Courses exceeds this amount.

MWHL Certification PVSC Reimbursement Form

Police Vulnerable Sector Check

MMHA requires a clear Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC) be filed when someone volunteers for the first time and every other season thereafter. No PVSC submitted may be dated more than two months prior to submitting to the MMHA. For more information on the Police Vulnerable Sector Check process, visit the York Regional Police website.

In order to expedite the process of obtaining a PVSC, the applicant should complete the Waxers Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC) Volunteer Letter Request Form which confirms that the applicant is a volunteer with the association. The letter will allow the YRP to charge the volunteer processing rate and waive the extra fee should you need to be fingerprinted because your date of birth matches someone in the RCMP database.

The original Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC) letters must be submitted—photocopies will not be accepted—and you will not be reimbursed without the original.

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