• Mission Statement
  • Tryouts
  • Coach Selection Process
  • Fundraising & Budgets
  • Managers Responsibilities
  • Coaches Responsibilities
  • Player Code of Conduct


To promote development hockey and to make the program accessible to all players in the District


Announce tryout date in the local papers, send information to the associations president, post it on the HNB website.

Hold a pre-registration session, with information on the program.

Tryout fee to be determined based on cost of ice, official, etc.

Every effort must be made to complete the teams before the association's competitive team tryouts.


Send an ad to the local papers requesting applications for coaches, send emails to all associations president

EDZA East Board will appoint a coach selection committee, which will include, but not limted to, the chair of EDZA East, the representatives of District 6 and District 7.


The team(s) will be reponsible for their team fundraising. A budget must be submitted to the EDZA East Chair, when required, and a final Income/Expense Statement at year end must be submitted to the EDZA.


  • Attend league meetings
  • Co-ordinate team practices (site & time)
  • Co-ordinate team home games (site, referee & time keepers)
  • Help with players registration for try-outs
    (if manager named prior to the team being finalised)
  • Responsible for submitting the roster to the EDZA East Chair
    Responsible for team fund raising
  • Responsible for team finances
    (preparing budget to be submitted to EDZA East Chair)
  • Liaison between parents and coaching staff



  • To establish and maintain a sense of community, we can not ignore the way the game of hockey is played. The stability of our hockey community is based on how everyone within the community carries out his or her responsibilities related to the Game.

a) Coaches Responsibility to The Game

  • Coaches are role models. As such, they shall always conduct themselves so as to maintain the highest principles, integrity, and dignity of The Game.
  • Coaches are responsible for knowing, understanding, and following all rules of the game as established and directed by HNB, EDZA East and Hockey Canada . It is important that coaches continue to educate themselves and plan ways to ensure personal and professional growth.
  • Dissatisfaction with West Kent policies and/or their implementation may only be addressed through the proper channels established. It is never proper to express dissatisfaction through the media or any other source.
  • The coaches must adhere to both the letter and the spirit of all rules.
  • It is the coach's responsibility to make sure that all players understand the rules, their spirit, and the only legitimate processes by which to affect change. All participants in The Game must adhere to the letter and spirit of all rules.
  • Game officials - like coaches and players - are major participants in the Game. The coach shall neither exhibit nor tolerate any behavior from others (staff and players) - verbal or otherwise - that might reflect poorly on an on-ice official. This includes, but is not limited to, arguing a judgement call in such a manner as to incite players and spectators against an official. There are approved methods by which a coach may comment on an official's performance. Public displays of displeasure - before, during, or after a contest - are not among these approved methods.

b) Responsibility to EDZA East

  • Coaches are educators. The rink serves as classroom, practices provide skills, and competition allows for the pursuit of excellence. This primary function of the coach must never be disregarded.
  • Coaches should never interfere with the duties and jurisdiction of others, including decisions that affect his team with regards to discipline.
  • Coaches should constantly be alert to see that their program is being conducted and promoted properly. While there are definable duties in which coaches hold primary responsibility, coaches are also responsible for having an awareness of all activities that may affect their program's performance and reputation.
  • Coaches should respect policies and procedures established by their association and district. Coaches should see that all commitments made by players be honored. AAA hockey players and parents need to know the intentions of the coach from the beginning of the year. The commitment a coach expects may include training during the holidays, proper diet, dry land training, and keeping good attendance at practices. The coach must communicate his/her intentions and allow for players and parents time to accept or reject the expectations of the coach.
  • Coaches should immediately notify the EDZA East Representative of any situation that might violate the Code of Ethics or any EDZA East or HNB rule or regulation.
  • Coach must complete his player selection in a timely manner so that players being cut can return to their home clubs before final selections of provincial players are made.
  • Player selection should be done in a positive way and players who are cut from the tryouts should experience the warmth and support from all members of the coaching staff.

c) Responsibility to the players

  • Coaches should never place the value of a win above the objective of instilling the highest ideals and character traits in their players. The safety and welfare of the players should always be uppermost in their mind and these values must never be sacrificed for personal prestige or personal gain.
  • Coaches should never teach their players tactics or skills designed to circumvent the intent of the rulebook and the standards of fair play. The rules exist to protect the players and provide a common standard by which final results will be determined. Coaches should not attempt to "beat the rules" or take any unfair advantage over an opponent.
  • Whenever players exhibit unsportsmanlike behavior on their own, it is the responsibility of the coach to address that behavior and put an end to it. Coaches are responsible for the conduct of their players.
  • The diagnosis and treatment of injuries is a medical problem and coaches should always defer to the proper medical authorities without the slightest interference.
  • Coaches are responsible for knowing and following HNB constitution and rules, the Hockey Canada Ice Hockey Rules book. Coaches should not knowingly jeopardize the eligibility and participation of any player due to ignorance of the rules and their application.
  • Coaches should not make any demands on a player that are inconsistent with HNB and EDZA East guidelines and regulations or in any way compromise the players confidence in them.
  • It shall be understood by coaches that their general responsibility to "the players" and to "The Game" includes all players, whether on his team or on an opponent's.

d) Responsibility To Officials

  • All game officials - including but not limited to on-ice officials, goal judges, and scorers, shall at all times be treated in a professional and courteous manner.
  • In particular, on-ice officials should be treated with respect at all times and it is the particular responsibility of the head coach to insure that all players see him/her respect the performance of the officials.
  • Coaches should be sensitive to the difficulty officials face from parents who call out negative comments during a game. It is the responsibility of the coach to assist with the education of parents with regards to the difficulty of officiating.
  • Coaches wishing to express displeasure with an official's conduct must follow the proper procedure as established by HNB.
  • At no time is it appropriate to use the media as a vehicle in which to criticize an official or officials in general.  In fact, positive comments regarding the officials is a responsibility of a coach when his players are seeking excuses through the perceived poor performance of an official.
  • Coaches should take the time to instruct and guide players in their responsibility to their team-mates, coaches, parents, school work and health. Coaches and athletes should refrain from negative comments about opponents or officials at all times.


  • The ability to participate in the game of AAA hockey is made possible by the hard work and dedication of the Elite Development Commission. The hockey players accept that this is an opportunity, not a right.
  • Hockey players should always conduct themselves so as to maintain the highest principles, integrity, and dignity of their team in particular and the Game in general.
  • Hockey players should always adhere to the spirit and letter of the playing rules established by Hockey Canada and HNB. Hockey players should always adhere to the spirit and letter of all rules - on and off the ice -established by HNB, the EDZA East and the community at large.
  • Hockey players accept the authority of all game officials. At no time is it appropriate to demonstrably question the decisions and actions of game officials, particularly on-ice officials.
  • Hockey players accept the notion that an athlete's strong desire to compete and succeed is in no way compromised by respect for the rule book and respect for all opponents. Acceptance of this concept is the very heart of sportsmanship and fair play.
  • Hockey players' actions will never deliberately jeopardize the safety and well being of opponents, teammates, officials, or spectators.
  • Hockey players' actions will never deliberately attempt to circumvent the letter and spirit of the rules, on and off the ice. It is also understood that all hockey players are responsible for knowing and understanding all rules that pertain to their participation in The Game.
  • Hockey players accept that their academic responsibilities supersede their hockey responsibilities.
  • Hockey players will honestly report all injuries and medical conditions in a timely manner to their coach or parents.