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Safety and Risk Management

Colin Melnyk

NVMHA Risk Manager

Required Certifications for all Team Officials

Each NVMHA team must roster

  1. One only Head Coach - mandatory
  2. Assistant Coaches
  3. One only Manager - mandatory
  4. Hockey Canada Safety Person - minimum 1 mandatory
  5. On-Ice Helpers

Certifications are required as follows:

Respect in Sport (RiS)

RIS is an on-line training course for coaches and sport leaders.  It is designed as a tool to assist coaches in identifying and dealing with abuse, neglect, harassment and bullying in sport. 

RIS must be completed by Dec 1

RIS expires every five years on August 1. 


Concussion Awareness Training Tool (CATT)

All coaches and team officials must complete the free Concussion Awareness Training Tool (CATT) course as part of their certification process. The course is free and takes 30 minutes to complete.

Coaches and Team Officials - this course is mandatory prior to season start.Once completed you will receive a confirmation and certificate. 


Police Information Check (Criminal Records Check)

At NVMHA the Police Information Check is required every three seasons as at August 1

If you completed a Police Information Check last season then the next two seasons you  must complete the Voluntary Disclosure Form below and submit it to the Registrar -

If you did not complete a Police Information Check last year then there are two options to complete it:

Option 1:

Complete the process entirely on-line. See the link on the right hand side bar

Option 2:

Take the NVMHA cover letter (see right hand side bar) and 2 pieces of photo identification to the local RCMP detachment located at 147 East 14th Street, North Vancouver. The application will be processed by the RCMP and returned to applicant. It is the applicant’s responsibility to forward the original processed application to the association Registrar. Failure to do so will be considered as incomplete and a suspension could be considered. 

“All applications and information are held in the strictest confidence."

Hockey Canada Safety Program (HCSP)

Teams must have one HCSP certified person on their roster. Certification must be completed by December 1.

The Hockey Canada Safety Program utilizes a proactive, preventative, common sense approach to keeping our children safe. The goal of the program is for the safety people to implement effective risk management programs with their own teams where player safety is the first priority at all times, both on and off the ice.
The safety person is a volunteer who has received HCSP accreditation (even if the individual is a medical professional).  The program must only be successfully completed every three (3) years in order to be a team’s safety person.
Volunteers to be an HCSP person this year that have yet to complete the course, or those that may now be interested in taking on this role, should click on the attached link to sign up for and complete the course.   A minimum of one HCSP person is required on each team so it doesn’t matter that you don’t know yet which team you are on.  

The course takes just 3 hours and is broken up into 36 small sections so starting, stopping and going back to review is very easy.  As a team official at NVMHA, the cost of a successful completion of this course is reimbursed.  Please supply your receipt either to your team manager or to myself.
This is a great opportunity to make a difference with not a lot of work.

Hockey Canada Head Contact Video

A 14-minute video suitable for coaches and young officials.