Team Roles (North London Nationals Hockey)


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North London Team Officials

Position Roles

HL Division Convenors

Convenors are assigned to oversee each division. Any matter that requires a review by the NLSA Board of Directors must first be presented through the divisional Convenor. The role and responsibilities of a divisional Convenor is outlined below:

Oversees the activities of the division, including competitive balancing activities and special events, such as divisional tournaments and Finals day.

Convenes a coach meeting of all Head and Assistant Coaches in the division to promote the Association’s overall objective of ensuring an enjoyable hockey experience for all players.

Ensures that all Head Coaches within the division have a copy of the current NLSA Rules and Policies, as well as a copy of amendments to the rules, if any, pertaining to the current season.

Presents any matters or issues arising from the division to the NLSA Board of Directors for discussion, review and adjudication.

As a general rule, Convenors will not convene the Division that they are involved in competitively.

Represents the NLSA in dealing with any incident meriting attention which may occur at the arena.

Reviews automatic suspensions assessed by the Game Officials and communicates any matters relating to a disciplinary review.

Member of the following Committees;

·         Disciplinary/Appeals (if required)

Head Coach

Coaches give an enormous amount of their time and energy to the players while expecting little in return except personal satisfaction. Good coaches build the players’ character, develop their skills, bring credit to the game, and are respected in their community. Coaches will be measured not by wins/losses, but by player and team development and accelerating accomplishment throughout the season.

Coaches of teams with players of widely varying skills need to be adept at organizing practices to find a way to focus on players with specific needs (e.g. basic skating skills) without holding back those players who are developing more quickly. This allows all players to move forward so they are not falling victim to the lowest common denominator. Coaches must strive to develop the skills and game knowledge expected of their age group.

Coaches need to conduct high intensity, purposeful practices. “Stand around” time should be minimized for players and practices kept fun and fresh. A balance must be maintained between drills that reinforce skills through repetition, and repetitive drills that bore players and discourage them from attending practices.

The coach must serve as a good role model to 100% of the players, 100% of the time. This includes the following: taking a positive approach to player mistakes, demonstrating respect for referees regardless of the call, respect for the competition, and respect for each player in front of fans, team mates, and opposing players. Coaches will teach players to be a class act, win or lose.  Coaches will promote strong ethics to help players develop a high level of determination and competitiveness.

The players are our priority. Making sure that all the players leave the rink after games with a smile and a good feeling is worth more than any win.

Serve as the official spokesperson on behalf of the team

Coordinate the delegation of responsibilities to the assistant coach and manager

Plan on and off-ice activities in consultation with the assistant coach

Organize parents meeting to inform them on the team's hockey season plan

Coordinate player evaluation and selection in conjunction with the Association mentor

Plan, implement and control pre-game preparation and communication with the team

Design the practice plans in consultation with the assistant coach

Coach the team in all games and practices

Establish rules for the team and oversee the supervision of the players

Assign parents to team role such as Team Manager, Assistant Coaches, and Trainer after team is created

Team Trainer

Maintain the medical information/records on each of the players and will establish an E.A.P. (Emergency Action Plan) for emergency situations. The trainer will ensure that the required accident/injury reports are completed and they are responsible for certifying that injured players only return to play with the appropriate signed medical authorization.

Monitor physical conditioning to ensure it is consistent with the level of play and ensure that players are physically prepared to function at their age level or the level of play.

Accept responsibility for the condition of the dressing rooms.

Be present in the dressing room before and after games.

Identify and report potentially dangerous situations that may lead to injury (i.e. ice surface, boards, dressing rooms).

Promote healthy living standards.

Never leave an injured player alone.

Ensure that players only participate in on-ice activities with CSA-approved equipment that is safe and in good condition, and in "full" equipment in accordance with all NLSA and Hockey Canada regulations.


Team Manager

The Team Manager is one of the most critical members of a hockey team, and we would like to thank you in advance for volunteering your time to serve your team in this capacity.
This role is central to the team, and the Manager is responsible, either personally or through delegation, for all off-ice tasks.  The purpose of this manual is to provide you with guidelines and information that will help to make your job easier.
Your Division Convenor is also available to answer any questions or help with any concerns that you may have throughout the season.

The Manager is responsible for the administration of the team and works cooperatively with the coach, convenor, and the league representative. The Team Manager responsibilities listed below can be split up amongst parent volunteers, although it is a good idea to have a single point of contact for management issues.

Have available at all times, the "Official Team List" for all team players and coaching staff, which should be maintained in a team binder.

Assist the coach and trainer to ensure that players only participate in on-ice activities with CSA-approved equipment and in full equipment in accordance with NLSA and Hockey Canada regulations.

At the direction of the coach, ensure that assistant coaches, trainers, players and parents are given copies of their respective "Code of Conduct" and that all understand the meaning and importance of each reference.

Compile and distribute a name, address and phone number list of all players and coaching staff to all team members/parents.

Assist the coach, as required, in the distribution of team sweaters and any hockey equipment (goalie) and ensure they are returned at the end of the season in good condition.

Ensure timekeepers and officials arrive for each home games.

At the direction of the coach, make the necessary arrangements for any exhibition games, tournaments and any team activities.

Assist the coach and his coaching staff in any other related duties to ensure the team is well organized and managed.

Coordinate a meeting at the beginning of the season to welcome parents and encourage input and participation.

Coordinate additional parent meetings in a timely fashion as necessary to discuss issues as they arise.
Please click the following link to download the current Team Manager Manual

Team Parent Representative

Shall be the liaison between the parents of the team and the team officials

Shall assist in resolving team disputes and concerns

Member of the following Committees;

·         MD or HL Parent Rep

Shall be a member of the Parent Representative Committee and attend such meetings as required (Scheduled twice per year October and February)

Bring the concerns of the parents directly to the Disciplinary/Appeals Committee and ultimately the Board of Directors through the Director of MD or HL and the Parent Committee;

Promote to all parents the Coaches Evaluation surveys

Other roles

The following roles/duties are mandatory:

Treasurer - a new account should be set up, always requiring two different signatures. Accounts must be set up under the team name or level name, not under an individual’s name. It is suggested that the treasurer not hand out pre-signed blank cheques.

Equipment - one/two person will be responsible for distributing at the all NLSA jerseys.  All jerseys must be washed with name and sponsor bars removed.  Damage to the jerseys should be noted and highlighted to the NLSA Director of Equipment.

The following roles/duties are examples of additional functions that a volunteer can perform:

Website updater(s) – game schedules and results can optionally be posted on the NLSA website, along with news items and photos

Fundraising - once the amount and type of fundraising needed has been determined, these people will coordinate the activities with the Treasurer and Manager.