Coach Application

Interested in coaching?

For those interested in coaching and mentoring the stars of tomorrow, or just helping ensure kids are getting the most out of the game, we have an opportunity for you.Your leadership and commitment in helping the players of Vancouver Minor Hockey is much appreciated.
If you're interested in coaching here's the steps to becoming a VMHA Coach:
1. Fill out an Coaching Application and submit it to our coaching coordinator at
2. Coaching Qualification - please see BC Hockey's National Coaching Certification ProgamWhen you have completed your program, please contact our VMHA Coach Co-ordinator for reimbursement.
3. Respect in Sport (RiS)  - to register click here.  When you have completed your Respect in Sport course, please forward your certificate of completion and receipt to our Risk Manager at risk-manager@vmha.comfor reimbursement.
4. Criminal Record Check -  please see Access Code: 89EJQFW58M
5. Concussion Awareness Training Tool (CATT) - to register click here - must be completed prior to start of season - please send certificate to
Criminal Record Checks
Every rostered team official and any appointed Board position aged 18 and over and dealing regularly with children must have on file with the VMHA a current criminal record check that includes a vulnerable sector search.
Once a criminal record check is on file with the VMHA, it is considered current for 3 years from the year of check.
The Vulnerable Persons Check (VPC) is included within the online format of the Criminal Record Check (CRC), as offered through the Ministry of Justice website. The Criminal Records Review Program (CRRP) automatically incorporates a VPC into every CRC completed through this platform, as noted on the Ministry of Justice website:
“As part of your criminal record check process, the Criminal Records Review Program (CRRP) will also conduct a vulnerable sector check. This process determines whether you have any record suspensions (formerly known as pardons) for sexual offences.”
A vulnerable sector search is an additional, secondary search of the criminal record databases that encompasses convictions for pardoned sex offences that have subsequently been pardoned. [Pardoned offences are not typically included in a criminal record check.] Vulnerable sector searches are only available to individuals who are identified as working with an organisation responsible for the well-being of children under the age of 18 - the VMHA is such an organisation.
For more information you can visit the Ministry of Justice website at the following link:
Should you have any questions please contact the BC Hockey office at
To obtain your Criminal Record Check, please follow the link to the Ministry of Justice criminal record check site:
VMHA Access Code: 89EJQFW58M
If you have had a CRC in the last 3 years through your employer or other volunteer position this can be shared with the VMHA and the options for both are well explained in the link included with the email invitation.  Both applying for and sharing the CRC can also be done manually and the Department of Justice site has the fillable/downloadable forms available.
The completed CRC will be forwarded directly to the Risk Manager.
Fingerprint Process:
You may be asked to have fingerprinting done as part of the CRC process.
At the City of Vancouver, there is a $25.00 fee for volunteers. This fee will be paid by VMHA.
Fingerprinting is done by the VPD at the Graveley street office, and information on the process is located through the following link:
  1. Respect in Sport - see BC Hockey Clinics
  2. Criminal Record Check
  3. Coaching Qualification - please see BC Hockey Coaching Certification Program

Coaching Resources

A collection of practice plans and concussions information

There's a lot of fantastic information out there to help coaches get the most out of their time with their teams. The results of ongoing research into hockey development, training methods and medical issues are now readily available.

Please take the time to understand, and use, the relevant information below. It's key to ensuring our kids get the best, safest experience at VMHA:

Other Resources

Research on concussions & concussion-like symptoms

The information below is by no means a replacement for medical advice or diagnosis, nor does it suggest that any of the players whose names or images were presented in the videos had cases that were mishandled in any way.  It's simply meant to provide additional potential causes of symptoms so players are aware of what other injuries they may need to get checked out by a medical professional.