Coaching Programme 2015/16 Updates

SIHA Scottish Ice Hockey

Seminar for all Club Head Coaches / Coaching Coordinators

On Saturday the 27th of June there will be a seminar for all club Head Coaches/Coaching Coordinators at Dundee Ice Arena. Every club should have a person in this position and they are required to attend to discuss coaching at club and national level in Scotland and the various other aspects of successfully taking a coaching programme forward to ensure the proper development of coaches and, of course, players.

One club committee member should also attend so that the administrative side of the club are aware of what the Head Coach’s remit should be in taking the club forward as part of the National Programme. A start and finish time have still to be finalised but it is likely the seminar will start at about 10am and finish around 3.30pm.

Detailed information will be sent to clubs shortly.

Level 1 and Level 2 Courses – Dundee Ice Arena

The Coaching Programme will present a Level 1 Course and a Level 2 Course at Dundee Ice Arena on the weekend of 8th and 9th of August.

Applications for the Level 1 course should be received by Friday the 8th of July. No applications will be considered after that because of the preparation coaches must do before attending the Level 1 Course which will now have an altered format: coaches will be expected to consult the IIHF Level 1 Coaching

Manual in the run up to the course; they will then attend the course for the classroom and on-ice sessions; the exam will be closed book and held on the following Sunday.

Applications for the Level 2 Course should be submitted by Friday 15th July. At present the Level 2 Course will run much the same as in the past.

A copy of the application form is included at the end of this newsletter.

Coaching Clinics for Scottish Coaches

Two Coaching Clinic weekends will be held at Dundee Ice Arena during the forthcoming season on the 7th & 8th of November and the 5th & 6th of March. The SIH Fixture Secretary has left these weekends free of fixtures so that all coaches will be able to attend.

All registered coaches are obliged to attend as the SIH are using these weekends to help develop and improve coaching standards in Scotland. The November Clinic will count as recertification for coaches were due to recertify this year. The March Coaching Clinic will be similar in format and it can count for coaches who may be due to certify around that time in 2016.

The Clinics will take the format of classroom sessions, discussion and networking, workshop and on-ice activities. More information about times etc will be issued at a later date. Can all coaches please take note of these dates and put them in your diary.

The National Development Programme

The SIH CP intends to invite coaches to Conference Weekend Practices at Dumfries so that they can buy into the ethos and practical coaching that will take place. They should, hopefully, learn a bit about what level of coaching is expected to help develop players capable of participating in the National Teams.

The idea might work best by having different groups attend at different weekends, e.g., coaches from N. Ayrshire, Ayr, Kilmarnock, Lanark and Solway may attend one month then the next perhaps coaches from  Edinburgh, Fife, Dundee, and so on. Information about this will be forthcoming once National Programme details are finalised for the new season.


A copy of the application form for Coaching Courses can be found at

Open the Coaching folder and then click on the ‘Coaching Application Form’.