Vancouver Female is currently seeking qualified coaches for all levels and divisions for the upcoming hockey season.
If you are an interested parent, a seasoned hockey player, and/or an experienced skater, please consider taking your Hockey Canada certification.
Certification levels are easily obtained in condensed weekend courses and we are always interested in adding new head coaches and assistant coaches at every level of play.
Prospective coaches must apply to VFIHA for each year they wish to coach (head and assistant coaches). The VFIHA Coach Coordinator selects coaches for each team before the season starts.
To apply, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Our association offers players the opportunity to benefit from female and male coaches who are strong role models. All of our coaching volunteers, many of whom are parents, show tremendous dedication and a passion for teaching our players.
Each team at the recreational level practices once or twice a week and typically plays two games a week at the U13 level and higher and one game per week at the U11 and U9 level.
Playoffs generally begin in February and run until the finals are complete in mid-March. The hockey season involves pre-season practices beginning in late August, Rep tryouts in early September, and on-ice practices beginning in September and going through the March playoffs.
All players in the association are provided with opportunities during the season to advance their performance through power skating sessions, dryland training, and other skills and drills sessions with experienced coaches.
There is a pre-season camp for all program levels in the second to last week of August before the players return to school in September.
Minor hockey teams periodically enlist older hockey players or other volunteers to assist with practices, scrimmages and other activities. To validate insurance, on-ice helpers must follow these guidelines:
- Any on-ice helpers must be a current registered member of BC Hockey / Hockey Canada. If the individual is not currently registered through a minor association, junior team, senior team or as an associate member, the association wishing to have this person help must register the individual.
- All on ice helpers must wear a CSA certified helmet with chin strap fastened and appropriate face protection required for the player’s level of play. A BNQ certified neck guard must also be worn by all minor hockey aged players assisting as an on ice helper.
- U15 and below on ice helpers must wear full gear. All other helpers (above U15) are to wear what is appropriate to their division.
- Any helper who is not a BC Hockey minor or junior player must have certification in Respect in Sport (RIS). Additionally, they must be under the direct supervision of the certified team officials.
- Non Members offering coaching or other on-ice help for a fee is not a volunteer, and must become an associate member prior to participation.
- Non Members offering coaching or other on ice help must also have passed our Criminal Record Check (CRC).