Practice Tips and Tools

Helpful Websites

1. - The website is free so check it out.  The app is even better, but there is a fee.

2. - Free, and if you sign up they will send weekly ideas/suggestions/videos that include some gems.

3. - You'll see some good content here.

4.  - Features a nice selection of half-ice drills.

Practice Plans by Age Group

Yearly planning

One of the best ways to give yourself a leg up on the season is to develop a year plan. It will make practice planning easier, and can really focus you and your assistants on effective player development. And it doesn't have to be overly detailed. In fact, it may be better if it isn't.

After you've had a chance to evaluate the level of play your team is at, take an hour or so and set achievable goals for your group. Review your plan with your assistants. With good feedback you'll soon have a plan everyone can buy into. When it's time to plan your next practice, one quick reference will remind you where you can focus the drill set.

If you don't have your own template, here are a couple of year plans that Pinnacle Hockey has provided to get you started.  One is simple and the other is detailed.  Both are effective!  There is even a sample plan so you can see how they look once developed.

Basic Year Plan Template With Example (xls)
Advanced Year Plan Template With Example (xls)

For other ideas, check out your favorite resource webpage like Hockey Canada.

Coaching Profile

The web page to fill out the coaching application online for 2018-2019 is available HERE.


NEW THIS SEASON - any coach who has take the Respect In Sport Activity Leader course in 2014 or earlier will need to recertify. This will also apply to all coaches who currently have Speak Out.

Also any families who completed the Respect In Sport Parent course in 2014 or earlier will be required to recertify their course as well. All RIS Parent recertification’s must be complete before September 1st as players will not be added to the Evaluation lists until this course has been completed.

Please see the attached document for more details. All courses expire as of May 1st, 2018.

If you encounter any problems in your efforts to re-certify please send an email to: :

The document RIS_Re-Certification_FAQ.pdf was attached to this post.


Are you certified to the correct level?


  Coach 1 - Intro to CoachCoach 2 - Coach LevelDEV. IChecking SkillsRespect In Sport - CoachSafety
InitiationOne Team Official Per Ten PlayersAll Team OfficialsOne Team Official Per Ten Players
NoviceOne Team Official Per Ten PlayersAll Team OfficialsOne Team Official Per Ten Players
AtomHead CoachHead CoachAll Team OfficialsOne Team Official
PeeweeHead CoachHead CoachAll Team OfficialsOne Team Official
Peewee AAHead CoachHead CoachAll Team OfficialsOne Team Official
BantamHead CoachHead CoachAll Team OfficialsOne Team Official
MidgetHead CoachHead CoachAll Team OfficialsOne Team Official

To view the official table of coach requirements on Hockey Calgary's website, visit this page:

To register for a coaching clinic please click here.





Glenlake Hockey coaches are required to complete an electronic Police Information Check (ePIC) online through the Calgary Police Service. ePIC allows applicants the convenience of applying online to submit their applications 24/7 from any location. Applicants can monitor the status of their application, any time, through their own personal account. Here is a convenient link to ePIC:

As part of your application, you will be required to upload a letter to the Calgary Police Service with your name and volunteer role on Glenlake's letterhead. You can obtain a copy of this letter from Glenlake's Administrator at Please type your name onto the letter and then save the letter so you can upload it as part of your submission.

If you run into problems completing the ePIC process, please contact

Thank you.


Last year Glenlake Hockey invested in the Tornado skating trainer system.  There is one available in each of the FCA arenas. It is a great tool for introducing and teaching cross-over turning skills. For more information about the system, visit this website: