The development of our players and coaches is fundamental in achieving these objectives.
At Credit Valley Hockey Association our fundamental priority is to ensure children have fun and develop to the best of their ability, both on and off the ice. Respect for others and fair play are two key values of the association. The most important element in developing athletes is to provide them with qualified coaches who provide a positive learning environment with clear instruction and lots of enthusiastic encouragement. We encourage open communication as our ability to identify and address opportunities for improvement is supported by the input we receive from our families and players.
Credit Valley is pleased to offer a “Wolf Cubs” program for players age 4-6. These children play only at Hershey Centre Arena each weekend. The objective is to introduce players to the game in a structured, non-competitive environment. The emphasis of the program is to teach hockey fundamentals in a fun setting. For the first part of the season the program focuses on practicing skating, shooting and passing. Later in the season, games are introduced to provide an opportunity to put the skills that have been developed into practice. Every effort is made to balance the overall skill levels of each team. The game environment matches different lines which are comprised of players with equivalent skill for each game. Every player participates in their own “playoffs” to conclude the season.
Credit Valley actively encourages and supports the continuing education of coaches through in-house coaching clinics and the CHA National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP), or the National Trainers Certification Program (NTCP). All house league Head Coaches in Credit Valley must be certified at the “Coach Level” and all “A” team Head Coaches at the “Intermediate Level” under the NCCP. As well, Credit Valley strongly encourages all coaches to obtain their Trainers Certificate. IP Instructors must also be certified under the NCCP at the “Initiation Program” level. All association volunteers are required to obtain Police background checks in order to assume any role with the organization.
The association is very fortunate to receive strong financial support from generous sponsors from the local business community. Sponsors help provide funding for goalie equipment including pads, chest protector/arm guards and gloves to each team up to the age of 12.
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