Player Development

Started in 2006 with 5 Zone teams (14&under) participating in the 2006 BC Summer Games, the BCIHA High Performance Program has evolved over the past 4 years.  Team BC has competed in the 2007 Canada West Cup (15U) and 2006-2007 USA National Jr Festival (18U), the 2008 Canadian Jr Festival (18U) and most recently 2009 State Wars (1998/1997/1996/1994/1993/1992 birth years).

The High Performance Program is designed for elite players and will give them an opportunity to showcase their skills in a provincial/international setting.

BCIHA will use these programs to identify the top players in each age group. In addition, these programs continue along the NIHA-Canada High Performance Program leading to the men’s Canadian National Team that competes in the IIHF World Championships every year.

Players will have the opportunity to compete in a premier environment under the guidance of BCIHA and its top coaches.

Referee Development

The BCIHA works closely with its Member Leagues and the NIHA-Canada to further the development of the referees across the province and around the country. The NIHA-Canada Referee program has been designed to promote safety in the game for the players and officials and consistency of rules emphasis and enforcement in all leagues.
NIHA-Canada Referee Development includes:

  1. Referee Leadership Seminar – all League Referee-in-Chiefs attend this seminar lead by the National RIC. Attending the Leadership Seminar are the Referees-in-Chief of each member league.Through this process, the NIHA-Canada is able to maintain consistency of rule emphasis, enforcement and discipline across the national level.
  2. Referee Certification Clinic: Referee Certification is an annual process for all of the NIHA-Canada officials. This process begins with a 1-day Certification Clinic. The Certification Clinic consists of a Classroom Session (4-5 hours) and a Rink Session (1 hour). This Clinic will cover Rules, Procedures, Safety, Risk Management, Signals, Harassment and an Examination.
  3. Referee Recognition and Selection Program: Becoming an Official is just part of the NIHA-Canada Officials Program. The NIHA-Canada has created a Recognition and Selection Program for its Officials across the country. This Program is designed to encourage, recognize, develop and reward Officials in the different leagues.

The Recognition Program will award points to Officials each year based on criteria established by the National Officials Committee headed by the National Referee-in-Chief, Dan Duffy.

These points will accumulate each year and will be the basis for Selection to different events including the Regional Tournaments, National Events and International Championships (IIHF World Championships).

In addition to the Points System, review by the Official’s Supervisors will also be used to determine eligibility and ability for these elite events.

For more information on the Referee Program please visit the NIHA-Canada Referee Program.

Coach Development

Coaching Development is a primary goal of the BCIHA and NIHA-Canada. While currently working to create a Coaching Program designed for the inline hockey coach of all levels, the BCIHA encourages coaches to take part in the BC Hockey Coach Clinic of the appropriate level.


RiS is an on-line training course for coaches and sport leaders. It is designed as a tool to assist coaches in identifying and dealing with abuse, neglect, harassment and bullying in sport. The on-line course curriculum is broken into six (6), 30 minute modules and includes audio/visual presentations, quizzes and printable handouts. Another beneficial feature of the program is that it does not need to be done all at once, it can be completed at your leisure.

Effective 2011, all house league coaches in BCIHA member leagues are required to have Respect in Sport certification.  Coaches may visit this Respect in Sport link at the  NIHA-Canada website ( to access the inline program.


The BC Hockey Coaches Program is based on the foundation created by Hockey Canada, the world leader in Hockey Development of players, referees and coaches.

Each year, BC Hockey offers a number of different NCCP Certified Coaching Clinics around the province. While these courses contain some ice hockey specific content, the main focus of the programs is coaching hockey players, whether ice hockey, roller hockey, ball hockey, etc. Course information provided below.

Introduction to Coaching
Introduction to Coaching & Coach Stream Hybrid
Coach Stream
Development 1
8 hours
16 hours
12 hours
16 hours
Level of Athlete:
Pre-novice & novice
Pre-novice & above.Combination course designed to better utilize volunteer time
Atom and above All Recreational / House League athletes Pee Wee & above HC / BC Hockey Carded players, Rep Team Athletes
Age of Athletes:
5 + 6 and 7 + 8 years
5 + 6 and above
9 + 10 and above
11 + 12 and above
Course Content:
Leadership. Com-municationSkill AnalysisTeaching Skills

Lesson Organiza-tion

Risk Manage-ment

Course content from both the Introduction to Coaching and the Coach Stream course are covered



Practice Planning

Role of the


Teaching Progressions

Teaching Checking

Game Day Preparations



Drill Design

Introductory tactics

Drill Progression

Teaching Checking

Athletic Skills

Instructing goaltenders

Seasonal Planning

Standard at Course Completion:
Introduction to Coaching Accreditation
Introduction to Coaching accredited and Coach Stream (C.S.) “Qualified”

Coach Stream (C.S.)“Qualified”

Developmental 1 Stream “Qualified”

If you are interested in participating in one of these BC Hockey Certification Courses, please visit the BC Hockey Website at