Here are some links regarding safety and emergencies
Here are some links regarding safety and emergencies
A lot of research is being conducted into how hits to the head affect player development. We can use this blog as a forum to do some fact finding research and create a VMHA stance. See below link for more research.
Head Injury Research
Regarding Criminal Record Checks
All members of VMHA who volunteer, or are hired in any manner, must have criminal record checks performed. With current RCMP policies, only the VPD may perform criminal record checks with Vulnerable Sector Services.
To initiate a criminal record check you must first fill out The VPD form Request and Consent for Records Check and Disclosure. A printable copy of this form can be found on vmha.com. Bring the completed form, as well as two pieces of appropriate ID, to the VPD office. You will also need a letter from Requesting Organization. For more information, check out:
Once you have paid, keep your receipt ($30) and wait for the criminal check to be mailed to you. When you receive the letter, DO NOT open it. Give the letter and receipt to the Risk Manager (contact the Risk Manager by email at email@example.com or go on to VMHA site, click Risk Manager and send message).
The criminal check is good for 5 years. It will be noted on HCR, which the registrars use every year, to keep track of when a new check will be needed. If you have recently had a criminal check done, or work with children regularly (i.e. teacher), you may not need one (if one was performed when you start working). This will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
If you have any questions feel free to contact the Risk Manager at:
Brendan T. Boylan
(Risk Manager VMHA)
VMHA Player Supervision Policy
This rule is intended to minimize the risk to coaches, volunteers, parents who spend time with the players. It is also to ensure that the players have a bully/racist/homophobic/sexist free environment that can further the goal of improving their hockey skills in a safe and fun way.
The basic concept of the rule is:
-That there must be two adults (in BC that’s defined as people 19 years and older) supervising* the players at ALL times.
To expand on the concept:
-Team Officials are responsible for coming to practices and games at the designated time (whether 15, 30, 45, 60 before the event) and ensure there are two adults supervising the dressing room (whether it be the team officials or parents)
-If a parent arrives early to an event, the parent must supervise their children until the designated people arrive at the event, minor hockey is not a drop-off service.
-If the designated people do not show up parents must continue to supervise their children or appoint two different people to supervise the dressing room.
-Team Officials may leave early or come late to events (as may happen, however it is not encouraged) provided they ensure the two deep rule is being followed at all times.
VMHA also respects coaches ability to manage their team, and their dressing room. If a coach decides that no parents are allowed in the dressing room then the coach must ensure that:
a) two coaches are always supervising the dressing room
b) No one is allowed in the dressing room until two coaches arrive
c) That there are occasions (traffic jam) when coaches are not able to be in the dressing room on time that two other adults may supervise the dressing room.
This rule also applies when a player is injured and goes to the dressing room during a game or practice, never be alone with a player unless you are their legal guardian. Ask a parent to join you (preferably the players parent).
Remember you do not have to be rostered on a team to be supervising the dressing room.
*Supervising is defined by VMHA as being within eyesight or within listening distance or being within arms reach of the dressing room door while there are players in the dressing room
Attention All Volunteers at VMHA
Respect in Sports is a new program that has replaced Speak Out.
Speak Out was originally designed as a program for coaches to help increase awareness about abuse in sports and what to do in situations where abuse is suspected. VMHA does not condone abuse towards athletes, volunteers or officials. We will take strong actions to prevent and stop abuse of any kind.
For years, Speak Out has been the course all coaches, managers and anyone on the ice or behind the bench would have to take in order to help out. While is still valid for those who’ve completed it, Speak Out is no longer offered by BC Hockey. Respect In Sports has replaced this course.
Respect in Sports has more features and was designed to be more convenient to take than the Speak Out clinics. Entirely online, it allows all our volunteers access and the course keeps track of your progress. Each time you log in, you will continue with the next non-completed module.
While testing the program, I found it interesting and engaging. It can be completed within a couple of hours or you can spread it over a few days. Either way, I think this program will work for you.
To access Respect in Sports, go to http://bch.respectgroupinc.com/secure/ and register as a new user. You don’t need your Hockey Canada number and your file will automatically be updated once you have completed the course.
If you don’t have certification from Speak Out you will be required to complete Respect in Sports in order to be able to volunteer with children/youth.
It costs $31.50 and you can pay online either with Pay Pal or a credit card. For those without credit cards, Pay Pal can also take Interact.
The cost will be reimbursed once you have completed the course by forwarding the email from Respect in Sports that has your Certification Number and the email with your receipt to our treasurer at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Note that if you have already taken the Speak Out course, you will not be reimbursed since we do not require you to do both.
I have also attached all handouts from Respect in Sports so all our members have access to them. It is a very useful course and I hope those who take this course enjoy it as much as I did.
Please feel free to contact me at email@example.com if you have any questions or concerns.
Brendan T. Boylan
Risk Manager – VMHA
Regarding HCSP clinic on November 27th at Britannia,
Attention all VMHA volunteers, as some of you might know every team needs a designated Safety person. In order to become certified as a Safety person one needs to go to a Hockey Canada Safety Person clinic. To make life easier for our members we at VMHA have organized a HCSP clinic through BC Hockey November 27th at Britannia in the rink mezzanine from 9am-4pm. Every one needs to go to a HCSP clinic to become the Safety Person regardless if they are a doctor, nurse, paramedic or have any other First Aid certification. Register quickly as it fills up at 40 people regardless of their association. To register go to https://ehockey.hockeycanada.ca/ehockey/ClinicDetail.aspx?cid=72421 or the long way is to go to www.bchockey.net click on clinics, then register for a clinic, then HCSP, then scroll down to November 27th Vancouver and click signup. Once you are there you must log in, if you have done a clinic using BC Hockey before you use your username and password, if this is your first clinic then you create a new user. To do this you need your Hockey Canada number, I will give it to you if you email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You will be reimbursed for this clinic once you have submitted your receipt to email@example.com and have attended the course. Please feel free to email me if you have any questions or concerns. Sincerely yours, Brendan T. Boylan (Risk Manager VMHA)
Welcome back to another year of hockey at VMHA. We have already held a Safety meeting where anyone present received a first aid kit or had it re-stocked. Do you still need a first aid kit for your team? Let me know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. I will work with you to get you a first aid kit whether, I show up at the rink, you at my house, me at your house let’s make sure you get one. The easiest way is to show up at the Safety Meeting (the next one is October 18th at 6pm at Britannia LRC) where I bring all the supplies.
I just want to say Welcome to our new Safety Site run by our risk manager Brendan Boylan. Hoping to make Vancouver Minor Hockey’s Website more user friendly and bringing you a fresher approach in discovering the benefits in allowing our children to play hockey in a safer environment..
VMHA Director of Hockey