International Influences – Finnish Development Program Overview
Posted by Dean Holden at January 12th, 2013
Hockey Canada Summary of FIHA
-20 Full Time Staff
-50 Part Time Staff
-450 Associations ( Clubs )
-60,000 players ( 2500 female )
National Coach Instructors:
-5 Coach Instructors oversee the 9 regions and are in charge of all development.
Each Region Contains:
1 Regional Administrator
1 Regional Coaching Director
1 Regional Goaltending Coach
1 Regional Officiating Director
-these people all report to the Regional Administrator for admin and in turn to 1 of the 5 National Coach Instructors for development
Each Region Contains:
Clubs ( Minor Hockey Associations )
-Clubs are responsible for their own administration but report to their Regional Administrator
-Each Club has a Chief of Coaching – Paid person
-Chief of Coaching runs all technical aspects of club development i.e. coach clinics, mentorship, player development, practice session planning and execution.
Quick Development Facts:
1) 50% of Budget is directed towards Development programs,
25 % towards High Performance, 25 % towards Recreational Hockey.
2) Main goal of FIHA Development is the practical education of coaches not resources.
3) Mentorship budget of $350,000 per year.
4) Chief of Coaching in each Club had produced huge positive difference over the past 5 years.
5) No formal games until players are 10 years old.
-FIHA always looks at how they can make something work first instead of finding ways for it not to works
-FIHA focus is on development with success at the high performance level the result of solid development programming.
-Overall coach certification / education programs are much more comprehensive and focus on practical applications versus theory ( especially at the 13 & U ages )
-Coaches on a whole in Finland are more educated and able to teach than in Canada.
-Mentorship is viewed as their most important program and incorporates all high performance and development programs.
-Players of all ages in Finland on a whole are more skilled in passing and puck control than Canadian players.
-Players of all ages in Finland on a whole are more agile on their skates ( better edge control ) than Canadian Players, although not as fast or powerful.
-FIHA views their high performance programs ( especially U16, U17, and U18 ) as pure development for their coaches and players versus focus on winning.
-FIHA very candid about what they need to do better and search other Federations for ideas to constantly try to improve.
Recommendations for Consideration by Hockey Canada / Branches
-Focus development efforts on coaches and players in divisions peewee and under
-Reduce the number of resources available and update / create a streamlined resource list for coaches.
-Develop a two stream mentorship program 1) for traditional mentoring – for competitive levels of hockey 2) mentoring in the form of instruction for coaches to teach skills via clinic sessions.
-Create a clinic approach to mentorship for teaching coaches how to teach.
-Develop specialty clinic materials / resources.
-Remove Branch borders for the mentorship program – follow the POE borders
-Recruit and train “ Skills Instructors “ who can go around and do skills / specialty clinics
-Incorporate a mentorship / coach instruction session into each of the Hockey Canada skills camps