HEROS Volunteer Coach/Leaders
Summer Camp – Coach/Leaders
(Volunteer 10 – 20 hrs/camp)
Summer Camp adult volunteer coach/leaders help with organizing meals and keeping the grounds clean and safe.
They cheer the HEROS players on the ice and share quality time with them. They put up banners and balloons and help with equipment sizing and fittings for participants.
Fall/Winter Season – Coach/Leaders
(Volunteer 40 – 50 hrs/season)
Winter Season volunteer coach/leaders are present primarily for support.
They do whatever is necessary to keep things running smoothly so that the participants can have fun. This includes providing backup for the mentors and helping HEROS participants deal with any anger or behavioural issues.
Coach/Leader Selection Criteria:
• Age group best-suited to this position is 18 years or older.
• Must be patient, sincere and committed to providing a positive environment for Participants.
• Must have an aptitude for working with children.
• Must show commitment to the HEROS Program.
• Must provide two letters of reference.
• Must complete Volunteer Application Form.
• Must sign code of conduct
• Must provide criminal background check (cost will be refunded by HEROS)
Note: HEROS is committed to having both male and female leaders.
• Leaders are responsible for their groups.
• Leaders participate in a two-hour instruction session on camp rules and procedures. This may
include ice time with the Head Coach, the power skating instructor and a Hockey Canada official.
• Introduction of hockey skating techniques.
• Instruction and supervision of hockey drills and practice, allowing for sufficient time to develop
confidence in newly acquired skills.
• Instruction on the rules of hockey.
• Coaching and supervision of hockey games.
• A debriefing at the end of every day gives leaders a chance to voice concerns and seek solutions in
• Parents are responsible for drop-off and pick-up of HEROS participants. Leaders do not escort
participants anywhere outside the arena grounds, nor under any circumstances do they drive
• Help with drying tears and any possible minor injuries. They also help to check in case any medical
attention is necessary.
In appreciation for your contributions to the HEROS Program, HEROS Leaders receive:
• Community service hours recognition for school record (upon request).
• Recommendation letter of accomplishment, which will be sent to coaches (if playing on a team) or
school principal for the next school year.
• Clothing: Tracksuits for on and off ice to be supplied by HEROS, as well as two t-shirts.
Volunteers are what make the HEROS Program the success that it is. We depend on our volunteers to be positive role models and create a fun, safe atmosphere for children while running the program.
Many of our HEROS volunteers join because they have a personal interest in hockey or in working with youth. But most say they ended up getting back so much more than they gave. That’s the beauty of community service.
If you think you've got the right stuff to become a HEROS volunteer, either as a mentor or coach/leader, please contact our HEROS Coordinator in Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary or Edmonton for an interview.
HEROS is an exemplary model when it comes to youth enrichment and grassroots hockey programming in Canada. We are a proud supporter, and commend their enduring commitment to providing hockey opportunities for children in Winnipeg.
Kenneth Martin Jr, NHL Vice President of Cause Marketing