HARBIN, China – The Chinese Ice Hockey Association has successfully conducted their national coaching and officiating seminar series in Harbin.
It was also the start to introduce to over 120 coaches and 30 game officials the new coaching and officiating structure, which will be established in a process of re-organization. According to the education philosophy the Chinese Ice Hockey Association set up in co-operation with the IIHF, the focus will be on instructor education first.
Before the national seminar started, ten coaching instructors as well as ten game official instructors had their lessons in the Introduction to Coaching and Learn to Play programs as well as the Officiating Level I program.
It didn’t matter which level and experience the instructors and participants were at, everybody started from the first level to learn new things, to remember things, to brush up knowledge and find confirmation in what everybody is doing.
For the first few days the IIHF instructor was working very closely with the Chinese instructors, who then taught the participants in the national seminar that was organized afterwards with support from the IIHF. In future the Chinese will organize seminars for the Introduction to Coaching and Learn to Play programs themselves according to the IIHF Development Program.
“We decided to start this program within the National Association Assistance Development Program and in co-operation with the IIHF Asian Office,” said Yu Tiande, General Secretary of the Chinese Ice Hockey Association. “It is our goal to provide in the next couple of years all coaches and game officials a proper educational system and give them the opportunity to grow in their field of responsibility. We’re also building up an instructor pool and will establish a licence program for both coaches and official.”
With the enforcement of the IIHF Minimum Participation Standard in order to play in the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Program, it is a necessity to have development programs running in such areas as coaching and officiating.
During these two weeks in Harbin, participants will also practise their theoretical knowledge in action during ice sessions.
The Chinese Ice Hockey Association works closely together with the Harbin Institute of Physical Education in which students have the possibility to experience a special Ice Hockey Management and Coaching education powered and assisted by the IIHF as the third partner.
29 students (2012: 7, 2013: 23) are part of this program and learn about the principles of coaching and management in hockey.
The students in Harbin focus on the most important projects. Throughout their university years they actively run projects in the Recruitment and Learn to Play Program. With the ongoing education they learn also how to work and operate as a coach and how to manage a club and teams. For the next season another 30 students who chose the ice hockey path are expected to join this program.
This season the Asian program included five development programs. While Thailand, Korea and China focused on the Introduction to Coaching and Learn to Play Program, the Level I Officiating Program was organized in Malaysia and China.
The season in Asia will finish with the 2013 IIHF U20 Challenge Cup of Asia taking place 7-9 June in Khabarovsk, Russia with the U20 national teams from Japan and Korea and the MHL Red Stars – a selection of players from Russia’s major junior league.
Over 120 coaches and 30 game officials will be part of two weeks of education in Harbin. Photo: Chinese Ice Hockey Association