Hockey Canada recognizes the advantages that exist to having women in coaching and leadership positions and the importance of young players seeing women behind the bench. Women in leadership positions have strong communication, team-building and multi-tasking skills, as well as high emotional intelligence. They also demonstrate that sport is a safe and acceptable activity for girls.
Women in coaching positions support and sustain the participation of girls and women in hockey in Canada and the benefits that girls receive by playing hockey cannot be underestimated:
However, by age 14, girls are dropping out of sport at more than twice the rate of boys and not having fun is a top-four reason that girls leave sports. The top three factors that make sports fun for girls are positive team dynamics, trying hard, and positive coaching. There is a direct connection between the hockey experiences created by women in coaching and leadership roles and the retention of girls in hockey.
Become a coach today and help to create the positive environments that keep girls in the game so that they gain an advantage on and off the ice throughout life! Hockey Canada provides FREE coach training to women across Canada through the We Are Coaches Program.
If you are already a coach, encourage more women to get involved behind the bench: