BFL Female Coach of the Year Awards


The BFL Female Coach of the Year Awards recognize and honor coaches who exemplify the positive values of hockey and sport, for their successful and outstanding achievements in player development and the leadership of their players and teams. The BFL Female Coach of the Year Awards will honor one female community coach and one female high-performance coach in each province who have made outstanding contributions over an extended period of time coaching hockey programs within Hockey Canada female and/or minor hockey programs. In addition, BFL Female Coach of the Year Award provincial winners will be considered in the selection of the national BFL Female Coach of the Year Awards for community coach and high-performance coach.


  • Community coach: Defined as a female coaching athlete of all ages who play and compete in divisions where there is not a national championship identified as a culminating event.
  • High Performance Coach: Defined as a female coach whose athletes play and compete in divisions where the participants are eligible to compete in National Championships, or provincially designated Programs of Excellence and/or High-Performance programs.

Eligibility Criteria

The nominee . . .

  • Leads by example in demonstrating fair play and sportsmanship,
  • Places the emotional and physical well-being ahead of a personal desire to win,
  • Places an emphasis on equitable participation of all players registered on the team,
  • Demonstrates a commitment to the development of every player and staff member,
  • Treats each player as an individual and understands the range of emotional and physical development,
  • Does her best to provide a safe playing situation for all players,
  • Uses the coaching techniques that are appropriate for all of the age and skill level of her players,
  • Must be actively coaching at the female hockey, minor hockey or high-performance levels within the province the nomination originates from,
  • Must be trained and/or certified in the Hockey Canada National Coach Certification Program,
  • Must have completed all elements required to be an active coach,
  • Must be a member in good standing within the Province the nomination originates from.

Nomination Procedure

Any individual may nominate a coach for the provincial coach awards. The nomination must clearly state whether the award nomination is for the community coach and high-performance coach category The individual submitting the nomination should complete the online nomination form and should also include a covering letter of support (not to exceed 300 words). As well, the supporting materials will include testimonials as to why the individual should be considered. Selection of all provincial award winners will be made by the BFL Female Coach of the Year Award selection committee. The selection committee and the members reserve the right to contact the participants on the team and/or others deemed appropriate prior to the final decision. The members will have the opportunity to be consulted on the provincial selection process. In addition, the selection committee will review all provincial award winners and determine the national award winners for community coach and high-performance coach categories.

Nomination Form CLICK HERE Please note the link closes February 21, 2020.

Provincial Finalists will each receive: 

  • A cash bursary of $1,000 toward future coaching development

Grand Prize Winners will each receive: 

  • A trip for two (2) to the 2020 Women’s World Championship in Halifax, NS
  • A cash bursary of $2,500 toward future coaching development