Oct 25 2023

2023-24 Know the Score Wellness Program

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SMHA is proud to announce an enhanced Know the Score (KTS) Wellness Program for 2023-24

The Know the Score Drug & Alcohol Awareness Program was established by SMHA in 2000-2001 around the areas of alcohol, drugs and tobacco education.

The new KTS Program has evolved to become a Wellness Resource Program designed to provide resources in several areas that encompass wellness for youth.  Coaches and managers should not feel that they have to have all the answers when it comes to off-ice issues and concerns that may arise over the course of a season when managing minor hockey teams.

SMHA's KTS Wellness Committee, Chaired by Mike Gawley, has worked to source out caring community professionals who are pleased to assist SMHA's players and their families.  We cannot thank these people enough. 

A key component of the success of this program will be having a "Point Person" or persons on each team in the U13-U18 age divisions.  The people stepping up to assist in this role are being called Wellness Champions for their respective teams.  We have asked that the people filling the Wellness Champions role be a parent or parents from the team that are not the Team Manager or not on the Team Coaching Staff. Teams can have one or two Wellness Champions -whatever they prefer.

We thank all of these people in advance for helping out!

Team Wellness Champions are asked to register so we have a list of the Wellness Champions for each team. 


There will be three Wellness Champion information sessions - one for each of U13, U15 and U18.  Please see the dates and times below

Please see a synopsis of the SMHA Know the Score Wellness Program below

  1.  KTS Wellness Program Components

  • Diversity and Anti-Racism

  • Cannabis, drugs, alcohol, tobacco & vaping

  • Online Gambling

  • Mental Health & Mental Performance

  • Building Healthy Relationships & Sexual Consent (U15 & U18)

  • Anti-Bullying

  • Team Wellness Champions (U13-U18 teams)            

  1. Program Description / Dissemination – “Empower & Care”

  • Each U13-U18 teams at all levels will be required to designate a Team Wellness Champion

  • Teams may designate two Wellness Champions  if they desire. 

  • The Wellness Champion cannot be a registered team official (coach or on-ice helper) or a team manager.

  • The Wellness Champion for each team is a parent on the team that cares about kids and wants to help out. 

  • No hockey background is required for this role.

  • The program will promote confidentiality

  1. Role of the Wellness Champions

  • To attend a Know the Score Wellness program session for their respective age group. See below.

  • At this session, the Wellness Champions will be introduced to the various concepts listed above by the experts in their fields that have agreed to assist.

  • With the information they receive, they will be asked to sit down with their players, coaches and parents once to make them aware of the components of the KTS Wellness Program and that there is help if they require it.

  • Be the team contact for a parent or player seeing assistance with any of the components and to be in touch with SMHA to find further assistance.

  1. The Wellness Champion Information Sessions:

U13 - Monday, October 30 - 7-9pm at the Travelodge, Delta Room

U15 – Monday, November 6 - 7-9pm at the Travelodge, Delta Room

U18 – Monday, November 13 - 7-9pmat the Travelodge, Delta Room


** Know the Score Drug, Alcohol & Vaping Policies are still in place:

- CLICK HERE for the Player & Coach Conduct Policy

- CLICK HERE for the Vaping and E-Cigarette Discipline Policy

- CLICK HERE for the Know the Score Drug & Alcohol Awareness Education Handbook


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