Zuzana Chrenkova

Managing Human Resources in the Slovak Ice Hockey Federation

The reason this work has been elaborated was to review real performance of the Slovak Ice Hockey Federation in Managing Human Resources, to compare it with theoretical concepts covered in respective module and to highlight areas that are not working correctly. The purpose was to demonstrate the importance of Human Resources Management and its role in overall development of the organisation and hockey in Slovakia.

The Slovak Ice Hockey Federation is governing body that oversees ice hockey in Slovakia. Federation is responsible for registration of players, clubs and all other members of hockey movement in Slovakia. Among its main activities belong the organization of hockey competitions and leagues in youth and adult categories (16 leagues) and organization of international games and tournaments on national level in Slovakia. Building the national teams in various age categories and supporting their participation in international games, tournaments, championship and Olympic Games is one of its main tasks. Important objective of organisation is also to promote hockey among public, mainly among kids and youth and to set development direction of hockey in overall.

In meeting the challenges of growing amount of employees, volunteer workers and higher fluctuation of employees or position holders, changing sport environment due to the new “Sport Law” there is a need to conduct a human resources assessment and get familiar with shortcomings of HRM.

The first part of case study compared real performance in Managing Human Resource with theoretical concepts, successes and failures were highlighted and problems were identified. The Slovak Ice Hockey Federation has to manage its own employees, national teams staff members, referees and its supervisors, volunteers and until previous season also over 100 club coaches.

In the second part the major problem was analyzed – its key aspects, root causes, positive and negative consequences. Alternative solutions were identified and then evaluated in terms of their advantages and disadvantages.

At the final part we recommended the most suitable solution and suggested key steps of implementation process.

You can have great strategic goals and ideas for development of sport, but if not supported by effective Human Resources Management, it will most probably stay only on the paper. Thus, to reach any development within the organization, it´s the capacity and responsibility of the Governance to understand the key objective of effective HRM that would operate for the sake of the employees and development of hockey environment as whole.

Organising a Major Sport Event in the Slovak Ice Hockey Federation

Sport event is a social gathering that brings together a large number of people and activities on the occasion of a competition. The reason this work has been elaborated is to review real performance of theSlovak Ice Hockey Federation in organising the 2011 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia (Bratislava and Košice) and to compare it with theoretical concepts covered in the respective module. The purpose is to highlight areas that had shortcomings and did not perform for 100%, in order to avoid the same mistakes during the 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, that will be held again in Slovakia. The aim is also to highlight the successes to be used as Good Case Practices for other events organised the by Slovak IHF (e.g. 2017 Ice Hockey U18 World Championship in Poprad and Spišská Nová Ves and 2017 IIHF Inline Hockey World Championship in Bratislava).

The Slovak Ice Hockey Federation is governing body that oversees ice hockey in Slovakia. Federation is responsible for registration of players, clubs and all other members of hockey movement in Slovakia. Among its main activities belong the organization of hockey competitions and leagues in youth and adult categories (16 leagues) and organization of international games and tournaments on national level in Slovakia. Building the national teams in various age categories and supporting their participation in international games, tournaments, championship and Olympic Games is one of its main tasks. Important objective of organisation is also to promote hockey among public, mainly among kids and youth and to set development direction of hockey in general.

The first part of case study compared real performance of organising the 2011 IIHF World Championship with theoretical concepts, successes and failures were highlighted and problems were identified.

In the second part the major problem was analyzed – its key aspects, root causes, positive and negative consequences. Alternative solutions were identified and then evaluated in terms of their advantages and disadvantages.

At the final part we recommended the most suitable solution and suggested key steps of implementation process for future organizers of similar events.

Apart from all the business interests, marketing goals and often non-refundable financial expenditures, organizing the Ice Hockey World Championship has always been great honour for each host federation and its whole nation, especially in case it feels so much a hockey nation. It´s vital to identify any and all problems in detail to learn from mistakes and failures so that the future championships are more successful and always a step closer to perfection.

Author:

Zuzana Chrenkova

Event Manager and National Teams Coordinator

Slovak Ice Hockey Federation

Contact:

SZLH, Trnavska cesta 27/B, 831 04 Bratislava, Slovakia

chrenkova@szlh.sk

 
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