Asmae Toumi, Editor-in-Chief
Inspired by Python’s Core Mentorship Program, we believe the best way to increase diversity in the hockey analytics community is to connect experienced and dedicated mentors with interested beginners. The aim of the Hockey-Graphs Mentorship Program (HMP) is to inspire people from various backgrounds, especially underrepresented persons, to contribute to the flourishing hockey analytics community.
This is where HMP mentors come in. Mentors will provide beginners with the support, guidance, and encouragement they need to 1) learn about statistics/analytics and 2) use that knowledge to answer questions pertaining to hockey. In addition to 1-on-1 mentoring, mentees will be given a tailored guide with additional resources to strengthen their knowledge and skills. Mentees will also receive priority access to various HMP-sponsored workshops and social events hosted at major hockey analytics conferences.
- Mentors: mentors were selected based on their background, experience and willingness to assist and guide potential mentees. HMP mentors include current NHL data analysts and programmers, professors, and highly experienced hobbyists. For privacy reasons, the list of mentors will remain confidential until a successful match has occurred (more on this below).
- Match process: we will select applicants by considering their background, personal interests and their goals. Successful applicants will be matched according to their mentor preferences, shared personal interests, and program goals. Ultimately, the mentee and the mentor will have to agree on the nature of the relationship in accordance with the General Guidelines and Code of Conduct (see below).
- Length of program: we ask that mentors/mentees commit to a minimum of one calendar year, with the possibility of extension if it’s in the interest of both parties. The level of involvement on a regular basis will be determined by availability of the mentor, in accordance with the General Guidelines.
- Initiate contact when match has occurred. Provide mentor with short biography and program expectations.
- Willingness to work within their mentor’s conditions for a minimum of one calendar year.
- Schedule “check-in meetings” once a month with the mentor where available.
- Provide a log or diary of check-in meetings and progress to the administrators. Non-compliance or “ghosting” will result in removal from the program.
- Adhere to the Code of Conduct.
- Provide mentee with short biography, availability and contact information when matching information is communicated.
- Willingness to commit to at least one monthly check-in meeting over one calendar year.
- Willingness to assist and help mentee with questions, general or technical, when available and possible.
- Adhere to the Code of Conduct.
Code of Conduct
HMP participants are required to be respectful towards each other. Conversations and interactions are to remain participatory, productive, and respectful of personal and professional boundaries. Mentees will be instructed not to:
- Solicit confidential information or professional favors from their mentors.
- Publicize relationship on social media, unless given written permission to do so.
HMP will not tolerate any form of harassment. This includes:
- Offensive verbal or written comments relating to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, nationality or religion.
- Sexual language or imagery in any form.
- Intimidation in any form.
- Patronizing language or action.
Anyone in violation of this Code of Conduct will be subject to removal from the program.
Interested applicants are required to fill the form linked below and provide a CV/Resume by e-mail to email@example.com under the subject [Applicant – (lastname) – C.V.].
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