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Coaching Requirements

All coaches must enter USA Hockey’s Coaching Education Program at Level 1, and must continue their education each year until, at a minimum, they achieve Level 3. A coach may attend only one certification clinic per year (not including age-specific requirements). Coaches who do not coach in continuous years must re-enter the program at the next level when they resume coaching responsibilities. Once Level 3 is achieved, periodic renewal is required (every 2 years, renew only twice) for coaches who have not achieved Level 4.
In addition to the training in the paragraph above, coaches must also complete age-specific training components specific to the level of play they are coaching, if they have not already taken that component. This requirement applies to all coaches at all levels, 1 through 5. Coaches may complete more than one age-specific component in any given season.  Once you have completed a level (mite, squirt, etc.) you do not have to take that one again the following season.  Online modules will not become available until late August or early September.


Let's Coach Hockey


It’s Time To Coach Hockey Using The Following Steps:

1.            Become a Member of USA Hockey as a Player/Coach (Online)

2.            Get Screened with NYSAHA/USA Hockey (Online)

3.            Take SafeSport with USA Hockey (Online)

4.            Get Level Coaching Certification (Class Room Session)

5.            Take USA Hockey Age Specific Modules (Online)

Please send verification of completed steps to your Division Directors as completed. If you have any questions please let me know.


Important Links:

To Find Coaching Clinics Near You

For USA Hockey Registration (insurance)

Who Needs What

These items are REQUIRED for each of the following groups participating with our organization.
All coaches and assistants must have:
Valid coaching card
Age specific module
USA Hockey Registration (insurance) ($43)
Screening by September 1st ($23)
Safe Sport
Re-imbursement for these items will be provided to those with proper certification level.
Parents working the door or helping out in practice:
Valid coaching card
Age specific module
Safe Sport
USA Hockey Registration (insurance) ($43)
Screening by September 1st ($23)
Re-imbursement for these items will be provided at 50% to those with proper certification level.
Coaches should be preparing parents that they ask for assistance in the future.
Managers, Team Off-Ice Assistants (clock/scoring box) and Helpers who do NOT interact with the players DO NOT need the USA Hockey Registration (insurance) or coaching credentials (CEP card) but DO NEED the screening.

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