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Facts and Basic Information on Coaching Education
News and Information:
These coaching requirements have been effective since September 1, 2011. USA Hockey has eliminated the requirement that a coach must obtain a certain coaching certification level to coach a specific age group. Beginning with the 2011-12 season, coaches are simply required to attend one clinic per season and progress one level each year. Once a coach completes Level 4, there is no longer a requirement to attend coaching clinics.
In addition to the requirement to attend one clinic level per season, each coach must complete an online module for the age level they are coaching.
First year Bantam Coach in 2011-12
- In the fall of 2014 the coach would take Level 1, then complete the online Bantam module
- If the coach stays at Bantam in 2015-16, the next step would be to complete Level 2
- If the coach advances to Midgets in 2016-17, the first requirement would be to complete Level 3, then the online Midget module
To see the USA Hockey coaching requirements as they are written in the USA Hockey Annual guide, click here for Coaching Requirements.
Legislative changes affecting youth hockey from the 2018 USAH Annual Congress.
All ice hockey coaches and instructors of registered USA Hockey Youth 18 & Under and below, high school, girls’/women’s 19 & under and below, and disabled programs must properly wear an approved ice hockey helmet during all on-ice sessions, including practices, controlled scrimmages and all Coaching Education Program clinics and/ or workshops. Failure to comply will result in a 30 day suspension from all activities involving USA Hockey registered programs.
Frequently Asked Questions about Coaching
Special Events Clinics in conjunction with the Blue Jackets & Penguins. All participants will get a ticket to a pre-season game; practice and mini-coaching session open to all coaches.
Level 1,2,3 & 4 Clinics – September 23 & 24 in Columbus, OH
Level 1,2 & 3 Clinics – September 30 in Pittsburgh, PA
Level 4 Clinic – December 30 & 31 Cleveland, OH
Goalie Symposium August 11 – 13 at Kent State
Inaugural Advanced Officiating Symposium and New Tenured Official Program