Thank you all in advance for volunteering your time for our upcoming season.
It's your contribution and consistent effort that keeps our community youth hockey program strong and competitive. Let's deliver a great experience for our Participants and Parents again this season.
As a MYHA Coach their are several requirements to adhere to (a lot to do... you know the drill):
1. Please register with USA hockey (you and your participants) to set the example for your teams... and ask your teams to register prior to stepping on the first ice sheet. No one on ice unless registered (per insurance reqs).
2. Head Coaches (HCs): Please coordinate an informal welcome party/gathering for your team... nothing elaborate, but do try to get your team and parents together off-ice at the start of the season (by mid Sept.). Please cover team expectations and reiterate the MYHA Code of Conduct. Also, please designate a team Manager.
3. Check USA Hockey site to confirm your Coaching CEP Level Requirement (Continuing Education Program) and sign up for a clinic to continue your CEP accordingly or initiate the online CEP extension courses. Area classes fill up quickly so sign up now to get your preferred location and dates. Get this done early.
4. All MYHA Coaches must have completed SafeSport training, age appropriate online training classes/quizzes, and have a CORI. The CORI process is now done completely online. Please see Info below from USA Hockey for a comprehensive list of requirements and Links.
5. Note: Coaches will not be allowed on the ice w/o Helmets. No exceptions. Like missing USA Hockey Participant or Coach registrations, if a Coach does not have a helmet on and something happens on ice we are defaulted to an "unsanctioned event" status leaving our HCs and MYHA liable. Take this seriously, police each other if needed (MYHA gets high grades per the district compared to other local programs but they will be cracking down this year).
6. Mark your calendars for our mandatory Coaches Meeting, August 28th, 8PM @ Gerry 5. All HCs and ACs are expected to attend.
Coaching Your Team
If you think there are a lot of “requirements” to be a youth coach, you are correct. All of them, whether they are registration-related or education-related, have been enacted because they are good for our young players. Some have a cost – hopefully your hockey program will reimburse you for them.
Registration – You need to register with USA Hockey as a Coach. This provides you with ongoing information about coaching during the season and with some insurance coverages that can benefit you. Be sure to align these with your own insurance, of course. This must be done before you participate with your team. Click &/or copy & paste this link: https://www.usahockeyregistration.com
Background & CORI Checks – This is a different process from last season. We removed the CORI paper application process, everything is online. This must be done before you participate with your team. Click &/or copy & paste this link: http://bit.ly/2019BScreening. There is no added cost for this. It is included in your USA Hockey Registration fee. (Please note you will need to upload a copy of your driver’s license so you may want to do that in advance.)
SafeSport – Changes in this program were sent to all registered coaches in June, 2019. If you completed it last season, you should be OK, otherwise you’ll need to re-do it. Check out more information on the USA Hockey web site at https://www.usahockey.com/safesporttraining. There is no cost for this.
*Note that starting this season USA Hockey is now requiring that all coaches and all players 17 and older (2002, 2001, 2000 birth year) must complete Safesport Training. All coaches, officials, volunteers and players WILL NOT be allowed on a roster until the SafeSport training is completed and reflected within their USA Hockey Registration. Click &/or copy & paste this link: https://www.mahockey.org/news_article/show/1031108
Coaching Education – Online Age-Specific Modules – These have been revised to work on USA Hockey’s new learning platform. Coaches need to complete these before participating with their team, so that the age-specific training elements can be incorporated into your practice planning and parent communications. Click &/or copy & paste this link: https://www.usahockey.com/agespecificmodules
Coaching Education – Clinics – If your Coaching Education Clinic credential expires this fall, you need to move to the next level (or possibly renew if at Level 3). For specifics on Coaching Clinic requirements, visit: https://www.usahockey.com/coachingclinics. Clinic Schedules can be found at this page as well. Clinics will be offered from mid-August through late-December, 2019. The deadline for attending a clinic is December 31.