FROM THE MICHIGAN AMATEUR HOCKEY GUIDE BOOK ... THESE REQUIREMENTS ARE THE SAME NATION-WIDE. UPDATED JULY 16, 2012.
A. All teams registered with the MAHA and USA HOCKEY must have a coach and/or manager in good standing with MAHA and USA HOCKEY. All teams must have a rostered coach, assistant coach and/or manager present at all team functions who is responsible for the conduct of all team personnel. The Head Coach of each team must be so designated on the roster at time of each team's registration.
B. Coach and managers must be registered at the same time as the players. Teams may register additional team officials at any time. (See paragraph V., Registration: Teams and Players for required paperwork.) Coaches and Managers can only be rostered on one team in an age/division classification at a time; ex. Registration with a Bantam A and Bantam B is acceptable since these are different classifications.
C. It is recommended that each Youth and Girl's/Women's team have a manager. All Youth and Girl's/Women's National Tournament bound teams are required to have a team manager. A coach who serves as a team manager shall register only as a coach. There shall be no USA Hockey charge for manager registration. Managers are covered under USA Hockey insurance policies. There shall be no member card or other benefits included with a manager registration. A team manager who is not registered as a coach may not participate in on ice activities. The team manager shall be the custodian of all documents necessary for credential review prior to participation in Tournaments, District, State and National playoffs. (See paragraph XII, credentials, for the minimum required paperwork.)
D. By December 31 of the calendar year, all youth/girl's team personnel on the bench in a game must hold Coaching Education Program (CEP)certification ratings as listed below:
1. Required Coaching Education Program Levels (for all coaches (head and assistant).
a. All coaches must enter USA Hockey's Coaching Education Program at Level 1, and must continue their education with a coaching clinic each year until, at a minimum, they achieve Level 3. EXCEPTION: Coaches of 8U or younger players may remain at Level 1 or their current level. A coach may attend only one (1) 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 [as outlined in Paragraph (c) below] is required for coaches who have not achieved Level 4. Coaches of National Tournament Bound teams (Tier I 14U, 16U, 18/19U and Tier II 16U and 18/19U) must complete Level 4 in their fourth season of coaching. Coaches who attain Level 4 certification are not required to attend any further certification clinics but must adhere to the age-specific requirement as outlined in Paragraph (b) below.
b. In addition to the training in Paragraph (a) 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.
c. Coaching certification at Level 3 is valid for two (2) seasons, as indicated by the expiration date on the Level 3 sticker. A coach whose Level 3 is due to expire must take the online Level 3 Recertification Track 1 curriculum or they may move up to Level 4. Level 3 Track 1 Recertification is valid for two (2) seasons. A coach whose Track 1 Level 3 recertification is due to expire must take the online Level 3 Recertification Track 2 curriculum or move up to Level 4. Level 3 Track 2 Recertification is valid for two (2) seasons. Coaches whose Track 2 Level 3 Recertification is due to expire must attend a Level 4 clinic prior to the expiration of their Level 3 Recertification. Coaches must complete the online recertification program in order to recertify their Level 3 certifications.
Attending a clinic or workshop is no longer valid for recertifying any certification level.
d. Grandfather Clause-For coaches who enrolled in the Coaching Education Program prior to May 1, 2011, their entry into the above program will be at their current certification level. Level 1 and 2 coaches must adhere to paragraphs (a) and (b) above, effective May 1, 2011. Current Level 3 coaches must adhere to paragraph (b) and (c) above; effective with the season their Level 3 expires. This chart (below) outlines the progression for a new coach. Coaches with pre-existing certifications will enter the new program at their current certification level and must adhere to paragraphs 1. (a) and (b) above.
EXAMPLE: Years of Coaching Certification Requirements
Year 1 (ex: 2011-12) Level 1 clinic + age-specific component
Year 2 (ex: 2012-13) Level 2 clinic + age-specific component if not previously taken for current age level
Year 3 (ex: 2013-14) Level 3 clinic (expires Dec. 31, 2015) + age-specific component if not previously taken for current age level
Year 4 (ex: 2014-15) No new Level certification required but can attend a Level 4 clinic + age-specific component if not previously taken for current age level. Level 4 Required for Tier I and II National Bound as per paragraph a above.
Year 5 (ex: 2015-16) Complete the online Level 3 Recertification Track 1 (expires Dec. 31, 2017), or attend a Level 4 clinic + age- specific component if not previously taken for current age level
Year 6 (ex: 2016-17) No new Level certification required but can attend a Level 4 clinic + age-specific component if not previously taken for current age level
Year 7 (ex: 2017-18) Complete the online Level 3 Recertification Track 2 (expires Dec. 31, 2019), or attend a Level 4 clinic + age- specific component if not previously taken for current age level
Year 8 (ex: 2018-19) No new Level certification required but can attend a Level 4 clinic + age-specific component if not previously taken for current age level
Year 9 (ex: 2019-20) Must attend a Level 4 clinic + age- specific component if not previously taken for current age level
Year 10 and beyond: No new Level recertification required after Level 4 but must complete age specific component if not previously taken for current age level. Coaches are highly encouraged to attend a continuing education course every two years.
2. Evidence of Level
a. All USA Hockey coaches will possess a USA Hockey Coaching Education Program card with valid certification stickers, or printout from the USA Hockey Online Certification list.
b. It is the responsibility of the local association to identify those coaches who do not meet the certification requirements. All coaches have until December 31 of the current season to attend a USA Hockey coaching clinic and complete the online playing level component to become properly certified.
c. Prior to the start of all games throughout the season all coaches are required to indicate their current certification status on the score sheet, regardless of their certification level. All coaches (except for Juniors) must legibly print their USA Hockey Coaching Education Program (CEP) card number, their CEP level (levels 1-5), their online playing level component and the year their CEP level was attained. If a coach cannot produce his/her current USA Hockey Coaching Education Program Card prior to the start of the game, it must be noted on the official game score sheet.
d. Beginning January 1 of the current season, prior to the start of each game, all coaches present are required to sign the designated area of the score sheet in order to verify the accuracy of the playing roster, as it appears on the score sheet, for that game.