Coaching Requirements

USA HOCKEY ADOPTS NEW COACH REQUIREMENT, EFFECTIVE 2021

On June 13, 2020, USA Hockey adopted significant revisions to its coaching education requirements.  The changes, which were developed over a two year research project, are effective for the 2021-22 season:

  • Level 4 becomes part of ordinary clinic progression, is reduced to single day session, standard clinic price, offered more often in more places.  In the Michigan District, we have chosen to implement this option in the 2020-2021 season (immediately).
  • Online module requirement reduced as modules are consolidated from 5 to 3 (8U, 10U & 12U, 13+)
  • Continuing Education requirement effective in 2021-22 for all coaches (except those affected by the Grandfather Clause “d”).
  • The “old” Level 4 format of 2-or-3-day clinics is generally obsoleted – replaced by 1 or 2 day “High Performance” specialty clinics.
  • Level 3 Renewal is eliminated.
  • Continuing Education offerings will include Level 5 (national), various Michigan-based High Performance in-person clinics, and various online solutions now under development.

Clinic content is also being adapted to fit the new structure, to provide virtual clinics in 2020, and to better suit adult learning standards.

For more specific information, refer to the USA Hockey Annual Guide, available online at www.usahockey.com.

COACHING REQUIREMENTS FOR 2020-2021-BELOW

A. All teams rostered with the MAHA and USA HOCKEY must have a coach and/or manager in good standing with the 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. Also reference USA Hockey rule 201.

B. Coach and managers must be rostered at the same time as the players. Teams may roster additional team officials at any time. (See paragraph II., Registration and Rostering Participants and Teams for required paperwork.) Coaches and Managers can only be rostered on one team in an age/division classification at a time; ex. Rostering with a 13U (Bantam) A and 14U (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. All coaches must have the required certification level by January 1 of the current season, unless earlier deadlines are established by the District or Affiliate.  (Michigan aligns with the USA Hockey date, coaches must complete clinic requirements before January 1).   In addition, all coaches must complete their required age-specific modules PRIOR to participating with their team.   Coaching Levels and the process for progressing through them are listed in the next tab.