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Coaches

Introduction to the USA Hockey Coaching Education Program

Welcome to the Michigan Amateur Hockey Association (MAHA) web site, and thank you for your interest in the Coaching Education Program, one of USA Hockey's educational offerings.

Coaches - you are the reason our program exists.  You have taken on a demanding job.  We want to be a resource for you, to help you do the best job you are able to do.  After all, parents and players have a right to expect that you are doing your best for every player on the team.  Let us help you move them to the next level, whatever that may be.  In the process, you may discover that coaching is something you enjoy, and are good at. 

We believe that coaches are a prime influence in the lives of young people, and that coaching education is a potent force for the betterment of every participant's hockey experience.  Through our programs, you may be able to move to the next level as well!

If you are looking for specific information on coaching in Michigan, please review the links at the top of this page.    We also recommend reviewing the Coaches tab of the USA Hockey web site.

In closing, let's consider what the U.S. Olympic Committee has to say about Coaching:  "To coach effectively, it is not enough to have played or watched the sport, or to have merely read about how to coach.  Quality coaching requires essential professional, interpersonal, and intrapersonal knowledge used in coaching practice to meet the needs of athletes in that setting.   Informed daily decisions and behaviors that serve the best interest of the athletes, the team, and the program are the ultimate demonstration of quality coaching."*

*from USOC Quality Coaching Framework, 2019

FALL 2019 CLINICS ARE UNDERWAY

Coaching Clinics run from mid-August until late December.   All clinics are posted online at www.usahockey.com, in the Coaches tab.  Be sure to plan ahead and register online to guarantee admission and get to your required level before the December 31 deadline.

Should a coach always wear a helmet?

The unexpected can happen any time.  What do you think would have happened to this coach had he not been wearing his helmet?