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Michigan-based Coaching Education Clinics have ended.   Coaches may still attend open virtual clinics anywhere in the U.S.   They may also apply for a Temporary Card, with no restrictions, until Dec. 31.


USA Hockey sent the following to all registered Michigan coaches (who accept email from us) on October 30, 2020.


We hear the word “challenging” quite a bit these days…it’s been a “challenging” year.  Actually, its been brutal.  Nonetheless, I want to thank all the coaches who have continued to work with their players this season, despite all the obstacles we have experienced.  You deserve every “Thank You” that you hear.  I also want to thank our USA Hockey Officials, who have unique challenges of their own to manage games in this environment.   Coaches, Players, and Spectators must always keep in mind that, without our officials, there is no game.  They are the third team on the ice that makes competition possible.  Let’s encourage them, especially the younger ones, by being supportive and respectful.   Thank you!

Coaching Education for Fall, 2020   (Deadline 12/31/2020)

USA Hockey’s Coaching Education Program has been holding Virtual Clinics since June.  The virtual format has proven popular in our current environment, and has enabled us to continue coaching development in a convenient, if limited, format.   It is not too late to get any clinic requirement completed for this season.  

MICHIGAN COACHES CAN ATTEND ANY CLINIC IN THE U.S. (for the level they need)    For Michigan-based clinics, we’ve looked recently at national demand, and have scheduled one Level 2, and several Level 4’s for November and December.   As of this writing, Michigan clinics will end on December 14. 

Coaches who cannot attend a clinic...

And…for those who, for any reason, cannot participate in a coaching clinic this season, USA Hockey is allowing you to obtain a Temporary Coaching Card by applying online in the Coaches section of   The deadline for Clinic Completion OR Temp Card application is 12/31/2020


MAHA Coaching Webinar - November 5

We have offered two webinars as of this writing.  They’ve had good viewing numbers.  There is at least one more, below, featuring Tobias Johansson, the U20 Head Coach for Frolunda in Sweden.  Anyone can watch “live” on the Michigan Amateur Hockey YouTube® channel.  Just visit YouTube and search for “Michigan Amateur Hockey”.   We’ll be live at the time below, or archived if you want to watch at a later date/time.  Mark your calendar to participate “Live”, via YouTube and YouTube Chat

November 5, 7:00 PM       Tobias Johansson (Sweden)     Coaching The Individual Player


In addition to the Thank You’s above, I’d also like to thank our two Michigan-Based ADM Managers, Bob Mancini and Heather Mannix, for their continual participation in our virtual clinics.  And “Thanks” also to my team of Coach Developers here in Michigan, who have been vital in making our virtual clinic format work.   Coaches – we wish you all the best for the upcoming holiday season, and for your safety and success this year.  More to come in January, 2021…including High Performance Workshops, Goaltending Clinics, MAHA Player Development Camp Internships, and the U18 World Championships.

USA Hockey Adopts New Coach Requirement, effective 2021

On June 13, 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.  For more specific information, refer to Coaching Requirements on this web site.

USA Hockey Announces Virtual Clinics, Extends Temporary Card option

All registered coaches were sent this email by USA Hockey on July 17.  If you opt-out of USA Hockey emails, you will not have received it, so the contents are provided here.

Greetings USA Hockey Coaches:

The safety and well being of our 60,000 registered coaches is the top priority of USA Hockey’s Coaching Education Program. As the coronavirus pandemic continues on into the summer, we have decided to extend the registration for the temporary coaching card until Dec. 31, 2020.

Please remember that if you sign up for a temporary card you do not have to register for a virtual coaching clinic. Coaches who do both will not be eligible for a refund.

Click here to register for the temporary card online or download the form that you will need to complete and submit to the USA Hockey national office.

In addition, as part of our continuing efforts to improve educational opportunities for all registered coaches, USA Hockey’s board of directors recently approved legislation designed to expand the guidelines for the Coaching Education Program. The new criteria takes affect starting with the 2021-22 season.

The biggest change is that all coaching clinics, from Level 1 to Level 4 will be one-day events and will cost one standard fee ($50).

Each year a coach will be required to advance their level of certification by attending a clinic that corresponds with their next level of certification, such as a Level 1 coach this year must complete his or her Level 2 certification next season, and so on until they achieve Level 4 certification. After that, coaches will be required to earn five continuing education credits over the next three years.

Credits will be earned through a variety of educational opportunities that will be clarified at a later date.

Coaches who complete their Level 4 certification before the start of the 2021-22 season and are not coaching a Tier I or Tier II team will be grandfathered in and will not have to take additional courses unless they choose to.

In the meantime, we hope that you and your family are staying healthy and safe and following the prescribed guidelines set forth by state, local and national healthcare agencies. It will take a team effort to defeat the coronavirus so we can all return to the ice in a safe and timely manner.

Yours in hockey.

USA Hockey’s Coaching Education Program

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

Michigan Coaching Webinars - 2020-2021 Season


June 16, 8 PM - Coaching During a Pandemic

September 30, 8 PM  - Effective Skating Instruction

October 8, 8 PM - Developing Physical Literacy in Your Athlete

November 5, 7 PM - Coaching the Individual Athlete

On YouTube, search "Michigan Amateur Hockey" to locate it.  

We are also planning a body-contact webinar in early 2021.

Coaching Tips for a Safe/Successful Season

USA Hockey's Coaching Education Program has some recommendations for coaches in this unusual time.   See:  

Not Able to Attend a Clinic in 2020?

Updated July 17...In the letter from USA Hockey on this page, coaches who (a) don't feel comfortable with being at an in person clinic, or (b) don't have the ability to actively participate in an online clinic, may request a Temporary Coaching Card for 2020-2021.  Read the letter posted on this page for specifics.   The deadline was extended until the end of 2020, because of the uncertainty of the pandemic's impact in various parts of the U.S.

Practice Plans from USA Hockey

Did you know that USA Hockey has produced practice plan suggestions for 8U, 10U, 12U, and for the Covid-19 Pandemic?  You can find them at 

2020 Level 5 Postponed to August, 2021

The Level 5 (National Hockey Coaching Symposium) has been postponed due to the Coronavirus.  The rescheduled dates are August 19-22, 2021, in Duluth, MN.  

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