All coaches (head and assistants) must obtain CEP certification by December 31 of the current playing season.
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Additionally, all coaches must complete the appropriate age-specific module BEFORE beginning any on-ice or off-ice activities with youth participants. Module cost is $10.
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Coaches must be members of USA Hockey in order to register for clinics or modules.
As states and rinks begin to reopen throughout the country, the USA Hockey Coaching Education Program is rolling out new tools and opportunities for coaches to continue their development and prepare for the 2020-21 season safely.
Since every district and state is unique and evolving daily due to the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual clinics are now being made available for all members until in-person clinics can resume, along with the new `option to use a Temporary Card for the 2020-21 season.
Mark Tabrum, director of USA Hockey’s Coaching Education Program, and Mike MacMillan, USA Hockey National Coach-in-Chief, talked about these benefits as we get ready for a return to the rinks.
Virtual Clinics Now Available
With the uncertainty surrounding rules on in-person gatherings around the country, the CEP is now offering online virtual clinics for all members.
A few pilot clinics have already been conducted: a Level 1 and Level 2 clinic for the USA Hockey Girls National Camps Intern Coach Program held April 20-24, along with a Level 4 clinic for the Mid-Am District held May 17-19.
“They went very well and the feedback has been very positive,” Tabrum said. “Based upon this feedback, we feel that by doing these virtual coaching clinics, we can create a similar experience like they were going to an in-person clinic.”
Virtual Coaching Clinics
“These are very interactive,” MacMillan added. “Coaches and instructors will feel very engaged. Participants have an added benefit unlike a traditional webinar in that coaches can break out into groups very much like a regular clinic allowing for even more engagement. We don’t have the on-the-ice pieces, but every other part is as close as you can get to being in a classroom. The curriculum being delivered is also the same and will meet these needs virtually. I think it’s going to be an awesome platform to bridge the gap right now and allow us to start the clinic season immediately.”
Coaches can register at usahockey.com/coachingclinics as these clinics are made available.
Temporary Card Now Available
In addition to these virtual clinics, the CEP just announced a new Temporary Card that is available for all coaches. This Temporary Card will allow each coach to have the proper level of certification for the 2020-21 season without attending a clinic.
“We understand that these are very different, challenging and uncertain times for everyone. So this season we will be offering a Temporary Card for those who will feel this is the best option for them during the pandemic,” Tabrum said. “It allows for them to get an extension for one year and be current for the upcoming season.”
“Some individuals who feel uncomfortable based on their environment or individual circumstances won't be able to get to a clinic,” MacMillan said. “This is a good opportunity for those that want it and their certification will be good for the full year. We hope people take advantage of it.”
Thank you to the coaches that filled out our 2019 Coaching Survey. There are approximately 650 registered USAH coaches in CAHA. The survey was sent out in November 2019 and we received 149 responses or 24% response rate. The results are outlined in the attached documents but here are the headlines:
All coaches must adhere to the new Coaching Education Program guidelines.
The USA Hockey Skills Progressions Manual now includes links to skills videos. This manual covers a variety of age-specific skill progressions and teaching points for all age categories, from 8U to 16U.
USA Hockey Coaching Education Program and flexxCoach University present Level # CEP recertification. All coach must attend a clinic to receive Level 3 certification.
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.
flexxCOACH University - Online Level 3 Recertification
Coaching Ethics Code
This USA Coaching Ethics Code intends to provide standards of ethical conduct for coaches involved with USA Hockey and its member organizations. It provides General Principles and Ethical Standards which cover many situations encountered by coaches, with its principle goals the welfare and protection of participants with whom coaches work. Coaches will respect and protect human and civil rights and not knowingly participate in or condone unfair discriminatory practices.