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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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Ed Morris

Associate Coach-in-Chief
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Back to Coaching: Virtual Clinics & Temporary Card for 2020-21

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 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.

Click here to register for the Temporary Card online or download the form, complete it, and submit it to the USA Hockey national office.

“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.”

Coaching Survey

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:

  • Coaches responding were 95% male and 99% Caucasian (of those that noted their race).
  • We have a wide range of experience, levels coached, age groups coached, and types of hockey coached.
  • 75% of the coaches are parent coaches so if you recruit the players, we recruit coaches.
  • Our coaches are coaching for the right reasons – to coach young people, because their child plays, teach life lessons, and pass on their knowledge of the game.
  • Our coaches invest their time in the sport - 64% if our coaches spent 5 or more hours a week coaching, 60% spend between 2-7 hours a week.
  • 94% of coaches said either that Skill Development was their priority or that Skill Development and Winning were equally important.
  • Only 44% of Coaches said they had an Above Average or High level of confidence in their knowledge of High Performance Coaching Techniques.
  • Coaches are using ADM principles in their practices with 88% using station-based practices, 76% using small games, 74% using shared ice, and 39% using an off-ice program.
  • When asked about the best way to deliver coaching development – 58% of the coaches said on-line, 50% in-person seminars, 35% CAHA website, 28% Webinars, 24% Association training, 24% USA Hockey website, and 24% CEP classes.
  • 91% said they would attend a Coaching Symposium in Charlotte or Raleigh in May or June.
  • In the Open-ended questions about how USA Hockey/CAHA can support them or improve the hockey experience, the word “parent” was mentioned 43 times indicating that this is a big concern.

CEP Guidelines

All coaches must adhere to the new Coaching Education Program guidelines.

USA Hockey CEP Rules and Regulations

New Videos Added to Skills Progressions Manual

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.

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flexxCOACH Recertification

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.