All coaches (head and assistants) must obtain CEP certification by December 31 of the current playing season.
Click here to locate and register for a CEP Clinic.
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.
Click here to access the age-specific modules.
Coaches must be members of USA Hockey in order to register for clinics or modules.
All coaches must have the required certification level by January 1 of the current season, unless earlier deadlines are established by the district and/or affiliate. All coaches must complete the online age-specific modules PRIOR to participating with their team.
In summary, for grandfathered Level 4 and 5 coaches, you could be subjected to the continuing education as explained above. If you coached an approved roster at the Tier I or Tier II classification, for any age level, during the 2020-21 season your CEP expiration has been changed from 12/31/2099 to 12/31/2025. If changed you are now on the continuing education path needing to earn five credits over the next three seasons. You can view your coaching profile at https://courses.usahockey.com/public/ to see this change.
Currently, courses are being developed that will be available in the 2021-22 season to earn continuing education credits. Credits can be earned by taking specific coaching clinics or learning modules that will be in the e-learning system. Additional information on these courses and how to access will be available in near future.
All coaches must adhere to the new Coaching Education Program guidelines.
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:
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.