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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.

Click here to register for the current USA Hockey season.
Click here to request a duplicate copy of your USA Hockey registration confirmation page.

Ed Morris

Associate Coach-in-Chief
(704) 759-6677

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.