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Certification Requirements

USA HOCKEY Coaching Requirements

A. Coaching Education Required Levels
USA Hockey requires that the following set of coaching education levels must be the minimum criteria for districts and/or affiliates.

It must be clearly understood that coaching education requirements must be monitored and enforced by the districts or affiliates.

All coaches (head and assistant) must have the USA Hockey Coaching Education Program card by December 31 of the calendar year.

Coaching Education Level Levels of Play
1. Initiation Program Level Mites, Squirts, PeeWees (house), Girls/Women's 10 & Under, Girls/Women's 12 & Under
Travel House
2. Associate Level Mites: 2nd year coach and above, Prerequisites IP Mites: 2nd year coach and above, Prerequisite IP
Squirts: 2nd year coach and above, PrerequisiteIP Squirts: 2nd year coach and above, Prerequisite IP
Pee Wees Pee Wees: 2nd year coach and above, Prerequisite IP
Bantams Bantams
Girls/Women's 10 and Under: 2nd year coach and above; Prerequisite IP Midgets
Girls/Women's 12 and Under: 2nd year coach and above; Prerequisite IP High School
Girls/Women's 15 and Under Girls/Women's 10 and Under: 2nd year andAbove; Prerequisite IP
Girls/Women's 12 and Under: 2nd year and Above; Prerequisite IP
Girls/Women's 15 and Under
Travel House
3. Intermediate Level Pee Wees: 2nd year coach and above, Prerequisite Associate Bantams: 2nd year coach and above, Prerequisite Associate
Bantams: 2nd year coach and above, Prerequisite Associate Midgets: 2nd year coach and above, Prerequisite Associate
Midgets High School: 2nd year coach and above, Prerequisite Associate
High School Girls/Women's 15 and Under: 2nd year coachand above; Prerequisite Associate
Junior C Girls/Women's 19 and Under
Girls/Women's 15 and Under: 2nd year coachand above; Prerequisite Associate
Girls/Women's 19 and Under
Travel House
4. Advanced Level Midgets: 2nd year coach and above, Prerequisite Intermediate
High School: 2nd year coach and above, Prerequisite Intermediate
Junior A & B per individual league guidelines
Girls/Women's 19 and Under: 2nd year coach and above; Prerequisite Intermediate

B. Education and Years of Coaching Prerequisite
Education and years of coaching prerequisite requirements are noted in the Coaching Education Chart. These requirements must be strictly adhered to.

C. Grandfather Clause
A coach's coaching education level of Associate Level or above prior to July 1, 2000 will remain the same.

D. Evidence of Level
Proof of coaching education level will be evidenced by a USA Hockey Coaching Education Card with appropriate dated verification sticker. This card must be carried by all coaches for all USA Hockey games.

Before the start of each game and in the presence of the referee, each coach must present their card to one another for verification of coaching education level .

If a coach can not produce their current and up to date USA Hockey Coaching Education Card prior to the start of the first period, it must be noted on the official game score sheet and signed by the opposing coach.

E. Continuing Education Requirement
Every three years a coach is required to do one of the following: take a refresher course at their current level, attend a high performance workshop, attend a skills workshop or advance to the next coaching education level. This pertains to the coaches at the Initiation, Associate and Intermediate levels.

F. Penalty and Enforcement
It will be the responsibility of the local governing body to determine if there should be any penalties imposed on an individual coach who fails to produce a current, up to date coaching education card with appropriate verification of level. It will also be the responsibility of the local governing body to enforce any penalties.