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Welcome to the Coach's Corner!

Watch this section for updates concerning certification, practice plans or drills that may be of interest to you and other information that should be helpful to coaches of all levels.


If you have coaching ideas to share, please provide them to Tom Martin for posting in this section.

Coaching Information Calendar

  • Oct
  • 12
District 3 CEP Clinics
  • 8:00am- 4:00pm (CDT) Ical_event_icon
  • Brooklyn Park Community Center
  • Levels 1,2 and 3 are being offered.  To register go to usahockey.com


  • Tag(s): Coaches 
  • Oct
  • 22
MANDATORY Coaches and Mangers Meeting. U12, Bantam & Peewees. A,B&C
  • 7:00pm (CDT) Ical_event_icon
  • Brooklyn Park Community Center
  • Tag(s): Coaches 

Coaching Ethics Code

All USA Hockey ice hockey coaches (head and assistant) and instructors must abide by the USA Hockey Coaching Ethics Code, and understand that violations may result in full or partial forfeiture of coaching privileges in programs, at sites or events under USA Hockey’s governance.

All coaches have an obligation to be familiar with USA Hockey’s Coaching Ethics Code. Lack of awareness or misunderstanding of an ethical standard is not itself a defense to a charge of unethical conduct. The USA Hockey Coaching Ethics Code can be found online at
usahockey.com under Coaches.


SafeSport Training Requirement

USA Hockey SafeSport Program is the online training/education that is available to help our USA Hockey members become aware of the information necessary to help prevent abuse from occurring in our sport.  All USA Hockey registered coaches, officials, employees and volunteers are required to take the training at no cost. The training is comprised of short video segments that take approximately 90 minutes to complete. 

SafeSport link: http://www.usahockey.com/safesporttraining

SafeSport Training is valid for 2 seasons and must be completed by December 31st .  Thus if you took the training for 2013-14, you will not need to take the training again until the 2015-16 season.   

Coaching Education Program (CEP) Requirements

USA Hockey requires that all affiliates and/or districts shall establish the following requirements without modifications for all coaches (head and assistant).  All coaches must have the required certification level and the age-specific module completed by December 31st of the current season.

All USA Hockey Coaching Education Program (CEP) Certification opportunities are posted on the USA Hockey web site at:

Please utilize this link for coaching certification information, class registration and on-line module registration.

Certification Level
All coaches must enter USA Hockey’s Coaching Education Program at Level 1, and must continue their education with a coaching clinic each year until, at a minimum, they achieve Level 3.

EXCEPTION: Coaches of 8U or younger players may remain at Level 1 or their current level.

A coach may attend only one (1) certification clinic per year (not including age-specific requirements). Coaches who do not coach in continuous years must re-enter the program at the next level when they resume coaching responsibilities.

Once Level 3 is achieved, periodic renewal is required for coaches who have not achieved Level 4. Coaches who attain Level 4 certification are not required to attend any further certification clinics but must adhere to the age-specific requirement.

Level 3: Coaching certification at Level 3 is valid for two (2) seasons, as indicated by the expiration date.  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.


Age-Specific Module

In addition to the training in the paragraph above, coaches must also complete online age-specific training modules specific to the level of play they are coaching, if they have not already taken that module. This requirement applies to all coaches at all levels, 1 through 5. Coaches may complete more than one age-specific module in any given season. 


The annual Age-level on-line instruction modules for ALL coaches are expected to open on September 1, 2013. The on-line modules must be completed by December 31, 2013.


Helmet Rule for Coaches


The Helmet Rule for Coaches is now in effect and has been since Sept 1, 2006. The rule is a USA Hockey Rule and applies to ALL on ice Coaches at clinics, tryouts and practices. NO EXCEPTIONS! If ANY COACH does not have the helmet strapped, USA Hockey insurance will be voided for the entire team


Student Coach Guidelines and Qualifications

A player age 13 through 17 who is currently properly registered with USA Hockey may serve as a Student Coach.


o    Must attend a training session conducted by the local hockey association or audit a Level 1 clinic (not required to pay nor will they receive certification credit).

o    Must always be under the supervision of a carded, screened adult coach during all practices, clinics, try-outs and in the locker room.

o    May help out at practices, clinics, try-outs only. (May not participate as a player in scrimmages or games when acting as a STUDENT COACH).

o    May not act as a head coach or an assistant coach during practices or games.

o    May be on the bench during games with an adult. The STUDENT COACH will count as one of the maximum of four Team Officials allowed on the bench.

o    Must wear a helmet with full face shield, gloves and skates while on the ice. Must wear helmet during games while on the bench.

o    May only work with players at least one full playing age level below the STUDENT COACH (e.g., a Bantam age player may act as a STUDENT COACH at the Pee Wee, Squirt or Mite level).

o    The organization that is using the STUDENT COACH must provide a form indicating on the team on which he/she is participating as a STUDENT COACH, and, if applicable, what team he/she is properly registered/rostered as a player. A model form is available on the usahockey.com website.

o    Upon reaching the age of 18, the STUDENT COACH must comply with the USA Hockey Screening Program and meet the USA Hockey Coaching Education Program requirements which will qualify him/her to act as an assistant or head coach.

Please contact Tom Martin if you are interested in a student coaching opportunity.

Coaches Resources

The Minnesota Hockey and USA Hockey websites are key resources for coaches, containing information on:

·         Coaching Education Program

·         Association Coaching and Education Program

·         Coaches Resource Center

·         District Coaching Personnel

We encourage all coaches, assistant coaches, managers, and parents to check out the Minnesota Hockey and USA Hockey web sites.

Dryland Training Cards: Give Kids a Jump on Athleticism

“We must first develop athletes who are capable of moving confidently in a variety of athletic environments.” —Michele Amidon, ADM Regional Manager We’ve all heard the expression, “you have to learn to walk before you can run.” The same holds true in sports, where developing basic fundamental skills are the building blocks of athletic excellence. That includes the ABCs of athleticism, which are agility, balance, coordination and speed, along with fundamental movement skills such as running, jumping, skating and throwing. To help youth hockey players develop these essential skills, the American Development Model has created a series of dryland training cards designed to provide coaches, parents and associations with age-appropriate exercises and guidelines to help every player become a better athlete. The series of cards are designed for athletes between the ages of 6 and 12 and feature a number of fun drills that will introduce the players to multi-directional movement skills, multi-directional speed, agility, balance, coordination, rhythm and special awareness. ADM dryland training cards are available for download at USAHockey.com

Recent Coaching Information News

Head to the rink!

12/01/2013, 1:00pm CST
By c myers

The 38th Annual Hopkins Thanksgiving Tournament winds up tomorrow. So head to the rink and catch our Hopkins teams in action. Come for one and stay for more.....

Squirt A vs Orono - 7th place game - 9:45 am Blake
Bantam A vs TBD - 3rd place game - 10:30 am Minnetonka A
Peewee C vs S. St. Paul - 3rd place game - 10:45 am Minnetonka B
Squirt C vs Edina - 3rd place game - 12:00 pm at the Pavilion
Squirt B2 vs North Metro - Consolation game - 2:45 pm at the Pavilion Peewee B2 vs Orono - 3rd place game - 3:00 pm Minnetonka B
Peewee A vs St. Louis Park - 3rd place game - 4:30 pm Minnetonka B

Bantam B2 vs Eden Prairie - CHAMPIONSHIP GAME - 5:00 pm Minnetonka A

We hope to see everyone at the rink!

Letterman's Spirit Wear Available

11/08/2013, 9:00am CST
By c myers

Ordering window open today 11/8 thru 11/17

See the Spirit Wear page for details and the ordering link.