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This page is dedicated to our coaches and includes links to many resources just for coaches. General items will be posted on this page and other items will be categorized by level as appropriate.

All coaches, please take the time to review this information, it is being provided for you and your team's benefit. The association will continue to update this information as it is developed, please check for new material.

Coaches, you are one of our associations most valuable resources, we hope you find these materials helpful. Thank you for all that you do.

Coach Requirements and Registration Steps

Prior to participating in any coaching activities the following steps must be completed.  Please complete at least two weeks prior to any on-ice activities to allow time for the AHYHA to clear each coach. 

Before participating in on-ice activities coaches must:

  1. Register as a member of USA Hockey & Minnesota Hockey.  This is required every year.
  2. Complete the USA Hockey background screening process.   This is required every two years. If last screened prior to April 1, 2019 a new screening against the USA Hockey National Screening process is required, after which the screening is good for two seasons.
  3. Complete USA Hockey SafeSport Training.  If new to SafeSport a full training will be required, after which a refresher will be due for each year after.
  4. Complete a concussion training course and save a copy of the course completion certificateHeads Up online concussion training offered by the CDC is open to everyone and commonly used to satisfy training requirements.
  5. Complete the Minnesota Hockey Coach Concussion Acknowledgement Form.  Sign and scan the form, saving a copy to provide to the AHYHA. (no need to email this form, it will be collected by the association as a part of your AHYHA coaching registration).
  6. Complete the USA Hockey online age-specific module(s) for the age level(s) of play you are coaching.   All coaches must complete the age-specific training modules each age group they intend to coach.
  7. Complete the AHYHA Coach/Team Representative (Volunteer) registration process.


By December 31st, coaches must register and attend the required USA Hockey Coaching Education Program (CEP) certification clinic. For more information see:

Unsure about your coaching status

Your coaching information is nicely organized on the USA Hockey coaches page:

Concussion Guidelines

Minnesota law mandates certain procedures when an athlete is suspected of receiving a concussion.  All coaches must become familiar with the procedures for removing a player from a game or practice and the steps that must be taken before allowing the injured player back on the ice.  Essentially, if a player is suspected of receiving a concussion, the coach must remove him/her from the activity immediately and the player cannot return to action until cleared by a healthcare professional. 

Coaches will receive concussion training in their CEP courses as well as in their coaching Modules.  This training should satisfy the Minnesota law referenced above.  Additional concussion and brain injury information and training is provided on the Center for Disease Control website.:  

Parents and athletes may take the training as well.


Head coaches may choose any process they feel comfortable with to aid them in securing assistant coaches.  Once selected, however, the prospective assistants must submit a coaching application to the AHYHA Coaching Director for final board approval.  The board approval process must be completed before the assistant coach may take part in any team activities.  Coaches should allow a minimum of 72 hours for approval once the application has been submitted.  Keep checking this page for status updates with regard to this process -- as with any procedural change, there are bound to be a few procedural difficulties.  

Coaches Resources