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.
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:
By December 31st, coaches must register and attend the required USA Hockey Coaching Education Program (CEP) certification clinic. For more information see: https://www.usahockey.com/coachingcertification
Your coaching information is nicely organized on the USA Hockey coaches page: https://www.usahockey.com/coaches
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.: http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/HeadsUp/online_training.html
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.