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New USA Hockey Coaching Requirements

USA Hockey is changing the certification program used to develop coaches in the United States. The new changes impact all of us in some way or another. Here are a few excerpts from the article in the new issue of USA Hockey magazine.

Under the new system, coaches can attend only one certification clinic per season. They will also need to complete an online age-specific module that corresponds to the level they are coaching.

That means a first-year Midget coach would attend the Level 1 clinic and then complete the corresponding online age-specific module for Midgets. He would no longer need to reach Level 4 certification in his first year of coaching.

One common misconception is that USA Hockey will be making all coaches start from scratch. That’s not true. Current coaches will be grandfathered into their existing certification level.

However, they will need to take the online age-specific module.

That last line is what impacts all of us. No matter what level you have reached or how many years you have coached, you will be required to take an online certification course before December 31, 2011.

You can read the full article HERE





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