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Please take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the information presented here. If you have something you would like to contribute, please let us know; our coaches are our most valuable resource for player development and satisfaction.

Coaching Certification Requirements

All SYH coaches must be properly certified based on USA Hockey guidelines and credentialed by SYH.

SYH's Coaching Deadlines:

  • IMMEDIATELY: USA Hockey Coach Registration, Completed VSAHA Background Screening, USA Hockey SafeSport module, Unexpired CEP Number & SYH Coach Registration.
  • DECEMBER 31, 2017: Age Appropriate Module for the level you intend on coaching or assisting.

If you miss these deadlines you will not be able to participate in any team activities, practices, or games.

NOTE: Coaches with CEP #'s that expire on December 31, 2016, will need to take the next level of certification or if level 3 you may re-certify up to three times before having to take the level 4 certification. Exceptions to this rule are: 1) Coaches with Level 4 certification-those certifications do not have an expiration date and 2) U-8 (Mite) Level coaches.

USA Hockey Registration Requirements

USA Hockey Coach Registration
To coach, you must have a USA Hockey ID (annual renewal). Register as a member of USA Hockey (Cost is $40 plus any affiliate fees if applicable).

Background screening
All coaches, officials, and team managers with regular contact to players must submit to a background screening once every two years.

USA Hockey Safe Sport Training
All USA Hockey registered coaches, officials, employees and volunteers are entitled to take the training at no cost every two years. Note the deadlines above.

USA Hockey's Coaching Education Program (CEP) Requirements

Coaching Education Program Certification Clinics
All coaches begin by attending a Level 1 clinic and then progress through the levels year by year (Cost is $40). You can only attend one clinic per season. (The coaching clinic season for Levels 1-3 officially runs from September 1 to December 31).

Online Age-Specific Modules
Complete the online age-specific module(s) for the age level of play you are coaching (Cost is $10 per module). The online modules are available from September 1 to December 31.

SYH Requirements

Register with SYH by becoming a member on the SYH website. You must provide SYH with background screening information and USA Hockey credential information as per the guidelines on this page.


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