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Coaches Corner

The Coaches Corner is a place to enhance your sports education. The goal of this area is to assist you in developing better players and better people for future success at whatever level you might be at. Our goal is for you to learn one new thing each time you visit. If you have any questions, suggested topics, or articles to contribute to this area please contact us.


Requirements for Coaches/Program Volunteers and Board Members

For the 2022-23 season, all coaches will be required to complete the SafeSport Training.  As of 04/01/20 the SafeSport Training is valid for 1 season. Once the core training has been completed you can take the refresher course each year to stay current.

"Volunteers" in USA Hockey programs - defined as having regular, routine or frequent access to or supervision over youth participants, such as team managers, locker room monitors, chaperones, etc., - are required to complete the SafeSport Training prior to such access.

How to Take the Training

The SafeSport Training is available to take right now so you can get a head start on the season! The training is available at no cost. The training was produced by the United States Olympic Committee and is comprised of short video segments that take approximately 90 minutes to complete, however, not all training needs to be completed in one session. You will need your USA Hockey Member Number, which can be obtained at (under Member Options, click on ‘Request Duplicate Registration Confirmation’).

If a volunteer in your program is not currently a USA Hockey Member, they can obtain a Member Number to take the training, by registering with USA Hockey at no cost in the Ice Managers/Volunteers category.

Information on how to register and access the SafeSport Training can be found here:

Also, please be sure to select the USA Hockey SafeSport course as there are multiple courses available. The website also has links if you have questions about the training or on registering for the training.

Once you have completed the SafeSport Training, send your confirmation to the Registration Director at

Interested in coaching?

For anyone who plans to coach this year, whether it be Head Coach or Assistant Coach, please be advised of the following requirements (these need to be fulfilled before you can be on the ice assisting the children).  These should be completed and sent immediately:

PLEASE NOTE: All BANTAM and PEEWEE coaches need to have these steps complete no later than Oct 8th.  If the information is not submitted by that date, you cannot be guaranteed to be included on the initial roster.

All SQUIRT coach info will need to be submitted no later than Oct 25th.

All MITE 3 coach info will need to be submitted by Nov 1st.  MITES 1 & 2 coach info should be submitted by Nov 9th.

  1. Fill out a coaching application which you can find below and submit to Hockey Operations (you can scan and e-mail if you prefer).
  2. Register with USA Hockey:
  3. Complete the Background Screening:
  4. CEP - After you have completed the above three steps you will need sign-up for and attend the relevant level coaching clinic and age-specific module prior to Dec. 31st in order to be certified.  Once you've been certified, notify the Registration Director and your team manager, print off the virtual card from the USAH website and turn it into your team manager.  

Once all the above have been turned in and approved you will then be eligible to participate this season. Coaches who have not submitted the required information by the due date cannot be placed on the initial roster and therefore cannot participate with the team - on the ice or on the bench.

Thank you,
NMYHA Registration Director

Contact the Registration Director or Hockey Operations Director with any questions via email:

Eli Jordan, Registration Director

Dustin Stenglein, Operations Director


NMYHA Hockey Operations Manual

Below is the current working version of the NMYHA Hockey Operations Manual. The Manual is updated at a minimum of annually, but it can be updated, as needed, more often.

Please direct all comments and questions with regards to the content of the Manual to the Hockey Operations Director.


Coaching Education Program (CEP)

All youth hockey coaches in Minnesota and the rest of the country are required to attend a series of clinics before they are eligible to coach. 

Student Coach Rules and Requirements

What are the rules and regulations for using a Student Coach?

A player between the ages of 13 and 17 who is currently properly registered with USA Hockey may serve as a student coach under the following conditions:

  • Must always be under the supervision of a carded, screened adult coach during all practices, clinics, try-outs, and in the locker room.
  • May help out at practices, clinics, try-outs only. (May not play during scrimmages or games).
  • May not act as the head coach or assistant coach during practices or games.
  • Must wear a helmet and full face guard at all times while on the ice. Full gear is strongly recommended.
  • Must wear helmet during games while on the bench.
  • May only work with players at least one full playing age level down.
  • The team that is using the student coach must have a properly filled-out and signed Student Coach Permission Form on file with the Hockey Operations Director.
  • Upon reaching the age of 18, the student coach must comply with all USA Hockey coaching and screening rules and regulations.

Coach’s Reimbursement

  • Rostered NMYHA coaches seeking reimbursement from the association for the $50 USA/MN Hockey fee and the Coach's CEP certification fee must submit a completed expense report & proof of payment to the treasurer by January 1st.  Only 3 coaches per team will be reimbursed by NMYHA.
  • All eligible non-parent coach’s travel expense reimbursements need to be submitted to the treasurer within 1 month of occurrence.  Please attach all receipts to the expense report.
  • The Coach's name must appear on the Official Team Roster that is submitted to & approved by Minnesota Hockey District 3 in order to receive reimbursement.  Thank you. 

NMYHA Treasurer