Coaching Info

USA Hockey and New York State Hockey require all coaches and on-ice helpers to complete the following items. If you have any questions about these items please contact the ACE Coordinator, Eric Lord.

Coaching Requirements

  1. Register on TAHA website: volunteer registration page
  2. Register with USA Hockey:
  3. Complete the required background screening:
  4. Complete the required SafeSport training:
  5. Complete the Foundations of Player Development Pre-requisite and the Age Specific Training Module for the level of play that you are coaching:
  6. Register for a Coaching Clinic:

Visit the USA Hockey Coaching Certification page for more information:


Coaching Clinics

  • Clinics need to be completed by December 31.
  • New clinics are created monthly, so check back often if you don't see one that works for you.

Level 3 Certification

  • Level 3 is only valid for one year.
  • You must obtain Level 4 before December 31 of the next year.
  • Level 4 courses are now offered online.

Level 4 Certification

  • Level 4 is valid for three years.
  • Coaches need 5 CEP credits every year.


  • Mite coaches only need Level 1, which does not expire.

Age-Specific Modules

  • Must be completed before you can be on a roster.
  • There are now only 3 modules: 8U, 12U, and 13+.

Background Screening

  • Conducted through USA Hockey.
  • This is to be completed every other season.


  • Refresher courses are required every season.
  • The complete course is required every three seasons.

Visit the USA Hockey Coaching Certification page for more information:


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