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How Do I Become a USA Hockey Coach?


5 steps to becoming a USA Hockey Coach

  • Find, register and attend the required certification clinic. (Cost is $40 plus any lunch fees if applicable) You can only attend one clinic per season. (The coaching clinic season for Levels 1-3 officially runs from September 1 to December 31):

From the Handbook

Canton Minor Hockey coaches come from a variety of backgrounds, but all share two important characteristics; they are ALL volunteers and they all care deeply about the development of all of the players on the teams they are coaching.  Our coaches require the support of the players’ parents.  Anything parents can do to help with off-ice responsibilities is encouraged.  


All head coaches will be selected by the Commissioner.  All assistant coaches will be selected by the head coach.  Selection criterion for becoming a coach become more rigorous as the age division and level of competition of the players increases.  Initiation coaches, for example, must be able to effectively communicate with, and possess skating skills more advanced than the skaters.  They also should have a rudimentary knowledge of the game of hockey.  As players develop, it becomes increasingly important for coaches to be sufficiently skilled to be able to develop the skills of the most advanced player on a team.


Coaches must also possess a thorough knowledge of the rules and strategies of the game.  All coaches must obtain the USA Hockey certification appropriate to the level at which they are coaching.  Head and Assistant coaches must be fully familiar with our handbook, NYS Amateur Hockey Association’s annual guidebook and all USA Hockey rules and regulations.


USA Hockey provides training and certification to individuals who wish to coach through their Coaching Achievement Program.  This program is administered through USA Hockey in the form of clinics and online modules.  These clinics and modules are specifically designed to supply each coach with the knowledge of his/her responsibilities and skills that will equip him/her to do the best possible job at any level of play.  USA Hockey and Canton Minor Hockey require all persons interested in becoming coaches to be compliant with USA Hockey coaching certification requirements.   If you have an interest in coaching or assistant coaching, please contact the ACE Corrdinator.



A Canton Minor Hockey Head Coach will coordinate all team meetings.  Each teams’ Head Coach will have a “team meeting” prior to the start of the season.  Players and parents will be informed as to what is expected of them and what they can expect.


Coaches and players are expected to meet the game commitments made by the Manager.  Of course this should be a collaborative effort should a conflict arise.  Coaches and managers work together.


The Head Coach and his assistants are the only people to be on the ice during practices and on the bench during games unless an absence requires otherwise, it is the preference of Canton Minor Hockey that at the Squirt and above levels, that at least one coach not operate a door during the game.  The purpose of this rule is to better allow the coach to pay attention to the game, player management/ice time and allow better instruction during games.


Brian Coakley

Brian Coakley

Canton Minor Hockey Commissioner

Additional Resources

USA Hockey Registration

All coaches and players must be registered with USA Hockey annually. This registration number is different than your coaching certification number. Click to the link to start the process.

Searchable Coaching Certification List

Find a lost coaching certification number or look up a coaches certification level.

USA Hockey Coaching Clinics

Complete list of Nationwide coaching clinics. This list is updated frequently so check back often.

USA Hockey Age Specific Modules

Each coach is required to complete and age specific online module as a complement to the required classroom training. Click the link above to login or register.

How to administer your teams website

An online guide to help you manage your teams online presence through this website.