This link will allow you to register for the current USA Hockey season. You must renew your registration every season: : membership.usahockey.com
The New York State Amateur Hockey Association, in compliance with the USA Hockey Affiliate Agreement, employs a policy to screen coaches, on-ice officials and volunteers who have regular, routine or frequent access to minor-age players, whether girls or boys, under the age of 18. This now applies to any players age 17 and older who are playing on an 18U team, this is for both boys and girls.
The SafeSport Training and Refresher Training must be done every season. As of January 1, 2020, all relevant individuals who need to be SafeSport certified or are seeking recertification will need to complete either the new four-course SafeSport training or the refreasher course, which features updated content. Upon completion of the online SafeSport training, individuals will be certified for that season. The SafeSport refresher course is an abbreviated version intended for individuals who have previously completed the four course SafeSport and need to recertify. Users completing the SafeSport refresher course will be certified for just that season.
PLEASE NOTE that you will need your own USA Hockey Confirmation Number or Referee Number and your own email address to access the training. Additionally you will need to access the training from the link provided under "Register for SafeSport Training."
USA Hockey has created age specific coaching modules for each level. You must complete the module before being placed on the roster. Please use this link to register for your module: usahockey.com/agespecificmodules
Coaches, Assistant Coach & Manager Reimbursement form
Coaches, Assistant Coaches & Managers
In order for Amherst Youth Hockey to reimburse you for any of your coaching credentials, the Coaching Reimbursement form must be submitted along with all necessary paperwork. If you do not send all the required paperwork, the processing of your refund will be delayed significantly. The form can be found here.
All Reimbursement Forms must be postmarked by April 30th, 2023 in order to receive reimbursement.
Register for a Coaching Clinic at usahockey.com/coachingclinics. All clinics are available nationally, meaning you can register for ANY clinic listed, even if you don’t live in that specific district. This allows for greater flexibility based on your schedule.
(1) Required Coaching Education Program Levels for Ice Hockey
All coaches must have the required certification level by January 1 of the current season, unless earlier deadlines are established by the district and/or affiliate.
All coaches must complete the online age-specific modules PRIOR to participating with their team.
(a) All coaches must enter USA Hockey's Coaching Education Program at Level 1, and must continue their education with a coaching clinic each year until, at a minimum, they achieve Level 4. Coaches of only 8 and Under players should remain at Level 1 until such time as they are coaching any older age level of play.
A coach may attend only one (1) certification clinic per year.
Once Level 4 is achieved, coaches will need to complete 5 credit hours of continuing education within each subsequent three-year period [as outlined in Paragraph (c) below].
(b) In addition to the training in paragraph (a) above, coaches must also complete online age-specific training modules specific to the level of play they are coaching, if they have not already taken that module. This requirement applies to all coaches at all levels, 1 through 5. Coaches may complete more than one age-specific module in any given season.
(c) Effective in the 2021-22 season, coaching certification at Levels 4 and 5 is valid for three (3) seasons, as indicated by the expiration date. Before the expiration of their level, coaches must accumulate 5 credit hours of continuing education by either taking Level 5, or by attending other USA Hockey continuing education clinics. The USA Hockey clinic listings will indicate all continuing education offerings and the credit value of each. The Coaching Education Program retains the responsibility for defining continuing education credit values, including clinic or online course work.
For those coaches who received Level 4 or Level 5 PRIOR TO January 1, 2021, only coaches of Tier I and Tier II teams are required to do continuing education as required in (c) above.
Coaches with an expired certification will retain their previous certification levels provided the certification can be verified. Coaches may re-enter the certification system at that previous level and be subject to the certification guidelines in (a) through (c) above.
USA Hockey has a section of its website dedicated solely to the development of goaltenders of all ages.
The site includes detailed information on positioning and mental preparation, downloadable drill sheets for coaches and players, camp information, and an overview of the Warren Strelow Goaltender Mentor Program.
1. to help train entry-level coaches at an earlier age level.
2. to allow the younger players who wish to do so an opportunity to participate on the ice and help the coaching staff demonstrate/teach skills.
3. to give actual on-ice experience to our younger players who aspire to become coaches in the future.
4. to allow these young players protection under the USA Hockey Insurance program.
USA Hockey defines a Student Coach as a player between the ages of 13 and 17 who is currently properly registered/rostered on a USA Hockey team.
A Student Coach:
1. Must attend a training session conducted by the local hockey association prior to participating as a Student Coach.
2. Must always be under the supervision of a certified/ screened adult coach during all practices, clinics, try-outs, and in the locker room.
3. May help at practices, clinics, and try-outs only. (May not participate in scrimmages or games as a Student Coach).
4. May not act as an assistant or head coach during practices or games.
5. Must wear a helmet with a full-face shield, gloves, and skates while on the ice. Must wear a helmet during games while on the bench.
6. May only work with players at least one full playing age level down (e.g., a Peewee age player may act as a Student Coach at the Squirt or Mite
7. The organization that is using the Student Coach must provide a USA Hockey Student Coach Information Form indicating what team he/she is participating in as a Student Coach, and what team he/she is properly registered/rostered as a player. You can download a Student Coach application by clicking HERE.
8. Upon reaching the age of eighteen (18), the Student Coach must comply with the USA Hockey Screening Program and meet the USA Hockey Coaching Education Program requirements that will qualify him/her to act as
an assistant or head coach.
A mandatory training session will be held sometime in the Fall for Student Coaches accepted and registered in the AYH Student Coaching Program for the
Submitting an application to the AYH Student Coaching Program is NOT a guarantee of acceptance. Amherst Youth Hockey reserves the right to limit the number of applicants accepted based on our needs and to reject any
For more information on the AYH Student Coach Program, Please contact Amherst Youth Hockey's ACE Director
Per the Town of Amherst Recreation Commission, the following helmet rule will be in effect for the season beginning September 1, 2009:
"All ice hockey coaches, instructors, and participants, while at the Northtown Center, must wear an ice hockey helmet when they are on the ice participating in all on-ice sessions including, but not limited to, games, practices, scrimmages, and clinics. The helmet must be properly worn with the chin strap properly attached."