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When it comes to fostering a youth athlete’s love for hockey, there may be no one more influential than their coach. 

Coaches have an opportunity to impact how players feel about the game of hockey every time they step on the ice. Whether it is helping players develop their skills, using situations to teach life lessons or simply sharing their own love of the game, coaches should strive to create a fun, positive atmosphere that will leave a lasting impression on today’s youth hockey players.

With youth hockey coaches having such an important responsibility, USA Hockey and Reston Raiders Hockey believe it is critical to focus on developing coaches just like they develop their players. That’s why we work together every year to provide the most comprehensive coach training and resources in youth sports.

We hope you’ll come back soon for the latest coaching news and resources.  Until then, we’ll see you at the rink!

Steps to Become a USA Hockey Coach
USA Hockey and the Coaching Education Program require both certification and registration to be eligible to coach. Registration is done online on a yearly basis. Certification is also required. A few basic steps requirements are as follows:
USA Hockey Requirements (Must be completed before participating in any team activities)
Register as a member of USA Hockey (Cost is $40 plus any affiliate fees if applicable). Click here for more information.
Complete the background screening (found on your affiliate website).
Complete the USA Hockey Safe Sport Training (required every two years). Click here for more information.
Coaching Education Program Requirements (Must be completed by Dec. 31)
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 and all coaches start at Level 1. (The coaching clinic season for Levels 1-3 officially runs from September 1 to December 31). Click here to find a clinic.
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.) Click here for the modules.