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Become a Youth Hockey Coach

By Minnesota Hockey, 09/09/19, 1:15PM CDT


USA Hockey and Minnesota Hockey take pride in being leaders across all youth sports in developing coaches through education, training and communication of best practices. The USA Hockey Coaching Education Program (CEP), led by Minnesota’s State and District Coach-in-Chiefs, hosts nearly 100 coaching clinics each year with the goal of ensuring youth hockey coaches in Minnesota are prepared to create a safe and positive learning environment for all participants. 

If you’re interested in coaching this season, here’s a check list for you to follow, as well as details on two coach development opportunities taking place this fall.

1. Register with USA Hockey

2. CEP Clinics

Dates, times and locations for over 40 CEP clinics are now available on the USA Hockey website, and more will be added soon. Clinics will be held through December at locations around Minnesota. Coaches must attend one clinic each year until they at least reach a Level 3 certification by USA Hockey, and they must attend a clinic prior to December 31st. To find a clinic near you, click here.

3. Age-Specific Online Modules

USA Hockey’s age-specific coaching modules provide coaches with everything they need to know for their team’s age group.  The modules for the 2019-20 season are available now.  Coaches must complete the appropriate module(s) for their age level(s) prior to taking the ice.

4. Screening

Coaches are required to complete the online Minnesota Hockey background screening and every two years. If you are not sure when you were last screened, check with your registrar. Do not complete the screening form if you were screened for the 2018-19 season.

5. SafeSport

Coaches must also complete a SafeSport Training course through the U.S. Center for SafeSport. As of 4/1/2019, SafeSport training must be completed on an annual basis.

6. Concussion Training

All coaches are required to receive training regarding concussions. Each coach shall complete and provide a coach concussion acknowledgement form to the association prior to participating in any team activities. Training can be completed through USA Hockey’s online age modules, the Center for Disease Control, the National Federation of State High School Associations, or training provided through other youth sport programs.


The 2019 State of Hockey High Performance Coaching Summit, hosted in partnership by USA Hockey, Minnesota Hockey, Minnesota High School Hockey Coaches Associations, and the Minnesota Wild, will be held September 20-21 at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul, Minn,  The summit serves as the primary clinic for boys and girls high school hockey coaches in Minnesota and is open to youth coaches who need Level 4 CEP certification.

The summit is a two-day event that begin Friday morning, includes an optional social on Friday evening and is set to conclude Saturday at 5 pm. Highlights of this year’s event include an option to attend the Minnesota Hockey Coaches Association Hall of Fame Luncheon and an option to purchase tickets for Minnesota Wild preseason game.

For more details, click here.


Three USA Hockey Coaching Education Program (CEP) High Performance Bronze Level Goaltender Coach Development Clinics, designed to teach youth hockey coaches of all skill levels how to effectively work with and develop goalies, have been scheduled in Minnesota this fall.

The clinics are scheduled to be held in Duluth and Brooklyn Park, starting in early October. The first session will be held in Duluth at the Heritage Sports Center on Saturday, October 5. The following Saturday, October 13, another session will be held at the Brooklyn Park Community Center.  The final goalie coaching clinic for the 2019-20 season will take place on Sunday, December 8 in Brooklyn Park.

For more details, including eligibility for CEP credit, click here

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