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2021 House Coaching Application & Information
  In order to be considered for a House Coach the...
USA Hockey, NYS Screening & Safe Sport Links
  USA Hockey Mandated Coaching Requirements   USA...
Coaches, Assistant Coach & Manager Reimbursement form
  Coaches, Assistant Coaches & Managers   In...
USA Hockey Coaching Clinics
       2020-2021 Coaching...
USA Hockey Goaltending Information
  USA Hockey has a section of its website dedicated...
AYH Student Coaching Program
   Amherst Youth Hockey Student Coaching Program The...
Helmet Rule-Effective 9/1/09
  Per the Town of Amherst Recreation Commission,...
2021 House Coaching Application & Information

In order to be considered for a House Coach the following steps need to be completed:


1. Complete the 2021 House Hockey Online Application.


2. Register for the 2021-22 season with USA Hockey by clicking on this link:

Please be sure to choose Ice Coach and print the confirmation page as you will need to mail it with your application.


3. You must be screened year. If you need to renew your screening please follow this link:


4. Please complete the Safe Sport training which can be found here:


5. Please complete the age specific module. The classes can be found here:


6. Register for a Virtual Coaching Clinic: 

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

USA Hockey, NYS Screening & Safe Sport Links

USA Hockey Mandated Coaching Requirements



This link will allow you to register for the current USA Hockey season. You must renew your registration every season:


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.

This link is for the NYS Screening process: This is only good for 1 season


This link is for Safe Sport:


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:


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 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, 2021 in order to receive reimbursement.
USA Hockey Coaching Clinics



2020-2021 Coaching Clinic Info


Register for a Virtual Coaching Clinic 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.

USA Hockey will continue to offer a temporary card that will extend your current certification for the 2020-21 season without attending a clinic. This option will be offered unti December 31, 2020.  Please click here to register for the temporary card online and submit to the USA Hockey national office.

  • A new coach can receive a Temporary Card for Level 1 for the 2020-21 season. The following year (2021-22), they will need to attend a Level 1 clinic.
  • All other coaches will receive a one-year extension at the current level that they are at for the 2020-21 season. The following season (2021-22), they must attend the next level up.
  • If receiving a Level 3, that certification is only good for 1 year.


If you purchase a temp card you will need to wait until after October 1st, 2020 to attend a virtual clinic, if you see one that you want attend.



Certification Requirements

Questions continue regarding the level of coaching education required by USA Hockey.

USA Hockey rules require coaches to hold coaching credentials appropriate for the level of hockey being played, and makes no distinction between Travel and House coaches.

For complete certification requirements, please click HERE for the New CEP Requirements (pdf).

For questions regarding the New Coaching Requirements,
Click HERE for FAQ (FAQ pdf).

USA Hockey Goaltending Information
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. In addition, a forum entitled, "Ask the Mechanic" is part of the site and gives coaches, players and parents a chance to submit questions that are answered weekly by Joe Exter, goaltending coach for USA Hockey's National Team Development Program

Visit:  and share this valuable resource with your goaltender coaches, goaltenders, and their families.

AYH Student Coaching Program

Amherst Youth Hockey Student Coaching Program

The purpose of this program is:

    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 a coach 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 out 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 full face shield, gloves and skates while on the ice. Must wear 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 on what team he/she is participating 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

    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
2012-2013 Season.

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

Helmet Rule-Effective 9/1/09

Per the Town of Amherst Recreation Commission, the following helmet rule will be in effect for the upcoming season beginning September 1, 2009:

             "All ice hockey coaches, instructors and participants, while at the Amherst Pepsi 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."