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ACE Coordinator Program


USA Hockey has established the ACE Program to provide a vital communication link between your local association and USA Hockey's Coaching Education Program. Your local associations ACE Director will assist your association in developing a well-trained coaching staff, help your coaches manage their CEP requirements, and promote and facilitate other USA Hockey programs such as the ADM, the Red, White and Blue Program (Cross-ice / Skill Development, Parent Education, and the Player Development Program. This program is closely linked to the Coaching Education Program, and therefore the link is posted below.

Coaches Clipboard


Dear Coach,

Please find attached an essay written by New York's own Dave Starman about the Importance of Development and the balance between teaching Systems and Skills.

Dave asked that if we published his piece, that we ask for dialog back.  His hope is that we get some good discussion going regarding the importance of developing skills.

Please share with other coaches encouraging them to promote skill development through some healthy debate! See the link below.



To all NY District Coaches:
The New York District Coaching Education and Association Coaching Education Programs are very pleased to announce the relaunch of the "Coaches Clipboard" hockey articles. These articles will cover a variety of coaching topics like a discussion on a set of drills, to an interview with a coach, or even an article about sled hockey. Whatever the subject, we promise to keep the articles interesting and current. The “Coaches Clipboard” will be sent out twice a month during the season and once a month during the off season, so please look for it in your email from your Association ACE Director. We are also happy to announce that Sheridan Mish, Central Section ACE Administrator will coordinate the Coaches Clipboard. 

In case you are not familiar with the ACE Program, we thought that we would take this opportunity to introduce you to the ACE Program. Every youth hockey association is required to have an “Association Hockey Director.” The Association Hockey Director is the person who serves as the administrative link to USA Hockey and its Coaching Education Program (CEP). In their role, Association Hockey Directors organize and manage CEP requirements, assist the local association in the development of a well-trained coaching staff, promote parent education, and provide clear goals and objectives for player skill development. 

The first article which is about dealing with parents is attached to this email. 

We hope you enjoy the articles and have a great season.



Chuck Gridley

NY District Coach-In-Chief

14 E. Elizabeth St.

Skaneateles, NY 13152

(315) 569-2778


Mark Hogan

NY District ACE Administrator

124 Woodrow Avenue

Rochester, NY 14609

(585) 576-7035

Additional Resources

NY ACE Directors,

Your active participation is critical for the success of the growth of the game in the US. As you know, the ACE Program is not all about rules and regulations, but rather a focused effort towards the greatest development of players through the optimal training of coaches in America. These steps set players up with the potential for eventual placement onto the US National Teams and Olympic Teams. 
Below is information and resources that you will find helpful.
Registration forms for the boys program are expected to be mailed via USPS to all ACE directors sometime in December. These forms are not available electronically so do not ask for them to be emailed. If you do not get them by the first week of January, please let me know. The girls program information will be available online early in 2015. Get these forms and information out judiciously to your top male and female athletes. There are deadlines for processing and players have been shut out from participation due to late submission.
Defensive Tactics
Please find a power point presentation discussing Defensive Tactics  along with a pdf document with information and drills to develop defensemen. The link is posted below.
USA Hockey has just made available a great resource to coaches. It is a book with various small area games to help coaches teach concepts in a fun, creative, and condensed competitive environment. Most teams have somewhere from 13-19 weeks left in their season so there is plenty of time to make good use of these games. The book contains 38 small area games in 6 different categories meaning coaches could introduce 2-3 of these games per week and just barely get through all of them.
I have had a number of questions about having older players "help out" coaching during practices with younger teams. Each association ACE Director should deliver the 37 slide power point presentation to student coaches and complete the form. The student coaching program is only available to USA Hockey registered players age 13-17. Once that player turns 18 they must comply with all USA Hockey screening and training regulations. The following link offers more details and the links to the power point and form.
They are done for the season but future clinics can be found at
There is still plenty of time for coaches to complete the appropriate age specific online module before Dec 31st, but with the holidays upon us and tournaments increasing in frequency, it is only going to become more difficult to complete. Make sure your coaches get to this 8-12 hour commitment sooner than later.  If coaches started their module, they can finish them by January 31st with an additional payment.  The coach can not coach until finished.
The SafeSport online module must also be completed before Dec 31st. It is free, takes about 90 minutes to complete, and helps ensure a socially, mental, emotional, and physical safe environment for our athletes.
Thank you for all your efforts,
NY District's ACE Administration Team
Sheridan, Chuck, Ron, Don, Jeff and Mark

Mark Hogan

District ACE Coordinator

Phone: (585) 576-7035

Ron Caccavale

Section ACE Administrator/East Section (North)

Phone: (914) 946-2585

Don White

Section ACE Administrator/East Section (South)

Phone: (516) 662-0627

Chuck Dievendorf

Section ACE Administrator/North Section

Phone: (518) 483-0159

Sheridan Mish

Section ACE Administrator/Central Section

Phone: (315) 794-6608

Jeff Curry

Section ACE Administrator/West Section

Phone: (585) 245-3358

We (the ACE Program) are running a new program called the "Coaches Clipboard". We send all coaches across the country an article by email approximately every 2 weeks. These articles are posted below.