The coronavirus pandemic has affected every aspect of our lives in 2020, and that includes coaching youth hockey as well. I want to take a minute to review a few of the changes.
· Currently all CEP clinics are virtual. This may change in the fall depending on whether face to face clinics are possible and appropriate. You can register for virtual clinics on the same clinic registration site that you have used to register for face to face clinics. Here is the link; https://www.usahockey.com/coachingclinics. Because these clinics are virtual, you can attend a clinic in any district, but we are strongly encouraging our NY coaches to attend a NY district clinic if possible. We will posting clinics regularly, but we are not scheduling too far into the future given the ever changing nature of the current situation.
· Temporary Card – The safety and well being of our 60,000 registered coaches is the top priority of USA Hockey’s Coaching Education Program. We have decided to extend the registration of the temporary coaching card until Dec. 31, 2020. Please remember that if you sign up for a temporary card you do not have to register for a virtual coaching clinic. Coaches who do both will not be eligible for a refund. Click here to register for the temporary card online or download the form that you will need to complete and submit to the USA Hockey national office.
· You will notice a change in the Level 4 clinic this season. It is now a one day event and the cost will is 50.00 (the same as Level 1-3). This is part of changes to the certification guidelines which were approved by the board of directors this June. This is the only part of those changes that will go into effect this season.
· Starting next season (2021-22) a coach will be required to advance their level of certification each year by attending a clinic that corresponds with their next level of certification, such as a Level 1 coach this year must complete his or her Level 2 certification next season, and so on until they achieve Level 4 certification. After that, coaches will be required to earn five continuing education credits over the next three years. Credits will be earned through a variety of educational opportunities that will be clarified at a later date. Coaches who complete their Level 4 certification before the start of the 2021-22 season and are not coaching a Tier I or Tier II team will be grandfathered in and will not have to take additional courses unless they choose to.
We hope that you and your family are staying healthy and safe. If you have additional questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at the email or number below.