How To Become a Coach

Are you interested in becoming a coach? The very first step is to contact us and let us know. We can help you through the whole process, and talk through what is involved and where we can fit you in. You don't have to be a great skater or a great hockey player to be a good coach. In fact, you don't need any coaching experience at all other than WANTING to coach. Everyone needs to start somewhere, and we'll point you in the right direction. However, you will need integrity and good character - the pillars of our NYHA coaching philosophy. And of course if you can't commit to being a full coach, we are always looking for on-ice helpers.

Even if you are not willing to commit right now, please contact us so we can keep you mind. We're always looking for parents we can develop into great coaches.


NYHA Coaching Materials

The NYHA has a limited selection of coaching materials available for free borrowing. The "library" is located within an easy walk of the Nederland Rink - contact us to arrange a time to browse. We have some useful VHS tapes demonstrating skills, and a lot of coaching drills, plans, and manuals.

Click here to see the list of available resources in the NYHA Library. The document is in Adobe PDF format.

We would greatfully accept any additional material you might want to donate (especially CEP program manuals).


Coaching Certification

Non CAHA-certified Teams

As part of our agreement with the Rink, all official coaches must be certified under USAHockey's Coaching Education Program (CEP).

If you are interested in coaching (or just being an informed parent), we encourage you to start by signing up for a Level 1 certification. Level 1 does not require any real knowledge of hockey, and does not have any on-ice component. It does however, teach you a lot in a non-stressful way (no tests!). It is useful for involved parents even if you have no plans on coaching. To sign up for a CEP program, check the USAHockey website here. The training season generally runs from September to December of each year, and there are usually only one or two available sessions in Boulder or Denver. Otherwise, you may have to drive to Summit or beyond. We will try to let people know when the local sessions arrive.

New in 2011, all Levels must also complete an online, age-specific module. More information will be available when you sign up.

Does coaching or on-ice volunteering sound intimidating? Contact us and we'll help you through it all. There is always room for parents that want to skate. You don't have to be the "head coach in charge" - you can be an helper if that fits with your schedule better.

CAHA-certified Teams

Starting in the 2011-12 season and beyond, USAHockey has removed the Level requirements for teams. In the past, you needed a Level 2 to coach Squirts, a Level 3 for Peewees, etc. Now, Levels 1s can coach any NYHA level, as long as you complete an age-specific online module as well.

If you are an existing coach, please make sure you stay current. CAHA is quite strict about making sure coaching levels are met. Contact us and we can help you if you're unsure how to take the next steps.