The registration link above is required to head or assistant coach during the 2016 - 2017 season. Only one registration is necessary if you are coaching multiple teams.
Each Head Coach will be awarded up to the team maximum (i.e. 14 hours for Squirt).
Additionally, each Head Coach will be given up to 28 additional DIBS hours to be allocated to assistant coaching staff as he/she sees fit.
ALL COACHES MUST DO ALL OF THE FOLLOWING BY DEC 15TH. AFTER DEC 31ST, IF NOT COMPLETE, COACHES ARE REMOVED FROM THE ROSTER. MITE COACHES ONLY NEED TO DO #5. THE REMAINING ITEMS ARE NOT REQUIRED.
1) Register with USA Hockey ($41 - annually). Give this number to Melissa Stagman, Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org or enter on your registration.
2) CEP level training (annually until Level 3. Level 3 is good for 2 years and then can be renewed twice. Level 4 is good forever)
3) Age Specific Module (need to do once for the age group you are coaching)
4) Safe Sport Video (free - needed every for 2 years). Only a refresher course is needed after the first training.
5) MN Hockey Screening (free - needed every 2 years). We are District 9 when it asks.
Registrar only needs your USA Hockey #. All others are linked to your USA Hockey #.
Questions? Contact Melissa Stagman (Registrar) at email@example.com or Derrick Gordon (Safe Sport Coordinator) at firstname.lastname@example.org
Each coach is to receive game pucks. These are for you to take with you to your away games or to use for home game pucks. They are located in the coaches' shed (shed #1) in bundles taped together or in a hockey bag. For practices, there is a bucket of pucks in the coaches' shed. Please have a couple kids from your team walk the rink after practice to make sure they are all picked up.
The district game scheduling meetings will be on the DCYH calendar. Pewee's, 12U and Bantams will be October 23rd at 1:00 at the Wicked Moose in Rochester. League play begins Oct 27th. Squirt/10U will be November 7th at 7pm at the Wicked Moose.
Coaches, team managers or a representative will need to attend this meeting to schedule your district games. The ice scheduler (Howie) will put place holders on the DCYH calender (i.e. Pewee A vs TBD, 11/8 @ 6:30pm). These are the days ice time is available for you to schedule your home games. At the meeting you will find out how many teams are in your district. You are required to play each team twice (one home and one away). Sometimes if there are a large number of teams, they will divide the district into east/west. You will only need to play the teams in the east district. You can schedule some games with the west district if you have availability. It is recommended to bring a calendar so you are aware of team conflicts, holidays, band concerts, etc.
When you register, it states how many games your team is to play for your level. This number is what DCYH has budgeted for your team. Anything over this will need to be paid for by the team (out of pocket). DCYH tries to follow the USA Hockey ADM.
After your games are scheduled, please have your team manager adjust your calender or you can email the ice scheduler. Also let the ref coordinator, Ryan Knudson know so he can schedule refs. It is very important to let him know if there are any changes or cancellations. email@example.com
DCYH will reimburse coaches for their USA Hockey fees. Coaches must submit proof of payment and proof of completion of the appropriate level\course(s) to the DCYH Registrar and DCYH Treasurer before January 31 of the current season in order to be eligible for reimbursement.
Board meetings are open to the public and all association members are welcome.
Some of the biggest myths in hockey involve our youngest players, those at the 8U level and the use of cross-ice hockey. Guy Gosselin grew up in the old-school mentality, but is an early adopter of the American Development Model and a believer in cross-ice hockey. Gosselin played at the University of Minnesota-Duluth in the 1980s before moving onto the professional ranks.
Gosselin helps debunk some of the biggest myths surrounding cross-ice games and its impact on the 8U level.
“We see bad habits forming in a full-ice situation,” said Gosselin, now an ADM regional manager at USA Hockey. “The tendency is to watch the puck and not necessarily working on their skating. These kids (8U) are going through their first speed window, (playing cross-ice) works on acceleration. They are also working on their edges by navigating through that smaller area.”
At this age, full-ice games are more linear; up and down the ice. While playing cross-ice, kids are naturally learning to change direction, use quick start and stops or sharp turns to stay involved in the play.
“Hockey is a progression of skills. It’s about keeping them involved and excited to play. If they’re playing and they’re getting a lot of touches, we’re going to retain those kids.”
This is a simple misnomer. Kids have to learn with age-appropriate equipment and playing surfaces before advancing onto the next level. Plus, the idea that kids aren’t able to transfer their skills from cross-ice to full-ice is ill-founded. The reality is science has proven that games utilizing smaller areas actually improve skill development and retention.
“We’re late adapters compared to the other sports. Little kids aren’t capable of playing on that full sheet. Kids develop their motor skills, their mechanical skills and, again, it’s a progression. We don’t want kids playing on a full sheet because, at that age, they’ll pick up bad habits.”
Whether it’s the playing surface or the equipment, you name the sport, baseball, soccer, basketball, tennis, and pretty much universally they adjust to the size and age of the child. Hockey is catching on.
“If you go to any rink across the country and watch how the kids are competing and watching how challenging it is – whether it’s a higher-skilled player or lesser-skilled player – they are in those small areas and learning how to compete. Full-ice hockey, we’re watching one team’s skilled player go all the way down the rink and score, while the others stand around and watch. That is not player development.”
Which brings us to the next myth…
“If the better players are going against lesser-skilled players, they’re not challenged enough in a full-ice game. If you get them into a smaller-area game, they have to work. It pushes our better players to become even better. It’s OK to score five or six goals, because that’s how you learn to become a goal scorer.”
By forcing the top players to learn how to play in traffic, cross-ice hockey helps them just as much, or maybe even more, than lesser-skilled players.
“If you practice playing on a full-size sheet and there’s no sense of urgency, you have a tendency of being lazy and not to get involved. Today’s game is all about puck possession and puck protection. If you look at an NHL game, in the D-zone, there are 10 players in one-third of the ice.”
To an 8-year-old, the full length of the ice is daunting. Here’s what it looks like when you put adults on a sheet made to the same ratio as a youth player on an NHL sheet.
“I would agree with that statement, but only because kids will develop at a quicker rate playing cross-ice hockey.”
With the ADM model and cross-ice games, children are developing their motor skills, making quicker decisions and are more involved in the play and develop at a higher rate. These are the core principals of childhood athletic development.
“From what we’ve seen it’s much more fun. The activity time, the touches, the reps, all involves the kids because they stay focused and having a lot more fun. Kids don’t want that slow boring, movement; they want to be in on the action and involved in the play. Cross-ice hockey is an excellent environment for kids to learn. They’re going to excel when they develop a passion and a love for the game.”
Have you ever heard an adult that’s been playing hockey their whole life say, “Man, this rink is just too small. It’s boring. If we don’t get a bigger ice sheet soon, I’m going to hang them up.”
Yeah, we haven’t either.
If a kid says they’re bored of cross-ice hockey, it likely comes from one of three things:
These myths are simply misperceptions that get stuck in people’s heads. When it comes to doing the best things for kids, it’s important to check the facts as well. And the science is clear that a smaller playing surface is the right thing to do.
Coach Steve Carroll working with goalies at MInnesota Hockey's Dave Peterson Reebok High Performance Goalie Camp.
It’s that time of year when youth hockey teams have been selected and games and practices have started.
It’s also the time of year when people begin to realize whether or not coaches are making an effort to improve the individual skills of the goalies on their teams. In a lot of cases, nothing is being done to help the goalies.
Throughout the year, I am invited to speak about goaltending at several USA Hockey coaching clinics.
My message to coaches is always crystal clear.
Coaches need to change the way they currently do business and work to make goalies first. They need to break out of their comfort zone, so goalie development becomes a priority and not an after thought.
I often wonder why is it that hockey goalies – arguably the most important players on a team – receive the least amount of coaching.
There are a variety of reasons for this. Many youth hockey coaches know very little about the goalie position or perhaps more importantly, take the time to get up to speed on what they can do to assist in the development of their goalies.
Common reasons (excuses) given for this are the coach never played the position, they don’t understand the latest goalie techniques, they have to worry about 15 other players, they don’t want to mess up a goalie who is working with a private goalie coach, or they assume their goalies get all the position-specific coaching they need at in-season goalie clinics or summer goalie schools they may or may not attend.
Therefore, adults often coach in their comfort zone, spending countless hours on Russian circles, breakouts, systems and power plays while basically ignoring the development of their goalies. They hope that somehow the goalies magically improve and become that much-needed difference-maker in big games. Unfortunately, it doesn’t usually work that way.
Some hockey associations turn to outside goalie development providers to work with their goalies. This is certainly a step in a right direction. However, this should not be a reason to ignore goalies during team practices because of the feeling that goalies will get their “individual skill work” during weekly goalie clinics.
Constructive use practice time, in addition to any goalie clinic an association may or may not offer, is a key part of goalie development.
Figuring out how to coach goalies can be a challenging and intimidating aspect of the job for many head coaches. However, it doesn’t have to be.
Here are some goalie coaching tips that can help:
TO: USA Hockey Member Associations
CC: Board of Directors, Affiliate Presidents, District Personnel
FROM: Dave Ogrean, Executive Director
Peter Lindberg, Vice President/Chairman, Legal Council
DATE: June 22, 2010
USA Hockey has enjoyed another successful year, highlighted by continued growth at our entry-level age group, the further roll-out and embracing of the American Development Model, and unparalleled results in international competition. Yet there is nothing more vital to the continued advancement of our sport that making it safe.
Attached for your review and implementation is a new policy on Locker Room Supervision that was passed overwhelmingly at our recent Board of Directors meeting.
Please forward this (or download and make copies) to everyone in your association who is in a leadership position or is responsible for the communication and implementation of policies and procedures.
A couple of notes on this policy... our youth players need to know that their hockey environment is safe. This policy ensures that a responsible adult is looking over their shoulders at all times. Of course, all locker room monitors should be gender correct and the co-ed locker room policy must be followed as described in the current USA Hockey Guide. Also, all monitors must be screened and otherwise meet all USA Hockey screening standards.
In the near future we will be sending you additional information about all USA Hockey Policies including Screening, Zero Tolerance and Gender Equity (co-ed locker room).
If you have any questions, please contact USA Hockey Member Services Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-566-3288, ext 123