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Coaches Corner

Attention 2015-2016 Coaches

Thank you for volunteering your time. Please follow the below steps to get registered as a coach for the 2015-2016 season.

Coaching Clinic Information

Level 1 & 2: Saturday September 19, 2015 in Independence from 8:30-4:30.

Level 3: Saturday October 10, 2015 in Independence from 8:30-4:30.

Bring your skates, helmet, stick, gloves for on-ice session. Must pre-register online using the below link.  Spaces fill fast!

1. Register with USA Hockey

Register online with USA Hockey, must be done each year. The cost is $48. Check that you are part of Midwest Amateur Hockey Association (not Missouri Hockey).
USA Hockey Coaches Registration

2. Submit your USA Hockey Membership # to KCYHA

Please submit your USA Hockey membership # to us electronically by filling out the 2016-2017 Registration.

3. Consent to Screen/Background Check

All Coaches, Team Managers, Volunteers, and Locker Room Monitors must consent to be screened each year through Midwest Amateur Hockey Association our USA Hockey affiliate. Click that you are coaching for KC Stars as the affiliate has not updated our name to KCYHA yet.

Submit Consent to be Screened Online

4. Online SafeSport Training

Each coach, team manager, volunteer & locker room monitor must have current SafeSport training. New coaches need to take the full 90 minute module online which is good for two (2) seasons.  Coaches who have expired modules need to complete the 30 minute refresher course. Thus, if you took the full 90 minute online training during the 2014-15 season, it was valid for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons and you will need to complete the SafeSport Refresher course for this 2016-17 season.

Must be completed before participating in any on-ice or off-ice events.

Go to SafeSport Training>>

5. USA Hockey Coaching Certification Class Level 1, 2, 3, 4

Important Note: USA Hockey no longer requires a specific certification level based on the age level of play coaching. A coach must progress through the education system every year and have completed the online age-specific module for each age level coaching.

All coaches must have proper certification by December 31st each season. Even though December 31st is the deadline, its IMPORTANT to note that there's usually only one class held locally in the KC area in early fall.

The expiration of your certification depends on the level you have achieved. Make sure you check your certification status if unsure.  New coaches start with Level 1 and advance one level each year unless you are coaching U8, you can stay at Level 1 until you advance to Squirts.

Register for a clinic>>
Check certification status>>
Level 3 Coaches Re-certification>>

6. Age Specific Modules

In addition to your in-person coaching certification, USA Hockey requires that coaches take an online course specific for the age of players you will be coaching. You only have to take each age module once. Modules need to be completed by December 31st.

Go to Age Specific Modules>>

Safesport Announcement from USA Hockey


Dear USA Hockey Program,

As you know, the USA Hockey SafeSport Program is designed to prevent abuse and maximize the safety of our participants in the off-ice environment. In the 2014-15 season, USA Hockey required that all coaches, all officials over 18, all other volunteers and employees that had regular, routine or frequent access to or supervision over youth participants, and at least one program administrator complete the SafeSport Training. This email is to let you know about the requirements for the 2015-16 season.

As background, the SafeSport Training is part of the SafeSport Program and is intended to heighten awareness of those that are in supervisory positions over youth participants. We recognize that adding additional educational requirements increases the burden on our coaches and other volunteers, but as the primary and most direct leaders and supervisors of our youth teams, it is critical that they are trained in ways that can help prevent abuse within our programs. Additionally, providing a safe environment for your participants helps recruit and retain players, and enhances your program in the eyes of parents.

SafeSport Training is valid for 2 seasons, so a person that completed the training in the 2014-15 season will not need to retake the training until the 2016-17 season. The initial SafeSport Training course is a little over 90 minutes long. Once a person has completed the initial training, then they are eligible to complete their subsequent training by taking the SafeSport Refresher Course, which is approximately 35 minutes long.

Requirements for Coaches

In the 2015-16 season, all coaches will be required to have completed the training prior to that person’s participation (on ice or off ice) in the USA Hockey program. Over 48,000 coaches completed the training in the 2014-15 season, so those coach’s prior training will still be valid for this season. Any coach that completed training in the 2013-14 season will need to complete the refresher course prior to participation this season. Any coaches that have not completed any training (primarily new coaches) will need to complete the main course prior to participation in a USA Hockey program.

Please note that as last season was the first time that training was required, Affiliates were permitted to extend the deadline for completing training until December 31st, but that extension is not available this season, and coaches must complete training (if required this year) prior to participation. You are able to confirm whether a particular coach has completed training through the USA Hockey Program Registry.

Requirements for Other Program Volunteers

As with last season, other volunteers in USA Hockey programs that have regular, routine or frequent access to or supervision over youth participants, such as team managers, locker room monitors, chaperones, etc., are required to complete the SafeSport Training prior to such access.

USA Hockey strongly encourages that all board members and other program administrators, even if they do not have regular, routine or frequent access to or supervision over youth participants, complete the SafeSport Training. Programs that extend the training out to their board members and administrators will benefit by strengthening their program and making it a safe place for participants. As the leaders of local programs, board members and administrators should possess the information to monitor their organization and enforce policies, and should also complete the same training as is required for coaches and other volunteers.

How to Take the Training

The SafeSport Training and SafeSport Refresher courses are available to take right now so your program, coaches and other volunteers can get a head start on the season. The training is available at no cost. The training was produced by the United States Olympic Committee and the initial training is comprised of short video segments that take approximately 90 minutes to complete (the refresher course is approximately 35 minutes), however, not all training needs to be completed in one session. You will need your USA Hockey Member Number, which can be obtained at (under Member Options, click on ‘Request Duplicate Registration Confirmation’).

If an employee or volunteer in your program is not currently a USA Hockey Member, they can obtain a Member Number to take the training, by registering with USA Hockey at no cost in the Ice Managers/Volunteers category.

Information on how to register and access the SafeSport Training can be found on our website at The website also has information if you have questions about the training or on registering for the training.

We strongly encourage that all of your coaches and volunteers get a head start on the season by completing the SafeSport Training this summer. Thank you for your diligence in helping make our sport as safe as possible!

More information on the USA Hockey SafeSport Program can be found at

Sincerely yours,

Jim Smith
President, USA Hockey

Dave Ogrean
Executive Director, USA Hockey



Other Information for Coaches

USA Hockey Locker Room Policy

New Locker Room Policy
June 23, 2010

USA Hockey is concerned with locker room activities between minor players, locker room activities between minor players and adult players, adults being alone with individual minor players in locker rooms, and non-official or non-related adults having unsupervised access to minor participants at sanctioned team events.

It is the policy of USA Hockey and USA Hockey InLine that all affiliates, districts, leagues and local hockey programs have at least one responsible adult directly monitoring the locker room during all team events to ensure that only participants (coaches and players), approved team personnel and family members are permitted in the locker room and to supervise the conduct in the locker room. Any individual meetings between a minor participant and a coach in a locker room shall require a responsible adult be with the coach.

Further, responsible adults must personally monitor the locker room environment at all times while participants are present and also make sure the locker room is appropriately secured during times when minor participants are on the ice.

All responsible adults serving as locker room monitors should be gender correct and the co-ed locker room policy must be followed as described in the current USA Hockey Annual Guide. Monitors must be screened and meet all USA Hockey screening standards.

The USA Hockey Annual Guide can be downloaded here. Information on screening standards and the co-ed locker room policy can be found on page 35.