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Coaching Requirements

Notice to All PYHA Coaches


All coaches MUST be registered with USA Hockey (USAH) in order to be placed on the roster or be on the ice!  This is not the number on your coaching card.  Once you register with USAH, please submit your USAH number to:

Deb Straker - PYHA Registrar -

PYHA will reimburse each coach the registration fee for the season.  PYHA will NOT be able to officially certify any roster with the Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois (AHAI) without this information.  Please click link below for direct access to the USA Hockey (USAH) website.

In order to streamline the coach’s repayments the following guidelines will be utilized starting this season.

All Coach’s must be :

  1. Registered with USA Hockey before stepping on the ice. Confirmation Number must be submitted to Registrar.
  2. Be Screened or in process of completing screening. Failure to complete will result in charge for cost of screening package.  If you have not been screened please contact "Compliance Committee".
  3. Have the proper CEP Level per AHAI/USA Hockey guidelines.
  4. Have the appropriate Age Module for each team being coached completed by the USA Hockey yearly deadline.
  5. Complete "Safe Sport" training.  "Safe Sport" is required for both coaches and managers. It is due to be complete by 12/31/18 and is good for 2 years. Please forward this on to your managers. The link for Safe Sport is:


This will all be verified through the Compliance Committee and approval to pay any associated fees will come from the Committee Chair. Only after all is verified, will the registrar issue a refund check. Failure to comply will result in no refunds by PYHA and immediate suspension of coaching privileges.

USA Hockey Registration

Coaches On-Ice Session and Meeting: TBD


Jean Guy Trudel, PYHA Hockey Director, will be reviewing the USA Hockey (USAH) American Development Model (ADM) program.  The date and time of this session has yet to be finalized.  Please check back frequently and look for updates to the PYHA calendar for confirmation of the date and time for this session.

Online Age Specific Modules


USA Hockey has online age-specific modules available.  All modules MUST be completed by December 31, 2018  You will need to complete the module(s) for the age level(s) of play that you are currently coaching. You do not need to retake a module if you completed it last season. If you are coaching multiple age levels then you will need to complete the module for each age group.

One the information in the modules becomes available, you MUST COMPLETE / PASS all chapters by December 31, 2018, to meet the Coaching Education Program requirement.  Also as a reminder, if your certification level is expired, or expiring on December 31, 2018, you must attend a clinic or recertify your next level by December 31, 2018.  Failure to complete the required compliance expectations of the CEP program by the December 31, 2018 will require a coach to be removed from the bench & ice.  PLEASE DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST DAY TO COMPLETE - THANK YOU!!!

THANK YOU for all that you do for youth hockey and good luck this season.

For more information regarding coaching certifications, please visit the USA Hockey website by clicking on the link below: