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Information for Coaches

Ice Dog Coaching Requirements & Process

To volunteer to coach, you must indicate interest on the Interest Form. The Interest Form is submitted to the On-Ice Director. 
Questions should be directed to the OYHA On-Ice Director (email below).

Requirements to be a Coach: 

Questions? Email the OYHA On-Ice Director: Vince Farina; Player Safety Officer:

Interested in Coaching for the Ice Dogs?

Complete the online registration (free) below. This gives you access to all coaching communications through the OYHA.

Team Coaches

Team Coaches, both head and assistant, are entrusted with furthering the hockey skill development of their players, providing a positive and fun learning environment, and establishing a sense of team play and sportsmanship.

While the Head Coach may take the lead role and assume many of the responsibilities, all Coaches on an individual team should work together and communicate a shared vision for emphasizing fundamentals, practice orientation, and game strategy and management. Coaches will be assisted and guided by members of the Hockey Development Committee and should reach out to them with any questions or concerns. Lead level coaches will aid coaches with a comprehensive plan and curriculum binder.

Coaches will be assisted and guided by the age level lead coaches, the skills directors, and the hockey director. Reach out to them with questions or concerns.

Lastly, Team Coaches serve as principal ambassadors of the OYHA program to the greater hockey community and are expected to represent our organization positively.  All OYHA coaches are required to be familiar with the best practices and policies of the organization.

Basic Coach's Responsibilities

  • Formulating organized practice plans so that ice time is used efficiently and effectively, and core ICE DOG philosophies are covered and taught.
  • Communicate, and work with, the Team Manager in updating and maintaining the practice, game, and tournament schedule throughout the season.
  • Being responsive to any questions or concerns raised by team parents.
  • Acquiring, and maintaining, the requisite USA Hockey Coaches certification requirement for the age level/team one is coaching.
  • Understanding, complying, and enforcing all established OYHA policies.
  • Attending coaches meetings and clinics hosted by the skills directors/ hockey director/ player safety coordinator.
  • Conducting themselves in a professional manner during practices and games.
  • Working with the Team Manager in monitoring, and enforcing, OYHA’s Disciplinary process.
  • Devising game plans and line rotations that are competitive in approach yet fair to the players.
  • Encouraging parents to help in repetitive drills during practices.
  • Accessing and utilizing resources available to them for furthering the skill development of their players