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Information for Coaches

This page is dedicated to OYHA coaching information. Coaches are guided by the Hockey Development Committee. Information that coaches will find useful will be periodically posted on this page.

Potential Ice Dog Coaches

Please fill out the coaching form if you are interested would like to be a coach this season.  Keep in mind that all OYHA coaches MUST be current with their USA Hockey continuing education certification.  For information on USA Hockey requirements, click here.  All OYHA coaches must also pass a Background Check.  Click here for details.

Questions? Email Alan Atchison

2022-2023 Coaching Application



Any questions about certifications?  Contact our Certification Leads at .



Have questions? Just email Alan Atchison

Coaching Info


Some Requirements for Coaching:


  • All coaches must fill out the coaching application via the link above. 


  • USA Coaches Clinic - Check for USA required coaches’ clinics in the area.  If you do not know your status, you can check the USA hockey website under the coaches tab.  You also need to register with USA hockey as a coach.


  • Online Age-specific Modules - Once you have registered as a coach on USA hockey, you can access the Age-specific modules for the level at which you will be coaching.  These are available now. 


  • Safesport – also on USA Hockey website - it is an online module to be completed.


  • Background Check – all OYHA coaches require a background check.


OYHA Coaches Clinic:


  • We created this coach's clinic for all OYHA coaches as a way to present training specific to our needs at OYHA.  We will be sending out more details about this clinic at a later date and will also be having some off ice sessions.  


Team Coaches

Team Coaches 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.

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 oraganization.

Coach's Responsibilities

  • Formulating organized practice plans so that ice time is used efficiently and effectively.
  • Communicate, and work with, the Team Manager in updating and maintaining the practice, game, and tournament schedule throughout the season.
  • Determining an appropriate number of games and tournaments to schedule for 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 HDC prior to and during the season.
  • Conducting themselves in a professional manner during practices and games.
  • Working with the Team Manager in monitoring, and enforcing, OYHA’s Zero Tolerance policy.
  • 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