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Coaching

Kevin Hammen

Director of Coaching

2020-2021 Coaching Applications

Calling all coaches for the 2020 2021 Season!

Greetings WCYHA Families,

It’s that time of year again, Washington County Youth Hockey is now accepting applications for coaches for the upcoming 2020-2021 season.

1. 2019-2020 Coaches

Let me start by thanking our previous season's coaches – it takes a lot of time and effort to be a coach and your dedication to our skaters is greatly appreciated.

2. 2020-2021 WCYHA Coaching Application

If you desire to coach for WCYHA for the 2020-2021 season, please fill out your application before August 8th, 2020 for Squirt-Bantam, September 1st, 2020 for Mini-Mites and Mites.  The coaching application has been updated and can be located here.

Online application is preferred, but downloadable forms are also available below.

3. Coaching Certification

For all coaches at the Mini-Mite level and above (Ice and Ice-Lynx); you need to complete the following:

  1. Register with USA Hockey as a coach (membership.usahockey.com/)

  2. Complete Safe Sport certification by the start of the season (usahockey.com/safesporttraining)

    • The SafeSport Training and Refresher Training are each valid for one season. 

  3. Complete the age appropriate module by the start of the season (usahockey.com/agespecificmodules)

  4. Complete your background screening by the start of the season (usahockey.com/backgroundscreen)

    • Screenings are valid for two seasons

  5. Complete your coaching clinic by 12/31/20

Intro to Hockey and Little Lynx coaches only need to complete Safe Sport training and the Background Screening (while a WCYHA program, these are not USA Hockey programs)

Coaches at the Mini-Mite and Mite levels may remain at Level 1 (or their current level) as long as that is the only level they are coaching, even if their certification has expired

 Related USA Hockey Links for Coaching requirements:

4. Coaching Selection and Expectations

Coaching selections will be based on 4 main categories (in no particular order):

  1. Prior Coaching Experience – How many years have you coached, and at what levels?

    • Did the players have fun?

    • Did they develop as players?

    • Were the teams competitive?

  2. Hockey Knowledge/Practice Planning Ability – Ability to create and execute efficient and relevant practice plans based on both individual player needs and the development goals that are designed by the WCYHA Director of Hockey and Coaching Director.

  3. Prior Playing Experience – NCAA, High School, Youth, etc.

  4. Prior season’s parent & board member evaluations – All association parents will be required to fill out mid and end of the season coaching evaluations. Both the Director of Hockey and Coaching Director will also be required to fill out the evaluation of each head coach. The evaluation will get the parents opinions on things like:

    • Practice Ice Utilization

    • Practice Efficiency

    • Coach's Ability to Communicate with Players & Parents

Additional coaching guidelines:

  • Due to scheduling and attendance concerns, every effort will be made to limit the number of teams a coach is on. As an organization that relies on volunteer coaches, these limits may be exceeded some seasons:

    • Head coach of 1 team, OR

    • Assistant coach on up to 2 teams 

  • Head coaches are required to submit their practice plans at the end of each month. These plans will be evaluated by the Coaching Director and Director of Hockey to ensure efficiency, minimal dead ice time, and keeping with the development goals put forth by the Director of Hockey.

  • There will be several coaches’ meetings during the year:

    • Pre-Tryouts: (Aug): Discussion to lay out expectations and plans for tryouts, and to discuss tournaments (Squirts-Bantam)

    • Post Tryouts: (Sept): Once coaches are picked, pre-season meeting to go over expectations and requirements. 

    • Mid-Season (January): Coaches meeting for season updates, round table discussion, etc.

    • End of Season (March/April): End of season meeting to discuss coaching evaluations, equipment needed for next season, etc.

  • Association members who do not submit a coaching application typically will not be chosen to be a coach.

  • Attendance: To be an effective coach, the coach must be at practices and games. As such the following attendance requirements are in effect:

    • Head coaches should be at 85% of all practices/games (Typical season is 60 practices and 40 games, so missing no more than 15 games/practices – this includes Skill Night practices)

    • Assistant coaches should be at 75% of all practices/games (Typical season is 60 practices and 40 games, so missing no more than 25 games/practices – this includes Skill Night practices)

  • Dress code: You are expected to wear a warm-up suit when on the ice coaching (no jeans). Your options are blank, or an official WCYHA related suit: Ice, Ice Lynx, Ice Bears, or Lakeshore Lightning.

    • Official WCYHA warm-up suits can be ordered at the rink on Registration Nights

  • Teams may elect to hire a coach from outside of the association – they will have 2 weeks from team selection to elect to do so. Payment of the hired coach is the responsibility of the families of that team and the hired coach must meet all applicable USA Hockey rules for coaching. The hired coach needs to be approved by the Coaching Director and Director of Hockey.

If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to contact me (coachhammen@gmail.com).

Go Ice!

Kevin Hammen
Coaching Director