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Russ Farrell

Director of Coaching

2019-2020 Coaching Applications

Greetings WCYHA Families,

It’s that time of year again, Washington County Youth Hockey is now accepting applications for coaches for the upcoming 2019-2020 season.

1. 2018-2019 Coaches

Let me start by thanking the 2018-2019 coaches – it takes a lot of time and effort to be a coach and your dedication to our skaters is greatly appreciated.

2. 2019-2020 WCYHA Coaching Application

If you desire to coach for WCYHA for the 2019-2020 season, please fill out your application before September 1, 2019. The coaching application has been updated and is located under the "Coaching" tab of the WCYHA web site.

Similar to last year, there are several options available for coaching levels this year, including Skill night only, Goalie, Intro and the 4 girl teams (Little Lynx, Ice Lynx 12U, Ice Lynx 10U, and Ice Lynx 8U).

As with last year, the application can be filled out through the WCYHA web page. Or, if you would prefer, you can still download the form and send that to me.

3. Coaching Certification

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

  1. Register with USA Hockey as a coach (
  2. Complete Safe Sport certification by the start of the season (
    • The SafeSport Training and Refresher Training are each valid for one (1) season beginning on 4/1/19.  Please Note: if you took the training during the 2018-19 season, it is still valid for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons.
  3. Complete the age appropriate module by the start of the season (they are online at:
  4. Complete your background screening by the start of the season (
    • As with Safe Sport, this may be changing to be valid for a single season.
  5. Complete your coaching clinic by 12/31/19


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 Mite and 8U level 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.
    1. Did the players have fun?
    2. Did they develop as players?
    3. 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 Player Development 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 Player Development 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:
    1. Practice Ice Utilization
    2. Practice Efficiency
    3. Coaches 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 maybe exceed some seasons:
    • Head coach of 1 team


  • 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 Player Development to ensure efficiency, minimal dead ice time, and keeping with the development goals put forth by the Director of Player Development.
  • There will be several coaches’ meetings during the year:
  • Post Tryouts: 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 schedule coaches evaluations, discuss 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: As mentioned last year’s in the preseason coaches’ meetings – 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 Wednesday, August 1st and Thursday, August 2nd from 6pm-8pm
  • 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 responsibly 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 Player Development.

If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to contact me (

Go Ice!

Russ Farrell
Director of Coaching


*2019-2020 WCYHA Coaching applications will be due by September 1, 2019.  Please complete the 2019 Coaching Application by following the registration link below or by filling out the 2019-2020 form and emailing it to the Coaching Director.