A. All coaches and assistant coaches for all teams after August 1 of the current playing season must have completed the USA Hockey and NYS Hockey requirements for coaching prior to them being allowed to participate with a team, as follows:
(i) The coach shall have registered with USA Hockey, completed screening certification, and obtained Safesport certification;
(ii) Attain, or register for, an appropriate coaching clinic; and
(iii) Effective for the 2017-2018 season, complete the appropriate age classification module by November 1. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in the Association/team not being
able to roster the coach, ineligibility of the team for play, and forfeiture of games and other and other penalties as the NYS Hockey Board of Directors may deem appropriate. No exemptions will be granted by the Coach in Chief.
B. No coaching changes will be permitted from January 1 to January 31 of each year unless approved by the respective Section President. After January 31 all requests for coaching changes must be approved by the NYSAHA Board of Directors or Executive Committee.
C. All coaches (heads and assistants) as well as instructors of USA Hockey programs shall be registered for the current season (before the start of the season) in order to be eligible to coach/instruct in any regular season activities (practices, clinics, games, tournaments, try-outs, etc.) of NYSAHA, District, Regional Playoff, National Championships or in the USA Hockey
D. There will be an annual fee as determined by USA Hockey, to register the coaches (heads and assistants) and instructors. If a coach or instructor has paid a registration fee for the current year as a player, he/she shall not be required to pay an additional fee as a coach or instructor for said registration.
E. All ice hockey coaches as well as instructors of USA Hockey programs shall be registered for the current season (before the start of the season) in order to be eligible to coach/instruct in any regular-season activities (practices, clinics, games, tournaments, try-outs, etc.), state, district, regional playoff, national championships or in the USA Hockey Player Development Programs. There will be an annual fee to register the coaches (head and assistants) and instructors. Coaches who also play on a USA Hockey registered team are required to pay this registration fee only once per year. Coaches may register as participants online at usahockey.com or through a local
association/member program (refer to Section I Participant Registration). Junior coaches shall register with and through their teams with the junior registrar.
F. PLEASE NOTE:
Note 1: All USA Hockey Coaching Education Program Instructors and National Player Development Camp coaches will be exempt from the annual participant registration fee, but must
complete the participant registration process.
Note 2: The head coach and all assistant coaches of each disabled hockey team must complete the required CEP registration and proper level of certification. Those volunteers or employees who assist with helping disabled hockey teams (i.e. interpreters, pushers, on-ice mentors, etc.) must be
properly registered with USA Hockey but are not required to attend a CEP clinic and otherwise comply with these rules and regulations.
G. All ice hockey coaches and instructors of registered USA Hockey youth/high school (except for those teams participating not in regular scheduled competition), disabled, girls/women’s 19 & under and below programs must wear an ice hockey helmet during all on-ice session, including
practices, controlled scrimmages and coach and referee clinics (seminars). This rule will also apply to coaches of teams not normally subject to this rule while on the ice at any of the events previously mentioned in this section. The helmet must be properly worn with the chin strap properly attached. Failure to comply with this policy will result in the following discipline:
1st Offense: Written warning from Association to coach within
10 days with a copy to the appropriate Section Vice President
2nd Offense: 2 Game Suspension
3rd (or subsequent) Offense: Immediate Suspension pending
A hearing as per USA Hockey Bylaw 10, C (Suspension or Disciplinary
Hearings/Domestic Competition (Non Playing Rules)