FOOTHILLS HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
“So You Want to Be A Coach?”
Steps to take to become a hockey coach at FHA and current opportunities within FHA
FHA is always seeking experienced coaches (head and assistant) that have coached at a competitive level, and possibly have had some experience in a youth hockey organization dealing with all aspects of a team (including but not limited to the players, parents, fair play, rules/guidelines, teaching, role model, mentor, etc.).
FHA Current Opportunities:
U8 Program - Also seeking good solid instructors for our U8 group. Candidates must be able to teach and demonstrate the finer points in skating/balance/stride/edge work, stick handling, etc. U8 is mainly skill development and teaching. FHA strictly adheres to the USA Hockey ADM “FUN”damentals for the U8 program.
The following is a list of requirements set forth by FHA, USA Hockey and CAHA for anyone interested in coaching youth hockey.
- FHA Coaching Application – need to fill out so FHA has on record of your intent and background
- USA Hockey Coaching Education Program (CEP) – Need to obtain next level each subsequent year coaching until receive level 4 certification or level 3 via online recertification (every 2 years)
- USA hockey Registration - for the season you wish to coach; typically runs through August of following year ($40 online; will be reimbursed by FHA if you become a Head or Asst coach)
- *USA Age Specific Module – Need to complete online the 16-18 module course for the age group you intend to coach at. If intent is to coach multiple levels, only need to complete age-level module coach will be most involved ($10 online each module; will be reimbursed by FHA if you become a Head or Asst coach and complete module)
- *CAHA – Colorado Amateur Hockey Association registration/background check; done via website
- *Concussion training - CAHC Concussion training and certification; also done via CAHA website
- BIO – Once become a coach, need to provide FHA a brief biography to be put on website under coaches link
- Flyer Parent 10 questions – If become a Head Coach, needed prior to tryouts (Assistants don’t need to fill out; House coaches although no tryout, good to have for 1st parent/team meeting)
* Requires CEP number in order to register and receive credit for completion
Selection of Coaches:
- Inside the Glass (Hockey Operations Committee HOC; or at a minimum the Hockey Director and Coaching Director)
- Squirts through Midgets – Head coaches are selected based on experience, background, past history, accountability and coaching evaluations
- Squirts through Midgets – Assistant coaches can be selected by HOC or through coaching application selection by head coach (i.e. for those coaches not selected as head coach that submitted an FHA application for a specific age group or team)
- U8s – “Head coaches” selected by HOC and U8 director
Head coaches responsibilities:
- U8s – creating and running practice plans, staffing practices (each station) responsible for prior to getting on ice including explaining the main focus for each station that will be taught by assistant coaches
- Squirts through Midgets – Focus on age-specific skill development (individual and team); make sure has supporting team to make for a successful season (i.e. assistant coaches, team manager and other volunteers) so focus can be on player development