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USA Hockey Coaches

USA Hockey makes an unequaled commitment to coaching education, which means that members of USA Hockey receive unrivaled support and resources for developing young players. The Coaching Education Program requires both certification and registration to be eligible to coach. Registration is done online on a yearly basis. Certification is also required.

USA Hockey Coaches Mobile App

Take USA Hockey's coaching materials to the rink, on the road or wherever else you wish with the USA Hockey Mobile Coach. Find practice plans, skills manuals, videos, a mobile rulebook and more. Features - Practice plans - Small-Area Games - Dryland Training - Goaltending Drills & Videos - Body Contact - Instruction - USA Hockey Manuals - Skills and Drills Videos - Custom Practice Plans

Practice Plans

Sample practice plans coaches can use for ideas on breaking up the ice. Use them as-is or adapt to fit the needs of the players in your program. All USA Hockey Coaching Practice Plans are available in the Mobile Coach app as well.

Small-Area games

You can download the full manual of small-area games including animation and audio. In addition, there are videos in the mobile app for coaches.

Goaltender Training

USA Hockey has put together an entire site dedicated for training of goaltenders. Coaches, parents and goaltenders can get exclusive access to the USA Hockey Mobile Coach app on iPhone and Android devices. The app includes scores of goaltending specific drills, practice plans and videos.

Checking Materials

USA Hockey offers the materials on how to properly teach body-checking.

ADM Drill of The Month

The American Development Model puts out a new drill every month for coaches to use during practices with the different age classifications. In addition, there are past drills as well located on the USA Hockey Page.

Learn to Skate

The focus and goal of the Learn to Skate (L2S) curriculums are designed to teach beginner hockey players the fundamentals of skating. Every association will have different needs, access to ice, a large variation in ages (4-10 years old) and number of players in their L2S sessions.

Dryland Training

USA Hockey has created fun, age-appropriate dryland (off-ice) exercises that help deliver the agility, balance, coordination, strength and skill training that young players need to complement their on-ice play. Use these drills for 30 minutes before or after practice at least two times each week during the season. They'll help introduce players to multi-directional movement skills, multi-directional speed, rhythm, special awareness and more.

Coaching Manuals & Guides

This is dedicated for the coaches to have a place where they can go to get manuals & guides to help them along the path of their USA hockey coaching journey.