Step 1 - Register as a member of USA Hockey.
Cost is $46 plus $10 affiliate fee. Click here to register.
Step 2 - Submit for background screening.
Required every year and cannot be added to a roster until completed. Atlantic District Instructions
Step 3 - Complete USA Hockey Safe Sport Training.
Required every year and cannot be added to a roster until completed. USA Hockey SafeSport Training
Step 4 - Complete online age-specific module(s) for the age level of play you are coaching.
Cost is $10 per module and only needs to be completed once per age level. Must be completed PRIOR to participating in any team activities and cannot be added to a roster until completed. USA Hockey Coach Courses Log-In
Step 5 - Attend Coaching Education Program Certification Clinic (Must be completed by Dec. 31)
Cost is $45 plus any lunch fees if applicable. You can only attend one clinic per season and all coaches start at Level 1. (The coaching clinic season for Levels 1-3 officially runs from September 1 to December 31). Coaching Clinic Locations
USA Hockey Mobile Coach:
We highly recommend using USA hockey's vault of information for every coach, at every age level.
If you are the most seasoned vet or a first time volunteer, these plans can add a fresh twist to your typical practice or offer drills that target specific skills.
Ice Hockey Systems:
This web-page shares practice plans and drills for all age-groups, coaching systems and more. Some require paid membership, but many resources are free.
An injury that requires immediate medical attention and/or follow-up with a physician needs to have a New Jersey Colonials incident report completed and returned to Director of Hockey Operations, Callie Smith.
Please work with the injured player's family and complete to the best of your ability. Examples of injuries needing a report: head injury, fractures, sprains and ligament tears, wounds requiring stitches.
Concussions are unfortunately a risk for every athlete in youth sports. It is imperative that all of us work to educate ourselves, parents and athletes on prevention, recognition, and recovery unique to this serious injury. The Colonials ask that all coaches and volunteers take the free online HEADS UP course offered by the CDC: Heads Up Youth Sports Video Training. Feel free to distribute the PDF and share video links with parents.
USA Hockey Secondary Insurance:
USA Hockey Membership includes secondary insurance through K&K, K&K USA Hockey insurance-claim-form. , if medical bills exceed primary insurance coverage. If a member does not have primary health insurance, USA Hockey insurance will act as primary and a $3,500 deductible will apply. They also require timely filing so reports need to be submitted quickly. The claim form must be completed by the injured player's parent/guardian and returned directly to K&K.