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USA Hockey Offering Virtual Training for Coaching Education Program and Introduction of Temporary Card allowing for flexible option during COVID-19


Please read through the below information carefully as the process has changed this season.

USA Hockey will conduct its Level 1-4 coaching certification clinics virtually until it is deemed safe to host large group gatherings. In addition, a new temporary card is being introduced as a flexible option for coaches to maintain their certification if they are unable to attend virtual coaching clinics due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Virtual clinics include 30-50 coaches at a time. Coaches can find scheduled clinics here and registration information here.

The temporary card will allow each coach to have the proper level of certification for the 2020-21 season without attending a clinic. The temporary card applies to coaching levels 1-4 and will be offered through June 30, 2020.

Click here to register for the temporary card online or download the form that can be completed and submitted to the USA Hockey national office. The cost for the temporary card is $50. All coaches who sign up for the temporary card will be able to participate in any virtual or in-person USA Hockey coaching clinic this season if their circumstances change for no additional charge.

Coaches who receive a temporary card will still need to complete the other certification requirements including SafeSport Module, Age Specific Module and Background Check if needed. 

SafeSport Training and Background Check need to be completed PRIOR to the start of the season and BEFORE you have any on-ice or off-ice contact with players!

Who needs to complete SafeSport Training and Background Check?
Coaches
Referees
Team Managers
Volunteers
Locker Room Monitors
Board Members
Billet Parents
Anyone with routine access to players

SafeSport Training - ALL COACHES AND VOLUNTEERS MUST COMPLETE SAFESPORT CORE TRAINING THIS SEASON!! SafeSport needs to be complete before participating in any on-ice or off-ice activities.  SafeSport Core and Refresher training are each valid for one (1) season beginning on 4/1/20.  Once you have completed the Core SafeSport Course, there will be a Refresher Course available for individuals who have previously completed the Core SafeSport Course and need to re-certify.  This is an online course, see link below. There is no cost for this training and it's available online. Click HERE for link to SafeSport Training.

Important Background Check Note:  PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT your background check on the USA Hockey website until the Omaha Hockey Club Registrar or Office Director tells you to. Failure to contact your Registrar prior to Background Check may result in a $30 cost to you.  If you were screened after April 1, 2019, for the 2019-2020 season, that screen will be valid for the 2020-21 season and you will not need to be screened until prior to the 2021-22 season. If your screen was prior to April 1, 2019 you will need to be screened under the new system in order to participate in the upcoming 2020-21 season. All new screens submitted through the new NCSI national screening program after April 1, 2020 will be valid for two years.

Age Specific Modules: USA Hockey requires that coaches take an online course specific for the age of players you will be coaching. You only have to take each age module once. This module needs to be completed BEFORE coaching or any contact with players on-ice or off-ice. Click HERE for link to Age Specific Modules.

Confused?  That's a lot of information.  Here's the Steps to take.

Coaches complete Steps 1-6.
Off-Ice Volunteers complete Steps 1-4.

Register online with USA Hockey and get membership #. Must be done each year. The cost is $56 for coaches (free for off-ice volunteers). Check that you are coaching/volunteering in Nebraska, Midwest Amateur Hockey Association.

Please submit your USA Hockey membership # to us electronically by clicking on the following link and filling out the registration.

All Coaches, Team Managers, Volunteers, Locker Room Monitors, Board Members, anyone with routine access to players MUST TAKE THE SAFESPORT CORE TRAINING THIS SEASON.

All Coaches, Team Managers, Volunteers, Locker Room Monitors, Board Members, Team Chaperones must have a current background check BEFORE on-ice or off-ice activities. PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR BACKGROUND CHECK TILL WE TELL YOU TO.  Some of you completed background check last season and do not need to this season. Otherwise you may incur a $30 fee.

USA Hockey requires that coaches take an online course specific for the age of players you will be coaching. You only have to take each age module once. This module needs to be completed BEFORE coaching or any contact with players on-ice or off-ice.

A coach must progress through the education system every year.  All coaches must have a current CEP level by December 31st each season.

NEW for 2020-2021 season you can take a Virtual Clinic online or apply for a Temporary card for Levels 1-4 ($50). If you apply for a temp card you will remain at the level you are currently at, you will not advance a level but must take the clinic next season.

Coaches Education general rule: Coaches start with Level 1 and advance one level each year unless you are coaching 8U in which you can stay at Level 1 until you advance to 10U Squirts.

What can you do with the  Omaha Hockey Club website, and your own team's page?  You can create and manage your team page, team calendar, roster, coaching information, team news, photos, videos, and more. 

If you do not have editing permissions for your team page please contact your age group director to request access.  Items they will need from you: sportsengine email, and login name.