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Coaches Corner

Welcome to the BYHA Coaches Corner!  The Coaches Corner is a place to enhance your sports education. The goal of this area is to assist you in developing better players and better people for future success at whatever level you might be coaching at. 

Coaching Applications

Head Coaches (for the top level team) have been selected for the traveling level teams. Congratulations to the following: 

10U – A :  Ken Ruth

12U – B:  Duncan Ryhorchuk

15U:  Jon Varner

Squirt A:  Kendall Langert

Pee Wee AA:  Matt Bergstrom or Brad Rassmussen (One of these candidates will be chosen after the tryout process has been completed.)

Bantam AA:  Matt Frolik

If you are interested in being a coach for the 2017-18 season, please fill out the attached application and send to Joe Zelenak at:


Coaches Registration Requirements

1.) Fill out BYHA Coaches Application.

2.) Obtain a USA Hockey Member Number.

3.) Complete the USA Hockey Coaching Education Program (CEP) Certification/Re-certification process by attending a classroom or online clinic.

4.) Complete your BYHA Online Coaches Registration.

5.) Complete your SAFESPORT Training. (Certification valid for 2 seasons.)

6.) Complete a Background Screening.

7.) Once you complete the USA Hockey CEP and Age-Specific Module, verify your CEP number and name on the USA Hockey Online Coaching Certification List, that the expiration date is after December 31st of the current year, and the code for the Age-Specific Module appears for your name.

8. Read the USA Hockey Coaching Ethics Code and Minnesota Hockey District 5 Coaching Guidelines .  Then read and sign the Coaching Ethics Code Agreement form.

9.) Submit your documents to BYHA.

Age-Specific Modules

Complete the USA Hockey Online Age-Specific Module.

***Coaches must be current members of USA Hockey in order to register for the modules.

Coaches MUST have all Safesport and Age Appropriate modules done BEFORE allowed to participate in team activities.  

Practice Plans

 Click the links and documents below for practice plan resources. 

Pre-Season Practice Plans: On Ice and Off Ice:

See the attachments for practice plans for the upcoming pre-season clinics.  The practices are themed and will feature:  a passing focus, a shooting & goal scoring focus, stick & puck skills focus, and a skating focus practice.

Feel free to modify the  practice plans as you see fit for your group of skaters., especially on the Off-Ice Training.  Please contact Thomas Johnson if you have any questions regarding the plans.

Coaching Resources:

Use this link to the USA Hockey website for an assortment of Coaching Resources on dryland training, on-ice practice plans, small area games, goaltending specific drills, and other player skill and developement information specifically for coaches.

Dryland Training :

USA Hockey developed various Dryland Training games, plans and resources by age group.

Pre-prepared On-Ice Practice Plans:

Already Prepared Practice Plans from USA Hockey divided by age group.

Goaltender Development

Use this link for Goaltender specific resources such as on and off-ice drills, practice plans, equipment and skills.

Small Area Games

Watch the USA Hockey Instructional You Tube Video on Small Area Games.

Joe Zelenak

A.C.E & Coaching Coordinator

MN Hockey Coaching Guidelines and D5 Handbook

Coaching Ethics Code Agreement

Attached are the USA Hockey Coaching Ethics Code and Minnesota Hockey District 5 Coaching Guidelines.  Read these and then sign the Coaching Ethics Code Agreement Form.

SafeSport Training

Safe Sport Program is the online training/education that is available to help USA Hockey members become aware of the information necessary to prevent abuse from occurring in the sport.

SafeSport Certification is valid for 2 seasons.

Use the following link to complete the SafeSport Training.

Concussion Guide, Certificate and Forms

Check Your Coaches Certification

Follow the link to the Coaches Certification page, scroll down to the bottom of the page to search for your certifications. 

Please enter just your last name or just your CEP # to start your search. Please enter as little information as possible in the search fields.