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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. 

Coaches MUST have ALL of the following done BEFORE allowed to participate in team activities:

  • Be Registered with USA Hockey and the BYHA
  • Have their Safesport Certification, Background Check, Concussion Certification and Age Appropriate Modules Completed  

We cannot roster you to a team until these requirements are met.  You will not be allowed to be on the bench for games until you are officially rostered.


CEP Classes must be completed by 12/31/21 or you will be red lined.  You will also not receive DIBS credit for coaching if you get red lined.

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 needs to be completed each season.)

6.) Complete a Background Screening.

7.) Complete Concussion Training.

8.) 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.

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

10.) 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.

2020 Pre Season Clinic Sign-up and Practice Plans

We need many coaches helping to make the most of the on-ice time each level has before try outs begin.  Please be sure to sign in on the google doc -


Thomas has also attached some practice plans for your use.  It is ENCOURAGED and RECOMMENDED to use the Power Skating drills on SATURDAY (9/21).  Please reach out to Thomas should you have any questions.  Use the other plans as you see fit.  

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.

Paul Heyerdahl

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 must be completed each season.

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.