By Jim Clare, Illinois Coach-in-Chief
Due to the extenuating circumstances that COVID produced this past season, USA Hockey allowed coaches to either participate in online coaching clinics to certify at their next coaching clinic level or apply for a temporary card to coach. As of now, any coach that received a temporary coaching card – in other words, did not attend a clinic for their next level, but opted for the temporary card – needs to be aware that those temporary card designations have been removed from the system.
This means that a coach will need to attend a coaching clinic in order to be eligible to coach this season. For example, if you were a Level 1 coach in 2019-20 and in the 2020-21 season you did not attend a virtual clinic but rather received a temporary card for your Level 2 in order to coach, it is no longer valid. You will have to attend a Level 2 clinic to be roster eligible. The same applies to a Level 2 coach; they must now get their Level 3 certification and Level 3 coaches must get their Level 4.
Effective in the 2021-22 season, coaching certification at Levels 4 and 5 are valid for three (3) seasons, as indicated by the expiration date. Before the expiration of their level, coaches must accumulate 5 credit hours of continuing education by either taking a Level 5 clinic, or by attending other USA Hockey continuing education clinics.
Any questions, please feel free to reach out to the Illinois Coach-in-Chief, Jim Clare at firstname.lastname@example.org.