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Coaches' Corner

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Six Steps to Become an EVHA Coach

USA Hockey and the Coaching Education Program require both certification and registration to be eligible to coach.  EVHA also requires coaches to register on the EVHA web site.  Registration is done online on a yearly basis.

Six basic steps to become a coach are as follows:

  1. USA Hockey Registration must be completed before participating in any team activitiesRegister ( as a member of USA Hockey.  Cost is $41 ($40 USA Hockey plus $1 Minnesota Hockey).
  2. Complete the background screening every other year.
  3. Complete the USA Hockey Safe Sport Training (required every two years) at
  4. Coaching Education Program Requirements (Must be completed by Dec. 31)  Find, register and attend the required certification clinic. (Cost is $40 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).
  5. Complete the online age-specific module(s) for the age level of play you are coaching. This is a one-time requirement. The online modules are available from September 1 to December 31 (Cost is $10 per module).
  6. Register with EVHA as a coach (link below)

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Interested in being an EVHA coach?

All parent and paid coaches must go through this registration process to coach an EVHA team.  If you have questions about coaching, you may contact: Brad Defauw at  All coaches must register through the EVHA registration link below, which also directs the coach to register with USA hockey as a coach for the upcoming season. There is a $50 fee required when registering.  The association will refund coaches for this fee.  Once you have registered through the EVHA coaches registration link, your USA Hockey reimbursement is automatic and you do not need to send a separate email to be reimbursed.  If you register with USA Hockey and do not follow the steps in the EVHA coaches registration process, you will not be reimbursed automatically.   During the EVHA registration process, you will be asked to also must submit a background check.  The instructions are listed once you start registration.  If you are a new coach or you did not coach last year, you need to submit a background check.  You can check the MN Hockey website for more information or to search to see if you are cleared.  This year, they have changed the process to do background checks every 2 years for coaches.   Click below to get started.


Coach Certification Questions

If you have coaching certification questions, click on the USA Hockey links below for more information.  If additional questions, please contact the EVHA CEP Coordinator, Scott Calvert at

Student Coach Regulations

A player between the ages of 13 and 17 who is currently properly registered with USA Hockey may serve as a student coach under the following conditions:

  1. Must attend a training session conducted by the local hockey association.
  2. Must always be under the supervision of a carded, screened adult coach during all practices, clinics, try-outs, and in the locker room.
  3. May help out at practices, clinics, try-outs only. (May not play during scrimmages or games).
  4. Must wear a helmet with full face shield, gloves, and skates while on the ice. Must wear helmet during games while on the bench.
  5. May only work with players at least one full playing age level down.
  6. Upon reaching the age of 18, the student coach must comply with all USA Hockey coaching and screening rules and regulations.
  7. May not act as the head coach or assistant coach during practices or games
  8. Student coaches need to be registered as a player through USA Hockey. They count as 1 of 4 coaches.  Student coaches are only 17 and under.  18 and older would register as adult coaches with background check.

Feed for


You may request reimbursement for your modules and trainings using the link below.  Please DO NOT SUBMIT for your annual USA Hockey Registration - you will automatically be reimbursed if you coach for EVHA and complete the EVHA Coach Registration.

(Please note: you must be logged in using the same NGIN account you used to register as a coach for the season to access the link below to submit for reimbursement. Thank you!)

MN Hockey requires coaches submit their concussion training acknowledgement form. Please upload your form here:

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What is the American Development Model?

Eastview Hockey subscribes to the USA Hockey American Development Model (ADM).  The ADM utilizes long-term athlete development (LTAD) principles as its framework.  LTAD principles were developed by internationally renowned coach/educator Istvan Balyi and spelled out in his book, Long-Term Athlete DevelopmentA research team at USA Hockey took these principles and adapted them to hockey.

One of the USA Hockey ADM principles emphasizes structured practices over games while keeping the time on the ice fun.  Practice plans should used that build skill development through repetition.  Small area games and other drills that give players more time with the puck keep the game fun while kids begin to master skills that help them excel at the game – “play, love, excel.”

Another principle of the ADM recognizes that as children mature, they progress through stages of development.  Maximum development occurs through age-appropriate structure and content.   Certain aspects of these stages must be addressed at the appropriate points along the development curve in order for players to reach their genetic potential.  Developing skills and certain physical and mental attributes at the appropriate times maximize long-term player development.

The ADM, through utilization of LTAD principles, allows us to integrate training, competition and recovery programming with relation to biological development so that player can reach their full potential.  The model makes an athlete out of a child and makes a hockey player out of an athlete.  The ADM offers equal opportunity for recreation and competition – a key to retaining younger players.


The USA Hockey ADM manual can be downloaded at:


Many references to Long-Term Athlete Development are available online, including the book,  Long-Term Athlete Development, by Istvan Balyi, Richard Way and Colin Higgs.

Locker Room Supervision Policy

USA Hockey is concerned with locker room activities between minor players; minor players and adult players; adults being alone with individual minor players in locker rooms; and with nonofficial or non-related adults having unsupervised access to minor participants at sanctioned team events.

It is the policy of USA Hockey and USA Hockey InLine that all Affiliates, Districts, leagues, and local hockey programs have at least one responsible adult present directly monitoring the locker room during all team events to assure that only participants, (coaches and players), approved team personnel and family members are permitted in the locker room and to supervise the conduct in the locker room. Any individual meetings with a minor participant and a coach in a locker room shall require a responsible adult be with the coach. Further, responsible adults must personally monitor the locker room environment at all times while participants are present and also make sure the locker room is appropriately secured during times when minor participants are on the ice. Teams, leagues and local hockey associations shall also comply with the USA Hockey Coed locker room policy (see associated PDF document).

All locker room monitors must complete background check forms.  Scroll to the bottom of this page for more information on how to submit your background check online.