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Coaches' Corner

Mite/8U coaches/coordinators meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 26th. 

It will start at 7:00 PM at the Croatian Hall in South St Paul.

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.


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)

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.

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EVHA Coaching News


1.  Coach meeting will be October 24 th, 7:00pm at South St Paul VFW  

     Coach meeting will be November 14th, 7:00pm at a location to be determined  

     All District 8 head coaches are required to attend one of these meetings


2.  Concussion Program is now 2 year certification

Complete age appropriate module

Provide completion certificate to association 

Any person out on a concussion must have a Return to Play form completed by a 3rd party before participating in any team activity 

Any coach without a helmet will have a 30 day suspension per USAHockey

Coaches must have Safe Sport and screening done before going on the ice for any team activity