All coaches and volunteers that have routine contact with the players must be screened. 

NY State Hockey Manadates the following: 

As stated in the USA Hockey SafeSport handbook, each coach, volunteer or employee who has regular, routine or frequent access to youth participants must have a background screening completed.  ALL persons needing the Background Screening are required to register with USA Hockey.

Non-U.S. citizens and/or non-permanent residents will be responsible for any additional fees to undergo an international screening under this process. The Background Screening application must be completed before you begin working with your Member Association. 

The screening procedure governing adults age 18 and over, who have routine access to participant members under the age of 18, shall be adhered to by all Associations. The following screening deadlines and procedures will be strictly enforced:



Coaching Requirements


USA Hockey Requirements

  • Register as a member of USA Hockey 
  • Complete the background screening (LINK ABOVE).
  • Complete the USA Hockey Safe Sport Training Mandated (required every two years). Click here for more information.

Coaching Education Program Requirements

  • Find, register and attend the required certification clinic.  You can only attend one clinic per season. (The coaching clinic season for Levels 1-3 officially runs from September 1 to December 31). Continue below to find a clinic.
  • Complete the online age-specific module(s) for the age level of play you are coaching. (Cost is $10 per module) (The online modules are available from September 1 to December 31.) Click here for the modules.
  • Must attend the required clinic and complete the necessary online age-specific module(s) by December 31 of the current playing season to continue coaching on January 1.