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KVHA Student Coaching Program

One of our goals is to give players opportunities for personal growth and our student coaching program is a great way for them to learn and develop in new ways, using what they know as a player to help the next generation of players.

Having a student mentor for the young players can make a huge difference, providing them both a new perspective and making it more fun for the kids.   As well, our coaches can use support demonstrating and running drills, as well as coming up with fresh ideas.  This program includes all of that and provides a learning environment that can open up many opportunities.  The commitment is as much or as little as you want, as your schedule allows

Some of the opportunities include:
Assistant Coach for Learn to Play Hockey programs
Assistant coaching on a house team
Assist with clinics that the association, rink and our partner's host

Student Coaching Requirements

Qualifications For Student Coaches, ages 13-17 to be a coach on a particular team. 

Players who are age 12 are able to Student coach with our 8U house program and Learn to Play program under similar circumstances

  • Must be registered as a Player with USA Hockey   
  • Must attend a training session conducted by the local hockey association.
  • Must always be under the supervision of a CEP carded, screened, adult coach during all practices, clinics, try-outs, and in the locker room.

  • May not participate in scrimmages or games as a Student Coach (can not play and coach on same team).

  • May not act as an assistant or head coach during practices or games.

  • Must wear a helmet with full face shield, gloves, and skates while on the ice.  

  • May only work with players at least one full playing level down (e.g., a Pee Wee age player may act as a Student Coach at the Squirt or Mite level.  Midget 18U players may student coach Midget 16U teams).
  • The organization that is using the Student Coach must provide a form indicating on what team he/she is participating as a Student Coach, and, if applicable, what team he/she is properly registered as a player.  (This paperwork is to be available for review at all games along with the regular team roster, etc.)

  • May be on the bench during games but must wear helmet with full face shield during games while on the bench.

  • No more than 4 registered/rostered team officials, including student coaches, will be permitted in the vicinity of the players bench during games. (USA Hockey Playing Rule)

Upon reaching the age of 18, the Student Coach must meet the USA Hockey Coaching Education Program requirements in order to participate as a coach with any team and is no longer subject to "Student Coach" provisions.