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Student Coach Guidelines

THA adheres to the student coach rules from USA and Carolina Amateur Hockey Association.
What are the rules and regulations for using a Student Coach?
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:
* Must attend a training session conducted by the local hockey association.
* Must always be under the supervision of a carded, screened adult coach during all practices, clinics, try-outs, and in the locker room.
* May help out at practices, clinics, try-outs only. (May not play during scrimmages or games).
* May not act as the head coach or assistant coach during practices or games.
* Must wear a helmet with full face shield, gloves, and skates while on the ice. Must wear helmet during games while on the bench.
* May only work with players at least one full playing age level down.
* 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/rostered as a player (form located below).
* Upon reaching the age of 18, the student coach must comply with all USA Hockey coaching and screening rules and regulations.


In addition all student coaches who meet the above criteria must be listed on the team roster for which they are a student coach.
Anyone who does not meet these criteria will not be allowed to skate, demonstrate drills or otherwise help coach any team on which they are not rostered.

Student coaches can be a valuable tool when coaching. The THA board supports those players who will take the position seriously and take the necessary steps to become a student coach. The Board is currently considering the number of student coaches that will be permitted per team

Student Coach Form

USA Hockey Student Coach Form

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REMINDER: All credentials with the exception of the Coach Clinic MUST be completed BEFORE any on or off ice practices. 

USA Hockey Membership Registration

Use this link to register for your USA Hockey number. Due by 8/31 NO EXCEPTIONS!


USA Hockey CEP list

Use this link to confirm what level of certification you have.


USA Hockey Coahing Clinics

Use this link to locate the date, time and place for upcoming Coaching Clinics. Due by 12/31 NO EXCEPTIONS.


Age-Specific Modules

Use this link to find the modules you need to take for the upcoming season. Due before 8/31 NO EXCEPTIONS.


CAHA Background Screening Program

Use this link to complete your CAHA/USA Hockey background screening. This must be done by Coaches, Team Managers, & Locker Room attendants before any contact with players. Due no later thank 8/31 NO EXCEPTIONS!


Safe Sport

Use this link to complete your SafeSport program. Required by all Coaches, Team Managers, Locker Room attendants, and general Volunteers. Due before the beginning of the season. Due no later than 8/31 NO EXCEPTIONS!





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