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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:


  • 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).

  • Must wear full hockey equipment 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. A model form can be found here: http://www.usahockey.com/LinkedDocs/c/8/f/c8f2fa88-dbb8-48d7-964c-e27b6c8bdfce.pdf

  • Upon reaching the age of 18, the student coach must comply with all USA Hockey coaching and screening rules and regulations.

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