I was recently asked by one of my sons coaches (03) level to help with the bench (run the door) and occasionally on the ice.
Was told that I would need to go through USA hockey certification - at least level one to 'cover' the organization.
Don't mind doing it just to help once in awhile, and I understand that from what I've seen a lot of this USA Hockey certification is sort of a joke.
However, after getting certified and doing the Bantam level module - I noticed almost 99% of the 'coaches' in my sons organization are NOT certified - or their certifications ran out 5- 7 years ago - and their last age specific module was mite one.
What's the deal with that? Do most orgs make coaches go through this or no? If not - what happens if it is discovered or complained about by someone as that is one of the reasons I was told I had to do it
Most "club" or "select" teams don't enforce certification. They also don't enforce the USA Hockey rule that coaches have to wear helmets. It's just the culture.
It won't be a problem for you until it's a problem. Someone COULD decide to make a stink about it, and then the program would need to decide whether they are going to back you or throw you under the bus.
It is a scam to get fifty bucks out of you and another ten for a module
The coaches not doing what they are responsible for just highlights the programs priorities. If you are willing to play for these orgs that do not follow basic standard rules set by USAH, what other rules are they breaking? Do they have coaches in the locker rooms while your kids are being picked on? Are they REALLY checking CORI's? Do they allow kids to act like they are too good for the rest of the team? Look at the recent TG post, will they allow that kid to stay in their Org? If they do, is that an Org you want your kid in?
People get so wrapped up in what is popular, what are the big name org's? Do they even look at the basics of how the org operates? Doubt it. But these stupid parents only want their kid to play for a "top org" without even knowing what they are about.
Yep, suffered up to L4. And as insufferable as it is, they are there to educate the morons that think they know it all and I believe there are a few points at each level that turn the light bulb on for some of these morons. Most of these programs just hire the guy who's kid is "good", but gets so in the face of the org, they have to take him. Does that give them any qualifications?
Can someone confim this? A level 3 coach is going around telling people that he's 2 steps away from being able to coach at the college level. Do you really have to be at a level 5 to coach at the collage level? What are the benefits of being a level 1 - 5?
This USA hockey stuff nonsense! Give me the old Boston metro league!
That poster is correct. Level 4 means you can be a high school coach or an assistant in college. Level 5 you can be a head coach college.
I was an asst coach for a college in New England and in any college coach job description
Difference in levels is very simple.
Level 1. Don't be alone in the locker room with little boys I don't sleep with their moms. The black thing is called a puck. Cross ice, cross ice, more cross ice. A little kid being on a regular size rank is really bad.
Level 2. Don't swear in front of the kids. They show you how to keep score. Cones are used to help at practice and drills. Cross ice, small games, get three or four teams on the ice to maximize profits for the owners.
Level 3. Writing your thoughts down on a piece of paper or buying Mike Sullivan's flexxcoach for $100 a year is better than not having a plan for practice. Kids go through puberty. Concussions happen. Don't put a player back on the ice after he just got knocked out. Keep kids playing as long as possible so USA hockey can collect the fees.
Level 4. Level 3 repeated except they make you go away for a weekend in charge you $250. Lots of blowhards yammering on. Tons of tool coaches you are forced to hang out with.
Level 5. Vegas baby. Boobs. Don't tell your wife what you really did.
I've been with 3 orgs with 2 different kids, 2 fed and 1 bhl, coaching in both the Fed was the only org that required all the proper USA hockey crap, just no helmet that was up to us.