Not even close. and trust me; my level 5 cert doesn't make me a better coach than when I didn't have it !
Show me a coach that follows all the USA Hockey off ice and on ice requirements and I'll show you a Town B coach.
No direct correlation between coaching ability and bureaucracy. And if I ever have to rely upon USA Hockey insurance I'm an awful father and provider.
BTW, I'm patched to Level 3...and learned zero. So spare me the "lazy" BS.
Lots and Lots of team jackets, hats and sweatshirts being worn at those classes that's for sure !!!
I compare the certification to having a fishing license. Someone took the time to go down and pay the money and register for a fishing licence. It's good to have, it might be required, the fees go to a good cause, there's some reassurance to have it on you incase the Environmental Police ask you for it...but having it makes you no better of a fishermen, can't show you how to fish or what equipment to use, where to fish, which fish are better eating.
And those who have a fishing licence never seem to stand up and expouse the virtues of having it and how it enhances their knowledge of fishing.
a lot of coaches with cert think thay know everything and can do no wrong coaches coach the way they want to take it or leave it attitude
Again, its a minimal requirement - if it's too much for you, then get and stay off the bench.
Or as some of you would say it's a good "life lesson". Hypocrites.
level 3 certification. first two hours was listening to a guy draw a practice plan on the whiteboard. Same **** but not as good as the modules. total waste of time.
The problem is there are to many daddy coaches who have no fcking idea what they are doing. USA Hockey needs to step in and help these morons!
The people complaining that certification is a "waste of time" or "the same old thing" are just as guilty as the players who complain about practice and skills being "boring" and "the same old thing all the time"
...and the PLAYERS are actually probably right, since the whiny so-called coaches run the same drills all the time because they really have no workable and new knowledge on what else to do.
Again - the certification is a minimal about of effort and time asked in order to coach some kids - if you simply refuse to, can't, or think you're too smart to do it, then GET OFF THE BENCH - trust me, someone else will be happy to do it - the team will survive without you.
Maybe spend an afternoon watching BU practice, or the Bruins or a good junior team and watch a couple videos online or spend $50 and buy a stack of Canadian coaching DVD's. I've seen the town hockey 'coaches' that have more patches than they can count and there is no magic to it.
The certification is a participation trophy, no question about it. It in itself is a waste of time. The effort each coach puts into the job is a different story but you're not going to learn to coach from the seminar. I'd say MOST of the "Daddy coaches" you all refer to in the EHF and E9 all have some pretty good credentials. I don't see a single program reach out and pay coaches to coach, so what you're left with are volunteer dads who i'd say do a pretty **** good job.