To all new and returning Coaches, Assistant Coaches, Team Managers, Team Parents, On-Ice Helpers, and General Volunteers,
Welcome, and Thank you!
With the season fast approaching and upon us it is time to ensure we have all of our “paperwork” in order for another exciting Wolves Season. We greatly appreciate your willingness to volunteer to help make this the best Wolves Season yet – the success of this organization is dependent on volunteers like you. This organization runs on volunteers.
We need to make sure we take care of one and/or two sets of administrative requirements:
- Requirements for ANY and ALL VOLUNTEERS, including: Board Members, Team Parents, Team Managers, On-ice Coaching, Assistant Coaching, and General Helpers.
- Requirements for ON-ICE VOLUNTEERS, including coaches, assistants, helpers, etc.
Please work to complete any administrative steps as soon as possible. We recognize there are numerous requirements but they truly help to make the hockey experience a safe experience for everyone. Coaches cannot be rostered or take the ice until ALL of these steps are completed.
ALL VOLUNTEERS (On-Ice and Off-Ice)
USA Hockey Registration (Step 1): ALL WHYHA Board Members, Coaches, Assistant Coaches, On-ice Helpers, Managers and Team Parents must register with USA Hockey (www.usahockeyregistration.com). For those participating on-ice, register as and "Ice Player/Coach". For those volunteering off-ice (non-coach Managers, Administrators, Board Members, Team Parents, etc.) regisister as an "Ice Manager/Volunteer". Any "Ice Manager/Volunteer" registrations with USA Hockey are free.
WHYHA Registration (Step 2): Once you have completed your USAH registration and have your USAH Confirmation number, please complete the WHYHA "2015-2016 Volunteer Application" in the registration section of our website.
Connecticut Hockey Conference (CHC) Background Screening (Step 3): Additionally if you did not complete the CHC background screening last season (2014-2015), you will need to be background screened again this season. This is a bi-annual requirement for all volunteers and there is no cost to you. The link to the website for screening is: http://opportunities.averity.com/ConnecticutHC
USA Hockey SafeSport training: USA Hockey has implemented some additional training requirements along with Yankee Hockey Conference (New England Hockey) and Connecticut Hockey Conference (CHC). All Coaches and Assistant Coaches must complete SafeSport training, before taking the ice, and all other volunteers are strongly encouraged to complete SafeSport training. This requirment for coaches is a bi-annual requirement going forward (i.e. you will need to complete this training every other year). There is no cost to you for SafeSport Training.
Information on how to register and access the SafeSport Training can be found at http://www.usahockey.com/page/show/909009-safesport-program-training-
ALL ON-ICE COACHES, ASSISTANT COACHES, HELPERS, and VOLUNTEERS
In addition to the above-noted registration and background check items, all On-Ice Coaches, Assistant Coaches, Helpers, and Volunteers are required to complete certain USA Hockey training and coaching education programs. These programs include an on-line USA Hockey Training Module as well as an in-person USA Hockey Coaching Certification Training program. For additional details refer to the coaching guide on westhartfordhockey.com.
Note for all U8/Mite Coaches and On-Ice Helpers: USA Hockey has mandated that all on-ice volunteers need to complete the U8-age specific on-line training module and complete an in-person USA Hockey Level 1 Coaching Course. These two programs are required to be completed by midnight December 31, 2015 or you will not be able to participate on-ice in the new year. Further information is provided below.
- USA HockeyAge-Specific Training Module please go to: https://usahcepmodules.flexxcoach.com/registration.aspx it will request your USA Hockey confirmation number to register for the module so it can track your progress accordingly.
- USA Hockey Coaching Certification is required for all coaches and assistant coaches who have not yet completed this program this year, which is new. Training dates are posted in the link below.
For more information on all available certification courses and to register please go to: http://www.usahockey.com/coachingclinics and search for your appropriate Coaching Education Program (CEP) Level.
Should you have any questions about your specific requirements for the coming season please contact Jason Emery