Coaching Requirements

Are you interested in being a coach for the Southern IL Ice Hawks? Coaches are one of the most important roles in the organization. Without you, the kids would not be able to learn and play this awesome game. The requirements for coaching for the Ice Hawks are listed below. Please send any questions to:

Gus Feldker

Coaching Director

Coaching Application

(Must be completed each season)

Just a few questions. Short and Painless.

USA Hockey Requirements

(Must be completed before participating in any team activities)

The rest of the requirements are not open yet for the upcoming season. Please check back closer to the start of the season to make sure that the requirements you are completing are for the upcoming season and not the last season.  

USA Hockey Membership

(Must be done each season)

 Register as a coach with USA Hockey (Cost is $46 plus any affiliate fees if applicable). You must register annually. Please chose MO as the state you play in. That is where our league is based out of

Complete a background screening

(Screenings are good for 2 seasons)

A new national screening program through USA Hockey was introduced April 1, 2020. Members who were approved through the new NCSI national screening program after April 1, 2020 are valid through the end of the 2021-22 season, which is August 31, 2022. All others must complete a new screening application.

USA Hockey Safe Sport Training or Refresher

(Must be done each season)

One of the most exciting aspects of the USA Hockey SafeSport Program is the online training/education that is available to help our members become aware of the information necessary to help prevent abuse from occurring in our sport. We are pleased to announce that all USA Hockey registered coaches, officials, players, employees and volunteers are entitled to take the training at no cost. As of January 1, 2018, all relevant individuals who need to be SafeSport certified or are seeking recertification will need to complete the new SafeSport training, which features updated content. Once you have completed the Core SafeSport Course, there will be a Refresher Course available for individuals who have previously completed the core SafeSport course and need to recertify. Users completing the SafeSport refresher course will be certified for an additional season.PLEASE NOTE that you will need your own USA Hockey Confirmation Number or Referee Number and your own email address to access the training. You can locate your number OR obtain a number here If you will not be participating as a player, coach or referee, you can register at no cost under the ice manager/volunteer category to obtain your USA Hockey Confirmation Number

Required Coaching Education Certification (CEP)

(Depending on your level, it may be required each season)

(Must be completed by Dec. 31) Find, register and attend the required certification clinic. You can only attend one clinic per season and all coaches start at Level 1. (The coaching clinic season for Levels 1-3 officially runs from September 1 to December 31).

Required Age Specific Module

(Only need to complete the module for the age group that you are coaching, and you only need to do it ONCE while you are coaching at that level. 6u coaches take the 8u module)

You must complete each module PRIOR to participating on ice with your team. Coaches must be current USA Hockey members in order to register for the modules. Please click on the link in step 1 to register for the current USA Hockey if you have not done so already. You can register for only one module at a time. You must complete the module in its entirety before you can move on to another one.


I have completed all of the above requirements, does that mean I am a coach?

No, completing the requirements does not automatically let you coach in the organization. The Hockey Director will select the head coaches for the teams. The head coach will then be given the list of potential assistant coaches for them to choose from.

Do you reimburse your coaches for the above out of pocket expenses?

Yes, we do. Please make sure to save all of your receipts from the above requirements. Once they are all completed and you have been placed on a team, please email your receipts to our treasurer.

*To be reimbursed for Level 4 or Level 5 certification, you must have prior approval and meet the requirements.

Angie Harshbarger


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