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SIIH Coaching Information

Coaches Code of Conduct

  • All SIIH coaches should read and be familiar with the USA Hockey Coaching Code of Ethics booklet.
  • All SIIH coaches will follow guidelines set forth by the SIIH Board.
  • Winning is a consideration, but not the only one, nor the most important one. Care more about the child than about winning the game. Remember, players are involved in hockey for fun and enjoyment.
  • Be a positive role model to your players, display emotional maturity and be alert to the physical safety of the players.
  • Be generous with your praise when it is deserved; be consistent and honest; be fair and just; do not criticize players publicly; learn to be a more effective communicator and coach.
  • Be a good listener; never verbally or physically abuse a player or official; give all players the opportunity to improve their skills, gain confidence and develop self-esteem; teach them the basics.
  • Organize practices that are fun and challenging for your players. Familiarize yourself with the rules, techniques and strategies of hockey; encourage all your players to be team players.
  • Maintain an open line of communication with your players’ parents.
  • Be concerned with the overall development of your players.

General Information

Certifications - all coaches must have the proper USA Hockey certifications in place by January 1 of the current season to remain coaching in any capacity with a team, including practices and bench presence.

Mandatory Helmet Policy - all ice hockey coaches and instructors must wear a helmet during all on-ice sessions, including practices, controlled scrimmages and coach and referee clinics (seminars).

American Development Model Recommended Training Structure

  • SKILLS - Hockey Skills and Habits - Skills and Building/Progression of Skills
  • SENSE - Hockey Concepts and Awareness - Offensive and Defensive Awareness with and without the puck
  • SYSTEMS - Team Play Training - Positional Development and Coverage Structures

Mini Mite and Mite – 85% Skills, 15% Sense, 0% Systems

Squirt – 75% Skills, 15% Sense, 10% Systems

PeeWee – 65% Skills, 25% Sense, 10% Systems

Bantam – 50% Skills, 35% Sense, 15% Systems

Midget – 50% Skills, 30% Sense, 20% Systems

USA Hockey Coaching Education Program

 From Coaching Clinics to Practice Plans, good information can be found on USA Hockey's Coaching page:

Suggested Skill Development Progression

Please see the attachment below.

Interested in Coaching or have questions?

Review the Coaching Requirements and/or contact Gus Feldker at