USA Hockey Registration - A USA Hockey Number must be obtained by coaches and other volunteers in order to register with ABYHA for a variety of reasons including child safety and insurance purposes. Here is the USA Hockey registration link:
Coaches should use the Ice Players/Coaches tab in upper left corner while volunteers should use the Ice Managers/Volunteers tab.
The USA registration process can also be accessed via the ABYHA website registration process.
Once you have completed this process, USA hockey will send you a confirmation email. Make sure you get this confirmation. If you do not get a confirmation email (don’t forget to check your “junk” email folder), you should contact USA hockey via the Technical Support tab on the USA Hockey registration page.
Helpful tip – After registering with USA hockey, if you set up a Coach/Clinic account (which is independent of the USA hockey number process) you can see the status of your SafeSport and Hockey Training requirements (i.e., what you have completed, how long it’s good for, etc.). This is also where you go to register for an in-person hockey clinic which is a component of the Hockey Training requirement.
To set up an account click this link https://courses.usahockey.com/public/ then click Create Account.
If you already set up an account, to view your status click the same link above then click on Coach/Clinic Login then My Profile in upper right corner and then Coaching Information in upper right corner.
Background Check - ABYHA will no longer be collecting and submitting CORI requests. Instead, you must complete a background check (i.e., CORI) via the process outlined in the USA Hockey confirmation email referenced in the Register with USA Hockey section above.
To learn more about the change and submit a background check request, read the Background Check section of the confirmation email which includes a link that will take you to the Affiliate Background Check Information page. Scroll down, click on Massachusetts Hockey and follow directions.
Or if you want to cut to the chase, you can make the request directly via Massachusetts Hockey by clicking on this link:
Note - This new CORI process requires you to upload a picture of a valid license or passport as well as provide your USA hockey number.
ABYHA Registration - All coaches and other volunteers must register with ABYHA via the ABYHA website Coach/Volunteer registration process. You will need your USA hockey number and will be required to confirm that you have submitted your background check request via the new Background Check process prior to being able to register with ABYHA.
Helpful tip – Complete your ABYHA coach registration before (or along with) registering your skater(s) in order to obtain a code that will give you a one-time discount when you pay for the registration(s). Be sure to look for the code during the coach registration process.
Here is the ABYH Coach/Volunteer registration link:
SafeSport Training - All coaches and other volunteers must complete SafeSport training. The link to SafeSport training is contained in the USA confirmation email or to learn more about SafeSport and register for the training, click on this link:
Helpful tip – SafeSport training must be taken every year however existing certifications were grandfathered. So returning coaches/volunteers - check your Coach/Clinic account discussed above to determine whether or not you need to take SafeSport training for the 2019-2020 season.
Hockey Training - All ABYH coaches must complete Hockey Training. Note: A coach is defined as any person on the ice for practice or bench for games. Hockey Training consists of two components: online age-specific modules and hockey clinics. What you need to do each year in order to meet the Hockey Training requirement will depend year to year.
What level of team(s) (i.e., U10, U12, etc) you are coaching will dictate what age-specific modules you’ll need to complete. For more information and to access the training, click on this link:
Helpful tip – Age-specifc modules will help you coach hockey but they do take time so be sure to take a look now at what your age-specific modules consist of as completion typically cannot be accomplished in one sitting.
All coaches begin by attending an in-person level 1 clinic and then progress through the levels year by year (except coaches remaining at Mites/U8 do not need to take a level 2 clinic until moving out of Mites/U8). After completion of the in-person level 3 clinic (i.e., prior to your 3rd year of coaching), an in-person clinic will not be required for up to 5 subsequent seasons if you satisfy online refresher clinic requirements.
Level 1 through 4 IN-PERSON CLINICS must be completed by December 31st of the year in which the hockey season starts. Level 3 ONLINE REFRESHER CLINICS must be completed prior to the start of the season.
For more information and to register for a clinic, click on this link:
Helpful tip - Your in-person level 3 clinic is good for two seasons. After two seasons, take an online refresher clinic to meet your hockey clinic requirement. This is referred to as an online Track 1 cert and is good for two seasons. After those two seasons, take another online refresher clinic known as Track 2, which is also good for two seasons. After those two seasons (i.e., after 6 seasons at Level 3), or if you don’t take an applicable online refresher clinic, an in-person level 4 clinic will be required. Whether you need to take a level 4 clinic can be determined via the Coach/Clinic account discussed above in the Register with USA Hockey section.
Helpful tip - Dates for level 4 clinics can be extremely limited so if you want or need to take a level 4 in-person clinic, you may want to start looking for one at the beginning of the calendar year during which the applicable hockey season starts for a clinic (yes, 8-9 months in advance of the season).