The Quad City Hockey Association is affiliated with USA Hockey and follows their guidelines for selecting and training the coaches who will lead the youth hockey teams. USA Hockey requires that all coaches complete a training program to ensure that youth hockey players have a safe, fun and rewarding experience. The QCHA coaches are volunteers and bring a variety of hockey backgrounds to the ice.
Each coach will be responsible to complete the following before any contact is made with our players. (All links are listed below.)
Each coach will be responsible to complete the following before December 31st.
All new coaches attend an Initiation level course-Level 1. Level 1 coaches are allowed to coach at the Mini Mite & Mite level.
Level 2, sometimes referred to as Associate, is required in order to coach Squirt teams. Level 2 clinics are a full day and include time on the ice to ensure the coaches know the basics of skating and puck handling. In addition to the classroom and on-ice training, each coach receives a full set of materials that explain all hockey skills and offer drills and teaching techniques.
Successful completion of Level 3 (Intermediate) is required to coach PeeWee and older teams. Level 3 Training ensures that coaches understand the basics of body contact that starts at the PeeWee level. A Level 3 coach must recertify every 3 years in order to keep their certification valid.
Level 4 requires coaches to attend a three day training session. Level 4 coaches are required for any team that plans on competing in the District Playoff Tournament that leads toward the National Championship.
For more information on when these certification clinics are offered, visit the USA Hockey website.
All QCHA coaches, managers and officials and anyone who has routine access to youth players must complete the Consent to Screen form online indicating they consent to have a background check performed on an annual basis. Also, our coaches and volunteers must take the Safe Sport training every two years. The link to both of these sites can be found below.
Check under Clinics & Camps for more information and upcoming clinic dates.
Anyone interested in applying for a coaching position either as a head coach or an assistant coach needs to complete the following forms. Completed forms may be left at the front desk at the River's Edge to the attention of the Director of Coaching: Ed Odegard.