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Player Development


In 2006, IYHA began to make exciting changes. The Player Coach Development Committee has implemented a plan to help coaches and players to work on their fundamental hockey skills. The plan includes skill clinics and developing material that will be displayed on this webpage. Our plan is to focus on four areas of the game:

  1. Heels – skating
  2. Hands – stick handling, passing
  3. Head – hockey sense, decision making
  4. Heart – competition drills, small games


Go to Hey Coach for Coach Development information

Job Description for the Director of Coach and Player Development is found in the Documents Section (at left) or click HERE

Player Development Contents

Click HERE for Player Development Drills


Coaching Clinics

Coaching certification clinics are now starting to be posted on the USA hockey website,   The following are the levels and what the certification is needed:  
  • Level 1 - Mite, 8 & Under.
  • Level 2 - Squirt, 10 & Under.
  • Level 3 - Pee Wee, Bantam, 12 & Under, 14 & Under.
Level 1 class is the 11th of October, Level 2 is the 18th of October, and Level 3 is the 1st of November.  I would recommend signing up early as the classes fill quickly.

Additionally the following is when the certifications expire and what levels need to be taken:

Season Certification Received/Year Certification Expires
             2002/03               Dec. 31, 2005
Dec. 31, 2006
Dec. 31, 2007
Dec. 31, 2008
             2006/07               Dec. 31, 2009
             2007/08               Dec. 31, 2010

If you are a Level 1 coach you must take the Level 2 coach course to be recertified and if you are a level 2 coach you must take Level 3 BEFORE the expiration date to remain a current coach.

If you are a Level 3 coach, you must attend another Level 3 clinic, move up and attend a Level 4 clinic, or complete the online recertification program through FlexxCoach BEFORE the expiration date to remain a current coach.  USA Hockey highly recommends completing the online course. Click on this FlexxCoach information link for more information.

If you have any questions, please contact Chris Drews, IYHA District 1 representative