Click the links and documents below for practice plan resources.
Use this link to the USA Hockey website for an assortment of Coaching Resources on dryland training, on-ice practice plans, small area games, goaltending specific drills, and other player skill and development information specifically for coaches.
Dryland Training :
USA Hockey developed various Dryland Training games, plans and resources by age group.
Pre-prepared On-Ice Practice Plans:
Already Prepared Practice Plans from USA Hockey divided by age group.
Use this link for Goaltender specific resources such as on and off-ice drills, practice plans, equipment and skills.
Watch the USA Hockey Instructional You Tube Video on Small Area Games.
Coaches must complete the appropriate modules offered through the USA Hockey prior to getting on the ice and prior to being added to a roster.
Things you need to get on the ice for the 2017-2018 season.
Age Appropriate Modules
If you are interested in coaching this season and need to take a clinic or a module please follow the attached link for information on dates and locations.
Please contact head Mike Smith with additional questions.
Steps to Become a EYHA Hockey Coach
To be eligible to coach with Essex Youth Hockey, you must have a current USA Hockey registration and compliant with USA Hockey's Coaching Education Program. Here are the details and links to help you through the process:
USA Hockey Requirements (Must be completed before participating in any team activities)
Coaching Education Program Requirements
Coaches and Parent volunteers serving as locker room monitors must submit USAH Confirmation numbers through the registration below.
This registration needs to be completed once teams are selected.
This is the background check form required from all coaches, locker room monitors and other volunteers as requested.
Updated background checks are required every 2 years.
EYHA is accepting coaching applications. Use the link at the bottom of this section.
The criteria for coaching selection includes evidence of alignment with the following core values:
SPORTSMANSHIP: Foremost of all values is to learn a sense of fair play. Be humble in victory, gracious in defeat. We will foster friendship with teammates and opponents alike.
RESPECT FOR THE INDIVIDUAL: Treat all others as you expect to be treated.
INTEGRITY: Work to foster honesty and fair play beyond mere strict interpretation of the rules and regulations of the game.
PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE AT THE INDIVIDUAL, TEAM, AND ORGANIZATIONAL LEVELS: Each member of the organization, whether player, volunteer or staff, should seek to perform each aspect of the game to the highest level of his or her ability.
ENJOYMENT: It is important for the hockey experience to be fun, satisfying and rewarding for the participant.
LOYALTY: We aspire to teach loyalty to the ideals and fellow members of the sport of hockey.
TEAMWORK: We value the strength of learning to work together. The use of teamwork is reinforced and rewarded by success in the hockey experience.
All EYHA Coaches must:
EYHA LEVEL PHILOSOPHY
Level AA Philosophy: (Squirt AA, PeeWee AA, Bantam AA, and Girls U14):
Essex Youth Hockey supports all players being involved in each and every game they dress for. Unless approved by the board, all players need to have a meaningful playing experience* in every game including tournaments and the states. We strongly suggest that player development and having fun outweigh “winning at all costs”. Some players may receive more ice time than others on special teams (i.e. power plays, penalty kills) or late in close games or in tournament championship games but we believe that the “shortening of the bench” should be a rare occurrence and not the norm for our AA teams. We have proven throughout the years that playing everyone effectively results in a better team effort, stronger 3rd period and more often than not, a positive outcome.
Level A and B Philosophy: (Squirt A&B, PeeWee A&B, Bantam A&B, and Girls U10 & U12):
Players on this level will have equal playing time, but Coaches may have the discretion to involve the players that he/she sees fit in critical game situations in tournaments, but shall strive to involve everyone on special team play.
Coaches are permitted to "bench" players for reasons related to player control, code of conduct violations, and when enforcing published and communicated team rules. When coaches do this they should inform the EYHA Head Coach. The association will support coaches having high expectations for commitment and conduct.
Any coach who doesn't follow the philosophy could face an informal hearing where sanctioning ranging from reprimand to dismissal will be considered.
Any questions please contact EYHA Head Coach Mike Smith.
Since our levels (mites, squirts, etc) are by age group characteristics of the age groups involved should dictate appropriate and effective coaching and teaching strategies to use.
Developmental research (from the University of California) suggests that certain types of learning activities are best suited for certain children's capabilities.
At the coaches meeting each coach was given developmental infomation about the players on their team. The work is educational and intended for teachers -- but is it echoed by USA Hockey's ACE Program. Introducing players to concepts and skills when they are ready for them is important. There are links below to helpful resources and suggestions for each age group. [Source: Univ. of California]