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Coaching Information

EYHA Coaching Applications Available

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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:

  • Be registered with USA Hockey for the current hockey season
  • Be compliant with age appropriate USA Hockey coaching education program (CEP) requirements.  For more information on the USA Hockey coaching education program, visit
  • Pass a background check (link below)
  • Complete Safe Sport training

USA Hockey / VSAHA Background Check

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. 

Cleared Volunteer List

Click the link to see if you have a current background check. Anyone that did it in 2017 is required to submit to a background check this year.

2019-2020 Coaching Guidelines

If you are planning to coach for EYHA in the 2019-2020 season please review the attached document to ensure that you are properly certified.



Level T2 AA Philosophy: (10U Squirt AA, 12U PeeWee AA, 14U Bantam AA, and Girls 10U,12U,14U)

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 T3 A and T4 B Philosophy: (10U Squirt A&B,  12U PeeWee A&B, 14U Bantam A&B, and Girls 10U,12U,14U)

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.

"Never lose sight that we coach for the players ~ not for the parents or for ourselves." Dennis Freed

Practice Planning Tools, Drills and Videos

Small Area Games for FUN Practices

Small area games are all the rage in youth hockey. For good reason as they develop game skills and are FUN! This free printable guide is an excellent resource.

Third Man High Drill

2 Point Shot Game

Designated Shooter Game

Regroup Game

Back Check Game

Mancini 2v2 Small Area Game

Breakout Forecheck Modified Regroup Game

Goal Line Small Area Game

EYHA Goalie Section

Body Contact Drills

Watch as these walk you through a series of on ice drills designed specifically for all age players, the video examples of legal and illegal body contact.

14U Coaches should be making sure to add a station to work on body contact.

Volunteer Registration Link

All 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.