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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:

  • Register with USA Hockey for the current hockey season USAH Fee $46.00 / VSAHA $5.00

  • Be compliant with age appropriate USA Hockey coaching education program (CEP) requirements.  

  • Complete USA Hockey Coaching Certification Classes, must sign up in advance (CEP Level 1 for New Coaches) (Online or In-Person)
    • Provide copy of USA Registration and Coaching Certification to EYHA Head Coach: Corey Labor



Hello all EYHA Coaches!!!   Thank you for offering your time to help the game and love of Hockey grow for our kids.

Please click on the link below to register as an EYHA on-ice coach. (Must be done by anyone who wants to be an on-ice coach)

Coaching Guidelines

If you are planning to coach for EYHA  please review the attached document to ensure that you are properly certified.

USA Hockey registration for all EYHA Team Volunteers

Step 1: Register as a coach with USA Hockey.

USA Hockey Background Check

National Level Background Screening Policy

In compliance with new requirements from the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC), USA Hockey has launched a new national level background screening program.

All adult coaches, officials, board members, employees, volunteers, and anyone else who will have regular contact with, or authority over, athletes under the age of 18 are required to submit to a background screen before any such contact with those athletes.

USA Hockey requires that all members have a valid background screen that has been completed within the previous season. Please note that NCSI is the only background check accepted by USA Hockey, and as a matter of policy, we cannot accept screening results from another agency. 

Background screens through NCSI under the national program will cost $30 for all domestic screens. For international screens (members who have lived outside of the U.S. for six consecutive months in any one country during the past 7 years) the fee in $150. If that country is solely Canada, the fee is $75.

Background screens usually take between 3-10 business days to complete. 


Background Check Link

Step 2: Complete a background screen through USA Hockey. Cost $30. May take up to 10 days to complete.

Required SafeSport Core Training

PLEASE NOTE that you will need your own USA Hockey Confirmation Number or Referee Number and your own email address to access the training.  You can locate your number OR obtain a number here  If you will not be participating as a player, coach or referee, you can register at no cost under the ice manager/volunteer category to obtain your USA Hockey Confirmation Number.

SafeSport Training Link

Step 3: The SafeSport Training and Refresher Training are each valid for one (1) season. Please note, if you are a 2006 birth year or earlier, you will be required to take the SafeSport Core Training or Refresher Course prior to participation for the 2023-24 season.

EYHA Volunteer Code of Conduct Compliance Form

Step 4: Complete the EYHA Volunteer Code of Conduct form with your USA Hockey number to verify compliance with above.

Questions? Contact:

EYHA SafeSport Coordinator: Helen MacAndrews 

EYHA Registrar: Jennifer Villamil 



Level T2: (10U Squirt, 12U PeeWee, 14U Bantam, 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 T2 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 and T4: (10U Squirt, 12U PeeWee, 14U Bantam, 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 Corey Labor

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


All clinics are virtual clinics. Please take care of all courses prior to the start of the season.

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.