From the 2019-20 NYSAHA Guide Book:
A. All coaches, assistant coaches and instructors (including instructors of thirdparty clinics and workshops) for all teams after August 1 of the current playing season must have completed the USA Hockey and NYS Hockey requirements for coaching prior to them being allowed to participate with a team, as follows:
(i) Coaches and instructors over the age of 18 shall have registered with USA Hockey, completed screening certification, and obtained Safesport training certification;
(ii) Attain, or register for, an appropriate coaching clinic; and
(iii) The appropriate age classification module must be completed prior to participating with a team. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in the Association/team not being able to roster the coach, ineligibility of the team for play, and forfeiture of games and other and other penalties as the Board may deem appropriate. No exemptions will be granted by the Coach in Chief.
B. All coaches (heads and assistants) as well as instructors of USA Hockey programs shall be registered for the current season (before the start of the season) in order to be eligible to coach/instruct in any regular season activities (practices, clinics, games, tournaments, try-outs, etc.) of NYS Hockey, District, Regional Playoff, National Championships or in the USA Hockey Player.
C. There will be an annual fee as determined by USA Hockey, to register the coaches (heads and assistants) and instructors. If a coach or instructor has paid a registration fee for the current year as a player, he/she shall not be required to pay an additional fee as a coach or instructor for said registration.
D. All ice hockey coaches as well as instructors of USA Hockey programs shall be registered for the current season (before the start of the season) in order to be eligible to coach/instruct in any regular-season activities (practices, clinics, games, tournaments, try-outs, etc.), state, district, regional playoff, national championships or in the USA Hockey Player Development Programs. There will be an annual fee to register the coaches (head and assistants) and instructors. Coaches who also play on a USA Hockey registered team are required to pay this registration fee only once per year. Coaches may register as participants online at usahockey.com or through a local association/member program (refer to Section I Participant Registration). Junior coaches shall register with and through their teams with the junior registrar.
E. PLEASE NOTE:
Note 1: All USA Hockey Coaching Education Program Instructors and National Player Development Camp coaches will be exempt from the annual participant registration fee, but must complete the participant registration process.
Note 2: The head coach and all assistant coaches of each disabled hockey team must complete the required CEP registration and proper level of certification. Those volunteers or employees who assist with helping disabled hockey teams (i.e. interpreters, pushers, onice mentors, etc.) must be properly registered with USA Hockey but are not required to attend a CEP clinic and otherwise comply with these rules and regulations.
F. Helmets. All ice hockey coaches and instructors (including instructors of thirdparty clinics and workshops) of registered USA Hockey Youth 18 & Under and below, high school, Girls’/Women’ 19 & Under and below, and disabled programs, must properly wear an approved ice hockey helmet during all on-ice sessions, including practices, clinics, controlled scrimmages and all coach and referee clinics (seminars) and/or workshops. This rule will also apply to coaches of teams and 51 instructors not normally subject to this rule while on the ice at any of the events previously mentioned in this section. The helmet must be properly worn with the chin strap properly attached. Failure to comply will result in a 30-day suspension from all activities involving NYS Hockey and USA Hockey registered programs. Associations are responsible to insure that this rule is enforced without exception, and an Association found not to be in compliance may be sanctioned.