Last season USA Hockey passed new requirements for coaching education. All coaches must have the required certification level by January 1 of the current season unless earlier deadlines are established by the district and/or affiliate. All coaches must complete the online age-specific modules PRIOR to participating with their team. Please click here to read the full list of new requirements for the 2022-2023 season. Click here to visit the Steps to Become a USA Hockey Coach.
If you are interested in coaching for the Hawks in any capacity during the 2022-23 season, please read the statement from USA Hockey and follow the links below to prepare yourself for the upcoming season.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Doug Dietz, Central District Coach-In-Chief, by email. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Go to https://www.usahockey.com/coachingcertification to make sure that you have completed ALL steps necessary for proper certification.
Please note that any coach who has not fulfilled these requirements will NOT be allowed to participate in any on-ice practices or games until these requirements have been met.
This will be strictly enforced!
Are you interested in joining the Chicago Hawks coaching staff? Serious inquiries only.
Boys Program - Contact Hockey Director Steve Poapst at email@example.com.
Girls Program - Contact Girls Hockey Director Ryan Sullivan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2021-25 USA Hockey Playing Rule change process was concluded on June 12, 2021 during the Board of Directors Meeting at Annual Congress. Click here to find a summary of all accepted rule changes, in addition to updates to the USA Hockey Points of Emphasis and Standard of Play, and an explanation of the new Standardization of Discipline regarding Match Penalties. The 2021-25 USA Hockey Playing Rules will take effect starting September 1, 2021.
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.
Please visit https://www.usahockey.com/backgroundscreen for more information and to begin the process. Screening is now open!
The eight-digit self registration ID number for USAH to initiate your screen is 35615801.
If you have any questions, please contact Todd Lipinski, Registrar, at email@example.com.
This Protocol for Addressing Hate Speech will be in effect at all games sanctioned by AHAI. It is designed to provide a consistent and rational framework for managing and dealing with situations at games when an athlete or coach believes an opposing team athlete or coach has used hate speech towards a member of their team. It is created to accomplish the following goals:
1) Make a clear statement that AHAI does not tolerate hate speech.
2) Demonstrate that addressing hate speech is more important than the game itself.
3) Address the situation in real-time.
4) Demonstrate to the target and team that their concern is being heard and addressed.
Definition of Hate Speech
Hate speech is any speech, gesture or conduct, writing, or display which is forbidden because it may incite violence or prejudicial action against or by a protected individual or group, or because it disparages or intimidates a protected individual or group. "Target" refers to the individual who heard the hate speech. "Alleged offender" refers to the individual(s) who allegedly used the hate speech. "Comment" refers to the hate speech that was used.
Please click button below to view the Administration of the Hate Speech Protocol.