Student Coaches

USA Hockey Requirements, Form and Training Presentation

The information below was obtained from USA Hockey and enhanced for WYHA.

The Student Coach Model Form should be downloaded, printed and filled out for EVERY Student Coach. The form, once filled out, is submitted to the Registrar at Only after the Registrar receives the form can the Student Coach begin helping with the Team.

Student Coaches will be added to the team's USA Hockey roster and thus must meet the Student Coach requirements and be rostered on a Webster team.

Requirements and Restrictions

A Student Coach is a player between the ages of 13 and 17 who are registered with USA Hockey and rostered on a WYHA team at least one age level above the team they will be helping with. Players may serve as a student coach under the following conditions:


Must attend a training session. WYHA recommends the Head Coach of the team where the Student Coach is assisting review the Student Coach Presentation with the Student Coach to fulfill the training requirement. 

Student Coaches do not need to complete background screening until they reach the age of 18, nor are they eligible to attend CEP courses. 17U and 18U players must complete SafeSport training in order to play on a 18U or Girls 19U team.


Student Coaches must be a registered player with WYHA. Others wishing to student coach who are age 13 to 17 must contact the WYHA Registrar and supply a USA Hockey Registration Number and a release from their current youth hockey organization.


Student Coaches must always be under the supervision of a trained and screened adult Head or Assistant Coach during all practices, clinics, try-outs and in the locker room. Student Coaches may not act as the Head Coach or Assistant Coach during practices or games and are never to be left alone with younger players in the locker room.


Student Coaches may help at practices, clinics and try-outs only.


Student Coaches may not play during scrimmages or games for the younger team, no matter how informal the game is. An older, stronger player with higher skills represents an injury hazard to the younger players.


Student Coaches must wear a helmet with full face shield, gloves, and skates while on the ice.


Student Coaches must wear a helmet with full face shield while on the bench during games. Student Coaches do count as one of the four maximum Coaches allowed on the bench during games.


Student Coaches may only work with players at least one full playing age level down.


The team or beginner program using the student coach must properly fill out the Student Coach form indicating on what team he/she is participating as a student coach, and, if applicable, what team he/she is registered/rostered as a player. Obtain the Student Coach Form and return it to the WYHA Registrar.


Upon reaching the age of 18, the student coach must comply with all USA Hockey coaching and screening rules and regulations.

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