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Coaches/Volunteers

If you are interested in being a coach for GAHA, please contact Pat Guyer.

Pat Guyer

Scheduler/Arena Director

Phone: 218-245-3525

Traci Gangl

Registrar

Phone: 218-256-1100


Volunteers & Coaches

GAHA is a volunteer run organization and needs you to volunteer in order for our association to be as successful as possible.  We need you!

USA Hockey’s SafeSport rules again require Locker Room Attendants. If parents do not step forward in this role, GAHA and the arena will not be able to provide a locker room for the players. Please visit the Coach/Volunteer page of the website for more information. Female locker room attendants are not allowed for the Squirt, Peewee, and Bantam levels.

The monthly board meetings are the held the first Tuesday of the month at the Nyberg Community Center; meetings start at 6 p.m. We encourage our member families to attend these meetings. Important discussions are held and decisions are made that impact all members of the association. Your input is important! As an added bonus, you will receive volunteer hours for the meetings you attend.

Please register with USA Hockey as a volunteer (free for off-ice volunteers) and complete the GAHA volunteer form below.

Please Note:

All coaches must talk to Pat Guyer before starting to complete these requirements and on-ice helpers must talk with GAHA's registrar before staring to complete the requirements.

There is a limit of TWO coaches and ONE helper per team at squirt, peewee and bantam levels.  Mini-Mites and Mites will be based on the number of players registered.

Coaches & On-Ice Volunteers

Requirements for Coaches and on-ice Volunteers

USA Hockey and the Coaching Education Program require both certification and registration to be eligible to coach. Registration is done online on a yearly basis. Certification is also required. A few basic steps requirements are as follows:

USA Hockey Requirements (Must be completed before participating in any team activities)

  • Register as a member of USA Hockey. (Cost is $50 for Minnesota coaches). Click here for more information.
     
  • Complete the background screening. (Found on your affiliate website and some affiliates require approval before you can be added to a roster). Click here for Minnesota background screening. (GAHA is in District 12)
     
  • Complete the USA Hockey Safe Sport Training. (Required every two years and cannot be added to a roster until completed). Click here for more information.
     
  • Complete the online age-specific module(s) for the age level of play you are coaching. (Cost is $10 per module and only needs to be completed once per age level. Must be completed PRIOR to participating in any team activities and cannot be added to a roster until completed) Click here to register for the modules.
     

Coaching Education Program Certification Clinic Requirements (Must be completed by Dec. 31)

  • Find, register and attend the required certification clinic. (Cost is $45 plus any lunch fees if applicable) You can only attend one clinic per season and all coaches start at Level 1. (The coaching clinic season for Levels 1-3 officially runs from September 1 to December 31). Click here to locate a clinic.

Minnesota Hockey Concussion Training Requirement

CONCUSSION CERTIFICATION 

According to Minnesota State Law, all coaches and officials must receive initial training regarding concussions. Minnesota Hockey requires coaches to participate in refresher training once every two years. Each coach must complete and provide a certification and acknowledgement form to the association outlining the coach's understanding of his/her responsibilities related to concussion prevention and management prior to participating in any team activities.

Click here for MN Hockey Concussion Info

Online Concussion Training

https://www.cdc.gov/headsup/youthsports/training/index.html

After you have completed the online training, please complete the Concussion Training Certification form (link below).

Coach Concussion Certification Form - for electronic signature

You can use this form to electronic sign and submit your Coach Concussion Certification Form.

Team Managers, Locker Room Monitors, and Board Members

All off-ice volunteers must be:
 

  1. Registered with USA Hockey as a Volunteer.  This registration is FREE.   Please visit USA Hockey’s site to register and receive your USA Hockey number.  (You will need this to complete #3 and #4)

  2. Registered with GAHA as a Volunteer.   (volunteer registration form)

  3. Have completed a MN Hockey screening or in the process of completing one.  Screenings are paid for by MN Hockey and are free to you.  GAHA is in District 12  To start the process, please click here.    All new volunteers should begin this process immediately. This screening needs to be completed every other season.

  4. Complete the SafeSport Program training through the USA Hockey website.  Links and instructions are provided below.  After completing your SafeSport training, please forward a copy of your certificate of completion to the Registrar.  this certification needs to be completed every other season.

BOARD MEMBERS, TEAM MANAGERS AND LOCKER ROOM MONITORS:  You will not receive DIBS credits if these requirements are not met .

EMT Qualifications per the Minnesota Hockey Rulebook



MEDICAL ATTENTION - A Certified Athletic Trainer, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), paramedic or medical or osteopathic physician shall be retained by the sanctioned tournament and in attendance at all games. This group shall include a licensed health care professional, a Certified Athletic Trainer, an Emergency Medical Technologist (EMT) and any additional persons who have successfully completed and maintained certification for programs conducted by the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association, specifically AFORE (Advanced First Aid), CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation), and BLS (Basic Life Support). This group would include Registered Nurses (RN) if they have successfully completed and maintained certification for AFA/CPR/BLS. The retained medical personnel has the final say on whether an injured player can return to the game.

Please Note:

All coaches must talk to Pat Guyer before starting to complete these requirements and on-ice helpers must talk with GAHA's registrar before staring to complete the requirements.

There is a limit of TWO coaches and ONE helper per team at squirt, peewee and bantam levels.  Mini-Mites and Mites will be based on the number of players registered.

Resources for Coaches

Renew Level 3 CEP Online

You can renew your Level 3 certification two times online before you are required to take the Level 4 certification.

Expense Reimbursement Form

Please use this form to submit your expenses to GAHA.