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"A well planned practice, delivered by a trained coach, with a strong commitment to developing players skills and having fun, attracts and retains youth!"

SAM is posting the following paid positions to be filled for the 2017-18 Hockey season

Power skating coach: Skating skills are a critical hockey skill to be learned at every age level.  SAM is seeking a qualified hockey skating coach to teach Power Skating & Edge Control skills to the four age groups; 8U, 10U, 12U and 14U, house hockey program.  Practices (skills sessions) take place on Wednesday evenings starting at 5:10 with 8U and ending at 9:20 with 14U.  The applicant would be required to teach 10 skating skill sessions, 4 hours per session on Wednesdays during the season.  This is a paid postion. Please send an e-mail stating your interest and qualifications to Corey Vose at


Atoms Director:  SAM Hockey is seeking a qualified applicant to run the learn to play hockey program at SAM.  The program takes place on Sunday mornings for one hour from November to March for a total of 16 weeks.  The qualified candidate would be required to create practice plans, coordinate practices with volunteer coaches, and execute practices plans consistent with USA Hockey’s recommended ADM model.  The qualified applicant would have a broad knowledge of teaching basic hockey skills to beginning players including; most importantly, skating skills.  This is a paid position. Please send an e-mail stating your interest and qualifications to Corey Vose at


Goalie Coach:  The SAM Hockey steering committee would like to announce a new position for the upcoming hockey season.  SAM would like to provide it’s goalies with additional training over and above its regular practices.  We are seeking a qualified candidate to teach beginning, intermediate, and advanced goalie skills to all SAM goalies for the four age groups 8U, 10U, 12U and 14U.  This additional training would take place once per month for a total of 2 hours per session starting in November and ending in February.  Ice sessions will be booked when ice is available and we will make every effort not to book ice that conflicts with games and practices so that all goalies have the opportunity to attend.  The qualified candidate would be responsible to provide skills based goalie only practices to beginning, intermediate, and advanced level goalies.  All SAM coaches would be encouraged to attend and participate so that SAM coaches can learn goalie training, and drills that can be implemented into regular SAM practices.  This is a paid position. Please send an e-mail stating your interest and qualifications to Corey Vose at

Credentials Needed to be Eligible to Coach

The Skating Association of Maine follow USA Hockey and Maine Amateur Hockey Association (MEAHA) guidelines and regulations.

Coaches need to have the following completed:

USA Hockey Registration

Coaching Certification Clinic Completed (levels vary)

Age Appropriate Modules

Safe Sport 

SAM  Coach Application

MEAHA Background Screening

CEP - USAH Coaching Clinics

There will be several CEP Clinics this year.  All information will be posted to when available.  Please check the coaching section for updates.

Other USAH Coaching Education Program (CEP) news:


  • Coaches may attend only ONE (1) certification clinic per year.
  • Level 1 and 2 certifications are valid for only one season.
  • Level 3 is valid for two seasons.
  • Level 3 MUST BE RENEWED within 2 years and MUST be done on-line (cannot attend another L3 clinic).
  • Coaches must attend a Level 4 clinic after six seasons of being certified at Level 3 (2 online re-certifications allowed).
  • Coaches of Tier I and II 14U, 16U, and 18/19U National tournament-bound teams must complete Level 4 in their fourth season of coaching.
  • Levels 1, 2, and 3 will all be 8 hour classes with on-ice sessions.
  • Coaches must also complete online age-specific training module specific to the level of play they are coaching (5 hour online module).
  • May complete more than one module in any given season.
  • USA Hockey and all District requirements are standardized.
  • Coaches will have access to a virtual CEP card printout from the online certification list. No more plastic cards or stickers handed out.
  • All certifications for clinics and Modules will be automatically printed on your USAH Rosters.
  • Coaches must have valid certification AND age-specific module completed by January 1 of the current playing season.
  • Any coach not in compliance with all requirements will be ineligible to coach for the remainder of the season.
  • Coaching clinics and age-specific modules are available only between September 1 and December 31.

There will be more clinics offered this season. The Ice Vault will host a Level 1 for certain and probably a Level 2 or a Level 3 (possibly both).

For the latest in clinic information, please visit, and look at the list of clinics offered in the “Coaches Section”.

Links, Forms , and Information for Coaches

Coaches Code of Conduct

 The following Code of Conduct was prepared by USA Hockey's Youth Council.


  • Winning is a consideration, but not the only one, nor the most important one.
  • Care more about the child than the winning of the game. Remember players are involved in hockey for fun and enjoyment.
  • Be a positive role model to your players, display emotional maturity and be alert to the physical safety of players.
  • Be generous with your praise when it is deserved; be consistent, honest; be fair and just; do not criticize players publicly; learn to be a more effective communicator and coach, don't yell at players.
  • Adjust to personal needs and problems of players, be a good listener, never verbally or physically abuse a player or official; give all players the opportunity to improve their skills, gain confidence and develop self-esteem; teach them the basics.
  • Organize practices that are fun and challenging for your players. Familiarize yourself with the rules, techniques and strategies of hockey; encourage all your players to be team players.
  • Maintain an open line of communication with your players' parents. Explain the goals and objectives of your association.
  • Be concerned with the overall development of your players. Stress good health habits and clean living.
  • To play the game is great, to love the game is greater.

Progressive Penalties

The beginning of the 2014-2015 season will bring with it the implementation of the "new" progressive penalty rule number 411. (see below)

This rule was implemented last year with no consequence to the reporting in the first trial year.

PLEASE make your players and coaches aware of this "NEW" rule!  THIS season there will be additional game suspensions for overly aggressive players that get multiple "Major" penalties. There is also additional suspensions for coaches who's players accumulate multiple "Major" penalties throuhout the season.The rule is putting more responsibility on coaches to control players with previous penalty history. This rule has been implemented "NATIONALLY" in all of USA Hockey, with safety being the number one goal. Hopefully it will lead to a more enjoyable game for players, coaches and fans alike.

Rule 411 | Progressive Suspensions

(Note) USA Hockey is committed to providing a safe and fair environment for all participants. While the vast majority of player s participate within the rules and respect the game and their opponents, USA Hockey recognizes the need to hold those player s and coach es deemed to be repeat offenders accountable for their actions. Beginning with the 2014-15 playing season, the Progressive Suspensions rule will take affect nationally.

(a) Any player  who receives their third major penalty  during the same season for any combination of aggressive infractions listed below shall receive an additional three-game suspension. For any player  who receives their fourth major  penalty  in this category, the player shall receive an additional five-game suspension. Any player  who receives their fifth major penalty  in this category during the same season shall be suspended until a hearing is conducted by the proper authorities (USA Hockey Affiliate). These designated game suspensions shall be in addition to any other suspensions imposed through the official playing rules. The aggressive infractions that fit into this category are:

  • Rule 603 Boarding 
  • Rule 604 Body Checking (Body Contact categories)
  • Rule 606 Butt-Ending
  • Rule 607 Charging
  • Rule 608 Checking From Behind
  • Rule 609 Cross-Checking
  • Rule 611 Elbowing
  • Rule 619 Head-Butting
  • Rule 620 Head Contact
  • Rule 621 High Stick
  • Rule 627 Kicking
  • Rule 628 Kneeing
  • Rule 634 Slashing
  • Rule 635 Spearing
  • Rule 639 Tripping/Clipping/Leg Checking
  • Rule 640 Unnecessary Roughness (Roughing)

(Note) A separate progressive suspension rule for Fighting  is covered under Rule 615(f) Fighting .

(b) Any team that receives three major penalties in the same game shall have its Head Coach  suspended for the next game of that team. For any subsequent game where that team receives three or more major penalties in the same game, the Head Coach  shall serve a three-game suspension. For a third game with three or more major penalties by the same team during the same season, the Head Coach shall be suspended indefinitely until a hearing has been conducted by the proper authorities (USA Hockey Affiliate).

(Note) The role of the Official is to enforce all playing rules at all times and they are expected to strictly enforce playing rules that fall under the aggressive infraction category.  Player s and coach es must be held accountable for dangerous actions and the onus is on them to teach and play the game within the rules. Officials are required to submit a game report immediately following the game for any major  penalty  falling in the aggressive infraction category, game misconduct or match penalty  that is assessed.