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Credentials Needed to be Eligible to Coach

The Skating Association of Maine follows 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

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.

Tier IV Coaching Application now available.

SAM is excited to share the Tier IV coaching application is now available.  Thank you in advance for being willing to invest in the lives of central Maine youth and for sharing you time and talents with these young players. 

Questions regarding the coaching application can be sent to Mick Poirier, Tier IV Hockey Coaching Director.

SAM Hockey Coach Registration now available

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

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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!"