DHA requires all of our coaches to be properly certified and screened in accordance with USA Hockey, Mid-American District, State, and local rules and regulations.
2023-2024 Coaching Registration
DHA is accepting registrations for our 2023-24 coaching staff. ALL coaching registrations must be submitted through our online application system.
We will be selecting all of our coaches for both A and B divisions this spring. We will begin accepting applications for all A division coaches on February 23rd, 2023. The deadline to apply will be March 23rd, 2023. B division coaches will then be selected afterwards.
Coaches must be completely registered and eligible to be added to the official team roster by September 1, 2023
Should you have questions about the application and selection process, please contact any of the following:
What are the steps to becoming a certified coach?*
Step 1: Register with USA Hockey. This is an annual registration process.
Step 2: Go through the Mid-Am background screening process. Background screens must be completed every two (2) seasons. You must have a current season USA Hockey confirmation number to apply for a background screen.
Step 3: Register for the appropriate Coaching Education Program (CEP). Find out more about sessions specifically offered through our MidAm district on their page. This is a stair-stepped process that will require a new level each of the first three years. Complete information on the CEP requirements is available on the USA Hockey Website - see the links in the menu for this page.
Step 4: Take the appropriate USA Hockey online age specific module. Once an age specific module has been completed, it does not have to be repeated. If you will be coaching a different (or multiple) age level, an age specific module will need to be completed for the new (or each of the multiple) age divisions.
Step 5: Take the NFHS Concussion Course and submit your certification number in your registration. Review the Lindsay's Law coaching resources. These components are completed every three (3) years.
Step 6: Take the USA Hockey Safe Sport Program. Safe Sport must be renewed every season by either by re-taking the entire Safe Sport Program or by participating in a refresher course.
Step 7: Register yourself through the Dayton Stealth Coach/Volunteer registration. This will ask you for your USA Hockey annual registration number, your concussion certification number, Lindsay's Law training and verification and whether or not you've completed Safe Sport, along with some other basic information. It is a free registration that must be completed annually in order for us to keep our database current.
In addition to the certifications and screenings, USA Hockey offers a variety of information on practice plans, drills, and coaching recommendations. These coaching materials may be found on USA Hockey's website. USA Hockey Mobile Coach app gives you access to all of this information on the go, too.
Our youngest age levels require a lot of on-ice assistance. While we prefer to have everyone fully certified, there may be occasions where we need some help with the little ones. For those interested in helping out with those age levels, a minimum of steps one, two, five, six, and seven -- outlined above are required.
We hope that you will have so much fun in these situations that you'll go ahead and become fully certified as your child grows through the program.
The DHA encourages older players to work with the younger players as student coaches. This is a great way for players to earn volunteer credit for school and gain valuable coaching experience. Student coaches must be at least 2 years older than the group they are coaching. Those 17 and older are required to complete the Safe Sport training referenced above in Step 6. Players interested in coaching are required to submit the application below to our risk manager, Erica Montoya.