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MeAHA Coaching Contacts

Denis Collins

ME CIC Director

Coaching Directors

Denis Collins

Jacob Strong

Doug Carlisle -- Northern Maine Area

Kristine Wing

ME ADM / Coaching Director

Kristine Wing
42 North Hatch Hill Road
Greene, Maine 04236
207-946-7981 (H)
207-212-6433 (C)

Message From NE Coach In Chief - Larry Rocha

Larry Rocha – Coach-in-Chief … New England District … 

New England District Coaching Update – September 2020

Hockey is Back in the New England Distrcit!

Before jumping into Coaching matters, let me remind everyone that the Coronavirus is still a risk, and it can affect younger people just as seriously as other “vulnerable” populations.  USA Hockey has continued to provide detailed information and best practices for coaching and playing hockey in this environment.   Keeping current with and following these practices will help prevent us from being “shut down” again.   Please do your part!   Thank you.

The links below provide some information on navigating at the rinks (check with the individual rinks directly for more detail) and conducting practices during the Covid-19 pandemic.


GRID PRACTICE (click on COVID-19): 

Coaching Education for Fall, 2020

Our coaching clinic program is underway.  The New England District has already held several virtual clinics:  one Level 1 Clinic, two Level 2 Clinics, one Level 3 Clinic and three Level 4 Clinics.  Clinic will continue being posted throughout the normal clinic season:  September – December.   Click on the link below to find a clinic you can attend.  Remember coaches, most clinics are virtual so you can actually attend a clinic at your level from anywhere in the country, so choose one that fits your schedule and have a good time interacting with coaches from around the U.S.   You can click on to check your Coaching Certification Level.  Remember, this needs to be complete by 12/31/2020 (October 31, 2020 for Split Season teams).  

For those who, for any reason, cannot participate in a coaching clinic this season, USA Hockey is allowing you to obtain a Temporary Coaching Card by applying online.  Temporary Cards are a one-time/one-year deal that will keep you at your current level and allow you to coach for this season but the coach will have to continue their progression through the Coaching Education Program in 2021-22.  Click the link to register for a Temporary Card:  Deadline for Temp Card application is also 12/31/2020 but please register early (before December 15) and DO NOT wait until the last minute. 

Thank you, again, for all you do for your players and USA Hockey!!

Brief Summary of the Proposed Clinic Progression

NOTE:  In addition to the clinics a coach must …

  • Complete SafeSport every year
  • Have a Background Check.
  • A coach can only attend one clinic a year
  • Age Specific Modules must be completed before a coach can be placed on a roster.  A coach must complete a module for each age group they are coaching and once completed a coach does not need to take again.
  • Deadline to be current is December 31 or October 31 for Split Season teams

Important Coaching Information From USA Hockey

August 14, 2020

USA Hockey Member Coaches,

At this time, we are adding coaching clinics daily to offer a wide range of options that work best for your schedule. You can register for a virtual clinic just like you have done in the past at:

Get signed up now!!!

In addition, we will continue to offer a temporary card that will extend your current certification for the 2020-21 season without attending a clinic. This option will be offered untill December 31, 2020.  Please click here to register for the temporary card online and submit to the USA Hockey national office.

This is a great time to get the following accomplished as the rinks start to open:

We understand that these are very different, challenging and uncertain times for everyone. We appreciate all that you do for hockey and the players you coach and hope that you can stay healthy and safe. We will all get through this together.

Yours in hockey,

USA Hockey’s Coaching Education Program

Coaching Certification Changes for the 20-21 Season

MEAHA Coaching Report 2019-20

5/7/2020 Annual Level I Report

    There were 4 Level 1 clinics held in Maine during Oct. – Dec.  A total of 101 coaches were certified at this level in Maine.  60 of these coaches were coaching in Maine and their associations were reimbursed. 

Oct. 19, 2019 in Hallowell    27 attended

Oct. 27, 2019 in Dover        10 attended

Nov. 16, 2019 in Falmouth    29 attended

Dec. 8, 2019 in Hallowell    35 attended

2020 Season Goals

Three Level 1 and three Level 2 clinics will be offered for the 2020 season. 


2020 Season Goals for ADM and Maine’s Coaching Section

***Continued support for our associations as they follow the principals of the American Development Model.  I will be available to associations to help with their implementation of ADM practices and policies with coaches, boards and / or parents.  Maine Hockey Associations have done a fantastic job of embracing and supporting ADM for the 8 & U age groups.  I want to continue this work to see this base expand upwards to the older age groups. 

***To have every association identify a Coaching Director and / or ADM Director and notify myself and MEAHA. I will set up Zoom Meetings to address the current needs of coaching directors and coaches for the 2020-21 season. The Zoom Meetings will also be used to address coaching issues that  do or potentially do come up during the season.  There will be several Zoom Meetings throughout the season to address questions and needs.


***As of today, I will be guiding the Level 1 and 2 coaching clinics, Denis Collins and Jacob Strong will be guiding the Level 3 and 4’s and Doug Carlisle will guide the 1 - 4 clinics in Maine. The progression will likely be - the first year coach will take the Level 1 clinic then each year progress through to Level 4. After the coach completes their Level 4 they will need to do continuing coaching education to continue to be a certified coach with USA Hockey. (**At this time USA Hockey has not given us direction as to what the “Try Hockey” / “Learn to Play Hockey” coaches will need to do to be certified along with the coach that has their Level 1 but continues to coach at only the 8U level.)

USA Hockey Coaching News

Reading and learning are great ways to pass these difficult times. Right now coaches can gain knowledge by completing their Online Modules and Online Level 3 Re-Certification (for those who are eligible) and get a head start on the upcoming season. You can also go online to complete your USA Hockey Member Registration for the 2020-21 season.

Click here to go to Online Age Module

Click here to go to the Level 3 Re-Certification

Click here for 2020-21 Membership Registration

Click here to go to coaching certification information


*****Also check out USA Hockey's YouTube Channel for lots of information and recent "Coaching Webinar Series" under videos.

USA Hockey YouTube Channel

Coaching Webinar Series

A must for all coaches coaching in Maine!

This is a must for all coaches coaching in Maine ---  All Maine coaches must complete their Back Ground Check / Screening and  SafeSport before going on the ice.  The appropriate Age Module needs to be completed before a coach can be placed on a team roster!!!!

Links to these sites can be found on the Coaching Requirements page.


USA Hockey

Please go to the USA Hockey site and log-in and then clinic catalog to register for a coaching clinic.

2020 Coaching Clinics

All of the clinics are being presented virtually for the 2020-21 season. Please remember that if you are coaching a split season team you must complete your clinic before Oct. 31, 2020 and for all other coaches before December 31, 2020. As a coach you may attend any of the virtual clinics so choose the one that best fits for you. Just be mindful of the time zone!

To Register For a Clinic Use This Link

Please note that there has been a change to the Level 4 clinics. As of the 20-21 season Level 4's will be a one day clinic!!!!

Refer to the documents above to check what you need to do to coach for this season. 


Register Online for any clinic at


Goaltending Seminars

"Coaching Helper"

“Coaching Helper” 

1.This has been approved in the New England District for use in Learn-to-Skate/Play programs ONLY.  This is not for use in 8U through 18U teams or for girls teams of any age.

2.The helper MUST register with USA Hockey as a Coach.  Registration as a coach ensures that the individual is properly insured to be on the ice with our participants.

3.They MUST complete a background check through the MEAHA website.

4.They MUST complete their SafeSport module.

5.They MUST ALWAYS have a properly certified coach on the ice with them!

Remember, this program is to assist associations with getting more people to “help” in your LTS programs so that kids are having an enjoyable experience and they return again and again each week! 


 Try Coaching for “Free” for a Year 

** A coach that is just starting in the USA Hockey Coaching program can try coaching for “free” for one year. 

**This is only for the 6U, 8U and Learn to Skate level. 

**The coach must complete: 

o SafeSport 

o Age-Specific Module (8U) 

o Have a Background Check 

**It is up to the Association to monitor this situation. 

**If the coach decides to continue coaching the next year they must follow the Coaching Education Program. That is, take a Level 1 Clinic and whatever Age-Specific Module not completed. The Association must make sure the coach follows the Guidelines listed above. 


If you have any questions please feel free to call me at 603-380-3456. 

Larry J. Rocha | New England District: Coach-in-Chief 

39 Perkins Road, Rye, NH 03870 

Ph. 603-380-3456 (C)

Player Activity Tracker

A great way to track your practices and the activities of your players.

The tracker form is in pdf format below.

This is a link for a video that demonstrates how to use the tracker


Other Coaching Requirements

Don't forget to complete your age appropriate on-line module.  Go to USA Hockey

Complete SafeSport at USA Hockey.               

Complete the USA Hockey Screening.

If you would like to check your coaching certification go to


Coaching Resources

2020 CEP Materials & Resources

Coaching Certification Link:

Training Materials and Practice Plans:

SafeSport Information and Links:

Goaltending Training:

Parent Resources:

Age-Specific Modules:

Body Contact and Checking:

American Development Model:

New England District Website:

New England District Coaching Facebook:

New England District Coaching Twitter:

For More Information, Contact:

Roger Grillo

ADM Regional Manager USA Hockey

Larry Rocha

Coach in Chief New England District

Bobby Rodrigue

Associate Coach-in-Chief- NH/ADM New England District

New England District on Social Media

New England District on Social Media

Keep up to date with important information.


New England District’s Coaching Website: