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What do I need to Coach?

Welcome to the St. Louis Rockets Coaches page and thank you for your interest in coaching. On this page, you will find information on our coaching program--including USA and MO Hockey requirements, Rockets policies and registration. This page will help you prepare for registration. 

We have sectioned off the information and provided additional links for you to research and begin the process to qualify you for coaching registration.

(a) All coaches must enter USA Hockey’s Coaching Education Program at Level 1, and must continue their education with a coaching clinic each year until, at a minimum, they achieve Level 3. EXCEPTION: Coaches of 8U or younger players may remain at Level 1 or their current level. A coach may attend only one (1) certification clinic per year (not including age-specific requirements). Coaches who do not coach in continuous years must re-enter the program at the next level when they resume coaching responsibilities.

Once Level 3 is achieved, periodic renewal [as outlined in Paragraph (c) below] is required for coaches who have not achieved Level 4. Coaches of national tournament bound teams (Tier I 14U, 16U and 18/19U and Tier II 16U and 18/19U) must complete Level 4 in their fourth season of coaching. Coaches who attain Level 4 certification are not required to attend any further certification clinics but must adhere to the age-specific requirement as outlined in Paragraph (b) below.

(b) In addition to the training in paragraph (a) above, coaches must also complete online age-specific training modules specific to the level of play they are coaching, if they have not already taken that module. This requirement applies to all coaches at all levels, 1 through 5. Coaches may complete more than one age-specific module in any given season.

(c) Coaching certification at Level 3 is valid for two (2) seasons, as indicated by the expiration date. 

A coach whose Level 3 is due to expire must take the online Level 3 Recertification Track 1 curriculum or they may move up to Level 4. Level 3 Track 1 Recertification is valid for two (2) seasons. 

A coach whose Track 1 Level 3 recertification is due to expire must take the online Level 3 Recertification Track 2 curriculum or move up to Level 4. Level 3 Track 2 Recertification is valid for two (2) seasons.

Coaches whose Track 2 Level 3 Recertification is due to expire must attend a Level 4 clinic prior to the expiration of their Level 3 Recertification.

Coaches must complete the online recertification program in order to recertify their Level 3 certifications. Attending a clinic or workshop is no longer valid for recertifying any certification level.


You must complete each module PRIOR to participating with your team or being placed on a roster.

In addition to the CEP requirements, each coach must complete AGE SPECIFIC MODULES through the USA Hockey on line system.  A coach must complete the module for the current age group(s) they wish to coach. If you will be coaching multiple teams in different age groups, you must complete the AGE SPECIFIC MODULES for each age group.  For more information, please go to USA Hockey - Age Specific Modules.  Modules open up Sept and close Dec 31st and can take up to 6 hours to complete. 

Every coach must complete a background check. This is for the safety and security of both players and coaches. This is a series of questions controlled by a 3rd party and a report will be provided to you directly. Any infractions will be reported but at no time will your name be released.Background checks are valid for 2 years and must be renewed by Aug 31st of the expiration year. Please click HERE for more information.


As of January 1, 2018, all relevant individuals who need to be SafeSport certified or are seeking recertification will need to complete the new three-course SafeSport training, which features updated content. 

Every coach must complete USA Hockey's SafeSport Program. SafeSport Program is the online training/education that is available to help our members become aware of the information necessary to help prevent abuse from occurring in our sport. The training is comprised of short video segments that take approximately 90 minutes to complete, but this does not need to be completed in a single session. The SafeSport certification is valid for 2 seasons. Please click HERE for more information.