There have been a number of questions on the new (for the 2015-16 season) rule for certifying rosters and coaches credentials this year.
First let me say we are here to work with our programs and the program registrars so we need to be flexible!
All coaches must have Safe Sport- It is open for anyone who needs it and there are no issues that should cause this to be a problem.
All coaches must have the proper module- According to the USA Hockey site, these will be re-opened the first week of August, so there should not be an issue here either.
All coaches must have current CEP. If a coaches CEP is current in September when the roster is submitted he is good. It may expire on Dec. 30 but that gives him time to re-certify or take the next level.
There is no cost to add or delete a coach on a non national team, so the program registrar can adjust the roster with no penalty at a later date when certification is complete.
If the coach is in the process of updating his/her credentials we can sit on the roster in the registry for a reasonable time until they do so, provided they give us notice. The date on the approved roster will be the date it was submitted not the date approved.
Otherwise the coaches must be redlined to approve the roster and the program registrar can add them back when they are up to date.
Please make sure all of your programs know this and let me know if there are any questions. I have spoken with Paul Moore about this and he is supportive of the efforts and understands our goal is not to prevent coaches from coaching…but rather to ensure they have the proper credentials going forward.
USA Hockey Registrar
35 Walsh Avenue
Stoneham, MA 02180