Director of Girls Hockey
Director of Boys Hockey
Concussions (refer to Minnesota Statute 121A.37)
1. MH must make concussion information accessible to all coaches, officials, players and parents/ guardians, including the effects and risks of continuing to play after receiving a concussion. This includes the nature and risks of concussions associated with athletic activity, concussion symptoms, the need for urgent diagnosis and treatment when a player is suspected or observed to have received a concussion, and the need for concussed players to follow proper medical direction before returning to play. All coaches and officials must receive initial training regarding concussions, and participate in refresher training every year thereafter. Each coach shall complete and provide a coach concussion acknowledgement form to the association prior to participating in any team activities.
2. Coaches, officials and/or medical attendants shall and are authorized to remove a player from participating if the player exhibits concussion signs, symptoms or behaviors, or is suspected of sustaining a concussion. A player removed from participation for this reason may not again participate until they no longer exhibit concussion signs, symptoms or behaviors and a "health care provider" evaluates the player and gives the player written permission to again participate. "Health care provider" means a health care professional who is registered, licensed, certified or otherwise statutorily authorized by the state to provide medical treatment, and is practicing within their training and experience to evaluate and manage pediatric concussions.
3. A head coach or coach in charge of any team activity who has knowledge of a player sustaining a concussion or exhibiting concussion type symptoms shall complete a Minnesota Hockey Concussion Reporting and Return to Play form relating to the injury and ensure that the form is delivered to the team manager within 48 hours of receipt of information that a player sustained a concussion or exhibited concussion type symptoms.The team manager shall provide a copy of the report to the player’s parent or legal guardian, District Director and association president or other delegated representative tasked with monitoring reports under this rule. Until the completed Return to Play portion of the form is received by the team manager or coach, the coach and team manager shall ensure that the player does not participate in any team physical activities. A completed Return to Play form shall be kept by the team manager during the season and a copy provided to the USA Hockey Minnesota District Risk Manager and association president or delegated representative at the end of the year.
4. The penalty for a knowing violation of this rule by a coach who fails to report a concussion or symptoms of a concussion, fails to timely complete and return a Minnesota Hockey Concussion Reporting and Return to Play form, or allows a player removed from team activities as a result of a concussion or who exhibited concussion type symptoms to participate in team physical activities prior to receipt of a signed medical clearance shall be as follows: for a first violation the coach shall be suspended for the next two games and any events between the two games; for a second violation the coach shall be suspended for two weeks; for a third violation the coach shall be suspended for a full calendar year.
All persons interested in being either a head coach or assistant coach MUST complete the link below.
If you plan on coaching this year and have a CEP number from last year, please go to USA Hockey Certification Search page to see if you need to attend a coaching clinic. It will display when your certification expires-not all CEPs from last year are due to expire this year. If it expires this year, please sign up for a class at USA Hockey Clinic. Sign up early as these classes fill up fast.
There are foursteps to complete in order to be certified to coach:
1) updating or completing your CEP
2) completing the age appropriate module
3) completing SafeSport
4) completing Concussion
All coaches must attend a level specific module in addition to a being certified as a coach. This aspect is done online at the USA Hockey Module page. For example, if you are coaching mites this year, you need to complete the mite module.
A complete layout of this new program is explained at USA Hockey on the coaching education program page.
If you have any questions, please contact Keith Wilmer.
If the CEP card is expired or expires 12/31/17 coaches need to take the next level class. A level 1 should take level 2 class, level 2 should take level 3 class and so on. They also need the age module for all levels they will be coaching.
If the card does not expire until 12/31/18 the coach needs to only take the age module for the all levels they will be coaching.
New coaches will have to do both the class and the on-line module.
SafeSport Training is valid for 2 seasons. Thus if you took the training for 2016-17, you will not need to take the training again until the 2018-18 season (at which time a shorter “refresher” course will be available).
The SafeSport Training is available for you to take right now so you can get a head start on your upcoming season. The training is available at no cost. The training was produced by the USOC and is comprised of short video segments that take approximately 90 minutes to complete; however, not all training needs to be completed in one session. You will need your USA Hockey Member Number, which can be obtained at www.usahockeyregistration.com (under Member Options, click on ‘Request Duplicate Registration Confirmation).
Information on how to register and access the SafeSport Training can be found on our website at http://www.usahockey.com/page/show/909009-safesport-program-training-. Also, please be sure to select the USA Hockey SafeSport course as there are multiple courses available. The website also has links if you have questions about the training or on registering for the training.