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EAHC Coaches Corner  Message
EAHC Youth Coaches,
  1. Please remember that you are required to familiarize yourselves with all of the Empire Conference’s rules and regulations, important dates and policies. These are available here on the Conference website, and in the Conference’s official guidebook that you receive at the scheduling meetings in early October.
  2. All coaches must be certified to the proper level (or higher) and take the appropriate age level module by December 31.  Your organization's President, ACE Coordinator and Empire Reps are responsible for reporting on your status at every Empire Meeting until the organization can verify that all coaches are certified at the proper level.  Failure to obtain proper certification can result in BOTH fines to your organization AND a request to remove you as a coach for the Empire Playoffs.  Empire has requested that only coaches who are already certified at the proper level or willing to be certified by December 31st be given coaching positions within their organization.
  3. All coaches agree to abide by the Conference’s philosophy of providing “Equal Ice Time” opportunities for all eligible players in every game regardless of game situation.  Coaches are further warned that "the last few minutes of a game/period", "power play" and "penalty kill" situations (or any other game situation) are NOT exceptions to the "Equal Ice Time" philosophy.
  4. Head Coaches - Remember that you are responsible for the conduct of your Assistant Coaches, your players and your players’ parents. Remind all of our Zero Tolerance Policy. 
Important Links for Coaching Staff Members:
EAHC Referee Evaluation Form
(if this link does not work, please click on the Forms tab above and Select EAHC Referee Evaluation off the Dropdown Menu)

NOTE: Referee Evaluations are to Be Used by Team Officials and Empire Board Members ONLY!
Team Officials who are NOT the Head Coach should always discuss their comments with the Head Coach before entering a Referee Evaluation.
Only one (1) Team Official from each team should enter an Evaluation for each game
Note that ONLY the Head Coach will receive feedback from a Referee Evaluation if needed.  Parents or other not authorized persons filling out Evals will be reported to Team Officials.
The Referee Evaluation Form has been made both shorter and easier to fill out.
Important Documents for Coaches & Managers located on the EAHC "Documents" page:
(see link on left hand side of page)

       2015-16 Guidebook

       Documents for Conference Registration (& handed into your Commissioner at the EAHC scheduling meeting)


Important Documents for Coaches and Managers on the USA Hockey website:

         USA Hockey's Off-Ice Officials Manual

USA Hockey’s Skill Progressions Handbook

USA Hockey's Coaches Home Page