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Concussion Legacy Foundation- Team Speak Up to fight Concussions- 9/12/18

Goal is to get coaches and team mates to “speak up” when they think another team mate has an injury.  Meant for coaches and players to be a leader in Concussion awareness. for more information.

IIHF Hockey Centre

Great resource for coaches.




This year (2018) Spring hockey coaches are required to have the modules completed before being placed on a roster.  The good news, is that the module price has returned to $10.  

Get them done as soon as you can, so that you can be on a spring roster!

Age Specific Modules

One major change within the rules for Rostering on your teams.  If you need to do an Age Specific Module this season, it HAS TO BE DONE BEFORE YOU CAN BE ROSTERED.  Please keep this in mind before trying to schedule games.

ACD Meeting Recap

Good meeting today.  I hope those in attendance felt the same.  Here are the presentations from Dave DeSander and Todd Johnston.  And the two articles I shared about losing!

Hopefully Dave gave some insights into basic goaltending and what the Goaltending Development Program is striving for.  Please remember, we would like a coach on every team's staff to be responsible for the goalies.  FYI, we are working on putting together a goalie specific clinic for our West Michigan Associations.  We hope to have some plans in place sometime after the mid-July MAHA Summer Meeting.

Physical Literacy is a highly important component.  I know not all associations have their own Todd Johnston, but hopefully, the tools he gave can help each association be better at making this a component of each teams practice.  Its not about working the kids into the ground, its about giving them the tools to be better on the ice for every practice and game!

I look forward to the August meeting!  Details to come.  Please remember to share with Andy and I what your association may need some help with.  We want D6 to be the best!

Off Ice Physical Literacy

Aspen Junior Hockey has Kalle Valiaho, Finnish Ice Hockey's version of Bob Mancini, coordinating off ice physical literacy.  Here are some more tools for your mental cabinet!

Great coaching tools from ADM Regional Manager- Joe Bonnett

CEP questions regarding U8 Coaches

If you ONLY coach U8- Red, White & Blue, Cross-Ice, Learn to Play, you may do so with an EXPIRED coaching card.  If you coach U8 AND another level (i.e. squirt, peewee, etc), you MUST be current.

Hopefully this helps to clarify.

SafeSport becomes Mandatory

Just a reminder, Safesport is a mandatory program from here on out.  If you completed the course in 2013-2014, you will not have to do it again until 2015-2016 season.  You can get to the Safesport training via the USA Hockey website.

Online Modules

Online modules are up and running. The cost is $10 per module  These are required for every level you intend to coach.  Please be sure to complete them on time in order to save yourself some serious money.  After 12/31, the price will jump to $50 per module!

Coaching and Parent Behavior

As this regular season came to a close, we had a rash of instances of poor coaching and parent behavior.  Please remember that this is a game.  A game where we teach our kids to be upstanding future adults.  The key word being FUTURE!  They are children and we can expect them to act like it on occassion, but we, the adults, need to remember to act like adults at ALL times.  Whenever we act like fools, we are teaching our kids that it is ok.  It is not ok.  We need to remember our roles as coaches and parents.  To be role models for our youth.  Please take the off season to reflect on our mistakes from the past year and build toward a better year in 2014-2015.  Please enjoy your "offseasons" and look forward to bigger and better things!

CEP Registration

Link to the clinic registration site.


Here is the link to DropBox that I emailed out. Enjoy!

ADM Links

Here are some links to help your association with the American Development Model implementation at the 8/u level.

Coaching Materials

Red, White and Blue Hockey

Red, White and Blue Hockey is the blueprint that USA Hockey and MAHA are supplying to help your association develop an appropriate ADM compliant eight and under program.   MAHA District 6 ACE Director, Brian Bellgraph and Bob Mancini are available to answer questions and help to get your program started.  Please feel free to contact us with questions.

To contact Brian or Bob, please click on their names.

Brian Bellgraph- District 6 Coaching Director

Bob Mancini- USA Hockey ADM Regional Manager


LTAD Chart

Here is the chart that was requested.

Brian Bellgraph

District 6 Coaching Director

Phone: 616.460.6496