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RHA Coaches

SafeSport Rules

Please see link below for  safesport rules. These are necessary for coaches, volunteers, and players over 17 in a locker room setting.

Click here for rules

Interested in becoming a coach?

USA Hockey and the Coaching Education Program require both certification and registration to be eligible to coach. Registration is done online on a yearly basis. Certification is also required. A few basic requirements are as follows:

USA Hockey Requirements
(Must be completed before participating in any team activities)

  • Register as a member of USA Hockey. (Cost is $46 plus any affiliate fees if applicable). Click here for more information.
  • Complete the background screening. Click Here
  • Complete the USA Hockey Safe Sport Training. (Required every year and cannot be added to a roster until completed). Click here for more information.
  • Complete the online age-specific module(s) for the age level of play you are coaching. (Cost is $10 per module and only needs to be completed once per age level. Must be completed PRIOR to participating in any team activities and cannot be added to a roster until completed) Click here to register for the modules.

Coaching Education Program Certification Clinic Requirements

  • Find, register and attend the required certification clinic. (Cost is $50. You can only attend one clinic per season and all coaches start at Level 1.) Click here to locate a clinic.

Coaching Application

  • Fill out the coaching application and submit to: Please include your coaching number. 

        Click here to download the application


All steps must be completed  before you are eligible to coach. RHA will no longer wait until Jan. 1 for completion. Once you have registered with USA Hockey, please email your coaching number to Your information will then be sent to the state.


13.12 Screening Policy: It is the policy of SDAHA that it will not authorize or sanction in its programs that it directly controls any volunteer or employee who has routine access to children (anyone under the age of majority) who refuses to consent to be screened by SDAHA before he/she is allowed to have routine access to children in SDAHA' s programs. A person may be disqualified and prohibited from serving as an employee or volunteer of SDAHA or any member if the person has:

  1. Been convicted (including crimes the record of which has been expunged and pleas of "no contest") of a crime of child abuse, sexual abuse of a minor, physical abuse, causing a child's death, neglect of a child, murder, manslaughter, felony assault, any assault against a minor, kidnapping, arson, criminal sexual conduct, prostitution related crimes or controlled substance crimes;

  2. Being adjudged liable for civil penalties or damages involving sexual or physical abuse of children;

  3. Being subject to any court order involving any sexual abuse or physical abuse of a minor, including but not limited to domestic order or protection;

  4. Had their parental rights involuntarily terminated;

  5. A history with another organization (volunteer, employment, etc.) of complaints of sexual or physical abuse of minors;

  6. Resigned, been terminated or been asked to resign from a position, whether paid or unpaid, due to complaint(s) of sexual or physical abuse of minors; or

  7. Has a history of other behavior that indicates he/she may be a danger to children in SDAHA hockey programs.

Coaches Helmet Rule

Safety is the top priority of USA Hockey each and every day. In 2006, USA Hockey took a significant step forward in enhancing safety by requiring coaches and volunteers to wear helmets when they are on the ice.

While most are in compliance with the rule, this past June, USA Hockey’s board of directors added a 30-day suspension from all activities involving registered programs for failure to comply with the rule.

The rule can be found on Page 144 Section A, of USA Hockey’s 2018-19 Annual Guide.