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Coach's Corner

Apply to be a coach today!

All persons interested and/or registered to coach for Sioux Falls Youth Hockey Association for the 2024-2025 season are invited to contact the SFYHA Director of Hockey at 

Please register below to apply for a coaching position. The SFYHA Director of Hockey, Coach Houck, will review all applications and assign coaches as needed. SFYHA will generally not assign more than 3 coaches per travel team. Information on SafeSport and Background Screening is provided below. Training and certification are required.

Thank you for sharing your time with our hockey youth!

Pre-Season Coaches Clinic Materials

Coaching Registration

Steps To Become a SFYHA Coach


  1. Register with USA Hockey as a Coach – Annual  Process   
  2. Complete the online SFYHA Coach Registration.  You will not be considered for a SFYHA position until you have completed the SFYHA Coaching Applicaiton.  No fee 
  3. Complete online Background Screening - before getting on the ice.  Every other year requirement.  No fee to be charged. 
  4. Complete online Safe Sport Training - before getting on the ice - Valid for 12 months.  There is a core course plus three refresher courses.  Once you have complete all four of these courses, you will start with the core course again.  No fee
  5. Complete online Age Specific Module as required for the level you are coaching– before getting on the ice.  Once a course is taken, it does not have to be repeated.  You can complete more than one age-specific modules in a year.
  6. Register and complete CEP status by December 31.  You must complete the next level clinic each year until you have completed Level 4 clinic.  The only exception to this rule is for 8U or younger only.  They can remain at their present CEP coaching level, unless they are coaching older leagues. Classes will be virtual and in person for 2024-2025 season -         

    Always use your full legal name for all online registrations thru USA Hockey.

Per Memo from USA Hockey to local association Registrars – April 13, 2020


Register Today

Register to coach for the 2024-2025 Season

Background Screening

Coaches - Please mark Coach for Screening Process & not Referee.  The USA Hockey Registry will not allow a coach to be placed on a roster without Background Screening.

RETURNING COACHES You are required to complete Background Screening Application every other season.  Anyone who did not complete the Background Screening last season, will need to do so prior to getting on the ice.

NEW COACHES -  It must be completed before you go on the ice.  

  • You will need to provide your Coach USA Hockey Confirmation number 
  • Proceed with the information as requested
  • Not sure if you completed  Background Screening last season, contact

SafeSport Training

USA Hockey requires all coaches to complete the SafeSport Training Program every 12 months.   For new coaches, the online training is to be completed PRIOR to any participation with youth players and is free of charge.  For returning coaches, members will receive a USA Hockey reminder notice 30 days and 15 days prior to expiration.  Failure to comply will be automatice removal from rosters and participation.


  • SafeSport Website
  • If you completed SafeSport training for the 2023-2024 season, you should be eligible for the SafeSport Refresher Course.
  • NEW COACHES - All are required to complete the USA Hockey SafeSport Core Training.  
  • To register for training, you will need to provide your USA Hockey Confirmation number.
  • Coaches can only be placed on USA Hockey rosters if their SafeSport training is compliant.


Season Introduction Forms

Misc. Coaching Forms

Director of Hockey Skill Instruction Resources


Please review our expanding library of drills and coaching techniques. Categories include Offensive, Defensive, Coaching, Conditioning, and Practice Plans. Many of these were posted or created by Coach Houck.

The core philosophy of the Sioux Falls Flyers is contained within the SFYHA Drill Book. The SFYHA Drill Book contains numerous drills to develop all areas of team play. Coach Houck has created this resource to be used by our coaches to develop our players with a common vision to assist their transition between playing levels and age groups.

We encourage our coaches to have game film sessions with their players in the provided conference room. You will need to reserve the room ahead of time with the IcePlex to make sure it is not in use. Contact to reserve the Scheels Community Room or the Sanford Community Room. 

Here are the instructions for using the projector screen: