Please note these instructions are for the coaching application only and are different than the registration process for enrolling your son or daughter in playing for WHA.
Please complete these steps in order:
|Age Level||Requirement||Focus Areas||Intensity|
|Mite/Ice Mite/U8||Optional – Some dryland training preferred||Stick handling, shooting, passing, floor hockey||Light|
|Squirt/U10||Optional – Some dryland training preferred||Stick handling, shooting, passing, floor hockey||Light|
|Peewee/U12||Strongly preferred||Stick handling, shooting, passing, systems, conditioning, plyometrics||Moderate|
|Bantam/U14||Required||Stick handling, systems, conditioning, plyometrics, strength||Intense|
Practice Plans – We expect that each head coach will prepare a written practice plan for each practice. Ideally, the coaching staff will also prepare a written season-long practice plan (see Practice Plans for examples).
Skills Development – We expect that each teams’ practice focus will generally follow the Skills Development Guidelines prepared by the WHA Hockey Development Committee.
Dryland Training – We expect that each team will supplement its on-ice development with age-appropriate dryland training as outlined below (see also Drill Bank – Dryland):
USA Hockey provides a document titled "Avoiding the Coaching Cliff" that lists all the things that coaches should take care of to prepare for the season.
This form must be completed and turned into the association prior to a child coming back after an injury: