Level 1 Coaching Course EIHA Level 1 Certificate in Coaching Ice Hockey

The Level 1 course is suitable for people wanting to begin coaching ice hockey.

Role: Assisting a more qualified coach in planning and delivering aspects of a session, under supervision e.g. Club Team Assistant Coach

Course Duration:

There are three sections to this course. It is anticipated that this course will take 12 weeks to complete

1. Pre Course Preparation

2. Two Day Attendance Course

3. Post Course Evaluation

Price: £135.00 – Course must be paid for in full before attending

Course Outline

Attendees will learn the “How to Coach” and the “What to Coach” skills needed to teach the techniques of the game at an introductory level. On completion of this course the Level 1 coach will be able to assist the delivery of coaching sessions under the direct supervision of a more qualified coach. They will be able to lead activities planned by a more qualified coach and will be able to contribute to the review of these sessions.

Evidence, Assessment and Certification   

The knowledge associated with this course may be assessed through a range of methods which might include: written questioning, oral questioning, discussion and/or the observation of practical coaching activities where knowledge can be ascertained from the expert observation of the practical delivery.

Coaching Course Prerequisites

Attendees must:

        be at least 16 on the first day of the course

        be competent skaters

        complete the Sports Coach UK e-learning module: Inspiring Positive Behaviour in Sport

        be able to communicate effectively in English (this includes listening, speaking, reading, writing and comprehension)

        have a good working knowledge of the sport, the rules and the terminology of the game of Ice Hockey

        have access to a practical ice hockey coaching environment for the duration of the course

Minimum Ice Hockey Skill Requirements

Attendees will ideally have experience of playing ice hockey. Attendees must be able to demonstrate skating, stick handling, shooting, passing and pass receiving elements to a competent standard.


  • Skate forward / Skate backwards
  • Stop moving in all directions / Stop on both feet forward & backward
  • Carry out tight turn in both directions / Crossover efficiently forwards and backwards
  • Pivot forwards to backwards and backwards to forward

Pre Course Preparation

Before attending the course, Learners must complete this Sports Coach UK e-learning module:

1. Inspiring Positive Behaviour in Sport

Go to: sportscoachuk.coachwisehub.com/store

* Certificates of completion will be required as evidence when you attend the course

Attendees must ensure they have a good working knowledge of the sport, the rules and the terminology of the game.

Attendees must arrange to have access to a practical ice hockey coaching environment for the duration of the course

  • Apply for your DBS check ASAP

  • Complete the scUK e-learning module and print your certificate

  • Start to keep a Coaching Portfolio/Logbook


Two Day Attendance Course

This includes classroom theory lessons and practical activities.

*Remember to take your two scUK e-learning Certificates to the course

Topics include:

  • Role of the Coach
  • Communication Principles
  • Teaching Techniques
  • Safety and Risk Management
  • Skating Skills
  • Puck Control Skills
  • Practice Organisation
  • Checking Skills
  • Individual Tactics
  • Learning Through Play

There is also a Practical Coaching session which lasts a minimum of 1 hour. A helmet skates, stick and gloves will be required for any on ice activities. Learners should be prepared to take part in various practical activities. Suitable clothing should be worn.

Post Course Evaluation

Following the attendance course there is a post course Assessment Exam, which includes practical coaching assignments in a local club:

Under the supervision of an experienced Level 2 or Level 3 coach – Learners are required to develop, deliver and to evidence the planning, delivery and review of a series of coaching sessions.

Learners are required to be observed and witnessed coaching the relevant ice hockey techniques, as defined by the SkillsActive National Occupational Standards for Sports Coaches and the IIHF Technical Syllabus in at least one of the planned sessions.

Learners will need to keep a Portfolio/Logbook of evidence of coaching activity and training to support their assessment.

Additional requirements for Level 1 coaches (see the EIHA Coaching Protocols for further information)

DBS Check

DBS Enhanced Disclosures are required prior to registration for coaches over 17 years old, if working in hockey other than adults-only recreational or university hockey. Further details are in the Education Programme registration procedures.