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Coaches Corner

John Franke
Director of Goalie & Skating Skills Development
Email:  Goalies@southtownsstars.com
Richard Vittoria
Interim Director of Travel Hockey
Email: travel@southtownsstars.com

Jay Spoto
Director of Registration, Records & Credentials
Email: registrar@southtownsstars.com
Mike Schott
Director of MOHL Hockey
Email: mohl@southtownsstars.com

Jay Ciamaga
Director of Girl's Hockey
Email: girls@souththownsstars.com

Apply to be a 2023-24 Head Coach

Southtowns Stars is looking for Head Coaches for the following teams:

TRAVEL:
Squirt Minor
Squirt Major
PW Major
Bantam Minor
Bantam Major
 
MOHL:
8U
10U
12U
14U
 
6U RISING STARS
 

2023-24 coaches incentive

Up to three (3) coaches on each STS team will be reimbursed up to $175 annually in credential/certification fees  with receipts and proof of completion. This includes CEP, Modules, Background and/or USAH fees.
 

CURRENT HEAD COACHES: If you are returning as a Head Coach and were one this past season, please complete the application by clicking the link below and submit by 1/20/23.

23-24 Returning Head Coach Application

NEW HEAD COACHES: If you have never been a Head Coach or are an assistant coach looking to move into a Head Coach position, please complete the application by clicking the link below and submit by 1/20/23.

New Head Coach Application


Dear Coaches,

Congratulations and thank you for volunteering to be a coach for our youth hockey program for the 2022-2023 season. In order to complete the registration process and ensure all required records and credentials are kept on file for proper rostering in August/September we are requiring the following process be completed by the due dates listed below.

Sincerely,

The Southtowns Stars Board of Directors

 


USA HOCKEY REGISTRATION

  • Beginning April 1, 2023 you must register through USA Hockey for a new 2023-2024 registration membership number. (This is required to be able to register for STSAHA.) The fee has gone up and now ranges based on birth year and positions. 

2022-2023 Membership Cost

  • 2016 & younger = $15
  • 2015-2014 = $50
  • 2013-2010 = $61
  • 2009-2004 = $70
  • 2003 & older = $46
  • Coaches (All levels) = $46
  • Administrators, Board Members & Volunteers = $0
  • Officials Level 1 = $45
  • Officials Levels 2/3/4 = $90

Link to USA Hockey Membership Registration: https://membership.usahockey.com

SOUTHTOWNS STARS REGISTRATION

  • Beginning April 1, 2023 and after your register for your new USA Hockey membership number you must register as a coach on the Southtowns Stars website. There is no cost for this, but ALL COACHES must register AND be able to provide their new 2023-2024 USA Hockey membership number.
  • ** If you register before April 1st the number will be invalid for the upcoming 23-24 season and you will be subject to another registration fee. 

 

BACKGROUND SCREENING

  • Beginning April 1, 2023 you must be sure you are properly screened through the USA Hockey approved NCSI. Your screening is good for 2 hockey seasons. The cost is $30 for two years. This should be complete by July 1, 2023.

*Please keep your final report first page when it is sent to you. You may be asked to provide documentation to the registrar at a later date.  

AGE SPECIFIC COURSE MODULES

  • Coaches are required to complete their age-specific online course modules to be rostered by USA Hockey. If you haven't completed your module you may do beginning April 1, 2023. The cost is $10 per module and the link can be found below. These should be completed by July 1, 2023.

Link to USA Hockey Age Specific Modules: https://www.usahockey.com/agespecificmodules

 

SAFESPORT TRAINING

Effective 2019-2020 Season & later: 

COACHES AND MANAGERS ARE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE SAFESPORT TRAINING ANNUALLY PER USA HOCKEY REGULATIONS.

As of the 2020 and later all coaches, managers and volunteer staff are now required to take SafeSport Training Course annually. This is a change from previous years. There is not cost for this and it should be completed before July 1, 2023 to facilitate the ease of rostering.

*Please save all 4 certificates. These may be required to show proof of completion to our league registrar.

Link to Safesport Online Training: https://www.usahockey.com/safesporttraining 

  • Only rostered coaches are allowed on the bench. (Note: Volunteer parents, no matter how well intended, cannot be on the bench or step on the ice unless they are officially level certified and rostered...no exceptions)


COACHING EDUCATION PROGRAM (CEP) 

  • STSAHA requires ALL coaches to have proper USA Hockey Certification and attend Coaching clinics. It is the coaches responsibility to register for the appropriate level Certification Clinic in our area and attend only ONE (1) clinic per clinic season.  All clinics will be posted on USA HOCKEY website by August 15th. Coaches have until December 31st to attend a clinic.
     
  • In addition, other volunteers in the USA Hockey programs that have regular, routine or frequent access to or supervision over youth participants, such as team managers, locker room monitors, chaperones, etc., are required to complete the SafeSport Training prior to such access.

 

COACHES MUST WEAR HELMETS & ALL STS PLAYERS MUST WEAR NECK GUARDS!


Tryout Resources


Referee Information

*Referee Scheduling*

  • Teams are responsible for scheduling their own refs.  Jerry Sprada from Buffalo Refs is our league scheduler for home game ref scheduling. Please email him your schedules (can be sent in a spreadsheet) as they are completed at jerrysprada@yahoo.com and indicate the following in the email:
    • Team Name/HC/Manager
    • Age Classification (10U MOHL, 14UNTB, etc)
    • Travel or MOHL
    • Period lengths
    • Date and time of game
    • Who you're playing against
  • You must also email Chris Roswell (chrisr@holidayrinks.com) from Leisure. He will reserve the locker rooms.
  • After a few days, please verify that your games are scheduled by visiting http://my.horizonwebref.com/. Use the following to login:
    • username- jcione
    • password- Stsrefs1$
    • On the right side of the page is where you should see two referees scheduled for your game.  If not, contact Jerry.

**2021-2022 fees**

CONTACT:

Jerry Sprada, STS Referee Scheduler
jerrysprada@yahoo.com
716-583-4053

TRAVEL:

  • Squirt - $29 per official

  • Pee Wee - $37 per official

  • Bantam - $45 per official

  • Midget - $58 per official

  • Girls 10U - $28 per official

  • Girls 12U - $32 per official

HOUSE:

  • Squirt - $25 per official
  • Pee Wee - $30 per official
  • Bantam - $40 per official
  • Midget - $50 per official

 

 

SEASON EXTRA ICE BILL DUE DATE

Any additional ice purchased above the 40 hours included in the $700 Registration fee will be drafted from your team account the first week of December 2021. Managers and coaches should be prepared and aware of this to ensure the money is in the account.

Important Documents