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Coach information

Coaching Information

 The Rutland Junior Spartans welcomes new and returning coaches each season. If you are interested in coaching this year, whether you are new or returning, you need to fill out the coaching application found on this page and bring it to the coaches meeting. In addition, there is a background check that is required every two years. There is no coast to you for the background check, which can be found here.

All coaches need to register with USA hockey. Please mail or e-mail your receipt to vtraha@gmail.com

The mailing address for RAHA is PO Box 455, Rutland VT 05702.

If your certification expires in December or you are new to coaching please click below to see clinics in Vermont.  Every coach on the ice needs to be registered for USA hockey, wear a helmet and have taken the appropriate USA hockey coaching course. Click below to register with USA Hockey as a coach.

The coaching director season is Jim Bellew. Click below to email Jim.

Jim Bellew

Coaching Director

Expectation of Coaches

Expectations of Coaches

Each coach or administrator is expected to be familiar with these values and their place in the organization.

Rutland Amateur Hockey Association is dedicated to introducing the game of hockey to young men and women and their families. We expect the pursuit of hockey excellence will be accompanied by appropriate sports behavior and respect for every individual as described in the various USA Hockey codes of conduct.

  • Winning is a consideration, but not the only one, nor the most important one. Care more about the child playing than winning the game. Remember, players are involved in hockey for fun and enjoyment.
  • Be a positive role model to your players, display emotional maturity and be alert to the physical safety of players.
  • Coaches are responsible for knowing, understanding, and following all rules of the game.
  • Coaches are responsible for the conduct of their players. Whenever a player exhibits unsportsmanlike behavior on their own, it is the responsibility of the coach to address the behavior and put an end to it.
  • Game officials (on and off ice) shall at all times be treated in a professional and courteous manner. It is the responsibility of the host coach to insure the safety and well-being of these officials in the host facility.
  • Maintain an open line of communication with your player's parents. Explain the goals and objectives of the association and the team.
  • RAHA, consistent with USA Hockey's Zero Tolerance Policy, requires all coaches maintain sportsmanlike behavior and preserve the educational atmosphere before, during and after all USA Hockey sanctioned games and RAHA events (practices, meetings, etc.).
  • All coaches will abide by the standards contained in the Coaches Policy on Sports Conduct and Responsibilities. If the standards are violated, the coach may be subject to immediate suspension or dismissal as a coach. Coaching is a privilege and not a right.
  • All coaches must have a valid USA Hockey coaching education card as defined by VSAHA and USA Hockey. Coaches will be reimbursed the cost of one coach's clinic, per year.
  • All coaches will attend all meetings held by the RAHA Coaching Director.
  • Conduct an organizational meeting for parents and players prior to the first game of the season.
  • Maintain the team binder and report scores to the state
  • Organize practices that are fun and challenging for your players. Familiarize yourself with the rules, techniques and strategies of hockey; encourage all your players to play as a team.
  • Coaching/Mentoring
  • Encourage participation of every player in practices and games.
  • Emphasize good sportsmanship on and off the ice.
  • Stress the importance of teamwork
  • Treat all players equally
  • Stress FUN and skill development over winning
  • Provide each player with fair and equitable ice time
  • Adjust to personal needs and problems of players; be a good listener; never verbally or physically abuse a player or official; give all players the opportunity to improve their skills, gain confidence, and develop self-esteem; teach them the basics.
  • Encourage Healthy Lifestyles
  • Help players develop physically by learning skills, improving conditioning, develop good health habits, and avoiding injuries
  • Help players develop psychologically by learning to control their emotions and develop feelings of self worth
  • Be concerned with the overall development of your players. Stress good health habits and clean living.
  • Refrain from use of tobacco products while in the presence of players.
  • Refrain from use of alcoholic beverages prior to practices and/or games.
  • Role Models
  • Lead by example - maintain a positive attitude towards referees, parent, players, and other coaches.
  • Be generous with your praise when it is deserved; be consistent and honest; be fair and just; do not criticize players publicly; learn to be a more effective communicator and coach; do not yell at players.
  • Coaches should never teach their players tactics or skills designed to circumvent the intent of the rulebook and the standards of fair play. The rules exist to protect players and provide a common standard by which final results will be determined.
  • Coaches should be sensitive to the impropriety of private meetings with on-ice officials before, during, or after the contest, without the presence of a representative of the opposing team.
  • Coaches wishing to express displeasure with an official's conduct must follow the proper procedure, as established by VSAHA, and at no time will the media be used to criticize an official.