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Parent Resources

Learn to Play Hockey

These links will give you information on the basics of getting into hockey and the overall philosophy of USA Hockey and Sharks Ice

5 Tips on Hockey Safety

Sharks Ice Learn to Skate Program

Come Play Hockey - USA Hockey

USA Hockey Parent Handbook

USA Hockey Athletic Development Program

USA Hockey Long Term Athletic Development

Hockey Equipment & Getting Dressed (this has video)

How to be a Positive Hockey Parent:

Here are some articles to help you best support your child as they participate in Hockey.

Sabres and NHL 3 on 3 Article

'What Makes a Nightmare Sports Parent, and What Makes a Great One'

'A Letter To Parents of Undersized Hockey Players'

'Hockey Rink Etiquette For Parents'

'Understanding USA Hockey's American Development Model (ADM)'

'The Car Ride Home: Leave It On The Field'

'The Magic Hockey Helmet'

'Canadian Roulette: Why some parents devote everything for the ‘infinitesimal’ chance of getting their kid into the NHL

Changing the Youth Sports Environment


All hired and volunteer hockey coaches must have a current USA Hockey membership and be screened through the California Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA) screening program prior to coaching. The CAHA online background screening program is performed in partnership with Acxiom Information Security Services (Acxiom). Following initial background checks, CAHA performs screenings of all coaches on a two-year cycle.

All other coaches performing services at Sharks Ice facilities, including skating coaches, are required to have an approved background check, including federal, state and county criminal history and notification of subsequent arrests. Sharks Ice performs its screening program through Employers Investigative Services (EIS).

For more information please contact Jon Gustafson, Vice President of Sharks Ice, by calling (408) 279-6000.

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