Volunteer Requirements

Below is information regarding the clearances that all Head Coaches, Assistant Coaches, and Business Managers must complete. Clearances must be completed before August 1st; coaches will not be allowed on the ice until all clearances are complete. Business Managers must also complete the requirements before August 1st.  Please allow sufficient time to complete all requirements before August 1st!  Clearances may take a few weeks to process.  Online coaching education and Safe Sport Training modules take multiple hours to complete.

Head Coaches are selected by the SAHA Board of Directors.  If you are interested in being a head coach, please let us know at:  sahaorginfo@gmail.com.

Assistant coaches are selected by the head coaches.  Once teams are assigned, please notify your head coach if you are interested in being an assistant coach.

USA Hockey Numbers

Valid for 1 year

USA Hockey numbers for all coaches, players, and business managers.  Head Coaches and Assistant Coaches must register online as an "Ice Player / Coach" ($50 fee), in the same way that the players register. Business Managers may register as an Ice Manager / Volunteer  (no fee). www.usahockeyregistration.com

Safe Sport Training Module Completion

Valid for 2 years

Required of all coaches and business managers.

In order to complete the 90 minute training module, one must have already registered and received a USA Hockey Number.  There is no cost for the Safe Sport Module. One may access the Safe Sport module at: https://www.usahockey.com/safesporttraining 

Mid-American Hockey Screening

Valid for 2 years

Required of all coaches and business managers.

In an effort to provide a safe and fun environment for our participants and volunteers, Mid-American Hockey requires that all new volunteers, including coaches and referees, submit to a background screen before they have routine access to children who participate in our organization. As such, we have designed a very user-friendly process to help achieve this goal. 

Please be aware that each individual will be responsible for a $30.00 fee to undergo this process for certification. 

Link to complete Mid AM clearances: HERE

Pennsylvania Act 153

Valid for 3 years

Required of all coaches and business managers.

As of December 31 2014, Pennsylvania Act 153 of 2014 requires that employees and volunteers who have direct contact or are responsible for the welfare of a child must obtain three background check clearances.


The required background check clearances include:

  • Criminal History Record Information obtained from the Pennsylvania State Police - https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp
  • Child Abuse Clearance obtained through the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services certifying the applicant is not named in the statewide database “as the alleged perpetrator in a pending child abuse investigation or as the perpetrator of a founded report or indicated report” of child abuse.” - https://www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis/public/home
  • Federal Criminal History Record Information obtained by submitting a full set of fingerprints to Identogo for submission to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. - https://uenroll.identogo.com/.  Enter Code: 1KG6Y3.  You must first register for an ID, then you must get finger-printed at an approved location.

Head Coaches and Assistant Coaches must also complete the appropriate age level online courses and coaching level in-person class.  Please see USAHockey.com for coaching education requirements.



Note: Volunteers are not required to complete the FBI clearance if they have lived continuously in Pennsylvania over the previous 10 years and are working an unpaid position. However, they must swear or affirm in writing that they are not barred from volunteering due to a conviction or offense under §6344. Individuals who reside outside of Pennsylvania may serve as a volunteer for no more than 30 days as long as they provide clearances from their home state or county. Those volunteering longer than 30 days must obtain clearance through the state of Pennsylvania.