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Disabled Hockey Workshop

USA Hockey and the Columbus Blue Jackets are proud to announce that the 2017 Disabled Hockey Workshop will be September 29 - October 1 in Columbus, OH. New and existing program administrators, board members, coaches and volunteers from around the country will come together for a weekend of educational sessions and networking. Attending programs will have access to the best resources available to USA Hockey members, providing the tools to make your program a top quality and outstanding organization.

Friday all sessions and training will be held at the Nationwide Arena, home of the Columbus Blue Jackets, in the heart of the Arena District and walking distance from many restaurants and bars.  Saturday and Sunday sessions will be held a short walk away at the host hotel, the Crowne Plaza.

This year's theme is Club Excellence and some of the sessions scheduled include:

  • USA Hockey Town Hall
  • Office Hours with the Disabled Hockey Section 
  • Basics of an Effective Organization
  • Strategic Planning and Best Practices
  • Program Sustainability 
  • CPR Basics
  • Working with your Local Professional Hockey Club
  • Leveraging Technology Available to USA Hockey Programs
  • Grant Searching and Writing Winning Proposals
  • Branding and Marketing
  • And Many More Innovative and Exciting Sessions

The workshop will begin at noon on Friday, September 29, and will conclude at noon on Sunday, October 1. 

Friday night there will be Keynote Dinner held at the Nationwide Arena.

Program Administrators

Coaches Clinic Schedules


Sled Hockey Referee Seminar Information

USA Hockey is proud to announce that as part of the 2017 Disabled Hockey Workshop in Columbus, Ohio., there will be a referee seminar for those that want to work sled hockey.

This seminar will not only cover topics specific for officiating sled hockey, but it will also cover all the traditional topics of a referee seminar. In addition, the Level 2 and Level 3 closed book exam will be administered, meaning attending this seminar will meet your seminar requirements for the season.

The seminar will be on Saturday, September 30th. It will be held at the Nationwide Arena and will include an on-ice component with sled hockey players.

If you have any questions or for more information, please contact Brad Roethlisberger at hockeyrefbar@sbcglobal.net


Coaching Education Courses Offered

As part of the Disabled Hockey Workshop, there will be two coaching education training opportunities. Theses programs are listed below. If you register for one of these, you are also invited to attend the educational sessions of the Disabled Hockey Workshop on Friday along with all social activities.  The cost for either coaching clinic is $50.  Those that attend from the host District (MidAm) will be refunded the registration fee the first week of October.  

For more information about the coaching education opportunities, contact Chuck Gridley, USA Hockey's Coaching Education Liaison for Disabled Hockey, at chuckgridley@aol.com

Advanced Coaching Education Workshop for Special Hockey Coaches

There will once again be a coaching education clinic offered just for Special Hockey Coaches. This coaching clinic will cover not only advanced coaching techniques, but also cover topics like behavior management, locker room safety and management, matching lines and understanding player levels, basic first aid concerns as well as social media, the good and the bad.

This program will be Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Sunday: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  All attendees are encouraged to attend the Disabled Hockey Workshop sessions on Friday, including the USA Hockey Town Hall and Keynote Dinner.  

High Performance Workshop for Sled Hockey Coaches

This coaching education program is for sled hockey coaches that have been coaching for a few years or more and are looking for advanced coaching education. Unlike a normal Disabled Hockey Coaching clinic, this clinic will focus on sled hockey and helping players get to the next level. Coaches and staff from the U.S. National Sled Hockey team will lead presentations and you will watch team practices. You will discuss practice planning as well as incorporating small area games. There will be an opportunity for open discussion as well as a chance to discuss what USA Hockey can do to better serve sled hockey coaches and the advancement of sled hockey.

This program will be Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and Sunday: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. All attendees are encouraged to attend the Disabled Hockey Workshop sessions on Friday, including the USA Hockey Town Hall and Keynote Dinner.  


Host Hotel

Crowne Plaza
3 East Nationwide Boulevard
Columbus, OH 43215

Rate: $131/night +tax
Online reservation Click here
Phone Reservations: (800) 338-4462
Group code: "USA Hockey Workshop"
Reservations must be made by: August 28, 2017

Classroom / Ice Sessions

Nationwide Arena
200 W Nationwide Blvd
Columbus, OH  43215

Crowne Plaza
3 East Nationwide Boulevard
Columbus, OH 43215