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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 from around the country will come together for a weekend of educational sessions and networking. There will be planned social events, including a Keynote Speaker.  

All classroom 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. Some of the tentative educational sessions are:

  • Try Hockey Events / Clinics
  • Grant Writing 
  • Utilizing Social Media Responsibly
  • Developing Collateral Material
  • Strategic Planning
  • Partnering with the Pros in your community
  • Promoting your program: Update and perfecting your elevator speech
  • Supporting Your Program: Financials
  • Supporting Your Program: Volunteers
  • Sustainability: Player recruitment
  • Developing Disabled Learn to Skate programs (can create sustainability for your program)
  • Before you get on the ice: Path to establishing a program
  • Hockey benefits beyond the ice time: Take your program to another level off the ice
  • Sustaining your program: defining and implementing your mission and vision
  • ADM (American Development Model): Applying the concepts to disabled players

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

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

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.

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

Advanced Coaching Education Workshop for Special Hockey Coaches

With the help and support of American Special Hockey Association (ASHA), there will once again be a coaching education clinic offered just for Special Hockey Coaches. This is a joint program between USA Hockey and ASHA and 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.

Both USA Hockey and ASHA are excited to be working on this project together to support the needs of coaches of Special Hockey Teams.

This program will be Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Sunday: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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.

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