IIHF Level II Coaching Program


Welcome to the IIHF Level II Coaching Development Program. This is the third of the four levels of coaching education that is offered by the IIHF. The four levels are Introduction to Coaching, Level I, Level II, and Level III.  The four levels are taught in a seminar format with tasks and take-home assignments.

There are Coaching Manuals for each level which the coaches can use as a reference guide to help them in their development and education. Also included here are the presentations used to teach.

The information that is offered in Level II will refine in a progressive manner the information learnt during the Level I. It will also introduce new material that is necessary for coaches to improve their coaching skills and knowledge that will progress into Level III.

The IIHF Coach Development Program Level II Coach Manual is divided into ten subject areas.

These ten subject areas are further divided into different topic areas that will enhance the dedicated coach’s knowledge and expertise in the many exciting areas of coaching.


Structure of IIHF - This chapter explains the structure of the International Ice Hockey Federation and the five components of the IIHF Sport Development Program.


Demonstrate Leadership - Identifies the major roles the coach must play in the development of the athlete.


Communication in the Hockey Environment - Looks at communication with all the different groups that a coach has to deal with during the season including parents, referees and administrators.


Skill Analysis - Gives the coach the ability to analyze sports skills. Concentrates on the first two principles of movement and the correction methods for these principles.

Organization and Planning

Yearly Planning - Explains the importance of making a plan for the season and guides the coach through the procedure of making the yearly plan.


How the Body Works - Offers an explanation of the body's physical make-up and an understanding of its three energy systems and how these systems effect a players performance during the game.

Developing Fitness - Describes the body's four fitness components and how they should be incorporated into the a teams yearly planning.

Growth and Development - Guides the coach through the four areas of development and explains how these interact with the four stages of growth and development.


Practice Organization – Explains how to effectively design a practice and how to include your team's seasonal goals into each practice.


Goalkeeping - This is an introduction to the key skills for this very important individual position.  Subjects covered are: basic stance, skating skills, angles, puck stopping and stick skills.


Developing Hockey Sense -  A guide to understanding Game Situation Roles and an explanation of how to develop hockey sense in your players.

Individual Tactics – A progression of the offensive and defensive individual tactics reviewed in Level I.

Team Tactics and Principles - This section concentrates on the offensive and defensive team tactics a team needs and describes principles that govern these tactics.

Athlete Safety and Protection

Athlete Abuse and Harassment Procedures - Focuses on the main types of child abuse and harassment and identifies correct procedures to take if they are detected.