Ask the Official: Parent on the Bench


By Dave Zednik, IHOA Registrar

QUESTION: Can a roster parent be on the bench running a door in a game but not have a coaching card?

ANSWER: The USA Hockey Playing Rules Glossary defines a Team Official as:

“A Team Official is any person on the players’ bench who is not on the game scoresheet as an eligible player or goalkeeper. All such persons must be registered in the current season as a Coach with USA Hockey, and must have attained the appropriate certification level as required by the District and/or Affiliate. One such person must be designated as the Head Coach.

For the record, there is no such thing as a “rostered parent”. Overall, all participants in the game must be registered with USA Hockey.

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