Volume 2 Issue 5
June 25, 2014
In This Issue
ASK AHAI
QUESTION:
A High School Hockey Club President asks: How can we go about obtaining sponsors for our club and players without violating player eligibility rules?

ANSWER:

I think this can be simply answered; keeping in mind your club is a 501.c.3 and has a tax exemption from the federal government (you should have...), please reference the AHAI Rules and Regulations -Article II, Section F: Amateur Play - General Principles. This applies to all hockey clubs, not just high school. Basically, funds cannot be "direct" to the player. As an example, a "donor" cannot sponsor a player by paying his hockey fees. Any donation must go to the club, and the club must then decide how to disperse funds based on its written policy. Therefore, the club must have a written policy on criteria and the basis for that criteria.

 

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ASK THE COACH
QUESTION:

I currently have a Level 3 coaching card that expired in 2013.  I did not renew/keep it current.  I am planning to get back into coaching again this year for a high school JV team.  Do I need to start over again at a Level 1 certification or can I go for a Level 3 renewal?


ANSWER:

 

You do NOT need to start over at Level 1. I have checked your CEP file in the USA Hockey database and it shows that you have already recertified your Level 3 online twice. That is the limit allowed by USA Hockey for recertifying Level 3. You must now take a Level 4 clinic. Level 4's are only conducted by USA Hockey. As AHAI is in the USA Hockey Central District, Level 4's are conducted by the USA Hockey Central District Coach-in-Chief.

 

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2014-2015 MITE HOCKEY SEASON
By Jim Clare, ADM Coordinator

AHAI has announced the programming for Mite Hockey for the upcoming Fall season. Before I explain, one change that has been made by USA Hockey is the addition of the U6 Mite classification. Mites have been split into two age classifications so keep that in mind as we discuss what was passed by AHAI for Mite Hockey. As many of you know, USA Hockey requires all its State Affiliates to abide by the rules as written in their guidebook. One rule that has received special attention is the mite rule that requires all mites to play on a reduced ice surface (half-ice or cross-ice). They have also allowed State Affiliates to apply for an exception to that rule to allow some full-ice hockey if so desired.

 

There are 34 USA Hockey Affiliates, of which 18 did not apply for any exception and have gone all half-ice/cross-ice. All Affiliates have gone to cross-ice only for U6. 16 Affiliates have applied for an exception and received it from the review committee at USA hockey, including AHAI. This committee is made up of mainly Affiliate Presidents. However, as most know, AHAI's original exception was for 25 full-ice games and 20 half-ice games for the upcoming season. The Board at AHAI fought for this exception even though they knew it was an uphill battle. For comparison, the closest exception to ours was for 12 full-ice games beginning January 1st, all others were 10 games or less beginning January 1st.

 

Based on being so far outside the norm, AHAI was presented with a decision, ignore the USA Hockey rule and put Illinois in jeopardy of sanctions for violating it (possible sanctions included no teams allowed at Nationals or player development camps) or submit an exception that is acceptable to the committee. Faced with this, the Board made a decision to not put our players and teams in jeopardy. We compromised with USA Hockey and still received the most liberal exception, 15 full-ice games after December 1st.

 

Before anyone questions why AHAI had no choice but to compromise, let me ask you this; if you had an organization with 56 teams and one of those teams was willfully breaking the rules of the Club, would you expect the leadership to take action against that team? If you coach a team, and one of your players is violating the rules of the team, shouldn't you take action against that player? Therefore, when 33 of 34 Affiliates are at least trying to abide by USA Hockey rules and 1 of them isn't, the other 33 expect the Governing body to take action. If anyone has any questions on the AHAI Mite policy, please reach out to me directly.

 

HOCKEY HOTBED: ILLINOIS!

By Jim Clare

USA Hockey recently released their registration numbers 2013-2014 season, and they are record breaking! There were 598,841 total members, of which 519,417 were players, both records over any previous year. Those numbers represent an increase of over 9,000 players from the previous year. More importantly, there was an upward tick in 8U players (+1,005) and 14U players (+1137).  These two age groups are key indicators for growth and retention respectively. In 2008-09, there were 465,976 players registered with USA Hockey, so in 5 years we have added 53,441 players!

 

Here in Illinois, the outlook is bright. In the last 5 seasons we have added 8,023 players. This represents 15% of the total player growth in USA Hockey! At the 8U level, Illinois grew by 1,136 players over the previous season. Girls' numbers in the state have grown as well, adding 165 more girls over the past season. Illinois has a total of 29,977 players, up 2,339 from the previous Fall season. This puts Illinois as the 6th largest state in USA Hockey (Pennsylvania is split into east and west, but if combined they would be 5th). 


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A STEP aHEAD BASELINE TESTING
REGISTRATION OPENS JULY 1, 2014

The Chicago Blackhawks, AHAI, Athletico and NorthShore University HealthSystem are proud to announce the fourth year of the A Step aHead program, which provides education on concussion safety to the youth hockey community and free baseline cognitive testing. Testing will be available beginning July 1, 2014 through November 30, 2014 for all AHAI members aged 13-18. Click HERE to register. Keep your eye out for additional information on educational opportunities for coaches, athletes and parents, including our second annual "Mom's Night" at the United Center. 

BREAKAWAY CONTEST WINNERS!

Congratulations to our two Breakaway Contest Winners! Each winner will receive a signed copy of Michael Betcherman's hockey thriller, Breakaway! Happy Reading!

 

Paula Catalano ~ Chicago Bruins

Megan Humann ~ Jaguars

 

Looking for a great summer read for your hockey obsessed high school, bantam or midget player? Check out what the critics have to say about Breakaway. READ MORE.

AHAI NEWS & INFORMATION
HELP WANTED: A STEP aHEAD PARTICIPATION SURVEY
Attention parents of skaters between the ages of 13 and 18, please take a moment to complete our quick, 2-question A Step aHead Baseline Testing Survey. Your input is greatly appreciated.
 
REGISTER TODAY! AHAI'S TIER I MITE ADM PROGRAM FILLING UP QUICKLY!

The 25-week AHAI Mite ADM Program is a unique opportunity for 7 and 8 year-old mite players which will be administered by three AAA Tier I Organizations. Participants will be evaluated in late August and 44 players will be selected per Tier I organization. These skaters will be trained under a strict and fully compliant ADM development structure consisting of station-based skills practices, small-area games, and half-ice hockey games. Each player in the program will be tested before, during, and after the season. The Mite ADM Program will focus on skill development, with 6 Tier 1 AAA coaches on the ice for each practice (2 times per week) and the teams will play half-ice games on weekends, a minimum of 3 ice touches per week.  The clubs will run a series of jamborees that may include some of the Tier II organizations. If a skater makes one of the ADM teams, they will not be allowed to double-roster with a full-ice team. Click HERE to learn more about this exciting new program or REGISTER NOW!

AHAI FOUNDATION GOLF OUTING

The 18th Annual AHAI Foundation Golf Outing will be held at the Hilton Chicago Indian Lakes Resort, Friday, August 15, 2014. Fun and games are planned for the course (golf skills not required to play) and a SPECIAL event you will not want to miss at dinner. Don't exclude your hockey player from the surprise. If you can't make the golf, DO NOT MISS THE DINNER! We promise you will be part of a one-of-a- kind experience few Blackhawks fans get to experience!

 

TWO CHOICE SUBSTITUTIONS

On July 15, 2014, the application process for Tier II Two Choice Substitutions will begin. You can find links to helpful articles regarding the Two Choice Rule, Choice Substitutions and what you should consider before making that second choice as well as information regarding the Midget Third Choice at ahaienews.com - just type "Tier II Two Choice" in the search bar. Should you have any further questions, please contact the AHAI Tier II Committee Chairman, Gregg Chudacoff

2014-2015
CEP CLINICS
AHAI is pleased to announce the schedule for the 2014-15 Coaching Education Program (CEP) Clinics. USA Hockey and the Coaching Education Program require both certification and registration in order to be eligible to coach; therefore, all coaches should ensure that they have met these requirements to be behind the bench for the upcoming season. Online registration to attend a CEP Clinic begins July 16, 2014.

CEP CLINIC SCHEDULE

SAVE THE DATE! SPORTS MEDICINE SYMPOSIUM FOR HOCKEY PLAYERS
NorthShore University HealthSystem will be hosting a free sports medicine symposium for hockey players, parents and coaches on September 4, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at New Trier High School. Information will be presented on injury prevention and rehabilitation from leading medical experts. Additional details will be published in future issues of SNAPSHOT.
ILLINOIS HOCKEY NEWS


2 ILLINOIS PLAYERS WILL ATTEND 2014 USA HOCKEY SELECT SLED HOCKEY CAMP

USA Hockey will host the 2014 Sled Hockey Player Development Camp at the Northtown Sports Centre in Amherst, N.Y., from July 14-19, 2014. Fifty-six male and female sled hockey players ages 13-32 will take part in the six-day camp, which will include daily practices and games. Among those select 56 players are Illinois' Ethan Burkhart of the GLASA Falcons and Joey Gugliotta of the RIC Blackhawks. The purpose of the camp is to identify, train and educate the top sled hockey athletes in the United States. During the camp, players are evaluated by USA Hockey's national evaluation staff, while competition gives the players the opportunity to measure themselves against others in the same age group, gain knowledge about their development and be exposed to top-level coaches. 

 

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3 ILLINOIS PLAYERS INVITED TO U.S. NATIONAL JUNIOR EVALUATION CAMP
 
On Wednesday, June 18, USA Hockey announced the 42 players that have been invited to the U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp, Aug. 2-9, in Lake Placid, New York. The players will audition for spots on the U.S. National Junior Team that will take part in the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship in Toronto and Montreal, Canada. AHAI congratulates Louis Belpedio (D) from Skokie, JT Compher (F) from Northbrook and Anthony Louis (F) from Winfield. Congratulations also to Don and Tony Granato of Downers Grove. Don Granato will serve as Assistant Coach to Team USA (U.S. National Under-17 Team) and Tony Granato will serve as Assistant Coach at the U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp!
 
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Pictured from left to right: Louie Belpedio, JT Compher & Anthony Louis
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS NEWS
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS 3v3 HOCKEY SERIES

Blackhawks 3v3 Tournament registration is now open! The tournament will take place August 15-16, 2014, at Seven Bridges Ice Arena (6690 Route 53, Woodridge). Age brackets range from Mites to Midgets. REGISTER TODAY!


2015 NHL BRIDGESTONE
WINTER CLASSIC

The Chicago Blackhawks, in conjunction with the National Hockey League, announced today that the team has been selected to participate in the 2015 NHL Bridgestone Winter Classic. The game will take place on Jan. 1, 2015, at 12 p.m. CT in Washington, D.C., against the Washington Capitals.

 

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2014-2015 BLACKHAWKS
REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE

The Chicago Blackhawks announced their 2014-15 regular-season schedule, which begins on the road against Dallas on Thursday, Oct. 9. The Blackhawks return for their home opener on Saturday, Oct. 11, when they host the Buffalo Sabres.

 

 

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