Volume 2 Issue 7
August 6, 2014
In This Issue
ASK AHAI
QUESTION:

I have a question about application of the 2 Choice Rule. Our club is not offering a USA Hockey or AHAI team for the 8U players. If my son plays AAU Mites this year, will he be charged with a Choice under the AHAI 2 Choice rule? If he goes to another club to play USA Hockey/AHAI will he be charged his 2nd Choice?


ANSWER: 

The short answer is no. It would not be held against the player if he has no option at his present club. The AAU is not an AHAI sanctioned program so it does not figure into the AHAI 2 Choice Rule. Any player whose current hockey club does not field a USA Hockey/AHAI team at a given level will not be charged an additional choice if you do move your player to a USA Hockey/AHAI club. However, be sure to file an online petition with the Tier II Committee requesting an additional Choice option. While the request will not be granted this year (because you still have 2 Choices available to you), filing a petition now will document the situation you may find yourself in if an additional choice is needed in the future.

  

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ASK THE COACH
QUESTION:

I took the Pee Wee Age Specific Module when they were first required several years ago. I then moved to coaching Bantams and took that Module. I will now be moving back to coaching Pee Wee; will I need to re-take the Pee Wee Specific Module?


ANSWER:

Once you have taken any Age-Specific Module it does not need to be repeated. 

  

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USA HOCKEY'S SAFESPORT PROGRAM UPDATE

As you may know, the USA Hockey SafeSport Program was implemented in full last season and included online training that was available to all coaches, officials and volunteers. This article is to let you know about the requirements for the 2014-15 season.

 

As background, the USA Hockey SafeSport Program is designed to prevent abuse and maximize the safety of our participants in the off-ice environment. The SafeSport Training is part of the program and is intended to heighten awareness of those that are in supervisory positions over youth participants. We recognize that adding additional educational requirements increases the burden on our coaches and other volunteers, but as the primary and most direct leaders and supervisors of our youth teams, it is critical that they are trained in ways that can help prevent abuse within our programs. Additionally, providing a safe environment for your participants helps recruit and retain players, and enhances your program in the eyes of parents.

 

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MITE UPDATES
MITE NIHL UPDATE

As we approach 2014-2015 Fall Season, a few updates for our incoming mites. As was mentioned in the most recent Mite Newsletter, we have received dozens of emails from concerned parents that want to stay with NIHL and AHAI as opposed to the choice their club has made to pull their mites out of NIHL. The main question revolves around using a choice to do this. The AHAI Two Choice Rule makes mention of the fact that if your current choice does not field a team at the level your skater is at, then you can apply for a substitute choice. I have advised those parents to submit a Two Choice Application (click HERE for the form). In addition, the 2-4-6-8 Rule may come into play with several mites leaving a non-USA Hockey mite program to go to a NIHL program, with less choices of where to go, there may be more than 2 Mites from another organization on a team. This rule is very clear as it states verbatim: "Individuals who played for a club that does not field a team at a level will not count against the maximum for the club in which the player moves." That being said, the 2-4-6-8 rule does not come into play for these types of moves.

 

No matter what your child does this winter, we hope it is an enjoyable season. For those leaving AHAI and USA Hockey, we hope to see you back again the following year. For those mites staying in NIHL, congratulations for staying the course and supporting the league that has supported all of us for so long. Additionally, a very special shout out to Bloomington who joins both the Admirals and Irish in their decision to go 100% half-ice/cross-ice with all their mites this season. The Admirals are looking to become a Model Association with USA Hockey.

CONCUSSION Q & A: WAYS TO KEEP YOUR SKATER SAFE THIS SEASON
By Elizabeth Pieroth, PsyD, ABPP

Kids across the country are back in school and back to sports. It's important to be educated on the ways to keep your kids safe when they play the sports they love. In particular, parents, coaches and young athletes should all be aware of the signs and symptoms of concussion. We spoke with Dr. Elizabeth M. Pieroth, a Board Certified Neuropsychologist at NorthShore University HealthSystem and consultant to professional sports teams including the Chicago Blackhawks, about this important topic.

 

Q. What is a concussion?  A concussion can occur with any blow or force to the head that causes mental status changes; disorientation, confusion, memory loss, slowness in thinking. Concussions occur in both boys and girls and can occur in all sports.
 
Q. What are the signs and symptoms?  The signs are those things that are observed by others - such as coaches, parents or teammates. The symptoms are those things reported by an athlete. Click HERE for list of signs and symptoms.
 

Q. What can parents and coaches do to prevent concussions? It's impossible to completely prevent concussions, but there are steps parents can take to keep their children safer while playing sports. First, talk to your child's coach about how he/she handles safety issues. Has the coach been trained in concussion prevention? Does he/she know how to spot and respond to a concussion? If not encourage him/her to take the free, online Heads Up Course offered by the CDC. Additionally, make sure your child's equipment fits properly and that he/she wears the right equipment for every practice and game. READ MORE>>>

 


 

AHAI NEWS & INFORMATION

HELMET CHECK: HAS YOUR SKATER'S HELMET EXPIRED?

As you may know, last year USA Hockey changed its rule regarding the expiration of the helmet "certification" based on the HECC approval ratings. The rule indicates that an invalid helmet date should render the player ineligible for the game (Rule 304 states [note] HECC certification includes an expiration date on the sticker and a helmet that has an expiration date that has expired is no longer considered certified. The player may not wear a helmet that does not have a valid and current certification sticker). If no sticker is affixed to the helmet, the officials are permitted to inspect the helmet to ensure it meets the safety requirements of a helmet. If it does not, it is an equipment violation and the player shall be sent off the ice. READ MORE>>>

IT'S ALMOST TRYOUT TIME:
PLAY POSITIVE TRYOUT TIPS

Making the youth hockey team can be one the most difficult challenges that youth athletes can face - both physically and emotionally.  And making the team can be hard, no matter how talented or driven the athlete - as the well-documented tale of basketball icon Michael Jordan not making his high school team as an underclassman illustrates. So this preseason, as tryouts get underway, how about taking a Play Positive approach to tryouts? It's important to remember the positives in the tryout experience - and that these positives exist whether or not your young athlete makes the final cut. Tryouts are one of the many experiences in youth sports that prepare us for similar situations in our adult life, such as college applications, job interviews and more. READ MORE>>>

TIER II 2 CHOICE SUBSTITUTION APPLICATION PROCESS NOW OPEN!

The application process for Tier II Two Choice Substitutions is now open through October 15. 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. Click HERE for examples of situations that may lead to the rare substitute choice. Questions? Contact AHAI Tier II Chairman, Gregg Chudacoff, at gregg@generaltruckparts.com. 

 
CONCUSSION AWARENESS

 

Free Baseline Testing is now available through November 30, 2014 for all AHAI members aged 13-18.Every athlete who completes a baseline test this year will be entered to win an official Chicago Blackhawks Jersey signed by Patrick Kane!

COACHING NEWS & INFORMATION
HOW TO BECOME AN AHAI STUDENT COACH

Did you know that AHAI has a Student Coach Program? A Student Coach is a player between the ages of 13 and 17 who is currently properly registered/rostered on an AHAI/USA Hockey team. The purpose of AHAI's Student Coach Program is to help train entry level coaches at an earlier age level (Mentor Program) and allow the younger players who wish to do so an opportunity to participate on the ice and help the coaching staff demonstrate/teach skills. The Student Coach Program also gives actual on-ice experience to our younger players who aspire to become a coach in the future as well as to allow these young players protection under the USA Hockey Insurance Program. If your player is interested in AHAI's Student Coach Program, please click HERE for more information.


CENTRAL DISTRICT LEVEL 4 CEP CLINIC ANNOUNCED

The USA Hockey Level 4 Coaching Clinic for the Central District will take place on Saturday and Sunday, September 27 & 28, 2014 at the Renaissance Hotel located in Schaumburg, Illinois. Topics will include Offensive and Defensive Player Development, Special Teams, Ethics, ADM, Teambuilding, Goaltending, Small Games, Bench Management, Practice Efficiency, Off-Ice Development. The cost is $220.00 which includes Clinic Materials, Coaches Gifts, Door Prizes, Lunch on Saturday and a Reception on Saturday Night. Click HERE to register. For more information, please contact Doug Dietz at dougdietz04@gmail.com

2014-2015 CEP CLINIC REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

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 is now open. Click HERE for full CEP Clinic schedule. Click HERE to register.

 

ILLINOIS HOCKEY OFFICIALS ASSOCIATION (IHOA) NEWS
SO YOU WANT TO BE A REFEREE?

By Mike Barrett, IL Referee-in-Chief/Supervisor of Officials

So you want to be a referee? Well, congratulations. We are happy to have you! I am sure you are wondering what you have to do to become a referee. Hopefully, this article will provide you with some insight into the registration process.

 

The Illinois Hockey Official's Association (IHOA) conducts all aspects of officials' registration, instruction, curriculum, training, evaluation, supervision and mentoring. From the beginning of an Illinois ice hockey official's career to the end of their career and everywhere in between, IHOA plays a vital role in the entire process.

 

So what is the FIRST step to become an official? Simply put, you should have the desire to participate in perhaps the greatest sport known to man. You will be challenged physically and mentally as an official. READ MORE>>>

ILLINOIS HOCKEY NEWS
U.S. ROSTER SET FOR FINAL GAMES OF NATIONAL JUNIOR EVALUATION CAMP
Belpedio, Compher, Louis

Twenty-seven of the 42 players in attendance at the 2014 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp will remain to face the Czech Republic, Finland and Sweden later this week. Three Illinois players are among the final 27 auditioning for spots on the U.S. National Junior Team that will take part in the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26, 2014-Jan. 5, 2015, in Montreal and Toronto, Canada. Congratulations Louie Belpedio (Skokie), J.T. Compher (Northbrook) and Anthony Louis (Winfield). READ MORE>>>

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS NEWS
JUNIORHAWKS & INTERMISSION RELAY RACE/SHOOTOUT DATE REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN!

If you have a Mite or Squirt team within your organization who would like to skate on the ice at the United Center, you will need to fill out a lottery form on our website. Last season alone, 42 clubs were able to showcase their talents on our ice. Don't miss out on your opportunity to play here in 2014-15!

 

JuniorHawks presented by Meijer

The JuniorHawks program provides an experience to skate on the same ice surface as the Chicago Blackhawks. Teams will receive an 80-minute ice slot, typically four hours prior to a Blackhawks home game. All players will also receive a Blackhawks practice jersey to wear during the game and take home! Click HERE for more information.

 

Intermission Relay Race/Shootout

The Intermission Relay Race or Shootout takes place in front of 20,000 fans during the first intermission of our home games.  Teams consisting of 10 skaters and 2 goalies will wear their club jerseys on the ice during this once in a lifetime opportunity. Click HERE for more information. If you have questions, please call Matt Brooks at 312-455-7039 or email at mbrooks@chicagoblackhawks.com.

UPCOMING EVENTS
NORTHSHORE UNIVERSITY HEALTHSYSTEM PRESENTS A FREE SYMPOSIUM: "KEEPING YOUNG HOCKEY PLAYERS HEALTHY"


NorthShore University Health System is presenting a FREE symposium titled "Keeping Young Hockey Players Healthy." This symposium will feature experts in sports medicine presenting on nutrition, concussion awareness, common hockey injuries, and injury evaluations/return-to-play considerations. All attendees will be entered to win an official Chicago Blackhawks hockey stick signed by the team! Call 847-570-2830 for more information.

 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

7:00pm to 8:30pm

New Trier High School - Room C234

Happ Road, Northfield, IL

OAK LAWN ICE ARENA'S 20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Join Oak Lawn Ice Arena Friday, August 8 through Saturday, August 9 as they celebrate the heroes in our lives. Watch as Hockey Saves, the Oak Lawn Police & Fire Department and the Chicago Blackhawks Alumni battle it out on the ice. There will also be a Red, White & Blue Skate with a DJ and a Salute to Heroes Skating Exhibition. Click HERE for complete schedule of events and ticket information.
ENTER TO WIN!
ENTER TO WIN A SIGNED COPY OF MICHAEL BETCHERMAN'S LATEST HOCKEY THRILLER, FACE-OFF!
Michael Betcherman, award winning author of Breakaway, captivates hockey enthusiasts again in his second novel, Face-Off, which has just been released in the United States. Enter to win a signed copy of Face-Off! Contest ends on Friday, August 29. Winners will be notified by email and announced in the September 3rd edition of AHAI's e-newsletter, SNAPSHOT.
 

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