Volume 8 Issue 1 | June 3, 2020
AHAI Leadership Conference and Annual Meeting Recap
On Saturday, May 30, AHAI held the legally required Annual Meeting part the usual AHAI Leadership Conference. Due to the current pandemic, the Annual Meeting was conducted by virtual webinar.
The membership education segment is currently scheduled for Saturday, June 27. There will be additional information in the future on the education segment's content and format.
During the Annual Meeting held on May 30, the AHAI Membership, by substantially more than the required 2/3rd vote, adopted the proposed Amended Bylaws. Those Amended Bylaws (click here to view) take effect immediately and replace the prior version of the Bylaws.
Additionally, the AHAI membership elected the following individuals to the AHAI Board of Directors for three (3) year terms ending in 2023:

Mike Barrett
Kevin Bolger
Justin Lewandowski
Mike Mullally
Ken Michel

Keri Zschach and Jim Clare also presented additional information and answered questions about the Restore Illinois Phase 3 Guidance .
At the AHAI Board meeting which immediately followed the Annual Meeting, the Board adopted as Interim Rules, those parts of Articles 7, 8 and 9 of the old Bylaws which were taken out of the Amended Bylaws on the advice of counsel.
Look for information on the Educational segment of the Leadership Conference in the coming weeks.
The Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois has created a COVID-19 resource tab on www.ahaienews.com  to provide the Illinois hockey community one location to find different resources related to the Coronavirus pandemic. You will find everything from Governor Pritzker's Restore Illinois Plan, USA Hockey and Project Play webinars to free e-Learning through the NHL and NHLPA's Future Goals program. Please see below for the most recent topics uploaded to our COVID-19 resource tab.
Attention all High School Combined Programs: Combined Applications for Fall 2020-2021 Due June 30
By Jack Weinberg, AHAI H.S. Committee Chair - The application for combined High School organizations is now available on the AHAI Webtool. June 30th is the deadline for filing Combined Applications for the Fall 2020-2021 season. Applications are filed electronically by each organization's registrar using the AHAI Webtool. In addition to completing the application, we need full information for all officers at your club including: name, mailing address, email address and phone number. It is critical that the contact information for your organization is current to assure that you are up to date with the latest news regarding High School Affiliates. If you have questions on how to update your contacts or complete your application, contact the AHAI Registrar at registrar@ahai2.org. If you have other questions for the High School Committee, please email jack.weinberg@ahai2.org.
Tier II Substitute Choice Application Process for 2020-2021 Season
The Tier II substitute choice application process, 10U through 16U/18U will begin on July 17, 2020. All applications will be submitted online. The Tier II Committee will have (3) three appeal hearings for those denied a substitute choice. The dates for the appeals are August 13, August 27, and September 9, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. Location will be announced at a later date.  If denied, please email Gregg Chudacoff, AHAI Tier II Chairman, at  gregg.chudacoff@ahai2.org with your preferred appeal hearing date. The deadline for applying for a substitute choice will be September 13, 2020.
Saluting the Illinois High School Hockey Senior Class
Local Coaches Pay Tribute to the Class of 2020

By Ross Forman - Memories from the 2019-20 Illinois High School Hockey Season will last forever, even though the final weeks of the season came to an abrupt end when the world was, to put it mildly, turned upside down by the coronavirus pandemic.

Especially for seniors - on and off the ice. No state champions. No post-season banquets to honor the graduates. No prom. No spring sports, such as baseball or lacrosse - two that traditionally have been the post-hockey season sport-of-choice for many. No true goodbyes. No senior breakfast, or other school tradition. And, of course, no formal graduation.  But the Illinois Hockey Community has not forgotten the Senior Class of 2020.

"One of the lessons the game of hockey and sports in general teaches us is to control what you can control," and the pandemic impact was out of your control, said Saint Viator head coach Tim Benz.  "In this circumstance, you can control how you spend time with family and friends.  Make the most of it while you can, and when we return to normalcy, ensure that you have some stories or moments to talk about."
Jason Hawkins, head coach for co-op Glenbard, added: "I hope the seniors can look back at their entire high school career and remember all the great memories and friends they made."
Glenbard, with the No. 4 seed, would have faced No. 1 Maine Township in a Combined Division state semi-final. Glenbard had already scored state tournament wins over Libertyville and Wheaton West. READ MORE>>
Senior Speech: Leyden's Anthony Arnoni addresses fellow members of the Class of 2020
By Ross Forman - Anthony Arnoni has simple advice for fellow seniors from the Class of 2020, which has endured the most trying final two months of their high school careers, including the cancellation of the state tournament's semifinals and championship games.
"We can and will become stronger," from enduring the coronavirus pandemic since mid-March, he said. "We are the one of the strongest classes; that is why we will (endure) all the madness in the world right now." READ MORE>>
Important Information Regarding CEP Clinics
The last few months have been a challenge for so many people and businesses due to the disruption caused by COVID-19. All the uncertainty has also had an impact on the hockey world. We at USA Hockey are closely monitoring the situation, and I have been keeping close tabs on developments specific to Central District. We obviously don't know what the future will hold, but as more information becomes available I will ensure to communicate it through direct email and District/Association communication channels established within Central District.

Coaching Clinics
The Coach-in-Chiefs are examining various options to hold clinics next fall. Given the uncertainty of the pandemic, no clinics will be posted until September, at the earliest. When more information is available, we will let you know. On the other hand, the Online Modules and Level 3 Recertification (which is only good for one year) programs are online and available now. If you're a level 3 coach and can recertify either with track 1 or track 2, we encourage you to do so. If you know that you're moving up a level (i.e.: 12U to 14U), please to take the time to do the age appropriate modules now.  Remember it's better to be above the curve rather than waiting until the last minute to complete your certification. Please click here for a few things you can do now to prepare for the 2020-2021 season.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me by email at  dougdietz04@gmail.comIn closing, on behalf of our entire Central District Education Program staff, I wish you all the best in this difficult time. Stay safe and healthy. We will play hockey again!
Due to USA Hockey's Annual Congress, the USA Hockey Webinar Series is on vacation! This is a great time to catch up on the 40 webinars from the past 10 weeks. You can watch recorded webinars on USA Hockey's YouTube channel at YouTube.com/usahockey. See you in a few weeks!

Ask the Official by Dave Zednik
QUESTION:  Can a roster parent be on the bench running a door in a game but not have a coaching card? ANSWER>>

QUESTION:  Penalty Shot situation: The player starting skating with the puck. About halfway to the goal he lost possession, he actually skated beyond the puck closer to the goal. He stopped and the puck caught up to him and continued.  The puck remained in forward motion the whole time and did not stop. Is that legal? ANSWER>>