IN THIS ISSUE
Volume 5 Issue 8 | August 30, 2017
COACHES, DON'T GET STUCK IN THE STANDS!
Know the New Coaching Requirements...
By Jim Clare, AHAI Coaching ChairmanUSA Hockey and the Coaching Education Program (CEP) require: USA Hockey Registration, Screening, SafeSport Training, Age Specific Module completion and the appropriate Level CEP clinic to be eligible to coach. Why?

The answer is rather simple; the kids deserve it. What do I mean by that? As parents, you turn your children over to their coaches for several hours a week. After parents and teachers, your kids spend more time with coaches than probably anyone else during the season. USA Hockey and AHAI want that experience to be the best and safest it can be. Only properly educated coaches can help in the development of your skaters both on and off the ice. Coaches have a massive responsibility. Most of us remember our coaches; both the good and the bad. The effect they have on players can be immense and with that comes great responsibility.
  • Coaching Education Program (CEP) Online Age-Specific Requirements (Must be completed PRIOR to participating in any team activities and cannot be added to a roster until completed)
  • USA Hockey Requirements: Register as a member of USA Hockey, complete background screening and complete USAH SafeSport Training (Must be completed PRIOR to participating in any team activities and cannot be added to a roster until completed)
  • Coaching Education Program Certification Clinic Requirements (Must be completed by Dec. 31)
Please click HERE to view the above list of requirements in greater detail.
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IMPORTANT USA HOCKEY & AHAI INFORMATION

USA HOCKEY RULE CHANGE AT 14 & UNDER
At the 2017 USA Hockey Annual Congress, USA Hockey passed a rule that will have direct impact on team registrations for the 2017/18 season. The rule stipulates that if there is a player that is 12 years or younger registered on any 14 and under or U14 team (Tier I, Tier II, House League or Girls) that team will not be eligible to participate in the District or National Championship tournaments.  Based on this rule, AHAI has extended the restriction to the Illinois State Tournament.  If a 14 and under or U14 team is submitted for registration that has 12 and under players, the organization's President, Registrar, team Head Coach and Manager will be notified that once the team is certified, the team will not be eligible to play in the Illinois State Tournament. There will not be any exceptions made to this restriction. Click  HERE  for the complete USA Hockey rule.  All other requirements, rules, regulations, operation and procedures of all USA Hockey District and National Championship Tournaments shall be set forth in the District and National Championship Tournament Guidebook.
RULE CHANGES ADOPTED BY USAH
By Michael Barrett, Illinois Referee-in-Chief & Supervisor of Officials
This year was a rule change year at USA Hockey; therefore, I am writing this article to inform you of the rule changes adopted by the USA Hockey Board of Directors.  There are quite a number of changes applicable to playing rules and equipment  starting with the 2017-2018 playing season and will continue for the next four (4) years until the next time rule changes are permitted.  Please click HERE for a summary of the changes.
ICING RULE MODIFICATION RATIONALE
USA Hockey has modified its playing rules for the 14-and-Under age classification and all younger age classifications (youth and girls) to no longer legalize icing while a team is shorthanded. Beginning with the 2017-18 season, if a team ices the puck while shorthanded, it will result in a whistle followed by a defensive-zone faceoff. The team that commits an icing infraction will be allowed to change lines and/or players prior to the defensive-zone faceoff.  The rationale behind this rule change is twofold. FULL ARTICLE>>
LOCKER ROOM SUPERVISION & CO-ED LOCKER ROOM POLICIES
AHAI and USA Hockey are concerned with locker room activities between minor players; minor players and adult players; adults being alone with individual minor players in locker rooms; and with non-official or non-related adults having unsupervised access to minor participants at sanctioned team events. It is the policy of AHAI and USA Hockey that all Affiliates, Districts, leagues, and local hockey programs have at least one responsible adult present directly monitoring the locker room during all team events to assure that only participants, (coaches and players), approved team personnel and family members are permitted in the locker room and to supervise the conduct in the locker room.  READ COMPLETE POLICIES>>
AHAI NEWS & INFORMATION
ILLINOIS HOCKEY HALL OF FAME SEEKING NOMINATIONS FOR CLASS OF 2017
Illinois hockey has a very long and rich hockey history, in large part due to the tireless dedication and commitment of individuals who have helped make sure every individual who has had a desire to participate in this great sport has had the opportunity to do so. The Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame recognizes outstanding players, organizers, coaches, managers, supporters and officials. Click  HERE for Nomination Qualifications & Procedures. If you know of someone who you believe should be a candidate to enter the Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2017, you are encouraged to click  HERE for Nomination Form; please submit all assisting documentation by October 1, 2017. Click  HERE to view a list of past IHHF Inductees. The 2017 IHHF Induction Dinner will be held in their honour on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at the Belvedere Banquet Hall in Elk Grove Village beginning at 5:00 pm. Tickets are available by contacting Norm Spiegel at  847.269.2922 or jacole@comcast.net.
TIER II SUBSTITUTE CHOICE PROCESS
Please note that the dates for the remaining appeals are this evening, August 30, and September 7, 2017 . Appeal hearings will be held at 6:30pm on the aforementioned dates at the North Shore Ice Arena. If denied please email Gregg Chudacoff, AHAI Tier II Chairman,  with your preferred appeal hearing date (listed above). Deadline for applying for a substitute choice will be September 15, 2017. ONLINE APPLICATION>>
BE A STEP aHEAD...REGISTER TODAY!
We are proud to announce that we are in our 7th year of the "A Step aHead" program, which provides  FREE  baseline neurocognitive testing and education on concussions to the youth hockey community. Registration is now open through November 30, 2017. All AHAI players aged 11-18 years old are eligible for free baseline testing. Please note that registration will be online only, do not call Athletico directly. REGISTER NOW>>
21st ANNUAL AHAI FOUNDATION GOLF OUTING A HUGE SUCCESS
The 21st Annual Foundation Golf Outing was once again a huge success both with weather and support. We raised more money for the Foundation disciplines than ever before. These disciplines include the Chicago Blackhawks Special Hockey and Chicago Blackhawks Blind Hockey Programs, Hockey Is For Everyone, the Hearing Impaired Hockey Program, the Hornets Youth Sled Hockey program, the IHOA Memorial Fund, the Chicago Blackhawks Warriors and the Catastrophic Relief Fund for players who have been catastrophically injured playing the sport we all love. READ MORE & VIEW PICTURES>>
COACHING CLINICS & OFFICIATING SEMINARS
COACHING EDUCATION PROGRAM (CEP) CLINIC SCHEDULE
If you have any questions, please contact Paul Jakubowski at pjakubowski@ahai2.org.
ILLINOIS HOCKEY OFFICIALS ASSOCIATION (IHOA) SEMINAR SCHEDULE
If you have any questions, please contact Jameson Gronert at registrar@ihoa.com.
ASK THE OFFICIAL
By Dave Zednik, IHOA Vice President of Rules & Ethics
QUESTION: If an attacking player in the attacking zone takes a shot and it is deflected, directed or tipped off of or by an attacking player and as a result the puck goes off of the goal post or cross bar and out of play where is the ensuing face-off? ANSWER>>
QUESTION: If an attacking player in the Neutral Zone on his attacking side of the center red line takes a shot and it goes off of the goal post or cross bar and out of play where is the ensuing face-off?
ANSWER>>
QUESTION: If an attacking player in the Neutral Zone on his defending side of the center red line takes a shot and it goes off of the goal post or cross bar and out of play where is the ensuing face-off? ANSWER>>
ILLINOIS HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY
CONNOR BALDWIN ANCHORS NEW TRIER GREEN DEFENSE AS TREVIANS LOOK FOR ANOTHER STATE TITLE
By Ross Forman ~ He learned to skate at age 3 and then started begging his mom to let him join the hockey group. Connor Baldwin has loved the sport ever since.  His first game was a house league game with his dad coaching the team, and Baldwin had gotten his pads only the day before from friends in the area.  As a squirt, playing for Winnetka, in the state semifinal game at the Cyclones rink, Baldwin tallied one of his most memorable on-ice moments, ever. FULL ARTICLE>>
TIER II & TIER III LEAGUE NEWS
2017 TRYOUT SURVIVAL GUIDE
Tryout and evaluation time can be one of the most stressful times of the year for Illinois youth hockey families, even more so if you are new to our great game. AHAI partners, NorthShore University HealthSystem Orthopaedic Institute and Tier 1 Athletic Performance, along with a host of other trusted sources, have written several great articles to help our families and their players put their best skate forward during the tryout and evaluation process. Don't miss this great guide covering a myriad of topics from keeping your hockey player healthy, nutrition, hydration, and tips on how to "stand out" at tryouts as well as how to survive getting cut from the team. SURVIVAL GUIDE>>
BALANCED ICE TIME - "I HAVE THE RIGHT TO PLAY"
By Jack Wood, Vice President NWHL  ~ From its inception the Northwest Hockey League was created to offer a league for players looking for a competitive but enjoyable playing experience. A major expectation of this league is that EVERY player is provided a positive hockey playing experience. The NWHL created Balanced Ice Time (BIT) to help promote that positive playing experience.  FULL ARTICLE>>
GROWING NUMBER OF FEMALE COACHES FOR NIHL GIRLS TEAMS
By Ruben Medina, NIHL Girls Division Director Looking back over the last 6 years, the number of female coaches on the Northern Illinois Hockey League's Girls teams is climbing, but we can still do better!  More clubs are recruiting female Head Coaches and Assistant Coaches for their Girls teams. And, the number of Girls teams in the league continues to grow too.  FULL ARTICLE>>
REST & RECOVERY: MOST OVERLOOKED AREA OF ATHLETICS AND SPORTS PERFORMANCE
By Don Lewis, Owner & Founder Tier 1 Athletic Performance ~ Today I would like to talk about rest and recovery. Oh yeah, I know this is not at the top of the list of exciting topics, but rest and recovery are crucial to excellence in ice hockey.  Most of us remember our youth as a time of constant activity. We were out playing from sun up until we were called in for dinner. However, we were not involved in the organized activities the way our children are today. There were no adults around to tell us we were not performing up to expectations. We just went out and played without the scrutiny that athletes now endure. Therefore, planning sleep and recovery periods is much more important today. FULL ARTICLE>>
ILLINOIS HOCKEY HEADLINES
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS BLIND HOCKEY TEAM HOSTS SUCCESSFUL "TRY HOCKEY" EVENT
The Chicago Blackhawks Blind Hockey organization, in conjunction with the Chicago Blackhawks, recently held a "Try Hockey For Free" event for players who are visually impaired. On Thursday, August 17, over 40 youths with visual impairments from  The School Association for Special Education in DuPage County  (SASED), participated in the full day event that was hosted at the Addison Trail High School. READ MORE>>
2017 CCM/USAH ALL-AMERICAN PROSPECTS GAME ROSTER INCLUDES 5 ILLINOIS PLAYERS
USA Hockey announced the  42 players  who will compete in the sixth annual  CCM/USAHockey All-American Prospects Game  set for Sept. 21 at KeyBank Center, home of the NHL's Buffalo Sabres  and site of the  2018 IIHF World Junior Championship . The roster includes 5 Illinois natives - Jon Mor (Highland Park), Jack Drury (Winnetka), Philippe Lapointe (Burr Ridge), Jake Pivonka (Woodridge) and Jack Randl (Carpentersville).  READ MORE>>
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS NEWS
INTERMISSION & JUNIORHAWKS PREGAME REGISTRATION FOR THE 2017-18 BLACKHAWKS SEASON IS NOW OPEN
The Chicago Blackhawks have opened the Intermission Skate and JuniorHawks Pregame registration for the 2017-18 Chicago Blackhawks regular season. Please fill out a form as soon as possible if you are interested in entering your team into the selection process. All youth hockey teams are selected at random to participate in the events. All teams will be notified by the end of November if they have been selected for one of the ice slots. Click on buttons below for complete details.
ROCKFORD ICEHOGS NEWS
SKATE ON THE ROCKFORD ICEHOGS' HOME ICE!
Get the full player experience when you reserve a date this October or November as the Rockford IceHogs Dream Team! Skate out of the inflatable Hog Head, have your team individually introduced and stand on the blue line with the IceHogs themselves during the National Anthem! Reserve your spot now for October or November and you will also be able to watch the warm ups from the IceHogs bench! Call or email McKenna Ryan at  815.847.6386 or  ryanm@icehogs.com.