Volume 7 Issue 4 | July 17 , 2019
Kids across the country will soon be heading back to school and 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.

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.

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.
Illinois Girls' Hockey Will See Changes for 2019-20 Season
By Anita Lichterman, AHAI Girls Chair - Now that summer has finally arrived, it's time to prepare for our upcoming season. As Girls' Hockey in Illinois continues to change, so too do the rules. Beginning with the 2019-2020 season Girls Hockey will see a few changes. First, the Girls' 2-Choice Rule: this will be in effect for girls playing in any Tier II/III or All-Inclusive Girls' Affiliate. The 2019-20 team will be the player's 1st choice. Secondly, the 2019-20 season will be the final season for 12-year olds to play on a 14U National Bound team. And finally, there will be a revision of Article 20 (Girls/Women's) in the AHAI By-Laws, Rules & Regulations. 
More information, including important dates and events to mark on your calendars, will follow in upcoming AHAI Newsletters and in the August issue of Girls Snapshot. Enjoy the summer! Girls' tryouts begin August 15th... good luck to everyone! Questions? Please contact Anita Lichterman, AHAI Girls Chair at girls@ahai2.org.
Important Information For Players That Are Currently 17 Or Older, Or Will Be On Or Before December 31st
By Laura Johnson, AHAI Registrar - As you may know, the United States government enacted the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and SafeSport Authorization Act of 2017 on February 14th, 2018. USA Hockey has been working on addressing the changes necessary for the USA Hockey SafeSport Program based on this Act.  Click HERE for a memorandum from Casey Jorgensen, USA Hockey General Council, which provides details about these changes.

The changes approved at the USA Hockey Annual Congress last week to comply with the government requirements will directly impact players in Illinois.  To comply with the government requirement, USA Hockey does not want players or officials turning 18 to become ineligible in the middle of a season.  Therefore, USA Hockey is requiring all players 17 years of age or older on or before December 31st of that playing season and who play on a team in a classification that allows minor aged players, to complete SafeSport Training before being added to a team and prior to participation with the team (on-ice or off-ice). This requirement applies to all teams in the age classifications Youth, Girls, High School, Junior Hockey, Flex Hockey and Disabled Hockey programs that allow both minor age and adult age players (anyone over 18 years). READ MORE>>
Tier II Substitute Choice Application Process for 2019-2020 Season
The Tier II substitute choice application process, Squirt 10U through Midget 16U/18U will begin on July 19, 2019. All applications will be submitted online. The Tier II Committee will only have (3) three appeal hearings this year for those denied a substitute choice.  The dates for the appeals are August 8, August 28, and September 10, 2019 at 6:30pm at the North Shore Ice Arena. 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 15, 2019.
Presidents & Hockey Directors...Promote Your Fall Program on Our Affiliate Club Program Tab!
In order to assist our Tier I, Tier II, Tier III, Girls, and High School Clubs promote their hockey programs, AHAI created the "Affiliate Club Program" tab on our AHAIeNews.com website. When AHAI families mouse over this tab they will be able to choose a program(s) to view. As tens of thousands of hockey fans visit AHAIeNews.com on a monthly basis, this is a great opportunity to promote your hockey programs. This tab will be promoted to our membership via AHAI's e-newsletter, SNAPSHOT and our social media sites, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

If you would like your club's information included on our Affiliate Club Program Tab, email your one-page program flyer in PDF format to Gretchen Cockey, AHAI Communication Manager at communications@ahai2.org for AHAI Board approval.
Registration opened for 2019-2020 CEP Clinics on July 5 with first clinics scheduled for the weekend of September 14th. Click button below for schedule and registration information.
Ask the Coach: What Do I Need to Do This Year?
My Level 1 is expired or expiring in December; what do I need to do?  You must attend a Level 2 clinic AND complete the online age-specific module for each age level you are coaching if not previously taken prior to December 31 of the current playing season. READ MORE>>

My Level 2 is expired or expiring in December; what do I need to do?  You must attend a Level 3 clinic AND complete the online age-specific module for each age level you are coaching if not previously taken prior to December 31 of the current playing season. READ MORE>>

My Level 3 is expired or expiring in December; what do I need to do?  You must complete the online Level 3 recertification (Track 1 or Track 2) or attend a Level 4 clinic AND complete the online age-specific module for each age level you are coaching if not previously taken prior to December 31 of the current playing season. READ MORE>>
Attention Coaches: Level 4 CEP Clinic at Lee Sherman Dreyfus University Center in Stevens Point Announced
The Central District Level 4 Coaching Education Program (CEP) Clinic on will be held at the Lee Sherman Dreyfus University Center and Ice Hawk Arena in Stevens Point, Wisc., on September 7-8, 2019.  The clinic will begin 8:00 am and conclude at 5:00 pm on Saturday, September 7th (lunch will be provided). Day 2 of the clinic will begin at 9:00 am and conclude at 12:30 pm on Sunday, September 8th. Sun day's clinic will have both on- and off-ice components.  Coaches  MUST  attend  BOTH  Saturday, September 7th and Sunday, September 8th to receive their Level 4 certification. Click HERE for more information and/or registration. Questions? Contact USA Hockey Central District Coach-in-Chief, Doug Dietz at dougdietz04@gmail.com.
IHOA Seminar Registration Is Now Open!
IHOA Seminar registration is now open for the 2019-20 season! Seminar registration is on a "first come, first served basis" and registration for each seminar will be closed when the seminar reaches capacity. Register early as seminars often fill up quickly. Walk-ins are allowed IF space is available. USA Hockey registration is also open, and we encourage you to register and complete your USA Hockey requirements early. Please click HERE for IHOA Seminar Schedule. Questions? Please  contact IHOA Registrar, Dave Zednik at reihoa@gmail.com.
Ask the Official By Dave Zednik
Question: A Coach verbally abuses an Official on the way to the dressing room at the end of a period. What is the sequence of penalties assessed to the Coach? Answer>>

Question:  What judgment should an Official use in assessing a game misconduct penalty for a player or coach using language that is deemed to be offensive, hateful or discriminatory in nature? Answer>>
The AHAI Foundation Golf Committee is excited to announce that the 2019 golf outing will be held on Friday, August 9, 2019, at the Schaumburg Golf Club. Mark your calendar and get a group together. 

The AHAI Foundation Golf Outing Committee is asking the hockey community to reach out to their favorite restaurants for a donation of dinner gift certificates to use in our raffles. We are also looking for donations of tickets to sporting events of any kind. Additionally, anyone with corporate connections that can get giveaways (i.e. water bottles, key chains, lanyards or any advertising leftovers, please ask them. Send gift certificates, tickets (this may also be a pledge for tickets) and/or giveaways to Don Allord, Golf Outing Chairman, at 3 Roberts Court, Woodridge, IL 60517.  Questions? Contact Don Allord at travelmore1017@gmail.com . Thank you in advance for your support!  Click   buttons below  for more details on the 2019 golf outing, as well as information on existing sponsorship  opportunities  and outing registration. We hope to see you on the links!

2019 U.S. Under-17 Men's Select Team Announced - Includes Illinois' Burnside, Silich and Motew
Twenty players who participated at the  USA Hockey Boys Select 16 Player Development Camp  have been chosen for the  2019 U.S. Under-17 Men's Select Team  that will compete Aug. 13-17 at the  Five Nations Tournament  in Füssen, Germany. The roster includes Illinois' Davis Burnside (LaGrange), Jack Silich (Long Grove) and Simon Motew (Highland Park). READ MORE>>
Hockey Sense: The Counterweight to Fatigue in Tournament Play
Tournaments are one of the most exciting parts of youth sports.  In effect they are a season within a season. Even teams that aren't in contention to win a league or state championship have a shot at the top prize in a tournament.  Moreover, the vibe is compounded by the intense and compressed nature of play. In any given weekend tournament, a player may play 3 or 4 games in the space of 30 hours.  The intense physical and mental toll of tournament play cannot be understated.  From a mental perspective the structure of tournaments involves one waiting for the next opponent at various junctures.  This waiting process can be riddled with anxiety for several reasons. READ MORE>>
Diagnosing and Treating Scoliosis
Childhood or adolescent scoliosis can cause uneven shoulders, hips or waists, but there are many innovative treatments that can successfully treat this condition. Pediatric orthopaedic surgeon David Roberts, MD, answers  commonly asked questions regarding treatments for scoliosis . READ MORE>>