Volume 6 Issue 5 |  July 18, 2018
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.

Q: What is a concussion? 
A:  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?
A:   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? 
A: 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 FULL INTERVIEW>>

Ask AHAI by Mike Mullally
QUESTION: I had heard that the compensation AHAI Board members receive is quite unreasonable (they are paid too much) and committee chairmen can make decisions at their whim. A concerned member club within AHAI
ANSWER: The fifteen (15) AHAI Board members are not paid or financially compensated in any way. It is only out of their loyalty and devotion to the sport that they offer their time. Each of the 15 board members that the AHAI membership votes in as directors, volunteers their time, energy and knowledge. The same is true of USA Hockey's board members; they run USA Hockey and all directors are elected volunteers.  READ MORE>>

QUESTION: I heard the AHAI High School Showcase team is participating in a Showcase in Minnesota this fall instead of the America's Showcase in St. Louis in April of 2019. Is that true?

ANSWER: This year AHAI will run a pilot program with another "showcase" offered by the NAPHL. In September, the Illinois High School leagues will chose players for a single 40 player maximum tryout to form a Fall Showcase team. READ MORE>>
AHAI Names Anita Lichterman as Girls' Committee Chair
Hello to the Hockey Community. I'm Anita Lichterman and I want to begin by thanking you for your recent approval of my nomination to the AHAI Board of Directors. Even more recently I have been appointed as the Chairperson for the AHAI Girls Committee and look forward to working closely with the organizations, players and parents associated with girls' programs within AHAI. I've been the Director of the Illinois State Girls Hockey Tournament for many years as well as the General Manager of our Girls' Showcase Team for the past three years. READ MORE>>
Tier II Substitute Choice Application Process for 2018-19 Season
By Gregg Chudacoff, Tier II Committee Chairman - The Tier II substitute choice application process, Squirt 10U through Midget 16U/18U will begin on July 20,2018. 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 9, August 29, and September 6, 2018 at 6:30pm at the North Shore Ice Arena. If denied, please email Gregg Chudacoff, AHAI Tier II Chairman, at with your preferred appeal hearing date. The deadline for applying for a substitute choice will be September 15th, 2018. APPLY NOW>>
AHAI Can Help Promote Your Fall Program!
In order to assist our Tier I, Tier II, Tier III, Girls, High School and Adult Clubs, as well as our Learn-to-Skate programs promote their hockey programs, AHAI has a tab on the website: "Affiliate Club Hockey Programs". When AHAI families mouse over this tab they will be able to choose a program(s) to view. Click HERE to find out how your can have your program listed on the "Affiliate Club Hockey Program" Tab.
AHAI is excited to announce the 8th Year of the A Step aHead Program in conjunction with the Chicago Blackhawks, Athletico Physical Therapy and NorthShore University HeathSystem.  The goal of the A Step aHead Program is to educate the youth hockey community on concussion awareness, prevention and treatment as well as to provide FREE baseline neurocognitive testing to AHAI members ages 11-18.  Click HERE to learn more about the A Step aHead Program and to REGISTER NOW !

Please note that registration is online only; do not call Athletico directly.
Save the Date: A Step aHead Hockey Safety Symposium
We are excited to announce our very first "A Step aHead Hockey Safety Symposium" on Saturday, September 29 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the United Center. This free event will include local and national speakers on a variety of topics that impact the health and safety of youth hockey players. Stay tuned to the AHAI Newsletter for more information.
AHAI 2018-2019 CEP Clinic Schedule Opened for Registration on July 10 with 1st Clinics Schedule on August 11 and 12, 2018.
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>>
2018 National Hockey Coaches Symposium
The 2018 National Hockey Coaches Symposium is fast approaching. The event will be held Aug. 23-26 in Lake Placid, NY. In addition to a great slate of speakers, attendees will participate in on-ice sessions on the two most hallowed ice sheets in USA Hockey history: the Herb Brooks Arena (1980 Rink) and the Jack Shea Arena (1932 Rink). To register, and for more information, click on the appropriate button below. Cost is $550 when you register online. For specific questions about the event, please contact Alison Raines at Click HERE for more information and registration.
Level 4 CEP Clinic at MB Ice Arena Announced
We are pleased to announce that there will be a Level 4 Coaching Education Program (CEP) Clinic on Saturday, August 18th at MB Ice Arena , home of the Chicago Blackhawks practice facility. The clinic will run from 8:45am on Saturday, August 18 through 1pm on Sunday, August 19. Coaches must attend both days to receive their Level 4 certification. Lunch will be provided on Saturday, and all coaches will also receive a tour of the Chicago Blackhawks practice facility. Please note that Sunday's clinic will include both on- and off-ice components. Click HERE for more information/registration. Questions? Contact USAH Central District Coach-in-Chief, Doug Dietz at
2018-2019 IHOA Officiating Seminar Schedule Announced
Online registration for both IHOA and USA Hockey will commence on August 1st. ALL officials must be registered with IHOA to attend a seminar and it is highly recommended that officials register with USA Hockey and complete the open book test and online modules BEFORE attending their seminar. Please note:  USA Hockey has various requirements for each certification level. Please visit the USA Hockey and IHOA websites for information. To be completely registered, you must meet both IHOA and USA Hockey requirements. SEMINAR SCHEDULE>>
Ask the Official - By Dave Zednik
QUESTION: During a game, a coach uses an iPad to capture game video to coach his players. After a big hit, the coach calls the referee over to the bench to discuss the hit and show him the video. After receiving a bench minor penalty, may the coach continue to use the iPad on the bench? ANSWER>>

QUESTION: Who makes the determination regarding the use of Overtime or Shootouts? ANSWER>>
Scouting Sarauer: Lake Forest Taps Coach with 18 Years of Experience
By Ross Forman - Optimism is Scouts-high at Lake Forest, where Steve Sarauer takes over the head coaching reins, bringing 18 years of coaching experience, including 15 at the high school level, plus a playing resume that included a stint skating in the Phoenix Coyotes' rookie camp.  Sarauer, 36, a Mundelein resident who is a Carrier Development Project Manager for Coyote Logistics, coached the past six seasons for co-op LZMW, a mix of players from Lake Zurich, Mundelein and Wauconda High Schools. He also coaches for the Chicago Mission. READ MORE>>
4 Illinois Players Selected to Attend USA Hockey's 13th Annual Sled Select Camp
Four Illinois players were selected to attend USA Hockey's 13th Annual Sled Select Camp in  Northtown Center in Amherst, New York. Congratulations to Ethan Burkhart (Libertyville), Ayan Das (Skokie), Brendan Meyers (Roselle) and Juan Rodarte (Round Lake)! READ MORE>>
Barrington High School Hockey Club Mourns the Loss of Luke H. Hutson
By Teresa Burgin - It is with great sadness that the Barrington High School Hockey Club shares news of the tragic and untimely passing of our teammate and friend, Luke Harrod Hutson, following a 4-wheel ATV accident.  He died on July 5 surrounded by his family near Breckenridge, Colorado. Luke joined the BHS Varsity team in the fall of 2016 following his move from Whitefish Bay, WI. He planned to continue his studies at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University this fall. READ MORE>>
MB Ice Arena Youth Hockey Classes
Registration for the fall session of Youth Hockey Classes at MB Ice Arena opens on Monday, July 23rd . Visit  to register!
Hockey Night at the Ballpark
It's time to trade in your twigs for bats! The Chicago White Sox are hosting Hockey Night at the Ballpark on Monday, August 6th, vs. the New York Yankees, and they are offering a discounted price for Youth and Adult Team members, as well as their families and friends. Click HERE for more information.