Volume 7 Issue 5 | July 31 , 2019
Initiative Centers Around Changing Body Checking Culture in Youth Hockey

The USA Hockey Board of Directors unanimously ratified the Declaration of Player Safety, Fair Play and Respect at its Board of Directors meeting last on June 8 in a significant move focused on improving the game at the youth level, particularly related to player safety. The Board meeting was the culmination of the organization's four-day Annual Congress here that included meetings among USA Hockey's various committees, sections and councils.

The focus of the Declaration is a concentrated effort to change the culture around body checking and competitive contact at all levels of play and clearly define what is acceptable and unacceptable. The Board's action makes clear that a body check must be an attempt to win possession of the puck and not an effort to punish or intimidate. Further, USA Hockey is committed to a culture where there are: 1) no late hits 2) no hits to the head and 3) no checking from behind. 

"This Declaration was a collaborative effort of the leaders involved with safety, youth hockey, coaching and officiating and is a blueprint for shifting the mindset of body checking in youth hockey," said  Jim Smith, president of USA Hockey. "It is imperative we make some significant changes and this document outlines that way forward." 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.
Ask AHAI: Annual High School Holiday Hockey Classic
QUESTION:  Will AHAI be organizing the Annual Chicago Blackhawks Foundation High School Holiday Hockey Classic (Ho Ho Tourney) again this year at the Edge Ice Arena?

ANSWER: The 26th Annual Chicago Blackhawks Foundation High School Holiday Hockey Classic will be held in late December at Fifth Third Arena in Chicago over the Winter Break and organized by John Schwartz of Ultimate Hockey Tournaments. For tournament dates, times and registration, please contact John Schwartz at 630.336.6160 or john@ultimatetournaments.net.
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Ask AHAI: Girls Two Choice Rule
QUESTION:  Does the Two Choice Rule apply to girls playing specifically on Girls Tier II teams? I don't have a girl myself but I could have sworn that I saw in your last issue of Snapshot that the Two Choice Rule would apply to girls this year. I asked a friend who has a Tier II girl and they were unaware. I wanted to confirm whether I was correct or not. Thanks!

ANSWER:  Thank you for your inquiry regarding the Two Choice Rule. Beginning with the 2019-20 regular season, Girls' teams will begin the implementation of the 2-Choice rule. The all-girls team a player plays on this season will be considered her 1st  choice. As tiering does not exist in Girls' Hockey, it will not matter if the organization/club is Park District or Tier II. READ MORE>>  
Illinois Girls' Hockey Will See Changes for 2019-20 Season
By Anita Lichterman, AHAI Girls Chair - Now that summer is in full swing, 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 23rd 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.
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.
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 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 at 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 Announces 2019 Advanced Development Program
By Brad Baumruck, IHOA Development Program Coordinator - T he Advanced Development Program (ADP) and General Development Program are combined again for the second year. This means that both off- and on-ice sessions are open to all IHOA registered officials.  The ADP would like to extend an opportunity to everyone to tryout no matter their age or level. The ADP gives you the opportunity to advance your officiating to the next level, not only within a classroom setting but on the ice.

If you would NOT like to tryout, but would still like to attend the meetings, you are more than welcome to do so. Both meetings and skates are open for any IHOA member to attend. Please register through the members' section of the IHOA website found under the Advanced Development Program tab or the General Development Program tab. Tryout dates are August 6 from 7:40pm to 9:00pm at Fox Valley Ice Arena in Geneva, Ill., and August 13 from 9:10pm to 10:30pm at Joliet Inwood Ice Arena in Joliet, Ill.  Click HERE for more information and/or to register and apply for the IHOA Advanced Development Program. If you cannot make a tryout date or have any further questions, please contact Brad Baumruck, IHOA Development Program Coordinator at  ADP@IHOA.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: Is there a difference in what is allowed in a Body Checking category versus a Body Contact category when it comes to battling for the puck and body position? ANSWER>>

QUESTION:  The first principle of the Standard of Play is "the use of the stick will be limited to only playing the puck." Does this mean that anytime a player uses his stick and makes contact with the opponent, a penalty must be called? ANSWER>>
7 Illinois Women Invited to Attend the 2019 USA Hockey Women's National Festival Set For Aug. 5-13 in Lake Placid, New York 
USA Hockey has announced the athletes who have been invited to the 2019 USA Hockey Women's National Festival , which will take place Aug. 5-13 at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid, New York. The list includes Illinois' Ella Huber (Northfield), Lyndie Lobdell (Aurora), Abbey Murphy (Evergreen Park), Megan Bozek (Buffalo Grove), Kendall Coyne-Schofield (Palos Heights), Savannah Harmon (Downers Grove) and Nicole LaMantia (Wayne). READ MORE>>
6 Illinois Players Tapped for 2019 U.S. Winter Deaflympics Team
The American Hearing Impaired Hockey Association (AHIHA) is pleased to release the 23-man roster that will represent the U.S. and compete in the 19th Winter Deaflympics. The roster includes Illinois' Tyler Balcerak (Elgin), Max Finley (Peoria), Ryne Krueger (Barrington), Anders Lindgren (Saint Anne), Luke Peinado (Winnetka) and Derek Struwing (Bartlett). Hosted under the purview of the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf, the Deaflympics will take place December 12 - 21, 2019, in Valtellina Valchiavenna, Italy. READ MORE>>
2019-20 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team Roster Includes Illinois' Brody Roybal and Kevin McKee
USA Hockey recently announced the 17-player roster for the 2019-20 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team, which includes Illinois' Brody Roybal (Northlake) and Kevin McKee (Chicago). The group includes 15 returnees from the 2018-19 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team that claimed Team USA's fourth gold medal in world championship history at the 2019 Para Ice Hockey World Championship in Ostrava, Czech Republic. READ MORE>>
Rosters Named for 2019-20 Development Sled Hockey Teams; Includes Illinois' Erica Mitchell
The rosters for the 2019-20 U.S. Men's Development Sled Hockey Team and the U.S. Women's Development Sled Hockey Team were announced recently by USA Hockey. In its second season under full governance of USA Hockey, the U.S. Women's Development Sled Hockey Team features 18 players, including Illinois' Erica Mitchell (Chicago). READ MORE>>
U.S. Trims Roster to 31 at 2019 WJSS in Plymouth, Michigan
The U.S. roster for the  2019 World Junior Summer Showcase has been trimmed to  31 players, bringing the U.S. squad from two teams to one. The newly reduced roster includes Illinois' Jack Drury (Winnetka), Jacob Pivonka (Woodridge) and Alex Turcotte (Island Lake).  This camp is the first step in selecting the 23 players who will represent the United States in one of the biggest hockey tournaments in the world. READ MORE>>
Rockford IceHogs Youth Hockey Experiences
Ever wonder what it was like to skate on the Rockford IceHogs home ice in front of a packed BMO Harris Bank Center? Now is your chance, bring out your youth hockey team for a number of interactive experiences with us at the IceHogs! Our experiences include: Dream Team Skate, Pre-Game Skate, Intermission Skate, or high five the players as a Tunnel Team. For more information about these activities - CLICK HERE . For questions or additional information you can also contact Seth Coffey at 815-847-6385 or coffeys@icehogs.com .