Volume 7 Issue 6 | August 14 , 2019
COACHES... DON'T GET BENCHED!
By Jim Clare, Illinois Coach-in-Chief - USA 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, children 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. READ MORE>>
AHAI NEWS & INFORMATION
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: New Changes for 2019-20 Season from USA Hockey
Question:  I have heard that there were some new changes from USA Hockey that will affect many of our teams. Is this true?
 
Answer:  Yes. We have two new rules of great importance. First is the Return to Play Form and the second is the USA Hockey SafeSport requirement for our players who are 17 and older.
 
The  Return to Play Form MUST be used for any player removed from a game/practice for a suspected concussion. The form must be signed by a Health Care Professional, the parent, and the team coach. Only then can the player be returned to play with their team. Please click HERE for Return to Play Form. According to Illinois Law, the Health Care Professional is "a treating physician chosen by the student or student's parent or guardian, or an athletic trainer under the supervision of a physician".
 
Additionally, USA Hockey and AHAI will not allow a player 17 or older by December 31 of this year to be added to a roster unless he or she has completed USA Hockey SafeSport training. READ MORE>>
AHAI Affiliate Presidents' Council Meeting Schedule Announced
The AHAI Affiliate Presidents' Council meeting is designed for Affiliate Leadership to discuss grass roots programs. There will be open discussions on policies, rules and other short and long range strategies that affect the day in and day out administration of a local affiliate. Please note that all meetings will be held at 7:00 p.m. at Darien SportsPlex in Darien, Illinois.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Please contact AHAI Tier II Chairman, Keri Zschach at Keri.Zschach@ahai2.org with any questions.
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GIRLS HOCKEY NEWS & INFORMATION
Illinois Girls' Hockey To See Changes for 2019-20 Season; AHAI Board Passes Article 20
By Anita Lichterman, AHAI Girls Chair - 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, the AHAI Board of Directors passed revisions to Article 20 (Girls/Women's) in the AHAI By-Laws, Rules & Regulations. Please click HERE to view Article 20.  More information, including important State, Central District and National dates, will follow in upcoming AHAI Newsletters and in the August 23rd issue of Girls Snapshot. Girls' tryouts begin August 15th...good luck to everyone! Please contact Anita Lichterman, AHAI Girls Chair at girls@ahai2.org with any questions.
USA HOCKEY NEWS & INFORMATION
Standard of Play and Rules Emphasis - Body Checking
Through the standard of rules enforcement, our game will continue to allow the opportunity for improved skill development and a more positive hockey environment for all participants. The mission of USA Hockey is clear; through this new initiative a greater emphasis will be placed on skating, puck possession and the proper use of the body to establish position and legally gain a competitive advantage.
 
The goal of the enforcement standard is to create an environment that enhances player skill development by reducing intimidating infractions designed to punish the opponent. This standard is designed to improve the proper skill of legal body checking or contact at all levels of play and will not remove the physical component from the game. A hard body check or using body contact/position (non-checking classifications) to gain a competitive advantage over the opponent should not be penalized as long as it is performed within the rules. The focus of the body check should be to separate the opponent from the puck. READ MORE>>
BE A STEP aHEAD - REGISTER TODAY!
COACHING & OFFICIATING INFORMATION
Registration is ongoing for AHAI | USA Hockey Coaching Education Program Clinics and IHOA Officiating Seminars. Please click the buttons below for the 2019 CEP Clinic schedule and the 2019 IHOA Seminar schedule. 
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.
Ask the Official by Dave Zednik
Question: During the second period, a player in his defending zone attempts to pass the puck to a teammate in the neutral zone. The puck strikes the glove of an opponent who, while seated on the bench, has a glove resting on top of the boards inside the blue line. Is this a penalty?
Answer: Rule reference 612(c). If the referee has deemed the action to be deliberate, a penalty may be assessed for interference, No matter what the face-off will be at the nearest Neutral Zone face-off spot.

Question: A team bangs their sticks on the boards after a body check, will that team be assessed a penalty?
Answer:  Yes, a bench minor penalty for unsportsmanlike behavior shall be assessed to any team whose player(s) or team officials bang the boards with a stick or any other object, including skates or arms, at any time, including after a body check regardless as to whether the check was penalized or not.  READ MORE>>
ILLINOIS PLAYERS IN THE NEWS
U.S. Under-18 and Under-22 Women's Select Teams Named For 2019 Series vs. Canada; U-18 Roster Includes Illinois' Huber, Lobdell & Murphy
USA Hockey recently announced that 44 players who participated in the  2019 Women's National Festival have been chosen for the 2019 U.S. Under-18 and Under-22 Women's Select Teams that will compete in a pair of three-game series against Canada Aug. 14-17 in Lake Placid, New York. The U.S. Under-18 roster includes Illinois' Ella Huber (Northfield), Lyndie Lobdell (Aurora) and Abbey Murphy (Evergreen Park). READ MORE>>
Illinois' Chesrow & Miller to Represent USA in Blind Hockey
By Michael Svac, USA Hockey Central District Disabled Hockey Representative The USA Blind Hockey team has announced the team roster for the 2019-2020 season. Two of the returning players from last season,  Anthony Chesrow  (Carol Stream) and  Luke Miller  (Elmhurst), will continue their journey to lead the team for another year. READ MORE>>
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
The Chicago Blackhawks have opened registration for the Youth Hockey Intermission Skates and JuniorHawks Pregame Scrimmages during the first half of the 2019-20 season.  
Intermission Relay Race / Cross-Ice Scrimmage: Click Here to Register
  • 12 Mite or Squirt Players (10 skaters and 2 goalies) participate in a Relay Race or Cross-Ice Scrimmage during the 1st intermission of the game.
  • Intermission activity to be determined by the Chicago Blackhawks
JuniorHawks Pregame Skate:  Click Here to Register
  • Two teams, max of 20 players per team, Mites, Squirts, & PeeWees
  • 80 minute ice slot at the United Center 3 hours prior to the Blackhawks Game (Can be used for scrimmage, clinic, or practice)
  • Each player receives a Blackhawks Jersey to wear during their ice slot.
ROCKFORD ICEHOGS
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 .
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