Passing of Mark Gore

 It is with profound sadness and a heavy heart that we share the news that Mark Gore, a long-time Illinois official, passed away on January 29, 2021.

 

Mark was an official, mentor, supervisor, and volunteer in the hockey community. His passion for our game and the friendships that Mark developed over the years will be everlasting. His dedication to our game was so in-depth that IHOA created the Mark Gore Service award. Mark’s son, Nick, was also an Official.

Mark and Eric

Nicole, Pete, and Mark (2005-06) Pleasant Prairie Sportsplex- All Girls’ Weekend

To read a great article reflecting on Mark’s life on and off the ice, click here: https://ahaienews.com/2021/02/01/remembering-mark-gore-a-mentor-on-and-off-the-ice/

2020-21 AHAI | IHOA Advanced Development Program

AHAI | IHOA

Advanced Development Program

The AHAI | IHOA Advanced Development Program plans on restarting in the near future via virtual Zoom meetings. The dates for the program are still being determined; however, anyone interested in the Advanced Development Program should contact Brad Baumruck at adp@ihoa.com.

2020-21 IHOA & USA Hockey Seminar Information and Schedule

This is an update, with the understanding that some of the information is still tentative and subject to change based on unknowns and uncertainties. The IHOA Board, our AHAI Supervisor of Officials, and Seminar Committee are working hard to execute all of the below actions in an organized and understandable manner. IHOA leaders are making decisions they feel are in the best interest of our members in this unsettled time.

 

*You must first be registered with USA Hockey as an official before

you may register with IHOA.*

FIRST: USA Hockey on-line

Membership Registration: usahockeyregistration.com

and

Register for a seminar:  https://www.usahockey.com/officialseminars

 

SECOND: IHOA on-line

Register for the same seminar as USAH’s registration: IHOA SEMINARS

Yes, you will have to register for a seminar TWICE, only charged on IHOA’s site.

 

 

 

CLASSROOM INSTRUCTION:

This portion of seminars will be conducted virtually. Length of virtual classroom for Levels 2, 3 and 4 will be approximately 3 hours, conducting in one session. Length of virtual classroom for Level 1 will be approximately 6 hours, broken into two parts. Virtual classroom instruction will be held on two consecutive weekday evenings prior to ice times.

REGISTRATION FOR VIRTUAL CLASSROOM:

IHOA members (and potential members) will register for the virtual classroom portion of seminars via the USA Hockey website. Virtual classroom sessions that are conducted by IHOA are scheduled to be posted sometime before August 1. There will be zero fee to register for virtual classrooms via USA Hockey.

LOCAL SEMINAR REGISTRATION:

For the 2020-21 season, the IHOA Board has reduced the IHOA membership fee to $25. This fee is implemented to defray the expenses of conducting the online virtual classrooms, ice sessions, and other related expenses. When you register with IHOA you must select the same seminar as you did in the USA Hockey site.

 

SKATING INSTRUCTION:

Per IHOA and the USA Hockey Local Supervisor, a mandatory on-ice clinic will be conducted prior to on-ice. Clinic will cover basic mechanics, positioning and local topics. There will be NO on-ice clinics for levels 2, 3 & 4.

REGISTRATION FOR SKATING INSTRUCTION:

A separate registration process will be held for on-ice instruction. This will allow us to limit attendance and ensure that we are following state, county, local and rink safety guidelines. You will need to register with IHOA and select the seminar as you did in the USA Hockey site.

 

ONLINE TRAINING:

USA Hockey online training modules will continue in the same manner as years past.

OPEN BOOK EXAMS:

USA Hockey open book exams will continue in the same manner as years past.

CLOSED BOOK EXAMS:

All exams that were formerly closed-book (Levels 2, 3, 4) will be conducted online for the coming season via a website managed by USA Hockey. After your attendance in a virtual seminar you will have seven days to start the test. The test will be limited to three hours and you will not be able to log out. Please use your time efficiently as you will have only one attempt.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT: In the coming days and weeks, returning members should look for email(s) from IHOA.

WHAT YOU CAN BE DOING NOW: In anticipation of the registration opening for seminars, here are some things you can be doing now:

1. Register as a member of USA Hockey. Required every season for officials of all levels.

2. Complete your USA Hockey SafeSport training. Required for all officials born in 2003 (or earlier) by June 1 of the current year.

3. NEW: Complete USA Hockey’s new background screening. Required for officials who are 18 years-old (or older) by June 1 of the current year. This replaces the AHAI background screening from years past.

4. Start your USA Hockey online education modules. Required for all levels.

5. Take your USA Hockey officiating open book exam. Required for all levels.

To view details and links for all of the above steps, go to https://www.usahockey.com/officialsmembership.

*You must first be registered with USA Hockey as an official before

you may register with IHOA.*

FIRST: USA Hockey on-line

Membership Registration: usahockeyregistration.com

and

Register for a seminar:  https://www.usahockey.com/officialseminars

 

SECOND: IHOA on-line

Register for the same seminar as USAH’s registration: IHOA SEMINARS

Yes, you will have to register for a seminar TWICE, only charged on IHOA’s site.

 

 

 

SEMINAR SCHEDULE

If you are unsure of the requirements, please go to www.ihoa.com for the details.

***Registration is now OPEN***

LEVEL 1 SEMINARS

· August 19TH, 20TH VIRTUAL ONLY 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

· August 22nd Joliet (Inwood) 12:00 PM to 2:30 PM

· August 26th, 27th VIRTUAL ONLY 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

· August 29th Geneva (Fox Valley) 11:00 am to 1:30 PM

· September 2nd, 3rd VIRTUAL ONLY 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

· September 5th Hoffman Estates (Triphahn) 11:00 am to 1:30 PM

· September 16th, 17th VIRTUAL ONLY 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

· September 20th Skokie 10:15 am to 1:00 PM

· September 23rd, 24th VIRTUAL ONLY 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

· September 27th Orland Park 10:15 am to 1:00 PM

 

LEVEL 2 SEMINARS

· August 25th VIRTUAL ONLY 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

· September 10th VIRTUAL ONLY 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

· September 19th VIRTUAL ONLY 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM

· October 7th VIRTUAL ONLY 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

· October 21st VIRTUAL ONLY 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

 

LEVEL 3 SEMINARS

· August 20th VIRTUAL ONLY 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

· September 8th VIRTUAL ONLY 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

· September 19th VIRTUAL ONLY 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM

· September 29th VIRTUAL ONLY 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

· October 14th VIRTUAL ONLY 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

· October 28th VIRTUAL ONLY 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

 

LEVEL 4 SEMINARS

· September 9th VIRTUAL ONLY 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

· September 26th VIRTUAL ONLY 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

**JUST ADDED: October 29th VIRTUAL ONLY  6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

 

 

*You must first be registered with USA Hockey as an official before

you may register with IHOA.*

FIRST: USA Hockey on-line

Membership Registration: usahockeyregistration.com

and

Register for a seminar:  https://www.usahockey.com/officialseminars

 

SECOND: IHOA on-line

Register for the same seminar as USAH’s registration: IHOA SEMINARS

Yes, you will have to register for a seminar TWICE, only charged on IHOA’s site.

2020 Annual Election Results

On July 13, 2020, IHOA held the Annual Meeting and Election via Zoom. The following members were elected to the board:

Brad Baumruck, Erika Greenen, Joe Guzzardi, Geoff Schlender, and Nick West.

In the closed session the following officer positions were voted upon:

Eric Cowsill- IL Referee-in-Chief
Steven Rickard- IHOA President
Carl Sassolino- IHOA Vice President
Geoff Schlender- IHOA Treasurer
Samantha Cebulski- IHOA Secretary

USA Hockey Service Awards: Illinois’ Sjoukje Brown & Bob Mathson

Illinois’ Sjoukje Brown & Bob Mathson Receive USA Hockey Service Awards

5 YEARS SERVICE: Sjoukje Brown
Central District Referee-In-Chief

The continued growth and development of USA Hockey would not be possible without the contributions of a network of dedicated volunteer field personnel. These individuals share in USA Hockey’s success and accomplishments year after year. Their selfless work and commitment continue to make a difference in the sport of hockey and in the lives of the people who play the game. USA Hockey annually recognizes the outstanding contributions of national- and district-level volunteers who have served at least 5 years with the organization as a district registrar, associate registrar, coach-in-chief, referee-in-chief, risk manager, section representative or member of the board of directors.

 

USAH Facemask Guideline – May 2020

Posted on USAHockey.com- Player Safety:

As USA Hockey continues adapting to the coronavirus situation, the safety of participants always remains our top priority.

FACEMASK QUESTIONS: USA Hockey has been asked about the effectiveness of a full clear shield on helmets in mitigation of COVID-19 and also about whether masks should be worn to cover the mouth and nose under helmets while practicing/playing. See below for guidance and/or click here for information.

As together we make our way through the COVID-19 pandemic, USA Hockey has been asked if wearing a helmet with a full clear shield is better than a visor (half shield) or cage. In addition, many are asking about players wearing a face mask to cover their mouth/nose while practicing or in games. Below is information that we hope is helpful.

HELMETS –FULL CLEAR SHIELD vs. HALF SHIELD OR CAGE

There is no scientific proof that a full clear shield on a hockey helmet provides better protection against infectious diseases compared to a visor (half shield) or cage. That being said, a full clear shield is likely better than a visor (half shield) or cage, as it:

1. Can act as a barrier in case someone in close proximity coughs or sneezes,

2. May be a deterrent to decrease touching of the face (vs. cages where players stick their fingers through the cage),

3. Likely to prevent spitting on the ice/bench (should be enforced regardless).

It should be noted that a full clear shield will not prevent the inhalation of aerosolized droplets, and it is important that, regardless of what kind of mask a player wears, it be cleaned thoroughly after each use.

MASKS TO COVER MOUTH/NOSE

As for face masks to cover your mouth and nose, the CDC does not currently recommend those be used during physical activity.

*NEW* USA Hockey Screening Program

Effective April 1, 2020, all Screening will be conducted exclusively by the new USA Hockey Screening Program. This will be a National Screening Program that has been mandated by the United States Congress to all National Governing Bodies (NGBs). The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) is the NGB that directly oversees USA Hockey.

 

This new USA Hockey screening is good for a 2 year period, after which a re-screening must be done every two years. It will cost $30.00 per screening. The link for this new USAH Screening on the USA Hockey website: https://www.usahockey.com/backgroundscreen on the Member Registration page, beginning April 1st. This new USAH Screening can be completed entirely online from the USAH website.

**Be aware, as part of this online registration process, this account will prompt you to upload a digital image/copy of your ID (driver’s license, passport or non-driver state ID). Please have a .jpg, .pdf, .bmp, .gif, .tiff, or .png file (less than 4MB) available on your computer prior to beginning your registration. **

 

The AHAI Screening Program has been discontinued. Anyone that has already been entered/PAID to be Screened by their club Registrar prior to this date must have their fingerprints taken and processed by ISP/FBI and results BACK to AHAI before March 22, 2020. Anyone that has been Screened by AHAI in the 2019-20 season will be valid through the 2020-21 season and will not need a new Screening until 2021-22 season.

Anyone that has previously been Screened through the AHAI Screening Program prior to March 31, 2019 must now be Screened through the new USA Hockey Screening Program by the start of the 2020/21 season September 1st 2020.

 

Correspondence sent from USAH:

As we hope you are all aware, in order to comply with new requirements from the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (“USOPC”), USA Hockey will be implementing a national level background screening policy. Beginning on April 1, 2020, background screening will be conducted by our national background screen vendor, NCSI, and information on background screening will be included following your registration.  This letter is also to notify you of other important dates and information regarding background screening.

As of March 22, 2020, applicants will no longer be able to submit new USA Hockey background screens through Affiliate vendors, and will not be able to submit new screens through NCSI until April 1, 2020.

If you were screened after April 1, 2019 for the 2019-20 season, your screen is valid for the 2020-21 season, and you will not need to be screened under the new system until prior to the 2021-22 season. If your most recent screen is from prior to April 1, 2019, you will need to be screened under the new system, after April 1, 2020, in order to participate in the upcoming season.

All new screens submitted through the new NCSI national screening program after April 1, 2020 will be valid for two seasons.  For example, a screen submitted and approved on April 15, 2020 will be valid through the end of the 2021-22 season, which is August 31, 2022.

Background screens through NCSI under the national program will cost $30 for all domestic screens. For international screens (members who have lived outside of the US for six consecutive months in any one county during the past 7 years) the flat rate fee in $150. If that country is solely Canada, the flat rate fee is $75.

Please note that all coaches, officials, board members, employees, volunteers, billets, and anyone else who will have regular contact with, or authority over, minor athletes are required to submit to a background screen before any such contact with minor athletes.

Thank you,

Casey Jorgensen

AHAI Coronavirus update (03/12/2020)

AHAI Coronavirus update

Update 3/12 10am CST per USAH Statement

There are games/tournaments played throughout the U.S. at the local level that include USA Hockey members that are not national-level events and are operated by districts, affiliates, local associations or even private operators. The decisions relative to those events are made at the local level. We continue to encourage all involved to engage with local health and medical professionals, and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization, in making educated decisions.

 

 

Currently all local AHAI events are continuing as currently scheduled.

AHAI will continue to provide updates regularly on the coronavirus situation at www.ahai2.org

John Dunne, Executive Director