In partnership with AHAI, the Chicago Blackhawks sponsored a first-of-its-kind event between IHOA and high school captains from the Chicago Catholic Hockey League (CCHL) and the Scholastic Hockey League (SHL). The purpose-bring together officials and high school captains to strengthen the high school game and promote a culture of safety, fair play and respect. Emphasis will be placed on USA Hockey’s new changes in rule enforcement as it relates to body checking (namely, eliminating hits to the head, hits from behind and late hits).
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USA Hockey is committed to creating a safe and fair environment for all participants. Respect for the game, opponents, coaches, and officials is a critical part of that environment and it covers several different aspects of sportsmanship and fair play. This Declaration of Safety, Fair Play and Respect will guide a change in culture as to what is considered to be acceptable/unacceptable body checking and competitive contact at all levels of play.
Former IHOA official and board member, Kendall Hanley, has been selected to officiate rookie tournaments in Irvine, California; Buffalo; Nashville and Traverse City, Michigan. She is one of four women, out of 30 officials. She will officiate at the 2019 NHL Prospect Tournament, which runs Friday through Monday in Traverse City.
“My passion and love for the game started at a young age and after college I was not quite ready to hang up my skates,” said Hanley. “I met some amazing people in Texas who were very involved in officiating who supported and mentored me early on. Officiating provides a team environment, great comradery and competition and helps me give back and support the game I love.”
This is the sixth year Exposure Combine participants have been officiating at the rookie tournaments, and 85 percent of the officials at the five rookie tournaments have attended an NHL Exposure Combine.
CATS MAY HAVE NINE LIVES but a goaltender only has two eyes. That’s why cat eye goaltending masks are not allowed to be used in USA Hockey sanctioned games.
Cat eye masks are popular among professional goaltenders because the wider, tapered eye hole provides greater visibility compared to the grid-like cage. The eye hole is small enough to keep a puck from passing through, but that says nothing about a stick blade.
It may seem like a one-in-a-million chance that a stick blade will find its way through the iron bars, but there are enough examples of it happening to keep young goaltenders away from using one. USA Hockey requires goaltenders to wear a helmet and mask that has been certified by the Hockey Equipment Certification Council.
Sometimes goalies will try to game the system by keeping two masks in their bags, one with the cat eye mask and the other legal one.
A goaltender found wearing unapproved equipment will be instructed to leave the ice and not return until he or she has an approved helmet and mask. “We’re all about American goalies respecting the rules,” said Steve Thompson, the manager of goaltending for the ADM. “We don’t see forwards coming onto the ice with half shields so we shouldn’t see goalies coming onto the ice trying to sneak a cat eye.”
In recent years, manufacturers have developed a modified cat eye mask, which meets HECC standards. Coaches, parents and players are encouraged to educate themselves on the differences between goalie masks on the mark.
The safest way to find out if a mask is legal is to look for a valid HECC certification sticker.
Taken from USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM, September 2019, page 18
(BANGING THE BOARDS)
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.
The spirit and intent of this rule is to eliminate unsportsmanlike behavior that is designed to “taunt” or “intimidate” an opponent through the celebration of an unnecessary or illegal body check. Simply banging the stick, or other object, against the boards while on the player’s bench is not a penalty. However, it is deemed to be unsportsmanlike conduct and should be penalized when done as a means of escalating dangerous and/or unnecessary physical play where there is no intent to legally gain possession of the puck.
The correct procedure to apply this interpretation is to first warn the offending team once after the first violation. Any further violation of this policy by the same team should be penalized by assessing a bench minor to the team under Rule 601(b)1 & 5. This bench minor is to be served by a player on the ice at the time of the infraction. Once this bench minor has been served, any further violations by the same team shall be penalized by assessing a bench minor penalty.
**If a bench minor penalty for a violation of this policy is being served and before that bench minor expires another violation by the same team occurs that teams head coach shall be assessed a game misconduct under Rule601(e)1.
Thursday, June 20, 2019
Dear USA Hockey official,
You recently received a summary of several significant changes to the USA Hockey SafeSport Program. This note includes additional specific information pertinent to officials, including related to SafeSport Training requirements, mandatory reporting, and the Minor Athlete Abuse Protection Policies. Thank you for your dedication to USA Hockey programs and efforts to keep our participants safe and our programs free from misconduct or abuse.
All officials who are or will be seventeen (17) years old or older as of December 31 of that registration season must complete the SafeSport Training program as a condition of completing their certification requirements every season.
Beginning this season, the training must now be completed every year prior to participation each season (however, anyone who completed training in the most recent season (2018-19) will retain valid training status for 2019-20, and will complete training annually beginning in 2020-21). The training is provided by the U.S. Center for SafeSport, and each official must first complete the “Core Center for SafeSport Training,” which is completed online and takes approximately 90 – 120 minutes to complete. In subsequent seasons, officials will need to complete the Center for SafeSport’s “Refresher Course,” which is also online and takes 30 minutes or less to complete. There is no cost to complete either training course.
If you (or your son or daughter) are under 18 at the time of training, USA Hockey is required to obtain parental consent for the official to complete training. If you registered on or after May 28, 2019, then the consent was incorporated into your registration; if you registered prior to May 28, USA Hockey will be contacting you soon to obtain the consent of the parents for a minor age official to complete the SafeSport Training.
If you are an adult-aged official, then according to federal law you are considered a mandatory reporter of child abuse, including sexual abuse. In the event of any actual or suspected sexual misconduct or child abuse, you must report such information to the U.S. Center for SafeSport and, when appropriate, to applicable law enforcement.
Minor Athlete Abuse Protection Policies
The Minor Athlete Abuse Protection Policies (“MAAPP Policies”) were mandated by federal law to be put into effect by the U.S. Center for SafeSport, and are included in the USA Hockey SafeSport Program Handbook with specific information for hockey programs. The MAAPP Policies are prevention policies to prohibit and/or avoid situations where risks of misconduct can occur, including:
• One-on-One Interactions. This policy prohibits one-on-one interactions between adult members of USA Hockey or those authorized by a USA Hockey program to have regular contact with or authority over minors, unless they occur at an observable and interruptible distance by another adult. There are exceptions for emergency circumstances. The policy specifically addresses situations where these types of interactions might occur, including in meetings with a player, in individual training sessions and in settings outside the hockey program.
• Locker Rooms. USA Hockey’s existing Locker Room Policy was updated, and includes specific locker room provisions for officials to address situations when officials of different genders share a locker room and to avoid situations where an adult official and a minor are alone in a locker room. Please review the new locker room policies in the USA Hockey SafeSport Program Handbook.
• Travel. Travel is a high risk time for misconduct to occur, including when officials travel together. USA Hockey’s travel policy has been updated for both “local travel” (transportation and travel to and from local games and events) and “organization/team travel” (travel away from the home area and may include overnight stays in a hotel for games or tournaments). Except in the case of emergency, an adult official may not ride in a vehicle alone, travel alone with or share a hotel or sleeping arrangement with an unrelated minor participant.
• Athletic Training Modalities. Although officials generally do not receive treatment at the rink, from trainers or medical personnel, this policy ensures that any type of athletic training, including massages, rubdowns, taping, etc., occurs in an open and interruptible location.
• Social Media and Electronic Communications. This policy has been updated. All electronic communication from an adult official, supervisor, assignor or other person of authority to a minor-aged participant must be professional in nature. Absent emergency circumstances, if an adult official, supervisor, assignor or other person of authority needs to communicate directly with a minor-aged participant via electronic communications (including social media), the minor’s parent must be copied.
A revised copy of the USA Hockey SafeSport Program Handbook can be found at the USA Hockey website at www.usahockey.com/safesportprogram. Please refer to the SafeSport Handbook for details of these and other policies affecting USA Hockey programs. You can also reach out to your Affiliate SafeSport Coordinator or to USA Hockey if you have questions or need assistance.
Thank you again for all of your efforts in support of the safety of participants in USA Hockey programs.
USA Hockey announced that it will host its first-ever Advanced Officiating Symposium July 26-28, 2019, at the Minneapolis Airport Marriott in Bloomington, Minnesota. The first-of-its-kind symposium is open to any official who has been completely registered at Level 3 or Level 4 for each of the previous three hockey seasons and is seeking to obtain “tenured” status within the USA Hockey Officiating Program.
On Monday, May 13, 2019, IHOA held its annual election and monthly meeting, and approximately 85 people showed. Below are the members of the Executive Board, name in red is new to the Board.
John Dunne – AHAI Supervisor of Officials
Don Mrozik – Referee-In-Chief
Eric Cowsill – President
Carl Sassolino- Vice President
Geoff Schlender- Treasurer
Samantha Cebulski – Secretary
David Zednik – Registrar