UPDATED: MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE COOK COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH

MEDIA STATEMENT BY 

THE COOK COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH

Dec. 31, 2021

Today Cook County Department of Public Health* is clarifying Mitigation Order 2021-11 to specify what will be allowed in youth athletics. CCDPH is acting in alignment with the Chicago Department of Public Health to have a consistent policy across Cook County and in response to requests for clarification related to youth athletics and recreation. CCDPH will continue to evaluate emerging science along with the impact of its orders and guidance and make necessary adjustments as needed.

The clarifying language states that the following are exempt from the order:

  • An individual 18 years of age or younger who enters a business subject to this Order to participate in an activity sponsored by a school, park district, child care or after-school program, or other organizations as defined in guidance by the Cook County Department of Public Health

  • Youth or adults participating in special recreation programs

  • Spectators of indoor sporting events provided that no food or drink is being served and that they remain masked at all time

Masking requirements are still in place in these facilities. Other fitness facilities in these buildings, such as fitness centers for individual workouts or group classes for adults are still covered under the masking and vaccination orders.

An updated order and guidance will be issued and effective Monday, January 3, 2022.

*CCDPH’s jurisdiction includes suburban Cook County, minus Evanston, Skokie, Oak Park, and Stickney Township.

 

 

Dr. Rachel Rubin

Dr. Kiran Joshi

Co-Leads and Senior Medical Officers

Cook County Department of Public Health

Cook County is requiring proof of vaccination for entrance into ice arena facilities

AHAI Advisory on COVID-19 and Youth Hockey  UPDATED:    December 30, 2021

Starting January 3rd, 2022, Cook County is requiring proof of vaccination for entrance into ice arena facilities. 

This includes all rinks in Cook County.

ORDER OF THE COOK COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH COVID-19 MITIGATION
Effective: January 3, 2022

VALID PROOF OF VACCINATION

https://cookcountypublichealth.org/communicable-diseases/covid-19/mitigation-guidance/

Proof of vaccination means:
• A CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card; or
• An official immunization record from the jurisdiction, state, or country where
the vaccine was administered; or
• An ‘app’ that provides a digital record of vaccinations; or
• A digital or physical photo of such a card or record that includes the
individual’s name, the vaccine brand administered, and the date the
vaccination was administered.

The enforcement of any state or local orders or requirements is the responsibility of the government agency issuing the order or requirement or the facility management (i.e. ice rink or classroom). Enforcement of any state or local orders or requirements is NOT the responsibility of any on‐ice game official.

On‐Ice game officials shall not be required to enforce any COVID‐19 mask mandate for any player, coach, off‐ice official, or spectator. Complaints of COVID‐ 19 mask non‐compliance directed to IHOA / AHAI shall be referred to the government agency issuing the order or requirement or the facility management.

On‐ice game officials may report observed COVID‐19 mask violations through the “Incident Reporting System.”

Officials will be paid for any scheduled game cancelled less than 36 hours before the scheduled starting time.

Games cancelled more than 36 hours before the scheduled starting time will only incur the assignment and service fee.

***Officials who are assigned and are unable to work games due to not being admitted to the facility

will not be paid and need to contact their assigner ASAP.***

LEVEL 1 Seminar ADDED

February 6th, 2022

10am – 4pm

@ Fifth Third Arena (click link for map)

includes a MANDATORY ice session.

NOTE:  YOU MUST HAVE A VISOR FOR THE ON-ICE PORTION OF YOUR SEMINAR. NO EXCEPTIONS!!!

**PLEASE NOTE THE START AND END TIMES FOR YOUR SEMINAR.**

Space at all Seminars is LIMITED! Admittance at all Seminars will require pre-registration and pre-payment.


FIRSTRegister with USA Hockey on-line

*You must first be registered with USA Hockey as an official before you may register with IHOA.*

SECONDRegister on-line for an IHOA SEMINAR


USA Hockey has various requirements for each certification level. Please visit www.usahockey.com for information.

*Officials’ Membership Information

*USAH Rules & Policies

To be completely registered, you must meet both IHOA and USA Hockey requirements.

 

**UPDATED 7/5/21: Minimum age for IHOA membership: 12 years old as of December 31 of the current year**

*and* MUST WORK FIRST GAME WITH A MENTOR (info will be given at the seminar).

ALL Level 1 officials under the age of 18 by July 1 of the current year will be required to have a parent or guardian attend a short session at the beginning of the seminar. This meeting will outline how to become an official, how to get games, what to do if you have a problem with fans, and the responsibilities of the on-ice official.

If you have any other questions about seminars, that are not found on the FAQs page, or the registration process (name changes, registration account mistake, etc…) please contact the IHOA Registrar for the State of Illinois registrar@ihoa.com

Reminder: How to Handle 601 violations

IHOA Officials-

Please remember how we officials are to handle situations that violate 601, especially (e3).

 

If the slurs/offensive language was not heard by the official(s):

1. Talk to both coaching staff/benches and

2. Send in an incident report.

ADP Sessions scheduled

DATELOCATIONCLASS TIMEICE TIMETOPIC
January 10, 2022ZOOM730p-930pn/aTBD
January 13, 2022Canlan West Dundeen/a720p-820pICE SESSION
February 15, 2022ZOOM730p-930pn/aTBD

 

Register for events here: Register for events here

Email APD Coordinator Brad Baumruck: Email ADP Director Brad Baumruck

2021-25 USAH RULES

Today, September 1, 2021,

USAH’s new rules are in effect.

Seminar Information **UPDATED 7/5/21**

**2021-22 Registration**

USA Hockey has various requirements for each certification level. Please visit www.usahockey.com for information.

To be completely registered, you must meet both IHOA and USA Hockey requirements.

**UPDATED 7/5/21: Minimum age for IHOA membership: 12 years old as of December 31 of the current year. **

and MUST WORK FIRST GAME WITH A MENTOR. INFORMATION WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THEIR SEMINAR.

 

FIRST: Register with USA Hockey on-line

*You must first be registered with USA Hockey as an official before you may register with IHOA.*

SECOND: Register on-line for an IHOA SEMINAR

***Registration will open Wednesday, July 7, 2021 @ 8:00 AM***

 

YOU MUST HAVE A VISOR FOR THE ON-ICE PORTION OF YOUR SEMINAR. NO EXCEPTIONS!!!

**PLEASE NOTE THE START AND END TIMES FOR YOUR SEMINAR.**

Space at all Seminars is LIMITED! Admittance at all Seminars will require pre-registration and pre-payment.

ALL Level 1 officials under the age of 18 by July 1 of the current year will be required to have a parent or guardian attend a short session at the beginning of the seminar. This meeting will outline how to become an official, how to get games, what to do if you have a problem with fans, and the responsibilities of the on-ice official.

FIRST: Register with USA Hockey on-line

*You must first be registered with USA Hockey as an official before you may register with IHOA.*

SECOND: Register on-line for an IHOA SEMINAR

***Registration will open Wednesday, July 7, 2021 @ 8:00 AM***

 

If you have any other questions about seminars, that are not found on the FAQs page, or the registration process (name changes, registration account mistake, etc…) please contact the IHOA Registrar for the State of Illinois registrar@ihoa.com

2021-22 Hockey Season Registration

The 2021-2022 hockey season is fast approaching and when the hockey season begins it is anticipated that youth and adult games

will be USAH and sanctioned with no Illinois Department of Public Health restrictions.

The only way to work sanctioned games is to be completely registered.

USA Hockey registration opened June 1st

IHOA registration will begin on July 6th

Seminars will be starting soon after that.

Level 1 seminar: A hybrid of virtual and on-ice with ALL safety practices in place

Levels 2, 3, & 4 seminars: All via Zoom

It will be in your best interest to have your seminars and USA Hockey requirements completed as soon as possible

When competitive play begins, you will be ready to hit the ice skating.

Let us look forward to a healthy and great hockey season.

Dave Zednik- IHOA Registrar

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.

Use of Goal Pegs for AHAI Games

Effective immediately, there shall be no peg use to anchor nets during games involving teams aged 10U and younger.

This rule is effective immediately and will carry through all games, including Illinois state playoffs.

USA Hockey SafeSport Program (NEW POLICY)

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.

SafeSport Training

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.

Mandatory Reporting

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.