Congratulations to the Central District Players that have accepted an invitation to attend one of the National Development Camps this summer. As there have been changes made this year, some players will not know if they will receive an invitation until June 17, 2015. Once USA Hockey has completed filling all camps, Mary Ann Robinson, Central District Girls’/Women’s Section Director, will provide an updated list. Thank you to all players who attended the tryout in April.
The USA Hockey Central District is comprised of six (6) states, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Wisconsin (Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska are called the Midwest States). Mr. Norm Spiegel is the USA Hockey Central District Player Development Coordinator who oversees the Central District Camp. Norm is also a USA Hockey Director Representative, serves on the USA Hockey Youth Council and on the USA Hockey Player Development Committee. >>>>> Click Here to read more
In an effort to help control inappropriate spectator behavior, the following AHAI rule is effective immediately.
A game will be stopped by on-ice officials when the parents/spectators displaying inappropriate or disruptive behavior interfere with other parents/spectators or the game. The on-ice officials will identify violators to the coaches for the purpose of removing parents/spectators from the parents’/spectators’ viewing and game area. Once removed, play will resume. Lost time will not be replaced. Violators will incur a minimum mandatory 3-game suspension from that team’s games and may be subject to further disciplinary action by the local governing body.
The reasons for this necessary minimum 3-game suspension rule are simple; last season there was a marked increase in parents’/spectators’ behavior being out of control. These behaviors included verbal and physical altercations with officials, players and other spectators. Additionally clubs/teams that have a responsibility to help control and penalize these behaviors were asking for guidance from AHAI.
No matter why a spectator is asked to leave, the minimum suspension is 3 games. There is emphasis on a minimum of 3 games.
Here is how the reporting system works:
An official will file an electronic “Incident Report” detailing the official’s version of the occurrence with the AHAI R&E Committee. The Committee sends the report to the spectator’s club in order for the club to conduct an investigation. Upon completion of the spectator’s club investigation (that should include talking to the accused spectator) the investigating club will report back to the AHAI R&E Committee for final approval of the minimum 3-game suspension or any additional imposed suspension.
This is a very simple rule. Any spectator asked to leave a rink by an official or by the rink personnel will automatically miss a minimum of 3 games. No questions asked.
The AHAI Annual meeting will be held on Sunday, May 31, 2015, at the Hyatt Woodfield in Schaumburg starting at 8:30 a.m. This year the meeting format will be different and will include association board membership seminar sessions. These seminar sessions will be geared toward the education of Association Board of Directors, Hockey Directors and Coaches and other interested members. Instructors will be from AHAI and USA Hockey; each session will be 40 minutes in length.
The early seminar sessions will focus primarily on the education and contacts for further assistance. The last breakout sessions will be open forums which will include updates on possible changes for each discipline along with a question and answer session. The closing session will be a brief recap of the day and the election of the AHAI Board of Directors for 2015-2016 along with any voting needed for proposed AHAI Bylaw changes.
In order that we may best facilitate the AHAI Annual Meeting Seminar Sessions, PLEASE REGISTER by emailing Paul Jakubowski at firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of each/every person from your club/organization that will attend and which SESSION(S) they wish to attend.
Join Us For A Fun Filled Day!
The 19th Annual AHAI Foundation Golf Outing will be held at the Hilton Chicago Indian Lakes Resort, Friday, August 14, 2015. The Hilton Chicago Indian Lakes Resort is located in the beautiful Village of Bloomingdale, just 15 minutes west of O’Hare Airport on Schick Road.
Our tournament will feature several contest holes, such as “Longest Drive”, “Shortest Drive” & “Closest To The Pin”, etc. In addition, there will be plenty of other fun filled events during the day. Barbecue Lunch will be provided to every golfer while on the course.
Tee Off time is 12:00 p.m. — Shotgun Start. All golfers will receive the “Traditional Goody Bags”. Beverage Stations will be available for your refreshment throughout the course. The Bar begins at 4:30 p.m. with dinner being served at 5:30 p.m. followed by an Auction, Presentation of Awards, Raffle Drawing and many wonderful Door Prizes.
The purpose of this event is twofold. First, it creates an opportunity for coaches, referees, administrators, parents and supporters of amateur hockey in Illinois to come together for a day of fun and relaxation to kick off the beginning of the new season.
Secondly, and most importantly, the revenues generated from this event will be donated each season to specific charities as established annually by the AHAI Foundation. This year, the recipients are the Special Hockey Programs, Diversity Hockey Program for underprivileged kids, the Hearing Impaired Hockey Program, the youth sled hockey team called the Hornets, the IHOA Memorial Fund and the Catastrophic Relief Fund for players who have been catastrophically injured playing the sport we all love.
We hope your club/association will send a minimum representative delegation of at least four golfers to this fun filled event. This year we invite you to bring your son and/or daughter out on the course with you. A special fee has been arranged for all Junior golfers including college students. (Course rules mandate drivers of golf carts be 18 years of age or older).
Please contact Don Allord, Chairperson of the Golf Outing listed below as soon as possible as the reservations will be on a first-come, first serve basis.
Your donation is tax deductible to the extent allowable by law.
Foundation Golf Chairperson
The Next HS Committeee meeting is set for June 3, 2015
at 7 pm at the AHAI offices at Edge in Bensenville.