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USA Hockey Level 4 Coaching Education Program!

The USA Hockey Level 4 Coaching Clinic for the Central District will take place on Saturday and Sunday, September 27 & 28, 2014 at the Renaissance Hotel located in Schuamburg, Illinois.

Topics will include Offensive and Defensive Player Development, Special Teams, Ethics, ADM, Teambuilding, Goaltending, Small Games, Bench Management, Practice Efficiency, Off Ice Development.

The cost is $ 220.00 which includes Clinic Materials, Coaches Gifts, Door Prizes, Lunch on Saturday and a Reception on Saturday Night. 

All registration will be done at www.usahockey.com under the Coaches Section.  Just click on Clinics and search for Level 4 clinics. 
For further information, please contact Doug Dietz at dougdietz04@gmail.com.



Applications for Choice Substitutions 
Open July 15 and Close October 15, 2014
Still Have Questions?  Contact:
Gregg Chudacoff
AHAI Tier II Chairman

For the fourth consecutive year the Chicago Blackhawks, NorthShore University HealthSystem, AHAI, and Athletico Physical Therapy have teamed up to offer FREE baseline concussion testing through the "A Step aHead" program. Collectively, these four organizations have also committed to providing education on concussion awareness and management to the youth hockey community. "We want to ensure the safety of each and every athlete before they step onto the ice," states Dr. Elizabeth Pieroth, Board Certified Neuropsychologist and Associate Director of NorthShore University HealthSystem's Sports Concussion Program.
This year's theme for the A Step aHead program is 'baseline before blue line' because we want to emphasis the value of being tested prior to participating in a contact sport. Testing will be available to youth hockey players ages 13-18 in the state of Illinois from July 1, 2014 through November 30, 2014. Testing is being offered at 29 Athletico clinics across Chicagoland. Baseline cognitive testing provides information on a child's brain function prior to an injury. If an athlete were to receive a concussion, the baseline test can then be compared to a post-injury test. This provides objective data to better assess recovery from a concussion.
If you have additional questions about the A Step aHead program visit www.athletico.com/impact or contact us at baselinetesting@athletico.com.
Remember to get tested this season, and share this program with your friends, family, and teammates.

2014-15 Mite Hockey Update:

NIHL will have a 12 game full-ice season with 4 half-ice games totaling 16 game regular season. They will have an 8 game half-ice tiering round beginning October 1st.

Organizations that have committed to NIHL as of June 28, 2014, include*:

Sabres, Bruins, Hawks, St. Jude, Leafs, Peoria, Falcons, Bloomington, Cyclones, Jets, Jaguars, Blues

*List will be updated as more organizations are added.

18th Annual AHAI Foundation Golf Outing

The 18th Annual AHAI Foundation Golf Outing will be held at the Hilton Chicago Indian Lakes Resort, Friday, August 15, 2014. 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.

Last year we maxed out the field. We have fun and games planned for the course (golf skills not required to play) and a SPECIAL event you will not want to miss at dinner. If you can't make the golf, DO NOT MISS THE DINNER! Do not exclude your hockey player from being part of this surprise. I promise you will be part of a one of a kind experience few hawk fans get to experience and one you and your player will NEVER forget.

AHAI Announces Coaching Education Program (CEP) Clinics for 2014-15 Season!

AHAI announced the schedule for  the 2014-15 Coaching Education Program (CEP) Clinics. Please make sure if you are a coach you have met the requirements to be behind the bench for the 2014-15 season.

USA Hockey and the Coaching Education Program require both certification and registration to be eligible to coach. All ice hockey coaches as well as instructors of USA Hockey programs shall be registered annually as individual Participants of USA Hockey for the current season (before the start of the season) in order to be eligible to coach/instruct in any regular-season activities (practices, clinics, games, tournaments, try-outs, etc.), state, district, regional playoff, national championships or in the USA Hockey Player Development Programs. 

Online registration to attend a CEP clinic begins July 16, 2014.

All ice hockey coaches and instructors of registered USA Hockey Youth 18 & Under and below, high school, girls’/women’s 19 & under and below, and disabled programs must properly wear an approved ice hockey helmet during all on-ice sessions, including practices, controlled scrimmages and all Coaching Education Program clinics and/or workshops.

Bolingbrook Firefighters Charity Hockey Tournament for MDA!

The Bolingbrook Fire Fighters are sponsoring an adult hockey tournament to raise money for MDA on July 26th and 27th of 2014 at the Rocket Ice Arena located at 180 Canterbury Lane in Bolingbrook, Illinois 60440. The tournament is open to all players and teams, however, they are asking that all players be 21 years of age by July, 2014.

All games will consist of three 17-minute running clock periods. The running clock is necessary to stay on schedule for the entire tournament.

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