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WNY Development ADM Clinic

Through the efforts of the West Section ADM Coordinator Amy Rogers, a WNY Development Clinic for ages 5 through 16 is being offered at the Northtown Center Ice Arena in Amherst, NY. USA Hockey Regional Manager Richie Hansen will be leading the clinics. Participants must have at least 1 year of hockey experience and be able to skate independently. Full equipment is required for the on-ice sessions.

Coach Hansen is a New York State native, graduated from Mercyhurst College where he distinguished himself as one of the college’s all-time NCAA Division I, scoring leaders.  Richie played professional hockey for 6 seasons and has been with USA Hockey since 2011. His coaching experience spans many avenues with the USA Hockey’s Player Development program and the Air Academy High School boys’ hockey team in Colorado Springs, Colorado.



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Associations that would like to host Girls Tier I NTB teams for the following season must publish and advertise tryout dates prior to the start of the current USA Hockey National Championship; provided, however, that no tryouts or activities that could be construed as such may occur until 48 hours after the last game of the Tier I Girls’ and Tier II Girls’ National Championships.

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    We are passing along another update related to the transition of the SafeSport Training. In addition, we will post updates online at www.usahockey.com/safesport to keep the USA Hockey membership up to date on any impact of this transition. We have now been notified that the new estimated launch date is Monday, November 6, 2017.

    Please note anyone wishing to complete the existing SafeSport course offerings, including the Refresher course, must now do so NO LATER THAN WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2017 AT 11:59pm EASTERN TIME.

    NO COURSES will be available from Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 11:59pm Eastern time until Monday, November 6, 2017.

    Following November 1, all relevant individuals who need to be SafeSport certified or are seeking recertification will need to complete the new full SafeSport training course, which will be available Monday, November 6, and will feature updated content. Upon completion of the online SafeSport training, individuals will be certified for two seasons. A new SafeSport refresher course will be added to the platform in 2018. This will be an abbreviated version intended for individuals who have previously completed the three core SafeSport courses and need to recertify. Users completing the SafeSport refresher course will be certified for an additional two seasons.

     


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    Too Many Kids Leave Sports Because Of The Car Ride Home

    Brad Frost is the Head Coach for the University of Minnesota Women's Ice Hockey team. 

    Frost believes it is in the best interest of youth athletes if their parents support their athletic experiences no matter the level of competition they play in. If a youth athlete is not playing for a top-tier team, that is not a good reason to be less supportive because the ultimate goal should be for a kid to have fun in any youth sports league. Essentially, it is more important to enjoy time with your kid than critiquing everything they did wrong in a game. Frost believes parents who put too much pressure on their kids, especially during that 'car ride home,' will chase them away from sports. If a kid is afraid to get into the car ride home after a bad game, it is unlikely he will want to continue to play.

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                                                                             At the WNYAHL meeting on Tuesday 2-7-17 the following  proposal was passed as amended:

     

    NEW RULE: “All minor age travel divisions in the WNYAHL (9, 11,13,15) will be comprised of players that are pure minor birth year and younger (one level lower). Birth years will be based on USAH ages for the current season.”

    NOTE: NYSAHA prohibits all players that are 8 years old or younger to play up on an older age level team, therefore the league is obligated to abide by the NY district rule and not allow any players 8 and under top Play up.

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