USA Hockey announced that it has permitted use of the Look-Up Line, an orange warning track painted on the ice designed to reduce paralyzing neck injuries that could result from collisions into the boards. However, the measure fell short of mandating its use in American ice rinks.

Under the measure, rinks that wish to employ a Look-Up Line are permitted to do so and are encouraged to report their results to the USA Hockey Look-Up Line Safety Task Force.

“I was hoping for a strong recommendation, at the very least,” said Tom Smith, a 24-year-old hockey player from Boston who walks with the aid of two canes after having suffered a spinal-cord injury when he crashed into the boards in 2008. “But I’m told this is a giant step, considering that we put down the first Look-Up Line on May 9, 2013, and now we have it down in the policy and rules sections for USA Hockey and the N.C.A.A.”

The Look-Up Line is to be painted around the perimeter of the ice surface, extending 40 inches in width from the bottom of the boards. Its goal is to warn players to use caution when giving and receiving checks in the danger area close to the boards.

Some of our DVHL rinks are now installing the look up lines.  Please let your players know of the meaning of the orange!

Sled Hockey Emotions Are High!

Safe Sport Program

An unmonitored locker room exposes the minor participants to possible physical and emotional harm.  It is the responsibility of each organization and coach to provide a safe program on and off the ice.

 According to the USA Hockey SafeSport Program Manual:  It is the policy of USA Hockey that all USA Hockey Member Programs have at least one responsible screened adult present monitoring the locker room during all team events to assure that only participants (coaches and players), approved team personnel and family members are permitted in the locker room and to supervise the conduct in the locker room.  Acceptable locker room monitoring could include having a locker room monitor in the immediate vicinity (near the door) outside the locker room that also regularly and frequently enters the locker room to monitor activity inside.  If the monitor(s) are inside, then it is strongly recommended that there be two monitors, both of which have been screened.  A local program or team may impose or follow stricter monitoring requirements.  Any individual meetings between a minor participant and a coach or other adult in a locker room shall require that a second responsible adult be present.  The responsible adult that monitors and supervises the locker room shall have been screened in compliance with the SafeSport Program Handbook and District.

All local programs shall publish locker room policies to the parents of all minor participants that are specific to the facilities they regularly use.  The local program’s policies shall include the program’s (a) practices for supervising and monitoring locker rooms and changing areas; (b) permission or lack of permission for parents to be in the locker rooms; (c) prohibited conduct, including at least all forms of abuse and misconduct prohibited by USA Hockey; and (d) specific policies regarding the use of mobile electronic devices and phones and prohibiting the use of a device’s recording capabilities.  A sample locker room policy form may be found at www.usahockey.com/safesport.

It is also reminded if more than one locker room is used by the team each locker room must be monitored.  Example, you coach a youth team that has both male and female participants the locker room for each must be monitored by a properly screened adult.

USA Hockey has now mandated that each organization have a SafeSport coordinator. A handbook is now available for all coordinators to download along with a copy of the different policies and required training of USA Hockey's and its member programs'. Please go to the website link: http://www.usahockey.com/SafeSport.aspx to review this new policy and to download all of the required paperwork for your coordinator!

Each club coordinator must take the course and download/complete their SafeSport certificate. All completed certificates are to be emailed to Pete Rothman, Atlantic District SafeSport Coordinator, at pete@rbcpa.net. All certificates must be completed by September 30 and sent to Pete for confirmation. The training website link to USA Hockey is: http://assets.ngin.com/attachments/document/0042/6452/USA_Hockey_SafeSport_Program_Handbook.pdf or you can always find it on the SafeSport webpage at www.usahockey.com/safesport. For a copy of a coordinators checklist, click here!

Pointstreak Mobile App Is Now Updated

Special thanks goes to the Philadelphia Flyers for paying Pointstreak to make an app especially for the DVHL.  The current app that you have downloaded takes you into the Point Streak System allowing you to access all that Point Streak covers.  This new app will take you directly to the DVHL.  It also will allow you to sign up for alerts that the league may send out which will help us to keep communication going between the league and our families. The Pointstreak Mobile app's are free to download and are available for Blackberry, iPhones and Android platforms. 

Our membership can download the app that will take you directly to the DVHL system by going to the following:  Apple    Android

Or our membership can download the app that will take you to the PointStreak system as a whole by going to the following:

  • Blackberry:  Go to Mobile site on your browser at www.m.pointstreak.com
  • iPhone:  Go to iPhone App Store and search for "Pointstreak", download is free
  • Android:  Go to Google Play store and search for "Pointstreak", download is free

Coaching Requirements

USA Hockey is now requiring that all coaches, both head and assistants, must complete the SafeSport Training Program.  This is in addition to accreditation, modules and screenings.  All coaching requirements are mandated to be received by December 31.  Screening by the Atlantic District is required to be completed by October 1 online at www.atlantic-district.org.  All coaches, both head and assistants, will be checked throughout the season, at our DVHL playoffs and Atlantic District tournaments.  If you do not meet the proper requirements, you will not be permitted on the bench!

For up to date 2014-15 Coaching guidelines on what a coach needs to coach a team, click here!  To confirm who needs to be a level 4, click here!

Reminder of what a coach needs:

  • Register as a member of USA Hockey!  Must be done before stepping on the ice, must be completed every year, and membership expires the last day of August (https://www.usahockeyregistration.com)

  • Attend a USA Hockey CEP class if required per above.  Must be completed by Dec. 31st.  Classes are only offered on certain weekends so sign up early, classes sell out. (http://www.usahockey.com/coachingclinics)

  • Complete an age appropriate module for the team in which you are coaching.  Online class is about 8 hours, must be completed by Dec. 31 and you only need to complete the module for that level once and not every year (http://usahcepmodules.flexxcoach.com/)

  • Complete an AAHA background screening check.  Screening is current for 2 years (season in which you take it and the following).  (http://www.atlantic-district.org)

  • Complete Safe Sport training.  Only needs to be completed once and must be done by Dec. 31st (http://www.training.teamusa.org/store/details/4)

Liberty Mutual Fall Community Grant

Your team/organization could earn a $2,500 Responsible Sports Community Grant from Liberty Mutual Insurance.  The Community Grant is a competition-based fundraising program that awards $2,500 Grants to youth sport teams, clubs, associations and schools who rally their supporters to commit to a Responsible Sports environment. 

Simply take the Responsible Sports quiz and credit a team or DVHL organization of your choosing to help them earn a $2,500 Grant.  Don't wait, apply now at https://responsible-sports.libertymutual.com/programs/grant

Pointstreak Scorekeeper Training Aids

Below are the links for you to use for on site training for the Pointstreak terminals in all of your rinks.  Please feel free to use them to setup group training sessions if you need to as well as print them off for yourself to use!

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