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The purpose of the DVHL is to promote, govern and improve organized hockey in the Delaware Valley area by authority of USA Hockey, Inc.: to foster among its members, supporters and teams a general cooperative spirit; to maintain and increase interest in the game of hockey; to have and exercise a general care, supervision and direction over the playing interest of its teams and players.
The DVHL will again be holding their East vs West All Star games on Sunday, March 24, 2013! This year we will be adding Pee Wee to the mix!!
All games will be played at the Exton Power Play and times scheduled are: Pee Wee's (10:00 AM), Bantam's (1:00 PM) and Midget 16 (2:40 PM). All are welcome to come and watch the games!
Congratulations to all players chosen for the games! You should be proud of your accomplishment! To see the rosters, please check here!
Because of the Point Streak terminals now installed in almost all of the rinks, you not only have to use the DVHL score sheet that we are currently using, but you also must use the Point Streak Terminal to input the information. You MUST do it prior to leaving the terminal. You cannot go home and update the score sheet. After the score sheet is confirmed, the referee must hit the "submit" button for the information to take effect. If not, the game stays in limbo on the system. If the ref does not submit it, then it is your responsibility as the score keeper to make sure you do it.
It has also come to our attention that we have some scorekeepers and time clock keepers who get out of control while in the box. This is meant to be a reminder that any scorekeeper and time clock keeper is considered an off ice official. Therefore, you need to display prior conduct. No banging on the glass at players on the opposing team. No yelling at players in the penalty box. No cheering for your home team. Etc. Etc. Etc.
USA Hockey has a small manual entitled "Off Ice Officiating" that can be downloaded. We think that this would be beneficial for all to read and you can get it at:
All coaching accreditation was required to be received by December 31 with modules being completed by January 31. Screening is required to be completed by October 1 online at www.atlantic-distric.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!
This came to us via Dr. Alan Ashare, Chairman of USA Hockey's Safety and Protective Committee.
"Concussions in sports are a very, very hot topic. There has been more published in the medical journals about concussions, return to play following head trauma, and concussion management in the last decade than in the previous eighty years by a factor of ten. We are learning a lot.
The concept of developing cerebral traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) from just a few incidents of head trauma (as seen from the work of Dr. Anne McKee at Boston University) is a concern for parents, players, and coaches. Some doctors have questioned whether or not children should be allowed to play contact-collision sports before the age of 14. (Check out the recent recommendations of concussion expert Dr. Robert Cantu from Boston.)
Girls and women are not immune from concussions. In fact, females have a greater incidence of concussions than males in both ice hockey and soccer.
Over forty states have passed legislation mandating documented training in recognizing concussions and concussion management for coaches, parents, players, and administrators. For the most part, this legislation involves interscholastic sports in public schools and middle schools. However, some states have included youth sports in this legislative mandate. THIS CONCUSSION TRAINING (IN MOST STATES) IS REQUIRED ANNUALLY!!
USA Hockey would like to get everyone involved in concussion education. We want to have educated board members, staff members, committee members, and officers and has an on-line course in concussion recognition and concussion management. Go to: www.nfhslearn.com. It takes about 25 minutes, asks you some questions, and then provides you with a certificate (suitable for framing) that you've taken the course. There is no charge for this on-line training. It also puts you name on a list (by state) that you've taken the on-line course.
There are other on-line concussion courses developed by the CDC, but the CDC-NFHS is the one that I'm most familiar with, and it provides documentation".
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!
At the USA Hockey Annual meeting in Colorado in June, a legislative proposal was approved by the board with regard to Cross Ice for Mites. This bylaw approval now works hand in hand with our Atlantic District requirement for our 8&U Mites this season. The bylaw that was approved states:
Annual Guide, Rules and Regulations, x. Games, Exhibition Games, Invitational Tournaments and Sanctioned Events
A. Definition of a Game: An ice hockey game is a match played against another team which is registered with USA Hockey or a member organization of the IIHF. USA Hockey playing rules or approved modification thereof shall apply.
1. The age appropriate standard playing surface at 8 & Under is cross-ice or half ice
2. Effective for the 2013-14 playing season, but subject to limited exceptions as are approved by the USA Hockey Player Development Committee, all games and scrimmages at the 8U age level shall be played either cross-ice or half-ice, or on a surface that is equal to or less than the dimensions of cross-ice or half-ice. Each Affiliate shall enact applicable rules and regulations to address the governance, implementation and transition for this rule to become effective within the Affiliate on or before September 1, 2013. To the extent an Affiliate desires to seek exceptions for a limited number of full ice games or scrimmages for its teams at the 8U level, the Affiliate shall submit a plan by May 15th each year detailing such request to the USA Hockey Player Development Committee. The Affiliate's plan would be subject to the annual approval by June 15th of the Player Development Committee.
The Atlantic District has had a bylaw in place for several years now that required cross-ice or half-ice for our 8 and Under. Starting with the 2012-13 season, only players in their last year of eligibility as a Mite can advance to the 10&U level with the consent and approval of the leagues ADM committee and consultation with USA Hockey's ADM Atlantic District Coordinator.
In addition to the above, effective with the 2012-13 season, the Atlantic District will not approve the sanctioning of Mite full ice tournaments in our District.
For a printable copy of the Atlantic District Mite and Squirt 2012-13 Bylaw, click here!