SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, September 13, 2015 from 9 am to 10 am – Athletes and Parents and 10 am – 11 am – Coaches
Where: Marcus Theater Gurnee Mills, 6144 Grand Avenue, Gurnee, IL 60031
The Maulers Youth Hockey Organization is excited to continue our partnership with the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA).In the past we have made online courses mandatory. This year we have made a change.In an effort to emphasize the organization’s commitment to its positive culture, and in an effort to bring everyone together on that topic, we will be hosting a live training session.It is important that we are all on the same page with our commitment to developing our student athletes, and to start the season off on the right foot in that respect.
PCA realizes that youth sports offer a virtual classroom for teaching life lessons, but that goal can only be maximized if all of us (coaches, parents, players, and other family members) who work with youth athletes recognize and seize the many teachable moments we get to experience every time we are at the rink, and even to and from the rink for that matter.Research shows participation in youth sports improves academic performance and school attendance; it also results in better behavior and decreases risk-taking behavior, such as experimenting with drugs and alcohol.
PCA is non-profit formed at Stanford University in 1998 to transform the culture of youth sports to ensure that all youth athletes can have a positive, character-building experience.
The Maulers Youth Hockey Organization believes there are many benefits to partnering with PCA.To list just a few, it:
Helps set expectations for coach behavior
Sets the example for the coach as a role model
Coaches learn to be more effective, more positive
Creates a common language among our organization
Set Maulers Youth Hockey apart from other organizations in the community
Provides much needed coach education beyond the typical skills & drills
Shows parents that our organization is about more than winning
Maulers Youth Hockey HockeyHockey Athletes, Coaches and Parents/Guardians will have a common language and goals in developing student athletes on and off the ice
It is mandatory that all Mauler Hockey players and Parents/Guardians attend and complete the live training session on September 13th starting at 9 am at Marcus Cinemas in Gurnee.The athletes will be in one theater and the parents will be in another.We strongly encourage both parents/guardians attend, but it is mandatory that at least 1 parent/guardian attend, along with your athlete(s).The presentation should last about an hour.Then, the coaches’ mandatory training session will begin at 10 am and will go for another hour.
All attendees will be eligible for a discounted movie theater ticket ($6.50) from Marcus that must be used on the same date as our presentation.So, take in some great messages about how to have the best hockey year yet, and then take in a movie with the family.
Our program invested its time and money in this because we believe our young hockey players and their families deserve this commitment.They will learn to honor the game, their opponents, the officials, and much more and it all starts with our partnership with PCA!
If you and/or your athlete fail to attend this session, your athlete will not be allowed on the ice starting the week of September 21st.We would appreciate you making every effort to attend these sessions.If it is impossible for you or your athlete to attend, the board will review alternative training session opportunities on a case-by-case basis.If you need your situation reviewed, please email me at
by Monday September 7th and we will see what the possible alternatives could be.
Thank you for your commitment to this program.
Maulers Youth Hockey Vice President and Positive Coaching Alliance Coordinator
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.
USA Hockey unveiled a new Heads Up, Don’t Duck instructional video featuring Olympians Jenny Potter and Ryan Suter.
The Heads Up, Don’t Duck safety initiative dates back to 1996 and is aimed at reducing spinal cord and other debilitating injuries.
“Dr. Ashare, the current chair of our safety and protective committee, helped launch this important program nearly two decades ago,” said Dr. Michael Stuart, chief medical officer of USA Hockey. “The basic premise of the program has not changed, however, we created this updated video piece to ensure that every player and coach understands the importance of keeping your head up.”
“We’ve been out in front on safety issues over the course of our history,” said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. “Heads Up, Don’t Duck has long been one of our signature safety programs and is part of our broad SafeSport program that addresses both on and off-ice safety of our participants.”
AHAI strongly encourages all parents and coaches at all levels of hockey to have their players watch this HEADS UP – DON’T DUCK VIDEO at least twice every season to help reduce the risk of a catastrophic injury.