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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.
Every four years, USA Hockey evaluates its playing rules and has the opportunity to make changes to said rules during its four-day Annual Congress gathering. With 2017 being a rules-change year, the Board of Directors voted on and approved a notable proposal drastically affecting the game at the youth level.
A sample of some of the rule changes that will take affect immediately are:
- Stronger verbiage surrounding the game misconduct penalty in Rule 601 has been added to prohibit use of abusive language: "a game misconduct penalty shall be issued to any player or team official who uses language that is offensive, hateful or discriminatory in nature anywhere in the rink before, during or after the game."
- Teams at the 14U-and-below age classifications will no longer be permitted to ice the puck when shorthanded. If a team ices the puck while killing a penalty, there will be an icing call made, and the ensuing face-off will take place in the defensive zone - just like even-strength play.
USA Hockey provided a full review of all adopted rule modifications to provide clarity. Click here for a complete recap!
Rock for Hockey's goal is to provide material support to US born hockey players in the mid-Atlantic region that demonstrates a need for assistance in order to continue playing the game. Potential recipients must demonstrate character as well as commitment to the game. Rock for Hockey is proud to announce that four families were award assistance for the 2015-16 season totally $3325. Families from the following organizations will receive assistance: Mighty Moose Girls Ice Hockey (PA), Exton Kings Ice Hockey (PA-DVHL), Kingsway Ice Hockey (NJ) and the Delaware Stars Youth Ice Hockey (DE-DVHL). For more information on Rock for Hockey, please go to their website: www.rockforhockey.org
Delaware Valley College Showcase Scheduled!
The DVHL is proud to say that working with the Delaware Valley Collegiate Hockey Conference this year was a great success and we are doing it again this year! Our first joint endeavor in attending their 5th annual College Showcase provided great exposure and opportunities for our players with the goal of continuing their hockey experience at the Division III College level. This showcase offered our 18U and 16U All-star players the opportunity to meet and be evaluated by 20-25 of the regions D-III Colleges.
The event will be held at the Ice Works Ice Rink in Aston, PA the weekend of November 17-19. We look forward to continuing this for next season to allow our players this great opportunity! More information will follow!
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 email@example.com. 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!
Emails were sent to all USA Hockey local programs, and to all coaches and referees registered in 2013-14, to notify them of the requirements for SafeSport Training for the 2014-15 season, and to encourage them to get a head start by completing the training this summer. Rather than copying you on all three emails, we are sending you this email with links to each of the emails below:
How to Take
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!
Reminder of what a coach needs:
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!