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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 is proud to announce that we will be working with the Delaware Valley Collegiate Hockey Conference this year! Our first joint endeavor is to attend their 5th annual College Showcase. The showcase will provide great exposure and opportunities for our players with the goal of continuing their hockey experience at the Division III College level. This showcase will offer up to 80 local players the opportunity to meet and be evaluated by 20-25 of the regions D-III Colleges.
Sign up now as this showcase is on a first come basis. Individual registrations, includes game jersey, 3 (16 minute) periods. You will have the rate opportunity to meet the coaches and their team players as they are engaged in the weekends East Coast College Showdown tournament.
The event will be held at the Ice Works Ice Rink in Aston, PA the weekend of November 19. High school players in the 11th and 12th grades and Community College students for the 2016-17 school year are eligible. For information and registration to this event, please click here: DVCHC High School Showcase
With a goal of inspiring more Philadelphia area families to join the hockey community, the Philadelphia Flyers have partnered with nine hockey rinks across the region to launch the Flyers Rookie Program, a six-week learn-to-play initiative for first time youth hockey players that features FREE head to toe equipment for participants!
This program, open to both boys and girls ages four through eight, provides each participant with a full set of Flyers branded hockey equipment including: helmet with cage, should pads, elbow pads, hockey gloves, hockey pants, shin guards, skates, jersey, socks, stick and equipment bag. Upon completion of the program, participants can keep their equipment. The six week course also includes age appropriate instruction by a certified coaching staff, including NHL Alumni.
Those families interested in registering their child for the program can visit PhiladelphiaFlyers.com/RookieProgram. Standard learn to play rink fees apply and vary by location.
The Haverford Hawks 16AA's played a very special game against our DVHL Hammerheads Sled Hockey team. It was an awesome event with the Hammerheads giving the Hawks a quick lesson on the sleds and off they went. It was great to see the children enter the Skatium on wheelchairs and on crutches, then take to the ice on their sleds and cruise around shooting pucks and scoring goals just like any other kid. On the ice everyone was equal. A great experience was had by all!
Every year the DVHL gives out our annual scholarship to a player who has participated in the DVHL and has shown outstanding performance, dedication and high standards of excellence. This year we are proud to announce that Eric DeLellis of the Quaker organization as the recipient for the 2015-16 season. Eric not only will be attending Penn State Berks Campus this fall, but he has also accepted an offer to play ice hockey for the University! We wish Eric all the best in his college career and thank him for his dedication to our league!
The DVHL will be starting a new alumni association and we need your help! Ben Umstead, VP, has agreed to take on this project and would appreciate it if you could send him any players names and what school they went to from the past and where our players from the upcoming season and where they will be going. Ben can be reached at Ben@powerplayrinks.com. Please help us to get this started!
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
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!