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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.
Across America, presented by CCM, will be highlighted by a national Try Hockey
For Free Day on Saturday, March 1st. This is a nationwide effort to capitalize
on the excitement of the Olympic Winter Games and give local associations the
opportunity to introduce new kids to youth hockey. During the national Try
Hockey For Free Day in November, over 12,600 kids tried hockey for the first
time. You don't want to miss out!
On November 2, the Flames joined in with USA Hockey, the Steel Ice Center and over 500 local programs across the country in a program to encourage kids, ages 4 to 9, to try youth hockey as part of the NHL's Come Play Hockey Month.
For the Flames, Karen Trackim, their New Player Coordinator, organized the event - arranging an equipment drive for attendees and handling all the registration and coordination. Jeremy How, Flames ADM Program Director, led things in the locker room and on the ice. With the help of the Flames Bantam AA team, who supported new players on an individual basis, Jeremy put the new players through a series of drills and exercises, finishing with 3-on-3 games. Also on hand to impart valuable help and tips to first time skaters was the Stell Ice Center's Hockey Director, Rik McKinnon. All services were provided for free.
The Flames are proud to participate in this event and are proud to spread the word about the great sport of ice hockey throughout the LeHigh Valley!
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!
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:
Or our membership can download the app that will take you to the PointStreak system as a whole by going to the following:
We have hit a few snags that we need to deal with regard to our playoffs. We had to make some decisions in order to try to work this out which results in our having to make a change on what dates our teams are going to playoffs and changing our original posting of our league season dates.
In using the original dates posted, based on the formats that we voted on and approved, it would mean that the first weekend of playoffs we would need 71 games to be played. Even though we have four sheets of ice to work with at Iceline, we would have to play on Thursday and Friday (during the day), all day Saturday and Sunday. In using the original dates posted, based on the formats that we voted on and approved, it would mean that the second weekend of playoffs we would need 35 games to be played.
Taking the above into consideration and to work with the High Schools for their playoffs and finals, we need to make a change to accommodate everyone and to avoid taking the players out of school as much as possible. Therefore, what we can do is make the change to the Midget 16 and 18 levels to all be held during the first weekend of playoffs and to move all of the Pee Wee’s and Bantams to the second weekend. The Squirts will remain the same playing both the first and second weekends. By doing this it would change our first weekend from 71 games to 51 games and our second weekend from 35 games to 55 games. This helps to balance out the weekends better, hopefully avoid taking the kids out of school as much as possible and hopefully avoiding high school playoff conflicts.
At the current time, according to Point Streak, we have games scheduled for Feb. 22-23 and ask that no more games for that weekend or for black out weekend already scheduled for Feb. 28-March 2 be scheduled unless you need to do so according to the new league schedule that is posted to accommodate these needed changes. We tried to make it as clean as possible. We have also posted our DVHL Playoff Format that was approved by the membership on the website.
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-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!
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!
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!