Minnesota Hockey announced today it will offer an Association Leader Excellence Conference
to provide hockey leaders in innesota with opportunities for learning best practices and
networking. The conference will be held following the conclusion of this season on Saturday,
at the arriott inneapolis West in St. Louis Park, N.
Conference attendees will include, but are not limited to, association presidents, treasurers, vice
presidents, tournament coordinators, growth coordinators and hockey directors.
The conference will feature such topics as the legal aspects of operating youth athletic
associations, tournament operations, marketing, fund raising, membership development, player
development and more. Participants will also have the opportunity to network with leaders from
other youth associations and share best practices.
Speakers will include members of innesota Hockey, USA Hockey and other industry experts.
The event is scheduled for Saturday, ay 7, 2016, beginning in the morning and concluding in
mid-afternoon. innesota Hockey will supply a continental breakfast and lunch during the event.
Participants traveling more than 100 miles will be offered a subsidy to help pay for a hotel room
on Friday night. Additional details on lodging and how to make reservations will be released at
Official registration information and other details will be provided at a later date, but innesota
Hockey is requesting that each association responds to this email and provides us with an
estimate of how many members of your association and/or district board would be interested in attending
2016 State Tournament Locations
Junior Gold A Edina 19&Under B Burnsville
Junior Gold B Edina 15&Under A Burnsville
Junior Gold 16 Edina 15&Under B Burnsville
Bantam AA St. Croix Rec. Center 12&Under A Cottage Grove
Bantam A St. Croix Rec. Center 12&Under B St. Cloud
Bantam B Moorhead
Peewee AA Grand Rapids
Peewee A Greenway (Coleraine)
Peewee B Moorhead
District 12 District Tournaments will be played Feb. 12.13.14... 2016
Please check District Tournaments web page for formats
Bantam A Virginia
Bantam B Greenway
Peewee A International Falls
Peewee B Ely
I have been informed that I need to remind associations and/or coaches the rules regarding rostered players....
ONLY the players on the official team roster are allowed to play in games. Substitutions ARE NOT ALLOWED NO EXCEPTIONS!!!! I.E. using players from the roster
of another team in the association. THIS IS NOT ALLOWED!!!
No Player should be in a game unless they are rostered on the team playing, COMBINING PLAYERS FROM SEVERAL ROSTERED TEAMS IS NOT ALLOWED.
This should serve as a final warning to all Associations, and coaches.
Should I be informed of this in the future and upon investigation find it to be true, the eligibility of ALL teams for an association will be in jeopardy.
District 12 Director, Mn. Hockey
USA Hockey is concerned with locker room activities between minor participants; minor participants and adult participants; adults being alone with individual minor participants in locker rooms; and with non-official or non-related adults having unsupervised access to minor participants at team events. 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 locker room monitors in the locker room while participants are in the locker room, or 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 is present. The responsible adult that monitors and
supervises the locker room shall have been screened in compliance with Section III of this Handbook. Further, responsible adults must also secure the locker room appropriately during times when minor participants are on the ice. It shall be permissible for a local program or team to prohibit parents from a locker room. However, in doing so the team shall be required to have properly screened adults monitoring and supervising the locker room as required above. With younger players, it is generally appropriate to allow parents to assist the player with
getting equipment on and off before and after games or practices and they should be allowed in the locker room to do so.
Cell phones and other mobile devices with recording capabilities, which includes voice recording, still cameras, and video cameras, increase the risk for some forms of abuse or misconduct. As a result, the use of a mobile device’s recording capabilities in the locker rooms is not permitted at any USA Hockey sanctioned event, provided that it may be acceptable to take photographs or recordings in a locker room in such unique circumstances as a victory celebration, team party, etc., where all persons in the locker room are appropriately
dressed and have been advised that photographs or recordings are being taken
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. For each team, the coach and/or team administrators shall be responsible for compliance with the locker room supervision requirements of this Policy. A coach and/or team administrator that fails to take appropriate steps to ensure the Locker Room Policy is adhered to, and any USA Hockey participant or parent of a participant who otherwise violates this Policy is subject to appropriate disciplinary action.
Below are informational links provided by Mn. Hockey and USA Hockey. As many are aware Mn. Hockey and USA Hockey have intiated steps to decrease incidents of concussions in the game. Referees have been instructed to call a penalty if contact is made to the head. The reason for contact will not be the issue, whether incidental or intentional, all contact to the head will result in a penalty. The only descresion that a referee will have will be to determine if the incident warrents a minor or major penalty. Also checking from behind will be strictly enforced. it will not be a matter of location on the ice, a check from behind will result in a penalty. I ask that all involved in the game of hockey, players, coaches and fans to be aware of this new direction given to the referees. These calls will happen and the officials on the ice will make the call, please support them. Remember this focus is to decrease the incidents of concussion, you may not agree with the call, however it is to make ALL players of the game more safe. I know of many players who have suffered concussions, in the video link, I now wonder what their life will be in adulthood.
Thank- you for your support.
District 12 Director