Don't Forget to Set Your Clocks Ahead THIS Saturday Night!!!
Remember - Don't Forget to Turn Your Clocks AHEAD THIS Saturday!!!
With the craziness of tournament time, we all know sometimes we forget things (jerseys, neck guards, water bottles). Well, this will be a reminder sent to you every day this week starting today through Sunday.
TURN YOUR CLOCKS AHEAD SATURDAY NIGHT!!!
We certainly wouldn't want any of our Pee Wee teams arriving late to any of their games on Sunday because mom or dad forgot to turn the clocks ahead.....
ECHO Town Hall Meeting for End of 2015 Season is on 3/16/15
ECHO's Year End Town Hall Meeting will be Monday 3/16/15 at 7:30 p.m.
ECHO's Board of Directors is pleased to announce we will hold an end of 2014/2015 season Town Hall Meeting at Bolton Ice Palace on Monday March 16, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. All ECHO members are encouraged and welcome to attend.
Topics for this meeting will be as follows:
1. Tryout process for 2015/2016 season
2. Newport Survey Results
We hope to see you all there as this is an important meeting that will impact and reflect the ECHO organization. Your continued support, interest, and input is what helps make this organization successful. Remember, it's all about the kids!!!
Volunteers Needed for Adams Division PW Tournament!
ECHO has been selected to host the CHC Pee Wee Adams Division Tournament at Bolton Ice Palace starting next Wednesday 3/4 through Sunday 3/8.
We are asking the membership to help us by volunteering your time. If you are available on any of these days, for any amount of time, it would be a huge help. From concessions, to scorekeeper, penalty box or running the clock and more, all are welcomed and needed. Use the link below to sign-up!
Tournament hosting is a great way to promote ECHO and volunteering is a great way to learn more about hockey and our own organization.
Use the link below to sign up for any available dates and positions. Most require no experience or hockey knowledge— older children are welcome to help with raffle & concessions.
Can’t find the time? Please consider a donation to concessions—Cookies or Brownies, a dozen donuts or even a Dunkin Gift Card—all proceeds go toward keeping ECHO’s membership dues among the lowest in the area. Contact Meghan Frommer at email@example.com with any questions & THANK YOU!!
ECHO will hold its open tryouts for Tier3 and Tier 4 Mite, Squirt, Pee Wee, Bantam, Midget travel teams for the 2015-2016 Season.
Tryout dates: Saturday March 28 through Thursday April 2, 2015. Tryouts will be held at Bolton Ice Palace - Times to be determined and published in a future announcement.
Mite: $75.00 (includes a $30 credit against 2015-16 skater fees upon commitment to an ECHO Mite travel team).
Squirt, Pee Wee, Bantam, Midget: $125.00 (includes a $50 credit against 2015-16 skater fees upon commitment to an ECHO travel team).
ECHO will also offer optional pre-tryout skill clinics on March 24, 25, 26 for all players that are registered for the open tryouts. There will be two pre-tryout skill clinics available for each age level (Mite, Squirt, Pee Wee, Bantam, Midget). There will be no additional cost to attend these clinics.
Please pre-register via the ECHO tryout on-line registration
ECHO is Excited to Introduce the 2015/2016 Pee Wee Tier II Coach
ECHO is Excited to Announce the 2015/2016
Tier II Pee Wee Coach!!!
Eastern Connecticut Hockey Organization has acquired the head coach designated for the newly forming Pee Wee Tier II Coach, Eric Levine. Some of you may have heard his name, and some of you may or may not know him. If you are fortunate enough to have met his acquaintance and experienced his knowledge in hockey, then we hope you are feeling as fortunate as we do.
ECHO is proud to announce that it will sponsor Tier 2/AAA Squirt and Pee Wee teams for the 2015-2016 Season.
Tryout dates:Wednesday March 18th, Friday March 20th with call back dates on Saturday March 21st and Sunday March 22nd.Please note that only a single tryout ice session is guaranteed. Tryouts will be held at Trinity College - Times to be determined and published in a future announcement.
Tryout cost = $75.00 (includes a $35 credit against 2015-16 skater fees upon commitment to an ECHO Tier2/AAA team).
Players not placed on an ECHO Tier2/AAA team will be invited to register for the ECHO Tier 3 and Tier 4 tryouts March 28 – April 2, 2015.
It has come to our attention in the ECHO Hockey community that we need to remind everyone of the "Zero Tolerance" Policy. Please review and remember that we represent ECHO as a whole.
Zero Tolerance Policy
In an effort to make ice hockey a more desirable and rewarding experience for all participants, USA Hockey instituted a zero tolerance policy beginning with the 1992-93 season. This policy requires all players, coaches, officials, team officials and administrators and parents/spectators to maintain a sportsmanlike and educational atmosphere before, during and after all USA Hockey-sanctioned games.
Thus, the following points of emphasis must be implemented by all referees and linesmen:
A minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct (zero tolerance) shall be assessed whenever a player:
Openly disputes or argues any decision by an official.
Uses obscene or vulgar language at any time, including any swearing, even if it is not directed at a particular person.
Visually demonstrates any sign of dissatisfaction with an official’s decision. Any time that a player persists in any of these actions, they shall be assessed a misconduct penalty. A game misconduct shall result if the player continues such action.
A minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct (zero tolerance) shall be assessed whenever a coach:
Openly disputes or argues any decision by an official.
Uses obscene or vulgar language in a boisterous manner to anyone at any time.
Visually displays any sign of dissatisfaction with an official’s decision including standing on the boards or standing in the bench doorway with the intent of inciting the officials, players or spectators.
Any time that a coach persists in any of these actions, he/she shall be assessed a game misconduct penalty.
Officials are required to conduct themselves in a businesslike, sportsmanlike, impartial and constructive manner at all times. The actions of an official must be above reproach. Actions such as “baiting” or inciting players or coaches are strictly prohibited.
Officials are ambassadors of the game and must always conduct themselves with this responsibility in mind.
The game will be stopped by game officials when parents/spectators displaying inappropriate and disruptive behavior interfere with other spectators or the game. The game officials will identify violators to the coaches for the purpose of removing parents/ spectators from the spectator’s viewing and game area. Once
removed, play will resume. Lost time will not be replaced and violators may be subject to further disciplinary action by the local governing body. This inappropriate and disruptive behavior shall include:
Use of obscene or vulgar language in a boisterous manner to anyone at any time.
Taunting of players, coaches, officials or other spectators by means of baiting, ridiculing, threat of physical violence or physical violence.
Throwing of any object in the spectators viewing area, players bench, penalty box or on ice surface, directed in any manner as to create a safety hazard.
Thank you in advance for your attention and cooperation in this important matter,
Announcing ImPACT Test Concussion Management Program
for ECHO PeeWee and Bantam Players
To follow up on our Winter 2011 Newsletter article, Concussion Testing, ECHO has contracted ImPACT Applications, Inc. to provide a Concussion Management Program. This program consists of an online tool to establish a Baseline for Concussion Management.
ECHO has pre-paid ImPACT for testing for any/all PeeWee and Bantam ECHO players who wish to take the test. Testing is limited to PeeWee and Bantams as the test is for players aged 11 years and older. Awareness of the effects and the dangers of concussions has grown rapidly recently. In the past year, both the NHL and NFL have changed rules to attempt to prevent the likelihood of concussions and have amended the protocols for concussed players to return to action. While youth sports bear much less risk of concussion than at higher levels of play, our awareness of and sensitivity to concussions has also risen.
The danger of continuing to play or returning to play before the injury has healed is now known to post risks greater than previously thought. When an athlete can safely return to play can confound players, parents, coaches and medical professionals alike. The best measure of fitness to return to play is not only a cessation of symptoms (headaches, etc.), but also a return of full cognitive function. The only way to know for certain whether an player has regained full function and therefore is completely healed is to have previously conducted baseline (pre-injury) testing of those functions.
The most widely recognized baseline concussion test is called an ImPACT (Immediate Post Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) test. The NHL and the USA Hockey National Team Development Program both utilize this test. CIAC, by State law, requires all public high school athletes who suffer a concussion to take an ImPACT test prior to return to play. The test is short (25 minutes) and painless. It is almost like a video game and provides performance data on cognitive functions such as memory, concentration recognition and reaction time. By having been ImPACT tested before any potential injury, retesting of injured athletes allows medical professionals to precisely determine when an athlete has completely recovered and can safely be cleared to return to play.
The ImPACT Test is just one tool for consideration; It should not be the only deciding factor in returning a concussed skater to play. All athletes should be cleared by their medical professional prior to returning to practice or games.
For additional information on concussions or the ImPACT Test, visit: www.impacttest.com
A two page FAQ guide is available by contacting
Please use the following link for baseline testing: http://www.impacttestonline.com/impactteams
The player must be well rested and ready to concentrate for 25 min. The test environment MUST BE free of any & all distractions.
The computer must have a traditional mouse. Trackballs and touch pads will not provide accurate results.
If you are taking your exam on a laptop computer, make sure it is plugged into an electrical outlet and is not running on battery power.
Please close any applications other than ImPACT that are currently running on the computer.
The following code will need to be entered when an Athlete takes an ImPACT Baseline Test.
Customer ID Code for Eastern Connecticut Hockey Organization: Code will be sent to all PeeWee and Bantam Players separately
The Organization wording above should be entered in the School/Organization section when you launch the baseline test program.
The ImPACT testing process is as follows:
Section 1: Demographic Information & Health History Questionnaire
Section 2: Taking the test (baseline testing and post-injury testing)
Module 1: Word Memory
Module 2: Design Memory
Module 3: X's and O's
Module 4: Symbol Matching
Module 5: Color Match
Module 6: Three Letter Memory
Section 3 ImPACT Test Scores - Copies of the results can be obtained as needed for reference or post-injury follow-up by contacting Eric Levine
The information for the first component of the test can be gathered and entered by the exam supervisor/parent. The Second component must be completed by the skater.
Once you have checked out the ImPACT Test site and the ImPACT Test - FAQ if you have any additional questions or require the Customer ID Code, send queries to Eric Levine.