Here's Some Helpful Tips to Booking Your Room in Newport
Tips to Booking Your Hotel Room for the ECHO Newport Tournament
Have you booked yet??!! Remember...booking has started. The Tournament starts Sat December 27 andends Monday December 29th.
Tips to help make this successful:
• You don’t need to necessarily book for the evening of Monday 12/29. We have a couple of roomsreserved only with the hope that a team makes it to the finals and has a late evening...or an unexpected snow storm. I am not expecting a big breakfast that day.
• Some rooms are only available for certain time. Try different nights – you shouldn’thave a problem booking for Sat and Sun night. If you add Monday (or an exit of 12/30)...you may not see rooms available.
• Your main concern should be to book Sat and Sun night...these are our biggest days!
• Once we get to the beginning of December when the schedule comes out, rooms willopen up for Friday 12/26/14.
As I mentioned, you may need to be a little flexible. Don’tpanic if this night is not available. I will do my best to add rooms if needed. What I have found with doing this for 5 years...if I count thenumber of families we have in the ECHO organization...it is almost exactly what we book.
It's Time to Reserve Your Room for the Newport Tournament!
2014 Newport Christmas Hockey Tournament
Believe it or not....it is that time of the year again! The hockey season has started, fall is officially here...and there are now less than 100 days to Christmas! ...Which means it is time to book for the Newport Christmas Hockey Tournament in Newport RI.
The Tournament will be held, December 27th schedule. At this point we do not have a schedule. Each team will play a minimum of three games scheduled over the three days. In the past,the younger groups tend to play the earlier games with the older teams slotted for the late afternoonor evening times. Last year was a little different with the Mites playing cross ice and having their threegames and playoff scheduled over the 27thand 28th.
We are excited to announce we have contracted rooms at the Newport Hyatt again starting Friday December 26ththrough December 28th. (We do have a few rooms available for Monday 12/29 if there are late playoff games...or unplanned snow storms.)
Over the past five years the Hyatt has treated us wonderfully!! The rates include the room and breakfast each morning. Please use the attach link to book your room:
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to give me a call or send an email. Certain roomsdo book up fast and we ask that everyone be as flexible as possible. One thing that is nice is that even alot of the Kings have a pull out sleeper!! Plus, we have a lot more double bed rooms reserved this year.
A quick side note, the Hyatt has recently changed their Pet Policy. They no longer are a Pet Friendly Hotel.
I am looking forward to seeing everyone there! Over the past 8 years with the ECHO organization, my family has always looked forward to this event as our “Unwind from the Holidays” time with a fun group of families. Remember....It is NOT always about the kids...parents have fun too !
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.