There are a few updates to the picture dates/times listed below. Please see the attached outline of your players picture date for his 2014/2015 ECHO Hockey season. Players are asked to dress in their home "Whites". Team pictures will be taken at that time also. See you there !!!
Eastern Connecticut State University has made it to BIP! A great way to team build, socialize, and come see some great college hockey locally. It supports some of our ECHO Alumni and a great way to get out and have a great time! Here's this seasons schedule and we hope to see you there!
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 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.