ECHO's 2014/2015 Pre-Season Hockey Clinic is Here....
Beginning the week of September 2nd, ECHO holds a pre-season hockey clinic for all levels of skaters and goalies registered in the ECHO 2014/2015 season. It's a great way to jump start your player for another exciting season of hockey! This clinic is optional, but strongly encouraged and extremely beneficial for our players to get back in the groove.
The cost for this clinic is $60 for skaters and $30 for goalies. The team at IPH will be coming to get our players tuned in for the new season.
Please see your teams schedule by going to the top of the ECHO Website. Go to Team, Choose a Team, Travel then please find your team. On the far right side is a vertical menu that shows the upcoming events for your team. There you will see the dates and times reserved for your skater's level of play and team and to attend the clinic. (Defined by the "IPH Preseason Clinic").
You MUST pre-register for this clinic so please send an email RSVP to:
email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up. Payment can be received at the door. Remember to come early to gear up and be ready for your allotted time slot.
We are in need of all your golfers! If your child plays hockey, someone you know golfs! This is ECHO's biggest fundraiser of the year to help the cost of our skater fees and other events we host..... Please take part in this awesome event! If you don't golf, you can always become a sponsor. Please read the flyer posted below...
Get your foursome together and get ready to play, have dinner, and stay for one of youth hockey's most exciting raffles and silent auctions
at Blackledge Country Club in Hebron.
Or maybe on a Friday afternoon you are all work and no play? We can help you with that too. Be a part of ECHO's Tee Off to Hockey annual fundraiser by putting your business name on the course as a tee or hole sponsor. See attached flyer.
September 19th is just around the corner. Contact Chris Sarner today at email@example.com.
Folks, every year a very successful method of getting the word out about our "Learn to Play Hockey" and our "Mini Mite" programs is through our school systems in the surrounding towns we serve. These programs run in three eight week sessions from the beginning of September through mid March. There truly is no better time than in their early years to get them involved and playing and LOVING the sport of hockey, kids and parents alike. The flyer below is sent home with the children in grades Kindergarten through Second grade in the various elementary schools in each town.
We are in need of your assistance in getting permission from the superintendents in the surrounding various towns to have those flyers sent home. The towns that we look to to have these flyers sent home are: Vernon, Manchester, Andover, Bolton, Mansfield, Tolland, Willimantic, Windham, Hebron, Coventry, Columbia, Lebanon, Colchester, Ellington and Glastonbury.
We all know how our kids started, and if not for these programs we would lack the great family and teams we have at ECHO today. For those that live in any of these towns and can help us fill these programs and expose these children and their families to the skills of hockey, the fun and family ECHO offers, please let us know. We are looking to have the flyers sent home in the first week of school (second at the latest). Please contact me and I can walk you through what needs to be said and done.
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.