Deadline to Take the Newport Hockey Survey is 1/31/2015!
Please Take a Moment to Fill Out Our Newport Christmas Tournament Survey!!!
The ECHO Board of Directors is dedicated to making your family's youth hockey experience the best it can be. We know we fill your mailbox with all kinds of messages week after week and now we want you to fill ours! Through Survey Monkey we are developing a series of surveys to collect information and opinions about ECHO sponsored events and organizational decisions. We want your voice heard!
Our first survey kicks off right now! Please follow the attached link and let us know what you thought about last month’s Newport Hockey Holiday Tournament and ECHO’s involvement.
ECHO is proud to announce that we have been selected to host two sectionals of this year’s Connecticut Hockey Conference (CHC) State Tournaments. On February 11th – February 15th ECHO will host the Mite Tier 4 Norris and Olympic Divisions. On March 4th – March 8th will host the Pee Wee Tier 4 Adams Division.
This selection to host two state tournaments will allow ECHO to showcase our organization to the broader CHC. It is an opportunity to represent, with pride, all that ECHO brings to youth hockey. It also provides ECHO with a revenue generation opportunity. This revenue works towards offsetting our operational costs and your skater fees. We will also get the opportunity to have some of ECHO’s teams play as the “Home” team as they strive to win their divisional weekend.
There will be volunteer opportunities that will be advertised in the coming weeks. Please consider assisting ECHO and showing the CHC the strength of our organization.
Attention - The Mohegan Sun Bus Trip this Friday is Canceled!!!
Sorry to inform all of you that had your hearts set on attending the 5th Annual Mohegan Sun Bus trip, but the storm has set attendees back a bit and the numbers just aren't what we need to help fund raise.
I'd like to thank all of you who were attending, and those interested. If any of our members would be interested in attending a bus trip in the spring, after the season is over, please contact Kim Fleming at email@example.com. She will compile a list of interested members (past and present).
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.