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ECHO is Excited to Announce the Formation of a U12 Girls Team!
12/20/2014
The ECHO Bauer Warm-Up Suits are In - Please Read!
12/18/2014
Information Regarding the Christmas Newport Tournament
12/08/2014
NEWPORT HOCKEY TOURNAMENT INFORMATION   The tournament is...
Reminder: Fourth Installment of Skater Fees is Due
11/23/2014
Come Support ECSU Hockey this Season!
10/11/2014
Eastern Connecticut State University has made it to BIP! A great...
ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY - PLEASE READ
09/15/2014
It has come to our attention in the ECHO Hockey community that we...
2014/15 Mini Mite/Learn to Play/In House Program is Here!
08/31/2014
ImPACT Testing for PeeWee and Bantam Players
06/01/2014
 Announcing ImPACT Test Concussion Management Program for ECHO...
 
ECHO is Excited to Announce the Formation of a U12 Girls Team!


by posted 12/20/2014
The ECHO Bauer Warm-Up Suits are In - Please Read!


by posted 12/18/2014
Information Regarding the Christmas Newport Tournament

NEWPORT HOCKEY TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

 

The tournament is regulated by USA Hockey rules. In addition, the following rules apply. Please be familiar with them as parents and spectators. The full listing of regulations can be found on the Newport Whalers site at : http://assets.ngin.com/attachments/document/0044/1713/2013_Tournament_rules_final.pdf

The Newport County Youth Hockey Tournament will use USA Hockey playing rules and RIAHA playing rules

that are in addition to USA Hockey rules. Additional rules are as follows:

1. Penalty times are as follows for all Divisions.

• Minor: 1:30

• Major: 4:00

• Misconduct 6:00

• Game Misconduct: balance of that game plus the next game

• Match Penalty: balance of that game and all remaining games

 

2- Any player receiving (4) minor penalties (USA Hockey rules are five penalties) in any one game will receive a

game misconduct and must be removed from that game and the following:

First time: must not participate in next game

Second Time: will not be allowed to participate in any further games in the tournament.

 

3- Any players receiving a game misconduct for fighting will not be allowed to participate in any further games in

the tournament.

 

4- Any aggressive penalty (for example, but not all inclusive; roughing, high sticking, elbowing, slashing, cross

checking, etc.) or a major penalty that cannot be served in its entirety in the game in which the penalty occurred,

will be required to serve the first 5-minutes of the next game in the penalty box. The penalized team WILL NOT

be made to skate shorthanded during the time the player serves the penalty in the next game.

5- In an effort to curtail unruly spectator behavior, RIAHA rules allow for the Referee to stop play, but keep the

clock running if a spectator, team official or other person becomes disruptive. If the unruly spectator does not

cease the disorderly behavior or leave the rink, and the game time expires, the team of the unruly spectator will be

declared the loser by forfeit.

 

Team Parties and Location

Each ECHO team is designated a team party time slot.  Please see below to see when your players party is going to be during the weekend.  We have done our best to accommodate each team based on your game schedule.  Each team name is listed below according to the label on the Newport Game Schedule with the ECHO equivalent next to it, if different. All parties will take place in the banquet room.

Time

Sat

Sun

11-12:15

Squirt B(ECHO SQTA1)***

 PeeWee A

12:30-1:45

PeeWee B (ECHO PWA1)

 AND Squirt C (ECHO SQTB/B1)

 Bantam B

2:00-3:15

 Squirt A

 Bantam A

 3:30-4:45

 PeeWee C (ECHO PWB)

 

5:00-6:15

 Mite As

 

6:30-7:45

 Mite B (both)

 

***This time is to be confirmed 

 

PLEASE NOTE:

 

Knee Hockey that is played throughout the weekend in the main banquet hall has a few new rules that are not negotiable.

 

All players must enter the room with a full helmet.  If your player has no helmet with them, they WILL NOT PLAY.

 

All Players must have a parent with them - NO EXCEPTIONS! If there is no adult to account for your child, they will be told to leave.

 

There will be NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES allowed in the knee hockey room AT ALL.  No open containers, no coolers, no cups of any kind containing alcohol are allowed. 

If you have any questions in regards to any of the above topics, please contact publicity@echostars.com.

Thanks so much.  We are excited to see you all there having a blast!!

ECHO Board of Directors

 

 


by posted 12/08/2014
Reminder: Fourth Installment of Skater Fees is Due


by posted 11/23/2014
Come Support ECSU Hockey this Season!

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!


by posted 10/11/2014
ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY - PLEASE READ

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:

Players

A minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct (zero tolerance) shall be assessed whenever a player:

  1. Openly disputes or argues any decision by an official.
  2. Uses obscene or vulgar language at any time, including any swearing, even if it is not directed at a particular person.
  3. 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.

Coaches

A minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct (zero tolerance) shall be assessed whenever a coach:

  1. Openly disputes or argues any decision by an official.
  2. Uses obscene or vulgar language in a boisterous manner to anyone at any time.
  3. 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

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.

Parents/Spectators

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:

  1. Use of obscene or vulgar language in a boisterous manner to anyone at any time.
  2. Taunting of players, coaches, officials or other spectators by means of baiting, ridiculing, threat of physical violence or physical violence.
  3. 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,

 

ECHO
Board of Directors

 


by posted 09/15/2014
2014/15 Mini Mite/Learn to Play/In House Program is Here!


by posted 08/31/2014
ImPACT Testing for PeeWee and Bantam Players

 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.

by posted 06/01/2014
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