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November 2013

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line change ADVICE FOR PARENTS, REFS AND COACHES Attention All Coaches T he online age-specific modules are up and running on USAHockey.com. Coaches need to complete the module for the age level of play that they are currently coaching by Dec. 31. Coaches do not need to retake a module if they have already completed it. If you are coaching multiple age levels, you need to complete the module for each age group. The information in the modules will be available until April 30, but coaches must pass all chapters by Dec. 31 to meet the Coaching Education Program requirement. The only exception to this rule is for Mite coaches, who may coach with an expired or expiring certification. Also as a reminder, if your certification level has expired, or expires on Dec. 31, you must attend a clinic or recertify your Level 3 by the end of the year. The information in the modules will be available until April 30, but coaches must pass all chapters by Dec. 31 to meet the Coaching Education Program requirement. COACH OF THE MONTH Bob Arturo Pittsburgh Bob Arturo is a guy who doesn't take the game of hockey too seriously. "My job is to sell fun," he says. "Every program we have here, the number one priority is making sure the kids have fun because that's why we play hockey." Bob is the hockey director 08 NOVEMBER. 2013 at Robert Morris University's Island Sports Center in Pittsburgh, a job he has held since its inception in 1998. He didn't get his start in organized hockey until 10th grade when, as he admits, the players coming out of the Pittsburgh area weren't as talented as they are today. Despite his late start on the ice, Bob has been involved with hockey for most of his life. He got back into the sport in 1983, when he started working with a company that was doing Learn to Skate programs in Chicago. In 2012, Bob was recognized for his impact on the game when he was inducted into the Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame in the "Builders" category. Bob continues to spread his message back in his native Pittsburgh, helping Mite-aged kids gain a solid foundation in the game. Having been in the sport for going on 30 years, it's still something he loves doing every day. USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM It Takes A Team Effort To Keep Our Kids Safe BY CHRISTIE CASCIANO BURNS Soon after our son started playing high school hockey, two items were added as household staples: ice and ibuprofen. A bigger, faster, stronger kid meant bigger, stronger, faster falls and hits. Sometimes I could see the hits coming and would watch with my eyes wide shut. Whether your kid is a dangler or a ham and egger, there's always a risk of injury. But the same can be said for any sport your son or daughter is involved in. So the real question is, how do we protect them? Let's start at the top. There's no such thing as a concussion-proof helmet, but a helmet that fits well and meets the certification criteria is definitely a great start.  Dr. Alan Ashare, the head of USA Hockey's Safety and Protective Equipment Committee, says helmets have a 6.5-year life span from the date they are manufactured, not the date they are sold, and must have a current HECC sticker. "The helmet should not be able to move around on the head," Ashare says. Sure, we all want to save money, especially at a time when our kids are growing like weeds, but it's important that every piece of equipment is properly fitted. "Make sure pants are long enough," advises Caryn Hammond, a hockey mom from Vernon Hills, Ill. "In Squirts and Peewees they tend to grow up and not out, so it's easy to realize your kids pants are way too short, even though they still "fit," leaving lots of vulnerable area for pucks and sticks to hit." Perhaps the biggest thing a parent can do to keep their kids safe is to learn the signs and symptoms of concussions and understand concussion management. Online programs like the Centers for Disease Control website (cdc.gov/concussion/sports) and the National Federation of High Schools website (NFHS.org) are good resources for players, coaches and parents alike. Beyond the equipment, there's something even more basic and so essential to keeping our kids safe. It's called respect. That includes respecting the rules, opponents, referees and coaches. It also means playing the game under control both physically and emotionally. "If you respect the game it will make it more enjoyable and safer to play," says Rochester Institute of Technology Head Hockey Coach Wayne Wilson. "And if you wear the required equipment properly, and you play the game the way it is intended to be played – by the rules that are in place at all levels – the game is very safe and fun to play." Hockey is fun. It's up to all of us to make sure the game is safe for our kids. PHOTOS FROM USA Hockey Magazine Archives

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