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Introducing our 2019 board members... 

Jim Dickson - President, Peewee/Bantam Rep

Bill LeDuc - Vice President, Intro Rep

Chris Turgeon - Secretary

Steve Quist - Treasurer, Squirt 1 & 2

Abby Asciola - Registrar

Jonathan Shapleigh - Midget Rep

Dave LaRocque - Webmaster, Cross-Ice Mites Rep

Eli Vitas - Marketing, Mite XL/Squirt 3 Rep

We are still looking for 3 more members.  Please see the post below for more information about applying


Board Member Openings

A board member is someone who volunteers time and energy to creating and maintaining programs for members of Rochester Youth Hockey.  Anyone who is interested is encouraged to apply.  The only requirements are that your child plays for Rochester Youth Hockey and that you are willing to work as a member of a team to make the next hockey season the best it can be.  

Questions?  Feel free to email us at RYHA@RochesterBlackhawks.com

Click here to apply to become a board member with Rochester Youth Hockey.


RYH Summer Skills Program

Rochester Youth Hockey will be offering a summer skills program for our Squirt, PeeWee, and Bantam players.  Sessions will include full ice drills and warm-ups, station drills, and a scrimmage or other game at the end of each session.

Schedule:
Saturday sessions will run from 2:00 to 3:00pm.  They will take place on the following dates: 7/6, 7/13, 7/20, 7/27, 8/3, and 8/10/2019.

Thursday sessions will run from 5:00 to 6:00pm. They will take place on the following dates: 7/11, 7/18, 7/25, and 8/1/2019.

Cost:
The cost of the program is $150 for skaters and $75 for goalies. Enrollment is limited to 25 skaters and 5 goalies.

Click here to register for the RYH Summer Skills Program.

Registration closes on June 21, 2019.


Join the Blackhawks for the 2019-2020 Season!

Click here to register your player


Program Offerings for the 2019-2020 Season

Click on the link below to view the 2019-2020 Program Flyer


Interested in Coaching for the 2019-2020 Season? Apply Now

Rochester Youth Hockey has opened up the coaches application for the 2019-2020 Season.  If you, a family member, or know a friend that is interested in being a head coach, or an assistant coach for the upcoming  2019-2020 season, please complete the registration form by clicking the registration link below.

Coaches Application Registration Form

Should you have any questions about coaching or any of the requirements required to be a coach in RYHA next season, please email RYHA at ryha@rochesterblackhawks.com

thank you,

Rochester Youth Hockey Board of Directors.


New 2019 Concussion Management Program and Return to Play Forms

By USA Hockey, 03/15/19, 10:10AM MDT

Player safety is the top priority of USA Hockey. That’s why updates are being made to the Concussion Management Program and Return to Play forms for the 2019-20 season.

Kevin Margarucci, USA Hockey’s manager of player safety, answered questions about the changes, how they’ll be implemented, and how they’ll enhance the youth hockey experience.

Q: What's new with the Concussion Management Program?

A: Beginning with the 2019-20 season, any athlete held out for concussion evaluation or who has been diagnosed with a concussion must provide a written Return to Play form from a qualified medical provider allowing them to return to any training, practice or game activity with no restrictions. The parent must sign the form and the coach must also sign the form acknowledging that they received it.

Q: What do parents, coaches, managers and volunteers need to know about the Return to Play form?

A: The form will be available online in April for the new registration season, and it will be required starting with the 2019-20 playing season. The form can be printed and filled out, and then must be signed by a qualified medical provider. The parent and coach must then sign the form. It should be kept with the team coach or manager. We are working on a system where the forms can be filed with the district player safety coordinator and we can begin an injury database for concussion incidents. The data will be de-identified for privacy and HIPPA compliance. I should note that beginning with the 2019-20 season, a new volunteer position called Player Safety Coordinator will be implemented in each district (see more information here).

Q: Who counts as a qualified medical provider that can sign off on Return to Play?

A: That is defined differently in each state statute as it pertains to concussions. This is an area where the district player safety coordinators will work to clearly identify those health care professionals in each state who can legally clear a player to return after a concussion.

Q: Has USA Hockey been trending in the right direction with its emphasis on concussion prevention, management and return-to-play protocol? How will this be another step forward?

A: Our concussion management program has always been updated based on the latest research and recommendations. It also aligns with the 2017 Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport from the 5th International Conference on Concussion in Sport in Berlin. Many state statutes pertaining to concussions require written return to play. Some of our districts and affiliates already require written clearance for return to play. This latest update aligns all of USA Hockey with this written return to play requirement and provides a standard form for use by all.

Q: Is the culture surrounding concussions making progress in youth hockey?

A: I believe so. The awareness and recognition of concussions has grown by parents, coaches and players. The mantra, ‘When in doubt, sit them out’ is a guiding principle that has taken hold in our sport and something we will continue to reinforce. And a relatively new initiative through the Concussion Legacy Foundation that we’ve supported is called Team Up, Speak Up. It’s focus is to let players know it is OK to, and that they should, speak up for a teammate who may have a concussion and report to a coach, parent, doctor or athletic trainer.  It’s great to see the progress we’ve made, and together we will continue to affect positive change related to the overall safety of our game.

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