The 2014 USA Hockey Annual Congress was held from June 4-7 in Colorado Springs, CO.
Registration – PVAHA player registration for the 2013/14 season was 19,586. This was an increase of 282 players over the 2012/13 final player registration number (19,304). Our Affiliate player registration goal for the 2014/15 season is to top the 20,000 player registration number. Female registration within PVAHA was up by 145 players for the 2013/14 season (1903 vs 1758). Adult registration was up by 154 players over last season. Adult registration within PVAHA continues at 43% of the total player registration. More than 3,500 players registered within PVAHA last season were not claimed by ay Association. Local Associations have to make sure that they claim all players participating in their organization to receive credit for those players.
USA Hockey player registration for the 2013/14 season was at an all-time high of 519,417. This was an increase of 9,138 players (1.79%) over the 2012/13 player registration number. The total registration of players, coaches and officials for 2013/14 was also a USA Hockey record at 598,841. The USA Hockey registration goal for the 2014/15 season is to top 600,000 players, coaches and officials. Based on prior registration trends USA Hockey is anticipating a post-Olympic increase in registration for the 2014/15 season. When non-participants (administrators, team managers, volunteers and parents) are included in the registration number USA Hockey registered over one million individuals during the 2013/14 season.
Unfortunately the number of registered officials within the Affiliate continues to drop. There were 706 officials registered within the Affiliate for the 2013/14 season compared with 725 registered officials for the 2012/13 season. The decline in official registration over a 10 year period is significant when compared with the increase in player registration over that same 10 year period. Current player registration is at 19,586 compared with 12,776 players registered in MD, VA and DC during the 2004/05 season. During that same time period our registration of officials has decreased from 797 in the 2004/05 season to 706 registered officials during the 2013/14 season. There is obviously significant demand for officials during the height of the season. All programs want the best officials to work their games. At some point will the decreasing number of officials limit our ability to grow the game? There are several reasons for the continued decline in registered officials. The lack of respect that players, coaches and parents/spectators show our officials is certainly one factor in the decline in the number of officials. All clubs/associations need to address zero tolerance issues in player, parent and coach meetings to make sure that there is a better acceptance of the zero tolerance policy in our hockey community. Our shared goal is to provide a better hockey experience for our members. We are all part of the same team working to meet that goal of a better hockey experience.
The USA Hockey 2013/14 Season Final Registration Report is available online at:
8 & Under Registration – The 8 & Under Registration report has already been sent to many Associations. The complete Affiliate report with a breakdown for each association is available at: https://assets.ngin.com/attachments/document/0056/9454/PotomacValley2013-14Report.pdf
The 8 & Under Membership Report shows how each Association within the Affiliate did in relation to the 2+2 Challenge. The 2+2 Challenge is a big part of the USA Hockey campaign to increase 8 & Under registration numbers. Each Association registering youth players has the goal to acquire 2 additional 8 & Under players compared with their prior year 8 & Under registration and also to retain 2 additional 8 & Under players compared to their 8 & Under retention from the prior season. Our PVAHA decrease of 32 8 & Under players was made up of a decrease of 19 new players and a decrease of 13 retained 8 & Under players. In PVAHA girls represent 11% of the 8 & Under player registration numbers. On a National basis girls make up 15% of the 8 & Under registration.
The 2+2 Challenge focuses on three areas to build registration at our base – retention, acquisition and conversion. September 15-21, 2014 is Welcome Back Week. Local Associations are asked to make phone calls to unregistered players to invite them back for another season. On August 26th USA Hockey will send an email reminder to unregistered players that they need to register for the 2014/15 season. On September 3rd unregistered players will receive recorded phone calls from Olympian or NHL players inviting them back for the season. The Associations are asked to do follow up phone calls to unregistered 8 & Under players during September 15-21. Try Hockey for Free Days can help with the acquisition element of the 2+2 Challenge. This season the Try Hockey for Free Days are November 8th and February 21st. PVAHA will cover ice cost for rinks and associations hosting a Try Hockey for Free event. The application for reimbursement of ice cost for a Try Hockey for Free event is available at https://assets.ngin.com/attachments/document/0057/1870/1415_TryHockeyforFreeDays.pdf .
For new children participating in the November 8th Try Hockey for Free event USA Hockey will provide a membership code that allows new players between the ages of 7-12 a no cost USA Hockey membership for their first season. Those players must register with USA Hockey before December 31st to take advantage of this program.
USA Hockey emphasizes that the final element of growing 8 & Under registration numbers is to have a low cost, low commitment conversion program to easily transition families from trying hockey to participating in our programs.
Information on the USA Hockey 2+2 Challenge Program is at http://www.2and2challenge.com/
Contact Debbie Moon for additional information.
The One Goal Equipment purchase program is now run through Total Hockey. Information is available at www.onegoal.totalhockey.com .
The Girls Hockey Weekend is October 11 & 12, 2014. Girls Hockey programs should look to hold events during that weekend that will introduce hockey to new female players.
Disabled Hockey – It will be a busy year in the Affiliate for Disabled Hockey activities. USA Hockey will be hosting a Disabled Hockey Workshop within the Affiliate. The tentative date is the weekend of October 3-5. The specific schedule and location will be provided later during the summer. The plan is to have the USA Sled National team in town during the weekend of the Disabled Hockey Workshop. The Sled Hockey Classic will also be held in PVAHA around the end of November. The specific dates and schedule for the Sled Hockey Classic will be provided when available.
Safesport – Online Safesport training will be required of all coaches for the 2014/15 season unless the coach did the online training last season. Completion of the Safesport training will be reflected on the USA Hockey rosters. The Safesport training is free and is available online at http://www.usahockey.com/page/show/909009-safesport-program-training-
Club administrators, team managers and volunteers may access the Safesport training once they have registered with USA Hockey (no cost registration). Safesport training takes approximately 90 minutes. Coaches will have to recertify their Safesport training every 2 years. USA Hockey is working on a shorter Safesport recertification program that will be available for coaches next season. Safesport is a US Olympic Committee program that is required of all National Governing Bodies. USA Hockey has made the most progress of NGBs in implementing the Safesport program.
Coaching Education – The online age modules are currently being reviewed and modified. The online age modules will be available around September 1. They are working to try to remove some of the duplication in the online modules. Completion of online modules will be reflected on USA Hockey rosters and in the coaching database. Coaches must have the online modules completed for any age level they are coaching for the 2014/15 season by December 31st.
Registration – The new registration season began on April 1st. The Cyber Sport Software program that USA Hockey has used in the past will no longer be used for registration. For the 2014/15 season USA Hockey will be transitioning to a web based registration program. Later during the summer each association registrar will be furnished with a user name and pass word to access the registration program web site. Users will be able to access the registration software by PC, Mac, tablet or smartphone. The software will have an online roster management tool. Contact Beth Lenz or Bob Otte with any questions on the new registration system.
High School – The 2015 High School National Championship will be March 19-23 in Chesterfield, Missouri. The America’s Showcase High School tournament will be held April 9-13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, PA.
A proposal was adopted for USA Hockey to create a position of National Safety Director. The original proposal was that each Affiliate/Association have a Safety Director. The Safety Committee felt that requiring each Affiliate or Association to have a Safety Director was putting the cart before the horse.
Other Legislative Proposals Adopted & Defeated - In recent years a number of leagues have emerged that have teams from multiple Affiliates. Questions have arisen over jurisdiction over these leagues. A proposal was adopted that requires leagues with teams from multiple affiliates to enter into a sanctioning agreement with one of the Affiliates within the Multi-Affiliate League geographic area. The Multi-Affiliate League and the sanctioning Affiliate must have an agreement that defines discipline and appeal authority for games played within the jurisdiction of the league. Since the CBHL now includes girl’s teams from North Carolina we may need to draw up a specific sanctioning agreement for the league.
Applications for Model Association statue will still be considered for the 2014/15 season. I encourage all local youth Associations to review the Application and requirements. If you have any questions contact Obrad or Scott Paluch our Regional ADM Manager.
NHL Participation at the Congress - NHL participation at the USA Hockey Annual Congress continues to grow. This year 21 of the 23 US NHL teams had representatives at the Annual Congress. New York and LA were busy and could not attend. Peter Robinson and Matt Flynn represented the Washington Capitals at the Annual Congress.
Affiliate Grants – During the 2013/14 season PVAHA made Crerar Grants to programs in the amount of $80,800. Of that amount $55,000 went to help Associations purchase hard dividers. The Affiliate also spent $22,622.50 to reimburse Associations and rinks for ice cost for cross ice jamborees. Rinks and Associations that hosted Try Hockey for Free events were reimbursed $6,425.25 for ice cost for those events. Finally PVAHA covered Background Screening cost for screenings done early during the year in the amount of $29,324.00.
Youth Tier I 14U,16U&18U Amherst, NY March 26-30, 2015
Youth Tier II 14U Salt Lake City, Utah March 26-30, 2015
Youth Tier II 16U Plano, Texas March 26-30, 2015
Youth Tier II 18U Troy, Michigan March 26-30, 2015
Girls Tier I Green Bay, Wisc March 26-30, 2015
Girls Tier II Lansing, Michigan March 26-30, 2015
Adult Women A,B&C Green Bay, Wisc March 26-29, 2015
Youth Tier I & Peewee Tier II SAHOF March 6-8, 2015