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News: June 2011

USA Hockey Approves Progressive Checking Skills Development Program

USA Hockey's Board of Directors overwhelmingly passed all aspects of the Progressive Checking Skill Development Program today during its 2011 Annual Congress. 
The program includes the following elements:

  • It encourages more body contact in the pre-body checking age categories by providing more training and support for coaches and referees; and encouraging more legal body contact in the pre-body checking age categories through "Point of Emphasis" rule #1 passed by the Board.
  • Beginning in the 2011-12 season, legal body checking in games will begin at the Bantam age level (ages 13-14). It tightens the standard of play for intimidation hits in the legal body checking age categories.

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Bill Maurer Named District Officiating Evaluation Program Coordinator

We are pleased to announce that Bill Maurer will be the new Atlantic District Officiating Evaluation Program Coordinator. He has recently served as the Evaluation Program Liaison - South for our District. Bill also brings a wealth of other on-ice and off-ice experience to this position.

Please welcome him and give him support and cooperation as he takes on his new role.

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