Skater Health & Safety
Please click here for information from USA Hockey regarding concussions and concussion management.
If your child is diagnosed with a concussion it is required by USA Hockey to have a Return to Play form signed by a medical professional. Please let Caley Sayre, NCWC's CHC Safety Representative, firstname.lastname@example.org, know about any situations and send the forms required. The form can be found here.
Required Protective Equipment
- General Skating
ALL children aged 13 and under are required to wear helmets and it is strongly recommended for all skaters while on the ice.
- Hockey (Travel & House Leagues)
Each hockey player is personally responsible to wear protective equipment for all games, and practices. Equipment should include gloves, shin pads, shoulder pads, elbow pads, hockey pants, and helmet required by USA Hockey rules. It is recommended that all protective equipment be designed specifically for ice hockey.
- Learn to Skate Classes
Skaters should wear warm clothing, mittens or gloves, and a helmet. Knee and elbow pads are also strongly recommended.
- Figure Skating Classes
Skaters should wear warm clothing, gloves or mittens and helmets are required for all classes with the exception of Senior, and Masters with parental discretion.
- Power Skating Classes
Skaters must wear helmet, hockey gloves and shin guards.
Neck Guards are mandatory for all hockey players, and it is important to stay vigilant to remain one of the organizations that leads on this issue.
Mouth guards are needed for the Travel Hockey Peewee and Bantam age groups and the refs have been told to check to ensure that everyone is wearing one.
As a reminder for those who have been trained including medical and public safety professionals - there are AEDs and bleeding kits in the office at DIH and next to the office at NCWC.
With regard to Covid-19 we are following the CT DPH guidelines linked here.
We expect all families to let the manager/coaches of their teams know about any cases. We will share with the team that a player has tested positive, but we will not be communicating with the entire club. The player can return to hockey activity once they are allowed to return to school.
If there are any questions/concerns, please reach out. We are encouraging families to manage their own risk tolerance with confidence. The Club will respect their decision, and there will be no impact on playing time once they return.
NCWC Contacts for Skater Health & Safety
The purpose of the club Safe Sport representative is to identify, plan, and execute efforts to raise awareness for Safe Sport within the club's coaches, parents and athletes. The Safe Sport Program is an online training/education that is available to our coaches, parents, board members and athletes to become aware of information necessary to protect all skaters and coaches.
Connecticut Hockey Conference (CHC) Safety Representative
CHC Safety Representative to help implement the player safety initiatives of USA Hockey and the NCWC in conjunction with input from CHC.