Over two days this past weekend, June 27-28, AHAI held its Annual Affiliate Leadership Conference breakout sessions via Zoom. While this was a departure from our ‘normal’ in-person meetings, nothing seems very normal in these challenging times with which we are dealing. Despite the nature of the meeting, the sessions were well attended both on Zoom by affiliate club leadership, as well as on YouTube Live where general membership was able to watch. As you will see below, many subjects were covered over the course of the weekend. All webinars were recorded and are available on AHAI’s YouTube channel. Along with the recorded webinars, you will find links to any presentation material that was used on both the AHAI website and on ahaienews.com on the 2020 AALC Tab.
Topics and key points that were discussed in each webinar are listed below. We encourage you to view these recordings on our YouTube channel and reach out with any questions you may have. Thank you to all that spent their time this past weekend joining these sessions and participating. AHAI appreciates your time and dedication. – AHAI Board & Staff
2020 AHAI Affiliate Leadership Conference Webinars
Session 1 – Return to Play Webinar: This webinar included the latest update on Phase 4 Restore Illinois, rostering, CEP Clinic updates and temporary coaching card information. Katie Holmgren, Director of Program Services at USA Hockey also provided information regarding USA Hockey’s Return to Rinks Toolkit to help Affiliates grow and retain members.
Session 2 – Hockey Directors Roundtable: 40+ hockey directors and coaches discussed what makes a great youth hockey experience, development and what to focus on in practice.
Session 3 – Club Administration: Topics for this webinar included the processes for Rules & Ethics and Suspension & Review and what clubs need to do in these areas.
Session 4 – Officiating: A key discussion was held around the retention and education of officials as well as important actions clubs can take to help bring new officials into the game.
Session 5 – Youth Hockey Discussion: Topics for this session included the timing of tryouts for the 2020-21 season, an update on Two-Choice applications and team commitment rules.
Session 6 – Building Girls Hockey: Creating new all-girls affiliates, critical rules changes for this season and ideas to build the game were all discussed in this session.
Session 7 – Screening | SafeSport: Key points discussed were the new screening process this season and important updates to the SafeSport program.
Session 8 – High School Hockey: This session featured updates to the movement of players, the JV State Tournament, and how High School hockey will be handled this season during COVID-19.