The NWHL intends to have a season, but we are waiting on Illinois Dept of Commerce & Economic Opportunity to update it's All Sport Policy It is this policy that is driving youth sports in Illinois and the level of competition that is acceptable. AHAI is driving its guidance on this policy as well.
We have been in communication with the clubs through their NWHL Representatives regarding our intentions to start play once we are released to do so. Following AHAI guidance clubs can select teams and practice as teams if that is the direction they wish to take. No games, including within teams of a single club are to be conducted.
The NWHL is working on an awareness program for our "Balanced Ice Time" (BIT) policy. Over the years the NWHL's efforts have been concentrated on educating our member clubs and coaches on our BIT policy. This year we are working towards a greater awareness of our league policy by reaching out to the parents, and the hockey community at large.
We are undertaking this effort is to help instill in each player that in the NWHL they have a right to play and have equitable game playing time.
Below is a letter that we will be asking our member clubs to distribute to all families registered in NWHL.
In the event of a significant weather event it is up to the teams involved to use their best judgment as to whether it is necessary to reschedule a game.
The NWHL will not asses a fine for games rescheduled due to weather. All reshedule games must go through the NWHL Game Change process. Failure to do so WILL result in a fine.
ALL games will need to be made up. Failure to complete all games may result in the team(s) being suspended from play for the NWHL Tournament.
Remember we do live in Chicago, and winter will last throughout the season. Cancelling a game is betting that the weather will not be as bad next time around. Ice availability is scarce; DO NOT cancel a game if you do not have the ability to make it up. You may be cancelling a Sunday morning game that has bad weather and light traffic only to have to play a Tuesday night game and traffic is at a stand still AND the weather stinks.
In the event that a game is cancelled the home team should also be sure to contact the referees, or referee scheduler to notify them. Also notify your NWHL Rep regarding the cancellation and re-scheduling.
In order to comply with federal law (S.534 - Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017) any player that will turn 17 on or before 12/31 needs to complete the
The SafeSport Program is free and must be completed PRIOR to participating in any team activity (on or off ice). NO player will be rostered until these requirements are met.
All Managers identified by their club and that have a valid Sportsengine account as a member of NWHLeague.com have the ability to enter their scores.
If you are unable to load your score please send your score to Rebecca at firstname.lastname@example.org. The following information is needed to post scores.
Level (Bantam, Midget, Peewee, Squirt, gold Mite)
Home Team (name and #/color) score
Away Team (name and #/color) score
Date and time of game
Midget and Bantam Periods are now 13:00 minutes in length
Minor Penalties are 2:00
We have been contacted by AHAI regarding a referee shortage.
We have contacted representatives for 3 games that we know do not have referees.
"We currently have 369 official’s incomplete…..meaning they have not completed their USA Hockey Requirements as of today and they cannot request and or work any games."
"Additionally, we have over 300 that quit and are not returning from last year."
"Any games with one official already assigned will go as scheduled. If you feel one official will not suffice ...it needs to be cancelled, let us know asap."
All managers and coaches that were provided to NWHL by your club have been linked so that they can update scores for their games.
NOTE: For an email to be linked they MUST request to be a member of NWHLeague.com when you join or login to SportNgin.
We will be sending out lists to the clubs for those that we were not able to link the given email to the teams.
For those traveling to Morgan Park for tournament games there is additional parking kitty corner from the rink in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) parking lot, across the street from Joeys.