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Rule 604 | Body Checking (Body Contact Categories & Non-Check Adult Classifications)

(Note) For the purpose of this rule, USA Hockey has identified two different categories of play. They are Body Contact (where is prohibited) and Body Checking (where a legal body check is permissable). Please refer to the Glossary for specific definitions of  and a Body Check.

(a) is prohibited in the 12 & under youth age classification and below and all Girls’/Women’s age classifications. These levels would be considered the Body Contact Category of play.

is also prohibited in all non-check Adult classifications.

A local governing body may prohibit in any classification.

(b) Anytime a team from a category (see sub-section (a) above) plays a team from a category, checking shall be prohibited under this rule. 

(c) A minor or major shall be assessed to a who body checks an opponent in a category or non-check Adult classification.

(Note) hockey does not mean “no contact.” There will be legal (see Glossary) within the rules in categories. Legal shall not be penalized under this rule. However, deliberate physical contact with an opponent, with no effort to legally play the puck, shall be penalized. 

(d) A major plus a game misconduct shall be assessed to any who injures an opponent with a body check in a  category or non-check Adult classification.


Dear Parents/Guardians/Players, an interesting read for anyone involved in youth sports.  Please take a moment to read.

Skip homework after a concussion, study suggests; 
Kids who rested brains recovered at least twice as fast as those who didn't

by Michelle Healy, @ByMichelleHealy, USA TODAY

Letting a young person rest his or her brain after a concussion -- limiting reading, online activities, even homework -- can result in quicker recovery, a new study says. 

Although reducing cognitive activity to rest the brain is commonly recommended for concussion treatment, there has been limited research to back up that advice. But the new study in January's Pediatrics, published online today, lends support to the idea.

In the study of 335 children and young adults, ages 8 to 23, those reporting the most cognitive activity (including homework, video games, crossword puzzles, text messaging and online activities) after a concussion took the longest to fully recover -- approximately 100 days on average, compared with approximately 20 to 50 days for patients reporting lesser levels of activity.

Cognitive activities were defined as "activities that require you to think harder than usual," and study participants were grouped according to the average amount of cognitive activity -- from complete cognitive rest to a full schedule -- that they reported doing between each visit to a concussion clinic.

In addition to showing that cognitive rest works, the findings also show "there's no need to take cognitive rest to the extreme," such as putting patients in a dark room and eliminating all cognitive activity, as advocated by some. "Those who were doing milder levels of cognitive activity recovered at about the same rate as those who were doing minimal levels," says study co-author William Meehan, director of research for the Brain Injury Center at Boston Children's Hospital and director of the Micheli Center for Sports Injury Prevention.

The findings bolster recommendations in favor of academic accommodations that allow cognitive rest for students recovering from concussions, Meehan says.

Even though there are guidelines by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Academy of Neurology and others, "the implementation of cognitive rest has been variable and even controversial," in part because of the lack of empirical evidence, he says.

According to statistics from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine Concussion Program, 1.7 million to 3 million sports- and recreation-related concussions occur every year. Five of 10 concussions go unreported or undetected. One in 10 high school athletes who play contact sports will suffer a concussion this year.

"Most of us involved in concussion management have been telling folks for years to do some degree of cognitive rest up front, (although) we didn't have great evidence behind that" recommendation, says Greg Canty, director of the Center for Sports Medicine at Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics in Kansas City, Mo. This research "starts to build a better body of evidence," says Canty, who was not involved in the study.

It also "adds some recognition that it's not just physical rest that may allow that brain to heal, but that some degree of cognitive rest is also likely beneficial."

Squirts, Pee Wees and Bantams:

$500.00 due with contract
2nd payment due July 1, 2013
3rd payment due September 1, 2013
4th payment due October 1, 2013
Balance due November 1, 2013

Midget 16U Tier II and Midget 18U Tier II

$500.00 due with contract
2nd payment due July 1, 2013
Balance due September 1, 2013

Midget 16U Tier I

$500.00 due with contract
2nd payment due July 1, 2013
Balance due September 1, 2013

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The 495 Stars was founded in 1994

John Gustafson
Jim Cooney
Dan Esdale
Joe Harney
Frank Bellefuele

Inaugural season teams and coaching included:

Midget Major (17+U) Dan Esdale , Joe Harney

Midget Minor - John Gustafson, Jeff Gustafson

Dan Esdale, President

Coached 495stars from 1994 - 2008,

Served various positions ;
Mass Hockey Coaching Director 1987-2000
Mass Hockey President 10 yrs

USA Hockey Director, Associate Coach In-Chief , Player Development Committee,

Founder, (1992- 2010) Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL) serving as its Commissioner for 17 years.

USA Hockey Vice President , Chair Junior Council 2007- 2011

For 2013-2014 the current organization consists of

President:                 Dan Esdale

General Manager:   Mark Boldrighini

Hockey Operations:  Michael Gendron (assistant)


Tuition Payments:    495 Stars
                                   14 Snow Dr.
                                   Littleton, MA 01460

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Effective for the 2013-2014 season, all local association must have a SafeSport Coordinator who has completed the SafeSport Training Program and who will be responsible for insuring that all members of the program who have contact with minor players also complete the prescribed training materials. This includes board members, administrators, coaches, referees, team managers, locker room monitors, chaperones and drivers.

Local association are required to adopt the following written Policies:

• Locker Room Policy
• Travel Policy
• Social Media, Mobile and Electronic Communications Policy
• Hazing & Bullying Policy
• Sexual, Physical, and Emotional Abuse Policies

We will be providing sample policies that programs and leagues may “customize” as necessary.

The SafeSport Program is designed to create a safe and positive environment for its participants‘ physical, emotional and social development in an environment free from abuse and misconduct. In addition to the identification, minimization, and response values obtained from the training materials, we are also setting a standard in youth sports by making a strong public statement that our organization places a priority on the safety of all our participants.

We will be posting more information about SafeSport training, education, adoption of policies, etc., on this site.

Do not hesitate to contact Chris Mayer, Chair SafeSport Mass Hockey, with any questions.

Chris Mayer

Chris Mayer

Chair - SafeSport Mass Hockey

Phone: (617) 429-2103