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DSHA Info


History:
  • Established in 2000 as a joint venture of the Dallas Jr. Stars and Dallas Junior Hockey Associations to foster, promote and develop youth hockey across the Metroplex.
  • Sponsors include, Dallas Stars, Nortel, Nokia and Compaq
  • The association has fielded teams in three classifications, peewee, bantam and midget and added minor midget in 2002.
  • Hosted the 2002 Rocky Mountain District Tournament
  • Independent Board of Directors (8) with significant or professional hockey experience
Championships:
In two years the DSHA claimed
  • 5 District appearances,
  • 2 semifinal,
  • 3 finals
  • 1 District Championship

The Dallas Storm Philosophy of Youth Hockey
What is the Purpose of Youth Hockey?

The purpose is really twofold:
1. To provide an opportunity for players in these age groups to play organized hockey; and
2. To improve and develop the skills and abilities of the participants, including the players, coaches, and officials.

What are the Goals of Dallas Storm Youth Hockey?

  • Skill Development
    To provide talented young men with the opportunity to develop competitively in an organized, structured, and supervised environment;
  • Quality Coaching
    To provide considerable training time, quality coaching, and concerned supervision;
  • Social Maturity
    To provide players with a healthy, constructive environment in which to develop socially;
  • Advanced Competition
    To provide players with exposure to national and international competition;

    Sportsmanship and fair play are the backbone behind any successful youth sports program. There is a renewed emphasis on these issues among all USA Hockey Affiliates. Oftentimes, the atmosphere in the stands influences the environment on the ice for all participants. Participating in the game with a positive attitude based on trust and respect for all participants, whether on or off the ice, will go a long way in creating a fun and positive atmosphere in which all participants can enjoy the great game of hockey.

    USA Hockey's Spectator Abuse Policy deals with unacceptable behavior in the stands, while the Official Playing Rules address inappropriate actions on the ice. Parents, coaches, players and officials are all expected to adhere to the rules, values and policies that have been established by the USA Hockey volunteer Board of Directors at all times. Failure to do so will only diminish the enjoyment for others and will place an enormous burden on the sport itself to overcome the negative impact. Maintaining a positive attitude of respect and displaying good sportsmanship is a must for every participant in order for our game to continue to grow and to promote the development of skills and enjoyment in the game.

    "Be positive, play fair, show rspect and have fun" are all ideals that cannot be left out of any directive. USA Hockey would encourage all members of our family to place sportsmanship on the top of their priorities for the upcoming seasons.

    Parent/Spectator Behavior
    Prior to the 1998-99 season, the USA Hockey Board of Directors adopted the recommendations of the Adult Behavioral Task Force as it relates to spectator behavior during youth hockey games. The following ``Spectators' Code of Conduct'' was established and a procedure to address improper behavior was implemented. These guidelines and procedures now become ``Points of Emphasis'' for the 1999-2001 seasons.

    Spectators' Code of Conduct

  • Display good sportsmanship. Always respect players, coaches and officials.
  • Act appropriately; do not taunt or disturb other fans. Enjoy the game together.
  • Cheer good plays of all participants, avoid booing opponents.
  • Cheer in a positive manner and encourage fair play; profanity and objectionable cheers or gestures are offensive.
  • Help provide a safe and fun environment; throwing objects on the ice surface can cause injury to players and officials.
  • Do not lean over and pound on the glass; the glass surrounding the ice surface is part of the playing area.
  • Support the referees and coaches by trusting their judgment and integrity.
  • Be responsible for your own safety and remain alert to help prevent accidents.
  • Respect locker rooms as private areas for players, coaches and officials.
  • Be supportive after the game, win or lose. Recognize good effort, teamwork and sportsmanship.

    On-Ice officials are directed to stop the game when parents/spectators displaying inappropriate and disruptive behavior interfere with other spectators or the game. The On-Ice officials will identify violators to the coaches for the purpose of removing parents/spectators from the spectators' viewing and game area. Once removed play will resume. Lost time will not be replaced and violators may be subject to further disciplinary action by the Local Governing Body. Examples of inappropriate and disruptive behavior include:

  • Use of obscene or vulgar language in a boisterous manner to anyone at any time.
  • Taunting of players, coaches, officials or other spectators by means of baiting, ridiculing, threat of physical violence or physical violence.
  • Throwing of any object in the spectators' viewing area, players' bench, penalty bench or on the ice surface, directed in any manner as to create a safety hazard.

    Zero Tolerance
    In an effort to make ice hockey a more desirable and rewarding experience for all participants, the USA Hockey Youth, Junior and Senior Councils have instructed the Officiating Program to adhere to cretain points of emphasis relating to sportsmanship. This campaign is designed to require all players, coaches, and officials, team officials and administrators to maintain a sportsmanlike and educational atmosphere before, during, and after all USA Hockey-sanctioned games. Thus, the following points of emphasis must be implemented by all On-Ice Referees and Linesmen.

    Players
    A minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct [Zero Tolerance] shall be assessed whenever a player:
    1. Openly disputes or argues any decision by an official.
    2. Uses obscene or vulgar language at any time, including any swearing, even if it is not directed at a particular person.
    3. Visually demonstrates any sign of dissatisfaction with an official's decision. Any time that a player persists in any of these actions, the player shall be assessed a misconduct penalty. A game misconduct penalty shall result if the player continues such action.

    Coaches and Team Officials
    A bench minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct [Zero Tolerance] shall be assessed whenever a coach or team official:
    1. Openly disputes or argues any decision by an official.
    2. Uses obscene or vulgar language in a boisterous manner to anyone at any time.
    3. Visually displays any sign of dissatisfaction with an official's decision, including standing on the boards or standing in the bench doorway with the intent of inciting the officials, players or spectators.

    Any time that a coach or team official persists in any of these actions, a game misconduct penalty shall be assessed.

    Officials
    Officials are required to conduct themselves in a businnesslike, sportsmanlike, impartial and constructive manner at all times. The actions of an official must be above reproach. Actions such as "baiting" or inciting players or coaches are strictly prohibited.

    On-Ice Officials are ambassadors of the game and must always conduct themselves with this responsibility in mind.

    Violent Behavior

    Ice hockey is a fast paced game that requires the participants to master many skills. Skating, stick handling, passing, shooting and body checking all require certain skills which are unique to the sport of ice hockey. When these skills are properly executed, the speed and beauty of the game are unmatched by any other sport. However, the game has changed recently with the inclusion of unnecessary violence at all levels.

    USA Hockey is taking a strong approach towards eliminating the unnecessary violence. During our 60th anniversary season (1996-97), USA Hockey introduced the "Heads Up Hockey" program in an effort to promote a safer, smarter game. ``Heads Up Hockey'' requires all factions of the USA Hockey community to take an active role in improving our game. Eliminating unnecessary body contact away from the puck, checking from behind, boarding and violent stick infractions takes a commitment from players, coaches, parents and officials.

    For the 1997-98 and 1998-99 seasons, USA Hockey is putting a special emphasis on eliminating unnecessary violence. All on-ice officials are directed to penalize, in all instances, infractions that fall into the injury potential category. These infractions include boarding, charging, checking from behind, cross checking, elbowing/kneeing, high sticking, roughing and slashing. Special emphasis should also be placed on unnecessary body contact to players who are not in possession and control of the puck and any body contact that results in the opponent being thrown into the boards with excessive force.

    Coaches are directed to teach proper fundamental skills with an emphasis on body contact (see Glossary) versus body checking. The use of the body check to punish an opponent or to intimidate an opponent will not be tolerated and should be penalized. Coaches and parents are also directed to encourage clean play at all levels and reinforce the decisions of the on-ice officials where players are penalized for the infractions noted above.

    Conclusion
    As you have probably noticed, the minimal number of rule changes that have been incorporated into the 1997-99 Official Playing Rules indicates that the game of ice hockey is not broken. The goal of USA Hockey is to promote a safe and positive playing environment for all participants with the emphasis on skill development. The above ``points of emphasis'' will support the continuation of these goals for the game of ice hockey at the amateur level well into the next century.


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