Health and Safety
RiverHawks - CHC Neckguard Requirement
Effective March 1, 2022, all players registered to a CHC member program are required to wear an unmodified, BNQ Certified, neck protector specifically designed for the purpose of preventing or lessening the severity of lacerations to the neck. This requirement applies to any participant in any sanctioned on-ice event, including but not limited to games, practices, tournaments, jamborees, etc. In simplest terms, our players must wear a certified neck guard any time they take the ice. This rule was just implemented by the CT Hockey Conference board of directors and will be mandated for 100% of the CT organizations. Thanks for your time and understanding.
According to USA Hockey - accepted current medical practice and law in most states requires that any athlete with a suspected Sports Related Concussion (SRC) is immediately removed from play. "When in doubt, sit them out".
Any suspected concussions or head injurys must be reported to the RiverHawks Health & Safety Officer, who is responsible for working with the CHC district player safety coordinator in regards to any suspected concussions. USA Hockey provides general concussion management program as well as a USA Hockey return to play form that is required for any player suspected to have had a concussion or head injury to be signed by their medical provider before they may return to the ice. You can read more about how CHC and USA Hockey handle concussions, concussion management, and return to play form and policy here on the CHC site.
The USA Hockey "Return To Play Form" can be found here.