Oct 22, 2016 - Oct 23, 2016

2016 USA Hockey – Blind Ice Hockey Summit and Training Camp

2016 USA Hockey – Blind Ice Hockey Summit and Training Camp
Chicago, Illinois - October 22-23, 2016


The 3rd annual USA Hockey – Blind Ice Hockey Summit is being hosted by the Chicago Blackhawks Blind Hockey Team on October 22nd and 23rd, 2016.  This year’s event will be the biggest to date with players having already expressed interest from the Chicago Blackhawks Blind Hockey, New York Nightshade, Pittsburgh Penguins Blind Hockey, Washington Wheelers, and Vermont Whiteouts, as well as independent players not associated with any teams and players from Canada. 

This event is for all ages and skill levels, and will feature a mix of drills, scrimmages, and game play opportunities.  The only skill required is all participants are encouraged to have some skating experience – if you are blind or visually impaired and want to get involved in the fast growing para-sport of Blind Ice Hockey, or you are a parent, coach, or administrator that wants to get a program going in your area this is the event for you. 

Three years ago, at the inaugural Blind Ice Hockey Summit in 2014, there were only two players in the United States with Blind Hockey experience – at this year’s summit, we expect representatives from at least 6 teams!

Please read this package through carefully and make sure you understand all the information. 

1) Registration Process
2) Event Schedule
3) Coaches and Administrators Meeting
4) Saturday Night Group Dinner
5) Logistics: Arena, Hotel, Meals, Transportation
6) 2017 USA Hockey Disabled Festival
7) Code of Conduct

                      HOST TEAM


Players who are part of the Chicago Blackhawks Blind Hockey, New York Nightshade, Pittsburgh Penguins Blind Hockey, Washington Wheelers, and Vermont Whiteouts should register through their team organizers who will send in one single registration to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Participants who are not part of one of the Blind Hockey Teams should register individually by email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

With your registration please include the following information:

Level of vision (partially sighted / low vision / no vision):
Skating Experience (Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced):
Hockey Experience (Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced):
Phone Number:
Email Address:
Emergency Contact Name, Phone, and Email:
Are you a current member of USA Hockey (yes / no):

Registrations are encouraged as soon as possible. Final registration will be due by October 5, 2016.


Day 1: Saturday, October 22nd 
8:00 am – 9:30 am – Breakfast is available for Holiday Inn Guests
9:30 am – 11:30 am – Coaches and Administrators Meeting (By invite only at Holiday Inn)
11:30 am – 12:00 pm – Shuttles from Holiday Inn to Arena
12:00 pm - 12:40 pm – Arrival, registration and introductions at arena for all participants
12:40 pm – 1:20 pm – Gear Up
1:20 pm – 2:40 pm – Intermediate and Advanced Practice
2:40 pm – 3:20 pm – Intermediate and Advanced Scrimmage
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm – Beginners practice (Intermediate and Advanced welcome to participate)
5:30 pm – 6:00 pm – Shuttle from Arena to Holiday Inn
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm – Group Dinner - TBD
Day 2: Sunday, October 23rd
6:30 am – 7:00 am – Breakfast is available for Holiday Inn Guests
7:00 am -7:30 am – Shuttle from Holiday Inn to Arena
7:30 am – 8:00 am – Gear Up
8:00 am – 9:00 am – Game: Intermediate and Advanced Players
9:00 am – 10:00 am – Mini-Games (Cross-Ice) for Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
10:30 am – 11:00 am – Shuttle from Arena to Holiday Inn


The coaches and administrators meeting is by invite only. The sport of Blind Hockey is growing rapidly across the United States and this meeting will provide an opportunity for the key representative from each program to share best practices, discuss plans for the future, and ensure everyone is working towards the common goal of making Blind Ice Hockey programming available to Americans who are blind or visually impaired.  We ask that at least one key representative from each team attend – individuals who are interested in attending the meeting to learn more about how to develop their blind ice hockey programs should inquire at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


The Chicago Blackhawks Blind Hockey Club is inviting all Blind Hockey Summit Participants to a group dinner on Saturday night.  The Chicago Blackhawks will be graciously covering the cost of the food and non-alcoholic beverages.  This is a perfect opportunity to interact with players, coaches, and administrators from right across the country and learn more about the sport of Blind Hockey.


Center of Ice DuPage
1 N 450 Highland Ave.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Phone: 630-790-9696
E-mail: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

We have negotiated a significantly discounted rate of $82 + tax which comes to $91.00 per night total at the Holiday Inn and Suites in Carol Stream (Wheaton).  The hotel is located only 4 miles from the arena which is approximately a 10-minute drive, and the reservation includes a room with two queen beds and an American Breakfast both days. 
The discounted reservation is only valid until October 5th 2016!
If any player does not have another player to room with s/he should contact the organizers who will maintain a list of players seeking roommates. Each player is to purchase their own rooms and workout a mutually agreeable payment method with the roommate.

Rooms can be booked by phone by calling (630) 665 – 3000 please ask for the “Blind Hockey Association” and use code: BHA.

Rooms can also be booked online at by entering the dates and then the code: BHA.

Holiday Inn and Suites
150 S. Gary Avenue
Carol Stream, IL 60188

For individuals staying at the Holiday Inn your breakfast is included on Saturday and Sunday, and the Chicago Blackhawks are providing dinner for all participants at the group dinner on Saturday night.  All other meals are the participants’ individual responsibility – there are many restaurants in and around the hotel.

Transportation to and from the Holiday Inn is the player / teams responsibility.   Once you arrive at the Holiday Inn ground transportation will be provided to and from the arena.  The hotel is 17 miles from Chicago O’Hare Airport which is approximately a $50 - $60 taxi or less in an UBER. Out of town guests who need assistance arranging transportation should email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Depending on when you arrive and number of people requesting transport, we may be able to assist.

For the first time, a Blind Hockey division was included in the 2016 USA Hockey Disabled Festival in Detroit and was a great success with participants attending from 7 different states.  Blind Hockey will be included for the second year in a row at the 2017 USA Hockey Disabled Festival in San Jose California from April 6 – 9th.  Players who attend the Chicago Summit will learn more about this opportunity.

We expect a wide variety of levels of experience, age, skill, and individual competitiveness and only ask that everyone try and play to their own personal best. We expect:
• No fighting or rough play of any kind
• No verbal abuse of officials, teammates, or opponents
• No complaints from the hotel or arena staff
• Nothing but positive reviews from everyone involved!
Organizers reserve the right to remove any individuals from the event whose behavior is found to be contradictory to these guidelines.  Final say lies with the organizing committee. 

Nov 03, 2016 - Nov 05, 2016

2016 USABA High School National Goalball Championships

St. Augustine, FL
Information package will be provided in August 2016.
Contact:  James Crozier, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)



Nov 04, 2016 - Nov 05, 2016

Breakfast with Champions Fundraiser

U.S. Association of Blind Athletes invites you to join us for Breakfast with Champions, a fundraiser benefiting sports programs for blind youth, adults and military veterans across the nation.

Breakfast with Champions will take place November 4th, 2016 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at the Olympic Training Center Visitor’s Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Attendees will hear from returning Paralympians Lex Gillette (long jump), Amanda Dennis (goalball) and Matt Simpson (goalball).

Date: Friday, November 4th, 2016
Time: 7:30-9:00 a.m. (doors open at 7:00 a.m.)
Location: Olympic Training Center – Hall of Fame Rotunda in Visitor’s Center (1 Olympic Plaza, Colorado Springs, CO 80909)

Though there is no cost to attend Breakfast with Champions, each guest will be asked to make a minimum $50.00 investment to support blind athletes across the nation.

Your RSVP is requested by Monday, October 31. Click here to RSVP for Breakfast with Champions. If you have questions or would like to serve as a table captain, contact Mark Lucas at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 719-866-3220.

This event would not be possible without our sponsors. Thank you for your support!

Gold Sponsors:
El Pomar Foundation Military Assistance Fund
Executive Park Eye Care
Pikes Peak Community Foundation

Silver Sponsors:
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Pikes Peak Community Foundation
United States Olympic Committee
Visit Colorado Springs
Wells Fargo Insurance

Bronze Sponsors:
Central Bank & Trust
Delta Gamma Colorado Springs Alumnae Chapter
RhoDESCO Printing

Community Sponsors:
Colorado Springs Sports Corp


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