Rochester Youth Hockey Association Free Ice Hockey Safety Clinic

The Rochester Youth Hockey Free Safety Clinic is held annually to raise awareness about the importance of safety in ice hockey, educate and teach the necessary skills related to safety in ice hockey, and provide techniques for athletes to practice during the season. In 2016, 310 athletes completed the free one-day clinic involving both off-ice and on-ice education. Off-ice stations include: equipment fitting for safety, watching the "Heads Up, Don't Duck" USA Hockey video, off-ice conditioning, and nutrition and hydration for hockey athletes. On-ice stations include: practicing the "Heads Up, Don't Duck" method, identifying on-ice safety zones, initiating body contact and angling, and receiving body contact.