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South Coast Hockey League

Neck Laceration Protection Requirement

By NRI Vikings, 07/07/24, 10:00PM EDT


USA Hockey requires the use of neck laceration protection for all players.

USA Hockey has recently implemented new guidelines mandating the use of certified neck guards for all participants in USA Hockey-sanctioned events and competitions. As of August 1, 2024 USA Hockey will require the use of neck laceration protection for players in all age classifications, except adults, in games and practices – as well as for on-ice officials under the age of 18. 

Neck laceration protectors are required for players in all age classifications except adults. For clarity, this includes youth, girls and junior age classifications. The requirement also includes on-ice officials under the age of 18. 

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In line with these regulations, we kindly request that all players who are part of NRI Vikings & Jr. Sentinels ensure they have appropriate certified neck guards before the upcoming season begins.

For your convenience, we recommend visiting Rays Hockey, our trusted provider for all hockey needs including certified neck guards. You can explore their range of high-quality neck guards that meet USA Hockey's standards by stopping in at 105 Pleasant View Ave, Smithfield. 

We understand the importance of player safety and are dedicated to upholding the highest standards in this regard. Therefore, we ask for your cooperation in ensuring that your child is properly equipped with a certified neck guard for the upcoming season.

If you have any questions or require further clarification about these new requirements, please feel free to reach out to us. We are here to assist you in any way we can.