A new equipment policy will be implemented for the upcoming 2019-20 season for all players, termites to Jr. Gold. Please read the following information regarding the FYHA Throat Protection Policy. You may purchase the required BNQ approved throat protectors from SCHEELS, other sporting goods stores or online.
FYHA Throat Protection Policy
While on the ice, all players and goaltenders, registered with Fargo Youth Hockey Association (FYHA) are required to wear a BNQ approved throat protector. A goaltender must wear a throat protector except in the case where a goalie mask has a throat protector affixed to the helmet/face mask. This regulation applies to all players (under age 18) registered with FYHA. Players age 18 or older are given the option of wearing approved throat protectors.
Throat Protection Enforcement
Players must wear a BNQ approved throat protector for ALL on ice activities. If a player is observed on the ice without a throat protector, the player will be removed from the ice until he or she is in compliance.
Any FYHA-registered coach or team manager, board member, or staff member is authorized to request that a non-compliant player be removed from the ice until he or she is in compliance.
Throat protectors must be worn according to the manufacturer’s specifications. They must be properly fitted, not oversized, pushed down, unzipped, rolled over, taped or altered in any way. If a throat protector is believed to have been modified in any way, the player will be removed from the ice until an approved throat protector is worn.
Coaches are the first line of enforcement of the throat protection policy. Coaches who fail to enforce the policy may be addressed by the Hockey Director as follows:
Throat Protection Definition
Throat protectors are specifically designed by the manufacturer to protect the throat and neck and area in the case of accidental laceration or blunt force trauma (ie/ contact by a puck or stick). Throat protectors are clearly labeled as such.
Approved Throat Protection Equipment
Throat protectors must be BNQ approved. They may be the type that wrap around the neck and attach with Velcro, or they may be the type that is integrated into an undershirt. For Goaltenders: A goaltender must wear a throat protector except in the case where a goalie mask has a throat protector affixed to the helmet/face mask.
Arm bands, head bands, ear warmers, plain turtle necks and mock turtle necks are NOT throat protectors.
Questions regarding the new policy may be directed to:
John Kosobud, Hockey Director