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NGB News USA Hockey & U.S. Figure Skating 28 / NOVEMBER.DECEMBER.2015 RINKMAGAZINE.COM Host Sites Announced for 2016 National Championships PHOTOS: COURTESY OF USA HOCKEY; HUNTSTOCK , USA Hockey announced the host sites for its slate of 2016 Toyota-USA Hockey National Championships. Champions will be crowned in 10 cities nationwide, with each tournament being contested in March/April 2016. DIVISION LOCATION HOST DATES Youth Tier I (14U) Anchorage, Alaska Alaska Combined Hockey March 31-April 4, 2016 Youth Tier I (16U, 18U) San Jose, California San Jose Junior Sharks March 31-April 4, 2016 Girls Tier I, Adult Women A-B-C Minneapolis, Minnesota Women's Hockey Association of Minnesota March 31-April 4, 2016 High School Reston, Virginia Ashburn Extreme March 17-21, 2016 Girls Tier II Barre, Vermont Vermont State Amateur Hockey Association March 31-April 4, 2016 Youth Tier II (14U) Charlotte, North Carolina Charlotte Metro Hockey Association March 31-April 4, 2016 Youth Tier II (16U) Wayne, New Jersey Ice Vault Arena March 31-April 4, 2016 Youth Tier II (18U) Amherst, New York Amherst Youth Hockey March 31-April 4, 2016 Sled TBD TBD TBD Adult Rec Men's Tampa, Florida Ice Sports Forum TBD Adult Rec Women's Tampa, Florida Ice Sports Forum TBD 2016 TOYOTA-USA HOCKEY NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SITES , U.S. Figure Skating is excited to launch the 2016 National Skating Month (NSM) "Skating is a Blast!" campaign that will take place in January 2016. This is a monumental year for U.S. Figure Skating as NSM will celebrate its 15th anniversary in January. The goal this year is for U.S. Figure Skating to distribute 600 NSM kits to programs and clubs throughout the country. NSM is an opportunity for rinks, facilities, member clubs and skating programs to celebrate skating and invite new families to try ice skating by offering free lessons, conducting skating demonstrations and promoting skating through local media. Through a series of organized on- and off-ice activities, everyone can enjoy a fun-filled day at the rink. Upon registration in the "Skating is a Blast!" campaign, managers, program directors and club representatives will receive an open house kit that includes posters, a how-to handbook, a media packet with sample press releases and announcements for customization, raffle items, posters, balloons, skating stickers and other great skating souvenirs. It's all done—organizers simply need to set a date and follow the instructions online to begin hosting an NSM event. The deadline to sign up and receive a kit is Nov. 20, or while supplies last. To register to host NSM events and request a kit, visit fs12.formsite.com/USFSAIT/ NSM2016orderform/index.html. For more information contact bglidewell@ usfigureskating.org. Host a U.S. Figure Skating 2016 National Skating Month event "Skating is a Blast!" , Every adult player has a desire to win, and every adult player has a desire to improve. Adult players around the country have asked for skill videos and tips on how to improve their game. Your request has been granted. As a benefit of membership throughout the 2014-15 and 2015-16 season, USA Hockey's adult hockey department will release a "Skill of the Month" video demonstrating basic skills and highlighting technical movements that are vital to performing on the ice. Skill videos that are currently available are "Backwards Skating," "V-Start," "Wrist Shot," "Crossovers," "Face Offs," "Passing" and Body Angling." All videos can be accessed via the USA Hockey YouTube channel and are released as part of the monthly USA Hockey Adult Email Newsletter and adulthockey. usahockey.com. USA HOCKEY RELEASES ADULT SKILLS VIDEOS

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