Procedures and Policies

PLEASE NOTE: ProSkill Development strictly abides by the rules and regulations set forth by the State Of Massachusetts. The school is properly licensed and is in compliance with these regulations.

These Procedures are for FULL-DAY Clinics Only.  Do NOT apply to clinics and 1/2 Day Clinics.  Thank You!

Check in / Check Out Procedures:

Please arrive one half hour (30 minutes) before the scheduled start time of your session.

All paper work must be submitted by this time, or your child will not be allowed on the ice. This includes a signed Registration Form, a completed Health Form, and any special permission you are giving to have your child picked up after their session by someone other than yourself. Online registration is available.

Before and after each session, every participant must check in and check out with the appointed staff member.

Bring Your Own Lunch:

Each participant must bring a lunch, or have money to purchase a lunch where available, every day of their session. Lunches brought from home must be brought to the arena in an individual cooler device.

Water and Hydration Policy:

We advise all participants to bring a water bottle from home. The Arena will have water fountains available.

To maintain safe levels of hydration, and to help avoid the spread of germs, including Meningococcal Disease, students should bring their own water bottles, or money to purchase drinks at the arena, every day.

We do not advise students to share personal drinks with other students.

Water bottles are permitted on the ice and may be used when necessary.

Grievance Procedures:

You may file a grievance with ProSkill Development in writing by e-mail,, or by postal mail, 21 New Balch St. #1, Beverly, MA 01915. Please indicate the clinic to which you are referring, and if possible, the names of the people involved in your grievance.

We welcome any suggestions that will help make our program a more enjoyable and beneficial experience for children.

Blister Prevention:

To ensure our students have the best possible experience at ProSkill Development Clinic, we highly recommend that students take a few precautions against developing blisters.

• Bring at least one extra pair of socks each day to keep your feet dry.
• Try to break-in new skates well before the first day of clinic.

If you do develop a blister, it is important to treat it immediately. Please talk to a staff member for blister treatment advice.
Use blister band-aids at the first sign of a developing blister.

Emergency Care Procedures

(A) Emergency Procedures

1. Assess The Situation/Make Observations:

Is the player in pain?
Is there a suspicion that the player has been injured?
What, in general, are the nature and extent of the injury(ies)?
Is there the possibility of a bone fracture?
Is the player conscious or unconscious?
Is the player having a seizure or convulsion? Is the player actively bleeding from any site?

2. If A Significant Injury Is Suspected:

• Do not try to move or turn the player.
• Do not try to remove the player’s helmet.
• If the player is actively bleeding, put on rubber gloves and apply direct pressure to the bleeding site using one or more sterile gauze pads.
• If the player is unconscious, feel for a pulse at the wrist, and assess whether or not the player is breathing. Do not try to arouse the player by shaking him or her. Try to make contact only by voice.
• If the player is unresponsive, has no detectable pulse, and is not breathing, institute basic cardiac life support (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) with a partner. Make sure that the tongue is not blocking the airway before performing mouth-to-mouth respiration.
• If other emergency care is required, at the scene or at the local hospital, have a partner call for an ambulance (911). Do not leave the injured player alone.
• If a player has required emergency care of any kind, the player’s parent or guardian should be notified.
• An injury report form will be completed and a copy sent to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health within seven days of occurrence. A copy will be retained by the program.

(B) Emergency Procedures If Parents Cannot Be Contacted

1. If the parent or guardian cannot be reached:

Appropriate emergency care should be administered as indicated by the situation.
Further attempts should be made to notify the parent or guardian by a partner.
Procedures For Use Of First Aid Equipment

2. The first aid kit and manual will be maintained by the clinic Health Supervisor, who will be at least 18 years of age and will be trained in American Red Cross Standard First Aid (or equivalent) and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation.

3. In the event that the first aid kit is used, inventory will be taken after use and used items will be replaced before the next clinic day.

(C) Plan For Administration Of Medication And Recording Medication

If we will be administering medication to your child, you must contact us 30 days in advance of your child’s scheduled clinic so the appropriate forms can be completed.

(D) Plan For Administering And Recording Medications

1. The names and schedules for each medication taken by participant will be recorded by the Health Supervisor. All medication containers will be appropriately labeled with the name of the drug, the dose, and the schedule of administration.

2. Refrigerated and un-refrigerated medications will be stored in secure, locked storage compartments. The Health Supervisor will be responsible for these compartments. Refrigerated containers will contain a thermometer to maintain the appropriate temperature.

3. Medications will be distributed only by the Health Supervisor. A written record of all medications will be kept by the Health Supervisor.

4. All campers’ medication needs will be dealt with on an individual basis. The Health Supervisor is Paul D’Ambrosio, M.D.

(E). Clinic participants and self-administering medication

1. If a child is capable of self-medicating, and the parent or guardian and the Health Care Consultant have given written approval, the participant may be allowed to carry these devices with him or her at all times in order to self-administer when necessary:

Participants who require the use of Albuterol metered dose inhalers, or equivalent, will be permitted to use them up to three times in a 24-hour period. If more frequent dosing is required, the parent or guardian will be notified. In addition, the participant will not be allowed to participate further until he or she has clarified the dosing of the inhaler with the Health Supervisor and Consultant.

2. The use of Ephedrine, when combined with strenuous exercise, has been associated with death.

3. The use of diet pills or performance enhancers will be strictly prohibited. Any participant found to be using such a product will be excluded from participation.

(F) Physical Examinations By Physicians And Immunization Record

Every participant and full time staff person at ProSkill Development Clinics shall, prior to attending or after receiving a conditional offer of employment:

1. Furnish to the clinic a health history

2. Furnish to the clinic a report of a physical examination conducted during the proceeding 24 months, and an immunization record.

3. The medical health history will list:

Required medications
Any health conditions or impairments, which may affect the individual’s activities while attending the clinic.

The medical history shall be signed by a parent/guardian, or by a licensed health care provider.

4. No person known to be suffering from tuberculosis in a communicable form, or having evidence of symptoms thereof, shall be allowed to work or attend the clinic and interact with children in any capacity, which might bring him/her into contact with any participant at the clinic.

Health Records

1. Each participant and all staff persons under the age of 18 shall provide the following information:

2.Each staff member over the age of 18 shall provide the following information:

• Name, home address, telephone number of parents/guardians, mobile phone number(s), and emergency phone numbers.
• Written authorization for emergency medical care signed by a parent/guardian.
• Travel location and telephone numbers if parents/guardians will be traveling during camp session.
• The name, address, and telephone number of the camper’s or staff’s family health care provider or health maintenance organization, if any.
• If the participant or staff member brings a prescribed medication from home, a written authorization to administer the medication signed by a parent/guardian.
• Copies of injury reports, if any, required by 105 CMR 430.153.

Care Of Mildly Ill Participant

(A) Plan for the care of mildly ill participants

1. With permission from the parent or guardian and the Health Supervisor, participants with mild colds may be permitted to attend clinic. However, participants with a fever will not be permitted to attend clinic.

2. Participants who are mildly ill but able to attend clinic will be monitored by the Health Supervisor. They will be asked to go home at the discretion of the Health Supervisor should the illness become more severe.

3. Mildly ill participants may be allowed to have more frequent rest periods during the clinic day.

(B) Administration of medication

1. Individuals authorized by scope of practice (such as nurses) may administer medications to participants.

2. Under direction from the Health Consultant, the Health Supervisor may administer oral or topical medications.

3. In the case of a participant with a known allergy or pre-existing medical condition for whom the Epi-Pen® has been prescribed, the Health Care Consultant may make an exception for the Health Supervisor to use an Epi-Pen®. The Health Supervisor must demonstrate the capability to use an Epi-Pen® and written approval from a participant’s parent or guardian and the Health Care Consultant must be provided.

4. In the case of a participant who is capable of self-medicating using a prescribed Epi-Pen® or inhaler, and the parent or guardian and the camp Health Care Consultant give written approval, the participant may be allowed to carry these devices with him/her at all times in order to self-administer when necessary.

5. If a diabetic child requires his/her blood sugar to be monitored, or requires insulin injections, and the parent or guardian and the clinic Health Care Consultant give written approval, the participant, who is capable, may be allowed to self-monitor and/or self-inject him/herself.

6. Blood monitoring activities and self-injection must take place in the presence of the Health Supervisor.

7. The clinic must dispose of any hypodermic needles and syringes in accordance with 105 CMR 480.000: Storage and Disposal of Infectious or Physically Dangerous Medical or Biological Waste.

Discipline Policy

1. Discipline and guidance shall be consistent and based upon an understanding of the individual needs and development of a child.

2. The goal of discipline is to maximize the growth and development of the children and for protecting the group and individuals within it.

3. Behavior which constitutes discipline:

Participant’s who behavior disturbs other participants from learning
Fighting or abusive language on the ice
Penalty during scrimmage
Inappropriate behavior

4. Participants who fall into any of the above categories will be escorted off the ice to the bench, at which time they will be spoken with. A staff member will explain why their actions were inappropriate. After the participant understands why their actions were inappropriate, they may then continue to participate with the scheduled activity.

5. If a participant continues to use behavior that is considered inappropriate, a staff member will speak with the parents about their child’s behavior. The staff member will explain the problem and why we do not condone this behavior.

6. If a participant continues to use behavior that is considered inappropriate, after a staff member has spoken with both the participant and the parent, that participant will then be expelled from the clinic. A staff member will call the participant’s parents and have them come and pick-up their child.

7. The staff member will fill out an incident report, before speaking with the participant’s parents, detailing the behavior(s) and problem(s). All reports will be kept on file.

8. Reasons for dismissal from clinic (No refund will be given if expelled from clinic):

Fighting in the locker room
Swearing at staff members
Stealing of money, equipment, etc.
Continued inappropriate behavior

9. Prohibitions:

Corporal Punishment, including spanking and touching; touching of participants is prohibited
No participant shall be subjected to cruel and severe punishment, humiliation, or verbal abuse
No participant shall be denied food or shelter as a form of punishment
No child should be punished for soiling, wetting, or not using the toilet