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uCALL named “Official Decision Training Tool of the ECHL”

Thursday, December 8th
uCALL named “Official Decision Training Tool of the ECHL”

The ECHL announced on Thursday that uCALL has been named as the “Official Decision Training Tool of the ECHL.” uCALL is made by deCervo, the leading company in sports today for split-second decision training with neuroscience technology. As part of the agreement, uCALL will serve as the training platform for ECHL on-ice officials in the honing of skills and on-ice judgement. Special emphasis will be placed on their development to adhere to the NHL standard of officiating.  Additionally, as part of the partnership, uCALL will present the monthly ECHL Official of the Month award and sponsor a “U Make the CALL” feature on social media to test fan knowledge of the hockey rulebook. “We are very excited to add uCALL to the growing arsenal of tools at the disposal of our on-ice officials,” said ECHL Manager of Officiating Riley Yerkovich. “The ECHL serves as a training ground for referees and linespeople, just as it does for players and coaches, and this partnership with uCALL will enhance the development of these officials by leveraging cutting-edge technology, the study of neuroscience, and how it relates to the split-second decision-making required of professional officials.” “By bringing uCALL to their officials, the ECHL is bringing the cutting-edge of neuroscience technology to the way it trains on-ice judgement,” said deCervo CEO Jason Sherwin. “And with ‘U Make the CALL,’ the ECHL will be pioneering how fans engage with the challenging decisions officials face in every game.” About the ECHL Formed in 1988-89 with five teams in four states, the ECHL has grown into a coast-to-coast league with 28 teams in 20 states and two Canadian provinces for its 35th season in 2022-23. There have been 730 players who have gone on to play in the National Hockey League after starting their careers in the ECHL, including three who have made their NHL debut in the 2022-23 season. The ECHL has affiliations with 28 of the 32 NHL teams in 2022-23, marking the 26th consecutive season that the league has affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL. Further information on the ECHL is available on its website at ECHL.com as well as on Twitter and Facebook. About uCALL uCALL is deCervo’s first decision training product in hockey and is exclusively available only to professional and collegiate-level hockey leagues upon request. Originally developed for the National Hockey League in 2018, uCALL has grown into the standard tool for professional referees and linesmen to develop their on-ice judgment skills. In its fourth season with the NHL, uCALL debuts in the 2022-23 season with the ECHL and American Hockey League to give more aspiring officials the chance to accelerate their development towards the NHL. There have already been dozens of ECHL Officials who have accelerated their transition to the National Hockey League while using uCALL. deCervo has developed a version of uCALL for baseball umpires, though the neurotech company is more widely known for its products in the decision training of baseball and fastpitch softball hitters, as well as law enforcement officers. Further information on deCervo is available on its website at deCervo.com as well as on Twitter and Instagram.

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