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The Atlantic Amateur Hockey Association (AAHA) is the governing body for the Atlantic Affiliate of USA Hockey

Latest News

  • Atlantic District Level 4 Coaching Symposium
  • Early Tryouts and Signing of Players
  • Tryout Dates for Upcoming 2015-16 Season
  • Approved Tier I Teams for 2015-16 Season
  • Atlantic District Annual Meeting
  • Our Officials Join In On Hockey Across America
  • Atlantic District Outstanding Financial List
  • Ebo Strong Foundation
  • Our New Sponsor - flexxCOACH!!
  • Tier I and Tier II Designations
  • SAFESPORT Coordinators Mandated by USA Hockey

Home page updated 4/6/15

Atlantic District Level 4 Coaching Symposium

We will be holding our only level 4 USA Hockey Coaching Symposium for the upcoming season over two days, May 30-31, at the Renaissance Hotel at the PPL Center in Allentown, PA!  Check in begins on Saturday morning at 8:00 AM and program begins at 8:30 AM.  Saturday hours are 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM, Sunday hours are 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  Coaches must attend both sessions in order to receive Level 4 accreditation.   Please contact Mike Lichtenberger, Atlantic Coach-in-Chief, at 610-849-0818 or by email at mike.lichtenberger@gmail.com.  Coaches may register online at www.usahockey.com/coachingclinics.  Pre-registration is required to attend the symposium.  We may not be able to accommodate walk-ups.

The hotel has a block of rooms available and is based on availability.  Call the hotel at 484-273-4000 to book your own hotel room if you need one. 

For a list of all other level coaching seminars scheduled, please go to www.usahockey.com/coachingclinics as well!

Early Tryouts and Signing of Players

Attention Youth Age Players/Families participating in Youth/Girls Tier I, Youth/Girls Tier II and Junior Tier III Tryouts!!! It has come to the Affiliate's attention that some organizations may have conducted tryouts and/or offered and obtained binding player/family contracts prior to the AAHA Official Tryout date, as well as the official USA Hockey Tryout date of Tier III Junior Teams.  Tryouts or the offering of contracts prior to the official date is a violation of the AAHA and USA Hockey rules.  Any organizations that have either conducted tryouts, or offered contracts, specifically to players that were not members of that organization shall face disciplinary action, including but not limited to, suspension from post-season activities leading towards the USA Hockey National Championships.

Any Tier III Junior team, within the Atlantic District, that conducted tryouts or offered player/family contracts prior to the official tryout date set by USA Hockey, it shall be the intention of the Affiliate to seek disciplinary action through the USA Hockey Junior Council.

Any player/family that believes they have been negatively impacted by signing a player/family contract prior to March 31, 2014 or in the case of Youth Tier II, April 13, 2015, should contact Tom Koester, AAHA President, at tkoes3@aol.com

Tryout Dates For Upcoming 2015-16 Season


Tryout dates amended as follows for Tier I and Tier II for the 2015- 16 season are:

18U, 16U, 14U, 12U, 10U            Designated Tier I             March 31, 2015 after 5:00 PM

18U, 16U, 14U, 12U, 10U, 8U*     Designated Tier II            April 13, 2015 after 5:00 PM

Girls All Levels                            Designated Tier I & II      March 31, 2015 after 5:00 PM

All other non-tournament bound clubs/teams                     April 20, 2015 after 5:00 PM

All tryouts must be concluded for the above by                   October 15, 2015

*All 8U teams are to tryout no earlier than 5:00 PM April 13, 2015

Approved Tier I Teams for 2015-16 Season

Team approved for Girls level 16U only:  Montclair

Teams approved for Girls levels 12U, 14U, 16U:  Princeton Tiger Lilies

Teams approved for Girls level 16U: Chester County

Teams approved for Girls level 14U, 16U, 19U:  Quakers

Teams approved for Girls level 12U, 14U, 16U, 19U:  NJ Colonials and the NJ Rockets

Team approved for youth level 14U level only:  Lehigh Valley Phantoms

Teams approved for youth levels 14U, 16U, 18U:  Hitmen

Teams approved for the youth age levels of 12U, 14U, 16U and 18U are members of:

NJ Devils Youth Phila. Jr. Flyers
NJ Avalanche Phila. Little Flyers
NJ Colonials Team Comcast
NJ Rockets Jr. Knights
Valley Forge Minutemen Mercer Chiefs
Red Bank Generals NJ Titans
NJ Freeze NY Saints

Atlantic District Annual Meeting

In an attempt to make the annual 2015 meeting more convenient for all to attend, it was decided to originally hold the meeting on May 9th.  However, we have since found out that by holding the meeting in May would be in violation of our bylaws.  Our bylaws currently state when nominations, bylaw proposals, etc. are required in order to be considered at the annual meeting.  Holiding the meeting in May would not allow the proper dates as outlined in the bylaws.

Therefore, to work in conjunction with our District bylaws, we have changed the date for our annual meeting to June 27, 2015.  The meeting will still begin at 9:00 AM and will still be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Exit 8A of the NJ Turnpike, in Jamesburg (Monroe Twp.), NJ

In accordance with the bylaws, below please find the due dates for the various items mentioned:

  • Any items to be placed onto the agenda of the annual meeting should be sent to AAHA Secretary, Linda Ryan, by May 1, 2015

  • Submissions for new Rules and Regulations or Bylaws are to be sent to AAHA President, Tom Koester, by May 15, 2015

  • Nominations are to be sent to AAHA President, Tom Koester, by May 15 for AAHA Officers and USA Hockey Director

The following positions are up for election at the June 27 annual meeting, with nominations for positions being due also by May 15 to Tom Koester at tkoes3@aol.com

President Incumbent Tom Koester Term 2015-2017
VP - Suspensions Protests and Appeals Incumbent Ron Goodman Term 2015-2017
VP - Girls/Women Incumbent Donna Guariglia Term 2015-2017
Treasurer Incumbent Nancy Hughes Term 2015-2017
USA Hockey Director 1 Incumbent Tom Koester Term 2015-2018

Our Officials Join In On Hockey Across America

The NHL in conjunction with USA Hockey planned many events for the Hockey Weekend Across America.  One of the components was that two amateur officials would be selected to meet the NHL Officials before a game and spend some time asking them questions.

As luck had it, the NHL Philadelphia Flyers, the NHL NJ Devils, and the AHL Hershey Bears, Lehigh Valley Phantoms and Wilkes Barre Jr. Pens all had home games and invited our young officials to join them in this venture.  At some of the games, our young officials were on the ice for the National anthem, dropped the ceremonial first puck between captains, took a lap after the anthem with the game puck, etc. 

What a wonderful experience for our young officials and we thank all of the teams as well as our officiating staff for putting this all together!


Atlantic District Outstanding Financial List

As per our Atlantic District Rules and Regulations, Article II - Players, Paragraph B, (see below) all clubs must submit any players name to us by February 15 to be placed onto the Outstanding Financial list for the upcoming 2015-16 season.  This list prevents players from playing hockey with any club until the outstanding financial responsibility is taken care of.

All clubs must follow the rules below in order to place a players name onto the list.  Please send your list of players names and date of birth to Colleen Marinari at hocky@erols.com who is accumulating the list for distribution by the end of February.

(3)        Financial Responsibility. No player from any USA Hockey Affiliate or may register or participate on a team within the Atlantic Affiliate if such player owes any financial obligation, including, unreturned equipment, to any previous team or organization registered within any USA Hockey Affiliate or District.

(a)        Each organization should put in their contract that the person signing the contract agrees to be bound by this Article regarding Player Eligibility and releases and appeals.  All payment plans are to have a final date.  Suggest that all payment plans have a end date of January 1.  If not paid in full by February 1, the player’s name is placed on the Financial Outstanding list and player cannot play for the rest of the season for that team.  No name may be placed on the Financial Outstanding list after February 15.

(b)        After February 15, the Atlantic Affiliate will compile a list of all registered Affiliate players who are claimed to owe an outstanding financial obligation by their previous Atlantic Affiliate team or organization.  No player whose name appears on the outstanding financial list shall be rostered with another Atlantic Affiliate team (regardless of youth or adult) until the outstanding financial obligation has been discharged or satisfied to the satisfaction of the club or permission is given by the Affiliate, respective league or club.

(c)        Any player who is denied a release after having been notified has the right to the review and appeal of such denial in accordance with the provisions of this rule and Article Affiliate’s Rules and Regulations.

Ebo Strong Foundation

The Ebo Strong Foundation has been established to honor the legacy of Steven Eric "Ebo" Eberling.  On Friday, January 23rd, the Team Comcast Youth Hockey Club, along with the Ebo Strong Foundation, Inc. conducted a ceremony to permanently retire the jersey number, 24.  A banner was raised in the rink to honor this amazing young man.  This event also served as the kickoff event for the Ebo Strong Foundation, Inc., a new established 501(c)3 charitable organization.

At the age of 15, this bright, young all-star hockey player and former baseball player at Lenape High School was diagnosed with osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in his femur.  During the next three years, Ebo would undergo an amazingly challenging ordeal, as he endured many rounds of chemotherapy, multiple surgeries at CHOP, and travel to Nidda, Germany for alternative treatment.  Throughout Ebo's ordeal, he showed his true character.

Ebo got his driver's license and even got back on the ice as a coach with the Team Comcast AAA 2000 team.  Throughout Ebo's illness, he inspired thousands of friends and neighbors, which led to the Stay Strong Ebo movement, which then became the Ebo Strong Foundation.

Ebo's unwavering positive attitude, courageous spirit and relentless determination are the cornerstones of the Ebo Strong Foundation.  The objectives of the Foundation are: helping support families dealing with pediatric cancer, providing assistance to student-athletes in the community and providing college tuition assistance to Lenape High School seniors that possess Ebo's characteristics.  For further information, please contact gini@ebostrong.org and go to the website, www.ebostrong.org

Our New Sponsor - flexxCOACH!

The Atlantic District and flexxCOACH have partnered to provide coaches in the District access to several of the premier coaching tools available. 

As a bonus, coaches will receive a 10% discount on a 6 month Practice Planner subscription and the Pro Hockey Drill Designer.  For more information on our program and access to order the Hockey Practice Planner, click here!

Tier I and Tier II Designations

In June, 2013, at the Atlantic Amateur Hockey Association (AAHA) Affiliate annual meeting, new rules and regulations were passed by the AAHA Board of Directors regarding Tier I and Tier II designations.  These rules and regulations require all teams who wish to play towards an Affiliate (12U) or USA Hockey National Championship (Youth and Girls14U & 16U, Youth 18U and Girls 19U) to apply annually for a team designation, either Tier I or Tier II.

For a better understanding of these rules and regulations, along with an application form, we have attached a copy of the legislation that was approved and updated for clarity with housekeeping policies.

All teams, no matter if they play in an existing league or are an independent team, need to apply annually if they want to use a Tier I or Tier II designation.  Only teams that have been approved by the AAHA can use either the Tier I or Tier II designation on any advertisement, promotional literature or in social media.  Also only teams approved by AAHA for Tier I or Tier II status can hold tryouts on the designated dates mentioned below.  All other teams are to tryout on independent team tryout dates. 

In the attachments, you will find a separate "Document A" which is to be completed and returned as noted as follows for the 2015-16 season:

            Application for Tier I status - due Nov. 30, 2014

            Application for Tier II status - due July 1, 2015

Attachments also include a separate time line and "Document B" for those teams making application.



USA Hockey Mandates Clubs To Have SafeSport Coordinators!

The safety of its participants is of paramount importance to USA Hockey.  This includes not only on-ice safety, but also off-ice safety in any part of USA Hockey's programs.

USA Hockey has long had systems in place to protect its participants from physical abuse, sexual abuse and other types of abuse and misconduct that can be harmful to youth hockey players.  These include without limitation: physical abuse, sexual abuse, screening, locker room supervision and hazing policies in addition to codes of conduct applicable to administrators, coaches, officials, parents, players and spectators.

USA Hockey has now mandated that each organization have a SafeSport coordinator.  A handbook is now available for all coordinators to download along with a copy of the different policies and required training of USA Hockey's and its member programs'.  Please go to the website link:  http://www.usahockey.com/SafeSport.aspx to review this new policy and to download all of the required paperwork for your coordinator!

Each club coordinator must take the course and download/complete their SafeSport certificate.  All completed certificates are to be emailed to Pete Rothman, Atlantic District SafeSport Coordinator, at pete@rbcpa.net.  All certificates must be completed by September 30 and sent to Pete for confirmation.  Pete can also be reached at 844-safe-ice

The training website link to USA Hockey is: http://www.usahockey.com/safesportFor a copy of a coordinators checklist, click here!