Attention All Mite Parents!!!

Join us at the Wells Fargo Center on Friday, January 9th, when the Philadelphia Flyers, USA Hockey, and AAA Mid-Atlantic host an exclusive event for Mite players featuring a FREE on-ice clinic with coaches from USA Hockey.  There will also be activities on the concourse for kids and parents, including a Q&A session with Flyers President Paul Holmgren and USA Hockey ADM Regional Manager Matt Herr, along with games, prizes, Flyers Alumni appearances, DJ, hockey equipment demos and much more.

Doors open at 5:00 PM, with on-ice clinics scheduled for 6, 7 and 8 PM. Please use the following link to register your child and select his/her clinic time: http://flyers.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=102774.  We hope to see you at Mite Night on January 9th

 

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!

Robert Sullo House League Championships

This year the Atlantic District will again be sponsoring the Robert Sullo House League Championships.  The tournament will be held at the Flyers Skate Zone, Voorhees, NJ the weekend of January 16-18, 2015 and will be for Squirt and Pee Wee levels only.

The participating teams will be made up from rink sponsored house leagues or limited travel house leagues.  No player who currently plays in the DVHL, NJYHL, GSYHL or the AYHL may participate. 

The format for this years tournament will be:  two divisions at both the Squirt and Pee Wee levels; each division consisting of four teams playing a round-robin schedule plus a championship game at each level and division. 

If you have any questions, please contact Gary Williams, Tournament Chairperson, at njgar711w@aol.com.  For a copy of the application and rules/regulations of the tournament, please 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.

AAHA Merchandise Bids

We are currently accepting merchandise bids on pricing and samples for our Atlantic District merchandise to be sold at our tournament locations mentioned on the bid application.  Included are the requirements and answers to the questions should be included with your bid.

At a minimum, you are to provide us a sample of the t-shirts and hooded sweatshirts you plan on providing.  All samples and application information are to be sent to Tom Koester, President of AAHA, at the address on the form.  Samples and the bid proposal are due December 1, 2014 and the successful bidder will be notified no later than December 15, 2015.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Tom Koester at 610-828-0951.

For a copy of the bid proposal to be sent back, please click here!

 

                                   

Tryout Dates For Upcoming 2015-16 Season

ARTICLE XII - TRYOUTS

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

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!