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

Latest News

  • Congratulations to Our Medal Winners At USAH Nationals!
  • Kristin Steele Named To Girl's Player Development Post
  • Approved Tier I Teams for 2016-17 Season
  • USA Hockey America's High School Showcase Tryouts
  • ADM Model Club Application
  • Tryout Dates for 2016-17 Season
  • Coaching Seminars - Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4
  • AAHA Girls Select Tryouts
  • SAFESPORT Coordinators Mandated by USA Hockey
  • Atlantic District Change In Presidency
  • Congratulations to Our Award Winners
  • Approved Tier II Teams for 2016-17 Season
  • Tier I and Tier II Designations

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Home page updated 4/26/16

Congratulations to the NJ Avalanche and the Delaware Ducks!

On behalf of the Atlantic Amateur Hockey Association, its Board of Directors and Staff, we would like to congratulate both the NJ Avalanche and the Delaware Ducks for their accomplishments at the USA Hockey National Championships! 

We would like to congratulate the NJ Avalanche team for their receiving of the Bronze medal at the 2016 Tier I 18U National Championships 

as well as also congratulate the Delaware Ducks team for their receiving of the Gold medal at the 2016 Tier II 18U National Championships! 


Great job done by all and we couldn't be more proud!



Kristin Steele Named to Girl's Player Development Post


AAHA Approved Tier I Girl's Teams for 2016-17 Season

TEAM 12U 14U 16U 19U
Junior Titans X      
New Jersey Colonials X X X X
New Jersey Rockets X X X X
Philadelphia Jr. Flyers X X X X

AAHA Approved Tier I Boy's Teams for 2016-17 Season

TEAM 10U 12U 14U 15 PURE  (SEE NOTE) 16U 18U
Junior Titans X X X X X X
Lehigh Valley Phantoms X          
Mercer Chiefs X   X   X X
New Jersey Colonials X X X   X X
New Jersey Devils Youth X X X X X X
New Jersey Hitmen   X X X X X
New Jersey Rockets X X X   X X
North Jersey Avalanche X X X X X X
Philadelphia Jr. Flyers X X X X X X
Philadelphia Little Flyers X X X   X X
Ramapo Saints X X X   X X
Redbank Generals   X X      
Team Comcast X X X X X X
Valley Forge Minuteman X X X   X X
WBS Jr. Knights  X X X   X X
15PURE is a USA Hockey Pilot Program for Tier I Boys level at the single birth year for 15 Year old players. (2001 Birth year for the 2016-17 Season). This comes at the recommendation of various NCAA College Hockey Coaches and other hockey professionals. The AAHA encourages its 2001 Birth year players to give strong consideration to this level if offered the opportunity to play at the 15 Pure Level. 


ADM Model Club Application

USA Hockey is soliciting interest from those organizations interested in becoming development partners for the American Development Model.  In order to be considered for this designation, your organization must complete the USA Hockey Model Association Application and Agreement and submit it for AAHA review no later than May 1, 2016.  AAHA will forward all completed applications to USA Hockey's National Office for formal review and approval.

What is an American Development Model Association?  Organizations with this designation have committed to fully implement programming dedicated to age-appropriate skill development in the 8U, 10U and 12U age classifications.  Details/benefits are outlined in the application.

For more information and to download a copy of the Model Association application, please go to www.admkids.com/modelassociations

All completed applications should be submitted to Maureen Thompson-Siegel, AAHA ADM Coordinator, via email at aahaadmcoordinator@gmail.com no later than May 1st.  Any questions may also be directed to Maureen at the email listed above.  Thank you for your interest in the USA Hockey Model Association Program.  We look forward to reviewing your application very soon!


Tryout Dates For Upcoming 2016-17 Season


Tryout dates amended as follows for Tier I and Tier II for the 2016- 17 season are:

18U, 16U, 14U, 12U, 10U            Designated Tier I             April 6, 2016 after 5:00 PM

18U, 16U, 14U, 12U, 10U, 8U*     Designated Tier II            April 11, 2016 after 5:00 PM

Girls All Levels                            Designated Tier I & II      April 6, 2016 after 5:00 PM

All other non-tournament bound clubs/teams                     April 18, 2016 after 5:00 PM

All tryouts must be concluded for the above by                   October 15, 2016

*All 8U teams are to tryout no earlier than 5:00 PM,  April 11, 2016


USA Hockey Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4 Seminars

The Atlantic District will be hosting a USA Hockey Level 4 coaching seminar May 20-22 at the Renaissance Hotel in Allentown, PA. 

In a coaches 4th year of coaching, CEP level 4 is required for coaches at Midget age levels, plus all varsity scholastic under USA Hockey.  Tier I U14 coaches must also attain level 4.  Other coaches who have exhausted Level 3 by recertifying twice and will be in their 9th year of coaching must also attain Level 4.  While the level 4 is a two day seminar, we will also be offering a level 1, 2 and 3 on each of the two days.

Please go online to register for the Level 1, 2, 3 or 4 at www.usahockey.com


Atlantic District Girls Player Development Tryouts

The Atlantic District has now finalized our tryouts for our girls  summer programs for the 1999-2002 birthyears!   However, players born in 2003, 2004 and 2005 will tryout on Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24.  Tryouts will be held at the Ice Works Ice Rink in Aston, PA.  Please go to our Women's/Girls tab on the left for more information on our program and USA Hockey camps!  Pre-registration is now closed, but walk-on's are welcome!


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! 


Atlantic District Change In Presidency

Tom Koester, President of the Atlantic District from 1995 to 2015, has decided to retire.  We would like to thank Tom and his family for all of the time and dedication that they have given to the district over the past 20 years. Without him, this District would not be one of the greatest in USA Hockey!

We would like to welcome Glenn Hefferan as our new President for the District.  Glenn was elected at the annual meeting in June for a two year term and we thank him for volunteering for the job!  Glenn comes with a lot of knowledge in all aspects of hockey and we look forward to his expertise in continuing to take our district forward.


Congratulations To Our Award Winners

Awards were presented to our recipients for the 2014-15 season!  We are proud to announce the following:


Bob Fryer - Official of the Year         Paul Valentine, Coach of the Year


Don Gould, Volunteer of the Year        Ben Umstead, New Leader Award


Approved Tier II Teams for the 2016-17Season:

All applications are due into AAHA by July 1, 2016 to be considered for the upcoming 2016-17 season.


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 2016-17 season:

            Application for Tier I status - due Nov. 30, 2015

            Application for Tier II status - due July 1, 2016

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