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

Latest News

  • USA Hockey Coaching Information
  • Attention All Rinks
  • AAHA Annual Awards
  • Tryout Dates for Upcoming 2014-15 Season
  • Tampering Policy For 2013-14 Season
  • SAFESPORT Coordinators Mandated by USA Hockey

Home page updated 7/15/14

USA Hockey Coaching Information

The Atlantic District will be holding our annual Level 4 USA Hockey Coaching Seminar August 16 & 17 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Jamesburg, NJ.  The level 4 will be two days instead of the standard three day seminar that we have ran in the past.  Registration is now being taken by going to the website:  www.usahockey.com and go to the coaches section.

A reminder that this will be the only level 4 seminar that the Atlantic District will be holding this year so make sure you put it on your calendar!  Please refer to the USA Hockey Coaching requirements to see if you need to take your level 4. 

In addition to the level 4 being scheduled, we have also updated our seminars for the upcoming season for our level 1, 2 and 3's.  They are also listed on the USA Hockey website where you can register for them to be guaranteed seating.

At the annual meeting of USA Hockey in June, it was approved that all coaches not only must take their accreditation and complete their required module, but all coaches must now complete the Safesport program in order to be on the bench this coming season.  A coach must also be screened.  All four USA Hockey requirements must be completed by December 31.

Please view the SafeSport Video and complete the brief test at the end….this is now required of all USA Hockey coaches!

USA Hockey Coaches Clinics & Age Specific Modules


http://www.usahockey.com/page/show/892966-age-specific-modules available ~ September 1st

Online Safesport Training for all Coaches and Team Managers – and others with regular contact with players


Attention All Rinks!

A Star Regional Training Program has been scheduled at the International Skating Center of Connecticut August 5-8, 2014!  Course offered August 5-8 will be for:  Ice Making and Painting Technologies with topics including Ice Making Princeiples, Creating An Ice Making Plan, White Ice, Markings, Lines and Logos, Water Quality and a few other topics.  Another course on Programming, Marketing and Promotions will be offered August 5-7 and will include topics of Traditional and Complimentary Programs, Maximizing your Facility's Utilization, Selling and Buying Advertising as well as additional ones.  To register or ask questions, please contact info@starrinks.com or call 719-538-1149.

AAHA Annual Awards

The Atlantic Affiliate held our annual meeting on Saturday, June 21 at 9:00 AM at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Jamesburg, NJ.  We would like to congratulate the following people for the awards that they received for their many hours of hard work and dedication that they have given to our District! 


The AAHA Hall of Fame award is presented annually by the AAHA to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the AAHA during many years of service as a volunteer. The recipient will have been a grassroots leader in the development of ice hockey and will have provided dedicated service throughout his/her career as a member of the hockey community. A selection committee consisting of the AAHA President and selected AAHA Board members determines the nominees and chooses the winner.   We are proud to announce that Nancy Hughes of West Patterson, NJ has  been selected to the AAHA Hall of Fame.  


We thank Tom Brake - Volunteer of the Year award, Joe Houk - Coach of the Year Award and Steve Meyer - Official of the Year Award.  Their dedication to the sport of youth hockey is immeasurable!


                                       Joe Houk - Coach of the Year Award                        Steve Meyer - Official of the Year Award


Congratulations goes to Joan Mariconda who was unanimously voted to be a lifetime member of the Board of Directors as a Director Emeritus of the Atlantic District. Directors Emeritus shall be those members nominated by a majority of the Board of Directors and elected by a majority of to Board of Directors at the Annual Meeting. They shall be nominated on the basis of their significant contribution to youth hockey and this association. We can not thank Joan enough for all of the hard work and time she has dedicated to the Atlantic District.


Congratulations goes to our Lou Manzione Scholarship Award Recipients.  The Atlantic District is pleased to offer a scholarship program to students who plan to continue their education beyond the 12th grade.   A total of two (2) one thousand dollar ($1,000) scholarships are given, one to a New Jersey High School Senior and the second to a High School Senior from Eastern Pennsylvania or Delaware.  Recipient for the state of New Jersey is Mickey Avenoso of Bridgewater, NJ.  For the states of Eastern PA/Delaware, Alexander Politsky of Harleysville, PA won the award.  We congratulate both players and wish them well in their future college years!

Tryout Dates For Upcoming 2014-15 Season


106.  No youth team may hold tryouts for the upcoming season prior to 48 hours after the USA Hockey National Championships end.

Tryout dates amended as follows for Tier I and Tier II for the 2014- 15 season are:

18U, 16U, 14U, 12U, 10U            Designated Tier I            April 8, 2014 after 5:00 PM

18U, 16U, 14U, 12U, 10U, 8U*     Designated Tier II           April 14, 2014 after 5:00 PM

Girls All Levels                            Designated Tier I & II     April 8, 2014 after 5:00 PM

All other non-tournament bound clubs/teams                    April 22, 2014 after 5:00 PM

All tryouts must be concluded for the above by                    October 15, 2014

*All 8U teams are to tryout no earlier than 5:00 PM April 14, 2014

107.  No team (s), organizations (s) or program (s) may hold tryouts, evaluations, training camps, skills sessions, or any other program that has players who were not registered with that team, organization or program the previous season, prior to 48 hours after the end of USA Hockey's National Championships without being in violation of this bylaw.

108.  Team (s), organization (s), or program (s) found in violation of these bylaws, may lose their privilege of being eligible to compete at Districts and toward a national championship for a period of up to three (3) years.  Coaches found in violation may be suspended up to five (5) years.


Tampering Policy for the 2013-14 Season

A committee was formed by Tom Koester, President of the Atlantic District, to look into our existing Rules and Regulations on tampering.  This committee, after receiving alot of input from members of our district, has determined that a change needed to be made. 

Attached is the policy that will remain in effect.  According to the Atlantic District rules, the President has the authority to make this a policy until a vote can be taken to make it a permanent bylaw.  This new policy will replace paragraph 107 of AAHA Rules and Regulations.

Coaching Seminars

We are still holding our USA Hockey Coaching Seminars.  As a reminder, all coaches, both head and assistants, must be accredited by December 31 in order to stay on the bench.  In addition to attending the seminar, you must also complete the required module online for the level you are coaching.  All seminar dates and module information is available at www.usahockey.com

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!