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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 Female Honors Award
  • Affiliate ADM Coordinator Position Available
  • USA Hockey American Development Model Association
  • USA Hockey New Leader Award
  • AAHA Annual Meeting and Elections
  • Tryout Dates for Upcoming 2014-15 Season
  • Tampering Policy For 2013-14 Season
  • Coaching Seminars
  • SAFESPORT Coordinators Mandated by USA Hockey

Home page updated 4/1/14

USA Hockey Female Honors Award Information

Attached you will find information on the criteria and selection process for the USA Hockey Female Honors Award.  This award is a yearly recognition for hockey organizations that are leaders in the growth, development and promotion of ice hockey for females.

Organizations will need to submit a one-page document listing their compliance per the criteria and an explantion of their leadership in girls'/women's ice hockey.  This document needs to be submitted to Tom Koester, President of the Affiliate, at tkoes3@aol.com by April 5 in order to be considered.  The winning organization will be announced at the USA Hockey Annual Congress and will receive recognition at our Atlantic Affiliate Annual meeting in June.

We look forward to receiving information on your organization showing your leadership in ice hockey for females

Affiliate ADM Coordinator Position Available

In order to most effectively assist in the education and promulgation of USA Hockey's Athlete Development Model (ADM), USA Hockey has required that we create a new volunteer position, the Affiliate ADM Coordinator.  The job description for this position can be obtained by clicking here!

Please submit your resume and application to Tom Koester, President of the Affiliate, by April 11 to be considered.  Tom's email address is tkoes3@aol.com. You must be able to effectively fulfill the duties and responsibilities of this position and have the energy, enthusiasm, communication skills and time to serve.

USA Hockey American Development Model Association

USA Hockey invites interested associations to apply for its Model Association program each Fall.  If your association can follow the development philosophies, training methods, and game only parameters set forth by the American Development Model and the guidelines outlined, then this is an exciting opportunity for interested associations to earn the Model Association designation from USA Hockey.

If your association is interested in becoming a Model Association, you're encourage to submit an application.  Application are usually required by May 1, 2014,for implementation in September, 2014.  Attached is the application process and agreement form that was used in 2013 to give you an idea of the program.  Please follow up on the USA Hockey website for the 2014 form as it is not available yet.  However, we wanted to give you a heads up that you should be looking into this program for your association.

2014 USA Hockey New Leader Award

The purpose of the USA Hockey New Leader Award is to recognize and motivate young energetic talent to work within the Atlantic Affiliate to grow and improve hockey.  This award will be presented annually to "up and coming" leaders within our district and for being a very positive person in performing Affiliate activities.

Attached please find the criteria for the award.  If you have anyone that you would like to nominate, please send a written explanation as to why the award should be given to this individual and send it to Tom Koester, President, at tkoes3@aol.com by April 8.

AAHA Annual Meeting and Elections

The Atlantic Affiliate will be holding our annual meeting on Saturday, June 21 at 9:00 AM at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Jamesburg, NJ.

Any bylaw changes/proposals are due in by May 1, 2014 to be placed onto the agenda for voting.  If you have any, please submit thru your league president and send to Tom Koester, AAHA President at tkoes3@aol.com

The Executive positions below are on the slate for re-election.  If anyone would like to be nominated for any of these positions, please submit to Tom Koester, by May 1 for consideration.

Position: Currently held by:
Executive VP Ray Ferry
VP of Rules & Regulations Bill Fox
VP of Tournaments Gary Williams
VP of Disabled Hockey Norm Jones
VP of Rinks Open
VP of High School Hockey John Graves
VP of Men's Adult Hockey Tom Brake
Secretary Linda Ryan
USA Hockey Director Pat Ferrill

 All interested candidates should send their resumes to Tom Koester, AAHA President at tkoes3@aol.com by May 1, 2014.


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