Aug 02, 2015

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Tier I, Tier II, High School Div. I and Girls Tier Team Manager's Meetings
Jul 22, 2015  9:16 AM
CAHA will be holding MANDATORY team managers meetings on Saturday Aug. 22, 2015 in SoCal, and on Sunday Aug. 23, 2015 in NorCal for all Team Managers. Attendance at at least one of these meetings is mandatory for either the team manager, head coach, or an assistant coach. Team managers preferred as the majority of the presentation will be geared toward, and for the benefit of, the team manager. The meetings are scheduled as follows:

• SoCal - All teams: August 22, 2015 9am-12pm then lunch till 1pm @ BackBay Conference Center, 3415 Michelson Dr., Irvine, CA 92612
• Norcal - All teams: August 23, 2015 9am-12pm then lunch till 1pm @ Doubletree by Hilton, Berkeley Marina, 200 Marina Blvd Berkeley, CA 94710

Questions may be directed to:
Laura Cahn, CAHA Youth Council Chairperson

We look forward to meeting all our 2015-16 Season Team Managers!

SafeSport Meetings
Jul 21, 2015  10:33 AM
CAHA will be conducting a MANDATORY SafeSport conference in your area. Attendance is mandatory for SafeSport liaisons of all clubs, teams, programs and facilities. Leadership/management of all facilities, organizations, clubs and team are welcome and encouraged to attend, specifically team managers, coaches and rink owners and operators.

This conference will specifically cover updates to the SafeSport handbook, and investigation of SafeSport complaints. This active work session is designed to provide a dialogue concerning issues related to locker rooms, travel, and on-ice and off-ice situations which fall under SafeSport governance, as well as an overview again of everyone’s role in SafeSport. The conferences are scheduled as follows:

• SoCal - A/B Teams, Girls 8U and 10U, rink and SCAHA Associations, Club SafeSport Coordinators will be held August 1, 2015 from 1-4pm @ the Holiday Inn Ontario Airport, 2155 E. Convention Center Way , Ontario, CA 91764;
• SoCal - Tier I, Tier II, High School Div. I and Girls Tier will be held August 22, 2015 1-5pm @ BackBay Conference Center, 3415 Michelson Dr., Irvine, CA 92612
• NorCal - All teams, organizations and facilities: August 23, 2015 1-5pm @ Doubletree by Hilton, Berkeley Marina, 200 Marina Blvd Berkeley, CA 94710

This is a MANDATORY program. Every organization/facility/club must at the very least send one person who is primarily responsible for compliance with the SafeSport program.

Questions may be directed to:
Lance Burrow, CAHA Safesport Coordinator

We look forward to seeing you all there! Thank you for your participation!

Parent and Coach Tips of the Week
Jul 28, 2015  8:22 AM
Parent Tip of the Week - To excel, your children must love the game enough to work at it. Pressuring them to excel can sap that love. You can nurture this love of playing by noticing and recognizing them for specific things they're doing well.

Coach Tip of the Week - While your players are competing, try to limit your instruction. It can be distracting. Instead, use trigger words, one or two-word phrases, to remind them of previous instruction.

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Fundamentals - Excellence Comes From The Bench
Jul 15, 2015  8:29 AM
During the NBA Finals, many of us heard about Dell Curry, the father of Warriors starting point guard Stephen Curry. In addition to being the reigning NBA MVP's dad, Dell Curry was himself an NBA star, playing 17 seasons and retiring from the Charlotte Hornets as the all-time leader in points and three-point field goals. Many consider Dell to be one of the best pure shooters the NBA has ever seen. Read More >>

Coaching News - Using Video as a Coaching Tool
Jun 24, 2015  11:06 AM
Video has its time, place and appropriate application for hockey coaches. Learn how U.S. NTDP head coach Don Granato and Olympian turned coach Natalie Darwitz use video to capitalize on teachable moments with young players without overdoing it. Read More >>

Play Positive Fundamentals - Respecting Officials
Jun 18, 2015  9:59 AM
As Draymond Green of the NBA's Golden State Warriors yelled "And One!" and his layup scored, his teammate, Shaun Livingston, patted his head, mimicking the foul he felt was committed against Green. Livingston was immediately assessed a technical foul: arguing calls. MLB Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price approached the umpire to present the lineup card for the night and found himself ejected before the first pitch had even been called: Price was arguing balls and strikes from the game the night before. Whether it's players or coaches, professional leagues have instituted rules to set boundaries around behavior directed at umpires, officials and referees. Read More >>

2 and 2 Challenge Registration
Jun 10, 2015  8:23 AM
Welcome to the 2 and 2 Challenge Registration for the 2015-16 season! The 2 and 2 Challenge is a call-to-action for local associations. It is a blueprint that guides youth hockey leadership through national programs and tools to realize their goal of acquiring 2 new players and retaining 2 additional players than the previous season's total. Read More >>

2015 USA Hockey Annual Congress Meeting Awards
Jun 10, 2015  8:33 AM
USA Hockey held its Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs, home of USA Hockey. Full days of meetings were conducted which included sessions on growing the game, safety (both on and off the ice), officiating, registrations and other topics that help volunteers run the grass roots programs. USA Hockey introduced the Club Excellence Program. This is a program designed to assist local clubs in the operations of their clubs. Everything from how to write by-laws to job descriptions for board members and task lists on how to run club programs. This will be a very beneficial program for all USA Hockey and CAHA Clubs.

USA Hockey hosted a banquet, “Memories & Milestones” that included celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the Miracle On Ice. Many of the members of the 1980 Olympic Hockey team were on hand to truly make the evening memorable. However, the main reason for the celebration was the retirement of USA Hockey’s President for the last 12 years, Ron DeGregorio. Mr. DeGregorio “Digger” has helped transform USA Hockey into a leader of national governing bodies not only here in the United States, but within the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC). He accomplished all that while still focusing on the grass roots volunteers and programs to assist us in the day in and day out duties of a club volunteer.

Also, 5-year volunteer service award was given to Wendy Goldstein and Vada Burrow. President’s Award was given to Donna Kaufman (Pacific District) and Steve Laing (California). There’s a lot to like about California and Pacific District.

With the retirement of Ron DeGregorio, a new USA Hockey president was voted into office. Jim Smith, of Mount Prospect Illinois is the new USA Hockey President. Read More >>

9th Annual Hockey Weekend Across America
Jun 10, 2015  8:18 AM
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey has announced the ninth annual Hockey Weekend Across America will be held February 19-21, 2016. "Hockey Weekend Across America is an opportunity to shine a light on our sport and has become a signature event the entire hockey community looks forward to each year," said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. "It's great to celebrate the game and those involved at all levels, and also give new families an opportunity to try our great game." Hockey Weekend Across America will include a theme for each of the three days, including Wear Your Favorite Hockey Jersey Day on Friday (Feb. 19); Try Hockey Day on Saturday (Feb. 20); and Celebrate Local Hockey Heroes Day on Sunday (Feb. 21).

Hockey Weekend Across America was created by USA Hockey in 2008 to engage the hockey community in celebrating the sport of hockey at all levels and exposing the sport to new audiences. For more information on Hockey Weekend Across America, click here.

NOTES: Promotional materials for use by all will be available free-of-charge at The eighth annual Hockey Weekend Across America, which took place February 20-22, 2015, included 10,200 children from across the nation trying hockey for the first time; hundreds of thousands of fans wearing their favorite hockey jersey; and hockey heroes in communities across the United States being honored.

Former LD Pankowski caps remarkable season with gold medal at Women’s World Championships
May 30, 2015  10:39 AM
Former Lady Ducks forward Annie Pankowski helped the U.S. Women’s National Team win their fifth International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championship in six years with a 7-5 victory over Canada at Malmo, Sweden. Pankowski got Team USA on the scoreboard just three minutes into the title game. She played all five games at the tournament. She has competed for several national teams in the past and nearly made the National Team for Sochi Olympics in 2014. The gold medal at the World Championships capped a phenomenal season for Pankowski, who began playing for the Lady Ducks at 8U. Read More >>

Bobby Freeland Growth & Development Grant Program
May 16, 2015  9:29 AM
Robert Freeland, better known as Coach Bobby to all who knew him, left a profound positive image in everything that he touched. He was the ultimate player, coach, friend, father and husband. He passed away peacefully in June 2006. This program, The Robert Freeland Growth & Development Grant, epitomizes what Bobby stood for. He was always looking for ways to “grow the game” in any way he could. This program will keep that spirit alive. Use this grant wisely and his legacy will be carried on forever. Read More >>

New Screening Instructions
Apr 6, 2015  10:22 AM
Effective immediately, CAHA has updated the official screening policy, as well as implemented new instructions for completing the online screening process. Please see the "Screening Program" link to this website for more information and the link to complete the screening process. Read More >>

Play Positive Fundamentals - Six Steps To Keeping Your Cool
Jul 15, 2015  8:28 AM
Maintaining self-control in the face of challenges, adversity and disappointment is one of the great life lessons that sports can uniquely teach our kids. And while we'd all like to hope that our kids just 'know what to do' when the moment presents itself, a little coaching and some clever tips can go a long way toward giving your kids the tools they need to keep their cool in sports and in life. Read More >>

USA Hockey Level 4 Coach Clinic in August 2015
May 4, 2015  1:30 PM
Level 4 Coaching Clinic, August 21-23, 2015, San Jose
Cost is $350
Rooms at the Holiday Inn Express SJ Airport are $109/night, book by Aug 1

Questions? Contact Nancy Hodge, CEP Admin at, (909)702-8481 or Larry Bruyere, Pacific District Coach-in-Chief at

12U - 5 Ways to Prepare for Body Contact and Checking
Apr 30, 2015  9:16 AM
With legal body-checking approaching at 14U (for boys) and increasingly physical play beginning for girls, here are five ways 12U players should prepare. Read More >>

14U/16U - Navigating Nutrition
Mar 24, 2015  7:39 AM
Dave Ellis, a longtime sports dietician who helped USA Hockey develop nutrition guidelines for youth players, parents and coaches, says there are preventative measures that can help growing 14U/16U players thrive during what can be a difficult time of the season. Read More >>

8U - Stuff Thats NOT Hockey
Mar 13, 2015  11:04 AM
Here are some fun on-ice games as an alternative to traditional hockey drills. It's a way to not only keep 8U players engaged, but also help them develop motor skills, coordination and athleticism. Read More >>

NHL Analytics of Tracking 8U Hockey Players
Jan 31, 2015  11:39 AM
Watch the following clip to see real statistics prepared by the NHL on the 8U Model from the ADM. Read More >>

Adult Hockey - How to Handle the Goons
Nov 17, 2014  1:43 PM
The question was posed innocently enough to a longtime adult league director: "Are there goons in your league?" The good news is that the vast majority of leagues feel they have the problem of goonish players under control, and many league directors agree things have improved with increased discipline both at individual league and USA Hockey-wide levels. Here are some ways to monitor behavior and keep your league fun, safe and goon-free. Read More >>

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