Sep 29, 2016

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8U - Beautiful 8U chaos builds brighter futures
Sep 29, 2016  4:49 AM
In the vast ocean of youth hockey, the best way for some of the youngest fish to learn is not by swimming in a single-file, straight line, but by spreading their fins and doing a little of everything. And it's not opinion. It’s science. "Chaos can be fun," said Dave Starman, masters-level instructor for USA Hockey’s Coaching Education Program and college hockey scout for the Montreal Canadiens. Read More >>

10U - Effective Goal-Setting for Young Athletes
Sep 23, 2016  1:10 PM
Don't hesitate to let your kids dream. However, at the same time, it's imperative that parents and coaches alike help young players set realistic, tangible goals they can aim for, because those are the goals that will help them improve their skills and enjoy the game at the same time. Read More >>

14U/16U - When Other Parents - Not Coaches - Are the Problem
Sep 21, 2016  1:03 PM
When it comes to kids getting burned out on hockey, Dionne Koller has a different twist on an all-too-familiar story. Her 14-year-old son recently skated away from the sport, declaring, "I'm not having fun anymore" and that hockey had become a "job." The problem, though, wasn't coaches. It wasn't other players. And it wasn't his own parents. Read More >>

Adult Hockey - Ringers, Benders and the Right Level of Play
Sep 27, 2016  5:27 PM
Playing at the right adult hockey skill level sounds relatively easy, but it can be difficult for a variety of reasons. Some of them are self-induced, some of them are league-inflicted and some of them are just human nature. Read More >>

Playing it Safe - Prioritizing safety and protecting players
Sep 18, 2016  8:50 AM
Dr. Michael J. Stuart is a professor of orthopedic surgery and chairperson of the Division of Sports Medicine at Mayo Clinic. He's also a hockey dad and USA Hockey's chief medical and safety officer. He recently shared his thoughts on safety in youth hockey and what USA Hockey is doing to protect its players. Read More >>

Team Up - Speak Up to Fight Concussions
Sep 10, 2016  6:31 AM
CAHA is pleased to announce we have joined the TEAM UP SPEAK UP movement to fight concussions as a state affiliate! Click the following link for more information. Read More >>

USA Hockey Volunteer of the Month - Nancy Hodge
Sep 6, 2016  1:58 PM
CONGRATULATIONS to CAHA's own Nancy Hodge, recognized as USA Hockey and Liberty National Insurance "Volunteer of the Month!" See the article in the September issue of USA Hockey magazine, page 13 (the following link will take you to the issue). Read More >>

Coaching News - Off-Ice: The New Pre- and Post-Performance Imperative
Sep 9, 2016  2:08 PM
For many coaches and parents, the idea of developing young hockey players begins and ends with on-ice practice, but that mindset limits athletes' potential. Read More >>

12U - Overcoming Adversity with Cup Champion Bryan Rust
Sep 2, 2016  6:23 AM
Bryan Rust was one of the Penguins’ surprise heroes during the 2016 postseason, and he was the subject of many interviews for national broadcasts and worldwide publications. Those experiences are nerve-wracking for most people, but even more so for Rust, considering he has a speech impediment to overcome. Read More >>

The Passing of Eddie Samuels
Aug 25, 2016  6:04 AM
CAHA is sad to announce the passing former SoCal hockey player Eddie Samuels. Eddie was 30. He played for many teams in California and Nevada and junior hockey. He also was a roller hockey player. Here is his obituary: Read More >>

CAHA Member Registration and Renewal
Aug 18, 2016  5:33 PM
CAHA Member Registration and Renewal for all new and returning organizations is now active. Please complete your membership immediately to avoid potential issues with eligibility. The instructions and application are now available on the "Member Services" tab.

Message Regarding Tier II CAHA Weekends
Jun 14, 2016  1:28 PM
CAHA Tier II weekends will consist of north vs south games only. A north team can expect to attend 4-5 weekends, a south team can expect to attend 1-2. For further clarification feel free to contact Laura Cahn at

New Tier I and Tier II Requirements for 2016/17
Apr 4, 2016  1:52 PM
On January 23, 2016, the CAHA Board of Directors approved changes for participation in Tier 1 commencing with the next season, 2016/17, as well as a change to the minimum PDR requirement for Tier 2. Details of the changes can be found on the "Policies" link to this website under the sub-link titled "Application for Tier I Inclusion." Please note the requirements and deadlines which are to be adhered to, and that application for Tier 1 for next season must be submitted to Youth Council by the specified deadline of February 15, 2016. In addition, the Board also added a provision that there will be up to a maximum of five (5) teams per age division.

With regard to the new Tier I and Tier II PDR (Player Development Requirement) for the upcoming 2016-17 Season, please note the following:

1. For the 2016-17 season only, a player's PDR will count at either their 2014-15 club or their 2015-16 club.

2. The 25% PDR requirement for Tier I is new to Tier I and applies to the 2016-17 Season, then increases to 50% in the 2017-18 season forward.

3. The PDR for Tier II is now increased starting the upcoming 2016-17 Season to 50% and going forward.

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 >>

USA Hockey Rule 411 - Progressive Suspensions for the 2014-15 Playing Season
Mar 24, 2016  3:52 PM
USA Hockey is committed to providing a safe and fair environment for all participants. While the vast majority of players participate within the rules and respect the game and their opponents, USA Hockey recognizes the need to hold those players and coaches deemed to be repeat offenders accountable for their actions. Beginning with the 2014-15 playing season, the Progressive Suspensions rule will take affect nationally. Read More >>

Message from the President regarding Tier I Selections
Sep 9, 2016  8:06 PM
Per our new Tier 1 Policy set forth by the CAHA Board of Directors on January 23, 2016, I would like to report the following Associations will be recognized as Tier 1 Programs through our affiliate, and USA Hockey. Congratulations to the following:

11U (Minor) Anaheim Jr. Ducks, Los Angeles Jr. Kings, San Jose Jr. Sharks

12U (Major) Anaheim Jr. Ducks, Los Angeles Jr. Kings, San Diego Jr. Gulls, San Jose Jr. Sharks

13U (Minor) Anaheim Jr. Ducks, Los Angeles Jr. Kings, San Diego Jr. Gulls, San Jose Jr. Sharks

14U (Major) Anaheim Jr. Ducks, California Wave, Los Angeles Jr. Kings, San Diego Jr. Gulls, San Jose Jr. Sharks (Note - on May 31 the Wave opted to NOT field a team in this division, and on June 12 the Jr. Sharks did same)

15U (Minor) Anaheim Jr. Ducks, Golden State Eagles, Los Angeles Jr. Kings, San Diego Jr. Gulls, San Jose Jr. Sharks (Note - on June 12 the Jr. Sharks opted to NOT field a team in this division)

16U (Major) Anaheim Jr. Ducks, Los Angeles Jr. Kings, San Jose Jr. Sharks, Titans, Wildcats Hockey

18U Anaheim Jr. Ducks, California Wave, Los Angeles Jr. Kings, San Jose Jr. Sharks, Titans

Congratulations to the successful applicants! I appreciate the time and effort members put into this process as we reviewed 34 different applications varying at every age level. This is a positive direction for California Hockey and we look forward to a successful season in 2016-2017.
Steve Laing

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