Jun 24, 2017

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Changes to Concussion Legislation in California
Jun 21, 2017  11:06 AM
CAHA is proud to have been a leader within USA Hockey by establishing statewide concussion protocol five years ago. Since that time, the Pacific District has adopted concussion protocol in all its affiliates, and USA Hockey recently added a concussion acknowledgement requirement to its online registration process for all members.

The State of California has also implemented concussion protocol that now expands from the original high school sports legislation to recreational youth sports organizations under Health and Safety Code 124235 (chapter 516). All CAHA member associations – and all CAHA members – need to be aware of these requirements for the upcoming season. Read More >>

CAHA Tier II Flight System Administration Guidelines for 2017-18 Season
Jun 19, 2017  7:32 PM
On June 17, 2017, the CAHA Board of Directors adopted the following CAHA Tier II Flight System Administration Guidelines

1) All Tier II teams will be required to participate in Preseason Evaluation Jamboree; failure to attend will result in disqualification from all Tier II participation.
2) In order to ‘Flight’ a division there must be a minimum of 12 teams (6 teams per flight minimum).
3) Flight 1 will have a maximum of 10 teams.
4) CAHA may schedule multiple rounds of games within the CAHA weekends to assure each team gets 12 – 18 games.
5) If after preseason jamboree evaluation the Evaluation Committee determines a particular division cannot be equitably split into two divisions that division will play as a whole without being split into two flights.
6) Evaluation Jamboree format will be 1‐hour mini game slots, with a 3 minute warmup, (2) 25 minute runtime periods, and a 1 minute intermission between periods.
7) Teams will play minimum of four (4) games (any team may be asked to play a 5th game at the jamboree at the request of the evaluation committee).
8) The two weeks following the Preseason Evaluation Jamboree, teams are subject to being required to play further evaluation “prove me” game(s) within their respective leagues (SCAHA/NORCAL) if requested by the Evaluation Committee.
9) CAHA will ensure no less than three (3) evaluators are assessing each age division (if possible, evaluators will not review multiple age divisions).
10) Tier II Playdowns will still be an 8 team playdown.
11) Flight 1/Flight 2 Playdown Scenarios: a. Flight 1 has 6 teams; #1 and #2 seed from Flight 2 advance to playdowns.
b. Flight 1 has 7 teams; #1 seed from Flight 2 advances to playdowns.
c. Flight 1 has 8 teams; #1 seed from Flight 2 has play‐in game against Flight 1 #8 seed, winner advances to playdowns.
d. Flight 1 has 9 teams; #1 seed from Flight 2 has play‐in game against Flight 1 #8 seed, winner advances to playdowns.
e. Flight 1 has 10 teams; #1 seed from Flight 2 has play‐in game against Flight 1 #8 seed, winner advances to playdowns.
12) When Flight 2 #1 seed has play‐in game against Flight 1 #8 seed, the Flight 1 team shall be the home team, with the Flight 2 team traveling to play said game.
13) In the event a Flight 2 #1 seed declines the opportunity for the play‐in game, the Flight 1 #8 seed will advance to playdowns.

2017 Jamboree Information:
- The 2017 CAHA Tier II Jamboree will be held at Sharks Ice San Jose September 1st – 4th.
- Games may start as early as 5pm on Friday and may end as late as 6pm on Monday.
- If needed, games may be scheduled at Sharks Ice – Fremont
- Teams are not required to stay at host hotels.
- The first two (2) games for each team shall be pre-determined; the following games will be scheduled based on the Evaluation Committee recommendations.
- The fee for the Jamboree is $900.00 per team , payable to CAHA, and is due by August 20th to:
Laura Cahn
349 Nancy Circle
Vacaville, CA 95687

2017-18 Rules Changes
Mar 3, 2017  2:21 PM
Please follow the link below to the "Guidebook" page of this website which will take you to a link of a summary of the notable rule changes as approved by the CAHA Board of Directors, and shall be in effect for the upcoming 2017/2018 season. The rules, in their entirety, will be released shortly. The summary does not reflect all the changes, only those necessary for immediate release. Questions can be sent to Youth Council Chairperson, Laura Cahn, via email at lauracahn@yahoo.com Read More >>

The Race to Nowhere in Youth Sports
May 17, 2017  6:14 PM
“My 4th grader tried to play basketball and soccer last year,” a mom recently told me as we sat around the dinner table after one of my speaking engagements. “It was a nightmare. My son kept getting yelled at by both coaches as we left one game early to race to a game in the other sport. He hated it.”

“I know,” said another. “My 10 year old daughter’s soccer coach told her she had to pick one sport, and start doing additional private training on the side, or he would give away her spot on the team.” Read More >>

Adult Hockey - Why Hockey is the Best Workout
May 17, 2017  1:32 PM
If you think you're in pretty good shape – or even if you know you're not – it's possible to step into, say, a touch football game or a casual softball game without completely embarrassing yourself or winding up on the couch for a week with myriad pulled muscles. But if you want an honest assessment of your current fitness level, try jumping into a hockey game. Why exactly is hockey the best workout? Read More >>

Coaching News - Get it, protect it, keep it: Denver's culture of puck pursuit and possession
May 13, 2017  9:27 PM
No college hockey team chased down and owned the puck quite like the University of Denver. Head coach Jim Montgomery reveals the Pioneers' strategy to cultivate this mindset and culture. Read More >>

10U - Developing the never-quit mentality
May 3, 2017  1:36 PM
There's a YouTube video of 12-year-old Aybatyr Myrzabae competing with teammates in a tug-of-war competition that has racked up an incredible number of worldwide views. Who wouldn't want this kid on their team? How can we as parents and coaches nurture our children to develop these intangibles? Read More >>

14U/16U - Optimize your offseason
May 1, 2017  11:32 AM
As players progress through the ranks, they face more and more pressure to be inside an ice arena more often. At 14U/16U, players are looking at summer showcases and other offseason events, trying to decide what's best for their futures. Union head coach Rick Bennett reminds players and parents what really interests college coaches – and it's not summer showcases. Read More >>

12U - What were Olympians doing at age 12?
Apr 27, 2017  4:16 PM
If the stereotypical image of an Olympic athlete is that of someone who has toiled for almost an entire lifetime, from a very young age, to hone his or her particular craft by training in one sport year-round, the athletes themselves would like to set the record straight. Chris Snyder of the USOC's Coaching Education Program helps shed more light on long-term development. Read More >>

8U - Developing speed at 8U and beyond
Apr 26, 2017  3:53 PM
The concept of a "window of trainability" might sound advanced, but at the end of the day, it comes down to common sense and science. Scott Paluch, an ADM regional manager since 2009, helps explain two of the most important windows of trainability: the two windows for maximizing speed training. Read More >>

2017 CAHA State Champions
May 17, 2017  6:04 PM
CONGRATULATIONS to the following 2017 CAHA State Champions:
Tier I:
Midget 18U - L.A. Jr. Kings
Midget 16U - Anaheim Jr. Ducks
Midget 15 - L.A. Jr. Kings
Bantam - S.D. Jr. Gulls
Bantam Minor - S.J. Jr. Sharks
PeeWee - Anaheim Jr. Ducks
PeeWee Minor - L.A. Jr. Kings

High School - Santa Margarita Eagles

Tier II:
Midget 18U - GSE Eagles
Midget 16U - Santa Clara Blackhawks
Bantam - Calif. Golden Bears
PeeWee - Calif. Wave(1)

Bantam A - Calif. Wave(3)
Bantam B - Lake Tahoe Grizzlies
PeeWee A - Lake Tahoe Grizzlies
PeeWee BB - S.F. Sabercats
PeeWee B - Tri-Valley Blue Devils
Squirt A - San Diego Jr. Gulls
Squirt BB - San Jose Jr. Sharks
Squirt B - L.A. Jr. Kings(2)

Playing it Safe - Player safety and the culture of playing through pain
Mar 4, 2017  4:53 PM
Staying in the game, playing through the pain. It's a trait valued in the top professional leagues, but if we're not careful as parents and coaches, it can send the wrong message to our younger players who are still learning the game. Read More >>

Message from the President regarding Tier I Selections
Jan 31, 2017  10:33 AM
Per the 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 for the 2017-18 season. Congratulations to the following:

11AAA (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

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

14U (Major) - Anaheim Jr. Ducks, Los Angeles Jr. Kings, San Diego Jr. Gulls, San Jose Jr. Sharks

15AAA - Anaheim Jr. Ducks, Los Angeles Jr. Kings, San Diego Jr. Gulls, San Jose Jr. Sharks

16U - Anaheim Jr. Ducks, Los Angeles Jr. Kings, San Diego Jr. Gulls, San Jose Jr. Sharks, Titans

18U - Anaheim Jr. Ducks, Los Angeles Jr. Kings, San Jose Jr. Sharks, Titans, Wildcats

Congratulations to the successful applicants!
Tom Hancock

An Open Letter from the Backseat
Feb 1, 2017  7:57 AM
Dear Mom and Dad I wanted to start this letter by saying I love you, and I know you mean well. I appreciate all the time and energy you put into taking me to my games and practices, and I know you sacrifice a lot to do it. I also appreciate when you try to help me get better by pointing out the things I do wrong because I know you know a lot about soccer. But we really need to talk about the ride home after games. Read More >>

Team Up - Speak Up to Fight Concussions
Sep 10, 2016  9:31 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 >>

New Screening Instructions
Apr 6, 2015  1:22 PM
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 >>

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