Sep 28, 2020

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Sept. 12, 2020 CAHA Tryout Calendar Update
Sep 12, 2020  5:09 PM

To: All CAHA Member Associations
Re: CAHA Permitted Tryout Dates Update


This letter shall serve as notice that pursuant to the CAHA Board of Directors Special Meeting held on September 12, 2020, the Directors voted in the following 2020-2021 CAHA tryout calendar updates;

Tier 1 contracts (bilaterally binding) shall be permitted effective 10/1/20. This will supersede the previously posted Tier 1 tryout dates, as well as the Tier 1 unilateral team formation/player rostering policy issued by CAHA on July 19, 2020. What this means is that players choosing to recommit to a Tier 1 team on/after 10/1/20 will be bound to that team subject to the terms/conditions of player contract they enter into, and CAHA/USAH rostering rules and guidelines.

Provided that Shelter in Place restrictions applicable to ice rinks/youth hockey are lifted statewide, Tier 2 Tryouts shall be permitted Not Earlier Than 11/20/20.

Provided that Shelter in Place restrictions applicable to ice rinks/youth hockey are lifted statewide, A/BB/B Tryouts shall be permitted Not Earlier Than 12/4/20.

High School
CAHA is currently reviewing the High School (HS) landscape and will be canvasing participating HS team representatives to ascertain what if any impact prior CIF decision regarding sports participation may have on participating teams in the ADHSL/LAKHSHL/SJHSHL leagues. If responses indicate there to be little or no impact, then CAHA will most likely also move HS tryout dates as follows; Provided that Shelter in Place restrictions applicable to ice rinks/youth hockey are lifted statewide, HS Tryouts shall be permitted Not Earlier Than 12/4/20* (*decision pending).


Thomas Hancock

CAHA Out of State Travel Policy and Permit
Aug 10, 2020  2:13 PM

This past Saturday, August 8, 2020, CAHA convened a Special Meeting to discuss potential out-of-state travel by member teams and the feasibility of the same. The end result was the Board's adoption of a COVID Out-of-State Travel Permit Policy whereby under very specific instances CAHA would approve rosters for team's seeking to participate in USA Hockey sanctioned events outside California wherever they may be permitted by the Event Host's State/County/Local COVID protocols and guidelines. Attached is the copy of the adopted policy and associated CAHA COVID Travel Permit Application.

I would like to make it abundantly clear, that the aforementioned COVID travel policy in no way means that local associations (Clubs) are required to issue team/tournament rosters as described in the attached policy, but may do so or NOT at their own discretion as the decision to roster a team (tournament or regular season) is ALWAYS a Club/Association decision.

I would also like to repeat as has been previously posted, that NO TEAM/CLUB may issue/require players to sign into a Club Financial Contract or LOI (internal or League LOI), until AFTER tryouts are permitted to be held, and any such agreements entered into prior to tryouts shall be unenforceable.

I would also like to make it abundantly clear, that any team seeking to travel out-of-state prior to hockey being able to be played in California must get CAHA COVID Travel Permit Application approval PRIOR to incurring any costs related to the event they seek to travel to (entry fee, travel, etc.), and any team/family that does so, does so entirely at their own risk.

Lastly, any Out-of-State Travel Permit approved by CAHA shall be immediately rescinded should any of the following occur;

  1. The State of California updates State COVID restrictions to prohibit out of state travel;
  2. The Event Host's State/County/Local government updates COVID restrictions that would prohibit youth sports competition within their jurisdiction at the time the event is to be held.
Sincerely, Tom Hancock CAHA President

USA Hockey Pacific District Outstanding Administrator of the Year Award
Jun 23, 2020  8:04 AM
CONGRATULATIONS to CAHA 1st Vice President Rosemary Voulelikas who was presented on June 20 with the USA Hockey Pacific District "Andy Anderson Outstanding Administrator of the Year Award." Well deserved and all of us at CAHA congratulate Rose!!!

Coaching SafeSport Code Changes
Jun 13, 2020  12:18 PM
Please see the following link and see reference to a memo from the USA Hockey National Office Coaching Section regarding the 2020-2021 season regarding SafeSport Code changes. Read More >>

From "Offsides"
Jun 13, 2020  12:17 PM
Kid gets cut from team - blame coach
Kid gets fired from job - blame boss
Kid does bad in school - blame teacher
Kid gets cheated out of win - blame ref

Misguided blame creates an environment of entitlement not appropriately aligned with the true spirit of winning in life.

Changes in Screening Process - April, 2020
Apr 18, 2020  7:01 PM
NOTICE: The CAHA screening process is being updated. Please see the Screening Page link on this website. For any questions please email Jaime Campbell, Screening Administrator, at: Read More >>

Notification Regarding Pro-Masque Goalkeeper Masks
Mar 3, 2020  4:55 PM
Please clink the following link and read about the non-certified Pro Masque goalie face-Masks that may be in use. If any player has one of these, they can not use it in any USAH sanctioned activity and must cease immediate use of it. Read More >>

Tier I Team Selections for 2020-21 Season
Aug 13, 2020  4:29 PM
On January 25 the CAHA Board of Directors approved the applications for the following Tier I Divisions/teams for the 2020-2021 Playing Season:

11U - Anaheim Jr. Ducks, LA Jr. Kings, San Jose Jr. Sharks
12U - Anaheim Jr. Ducks, LA Jr. Kings, San Jose Jr. Sharks
13O - Anaheim Jr. Ducks, LA Jr. Kings, San Jose Jr. Sharks
14U - Anaheim Jr. Ducks, Anaheim Jr. Ice Dogs, LA Jr. Kings, San Diego Jr. Gulls (dropped 8-13-20), San Jose Jr. Sharks
15O - Anaheim Jr. Ducks, LA Jr. Kings, San Diego Saints, San Jose Jr. Sharks
16U - Anaheim Jr. Ducks, LA Jr. Kings, Jr. Reign Hockey Club, San Jose Jr. Sharks
18U - Anaheim Jr. Ducks, LA Jr. Kings, Jr. Reign Hockey Club, San Jose Jr. Sharks

12U - Anaheim Lady Ducks, San Jose Jr. Sharks Girls
14U - Anaheim Lady Ducks, San Jose Jr. Sharks Girls
16U - Anaheim Lady Ducks, San Jose Jr. Sharks Girls
19U - Anaheim Lady Ducks, San Jose Jr. Sharks Girls* (Sharks subject to approval by USA Hockey)

Congratulations to the accepted applicants!

Sep 29, 2019  1:39 PM
Misuse of electronic communication (including social media) is one of the primary offenses in society today, especially among youth. Today’s youth have grown up with technology as one of their primary means of communication; while it is instant and effective, it also desensitizes them to responsible and appropriate communication. Electronic communication empowers and emboldens people to say things they would never say directly to someone, often resulting in language that is insensitive, hurtful, discriminatory and disrespectful. Over time this pattern can escalate into language that is harassing, bullying, threatening or abusive in nature.

CAHA has zero tolerance for violations of the USA Hockey SafeSport policy on Electronic Communications (See "USA Hockey SafeSport Program Handbook" on CAHA Policies Page). Any known or proven violations of this policy could result in disciplinary action, including suspension or termination of the privilege to play hockey within the California affiliate of USA Hockey.

For questions or more information regarding SafeSport refer to the CAHA SafeSport Webpage (CAHA Safesport). Read More >>

Changing the Culture of Body Checking - Declaration of Player Safety, Fair Play & Respect
Sep 13, 2019  10:07 AM
Please see the following video regarding USA Hockey's "Declaration of Player Safety, Fair Play & Respect" Read More >>

An Open Letter to the Out of Control Sports Parent Sitting Next to Me in the Stands
Aug 11, 2019  10:40 AM
Dear Out of Control Sports Parent, You. Yeah, you. The one shouting “Get the rebound!!!” to your kid. The one with the heart palpitating so loudly that you cannot contain yourself. The one yelling and complaining about the coach. The one hollering at the 13-year-old referee. The one angry at my kid for making a mistake. The one hollering at the kids who made a mistake running the scoreboard in a recreational tournament in a meaningless pool play game. Read More >>

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 >>

For All the Parents
Oct 1, 2017  1:07 PM
Your child's success or lack of success in sports does not indicate what kind of parent you are. But, having an athlete that is coachable, respectful, a great teammate, mentally tough, resilient and tries their best IS a direct reflection of your parenting.

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