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2021 Adult Hockey League Registrations Now Open

By January 18, 2021No Comments

Registrations for the 2021 Adult Hockey League (AHL) are now open.

We are pleased to announce that registrations for our 2021 playing leagues are now open! Read below to find out about changes to the 2021 season and new registration process.

New Registration Programme:
AIHA has made the decision to move to a new provider for its registration system. We will now be using esportsdesk for all league registrations, scheduling and game results data. Many of you will already be familiar with this system as we have used it for scheduling and game results for many years, and we’ve now made the decision to use their registration add-on to bring everything under one roof.

Click here to register online now.

Click here to view a guide on how to register.

Click here to view FAQs about the new registration system and the 2021 season.

Who Can Play?

Any player that turns 18 in the calendar year of the season may play in the AHL. However, special dispensation to play up or down a league may apply to those born late in the year – please contact us via email at info@aiha.org.nz to request more information about this.

Playing Fees:

Due to the cost of ice time increasing and other operational expenses, playing fees have increased slightly for the 2021 season. The playing fees have been split across 6 instalments, which makes it fairer for those who only play part of the season (eg: injury) and helps spread out the payments.

With the new registration system, all payments will be processed via credit/debit card, and should you choose an instalment plan, the amount shown below will automatically come off your credit/debit card on the specified due date. You will be emailed a few days prior to the instalment date to remind you that this will occur.

2021 Playing fees can be paid in bulk or instalments, with options as below:

Early Bird Discount:
Register & Pay In Full
Before 14th February 2021

AIHA Registration Fee$95.00
NZIHF Registration Fee$50.00
AHL Playing Fees Paid in Bulk
$450.00
Total$595.00

Early Bird Discount:
Register & Choose Instalment Plan
Before 14th February 2021

AIHA Registration Fee: Due at time of registration.$95.00
NZIHF Registration Fee: Due at time of registration.$50.00
Instalment 1: Due at time of registration$79.50
Instalment 2: Due on 30th April 2021$79.50
Instalment 3: Due on 14th June 2021
$79.50
Instalment 4: Due on 31st July 2021
$79.50
Instalment 5: Due on 31st August 2021$79.50
Instalment 6: Due on 30th September 2021

$79.50
Total:$622.00

Regular Price:
Register & Choose Instalment Plan
After 14th February 2021

AIHA Registration Fee: Due at time of registration.$135.00
NZIHF Registration Fee: Due at time of registration.$50.00
Instalment 1: Due at time of registration$79.50
Instalment 2: Due on 30th April 2021$79.50
Instalment 3: Due on 14th June 2021
$79.50
Instalment 4: Due on 31st July 2021
$79.50
Instalment 5: Due on 31st August 2021$79.50
Instalment 6: Due on 30th September 2021

$79.50
Total:$662.00

Season Information:

The 2021 AHL season will run from late March – October and will feature a 20 game regular season + playoffs. The timeslots for games are listed below:

Saturdays at Avondale: 4:15pm – 5:15pm, 5:30pm – 6:30pm and 6:45pm – 7:45pm
Saturdays at Botany: 4:45pm – 5:45pm, 6:00pm – 7:00pm and 7:15pm – 8:15pm

Sundays at Botany: 4:45pm – 5:45pm, 6:00pm – 7:00pm and 7:15pm – 8:15pm
Sundays at Avondale: 4:15pm – 5:15pm, 5:30pm – 6:30pm and 6:45pm – 7:45pm (NB: This timeslot will rarely be used)

Mondays at Avondale: 7:00pm – 8:00pm, 8:15pm – 9:15pm and 9:30pm – 10:30pm
Mondays at Botany: 6:45pm – 7:45pm, 8:00pm – 9:00pm and 9:15pm – 10:15pm

Once the Bantam & Junior League season begins, AHL games will be played in the last slot on Monday nights only.

The full schedule will be available on our scheduling website prior to the season starting – click here

Officiating:

The Adult Hockey League needs referees! Without referees we cannot run games and we have been running pretty thin on the bench over recent seasons. So, if you would like to try on the stripes and engage with the game in a different way, join the “third team!” We will train you and get you up to speed in no time! Contact referee@aiha.org.nz for more information.

Questions / More Information:

If you have any questions or require more information, please email info@aiha.org.nz and we’ll get back to you.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs:)

Why have you changed registration system?

We have been using the esportsdesk platform for over 5 years for our scheduling and game results needs, and have now decided to use their registration and payment add-on, to bring everything under one roof.

Why am I paying $50.00 to the New Zealand Ice Hockey Federation (NZIHF) during registration?

All regional/club ice hockey registrations in New Zealand have a component which is paid to the New Zealand Ice Hockey Federation (NZIHF), as the governing body for ice hockey in NZ. If you have previously played ice hockey at AIHA or any other NZ club, you have already been paying this amount, however it has likely been bundled in to one “registration” fee shown on previous registration programmes. With the move to our new registration programme, this amount is now shown as a separate line item and is paid directly to the NZIHF.

As an example, in 2020 the AHL early bird registration fee was $139.00 – $50.00 of this was the NZIHF fee, and $89.00 of this was the AIHA fee. AIHA charges a registration fee to help cover league administration costs such as goals, pucks, referees, linesman, score bench and other operational expenses. In 2021, the two are now shown as separate line items of $50 (NZIHF registration fee) and $95 (AIHA registration fee)

So in short: You have already been paying this amount, you’re now just seeing it as a separate line item as part of your registration.

But who is the NZIHF and what do they do for me? Why do I have to pay this amount?

The NZIHF is the governing body for ice hockey activity in New Zealand. The registration fee you pay contributes to the running of the NZIHF. The NZIHF helps fund ice hockey at all levels throughout New Zealand, including helping fund regional clubs, donation of gear/equipment, funding and support of national (NZIHL and representative teams) and international representative teams. This registration fee helps to grow and develop the sport of ice hockey in New Zealand.

For adult league players, you directly benefit from the NZIHF. An example of this in 2020 was the NZIHF’s financial support to AIHA so that we could complete our full 20-game season. Future adult development is planned for 2021 and beyond, including potential national adult non-check tournaments and player development.

How will fees be paid?

Fees will be paid by the player to AIHA in the same format as 2020, split across instalments. With the new registration system, all payments will be processed via credit/debit card, and should you choose an instalment plan, the amount shown below will automatically come off your credit/debit card on the specified due date. You will be emailed a few days prior to the instalment date to remind you that this will occur.

I don't have a credit or debit card - how can I register and pay for my fees?

Our registration data has shown only a very small amount of people choose to pay via bank transfer. We strongly encourage all members to pay their fees via credit/debit card as it automates your fee payments, meaning after you register, you don’t have to log in to your account constantly to manually pay fees.

If you do not have a credit/debit card and wish to pay via bank transfer, please email info@aiha.org.nz and we will make suitable arrangements for you.

Who can take part in the 2021 AHL season?

Any male or female player aged 18 and over.

When will the 2021 AHL season run?

We aim to schedule the season with similar start and end dates to what you are used to. Season start in approximately mid-late March and finals in October/early November.

Who can be a team manager?

Any player can be a team manager, though this will depend on vacancies with existing team managers and/or whether an existing manager chooses to continue their role next season.

How can new people join the AHL?

New players are welcome to join the AHL and will be evaluated by the player grading sub-committee at a scrimmage or training session, to determine the most appropriate division for them. They will then be placed in a team depending on team and numbers requirements.

How will I know if I need to be moved divisions?

Any players that fall under the category of needing to move divisions (eg: due to skill level not suitable for current division) will be contacted directly by the General Manager or Head Coach to discuss the reasons why the player needs to be moved and available options. Rest assured that this will affect only a small minority of players, and AIHA will make suitable arrangements to ensure this is performed fairly and taking in to account the player’s interests.