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Update on Playing Fees for 2020 Season

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Adult Hockey League, Bantam League & Junior League:

Dear Members,

Since our announcement last week about the postponement of the beginning of the 2020 AIHA playing league season, we have received a number of enquiries regarding payments and instalment fees, and have compiled the below information to answer some of your questions.

During this time, we will continue to take direction from the NZ Government, Ministry of Health and NZ Sport. It is our intention to fully review the situation again in June to evaluate the resumption of the 2020 season and as such we do not expect any of our members to make any additional payments toward their 2020 playing fees during this time. Therefore, you are not required to pay any overdue or upcoming fees at present and you will not receive any overdue fee notices from us for these.

If you have already paid your fees either in part, or in full, do not worry! We have a complete record of everyone’s fees status and are currently working through things to see what options are available in regards to this.

We hope to have these options together shortly and will communicate them with you when we do.

Finally, AIHA’s Head Coach Justin Daigle, and General Manager A.J. Spiller are putting together ideas on how we can remain in contact and stay active together over the coming weeks. Keep an eye out for further announcements and communication on this in the very near future.

Thank you for your patience and understanding, we hope to have more information available soon.

Until then, be safe, and take care of everyone around you.

 

Super League & Learn to Play Programme:

Dear Members,

Since our announcement last week about the postponement of the beginning of the 2020 AIHA playing league season, and the suspension of our Learn to Play Programme, we wanted to provide you with an update in regard to Learn to Play cards and hired gear.

First, we want to reassure you that all Learn to Play cards will not expire over this time, they will be usable when we are back up and running.

Second, we ask that you take care of any gear that you may have borrowed from AIHA until we are able to resume our normal Learn to Play programme. Please keep the gear dry and in a safe place. There will be no further charges for hired gear until we start back up with Learn to Play.

Finally, AIHA’s Head Coach Justin Daigle, and General Manager A.J. Spiller are putting together ideas on how we can remain in contact and stay active together over the coming weeks. Keep an eye out for further announcements and communication on this in the very near future.

Until then, be safe, and take care of everyone around you.

AIHA Information & Announcement Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Updated 27th March 2020: Read update to 2020 playing fees: https://www.aiha.org.nz/update-on-playing-fees-for-2020-season

 

20th March 2020 AIHA Information Update Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Dear Members,

With the recent developments surrounding COVID-19 and following the advice and directives from the New Zealand Government, Ministry of Health, Sport New Zealand and the New Zealand Ice Hockey Federation, AIHA has made the difficult decision to postpone the beginning of the 2020 season of ice hockey.

This decision means the start of the following scheduled ice hockey activities have been postponed:

  • Adult Hockey League
  • Junior League
  • Bantam League
  • Super League (Under 9 and Under 12)
  • Learn to Play Ice Hockey Programme
  • Pre-season trainings for Bantam & Junior League (on ice and off ice)

This is not a cancellation of the 2020 ice hockey season, but rather a delay to the start of it, for the above activities.

Our intention is to resume the above activity in June 2020, and the AIHA Board of Directors will meet in the lead up to this time to discuss the feasibility of this, based on what is happening at the time.

Given the 2020 NZIHL season has been suspended, a number of new ice time slots have been made available, which should allow AIHA to deliver the same level of ice hockey our players were expecting in 2020, with a similar season end date to the original season for each league. We will release more information on this as soon as possible and will continue to communicate updates to our members as we can.

Additionally, the school holiday programmes for our Under 9, Under 12, Bantam & Junior Leagues have been cancelled. 

These decisions were voted on by the AIHA Board of Directors on Friday evening, after earlier consultation that day and night with Sport NZ, and following the latest directives from the Ministry of Health and New Zealand Government. The AIHA Board of Directors agree that the health and safety of its players, volunteers, families and wider community is paramount in a situation such as this, and that following the advice and directives provided by the Ministry of Health and Sport NZ, this is the correct decision given the circumstances.

This decision has been made with heavy hearts and will have a negative impact on many of our members, along with the impact to both Paradice Ice Skating Rinks and Centre Ice. We ask that you continue to support these businesses in any matter that you can during this time.

The fact that no ice hockey will be played for the foreseeable future has saddened us. The ice hockey rink is a gathering place for friends and family to enjoy each other’s company, along with the greatest sport on earth.

We ask for your understanding and patience during this unprecedented time and assure you that AIHA is doing everything it can to bring ice hockey back to its members as soon as possible.

Through this period, we advise all our members to visit the below websites regularly, and to follow their guidance on reducing exposure risk:

Kind Regards,
Auckland Ice Hockey Association

Resources:

For COVID-19 health advice and information, contact the Healthline team (for free) on:

0800 358 5453
or
 +64 9 358 5453 for international SIMS.

Or visit the Ministry of Health website: https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus

NZIHF Player Skill Development Regional Camps Registration 2020

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NZIHF Player Skill Development Regional Camps Registration 2020
 
The NZIHF coaching and management staff are pleased to announce five Regional Development Camps to be held throughout 2020 which will feature coaching from top-level instructors from New Zealand, Canada and the United States.
 
The NZIHF Regional Development Camps are designed for players both female and male, born between 2002 and 2010 with multiple levels of experience across all regional clubs.
 
Players will be divided into groups depending on skill level, in order to help each individual reach their full potential.
 
The camps are designed so that players will return home with the necessary tools and knowledge to further develop their skills over the course of the coming season and future hockey careers.
 
Learn more and register here:
[UPDATE 19/03/2020] – Registrations closed and camps postponed, see here for more information: https://nzicehockey.co.nz/news-and-events/news/article/1247

Term 1 School Holiday Programme Details

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We will be running a Term 1 School Holiday ice hockey programme for both under 12 year olds and Bantam/Junior League players. Read below to find out more information and how to register.

For our Under 12 players we will be holding a programme at both Avondale & Botany.

For our Bantam & Junior League players we will be holding a camp at Avondale only.

Haven’t been to one of our school holiday programmes before? Check out the action from our previous school holiday programmes here:


2020 Term 1 Under 12 Years Old Holiday Programme – Avondale & Botany:

Avondale: Tuesday 14th, Wednesday 15th, Thursday 16th April 2020
Botany: Thursday 23rd, Friday 24th April 2020

Day Format:

  • On Ice 7:45 – 8:45am: We will start the day with a fun ice session working on all of the players individual skills.
  • Off ice 9:15 – 10:00am: we will work on stretching and educating the players on cool down and importance of flexibility as well as work on stick handling and doing various off ice stick handling drills/games.
  • Park 10:15 – 11:30am: We will walk to the nearby park to do some outdoor activities. The kids are given 30-40 minutes of supervised free time.
  • Free Skate/Games 12:00 – 3:00pm: To end the day, we will do some free skating during the public session. We will also have some off-ice activities planned during this period to keep some variety for the kids.
  • **Botany Only** 12:00pm – 1:00pm: Mini golf and laser tag.

The program hours have been extended for 2020 and pickup time is now 3:00pm from both Avondale and Botany ice rink.

Cost:
Avondale – $50.00 Per Day – Payment due at rink on the day
Botany – $55.00 Per Day – This cost includes 1 hour of mini-golf and laser tag on each day – Payment due at rink on the day

Food and drink is not included, so players will have to supply this themselves.

Register Online Now: https://forms.gle/YxSiYuG9Ku1d2abH7

 


 

2020 Term 1 Bantam & Junior League Holiday Camp – Avondale:

Avondale: Monday 20th, Tuesday 21st, Wednesday 22nd April 2020

Day Format:

  • On ice 7:45 – 8:45am: day starts on the ice with a high level skills development session in stations format. Groups will be split based on skill.
  • Off Ice 9:15 – 10:00am: players will be split into 2 groups. 1 group will work on flexibility and cool down stretching as well as education on pre training/pregame physical preparation. Meanwhile, the other group will work on stick handling and agility.
  • Classroom/video 10:15 – 11:00am: Players will receive some education on nutrition, pre-game mental preparation and focus techniques and will go through a team builder challenge in small groups.
  • Bakery/Gym 11:15 – 1:00pm: A quick stop at the bakery before we walk to “The People’s Gym” where the players will be put through and educated on off ice sport specific circuit style training. We will highlight technique, educate on muscle groups and go over the importance of training sport specifically.
  • Power Skating/Games 1:00 – 3:00pm: The day will finish with the players either taking part in the public session with coach guided power skating drills or (if the public session isn’t too busy) we will draw the netting and be able to play some cross ice games.

The program hours have been extended for 2020 and pickup time is now 3:00pm from Avondale ice rink.

Cost:
$60.00 Per Day – Payment due at the rink on the day.

Food and drink is not included, so players will have to supply this themselves.

Register Online Now: https://forms.gle/4cpxQsmyb6NsaR3J9

 

Questions/More Information:

If you have any questions about the school holiday programme, contact us via email: info@aiha.org.nz

Annual Centre Ice One Day Sale – Grab a Deal On Your Gear for 2020!

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The Annual Centre Ice One Day Sale returns!

10% off all new season products – 50% off selected products! Sale excludes already discounted products.

Crazy deals on last season’s gear including sticks, skates, accessories, apparel and protective!

We have some awesome deals on everything Ice and Inline + spend over $80 and receive a free Centre Ice T-Shirt x 80 up for grabs while stocks last!.

Instore Saturday March 14th 10am – 3pm.

Online March 14th – 16th All Weekend Long. www.centreice.co.nz – Use the code ‘ONEDAY20’ for your discount online!.

Thanks all and we hope to see you there!

Keeping Young Players In Sport

Keeping Young Players In Sport

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Why do young players walk away?

Too many young New Zealanders are being driven away from sport. It’s important we understand the reasons young people are walking away to help keep them in the game.

As Administrators, Coaches and Parents, there’s a lot we can all continue to focus on to ensure that we keep our kids in sport.

Find out more on Sport New Zealand‘s website:

Administrators: https://balanceisbetter.org.nz/administrators

Coaches: https://balanceisbetter.org.nz/coaches

Parents: https://balanceisbetter.org.nz/parents

Adult Ice Hockey

2020 AHL Schedule & Rosters Now Published

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The 2020 AHL Schedule and team rosters have been published.

The AIHA team have worked hard to put together a schedule that is fair and has limited breaks throughout the season. Please be aware that due to other sports and activities that use the ice at both rinks, there is only so much ice time available to work with and we’ve done the best we can with the ice time available to us.

View the schedule here: http://www.aucklandicehockeyhub.co.nz/leagues/schedules.cfm?clientid=5788&leagueid=23341

View team rosters here: http://www.aucklandicehockeyhub.co.nz/leagues/stats_hockey.cfm?clientid=5788&leagueid=23341

Search for your name in the search box to find your team.

Find out more information about the 2020 season and how teams are formed here: https://www.aiha.org.nz/hockey-leagues/adult-hockey-league/

All players must have paid their registration fee and first instalment prior to stepping on the ice. If you haven’t already, please ensure you pay these on time. Fees for the 2020 season are due as follows:

  • Registration Fee Due March 1st 2020 – $179.00 (139.00 if paid by March 1st)
  • Instalment 1 Due March 1st 2020 – $76.00 ($71.75 if paid by March 1st)
  • Instalment 2 Due April 1st 2020 – $76.00 ($71.75 if paid by March 1st)
  • Instalment 3 Due May 1st 2020 – $76.00 ($71.75 if paid by March 1st)
  • Instalment 4 Due June 1st 2020 – $76.00 ($71.75 if paid by March 1st)
  • Instalment 5 Due July 1st 2020 – $76.00 ($71.75 if paid by March 1st)
  • Instalment 6 Due August 1st 2020 – $76.00 ($71.75 if paid by March 1st)

We look forward to a fantastic season of ice hockey – if you have any questions, please email info@aiha.org.nz

Expressions of Interest Open for AIHA Representative Team Staff

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Dear Parent/Player,

AIHA is seeking expressions of interest for head coach, manager and assistant coach positions for our Under 15 and Under 18 Auckland Representative Teams who will compete in their respective National Competitions.

We are looking to fill the following positions:

  • U15 team head coach, assistant coach, manager
  • U18 team head coach, assistant coach, manager

U15 Auckland Representative Team

The U15 team is the entry point for all kids to compete on a National Level. This season, we are looking for a staff who are focused on developing and including a wide squad of players. Many of these players will have just moved up from playing cross-ice 3 v 3 hockey.

The qualities we are looking for from a coaching and management staff at this level are patience, good communication, and an ability to lead a squad with the main focus being on development.

Player development and inclusion are the main goals of the U15 Team for the 2020 NZBIHL Season.

AIHA would like to move to two Auckland Teams for the 2021 season, development and inclusion of all players is a necessary step toward this goal. Therefore, the main focus of the staff will be to create a positive environment for all squad players that is centred around their development.

If you are interested in any of these roles, please send your expression of interest specifying which role you wish to apply for (e.g. head coach or assistant coach or manager) to generalmanager@aiha.org.nz by 12pm Monday 16 March.

U18 Auckland Representative Team

The U18 team is the next step for players wanting to compete at the National Level. This season, we are looking for a staff who will develop and involve a wide squad of players to ensure further development for everyone on the squad.

The qualities we are looking for from a coaching and management staff are patience, good communication, attention to detail, and the ability to lead a squad in a competitive environment.

Further player development for all squad members and a healthy competitive environment are the main goals of the U18 Team for the 2020 NZMIHL Season.

If you are interested in any of these roles, please send your expression of interest specifying which role you wish to apply for (e.g. head coach or assistant coach or manager) to generalmanager@aiha.org.nz by 12pm Monday 16 March.

Kind Regards,
Auckland Ice Hockey Association

2020 Adult Hockey League (AHL) Season Update

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Dear Players,

We’ve been hard at work putting together the finishing touches on the 2020 AHL season and below is an update on where we are currently.

Registrations:
We are currently 90% full on registrations and are waiting for the last group of people to register so we can paint a clearer picture of who is on which team etc. Any players who haven’t registered yet are encouraged to do so ASAP.

The early registration payment discount has now passed, but there is still fee savings to be had if you pay any or all of your individual monthly instalment fees prior to 1 March 2020.

Schedule:
The schedule is currently being created based on the same teams as last season, and with them all placed in the same divisions. This is very much status quo from last season. NB: Final team numbers will depend on the total amount of people that have registered.

The schedule this season has become more complex than ever before, we appreciate your understanding with how the schedule is crafted and that sometimes there is no ice available to us. We will always do our best to minimise the length of time in between games.

Player Grading:
We have a number of new registrations to the AHL this season who are excited to get graded and be placed in teams. We are currently working through the grading process with these individuals. Along with assessing any other players who wish to move between divisions.

Season Start:
The season will kick off on Saturday 21st March with three games on at Paradice Avondale. Paradice Avondale has just had maintenance done and the lines and ice are looking fresh, crisp, and ready for puck drop – a big thank you to the team at Paradice for their hard work here.

If you have any questions, please email info@aiha.org.nz