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What is a Good Youth Sport Experience?

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As we ramp up toward a new season of youth ice hockey, it’s important that we take a moment to consider what building a healthy youth player experience looks like.

The below articles cover some valuable material around how we as parents, coaches, managers and clubs can contribute towards building a healthy future for ice hockey in New Zealand.

Content shared from Sport New Zealand www.balanceisbetter.org.nz

What is a Good Youth Sport Experience?

In this article, Sport Waikato shares insights into how adults can create a great sporting experience for our young people.

https://balanceisbetter.org.nz/what-does-a-good-youth-sport-experience-look-like/

Praise vs. Affirmation

Prof. Stephen Rollnick is a pioneer in motivational interviewing and in recent years has been applying his knowledge to sport. In this article, Stephen offers a psychology perspective on the key differences between praise and affirmation with young athletes.

https://balanceisbetter.org.nz/praise-vs-affirmation/

How Happiness Enhances Performance

Can happiness impact performance? Former Professional golfer and President of New Edge Performance, John Haime explains how putting enjoyment before achievement can maximise performance.

https://balanceisbetter.org.nz/how-happiness-enhances-performance/

 

2020 Pre-Season Training for 6-18 Year Olds

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Make sure you come along to these pre-season training sessions to sharpen your skills before the 2020 season officially kicks off. Anyone aged 6 – 18 can attend and there’s no need to RSVP – simply turn up on the day.

Where: ActivZone Glenfield

Who: Any registered AIHA player between the ages of 6 – 18

When: Every Saturday from 8th February – 21st March

Time: 8:30am – 10:00am

What to Bring: Helmet, Gloves, Stick, running shoes

Price: $5 per session

Come and work on your skills at ActivZone Glenfield prior to the 2020 season starting.

2020 Adult Hockey League Registrations Open

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Registrations for the 2020 Adult Hockey League (AHL) are now open.

Registration:

2020 Player registrations are now open – click here to register on ClubHub.

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, playing fees have increased slightly for the 2020 season. The playing fees have been split across 6 instalments, rather than 3, which makes it fairer for those who only play part of the season (eg: injury) and helps spread out the payments.

2020 Playing fees will consist of:

  • Registration Fee – Due 1 March 2020 – $179.00 ($139.00 if paid by 31 January 2020)
  • Ice Fee Instalment 1 – Due 1 March 2020 – $76.00
  • Ice Fee Instalment 2 – Due 1 April 2020 – $76.00
  • Ice Fee Instalment 3 – Due 1 May 2020 – $76.00
  • Ice Fee Instalment 4 – Due 1 June 2020 – $76.00
  • Ice Fee Instalment 5 – Due 1 July 2020 – $76.00
  • Ice Fee Instalment 6 – Due 1 August – $76.00

A total prompt payment discount of $65.50 will apply if all fees are paid prior to March 1st.

Please ensure you support the Club by paying your fees on time, or even better, early!

Payments can be processed through ClubHub at the time of registration or after you have registered.

 

Season Information:

The 2020 AHL season will start in mid-late March and will feature a 20 game regular season + playoffs.

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

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.

U12 Super League / Bantam / Junior League /  Registrations:

If you have children that play in the Super League, Bantam League or Junior League, you can register them at the same time as your AHL registration.

Please refer to the separate email you have been sent or view the news posts here:

Super League:
Bantam & Junior Leagues:

Questions / More Information:

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

 

We are looking forward to a fantastic season of ice hockey – see you on the ice in 2020!

Kind Regards,

Auckland Ice Hockey Association

 

2020 Bantam & Junior League Registrations Open

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Registrations are now open for the 2020 Season for our Bantam League and Junior League players.

Registration:

2020 Player registrations are now open – click here to register on ClubHub.

Who Can Play?

Bantam League: Players must remain under 15 for the entire calendar year of the season. However, if this means you miss out (eg: born late in the year) special dispensation may apply to allow you to play in this league. Please email info@aiha.org.nz to request more information about this.

Junior League: Players must remain under 18 for the entire calendar year of the season. However, if this means you miss out (eg: born late in the year) special dispensation may apply to allow you to play in this league. Please email info@aiha.org.nz to request more information about this.

Playing Fees:

There has been a slight increase to fees due to an increase in ice time cost. Fees have also been split across 6x instalments (previously 4x instalments). 2020 Playing fees will consist of:

  • Registration Fee – Due 1 March 2020 – $139.00 ($109.00 if paid by January 31st)
  • Ice Fee Instalment 1 – Due 1 April 2020: $143.00
  • Ice Fee Instalment 2 – Due 1 May 2020: $143.00
  • Ice Fee Instalment 3 – Due 1 June 2020: $143.00
  • Ice Fee Instalment 4 – Due 1 July 2020: $143.00
  • Ice Fee Instalment 5 – Due 1 August 2020: $143.00
  • Ice Fee Instalment 6 – Due 1 September 2020: $143.00

Please ensure you support the Club by paying your fees on time, or even better, early!

Payments can be processed through ClubHub at the time of registration or after you have registered.

Season Information:

The 2020 Bantam & Junior League season will start in April (we will communicate the exact dates shortly), and will be structured as follows:

  • Mondays 7:00pm – 8:00pm – Bantam League Games – Avondale
  • Mondays 6:45pm – 7:45pm – Bantam League Games – Botany
  • Mondays 8:15pm – 9:15pm- Junior League Games – Avondale
  • Mondays 8:00pm – 9:00pm – Junior League Games – Botany
  • Tuesdays 6:45pm – 8:15pm – Combined Bantam & Junior League Practice – Avondale
  • Thursdays 6:45pm – 8:15om – Combined Bantam & Junior League Practice – Botany
  • Sundays 8:45am – 10:15am – Combined Bantam & Junior League Practice – Alternates between Avondale & Botany

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

Teams & Rosters:

Teams and rosters will be named closer to the start of the season launch, once registrations have been processed.

Under 9 and Under 12 Super League Registrations:

If you have a child that plays in the Super League, you can register them at the same time. Read more here: www.aiha.org.nz/2020-super-league-registrations-open

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.

 

We are looking forward to a fantastic season of ice hockey – see you on the ice in 2020!

Kind Regards,

Auckland Ice Hockey Association

 

2020 Super League Registrations Open

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Registrations for the 2020 Under 9 and Under 12 Super League are now open!

What Is the Super League?

The Super League offers children under 12 years old an environment to learn or extend their ice hockey skills and game play with the emphasis on fun.

Games are 3 on 3, cross-ice with approximately 2 lines per team.

AIHA numbers at the U12 and U9 age have grown over the past year, and we are optimistic that expansion of the Super League by two U12 Teams and two U9 Teams is possible.

In order to expand, we have secured more ice on Sunday mornings at both Botany and Avondale. The ice slots for the Super League will now be as follows:

  • Avondale: 8:15am – 10:15am
  • Botany: 8:30am – 10:30am

The same payment system will be used and each game will be one clip from a Learn to Play concession card per player.

Who Can Play?

Anyone can play so long as they meet the age requirements – Under 12 years old for the U12 League and under 9 years old for the U9 league. Players must remain under 12 for the entire calendar year of the season. However, if this means you miss out (eg: born late in the year) special dispensation may apply to allow you to play in this league. Please email info@aiha.org.nz to request more information about this.

When Does The Season Start?

The 2020 Super League season will begin in late March, however you must register now to secure your spot – there are only a limited amount of places on each team!

The full schedule will be made available in early 2020, on our scheduling website: www.aucklandicehockeyhub.co.nz

How To Register

Registrations are now processed on AIHA’s Club Management software, ClubHub. You must register to play and be assigned to a team. Players who do not register will not be able to compete in the 2020 season.

There is a registration fee of $50.00 per player, per year. This fee covers the administration costs, registering Super League players with the New Zealand Ice Hockey Federation (NZIHF) so they can play in NZIHF events and tournaments. The fee also covers costs for referees, replacing team jerseys, pucks, trophies and medals for the season. Please support the club by paying your registration fee on time, or even better, early!

Some of you may have used ClubHub previously if you have older children who play in the Bantam or Junior leagues.

If you have not used ClubHub before, don’t worry! We’ve included some information below on how to register.

You can access ClubHub and register here: www.aiha.org.nz/clubhub

ClubHub Registration Guide:

Step 1: Visit ClubHub – www.aiha.org.nz/clubhub
Step 2: If you already have an active ClubHub account, click “Login”. If you don’t have a ClubHub account yet, click “Register Player”
Step 3: Complete the player registration form, filling out all of the player’s details.
Step 4: (Optional) Upon saving the first player’s details, enter any additional player’s details (you can register more than one child at the same time if necessary).
Step 5: Once you have entered all of the player’s details, click on “Add a parent or guardian” and complete your information
Step 6: Once you have entered parent/guardian information, click continue where it says “I have entered everyone’s details”
Step 7: We are a voluntary organisation and can only operate with the assistance of our members. If you are able to assist, please check the boxes for any role where you feel you could help and then click “continue”
Step 8: Confirm your email address
Step 9: If you are finished, click on “Confirm Registration” to submit your registration.
Step 10: Once you have submitted your registration, you can pay the registration fee via credit card or bank account transfer.

Playing Fees:

Playing fees will remain the same as last year – simply bring your Learn to Play concession card or pay the casual rate of $20.00 per game.

Questions:

If you have any questions, please get in touch with us via email: info@aiha.org.nz

 

We are looking forward to a fantastic season of ice hockey – see you on the ice in 2020!

Kind Regards,

Auckland Ice Hockey Association

 

Can You Help? Billet Families Needed for Bantam & Junior League Players in 2020

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Auckland Ice Hockey Association is once again undertaking an exchange programme with a Hungarian Ice Hockey Club in 2020.

We are looking for billet families for 3x Hungarian players who will play in our Bantam & Junior Leagues. These players are born in 2004 and 2005.

The players will arrive in mid–May and will depart at the end of July 2020.

All 3 players speak English.

All of them will be bringing their own spending money with them.

Billet families will be expected to provide meals and accommodation for the players.

Players from Auckland will be eligible to go to Hungary next season as part of the Hungarian Exchange program which was started by Csaba Kersco-Magos.

If you are interested and would like more information, or are able to assist, please email AIHA’s General Manager, A.J. Spiller via email: generalmanager@aiha.org.nz

Free Entry – NZ U20 Men’s vs. AIHA All Stars Ice Hockey Games

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Come and check out the final two FREE ice hockey games between New Zealand’s National U20 Men’s team and Auckland’s All Stars, before they head off to compete in the World Championships in Europe!
 
Escape the heat and enjoy a nice cool ice rink on these sweltering summer days!
 
If you’re looking for something different to do this weekend, this is it! Come and check out the action for yourself and find out why ice hockey is the fastest sport on earth!
 
FREE entry. Limited to 600 spectators – first in first served!
 
Everyone is welcome to attend and this is open to the public.
 
No need to RSVP or register, simply turn up on the day!
 
Event Details – Game 1:
Saturday 7th December
Game starts 4:15PM – 6:45PM
Paradice Avondale – 150 Lansford Cres. Avondale, Auckland
 
Event Details – Game 2:
Sunday 8th December
Game starts 4:15PM – 6:45PM
Paradice Avondale – 150 Lansford Cres. Avondale, Auckland

🏒 Prizes & A VERY Special Guest from USA Hockey at Learn to Play Next Week! 🏒

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Make sure you come along to our final Learn to Play sessions for 2019, next week, as we have spot prizes to hand out, a very special guest attending from USA Hockey and lots more planned!

Everyone is welcome, whether you attend Learn to Play normally or not – come along and check out the action for yourself and be in to win USA Hockey merchandise and more!

Monday: Avondale 5:45pm – 6:45pm – Games night

Wednesday: Avondale 5:45pm – 6:45pm – Spot prizes, get your photo with Santa on ice and a special visitor, Ken Martel of USA Hockey.

Thursday: Botany 5:30pm – 6:30pm – Spot prizes + get your photo with Santa on ice!

We’re privileged to have Ken Martel of USA Hockey visiting and he will be at Wednesday night Learn to Play to help develop hockey in Auckland and hand out USA Hockey merchandise and more prizes!

Bring your friends, family and neighbours and make sure you come along to the final Learn to Play sessions for 2019!

 About Ken Martel:

With over 25 years of experience in player development and a long history as a coach with USA Hockey, Ken Martel was named technical director of USA Hockey’s American Development Model in May 2009. He is charged with helping provide a framework for associations nationwide to follow for optimal athlete development.

Martel has made appearances behind the bench of nine U.S. teams that have competed in International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships, including four times with the U.S. National Under-18 Team (2000-04), four times with the U.S. National Junior Team (2004, 2006, 2008-09) and once with the U.S. Women’s National Team (2007). He has been part of two gold medal-winning teams, including the first-ever U.S. gold medals in the IIHF Men’s World Under-18 Championship (2002) and the IIHF World Junior Championship (2004).

Among his additional coaching stops, Martel served one season (1997-98) as an assistant coach for the men’s ice hockey program at the U.S. Air Force Academy and seven seasons (1990-97) as an assistant men’s ice hockey coach at Michigan Tech University. He also spent one year (1990-91) as a graduate assistant for the men’s ice hockey program at St. Cloud State University.

A four-year (1985-89) letter-winner as a defenseman at Lake Superior State University, Martel helped the Lakers to the school’s first-ever NCAA national title in 1988.

 

2019 AHL Champions!

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Congratulations to our AHL Champions for 2019!

A-League: Red Army
B-League: Savages
C-League: Tigers

All of the 2019 grand final series games went to an exciting 3rd game decider.

Thanks to everyone who took part in the AHL this year and congratulations to our 2019 champions!

📷: Chenzo

NZIHF Officials Assigned to IIHF Worlds Tournaments

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Today is a big day for referees and linesmen. The assignments for the 2020 IIHF tournaments with on-ice officials from 48 countries have been released and the NZIHF is proud to announce that several of its officials have been selected to participate in these tournaments.

Congratulations to the following officials that have been assigned:

2020 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship Division II Group A in Estonia
Ryan Hissong – Referee
Edward Howard – Linesman

2020 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship Division II Group B in China
Ryan Cairns – Referee
Tyler Haslemore – Linesman

2020 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship Division II Group B in Mexico
Ashleigh Davidson – Referee