Glens Falls, NY (PRWEB) October 16, 2012
The Adirondack Youth Hockey Association (AYHA) announced today the start of their 2012-2013 Season, featuring 9 boys travel teams, a rapidly expanding recreational house league, and the Adirondack Northstars girls travel program.
With more than 500 player and volunteer participants, AYHA has experienced 250% growth in membership over the past 4 years, with its Termite (Learn to Skate) program expected to exceed 100 players for 2 consecutive years.
“We are thrilled to have experienced such incredible growth in our local program, our goal is to provide young players with a healthy, safe activity with an emphasis on having fun,” said Jeff Willis, president of AYHA. “Unlike other programs that have moved to a privatized rink and management model, AYHA is operated exclusively by volunteers, run by an elected board of directors. Our ‘profit’ is seeing kids excel at hockey and watching them grow up within our organization,” continued Mr. Willis, who also coaches and has 4 children participating in the program.
AYHA’s home rink is located at the Glens Falls Recreation Center, owned by the City of Glens Falls, where most practices and home games take place. Over the past few years, the association has made improvements to the facility, including new boards/glass, new bleachers, an upgraded volunteer-operated concession stand, and heaters in the spectator area to keep the fans warm. New for the 2012-2013 Season, AYHA has added a skate sharpening room, a “female only” changing room, and new rink dividers for its cross-ice programs. According to the association, these improvements were made based on feedback from their membership.
“We have a tremendous facility and that is important for a successful hockey program. That said, it is really our dedicated parent volunteers, coaches, and other team helpers that make the difference, and that’s the real story of our success,” said Henry Vanderminden IV, vice president of AYHA. “In addition, we have a fantastic group of local businesses sponsoring our programs. Our sponsors have helped AYHA grow its membership with one of the most affordable hockey experiences in the region,” concluded Vanderminden.
AYHA is sanctioned by USA Hockey, a national governing body for youth hockey. All AYHA coaches are required to participate in the USA Hockey Coach Education Program (CEP), which includes age-based online modules and a series of regional coaching clinics. Although many AYHA volunteer coaches have played youth hockey, some have professional/collegiate experience – like Glenn Merkosky, a local hockey legend who is head coach of the 9-10 year old boys (Squirt A) travel team and Steve Moore, a former SUNY Plattsburgh All-American, head coach of the 13-14 year old boys (Bantam A) travel team.
Online registration is now available for the 2012-2013 Season for house league play – to register go to http://www.AdkHockey.com. A “Try Hockey For Free” day, part of the NHL’s Come Play Hockey Month, is scheduled for Saturday, November 3, 2012 at the Glens Falls Recreation Center. More info about this event, and how to register, can be found on the association website. For players signing up for the full season, an equipment loaner program is available. With a small refundable deposit, a beginning hockey player can get pads, pants, and a helmet to get started without the commitment cost of purchase.
The Adirondack Hockey Association (AYHA) is a non-profit, volunteer operated hockey organization for boys and girls ages 3-19 living in the greater Glens Falls, NY area. With over 500 players & volunteers, AYHA provides a healthy, safe, and fun hockey experience for both novice and seasoned players. Our home rink is located at the Glens Falls Recreation Center. Are you ready for hockey? Come join the fun! For more information about AYHA, or how to become a sponsor, please visit http://www.AdkHockey.com.
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