The 2014-2015 season is approaching and in advance of this new season comes an important rule change aimed at preventing injuries and making the game safer for all. This has been distributed to all coaches and they will be working with their respective teams and players, but it is critical that all parents and players are aware of it as well. We need your help to reinforce the coaching we do, especially when it comes to player safety. Please read the information below and if you have any questions, discuss it with your coach.
The beginning of the 2014-2015 season will bring with it the implementation of the "new" progressive penalty rule number 411. (see below)
This rule was implemented last year with no consequence to the reporting in the first trial year.
PLEASE make your players and coaches aware of this "NEW" rule! THIS season there will be additional game suspensions for overly aggressive players that get multiple "Major" penalties. There is also additional suspensions for coaches who's players accumulate multiple "Major" penalties throuhout the season.The rule is putting more responsibility on coaches to control players with previous penalty history. This rule has been implemented "NATIONALLY" in all of USA Hockey, with safety being the number one goal. Hopefully it will lead to a more enjoyable game for players, coaches and fans alike.
(Note) USA Hockey is committed to providing a safe and fair environment for all participants. While the vast majority of player s participate within the rules and respect the game and their opponents, USA Hockey recognizes the need to hold those player s and coach es deemed to be repeat offenders accountable for their actions. Beginning with the 2014-15 playing season, the Progressive Suspensions rule will take affect nationally.
(a) Any player who receives their third major penalty during the same season for any combination of aggressive infractions listed below shall receive an additional three-game suspension. For any player who receives their fourth major penalty in this category, the player shall receive an additional five-game suspension. Any player who receives their fifth major penalty in this category during the same season shall be suspended until a hearing is conducted by the proper authorities (USA Hockey Affiliate). These designated game suspensions shall be in addition to any other suspensions imposed through the official playing rules. The aggressive infractions that fit into this category are:
(Note) A separate progressive suspension rule for Fighting is covered under Rule 615(f) Fighting .
(b) Any team that receives three major penalties in the same game shall have its Head Coach suspended for the next game of that team. For any subsequent game where that team receives three or more major penalties in the same game, the Head Coach shall serve a three-game suspension. For a third game with three or more major penalties by the same team during the same season, the Head Coach shall be suspended indefinitely until a hearing has been conducted by the proper authorities (USA Hockey Affiliate).
(Note) The role of the Official is to enforce all playing rules at all times and they are expected to strictly enforce playing rules that fall under the aggressive infraction category. Player s and coach es must be held accountable for dangerous actions and the onus is on them to teach and play the game within the rules. Officials are required to submit a game report immediately following the game for any major penalty falling in the aggressive infraction category, game misconduct or match penalty that is assessed.
Hockey and baseball? Why not? The Boston Red Sox are hosting a Hockey Night at Fenway Park on Wednesday, August 20th at 7:10 PM. A percentage of every ticket goes back to support Youth Hockey.
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If you are interested, please e-mail an e-board member (email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com. More coordination information will follow once we gauge interest.
Help support Gardiner Youth Hockey by donating bottles to our 2014 Bottle Drive. This fund raiser will take place on Sunday, July 6 from 9 - noon. If you have bottles that you would like to donate, you can drop them off anytime at the Randolph Redemption Center and tell them they are for Gardiner Youth Hockey Association. If you have any questions, please e-mail our Fund Raising Director, Melissa Weston at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations to the Gardiner Hockey PeeWees - State Champions for the 2nd year in a row! They played an amazing State Tournament, winning all 5 of their games to defend their title as State Champions! Way to go Tigers!!!
Congatulations to the Gardiner Bantams - the Central Zone Champions for the 2nd year in a row! Best of luck next weekend at the State Championships!
Just in time for tournaments: Show your Tiger Pride with these great GYH T-Shirts. The order form below has more information. Don't delay - order now so that we can get them back in time for tournaments!
GHYA Has Tiger Sweatpants available for sale featuring the graphics shown. Download a copy of the order form below for more information.
Many of our families are already activily involved in the Gardiner community in various ways. Some of us have also participated in the "Heart and Soul Summit", but more voices are needed. Now you can help coordinate your efforts and help represent Gardiner Youth Hockey Association at the same time. Please read the following message from Gardiner Main Street for more information:
· An additional cash prize of $500 will be awarded to the Heart and Soul project that gets the most “sign on” for support during the event. If you are interested in leading a project identified through Heart and Soul, and have not already let me know, please do so ASAP. A list of project ideas generated by the community is attached, also.
· You have the opportunity to recognize a “volunteer of the year”, and will have one minute to recognize them in front of the entire community, and say a bit about why they are being chosen, and what volunteer opportunities are available within your organization.
· There will be wireless internet access at the school, but they are behind a pretty stout filter/firewall, so if you intend to access specific websites as part of your display, send them to me so that I can test them. If you have any other special needs, please let me know.
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GYHA is hosting our Zone Play-In tournament February 21-23 at Kent's Hill. This is a great opportunity for our organization to shine. To pull all the details together, we need your help. Click on the menu item to the left to go to the Fund Raising Page to find out how you can help.
On March 27, the Chicago Blackhawks will be visiting the TD Garden to take on the Boston Bruins. We have been invited to join players and families from other area associations to attend this game AND play a coed shinny game on the Garden's ice just before the game! All are invited to this event, although the shinny is only available for Mites through PeeWee aged players. Space is limited and we need to coordinate our families this week (no later than January 10) to reserve our space. If you are interested, please e-mail Bob at: email@example.com and I will help coordinate this effort. Here are some more details about the event:
Event: Boston Bruins v. Chicago Blackhawks! Plus, Youth Hockey Pre-‐Game.
Where: Boston, MA, TD Garden
When: Thursday, March 27th, 2014. Pre-‐game: 4pm. Bruins: 7pm.
Cost: $150 per person…this includes game ticket + transport + lunch.
Transportation and Lunch Included! Via modern coach to/from Kent’s Hill Athletic Center. Chartered coaches will leave at ~noon. Lunch will be provided enroute. Each coach has DVD and WiFi capabilities…and a bathroom.
Tickets: Anyone is welcome to join this trip. We are limited to 112 tickets. Group seating (30 tickets remaining) in Section 320. All attendees and skaters must have a ticket.
Skater Selection: Skaters will be selected based on the number interested. Kids will be divided into 2 teams and skate against each other. Skating details will be provided later.
Maine Amateur Hockey has mandated that all coaches, team parents, and adults with regular access to the players complete the online Safesport Training. Click here to go to the Safesport Training page for more information and to begin the training. This is an online course that should take about 90 minutes to complete. It pauses at various intervals for quizzes on the material.
In addition, coaches, team reps, & locker room monitors need to have a current background check through MeAHA. If yours is not current, click here to update it.
Both of these services are free and are for the protection and well being of our players.
We will be placing orders for sweatshirts and jackets on Dec. 9. If you would like a Gardiner Hockey jacket or sweatshirt, please print out and complete the form(s) below and get them to Vickie Hebert. For questions, email Vickie at: firstname.lastname@example.org
What makes Gardiner Youth Hockey Association Special? Here is a hint: It is about more than hockey. Below is a "thank you" letter for our donation to help support the "Food for Thought" backpack program. We owe a debt of gratitude to all of those who helped with their support of GYHA fund raising programs.
From USA Hockey:
Congratulations again on achieving the Gold level of the 2 and 2 Challenge in 2012-13. By now you should have received your 12 sets of OneGoal equipment as a reward for your accomplishment.
To further recognize your achievement, banners are being shipped to you this week. These banners are great for display in your rink to show everyone about your commitment to growing youth hockey. Attached is artwork for a web banner that can be added to your association webpage.
Thanks again for the great work, please let us know if you have any questions.
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Are you, or do you know someone that would like to give hockey a try? Gardiner Youth Hockey is running a special for all new players to our association. If you did not play for GYHA last year, you are eligible to skate with us for just $99 for the entire season!!! That is the hottest deal on ice! We also have equipment available to get you started.
Come see what the excitement is all about and let us share with you our passion for this great sport. We offer great pracitice ice times (Monday and Wednesday evenings - 6 - 7 for Mites and Squirts, 7 - 8 for PeeWees and Bantams), a full slate of games (over 20 per team) and at least 2 tournaments. There isn't a better value out there!
To learn more, e-mail us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Let's Play Hockey!
New players are sometimes concerned about the investment involved in playing hockey, especially when they are not sure if they are going to like it or not. In an effort to make it easier for everyone to play hockey who wants to, we will make equipment available - and we have a bunch to share! We have been very fortunate to have received through donations and from USA Hockey a PILE of hockey equipment that your new player can use FOR FREE!* If your child would like to try hockey but you are concerned about the cost of the equipment and whether or not they will like our sport, we will work with you to outfit your player to minimize your initial investment. Come and join us for fun on the ice and we'll work with you to make sure your player has the right equipment to get started.
*Note: we are particularly well equipped to supply the smaller sizes of equipment for younger players. We will do everything we can to outfit all players. Equipment is available on a first come - first served basis.
If you have questions about what equipment is available, please contact our Equipment Director, Steve Sacre at: email@example.com
Gardiner Youth Hockey Association hopes that everyone is enjoying their summer. We are very pleased with the Summer Hockey Development program that we offered this summer and want to thank all of the coaches and players who have made it successful. There is one more session on August 14th. Then will be turning our attention to the upcoming season.
In the meantime, we hope you enjoy your fall sports. USA Hockey recommends that young atheletes engage in a range of sports. Most every sport offers benefits that will pay dividends when you step back on the ice.
For the older players, we are putting the finishing touches on our upcoming Midget Hockey program. This is a great tool for HS age players to get geared up for the HS hockey season. Please check back here for more details.
2nd Annual Day of Play
Let's not forget about our 2nd annual "Day of Play". On Saturday, August 10th the Gardiner Waterfront will once again be the home of some exciting and fun activites for the whole family. They day starts with the 5K Run / Walk, followed by the 3 on 3 street hockey tournament, food, and more. Details will be posted here, but what you really need to remember is to come on down to the waterfront for a day of of FUN - and bring friends! This is a great opportunity to help us raise money for great causes (not just Gardiner Hockey), but to share our love for the sport of hockey with our community! See you there!
Gardiner PeeWees - NH Spring Classic Champions - 2012-2013
The Gardiner Youth Hockey PeeWees capped of their amazing season by winning the championship at the NH Spring Classic in Hooksett, NH. They faced tough competition from teams hailing form MA, NY and NH. They emerged victorious after a tough battle against the Keene Cobras in the final game, winning by a score of 5-3.
More important than the trophies, medals, and accolades, however, is the WAY this special team won their games - as a TEAM. Throughout the season they worked exceptionally hard in practices and in games to continually improve, sharpen their skills and come together as a cohesive unit. Every player on the team contributed in a very significant way, and the end result was a team that skated with energy and confidence. Even in games where they got behind in the score, they maintained their focus and battled back with the confidence that only comes from their trust in one another. Congratulations Gardiner PeeWees!
Gardiner PeeWees - 2013 Bangor Friendship Tournament Champions!
Continuing its winning ways, the Gardiner Youth Hockey PeeWees are Champions once again. This time they come away with the big trophy at the Bangor Friendship Tournament. The team battled some tough teams and even had to come from behind in two games, but ultimately emerged victorious in all 5 games it played. Way to go PeeWees!
The Gardiner Bantams won first place in the Central Zone Tournament this weekend, earning them a 1st seed entrance from our zone to the State Tournament next weekend. Their path to the championship included 2 wins and a tie during the round robin games followed by a 4-0 win in the championship game. Way to go Tigers! Good luck next weeekend!
Gardiner Bantams - Central Zone Champions - 2012 - 2013
Gardiner PeeWees - State Champions - 2012-2013
The Gardiner PeeWees swept all 5 of their State Championship tournament games with a combined 33 goals for and only 7 goals against for the weekend. This is the culmination of a great season of hard work by a quality group of players that believed in themselves and played as a team. Way to go Tigers!
Gardiner PeeWees - State Champions - 2012-2013
We would like to congratulate our Squirts Team and Coaches on their hard play and determination at this weekend’s games! You have WOWED us all! It goes to show you that with hard work and a lot of heart you can certainly attain your goals - onto Bangor you go! Good Luck this coming weekend, we will be routing for you!
Kennebec Savings Bank Award Case - PeeWee State Champs
Regularly Scheduled Board Meeting
Regularly Scheduled Board Meeting
Regularly Scheduled Board Meeting
Regularly Scheduled Board Meeting
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