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President's Message - April 2015

New message from the President.  Click HERE for details.  

Texas Players Selected for National Development Camp

Congratulations to the following Texas players for their selection to the USAH National Camps:

1998

Max Gerlach - F

Nic Griebenow - F

Matthew O'Brien - D

1999

Joseph Berg - F

Kimball Johnson - D

Will Stromp - F

2000

Jack Barnes - F

Ty Black - F

Jace Foskey - D

Zak Kilpatrick - D

Ryan O'Reilly - F

Preston Stafford - D

Marek Wazny - F

Team Texas Takes 1st Place at 2015 Disabled Hockey Festival

To read all about it, click here.


Boys and Girls TAC 2015

Click HERE for 2015 Final RMD postings.  

Or go to the Travel Section and click the "TAC" tab.  

2015-16 Try Out Dates

2015-16 Try Out Dates have been posted.  Click HERE for details.  

2015-2016 Tier I Organizations

Click HERE for details on the Associations granted Tier I status for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons, also teams authorized for the 2015-16 season.  

State Champions Crowned at Tier I and II

Congrats go out to the following teams for winning their respective divisions and earning the right to represent TEXAS at Nationals (Tier II) and Districts (Tier I)

14U Tier I - Stars' Elite (automatic berth at Districts)

16U Tier I - Stars' Elite

18U Tier I - Stars' Elite

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14U Tier II - DJHA

16U Tier II - Allen Americans

18U Tier II - DJHA



Varsity High School Texas State Champions

Congratulations to the winners of the varsity high school state tournament. Pure Division - Jesuit

Congratulations to the winners of the varsity high school state tournament. Blended Division - McKinney

Coach Recertification - January 30, 2015

As you are all aware, for several months TAHA communicated the requirement that coaches complete both SafeSport training and age specific modules prior to December 31st. The vast majority of coaches met the requirements and their status was not impacted on January 1st. (Thank you to all the coaches and Club/rink registrars/officials that made sure these activities were completed.)

Naturally there were some coaches that for whatever reason did not complete their age specific module and/or take the SafeSport training before the December 31st deadline. As you now know those coaches were removed from their rosters and they were not allowed on the benches effective January 1st. It is our view that the material contained in both training aids will benefit the coaches, organizations and ultimately player development. Coaches who are striving to improve their abilities should be eager to receive the training so that they can more quickly enhance their coaching abilities. Organizations and rinks should have a similar view.

Since several coaches were dropped from rosters on January 1st, we have received a number of inquiries about the steps necessary to regain qualification and coaching status. Effective immediately, the following steps are required for coaches/volunteers to be returned to legal status with their teams.

AGE SPECIFIC MODULE

Any coach removed from roster(s) must:

1. Complete the age specific module online

2. Print the confirmation

3. Send the printed confirmation and a check for $50.00 per roster on which reinstatement is requested (Payable to TAHA) to:

Texas Amateur Hockey Association

8528 Davis Blvd., Suite 134-348

North Richland Hills, TX 76182

4. List the organization, team(s) and level for quick reference

Once the check and confirmation have been received the registrars will add the coach back to the roster.

SAFESPORT TRAINING

Any coach removed from the roster must:

1. Complete the SafeSport training online

2. Print the confirmation

3. Send the printed confirmation and a check for $100.00 per roster on which reinstatement is requested (Payable to TAHA) to:

Texas Amateur Hockey Association

8528 Davis Blvd., Suite 134-348

North Richland Hills, TX 76182

4. List the organization, team(s) and level for quick reference

Once the check and confirmation have been received the registrars will add the coach back to the roster(s). Non-coach volunteers will need to complete their needed training and make request directly to the appropriate TAHA registrar for reinstatement.

Coaches who choose not to complete the required training or pay the requisite late fee will remain off of 2014/15 rosters and will not be eligible to resume coaching until after Nationals in April.

PLEASE NOTE: Any coach determined to be on the bench past 12/31 who has not completed a required training course will subject his/her team to game forfeits for all games coached and will be subject to suspension. The reinstatement process/fines do not apply to in-house teams formed after January 1, 2015.

Next month the TAHA Board will take up the matter of timing for completion of training and late fees for the 2015/16 season. Decisions will be communicated as quickly as possible.

Data Supports Cross/Half Ice Hockey

USA Hockey has for years advocated the use of cross and half ice hockey for our younger players amidst pushback from some coaches, parents and other so-called "experts". But now with the help of the NHL and the use of the same technology analytics used at the highest levels of our game, the data is clear that smaller surfaces enhance the development of our young athletes.



USAH Upholds TAHA Decision on Polar Ice

July 28, 2014

USAH released its decision today on the appeal filed by Grapevine/Polar Ice contesting TAHA's decision that Grapevine/Polar Ice breached the Member Association Agreement. As a result of the lawsuit filed against multiple parties by Grapevine/Polar Ice, TAHA determined Grapevine/Polar Ice had violated its Member Association Agreement and ultimately issued an indefinite suspension pending a satisfactory cure for the breach. (Curing the breach would require several actions by Grapevine/Polar Ice including dropping the legal action entirely and paying all fees and expenses incurred to date for defendants, Reggie Hall, Paul Freudigman and the DSTHL.)

In the 14 page decision, USAH confirmed that

1. Grapevine's claims are within the scope of the TAHA dispute resolution procedures (i.e., TAHA Bylaws, article 14),

2. Seeking monetary damages does not remove the Grapevine claims from the TAHA dispute resolution procedure, and

3. The conditions required for the cure of the breach did not exceed TAHA's authority

USAH noted that Grapevine/Polar Ice was well aware of the requirements for dispute resolution and failed to follow its contractual obligations choosing instead to pursue the matter in Court. The decision states in part, "Brad Berman (President of Grapevine/Polar Ice) affirmatively testified that Grapevine was aware of and consciously chose not to follow the mandatory dispute resolution procedures."

Grapevine/Polar Ice's suspension is upheld and has been remanded back to TAHA for implementation.

Adults Experience the 8U Look at the Ice

May 1 Update on Grapevine/Polar Ice Lawsuit

May 1, 2014

The hearing on the limited TRO was scheduled to take place on Wednesday April 30 but was delayed to allow for arguments on challenges to jurisdiction of the Court to hear the disputed issues.

The Court today elected not to dismiss the case at this time and has reset the hearing on the limited TRO for May 19.

The Court did clarify that the TRO protects only the number of teams (8) that Polar can have in the DSTHL until the hearing on the 19th. The TRO in no way modifies or alters the playing levels of the Polar Ice teams (A and B), as previously determined by the DSTHL.  AA status was not granted to any Polar Ice teams and Polar Ice has yet to seek relief from the TAHA concerning any DSTHL decision.

The TAHA is still scheduled to conduct a hearing on May 12 to determine whether Grapevine/Polar Ice is in violation of the Member Agreement signed with the Affiliate and, if so, whether disciplinary action is warranted.

TAHA Awarded 2015 Tier II Nationals

(October 29, 2013) USA Hockey announced today that the Texas Amateur Hockey Association has been awarded the 16U Tier II National Tournament in 2015. The application was a massive undertaking by several members of the Board and volunteers from across the state. The application submission was spearheaded by TAHA Vice President Mark Servaes.

In the next few days there will be a call for volunteers as TAHA begins assembling a committee to oversee the National Tournament. Additionally, a sub committee will be formed to consider proposals from a variety of vendors and support businesses (from hotels, to restaurants to apparel providers) who will be chosen to participate in the tournament.

Watch our web site for more details.

Richter Endorses Cross Ice and ADM

Stanley Cup winner and three time US Olympian Mike Richter offers his views of cross ice/half ice for Mites and endorses the USAH ADM model. Richter, compares the smaller ice surface to playing pond hockey with few rules and more touches.

WHL Coach Sutter Challenges Year Round Hockey

Brent Sutter says he feels that too much hockey, especially for young kids, will hinder them rather than help them.

Sutter a two time Stanley Cup Champion, former NHL Head Coach, current Head Coach and GM of the Red Deer Rebels (WHL) and member of the famed Sutter family, made his remarks in an interview with the Edmonton Sun. Sutter said, "It is so noticeable on a hockey team that the kids who have played other sports and experienced different things are always the smarter players on your team, and they are able to handle adversity better.” Sutter continued, “They deal with adversity better because they are thrown into different environments and they trust their skills that they may have learned elsewhere to get them through certain things.

Bottom line is the obsession that some coaches have with year round hockey may well be the exact opposite of what is needed for your player.

Read the entire article here: http://www.edmontonjournal.com/sports/hockey/edmonton-oilers/Wanted+hockey+True+athletes/8043213/story.html


Sutter Speaks Out On Year Round Hockey

Quinnipiac Head Coach Talks ADM For Mites

Rand Pecknold, Head Coach of NCAA finalist Quinnipiac talks ADM and Mite cross ice hockey. If there was any doubt that cross ice is the best option for these young hockey players it will be gone once you watch this enlightening video. Don't believe the "full ice" advocates with an agenda.