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AUGUST 29, 2016 PRESS RELEASE - RAHA FIELD DAY
09/19/2016
AUGUST 29, 2016 PRESS RELEASE RAHA FIELD DAY The Ridgefield...
REGISTER NOW!! - Ridgefield Lions Mite Travel Hockey Program
08/12/2016
Registration for the 2016-2017 Mite Program is now open to kids born...
Please Read - SafeSport Certification
08/11/2016
All coaches and volunteer parents who will have contact with players...
Spirit Wear Grand Opening
07/22/2016
  RAHA is pleased to announce the Grand Opening of its new...
New RAHA Mite Goalie Program
07/21/2016
  In order to enhance RAHA’s Goaltending Development...
 
AUGUST 29, 2016 PRESS RELEASE - RAHA FIELD DAY

AUGUST 29, 2016 PRESS RELEASE

RAHA FIELD DAY

The Ridgefield Amateur Hockey Association launched its 2016-17 season in celebratory fashion on Sunday, August 28, with its first annual RAHA Field Day.  The event was hosted at the Winter Garden Ice Arena and featured power skating sessions for all of RAHA's teams by renowned Erik Nates Euro Hockey, seminars for parents and coaches by the industry-leading Positive Coaching Alliance, and open ice for players and family alike. The day also featured live music, food trucks, and hockey equipment donations.

RAHA is a uniquely family-oriented, and community based program which focuses on the development of youth hockey skills and character building while fostering a culture of competitiveness and camaraderie.  A non-profit organization, RAHA fields multiple travel teams at each age group (Mites through Bantams, ages ages 5 through 14) which play home games at the Winter Garden Ice Arena in Ridgefield.  The season runs from September through February, hopefully culminating in a run for the state championship!

“The Ridgefield Amateur Hockey Association is a community-based organization, and this is a terrific event to bring together players and prospective players from the Ridgefield community and surrounding towns. It’s a wonderful opportunity to socialize, eat great food, listen to music, and celebrate the great sport of hockey, while kicking off another terrific season for the Ridgefield Lions,” said Michael Luft, RAHA President. “We are thrilled and gratified by the enthusiastic turnout.”

The Zambonis, “the world’s greatest and only” all hockey rock band, provided the lion’s share of the afternoon’s entertainment. During the band’s biggest hit, “Hockey Monkey,” kids chased a monkey mascot around Onalfo Field. Affable Zambonis front man Dave Schneider chimed in, “We were thrilled to be part of the first ever RAHA Field Day.  Smiles were contagious from the kids, parents and we Zambonis too.  That’s a win-win-win,” and quipped, “We had such a great time, we just may invest in a t-shirt shooting cannon for year two of the event!” Making its public debut, power trio 2 Minute Minors, which includes two RAHA hockey players, performed one song and introduced The Zambonis to the eager crowd.

Field Day also featured an equipment swap table, where families were encouraged to donate their outgrown hockey equipment, in order to recycle it through the hockey community. “We were overwhelmed by families’ generosity,” said Jennifer Bloechle, who organized and staffed the table. “We received literally hundreds of donated items, from skates to sticks to gloves – everything a prospective player might need to get on the ice.” RAHA’s goal is to offer prospective players the opportunity to try hockey before investing in equipment, and to provide current players with the chance to save some money on their gear.

Board member and event organizer Dennis Bishop noted, “The first RAHA Field Day truly embodied the organization’s mission bringing together elements of expert on and off-ice instruction, competitiveness, sportsmanship, charity and of course, fun!”  RAHA is grateful to the event sponsors that made all of this possible: AR Kids, Dimitri’s Diner, Hastings, Cohan & Walsh LLP, Dr. Michael J. Pizzo, DMD (Ridgefield Cosmetic & General Dentistry), Squash’s Ridgefield Office Supply and Wesco Sports Center.


by posted 09/19/2016
REGISTER NOW!! - Ridgefield Lions Mite Travel Hockey Program

Registration for the 2016-2017 Mite Program is now open to kids born between (01/01/2008-12/31/2011). Please click on the Register Online link on the left side of the RAHA website.

The Lions Mite program offers a unique tryout process where young players are continuously evaluated from the first time they hit the ice in late August through October.

The Mites program focus is on fun, individual skill development and aligned with the USA Hockey
ADM model. In addition, each group will play in a cross-ice league at different points of the season.

The program is open to all area residents who are looking for a family friendly hockey experience.

Program sessions begin the last week of August.

All practice sessions will be at:
Winter Garden Ice Arena
111 Prospect Ridge
Ridgefield, CT 06877

Please contact John Markwell at jmarkwell@ridgefieldhockey.org


by Eric Presbrey posted 08/12/2016
Please Read - SafeSport Certification

All coaches and volunteer parents who will have contact with players as a result of their participation with RAHA (ie. board members; parent coaches; schedulers; team representatives etc.) are required to be SafeSport certified.  

This is a FREE on-line training seminar in conjunction with USA Hockey. The online process is very simple and is required every other season.  

If you received your certification for the year 2014-2015 there is no need to “re-certify” this hockey season.  Anyone who was certified in 2013-2014 or earlier  is required to re-certify.

Please follow the steps below.  Any individual who fails to get certified  will not be allowed to participate in any hockey program.  Therefore all required participants must be SafeSport certified before they can assist RAHA  at the end of August.  Please follow the below steps to certify:

            1.         go to http://safesport.org

            2.         Click “Training” tab right side of screen

            3.         Click “Take the Training” tab on right side of screen

            4.         Click the “store” icon left side of screen

            5.         Select the option you need either “Safe Sport” or “Safe Sport Refresher” (for re-certification”) - DO NOT select “SafeSport parents” as this will not qualify for proper certification

 

If there are any question feel free to email


by posted 08/11/2016
Spirit Wear Grand Opening

 

RAHA is pleased to announce the Grand Opening of its new and improved Ridgefield Lions Online Spirit Wear Store operated by our friends at Custom Ts 'n More (aka Tenners) and Top Shelf Hockey.   RAHA members may access the store by clicking on the below link:

http://customtsnmore.com/RAHA_Lions_Spiritwear_Store

In addition, RAHA members will be able to access the Online Spirit Wear Store via a link on the RAHA website beginning tomorrow.  Samples of Ridgefield Lions Spirit Wear will be available for viewing and trying on at RAHA Pro Shop Day at the Winter Garden Ice Arena in Ridgefield tomorrow (Saturday, July 23) .  You may place orders at RAHA Pro Shop Day as well.

We hope you will enjoy your online shopping experience at the new Ridgefield Lions Online Spirit Wear Store.  Only 40 shopping days left until the season begins!


by posted 07/22/2016
New RAHA Mite Goalie Program

New RAHA Mite Goalie Equipment

 

In order to enhance RAHA’s Goaltending Development Program headed by three time GMHL (Junior A) All Star Goalie, 2011 GMHL Goaltender of the Year and former ProCrease goalie instructor Robert Sutherland, RAHA has invested in top of the line youth customized goalie equipment (pictured below) for all those Mite players interested in trying goalie.  Parents of interested Mite players should contact Robert at .


by posted 07/21/2016
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