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RAHA Field Day - Sunday, August 28th 10am-4pm @ WinterGarden Ice
08/14/2016
RAHA Field Day - Sunday August 28th 10am-4pm at Winter Garden Ice...
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...
RAHA Pro Shop Day - Thank You!
07/28/2016
Thank you to all the RAHA members and players who took time out of...
Summer Camps at Winter Garden Ice Arena
07/25/2016
We would like to let you know about some upcoming camps that will...
Sneak Peak! - New RAHA Jerseys
07/23/2016
  In response to many requests, attached is a sneak peak...
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...
New Uniforms & RAHA Pro Shop Day July 23rd
07/18/2016
Dear RAHA Members: In an ongoing effort to upgrade our program...
Erik Nates - Summer Camps
07/17/2016
UPCOMING ERIK NATES SUMMER PROGRAMS! THE...
 
RAHA Field Day - Sunday, August 28th 10am-4pm @ WinterGarden Ice

The Zambonis

RAHA Field Day - Sunday August 28th 10am-4pm at Winter Garden Ice Arena

Dear RAHA Families,

Now that the practice schedule has been released, it’s time to kick off the 2016-17 Ridgefield Lions season! RAHA is excited to announce that we will mark the occasion with the first annual RAHA Field Day to be held on Sunday, August 28th from 10:00AM to 4:00PM at Winter Garden Ice Arena and Onalfo Field (immediately adjacent to the rink) for all RAHA players and families, Mites through Bantams. A detailed schedule of the day’s events is provided at the end of this email. PLEASE SAVE THE DATE!

RAHA Field Day will feature power skating sessions for all RAHA Squirts, PeeWees and Bantams by the renowned power skating experts at Erik Nates Euro Hockey, hockey parent and coach seminars by sports education leader the Positive Coaching Alliance, a Hockey Equipment Swap / Charity Used Equipment Drive, a picnic, two food trucks Only The Hungry and Gigi's Family Ice Cream Co.. and various outdoor activities, and an outdoor performance by the legendary hockey-rock band THE ZAMBONIS (http://thezambonis.com/), known for playing all songs about hockey!

http://thezambonis.com/

https://www.facebook.com/TheZambonis     Like them on Facebook!

 

RAHA Field Day Schedule (Sunday, August 28) Mites through Bantams:

8:00AM – 10:00AM     Bantams Power Skating with Erik Nates

10:10AM – 12:10PM   PeeWees Power Skating with Erik Nates

12:20PM – 2:20PM      Squirts Power Skating with Erik Nates

10:00AM – Noon         30 minute Hockey Parent Seminars by Positive Coaching Alliance (details to follow)

10:00AM – Noon         Hockey Coach Seminar by Positive Coaching Alliance (details to follow)

10:00AM – 4:00PM      Hockey Equipment Swap / Charity Used Equipment Drive

Noon – 4:00PM            Picnic & Activities on the Field (bring your own picnic or purchase at the Field)

2:30PM – 4:00PM        RAHA Festivities including The Zambonis 

More details regarding the above to follow…

RAHA Field Day promises to be a fun-filled event for RAHA families and a great way for players to catch up with old teammates and meet new teammates!

Best regards,

The RAHA Board


by posted 08/14/2016
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
RAHA Pro Shop Day - Thank You!

Thank you to all the RAHA members and players who took time out of their busy summer schedules to make this past Saturday’s RAHA Pro Shop Day a huge success!  Below are some photos of the day’s festivities.

See you in a month!


by posted 07/28/2016
Summer Camps at Winter Garden Ice Arena

We would like to let you know about some upcoming camps that will be held at Winter Garden.

 

TJ Cline will run a skills development camp at Winter Garden the week of August 22. It will run from 8:00 a.m. – noon Monday through Friday. The cost is $395 and it is open to ages 7-13. Top Shelf will also offer 4 on 4 half ice games that week from 8:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. for Peewees and Bantams, as well as high school, college and men’s league players. The cost is $195. Goalies are free and space is limited. Register for these offerings here

 

Moe Tarrant will run a girls’ camp at Winter Garden the week of August 22. The cost is $275 and it is open to ages 8-15. Please sign up here

 

Winter Garden will host Ice Mice and Future Lions & Jaguars camp the week of August 22, from 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. The cost is $349. Ice Mice is open to ages 4-6; Future Lions & Jaguars is for ages 5-8. Please sign up here.

 

Winter Garden will offer a week-long Try Hockey for Free camp from 4:10 p.m.-5:10 p.m. the week of August 22. The rink will provide all necessary equipment. The camp is completely free and it is open to ages 6-12. Please sign up here.

 

Also, Winter Garden is looking for Bantam-aged players to assist with the Try Hockey for Free camp. This is a wonderful way for teens to earn community service hours for school and church. For more information, please contact Kathy Ludwig at  .

 

These camps are all non-RAHA programs that are optional for RAHA players.

 

We look forward to seeing you on the ice.


by posted 07/25/2016
Sneak Peak! - New RAHA Jerseys

New RAHA Jersey Design

 

In response to many requests, attached is a sneak peak at the new Ridgefield Lions jerseys being rolled out for the upcoming 2016-17 season.

We look forward to seeing all of you at Winter Garden for RAHA Pro Shop Day!


by posted 07/23/2016
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
New Uniforms & RAHA Pro Shop Day July 23rd

Dear RAHA Members:

In an ongoing effort to upgrade our program and improve the RAHA experience for the almost 200 families in our organization, RAHA is pleased to announce both the rollout of new and improved program-wide standardized uniforms in time for the upcoming 2016-17 season and the introduction of an annual RAHA Pro Shop Day.

Why New Uniforms?

In response to member feedback and with a focus on our long-term vision to provide a premier family-oriented and community-based travel youth hockey program, we recognize the need to make changes from time to time in order to continually upgrade various aspects of the program.  For example, you will be receiving communications in the coming weeks detailing our exciting upgrade of the goalie program, various technology-based initiatives currently under consideration to enhance the development of RAHA’s youth hockey players, and the introduction of a periodic RAHA newsletter to provide increased transparency into the goings-on of the organization.

Although secondary to hockey operations, we also recognize the need to “raise the bar” on team uniforms both from an aesthetic standpoint and a process standpoint as we have fallen behind other programs.  Please know that we are not insensitive to the financial ramifications of moving to new uniforms.  No matter when new uniforms are rolled out, there will be families that purchased jerseys during the previous year, and we acknowledge that uniforms are not inexpensive.

Please note that the new uniforms do not abandon the traditional look or logo of the Ridgefield Lions. Mockups of the new uniforms will be on display at RAHA Pro Shop Day as detailed below and no changes to the uniforms are anticipated for the foreseeable long-term future.  Finally, the new uniform rollout is program wide.  This eliminates the need for future Mite families to purchase new uniforms when players move up to Squirts as a matter of course as has been the case in the past, unless of course necessitated by physical growth.

What is RAHA Pro Shop Day?

While the new uniform design addresses the aesthetic standpoint, RAHA Pro Shop Day addresses the process standpoint.  In order to provide a more professional, streamlined, efficient and cost-effective process for RAHA families to obtain team uniforms and equipment for their kids going forward, RAHA has teamed with local suppliers Wesco, Custom Ts ‘n More (aka Tenners) and Top Shelf Hockey to provide convenient, one stop shopping by bringing these three suppliers together under one roof for one day. 

RAHA Pro Shop Day will comprise a uniform and equipment fitting for all players so that uniforms (jerseys, hockey socks and pants shells) and exterior equipment (helmets and gloves) as well as Spirit Wear (e.g., Bauer warmup suits) are ready for presentation to each player on the first day of practice in August. 

**The first annual RAHA Pro Shop Day will be held at the Winter Garden Ice Arena in Ridgefield from 8:00AM to Noon on Saturday, July 23rd for all RAHA Squirts, PeeWees and Bantams (RAHA Pro Shop Day for Mites will be held in the Fall).** 

(Going forward we are considering holding RAHA Pro Shop Day earlier in the Spring/Summer.)

Want to know more?  Here’s a summary of the two RAHA Pro Shop Day Stations:

Station 1: This is the Wesco station where each player will be fitted for new Ridgefield Lions home and away jerseys, home and away hockey socks and a customized black pants shell designed to match the new uniforms. 

In addition, each player will have the opportunity (if needed) to be fitted for and purchase a black Bauer helmet and black/gold hockey gloves in various price ranges to fit each family’s budget.  All helmets purchased will be delivered in August with the Ridgefield Lions logo and player number already applied. 

Station 2:  This is the Spirit Wear station where each player (if needed/desired) will be fitted for a customized RAHA Bauer warmup suit and will also have the opportunity to place orders for Spirit Wear which, again, will be delivered customized with name and number to each player on the first day of practice in August.  RAHA players will also have the opportunity to place orders for all other current Spirit Wear offerings.  This station will be operated by our friends at Custom Ts ‘n More (aka Tenners) and Top Shelf Hockey with the help of RAHA’s new Spirit Wear online storefront!

In addition to the two RAHA Pro Shop Day stations, the Top Shelf Hockey shop will also be open for business for players’ other equipment and hockey supply needs.  Top Shelf proprietor T.J. Cline will be on hand to assist and answer any questions.

What time should we arrive at RAHA Pro Shop Day on July 23rd?

The hours for RAHA Pro Shop Day 2016 will be as follows:

Squirts: 8:00AM to 9:20AM

PeeWees: 9:20AM to 10:40AM

Bantams: 10:40AM to Noon

Please make reasonable effort to attend at your assigned time.  However, we understand that this may not be possible for some families due to scheduling conflicts.

What do you need to bring to RAHA Pro Shop Day?

Whether you attend RAHA Pro Shop Day at Winter Garden on July 23, or take advantage of one of the alternate options detailed below, each player must bring his/her shoulder pads, elbow pads, shin guards and hockey pants.

Cant’ make it on July 23rd?  No problem!

Although it is our preference that you and your kids attend RAHA Pro Shop Day if possible, we understand that some of you may be out of town or have conflicting plans.  No problem!  Beginning now and running through Thursday, July 28, you and your RAHA players may visit Wesco at 270 Federal Road in Brookfield on a walk-in basis during regular store hours (http://www.wescosports.com/storeInfo.htm) for a private RAHA Pro Shop fitting.  Simply proceed to the front desk and tell them you’re there for a RAHA uniform fitting.

Can’t make it to Wesco by Thursday, July 28?  No problem!

Although we would appreciate if you make reasonable effort to either attend RAHA Pro Shop Day at Winter Garden or go to Wesco for a private uniform fitting, those of you whose summer schedules preclude you from doing so should respond to this email so that we can make alternate arrangements.

We sincerely hope that RAHA Pro Shop Day will benefit all RAHA families and we look forward to seeing you July 23rd!

Best regards,

The RAHA Board


by posted 07/18/2016
Erik Nates - Summer Camps

UPCOMING ERIK NATES

SUMMER PROGRAMS!


THE FULL SUMMER CAMP SCHEDULE IS AVAILABLE ONLINE, CLICK THE ERIK NATES WEBSITE BELOW TO CHECK OUT ALL DATES & LOCATIONS!

 

www.nateshockey.com

 


by posted 07/17/2016
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