RAHA has made its Bantam team selections for the 2018-2019 season. We want to thank and congratulate the Bantam players and families for their participation and selections in the Bantam evaluation process.
Please find the 2018-2019 Bantam team assignment listed below by tryout pinnie number:
(Additional roster moves up to the Bantam AA team may be made in the Fall. Until that point, these are the roster assignments for the Bantam AA & A teams as part of this evaluation process.)
Each player/family has 24 hours from Saturday AM to accept or decline your position. This is a hard deadline. If you accept your position, we will deposit the check that you provided RAHA as a tuition deposit. If you decline your spot, your check will be returned to you or destroyed.
Please know that much time and effort went into these team selections. Every decision was made in an effort to place each player in a position that would allow him or her to grow their individual skills (both hockey and personal) and to ultimately grow and strengthen the RAHA program for years to come.
If you do not see your name on this list, you will be placed on a waitlist in the event that roster positions become available at some point. We regret that we are not able to offer spots to all skaters at this time.
If you have questions about your child’s placement or the team itself, please contact Eric Presbrey (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Patrick Walsh (email@example.com).
For those who accept their position, during the coming weeks you will receive a welcome email and communication from RAHA. You’ll also be invited to consider volunteering for the important position of team manager or scheduler. Additionally, players who are new to RAHA will also be asked to choose a number to wear on their jersey and receive information about ordering their jerseys (approximately $200 per set). There are also additional RAHA Lions spirit wear items available for purchase.
You will also be invited to attend RAHA’s annual meeting, to be held on April 23rd. (see the website for additional details)
Finally, RAHA will provide you with several forms to complete, including a Consent to Treat form, a Code of Conduct form, and a Parents’ Code of Conduct form. Practices will begin for all teams in late August or early September. We hope to communicate exact dates and schedules very soon.
Congratulations to the new RAHA Bantam AA and A players. We are excited to have you as part of our growing Lions community. Have a great summer and we look forward to seeing you on the ice in the Fall!
Tryouts and evaluations for begin on Monday, April 16, for Ridgefield Amateur Hockey Association’s 2018-19 season for Bantam age level (birth years 2004 and 2005). We are looking forward to an exciting season filled with several new initiatives that we feel will strengthen our program, build our community, and develop great hockey players on competitive teams. We are grateful that you are considering joining our organization. Below please find the answers to some of the questions you may have.
What is the check-in process at tryouts?
Your family will be greeted at Winter Garden Arena by the age level directors. Your child will be issued a numbered pinnie. Please have your child dress in full hockey gear, including a neck guard, and wear the pinnie over his or her jersey. Goalies should have the number in front; all other players should have the number in back. Please bring a tuition deposit check for $2,000 payable to Ridgefield Amateur Athletic Association with your child’s name in the memo line. If you have not already paid the tryout fee online, please bring a separate check for that ($180.00, less any applicable goalie discount.) We cannot accept credit cards.
Are there any forms to bring?
If you have completed all registration forms on line, you have nothing to bring. If not, we will ask you to complete the forms on your mobile device while you are there, and you will need to provide your player’s 2017-18 USA Hockey number.
What do we do with the pinnie?
Each night, return your child’s pinnie before you leave the rink. It is very important that your child wear the same pinnie for all three nights of tryouts, so please let one of the age level directors know if there are any issues. Make a note of your pinnie number, as tryout decisions will be announced by pinnie number.
Why do teams have two sessions each night?
In order to make it possible for the independent evaluators to assess each player fairly, we are splitting Squirts, Peewees and Bantams into two groups for their evaluation sessions. We believe that having fewer players on the ice at a time will give the evaluators and coaches a better look at each individual skater. You will be notified as to which sessions your child should attend.
How do we find out whether our player has made a team, and which team?
After tryouts, the independent evaluator will provide objective evaluations of all players to the coaches and each age level’s two age level directors. The age-specific coaches will pick the teams. The final team decisions will be posted on ridgefieldhockey.org, around 24-72 hours after the end of the last night of tryouts. Results will be posted by pinnie number.
Cuts Ideally, RAHA will never have to make any cuts and all players will be happy with their teams. Unfortunately, in some circumstances cuts will be deemed necessary. Additionally, players can be dropped down and no position is guaranteed. Any player who is not offered a position on a travel team will receive a full refund of his or her deposit (this does not include the tryout fee which is nonrefundable).
Numbers of players per team
The target team size for Bantams is up to 16 skaters per team. However, the team size may ultimately depend on the total number of skaters trying out, player safety, accepted positions and skill levels requisite of travel hockey. RAHA will attempt to provide some direction during tryouts as appropriate as we see the possible number of teams take shape.
How long do we have to make a decision?
You have 24 hours from the time that results are posted on the Web site to accept or decline your child’s position on the team. If you accept, the deposit check you provided at tryouts will be applied to the tuition. If you decline, or if your child is not offered a spot, please let us know if you would like us to destroy the check or return it to you.
What happens next?
In the weeks following the announcement of teams, you will receive a welcome email from your coach. You’ll also be invited to consider volunteering for the important team positions of manager and scheduler. Players who are new to RAHA will also be asked to choose a number to wear on their jersey and receive information about ordering their jerseys (approximately $200 per set) and jackets, pants, and other RAHA spirit wear. You will also be invited to attend RAHA’s annual meeting, to be held in late April. RAHA will also provide you with a number of forms to complete, including a Consent to Treat form, a Code of Conduct form, and a Parents’ Code of Conduct form.
When does the season start?
Practices will begin for all teams in late August or early September. We hope to communicate exact dates very soon.
How much is tuition for the 2018-2019 season?
For Squirts, Peewees, and Bantams, tuition for the 2018-19 season will be $3,950. For Mites, tuition will be $2,600. The deposit check that you submit at tryouts will be applied to that figure, and the balance will be due by August 15, 2018.
Whom should I contact regarding any issues?
Please direct any inquiries, questions, or concerns to Eric Presbrey (
) or Patrick Walsh (
) Please contact Eric or Patrick if your player will not be able to make one or more of the tryout sessions. In order to keep the process fair and transparent, please do not contact or intercede with any of the coaches, evaluators, or age level directors regarding specific player issues related to tryouts.
More information regarding the tryout process is available on our web site at http://ridgefieldhockey.org/#728712
Thank you for considering RAHA for your family. We look forward to seeing you on the ice.
Annual General Meeting - Monday, April 23, 7:00 p.m.
The RAHA Board of Directors invites all members to join us for our annual General Meeting on Monday, April 23, at 7:00 p.m.
At this meeting, we will elect directors for the 2018-19 season, consider any amendments to the bylaws, and award the Ted Tregurtha Annual Award to a member of our organization.
The meeting will be held at Nod Hill Brewery, 137 Ethan Allen Highway, in Ridgefield, and there will be a cash bar. We would like to remind all guests of safe driving practices and note that no one under the age of 21 is to be consuming alcohol.
Tryout Overview for Mites, Squirts, Peewees and Bantams
RAHA TRYOUT OVERVIEW
For Mites, Squirts, PeeWees and Bantams
The overall goal of the entire tryout process at every age level is to find the best team for each player and the best players for each team. We attempt to make the tryout process as fair as possible for all players.
General Description and Information
Ridgefield Amateur Hockey Association (“RAHA”) is a tryout-based organization. Each season, players are evaluated based on their abilities and are then placed on the appropriate team. Player evaluations are one of the most difficult tasks for a youth hockey association to perform. Often, the margin between players is very thin. Thus, the ultimate aim of the tryout process is to provide sufficient opportunities for coaches and the independent evaluator to thoroughly evaluate each player's abilities.
The 2018-19 RAHA tryouts will be conducted by the Tryout Committee (as detailed below) comprising age level directors, age level coaches and an independent evaluator for both players and goalies (Squirts through Bantams). The RAHA Board of Directors will determine the number of teams at each level and players will be placed on a team based upon the evaluation process described below.
The independent evaluators will provide objective evaluations of all players to the coaches and each age level’s age level directors. The age level coaches will pick the teams based on the tryout evaluations, evaluations from the prior year coach when available, positional and other needs of the team and other factors such as attitude and “coachability” and as further detailed below. Age level directors will provide process oversight while the independent evaluator will provide tryout rating oversight. If there is an issue that the age level directors, independent evaluator and coaches cannot resolve, it will be taken to the full Board for a decision.
Timing and Format for 2018-19 Tryouts
RAHA will hold tryouts in the spring for Mites, Squirts, Peewees, and Bantams. The tryout format will be a combination of skills, small area games and scrimmages across multiple sessions.
Basic requirements (Bantams, Peewees, Squirts and Mites)
Prior to being allowed on the ice for tryouts, all players must:
·Register and pay the tryout fee
·Make a tuition deposit (checks only) at check-in
·Submit registration paperwork
·Be in good standing with RAHA, if a returning player
Players will be assigned a pinnie at the registration/check-in desk on the first day of tryouts. The pinnie number will have no significance to the player's ability, rating, or placement. The pinnie number must be fully visible to the evaluators while the player is on the ice. Goalies should have the number side of the pinnie in front.
If a player is offered a position on a team, he or she has 24 hours to accept that position. If the player chooses not to accept, his or her tuition deposit will be returned (this does not include the tryout fee which is nonrefundable).
Key Personnel (Tryout Committee) in the Tryout Process
(Mites through Bantams)
Age Level Directors
At least two board members who do not have children playing at a particular level will be assigned as that level’s age level directors. The age level directors will facilitate evaluations, gather all data specific to player placement, and provide process oversight. The 2018-19 Age Level Directors are:
Bantams – Dennis Bishop (firstname.lastname@example.org), Eric Presbrey (email@example.com), Paul Signorelli (firstname.lastname@example.org), Patrick Walsh (email@example.com)
PeeWees – Jane Hoeffner (firstname.lastname@example.org), Hilary Kao (email@example.com), Kevin White (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Squirts – Dennis Bishop (email@example.com), Ross Graber (firstname.lastname@example.org), Ken Silliman (email@example.com)
Mites – Michael Luft (firstname.lastname@example.org), Tom McNicholas (email@example.com)
RAHA age level head coaches will collectively choose all players for the age level teams. All age level coaches will be in attendance for the tryout sessions. Player selections will represent a consensus of the age level coaches.
An independent evaluator for both players and goalies will participate in the process to provide objective feedback to the coaches and the Age Level Director (Squirts through Bantams). The selection pool of potential independent evaluators may include, but is not limited to, high school and college coaches, coaches from other organizations, and other individuals with thorough knowledge of hockey. The evaluator will be independent in that he or she will not have children participating in the tryouts or any other personal interest in the outcomes.
·The target team size for Bantams is up to 16 skaters per team.
·The target team size for PeeWees is 11 to 14 skaters per team.
·The target team size for Squirts is 10 to 12 skaters per team.
·The target team size for Mites is 8 to 12 skaters per team.
·However, there is no requirement that a team have the above detailed number of players. Coaches and age level directors will determine each individual team’s size, with input from the independent evaluator and age level directors. Consideration will also be given to the minimum skill level necessary to compete at each level of play.
·RAHA will field as many teams as tryout registrations (and placement offer acceptances) and skill levels permit (Squirts through Bantams). While RAHA endeavors to field four teams at each level, this may not be achievable due to the number and skill level of players as noted above.
The evaluator, working independently, will score each player on the level of his or her performance during the sessions. The evaluator is instructed to rate players using a standardized system, with an overall score incorporating all of the following:
Ã¢—Â Skating skills
Ã¢—Â Hockey/puck skills
Ã¢—Â Teamwork/situational skills
Ã¢—Â Hockey concepts (Hockey IQ)
Although not rated numerically, other factors may also be taken into consideration in making player placements such as the following:
·Ability to follow instructions
·Consistent attendance (practices/games)
·Disciplinary, behavioral, and maturity considerations
At the conclusion of the 2017-18 season, RAHA team head coaches will provide player evaluations for all players based on performance during the 2017-18 season. These evaluations are based on the same standardized system used during tryouts and may be taken into consideration during the player placement process.
Policy Regarding Second-Year Players in an Age Level
All players will be placed according to their ability and tryout evaluation as set forth above, regardless of the team on which they played during the prior season. We are hopeful that every player in RAHA will continue to skate year in and year out to develop long-lasting friendships with their teammates. Furthermore, we recognize that every player is unique and his or her development curve may jump ahead or lag behind his or her peers.
With this in mind, the Tryout Committee will try to acknowledge the forward progress of each skater for the next season, but in some instances, that will not be possible and a player may remain stationary or in some instances drop back. Player placement is not lockstep from year-to-year. For example, Returning A players are not guaranteed AA placements. No skater or goalie is presumed to have his or her “spot” for any team next season regardless of whether he or she is returning to the same level or moving up because of his or her age.
Players Who Miss Evaluations
Players who do not attend evaluations are generally limited to the lowest available travel team as roster space permits. A player who is unable to attend the evaluations due to extenuating circumstances (for example, due to an injury or relocation) may be considered for travel team selection at any level through evaluation during age-level appropriate practices, and may be placed on a team in accordance with the Post Tryout Policy below and by approval of the Board. Former coaches, assistant coaches, directors, and others may be consulted to determine proper placement for that player.
Notification of Player Placements
Notification of player placements will occur as early as possible following adequate time for evaluators and coaches to review all evaluation data. Final team selections will be posted on our website by pinnie number, and/or an email will be sent to parents regarding player placement.
Ideally, RAHA will never have to make any cuts and all players will be happy with their teams. Unfortunately, in some circumstances cuts will be deemed necessary. Any player who is not offered a position on a travel team will receive a full refund of his or her deposit (this does not include the tryout fee which is nonrefundable).
Due to the developmental nature of the Mite program and the integration with the American Develop Model, the Mite evaluation process begins in the spring and continues in the fall. Evaluations will be continuously made by all Mite coaches throughout September and October, and each player will be grouped with players of similar ability (e.g., beginner, intermediate, advanced). There may be continuous movement of players between groups based on the pace of their development. In the fall, initial cross-ice rosters will be made. These are flexible, and can change any time before December based on the development of each player as determined by all Mite coaches. In December, the rosters for Mite teams will be finalized.
Special Provisions Re: Goalies
In addition to participating in the scrimmages and other tryout activities attended by all RAHA skaters, goalies will be asked to participate in a special ice session for goalies only. There, they will be evaluated by one or more goalie evaluators (Goalie Evaluation). In addition, the goalies will be evaluated by an independent evaluator (Squirts through Bantams) and the age level coaches based on their performances in the tryout scrimmages and other tryout activities. The age level coaches will select goalies for each teams based on the Goalie Evaluation, tryout evaluations, evaluations from the prior year coach and the other non-numerically rated factors referenced above.
Because commitment is a particularly important factor at the goalie level, prior year coaches’ evaluations will also be considered when possible. The Tryout Committee will consult with the goalie evaluators as it deems appropriate. Where the number of goalies exceeds the number of teams, age level director will discuss the situation with goalies’ parents to discuss the best outcomes.
Post Tryout Policy
After tryouts have occurred, players wishing to join RAHA will be accommodated to the extent possible. However, RAHA is under no obligation to offer such players a roster position. The Board will consider roster additions to the team determined appropriate given a player’s skills and only if the existing roster size permits an addition. This may mean that RAHA will be unable to accommodate a player after tryouts. All such post-tryout accommodations for late registrants will be done first with the best interests of the players and the coaches of the set teams, and then with the individual late registrant in mind.
Questions and Concerns
In order to keep the process fair and transparent, please do not contact or intercede with any of the coaches, evaluators, or age level directors regarding specific player issues related to tryouts, as that type of communication undermines the integrity of the process.
Prior to and during tryouts, please direct any inquiries, questions or concerns regarding the tryout process to the applicable age level directors (email addresses provided above). Following tryouts, please direct any inquiries, questions or concerns regarding player placements to Dennis Bishop, RAHA President, Hockey Operations (dbishop). In addition, please contact Dennis if your player will not be able to make one or more of the tryout sessions.
A Note to Parents
• Help your child deal constructively with the evaluation and placement process. Your encouragement to play hard, and have fun, will do more to promote a long-lived “hockey career” than anything else.
• Understand that the Tryout Process is inherently imperfect and that there are many elements to the process. The Tryout Committee must make difficult decisions. The Board has created what it believes to be a fair process that relies on good, thoughtful, and fair people doing the best they can.
• As is the case in most youth sports, what particular team level a player plays at as a 7 to 13 year old rarely affects their later years. In fact, in most cases the relative ability ranking of players in a sport changes greatly over these years, so no single placement for a given season should be, nor is, creating a “destiny” for a kid. The high school and college rosters of all sports are filled with players who ranged from A to C players in their “early careers”. The most critical factor for later years is – to still be playing!
• RAHA is proudly a “local” program. We value, care, and spend as much time on “C” teams as on “A” teams and believe these distinctions are necessary only to the extent they are needed to determine at what level a team plays at in a given league. They do not determine the “real players” nor very often who will be playing five, 10, or 20 years from now.
Registration is now available using the "Register Online" button
on the left side of the RAHA home page (ridgefieldhockey.org).
Midget registration now open for Tier 2 U16 and U18 teams
Registration is now open for RAHA’s U16 and U18 Midget Teams
Both teams will compete in the Connecticut Hockey Conference, Tier II, split season. We will skate out of Winter Garden and other area rinks as necessary. Tryouts will be held at the Winter Garden on Saturday, April 21, from 2:00-3:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 22, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Players must register for either 16U or 18U. The tryout fee is $120. Final tuition will be determined by roster size and there will be a separate fee for uniforms.
Midget U16 (2002 and 2003 Birth Years)
Coach: Michael “Buzzy” Schneider
Nationals-eligible, Tier II Team
Weekly practices with 2-3 on-ice coaches
20 CHC games, 1-2 per week
1-2 high-level tournaments
Midget U18 (2000 through 2003 Birth Years)
Coach: Dan Feighan
Nationals-eligible, Tier II Team
No practices, players are encouraged to practice with their high school’s preseason program
20 CHC games, 1-2 per week
1-2 high-level tournaments
Mike “Buzzy” Schneider (U16): Buzzy graduated from Ridgefield High School in 2001, where he played on the varsity ice hockey team for four years. He attended Norwich University in Vermont his freshman year and also attended Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. Buzzy still plays hockey on local men’s teams. In 2017, Buzzy’s Bantam A team won the Tier 2 state tournament and represented Connecticut in the USA Hockey National Tournament in Coral Gables, Florida. Buzzy is a Level 4 certified coach.
Dan Feighan (U18): Hockey has been Dan's passion his entire life. He started coaching while playing high school hockey at age 15. For the next 24 years, Dan was a head coach in youth hockey programs such as Stamford, Westchester Express, Mid-Fairfield, Greenwich Blues, and the Norwalk Barons. In 2005, Dan was named Head Coach at Norwalk High School, making him the youngest head coach in the FCIAC. He remained the head coach for the next 10 years. 2018 will be Dan's second year coaching the RAHA Split-Season 18U Midget team.
For more information, please contact Tom McNicholas at
RAHA encourages all high school players to consider their high school’s preseason programs. Details for the Ridgefield High School preseason conditioning program, managed by the RHS Booster Club, will be available over the summer at rhstigerhockey.org. For additional information about the RHS Booster Club offerings, please contact Angela Cullinan at
or Rich Pereira
RAHA named Best Youth Sports Program by Ridgefield Magazine
We are thrilled and gratified that the readers of Ridgefield Magazine voted Ridgefield Amateur Hockey Association the Best Youth Sports Program in the first annual Readers Choice Awards. Thank you for your support! Check out the winners in the April issue of Ridgefield Magazine.