Shaker Youth Hockey is holding tryouts for Squirts, PWs and Bantams starting April 24th. All tryouts will be held at Shaker's Thornton Park Ice Arena.
Click below for information on tryouts.
Shaker Hockey Families-
Below is a letter from our new Hockey Director Michael Berg. The SYHA Board has worked closely with Michael over his first month and we feel confident he not only has great insight for our players on the ice, but the vision to continue to build a strong community off the ice as well. We appreciate all of your patience during this transition and look forward to moving ahead with Michael as our leader.
Doug Hubbard and the SYHA Board
Dear Shaker Hockey Community,
Now that I have spent some time getting to know our program, I wanted to formally tell each and every one of you how excited I am to work with Shaker Hockey and your children. This is an exciting time of year and I cannot wait to get started. With tryouts approaching, I wanted to share my vision for the program, as well as my background. Having grown up in Shaker, I know the importance of not only developing hockey players, but equally as important, building a strong sense of community and helping your children develop as citizens.
Although success at the team and individual level is important, SYHA places significant emphasis the development of student-athletes of all levels of ability. SYHA promotes long-term athlete and child development by providing on-ice and off-ice training opportunities that allow each player to maximize his or her potential in a competitive learning environment, while providing positive lessons that allow them to excel in life. Shaker Youth Hockey Association is committed to helping boys and girls make big strides on and off the ice.
More than a Game
Hockey develops skills on the ice that build a foundation for a lifetime. With an emphasis on fun and discipline, hockey is a game to be played and enjoyed for life. Here are just a few of the positive characteristics Shaker Youth Hockey helps develop in our kids:
Pride Thrills Focus Exhilaration Strength
Responsibility Adventure Confidence Friends
Leadership Teamwork Laughter
Life-Long Friendships and Sense of Community
Starting with the bonds created in the locker room to the relationships formed on ice, hockey creates life-long friendships. This camaraderie shared on and off the ice encourages teamwork and the natural development of leadership skills. Shaker Youth Hockey strongly believes in instilling an important sense of loyalty and pride in its youth hockey players.
Set Up for Success
From learning to balance school, responsibilities at home, time at the rink and playing with friends, hockey teaches kids time management skills that will later serve them in all facets of life. Also, hockey’s unique level of physical fitness and commitment promotes healthy living. Shaker Youth Hockey is committed to supporting the development of complete student athletes. There are numerous examples every year, where kids from the program have gone to higher levels of education and athletics with tremendous success.
Simply Put…Hockey should be Fun!
The thrill of carrying the puck up the ice on a breakaway, the exhilaration of scoring your first goal or making that amazing save is possible due to the encouraging environment hockey provides to try new things and grow as a hockey player and person. Shaker Youth Hockey is all-encompassing by offering opportunities for players of all levels while promoting lifelong love of the sport.
My Goals for the Program
My primary emphasis is to provide an innovative grassroots foundation for the growth and development of Shaker Youth Hockey, designing a program aimed at increased participation, improved skills and a responsible environment for the conduct of youth hockey. Our hope is to grow the program back to 3 teams at the Squirt and Peewee level. In addition to our large quantity of ice team equal if not better than ANY other program in the area, we will continue to bring in outside instruction to support our coaching staff, i.e. Ohio Hockey Project, Okicki Training Center, goalie clinics, etc.
A little bit about me…
I’m a Graduate of Shaker Hts. High and played football, hockey, and baseball.
I graduated from the College of Wooster and played football and baseball.
Recent Coaching Experience: Cleveland Americans AAA 1988-1991, Cleveland Skating Club 9 years, University School 6 years, Stick Fix Cleveland Pre-post HS
team 4 years.
I thank you again for your patience over the past year as the program transitions. I encourage you to reach out to me anytime and share your vision and thoughts with me.
I truly believe this journey for your child is a marathon not a sprint and we need to work together to help them grow on all areas at the right pace.
Want to stay in shape for April hockey tryouts? Want to work off some energy? Want to work on a specific aspect of your game with the help of high school coaches and players?
If so, SYHA 2017 Spring hockey has something for all levels and abilities. Sign up for all sessions or come drop in.
See below for the Spring schedule and info on registration and drop in fees.
SYHA would like to thank Nancy and Don Benincasa for their efforts and time in running the very fun and successful 17th annual Killer B hockey tournament.
Also a big thank you to all tournament volunteers and those who donated snacks and drinks to our hospitality table.
Looking forward to the tournament in 2018.
The 2nd annual Shaker youth hockey night at the Shaker HS varsity game took place on Friday, February 3rd. The event was a big success as all the activities revolved around the home game vs. Cleveland Hts.
Activities included a no charge admission to any Shaker or Cleveland Hts youth hockey player wearing their respective jerseys. A pizza party for all youth players attending the game. Two 8 minute scrimmages with the Shaker Mite Blue teams taking on the Cleveland Hts Mite Blue teams. The varsity game concluded with a group photo of both varsity and Mite Blue teams.
Thank you all for helping make this a fun and entertaining event.
March 6-April 22 - SYHA Spring Hockey
April 23-29 Shaker Youth Hockey Tryouts for Squirts, PWs and Bantams. See info to left.
May 16 - SYHA Board Meeting
SYHA would like to welcome Shaker’s new youth hockey director, Michael Berg. Michael is a graduate of Shaker Hts where he played football, hockey and baseball.
His years coaching youth hockey in the CSHL and his time spent coaching at US and high school pre/post teams will bring great experience and enthusiasm to Shaker’s youth program.
In the next couple of weeks, Michael will be making the rounds to practices and games to introduce himself. If you would like to talk to him personally, please stop by the hockey office at Thornton Park.
The Raider Hockey Team and reigning Baron Cup Tournament Champions have been scoring points in the classroom since the season ended. Senior Nick Forbes received the GCHSHL Academic Award with a second quarter GPA of 4.833. Also, seniors Wyatt Eisen and Adam Slovikovski will receive the Cleveland Hockey Booster Club Scholarship Award for their academic achievements. This year, 10 of the team's 23 varsity athletes earned a 4.0 or higher, and the average team GPA was 3.61. Congratulations!
Similar to 2015, the Shaker Youth Hockey Association (SYHA) has partnered with University Hospitals’ Sports Medicine Department to offer baseline concussion testing to all SYHA athletes at a significantly reduced rate of $30 per athlete. Normally, the cost is $250 per test. University Hospitals has greatly reduced the fee through the SYHA partnership and additional costs have been assumed by SYHA and other generous supporters of our hockey program. While the testing is NOT required to play in the SYHA program, it is a tremendous opportunity and families are encouraged to take advantage of it. PLEASE NOTE: IF YOUR CHILD COMPLETED THE BASELINE TESTING IN FALL 2015, THEN A TEST IS NOT NEEDED THIS YEAR.
University Hospitals professionals will complete face-to-face baseline concussion testing. Each baseline test will take approximately one hour to complete. University Hospitals has closed their clinic for two days on September 13th and 14th and volunteered their time to provide these one hour tests to all SYHA athletes who sign up (Mite through Bantam level). The testing will take place at the University Hospitals Main Campus. For Bantam players > 12 years old, a free computerized test is available. However, University Hospitals recommends that these older athletes complete both the face-to-face concussion testing and the computerized program. This is consistent with the approach University Hospitals takes with college and professional athletes.
SYHA players had a great time with the Shaker High School hockey players and Youth Challenge at the second annual Adapted Hockey Event at Thornton Park. It was a great experience for them to watch the high school players interact with the Youth Challenge participants and a ton of fun to scrimmage with the high school team and shoot on the HS varsity goalie. A great night for the Shaker hockey community.