Although success at the team and individual level is important, SYHA places significant emphasis on the development of student -athletes of all level of abilities. 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 lessons that allow them to excel in life. We believe very strongly in citizenship, sense of community and sportsmanship.
Hello SYHA Families,
I am happy to welcome all of you, both new and returning families, to the 2018 - 2019 Hockey Season. I’m proud to report that our program is strong and growing. We have over 155 players starting with mighty mites to 4 mite, 4 squirt, 2 peewee and 2 bantam level teams this year.
For those of you who are new to the program, I have 20+ years’ experience in coaching a variety of sports at different age levels. My philosophy as a coach and director for the program is - "Although success at the team and individual level is important, I place significant emphasis on the development of student-athletes of all levels of ability." SYHA is committed to helping boys and girls make big strides on and off the ice as athletes, students and members of our community.
This past weekend, I was fortunate to attend the 2018 National Hockey Coaches Symposium. All attendees, including myself, will receive the LEVEL 5 certification which is the highest level of coaching certification within USA Hockey’s Coaching Education Program. A general theme emerged from some of the highest ranking coaches in the industry - Jeff Blashill (Detroit Red Wings), Jon Cooper (Tampa Bay Lightning), Tony Granato (Colorado Avalanche) and two-time Stanley Cup Champion Mike Sullivan (Pittsburgh Penguins) - to name a few - for improving youth player development.
It’s not about the number of games played, but building confidence and skill through more off-ice training and more creativity in small area games. It’s also about getting to know the players and families we coach. What’s going on at home? What’s going on at school? Understanding what buttons to push and what will motivate our kids is key to developing a strong coach / player relationship and a lifelong love of the sport.
As your director, I look forward to creating enthusiasm, generating passion for youth hockey and ensuring that my coaches really get to know your children. My door is always open to answer questions or concerns. It's parents like you, who make SYHA a unique and thriving program. You are the game changers.
Enjoy this article as we, together as parents, continue to learn.
Wishing you a terrific season,
Please use the line below to register and pay this season's SYHA Fee. This fee is separate from the city recreation fee and is used to help finance the costs associated with supporting the youth hockey program. The fee is $125 per family, so please only pay once for your oldest child in the program. Younger siblings will be included in this one time payment. Thank you.
Each year SYHA looks for parents who can help us support the organization through volunteering and contributing of their time and talent. Not only is volunteering fun and builds morale, but it fosters relationships with families, coaches and players. SYHA is about building community.
We are seeking individuals who can help with skills in marketing/communications, social media, scheduling, fundraising or simply helping with an event or two.
The opportunities are endless and we are grateful for any time you can contribute.
Below find a PDF outlining the services offered by the UH Sports Medicine practice. UH Sports Medicine partners with Shaker Youth Hockey to provide baseline concussion testing and provides sponsorship for our teams. Thanks to UH Sports Medicine.