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Welcome to the CAHA website

2018 Annual America’s Showcase National Hockey Tournament
Jan 7, 2018  3:13 PM
California Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA) is excited to provide the 2018 Annual America’s Showcase National Hockey Tournament. Please click the following link for more information. Read More >>

2018 CAHA Boys Select Camp
Jan 6, 2018  10:04 AM
2018 CAHA Select Camp selections and District Camp information is now posted. Click on the "Boys Camp" link for more information. Read More >>

2018 CAHA Girls Select Camp
Jan 6, 2018  10:05 AM
2018 CAHA Select Camp selections and schedule information is now posted. Click on the "Girls Camp" link for more information. Read More >>

For All the Parents
Oct 1, 2017  1:07 PM
Your child's success or lack of success in sports does not indicate what kind of parent you are. But, having an athlete that is coachable, respectful, a great teammate, mentally tough, resilient and tries their best IS a direct reflection of your parenting.

Concussion Protocol Update
Aug 30, 2017  10:24 PM
Implementation of the concussion legislation is in full swing. If you have any questions about the legislation or the Pacific District Protocol, please visit the Concussion information page. Confused about meeting the athlete education requirement? The applicable form which meets the criteria is found and highlighted on the page. Read More >>

8U - Free-play boosts creativity at 8U and beyond
Jul 18, 2017  11:43 AM
As a proponent of free play in his facility, Dave Gleason, owner of Athletes Acceleration, recently was working with a group of 6-to-9-year-olds and decided to let them choose any activity they wanted to do that day. Those youngsters were frozen by the opportunity to choose, which so often is not part of their daily athletic reality. Gleason didn't like what he was seeing. Here are a handful of the ways in which he believes free play is beneficial to young athletes. Read More >>

CAHA Represented at Five Nations Tournament
Jul 13, 2017  6:54 PM
CAHA recognizes and congratulates two California players that were selected to the 2017 United States Under-17 Select Team that will be competing next month at the Five Nations Tournament in Ostrava, Czech Republic. As an Affiliate, CAHA should be collectively proud of these two players and their accomplishments this past week at the Boys Select 16 Player Development Camp which resulted in their being selected to represent the U.S. on the Under-17 Select Team!

Josh Groll, San Diego, CA San Diego Jr. Gulls

Ryan Johnson, Irvine, CA Anaheim Jr. Ducks

The 5 Nations tournament runs August 23-27, and there is a link in the notice below to follow the tourney. Read More >>

CAHA Tier II Flight System Administration Guidelines for 2017-18 Season
Jul 12, 2017  7:40 PM
On June 17, 2017, the CAHA Board of Directors adopted the following CAHA Tier II Flight System Administration Guidelines

1) All Tier II teams will be required to participate in Preseason Evaluation Jamboree; failure to attend will result in disqualification from all Tier II participation.
2) In order to ‘Flight’ a division there must be a minimum of 12 teams (6 teams per flight minimum).
3) Flight 1 will have a maximum of 10 teams.
4) CAHA may schedule multiple rounds of games within the CAHA weekends to assure each team gets 12 – 18 games.
5) If after preseason jamboree evaluation the Evaluation Committee determines a particular division cannot be equitably split into two divisions that division will play as a whole without being split into two flights.
6) Evaluation Jamboree format will be 1‐hour mini game slots, with a 3 minute warmup, (2) 25 minute runtime periods, and a 1 minute intermission between periods.
7) Teams will play minimum of four (4) games (any team may be asked to play a 5th game at the jamboree at the request of the evaluation committee).
8) The two weeks following the Preseason Evaluation Jamboree, teams are subject to being required to play further evaluation “prove me” game(s) within their respective leagues (SCAHA/NORCAL) if requested by the Evaluation Committee.
9) CAHA will ensure no less than three (3) evaluators are assessing each age division (if possible, evaluators will not review multiple age divisions).
10) Tier II Playdowns will still be an 8 team playdown.
11) Flight 1/Flight 2 Playdown Scenarios: a. Flight 1 has 6 teams; #1 and #2 seed from Flight 2 advance to playdowns.
b. Flight 1 has 7 teams; #1 seed from Flight 2 advances to playdowns.
c. Flight 1 has 8 teams; #1 seed from Flight 2 has play‐in game against Flight 1 #8 seed, winner advances to playdowns.
d. Flight 1 has 9 teams; #1 seed from Flight 2 has play‐in game against Flight 1 #8 seed, winner advances to playdowns.
e. Flight 1 has 10 teams; #1 seed from Flight 2 has play‐in game against Flight 1 #8 seed, winner advances to playdowns.
12) When Flight 2 #1 seed has play‐in game against Flight 1 #8 seed, the Flight 1 team shall be the home team, with the Flight 2 team traveling to play said game.
13) In the event a Flight 2 #1 seed declines the opportunity for the play‐in game, the Flight 1 #8 seed will advance to playdowns.

2017 Jamboree Information:
- The 2017 CAHA Tier II Jamboree will be held at Sharks Ice San Jose September 1st – 4th.
- Games may start as early as 5pm on Friday and may end as late as 6pm on Monday.
- If needed, games may be scheduled at Sharks Ice – Fremont
- Teams are not required to stay at host hotels.
- The first two (2) games for each team shall be pre-determined; the following games will be scheduled based on the Evaluation Committee recommendations.
- The fee for the Jamboree is $900.00 per team, payable to CAHA, and is due by August 20th to:
Laura Cahn
349 Nancy Circle
Vacaville, CA 95687

Changes to Concussion Legislation in California
Jun 21, 2017  11:06 AM
CAHA is proud to have been a leader within USA Hockey by establishing statewide concussion protocol five years ago. Since that time, the Pacific District has adopted concussion protocol in all its affiliates, and USA Hockey recently added a concussion acknowledgement requirement to its online registration process for all members.

The State of California has also implemented concussion protocol that now expands from the original high school sports legislation to recreational youth sports organizations under Health and Safety Code 124235 (chapter 516). All CAHA member associations – and all CAHA members – need to be aware of these requirements for the upcoming season. Read More >>

2017-18 Rules Changes
Mar 3, 2017  2:21 PM
Please follow the link below to the "Guidebook" page of this website which will take you to a link of a summary of the notable rule changes as approved by the CAHA Board of Directors, and shall be in effect for the upcoming 2017/2018 season. The rules, in their entirety, will be released shortly. The summary does not reflect all the changes, only those necessary for immediate release. Questions can be sent to Youth Council Chairperson, Laura Cahn, via email at lauracahn@yahoo.com Read More >>

14U/16U - 5 summer stickhandling drills for 14U/16U
Jul 12, 2017  4:06 PM
There is no better time than summertime for hockey players at the 14U and 16U level to make vast improvements to a fundamental skill that's often overlooked during the season: stickhandling. If your child is willing to put in the effort, here are five summer drills to take their stickhandling skills to the next level. Read More >>

Adult Hockey - Stickhandling skills, tips and drills
Jul 7, 2017  8:29 AM
If you watched the Stanley Cup playoffs, you know the value of stickhandling in hockey. You also know being good at it doesn't happen by accident. For those looking to work on stickhandling skills, there are plenty of things to do to improve. Here are some ways to step up your game. Read More >>

10U - Beyond athleticism: The hidden benefits of multiple sports and free play
Jun 27, 2017  12:04 PM
To unlock a child's full athletic potential, USA Hockey recommends following the principles of long-term athlete development and using the offseason as a time to participate in other sports and activities. However, beyond the scope of developing a youngster's physical attributes, participation in other sports and activities, and even free play with neighborhood friends, can have a positive impact that goes well beyond athleticism. Read More >>

The Race to Nowhere in Youth Sports
May 17, 2017  6:14 PM
“My 4th grader tried to play basketball and soccer last year,” a mom recently told me as we sat around the dinner table after one of my speaking engagements. “It was a nightmare. My son kept getting yelled at by both coaches as we left one game early to race to a game in the other sport. He hated it.”

“I know,” said another. “My 10 year old daughter’s soccer coach told her she had to pick one sport, and start doing additional private training on the side, or he would give away her spot on the team.” Read More >>

Coaching News - Get it, protect it, keep it: Denver's culture of puck pursuit and possession
May 13, 2017  9:27 PM
No college hockey team chased down and owned the puck quite like the University of Denver. Head coach Jim Montgomery reveals the Pioneers' strategy to cultivate this mindset and culture. Read More >>

12U - What were Olympians doing at age 12?
Apr 27, 2017  4:16 PM
If the stereotypical image of an Olympic athlete is that of someone who has toiled for almost an entire lifetime, from a very young age, to hone his or her particular craft by training in one sport year-round, the athletes themselves would like to set the record straight. Chris Snyder of the USOC's Coaching Education Program helps shed more light on long-term development. Read More >>

2017 CAHA State Champions
May 17, 2017  6:04 PM
CONGRATULATIONS to the following 2017 CAHA State Champions:
Tier I:
Midget 18U - L.A. Jr. Kings
Midget 16U - Anaheim Jr. Ducks
Midget 15 - L.A. Jr. Kings
Bantam - S.D. Jr. Gulls
Bantam Minor - S.J. Jr. Sharks
PeeWee - Anaheim Jr. Ducks
PeeWee Minor - L.A. Jr. Kings

High School - Santa Margarita Eagles

Tier II:
Midget 18U - GSE Eagles
Midget 16U - Santa Clara Blackhawks
Bantam - Calif. Golden Bears
PeeWee - Calif. Wave(1)

Bantam A - Calif. Wave(3)
Bantam B - Lake Tahoe Grizzlies
PeeWee A - Lake Tahoe Grizzlies
PeeWee BB - S.F. Sabercats
PeeWee B - Tri-Valley Blue Devils
Squirt A - San Diego Jr. Gulls
Squirt BB - San Jose Jr. Sharks
Squirt B - L.A. Jr. Kings(2)

Playing it Safe - Player safety and the culture of playing through pain
Mar 4, 2017  4:53 PM
Staying in the game, playing through the pain. It's a trait valued in the top professional leagues, but if we're not careful as parents and coaches, it can send the wrong message to our younger players who are still learning the game. Read More >>

Message from the President regarding Tier I Selections
Jan 31, 2017  10:33 AM
Per the Tier 1 Policy set forth by the CAHA Board of Directors on January 23, 2016, I would like to report the following Associations will be recognized as Tier 1 Programs through our affiliate, and USA Hockey for the 2017-18 season. Congratulations to the following:

11AAA (Minor) - Anaheim Jr. Ducks, Los Angeles Jr. Kings, San Jose Jr. Sharks

12U (Major) - Anaheim Jr. Ducks, Los Angeles Jr. Kings, San Diego Jr. Gulls, San Jose Jr. Sharks

13AAA (Minor) - Anaheim Jr. Ducks, Los Angeles Jr. Kings, San Diego Jr. Gulls, San Jose Jr. Sharks

14U (Major) - Anaheim Jr. Ducks, Los Angeles Jr. Kings, San Diego Jr. Gulls, San Jose Jr. Sharks

15AAA - Anaheim Jr. Ducks, Los Angeles Jr. Kings, San Diego Jr. Gulls, San Jose Jr. Sharks

16U - Anaheim Jr. Ducks, Los Angeles Jr. Kings, San Diego Jr. Gulls, San Jose Jr. Sharks, Titans

18U - Anaheim Jr. Ducks, Los Angeles Jr. Kings, San Jose Jr. Sharks, Titans, Wildcats

Congratulations to the successful applicants!
Tom Hancock

An Open Letter from the Backseat
Feb 1, 2017  7:57 AM
Dear Mom and Dad I wanted to start this letter by saying I love you, and I know you mean well. I appreciate all the time and energy you put into taking me to my games and practices, and I know you sacrifice a lot to do it. I also appreciate when you try to help me get better by pointing out the things I do wrong because I know you know a lot about soccer. But we really need to talk about the ride home after games. Read More >>

Team Up - Speak Up to Fight Concussions
Sep 10, 2016  9:31 AM
CAHA is pleased to announce we have joined the TEAM UP SPEAK UP movement to fight concussions as a state affiliate! Click the following link for more information. Read More >>

New Screening Instructions
Apr 6, 2015  1:22 PM
Effective immediately, CAHA has updated the official screening policy, as well as implemented new instructions for completing the online screening process. Please see the "Screening Program" link to this website for more information and the link to complete the screening process. Read More >>

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