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BREAKING NEWS!

Order Your Junior Spartan Gear!!!

We are taking orders for RAHA Junior Spartan Gear.

We have sweatshirts, including two different Hockey Mom sweatshirts, two hats and two beanies.

Orders must be placed by Dec. 8!!!

There is a interactive order form below.Right click and choose save link as to download the form, fill it out on your computer and bring it to Giorgetti before Dec. 8.

This form may not work you you open it in your browser. It is best to download it and open in Adobe Reader.


2013-2014 Squirt A Championship Banner Unveiling - December 5th, 2014

The RAHA Junior Spartans 2013-2014 Squirt A Championship Banner will be unveiled on December 5th, 2014 during the 1st intermission of the Castleton Men vs. St. Michael's College hockey game starting at 7pm at Spartan Arena.   Please fill the stands to celebrate this accomplishment and support Castleton Spartans Hockey.


Congratulations to the Squirt A Team: Vermont Champions!

The Squirt A team defeated Stowe 1-0 on a goal with 1 second left in the first overtime to win the Vermont State Championship!

Team members included: Aidan Botti, Micaiah Boyle, Chase Christiansen, Oliver Hamilton, Henry Hogan, Elise Lidstone, Ella Lowkes, Griffin Melen, Dillon Moore, Kristen Pariseau, Alexis Patterson and Owen Simpson. The team was coached by Norm Christiansen, Patrick Lowkes, Natalie Boyle, John Melen and Shawn Moore.

 

Congrats as well to the U14 girls and Bantam B's who finished second.


Learn to Skate/Play Hockey

Learn to Skate/Learn to Play Hockey begins Saturday, Nov. 15 and runs for 6 weeks.

The event runs from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and is free to first-timers. Returning skaters pay just $40 for the six-week session. You should arrive around 8 a.m. to be ready to go on the ice at 8:30.

Loaner skates and equipment are available. Sizes and amounts are limited. Helmets are required and bike helmets are acceptable. 

Please fill out the registration form (click here) prior to arriving to save time.

We are always looking for volunteers to help out with registration, equipment and on the ice. Please contact Tim Langlois (click here) if you are available and willing to help.


Flag Skaters Wanted for Castleton Men's Games

Once again this year, the Castleton men's hockey team is looking for two RAHA players to skate the flag prior to every home game.

You may sign up at the link below. Sign up as a single or with a friend.

Please arrive 30 minutes prior to the game with your jersey, skates and helmet.

Click here to sign up!



PRACTICES AT GIORGETTI

Practices begin at Giorgetti Arena on Monday, Nov. 3. The schedules for the season are posted in the calendar section of our website,

Be sure to sync the schedules to your phone or tablet. See the directions below.


Halloween Parade 2014

Photos by Chris Wideawake



SafeSport Training Required for All Coaches

 

 

USA Hockey has mandated that all coaches take the SafeSport training before being allowed to coach.

The training can be found on the USA Hockey website or by clicking on the logo at left or by clicking here.


Locker Room Volunteers Needed

We are recruiting parent locker room volunteers for each team. There is a requirement for all teams to have an adult in the locker room at all times, for practices as well as games. Volunteers as well as coaches must submit to a background check every two years.

Please consider volunteering! Do your background check early so we are ready to go when the season begins.

Click here to go to the background check. There is no cost to you. RAHA does not receive any information from the check unless there is a flag.

Thank you!


Registration for the 2014-2015 Season is Now Live!

It's hard to believe but hockey season is not that far away. We are offering an early registration discount and we encourage you to take advantage.

Click Here to to go the online registration page.

 



Upcoming Events

  • Nov
  • 26
Squirt Team
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  • Giorgetti Arena
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  • Nov
  • 26
Peewee Team
  • 6:30pm- 7:30pm (EST) Ical_event_icon
  • Giorgetti Arena
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  • Nov
  • 27
Mite Team
  • 5:15pm- 6:15pm (EST) Ical_event_icon
  • Giorgetti Arena
  • Tag(s): Home  Practices 
  • Nov
  • 27
U12/U14 Team
  • 6:30pm- 7:30pm (EST) Ical_event_icon
  • Giorgetti Arena
  • Tag(s): Home  Practices 
  • Nov
  • 27
Bantam Team Practice
  • 7:45pm- 8:45pm (EST) Ical_event_icon
  • Giorgetti Arena
  • Tag(s): Home 
  • Nov
  • 28
House
  • Nov
  • 29
Learn to Skate
  • Dec
  • 1
Mites/Squirts ADM
  • 5:15pm- 6:15pm (EST) Ical_event_icon
  • Giorgetti Arena
  • Tag(s): Home  Practices 
  • Dec
  • 1
PW/Bantam/U12/U14 ADM
  • 6:30pm- 7:30pm (EST) Ical_event_icon
  • Giorgetti Arena
  • Tag(s): Home  Practices 
  • Dec
  • 2
Mites/Squirts ADM
  • 5:15pm- 6:15pm (EST) Ical_event_icon
  • Giorgetti Arena
  • Tag(s): Home  Practices 
  • Dec
  • 2
PW/Bantam/U12 ADM
  • 6:30pm- 7:30pm (EST) Ical_event_icon
  • Giorgetti Arena
  • Tag(s): Home  Practices 
  • Dec
  • 2
U14 ADM Practice
  • 7:45pm- 8:45pm (EST) Ical_event_icon
  • Giorgetti Arena
  • Tag(s): Home  Practices 
  • Dec
  • 3
Mite Team
  • 5:15pm- 6:15pm (EST) Ical_event_icon
  • Giorgetti Arena
  • Tag(s): Home  Practices 
  • Dec
  • 3
U12/U14 Team
  • 6:30pm- 7:30pm (EST) Ical_event_icon
  • Giorgetti Arena
  • Tag(s): Home  Practices 
  • Dec
  • 4
Squirt Team
  • 5:15pm- 6:15pm (EST) Ical_event_icon
  • Giorgetti Arena
  • Tag(s): Home  Practices 

Add the calendar to your computer or phone

You can have the RAHA calendar for your specific team fed automatically to your computer or phone calendar. There are instuctions at

http://help.sportngin.com/customer/portal/articles/1708772-how-do-i-add-an-ical-feed-to-a-smart-phone-

To get the web address for your specific team, click on Calendar on the RAHA website, click on Show Tag Menu and check the feeds you want to receive. You should uncheck "Home" and then check your team(s), such as Squirt A or 12U girls. If you have children on more than one team, check them all.

The calendar will then show just the events for the areas you checked. Click on Subscribe to ICal feed at the bottom of the page and copy the link provided. Then paste it as described by your particular application.

To put it on your iphone, Mac or Android device, e-mail yourself the link and then click on the link in the e-mail. It should ask you if you would like to subscribe to this calendar. Just say yes.

 


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RAHA Philosophy

To provide an exciting, creative, challenging environment for learning the skills of ice hockey. Our ability to provide this environment will maximize the opportunities for our players to grow in character as young men and women and empower them to face life's challenges with self esteem and confidence. 

Parents Policy on Sports Conduct

Preamble and Core Values
The Rutland Amateur Hockey Association ascribes to the various codes of conduct of USA Hockey. At the heart of this organization are the Core Values of USA Hockey.

  • SPORTSMANSHIP - Foremost of all values is to learn a sense of fair play. Become humble in victory, gracious in defeat. We will foster friendship with teammates and opponents alike. We will not argue with coaches or officials decisions
  • RESPECT FOR THE INDIVIDUAL - Treat all others as you expect to be treated. Get along with your teammates. Respect your coaches, teammates, parents, opponents, officials, and property.
  • INTEGRITY - We seek to foster honesty and fair play beyond mere strict interpretation of the rules and regulations of the game. Learn the rules and play by them.
  • PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE AT THE INDIVIDUAL, TEAM AND ORGANIZATIONAL LEVELS - Each member of the organization, whether player, volunteer or staff, should seek to perform each aspect of the game to the highest level of his or her ability.
  • ENJOYMENT - It is important for the hockey experience to be fun, satisfying and rewarding for all participants.
  • LOYALTY - We aspire to teach loyalty to the ideals and fellow members of the sport of hockey.
  • TEAMWORK - We value the strength of learning to work together. The use of teamwork is reinforced and rewarded by success in the hockey experience. Put the needs of the team first and foremost.
  • COMMITMENT - Understand the commitment to your teammates, coaches, and yourself. Work hard to improve your skills. Be on time for practices and games.

 

Expectations of Parents
Each parent is expected to be familiar with these values and their place in the organization.

Rutland Amateur Hockey Association is dedicated to introducing the game of hockey to young men and women and their families. We expect the pursuit of hockey excellence will be accompanied by appropriate sports behavior and respect for every individual as described in the various USA Hockey codes of conduct.

  • Children participate in organized sports for their enjoyment. Make it fun and support them.
  • Encourage good sportsmanship by demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches, and officials at every game, practice, or other youth sports event.
  • Encourage your child to play by the rules. Remember, children learn best by example, so applaud good plays of both teams.
  • Emphasize skill development and practices and how they benefit your young athlete. De-emphasize games and competition in the lower age groups.
  • Know and study the rules of the game, and support the officials on and off the ice. This approach will help in the development and support of the game. Any criticism of the officials only hurts the game.
  • Recognize the importance of volunteer coaches. They are important to the development of your child and the sport. Communicate with them and support them.
  • Remember the game is for the children, not the adults.
  • RAHA, consistent with USA Hockey's Zero Tolerance Policy, requires all parents/spectators to maintain sportsmanlike behavior and preserve the educational atmosphere before, during and after all USA Hockey sanctioned games and RAHA events (practices, meetings, etc.).

 

Penalties and Violations
Class I violations carry a penalty of a one (1) week suspension from all practices, games, and/or any team activity. The suspension begins when the Discipline Committee has reached a decision on the issue; however the Discipline Committee has the authority to immediately suspend the offender until the investigation is complete. This time will count towards the overall suspension period.

Class I violations include, but are not limited to:

  • Use of obscene or vulgar language or gestures to anyone at anytime
  • Abusive language (toward players, coaches, parents, officials, other players, and spectators)
  • Taunting of players, coaches, officials, or spectators by means of baiting, or ridiculing
  • Addressing a coach, official, player or volunteer in an unsportsmanlike, discourteous, or threatening manner
  • Questioning the coach(s) coaching during or after practices or games
  • Questioning the referees during or after games
  • Approaching a coach or referee immediately following a game to voice a complaint


Class II violations carry a penalty of a thirty (30) day suspension from all practices, games, and/or any team activity. The suspension begins when the Discipline Committee has reached a decision on the issue; however the Discipline Committee has the authority to immediately suspend the offender until the investigation is complete. This time will count towards the overall suspension period.

Class II violations include, but are not limited to:

  • Threats of physical violence towards any player, coach, parent, official, RAHA volunteer, or spectator
  • Throwing of any object in the spectators viewing area, players bench, penalty box, in the locker room, or on the ice surface, that in any manner creates a safety hazard
  • Intentionally shoving or striking a player, coach, or official during any RAHA function, whether in the locker room, on the ice, or at any time the team is getting together
  • Public disparagement of other members (allegations found to be false)
  • Second class I violation of the same offense or third or subsequent class I violations.


Class III violations carry a penalty of a one (1) year minimum suspension from the program to permanent termination from the RAHA organization. The suspension begins when the Discipline Committee has reached a decision on the issue; however the Discipline Committee has the authority to immediately suspend the offender until the investigation is complete. For Class III violations penalties will require ratification by a 2/3 majority of the Board of Directors, at a meeting where there is a quorum of the Board.

Class III violations include, but are not limited to:

Use of alcohol or drugs at the arena or official team function (this does not apply to consumption of alcohol at a restaurant, hotel, or home after scheduled games or practices)
Physical abuse of a player, coach, parent, official, RAHA volunteer, or spectator
Activities that violate State or Federal Laws which create a safety risk to any member of the organization
Second class II violation of the same offense or third or subsequent class II violations.

Parent Notification

  • Parents will be informed of this Policy on Sports Conduct before the beginning of the season. Parents/guardians are required to acknowledge (by signature) that they received a copy of the Policy before their child may participate in USA Hockey sanctioned games.
  • Right to Appeal
  • Any parent has the right to appeal a decision of the Discipline Committee. The appeal is to be made in writing to the RAHA Board within 10 days of the decision rendered by the Discipline Committee. The RAHA Board of Directors (elected and appointed) will render a decision regarding the appeal, and once rendered, is final.
  • Reporting
  • The President of the RAHA organization will deliver an annual report to the organization at the Annual Meeting stating such particulars as number of Policy incidents, sanctions levied, and policies pursued.

Team Parents
The Team Parent assists the head coach by communicating team news and information to the parents of the players, organizing team events, scheduling parent participation at the monthly board meeting, and managing the alphabetical rotation of home game assignments including clock, time, and penalty boxes. The Team Parent relieves the head coach of the administrative tasks and allows them to focus on player development. We would like to thank all of you who volunteer for this important assignment.

Parents
RAHA wants the hockey experience to be rewarding for your child. As a parent, you can help to ensure that it is in many ways.

  • Volunteer to help with the many tasks required to make our programs successful.
  • Be sure that your child wears properly fitting equipment.
  • Ensure that your child attends all practices and games.

Finally, RAHA strongly encourages you to embrace and observe the Parent Code of Conduct endorsed by USA Hockey:

Coaching Responsibilities
Working with young people is both a responsibility and a privilege; the importance of this position of authority and leadership cannot be under estimated. The following is a list of examples of a coach's responsibilities.

Administrative Duties

  • All coaches will attend all meetings held by the RAHA Coaching Director.
  • Conduct an organizational meeting for parents and players prior to the first game of the season.
  • Maintain the team binder and report scores to the state
  • Organize practices that are fun and challenging for your players. Familiarize yourself with the rules, techniques and strategies of hockey; encourage all your players to play as a team.
  • Coaching/Mentoring
  • Encourage participation of every player in practices and games.
  • Emphasize good sportsmanship on and off the ice.
  • Stress the importance of teamwork
  • Treat all players equally
  • Stress FUN and skill development over winning
  • Provide each player with fair and equitable ice time
  • Adjust to personal needs and problems of players; be a good listener; never verbally or physically abuse a player or official; give all players the opportunity to improve their skills, gain confidence, and develop self-esteem; teach them the basics.
  • Encourage Healthy Lifestyles
  • Help players develop physically by learning skills, improving conditioning, develop good health habits, and avoiding injuries
  • Help players develop psychologically by learning to control their emotions and develop feelings of self worth
  • Be concerned with the overall development of your players. Stress good health habits and clean living.
  • Refrain from use of tobacco products while in the presence of players.
  • Refrain from use of alcoholic beverages prior to practices and/or games.
  • Role Models
  • Lead by example - maintain a positive attitude towards referees, parent, players, and other coaches.
  • Be generous with your praise when it is deserved; be consistent and honest; be fair and just; do not criticize players publicly; learn to be a more effective communicator and coach; do not yell at players.
  • Coaches should never teach their players tactics or skills designed to circumvent the intent of the rulebook and the standards of fair play. The rules exist to protect players and provide a common standard by which final results will be determined.
  • Coaches should be sensitive to the impropriety of private meetings with on-ice officials before, during, or after the contest, without the presence of a representative of the opposing team.
  • Coaches wishing to express displeasure with an official's conduct must follow the proper procedure, as established by VSAHA, and at no time will the media be used to criticize an official.

Expectations of Coaches

Each coach or administrator is expected to be familiar with these values and their place in the organization.

Rutland Amateur Hockey Association is dedicated to introducing the game of hockey to young men and women and their families. We expect the pursuit of hockey excellence will be accompanied by appropriate sports behavior and respect for every individual as described in the various USA Hockey codes of conduct.

  • Winning is a consideration, but not the only one, nor the most important one. Care more about the child playing than winning the game. Remember, players are involved in hockey for fun and enjoyment.
  • Be a positive role model to your players, display emotional maturity and be alert to the physical safety of players.
  • Coaches are responsible for knowing, understanding, and following all rules of the game.
  • Coaches are responsible for the conduct of their players. Whenever a player exhibits unsportsmanlike behavior on their own, it is the responsibility of the coach to address the behavior and put an end to it.
  • Game officials (on and off ice) shall at all times be treated in a professional and courteous manner. It is the responsibility of the host coach to insure the safety and well-being of these officials in the host facility.
  • Maintain an open line of communication with your player's parents. Explain the goals and objectives of the association and the team.
  • RAHA, consistent with USA Hockey's Zero Tolerance Policy, requires all coaches maintain sportsmanlike behavior and preserve the educational atmosphere before, during and after all USA Hockey sanctioned games and RAHA events (practices, meetings, etc.).
  • All coaches will abide by the standards contained in the Coaches Policy on Sports Conduct and Responsibilities. If the standards are violated, the coach may be subject to immediate suspension or dismissal as a coach. Coaching is a privilege and not a right.
  • All coaches must have a valid USA Hockey coaching education card as defined by VSAHA and USA Hockey. Coaches will be reimbursed the cost of one coach's clinic, per year.

Penalties and Violations
Class I violations carry a penalty of a one (1) week suspension from all practices, games, and/or any team activity. The suspension begins when the Discipline Committee has reached a decision on the issue; however the Discipline Committee has the authority to immediately suspend the offender until the investigation is complete. This time will count towards the overall suspension period.

Class I violation include, but are not limited to:

  • Use of obscene or vulgar language or gestures in a boisterous manner to anyone at anytime
  • Abusive language (teammates, coaches, parents, officials, other players, and spectators)
  • Taunting of players, coaches, officials, or spectators by means of baiting, or ridiculing
  • Addressing a player, another coach, official, or volunteer in an unsportsmanlike, discourteous, or threatening manner

Class II violations carry a penalty of a thirty (30) day suspension from all practices, games, and/or any team activity. The suspension begins when the Discipline Committee has reached a decision on the issue; however the Discipline Committee has the authority to immediately suspend the offender until the investigation is complete. This time will count towards the overall suspension period.

Class II violations include, but are not limited to:

  • Threats of physical violence towards any player, coach, parent, official, RAHA volunteer, or spectator
  • Throwing of any object in the spectators viewing area, players bench, penalty box, in the locker room, or on the ice surface, that in any manner creates a safety hazard
  • Intentionally shoving or striking a player, coach, or official during any RAHA function, whether in the locker room, on the ice, or at any time the team is getting together
  • Public disparagement of other members (allegations found to be false)
  • Second class I violation of the same offense or third or subsequent class I violations.

Class III violations carry a penalty of a one (1) year minimum suspension from the program to permanent termination from the RAHA organization. The suspension begins when the Discipline Committee has reached a decision on the issue; however the Discipline Committee has the authority to immediately suspend the offender until the investigation is complete. For Class III violations penalties will require ratification by a 2/3 majority of the Board of Directors, at a meeting where there is a quorum of the Board.

Class III violations include, but are not limited to:

  • Use of alcohol or drugs at the arena or official team function
  • Physical abuse of a player, coach, parent, official, RAHA volunteer, or spectator
  • Activities that violate State or Federal Laws which create a safety risk to any member of the organization
  • Second class II violation of the same offense or third or subsequent class II violations.

Coach Notification
Coaches will be informed of this Policy on Sports Conduct prior to the beginning of the season. Coaches are required to acknowledge (by signature) that they received a copy of the Policy before they may participate in USA sanctioned games.

Right to Appeal
Any coach has the right to appeal a decision of the Discipline Committee. The appeal is to be made in writing to the RAHA Board within 10 days of the decision rendered by the Discipline Committee. The RAHA Board of Directors (elected and appointed) will render a decision regarding the appeal, and once rendered, is final.

Reporting
The President of the RAHA organization will deliver an annual report to the organization at the Annual Meeting stating such particulars as number


Expectations of Players
Each player is expected to be familiar with these values and their place in the organization.
Rutland Amateur Hockey Association is dedicated to introducing the game of hockey to young men and women and their families. We expect the pursuit of hockey excellence will be accompanied by appropriate sports behavior and respect for every individual as described in the various USA Hockey codes of conduct.
RAHA, consistent with USA Hockey's Zero Tolerance Policy, requires that players maintain sportsmanlike behavior and preserve the educational atmosphere before, during and after all USA Hockey sanctioned games and RAHA events (practices, meetings, etc.)

Penalties and Violations
At their discretion, a coach may take immediate action against a player for Class I violations of this policy. A coach may bench the offending player during a game, or even ask them to leave the ice for the remaining duration of a practice or game. After the practice or game ends, the coach will discuss the incident with the player and the parents. The coach will be required to document the incident and provide a copy to the Discipline Committee within 5 days of the occurrence.

Class I violations carry a penalty of a one (1) week suspension from all practices, games, and/or any team activity. The suspension begins when the Discipline Committee has reached a decision on the issue; however the Discipline Committee has the authority to immediately suspend the offender until the investigation is complete. This time will count towards the overall suspension period.

Class I violations include, but are not limited to:

  • Use of obscene or vulgar language or gestures in a boisterous manner to anyone at anytime
  • Use of abusive or disrespectful language (teammates, coaches, parents, officials, other players, and spectators)
  • Taunting of players, coaches, officials, or spectators by means of baiting, or ridiculing
  • Addressing a coach, official, or volunteer in an unsportsmanlike, discourteous, or threatening manner
  • Active or passive refusal of a player to follow a direct, reasonable instruction from the coach with regard to games and practices


Class II violations carry a penalty of a thirty (30) day suspension from all practices, games, and/or any team activity. The suspension begins when the Discipline Committee has reached a decision on the issue; however the Discipline Committee has the authority to immediately suspend the offender until the investigation is complete. This time will count towards the overall suspension period.

Class II violations include, but are not limited to:

  • Threats of physical violence towards any player, coach, parent, official, RAHA volunteer, or spectator
  • Throwing of any object in the spectators viewing area, players bench, penalty box, in the locker room, or on the ice surface, that in any manner creates a safety hazard
  • Intentional shoving or striking another player, coach, or official during any RAHA functions, whether in the locker room, on the ice, or at any time the team is getting together.
  • Public disparagement of other members (allegations found to be false)
  • Second class I violation of the same offense or third or subsequent class I violations.


Class III violations carry a penalty of a one (1) year minimum suspension from the program to permanent termination from the RAHA organization. The suspension begins when the Discipline Committee has reached a decision on the issue; however the Discipline Committee has the authority to immediately suspend the offender until the investigation is complete. For Class III violations penalties will require ratification by a 2/3 majority of the Board of Directors, at a meeting where there is a quorum of the Board.

Class III violations include, but are not limited to:

  • Use of alcohol, tobacco, or drugs at the arena or official team function is not permitted
  • Physical abuse of a player, coach, parent, official, RAHA volunteer, or spectator
  • Activities that violate State or Federal Laws which create a safety risk to any member of the organization
  • Second class II violation of the same offense or third or subsequent class II violations.

Player/Parent Notification
Players and parents will be informed of this Policy on Sports Conduct before the start of the season. Parents/guardians are required to acknowledge (by signature) that they received a copy of the Policy before their child may participate in USA Hockey sanctioned games.

Right to Appeal
Any player and their parent(s)/guardian have the right to appeal a decision of the Discipline Committee. The appeal is to be made in writing to the RAHA Board within 10 days of the decision rendered by the Discipline Committee. The RAHA Board of Directors (elected and appointed) will render a decision regarding the appeal, and once rendered, is final.

Reporting
The President of the RAHA organization will deliver an annual report to the organization at the Annual Meeting stating such particulars as number of Policy incidents, sanctions levied, and policies pursued.

Rutland Amateur Hockey Association Board Member Policy on Sports Conduct

RAHA Board of Director members are expected at all times to uphold the highest standards of behavior at all functions related to Youth Hockey. They should not only be intently aware of the Code of Conduct but should lead by example. Any Board Member found to be in violation of any these codes will be asked to relinquish their position on the Board of Directors and be subject to additional disciplinary action per the Disciplinary Policy.