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    December Board of Directors meeting

    The December Board of Directors meeting will occur at 6:30 PM  - 7:30 PM on Dec. 10 at the Rutland Regional Medical Center Leahy Conference Center.

     If you have a topic you would like to be placed on the agenda please submit an e-mail to and provide information on the discussion topic.  The Board will work to get the matter on an agenda. Deadline for submittals is 5:00 PM Dec. 3.

    The agenda will be posted once finalized. Hope to see you there.

    Message from the President: November

    Hello Jr. Spartan families,

         The season is in full swing as we head into late November.  Teams of all ages have been putting their hard work to the test against squads throughout Vermont and over the border into New York and New Hampshire. It has been fun to watch the excitement on the kids faces and growing self-confidence as they continue to discover what they are capable of as a team or individual.  We’ve seen kids make smooth transitions to their first year in their age group, witness the sheer joy of accomplishment when the team unit works together, a player’s first assists or goals and the like. I am also very proud of each player as they are understanding concepts of teamwork, selflessness and accountability to the team. Players are looking out for one another whether it be supporting each other on the ice or offering tape or stick wax in the locker room and everything in between. Those skill sets have been key in the team developing their identity and will also serve well in their lives off the ice.

        Additionally, we’ve also seen a lot of kids become part of the RAHA family in our younger age groups. Many players who took part in the Little Bruins program have joined our Mite Lites, 8U House or Travel teams. By all accounts these kids are having a blast and their enthusiasm is contagious as they continue to develop their skills and self.

     However, none of the aforementioned happens in a vacuum. Our dedicated coaches and volunteers have been putting focus on the ADM which is designed to develop specific skill sets in station-based practices. They spend time to coach and teach each player and encourage the child to push and challenge themselves. Of course, that is possible because of dedicated parents. Getting your player(s) to the rink on days you may just want to fall down when you get home is greatly appreciated by RAHA,  coaches, teammates and your child.

     Lastly, I would also like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving wherever and with whomever you are spending it. Of all holidays Thanksgiving is my favorite as it is a day dedicated to reflect and appreciate what we have.

     November has been great and we are looking forward to the upcoming month as we get deeper into the season.

     Go Jr. Spartans!!!!

    Get your Jr. Spartan gear!

    Looking for a great holiday gift or want to show Jr. Spartan pride? Look no further! RAHA apparel is available for Jr. Spartan fans of all ages. Click on the link below to shop and place your order. Orders must be placed by Nov. 3rd.

    Come Play Hockey!!!

    Come Play Youth Hockey!

    The Pathway to Youth Hockey in Vermont.

    These local associations host Learn to Skate and Learn to Play programs for 4 to 8 year olds in the state of Vermont. These programs support USA Hockey’s American Development Modelwith age-appropriate, age-specific competition and training for boys and girls at any age that is fun and low cost to help introduce the game of hockey to your kids in your community. Through hockey, players learn teamwork, dedication, determination and perseverance and commitment.

    Please click on the links below you to find out more information today!

    This fall area rinks will be hosting the Bruins Academy Learn to Play Hockey Program. We will have several locations all over Vermont. The program is available to boys and girls from 4 to 8 years old that have never signed up for hockey before. This program is designed for kids that are NEW to hockey. Included in the registration fee is a full set of CCM equipment to keep valued at $500 retail, which includes skates, stick and a professional personalized fitting, and four weeks of on-ice instruction led by certified coaches. The Boston Bruins are thrilled to share their passion for hockey with the next generation of hockey players in Vermont.

    Our goal once the Bruins Academy is finished, is for your child to sign up with a local association and become part of the local hockey community in Vermont.

    ***Locations, dates and times will be posted on our VSAHA website this fall.

    Have a question about introducing your child to hockey? Contact @ Mike Smith