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    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.

    https://rutlandyouthhockey2019.itemorder.com/sale

    Join RAHA in the annual Halloween Parade!

      Come join the fun as RAHA will be marching in the 2019 Halloween Parade on Oct. 26.  The fun is open to all Jr. Spartans, Mite Lites, Little Bruins, parents and siblings. Feel free to wear your jersey or costume.
      RAHA would greatly appreciate if every family can please bring a bag or 2 of Halloween candy to their practices this week and next. You can give the candy to any of the following board members: Lauren Downs, Brian Olsen, Heather Olsen, Corey Kendall, Amanda Costantino, Bob Bruttomesso, Lane Patorti, TJ Sabotka, Pat Cooley or Kim Rider. 

     We will be getting more information out on parade staging area and other logistics once we get those from the city. Hope to see you there!

    RAHA Night at Spartan Arena!

    Friday Nov. 8 is RAHA night at Spartan Arena. Come on down to the arena to support our Castleton Men's team as they take on the Univ. of Southern Maine. The puck drops at 7 PM. RAHA players up to age 15 and in their RAHA jersey get free admission!  

    Game Schedules

    RAHA families,

        It looks like the website technical difficulties we've been experiencing have been resolved. All 8U, 10U, 12U and 14U team game schedules have been uploaded into the team tab. Practice schedules through October are also posted. November and beyond practice schedules to come soon.

     If you have any issues accessing the team's tab, schedule, etc., please connect with Heather Olsen at holsenhockeyvt@gmail.com

    We appreciate your patience as we've been working hard to get this figured out. 

    October Board of Directors Meeting

    Hello RAHA members,

     The next RAHA Board of Directors meeting will be held on Thurs. Oct. 10 in Room C at the Rutland Regional Medical Center Leahy Conference Center. The meeting will be called to order at 6:30PM. If you have any items to add to the meeting agenda, please send a message to the Board at rahahockeyvt@gmail.com. Deadline for agenda items to be considered is Oct. 3 at 6:30PM. 

    Hope to see you there.

    Message from the President: September

    Hello RAHA families,

     Today we kicked off the 2019/2020 RAHA season at the Annual Picnic up at Spartan Arena.  It was great to see a large turnout and the kids out on the ice having a great time while parents got a chance to catch up with each other again.  We also had a successful equipment swap/drive as many families got some new gear for their child.  There is still some equipment left if anyone is interested. Just reach out to the Board at rahahockeyvt@gmail.com to let us know what you are looking for.

      RAHA has a bright future and now that the season is officially underway we are all looking forward to a fun-filled year where the kids will learn and improve their hockey skills as well as the values of teamwork, sportsmanship, fair play and a host of other skill sets that extend beyond the rink. Our goal is to create a positive, supportive environment so that every player, regardless of ability, has a great experience.

     To create a great experience for our children, a collaborative effort is needed. Hockey is a game that brings out a lot of passion from coaches, parents and spectators. As a group we owe it to all players, RAHA skaters and opponents alike, to put our best foot forward to make their love for hockey life-long. Cheer a good play when it happens, support our volunteer referees, coaches and parents, and acknowledge and give praise for the intangibles that keep a play alive, swing the momentum of a game or kill a penalty. When we all do our part to align with the common goal, a great experience will result for all.

     Speaking of the intangibles that play a role on the team, we also  announced the 2018/19 season Tom Lord Award recipients at today's picnic. The Tom Lord Award is awarded to the player who exemplifies sportsmanship on a RAHA travel team. These players have consistently demonstrated what it means to be a good teammate, respectful to peers, opponents, referees and coaches alike and have represented RAHA in a positive light. While there are many deserving players, one player on each team is selected.  We are pleased to announce the 2018/19 Season Tom Lord recipients:

    8U: Will C.

    10U T3: Piper N.

    10U T4: Christian F.

    12U T2: Elizabeth C.

    12U T4: Mickey C.

    14U Girls: Anna G.

    14U: Boston P.

      In other league news, we are actively working on getting the practice and game schedules uploaded to specific teams on the website. An Excel file has been loaded to the RAHA home page in addition to the hard copy provided at the picnic. Evals for 10U and 12U teams begin Sep. 30 and practices for all age groups will begin the following week. 

     The next Board meeting will be coming up in the next couple of weeks and once we receive venue conformation an announcement of Board meeting date/time/location will be posted. 

     I sincerely hope everyone had a good time today and many thanks for the side dishes and desserts folks brought.

    See you at the rink!

    - Brian

    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