Come join the fun at the RAHA Annual Picnic on Sep. 22. The picnic will run from 3PM - 5PM at Spartan Arena. Pizza will be provided! We will also take this time to have our 1st year 10U players and new 12U and 14U players try on jerseys for sizing so orders can be placed. See you there!
Good evening RAHA families,
Just sending a reminder that the next RAHA Board meeting will be held at 6PM on Tuesday Sep. 10 at the Rutland Regional Medical Center CVPS/Leahy Conference Center. Hope to see you there!
Hello RAHA families,
I would like to thank everyone for coming to the Annual Meeting yesterday in which we re-capped our 2018/19 season but also set the direction for 2019 and beyond. Over the last few months RAHA has been in uncharted waters given the turnover at the Board level. I must give my sincere thanks to Amanda Costantino, Bob Bruttomesso, Corey Kendall, Heather Olsen, Lauren Downs and T.J. Sabotka for navigating this organization through some rough seas over this time.
Now that we are sailing out of those rough waters, it is time to move forward. RAHA is a wonderful organization that is well established and poised to take our program to the next level. We have a strong core who is committed to living the RAHA values and providing the best program possible for the youth of our community. As a member of that core, I express my deep gratitude that you have supported and entrusted me with the privilege of shaping the organization and development of your children. This is a sacred responsibility that I take seriously and as President I will do everything I can to meet or exceed your expectations.
As discussed at the Annual Meeting our main focus is for players to have fun, develop their hockey game to the best of their ability and enhance skills that transcend the game itself; teamwork, self-confidence, camaraderie, humility, and overcoming adversity to name a few. Some of this will be achieved through on-ice coaching while other aspects will be administrative. Although these are two separate avenues, the common thread between on-ice and administration is communication and consistency.
However, this does not happen in a vacuum. I am encouraged by the amount of people that were at the Annual Meeting as I see a positive energy that is ready to be unleashed. It is my hope that this level of involvement continues whether through attendance at Board meetings or volunteer opportunities. As President, I firmly believe that multiple perspectives coming to the table help strengthen the organization by allowing ideas to be open for discussion and consideration. Open dialogue and listening to ideas help us create and affords us the benefit of making informed decisions. All are encouraged to get involved to help us move RAHA to the next level.
Our next Board meeting will be held on Sep. 10 at Rutland Regional Medical Center and our annual picnic will be on Sep. 22 at Spartan Area. More details will be coming via the RAHA website. If you have any ideas or topics to discuss and solutions to offer please send these along with any applicable attachments to email@example.com a minimum of one week prior to the Board meeting so we can work to place it on a meeting agenda.
I am excited to get our 2019/20 season started and based on the number of people present at the Annual Meeting, I think you are too. The smell of the ice, sight of the lamp being lit, sound of the puck on a tape-to-tape pass and all of the other things that make hockey the best game on the planet are right around the corner. Let’s make it a great season. Let’s play some hockey!
Go RAHA Jr. Spartans!!!
Brian Olsen, RAHA President
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