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COACHES COLLEGE KICKOFF

 

With our second season as a USAH Model Association quickly approaching, KOHA has decided to kick things off with a bang for the 2014/15 season. Our first “Coaches College Kickoff” will take place on August 12th & 13th at Wings West.
Our Director of Hockey, Brian Tulik, along with our ADM Director, Eric Babcock, as well as our Skills Team will be working alongside USA Hockey for a two-day on and off-ice intensive workshop designed to allow our coaches the opportunity to:

  • Work with USAH staff and volunteers from Colorado Springs
  • Provide feedback on what worked and what didn’t from last year from their own experience on the ice
  • Increase comfort-level with age-appropriate practice planning
  • Review the windows of trainability for Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD)

CLICK HERE TO RSVP FOR COACHES COLLEGE KICKOFF

I’ve put a challenge out to my coaches for this. In the past, we’ve had guys come to these meetings and not say a lot and then drill KOHA once the USAH guys have left town – we want the coaches to come to the college prepared to engage and ask the tough questions,” says Tulik. “We are fortunate to have the caliber of individuals coming on the ice with our coaches – we need to take advantage of their knowledge base.
    
USA Hockey’s Technical Director of the ADM, Ken Martel, will be conducting the on and off-ice portions of the Coaches College Kickoff, “I am impressed with the way KOHA’s staff embraced the ADM and committed to implementation from top-to-bottom. Their first year as a Model Association was not without some bumps, but overall their delivery was terrific. Their skills team is knowledgeable, their coaches engaged, and their players are developing. I am excited to come in and help fill holes where needed; not just swoop in and dictate. I think the Coaches College is a great way to kickoff another exciting season.
    
KOHA’s ADM Director, Eric Babcock is also looking forward to getting the 2014/15 season started with the Coaches College Kickoff event, “I know the Skills team as a whole is really looking forward to the momentum our association built last season. We learned a ton – we did some things really right and we think we’ve identified areas where we can certainly be better. The bottom line is we are all here with a common goal: to develop all of the players in our program to the best of our ability.
    
ON-ICE LINEUP FOR COACHES COLLEGE KICKOFF
    
Brian Tulik, Eric Babcock & the KOHA Skills Team
    

Ken Martel – Prior to arriving in Colorado Springs in 2006, Martel was a part of USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program staff as an assistant coach for eight years. Martel has made appearances behind the bench of nine U.S. teams that have competed in International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships, including two gold medal-winning teams. Additional coaching stops include a season as an assistant at the US Air Force Academy, and as an assistant for seven seasons at Michigan Tech University. A four-year (1985-89) letter-winner as a defenseman at Lake Superior State University, Martel helped the Lakers to the school’s first-ever NCAA national title in 1988.
    
Joe Bonnett – The Michigan native and former Western Michigan University Bronco (’93) standout spent the last 14 seasons as an assistant coach for Colorado College. Prior to CC, Bonnett spent four seasons (1997-01) as recruiting coordinator at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He started his post-graduate career as associate head coach of the Kalamazoo Jr. K-Wings (NAHL), guiding them to an appearance in the 1994 Junior “A” national tournament. 
At WMU, Bonnett lettered for four seasons as a forward (1989–93) and served as an assistant captain his senior year.  Over the years, Bonnett has had the opportunity to volunteer with USAH during the summer months coaching at various festivals with top players. KOHA is excited to welcome Joe back home and have him on the ice with our coaches.

Matt Kakabeeke - USA Hockey Associate Coach-in-Chief for Michigan, ADM Affiliate Coordinator for Michigan. Matt has over twenty years of experience coaching hockey at all levels in Kalamazoo - from the learn-to-skate program to travel hockey for KOHA, as well as head coaching stops with the Kalamazoo United High School team and the Western Michigan University Stallions.  He possesses a Level 5 (Masters) Coaching Certification and has attended the Master Symposium in Grand Rapids, Michigan, St. Paul, Minnesota, and Washington D.C.

 

2014-15 KALAMAZOO TOURNAMENT SERIES

Sponsored by KOHA and Wings West
Tournament Director: Frank Noonan This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Early Bird Tournament – September 26th thru 28th
Sanction No. MIT150062
Friday thru Sunday – Mite thru Midget; Girls and Travel A and AA
Click here for REGISTRATION FORM

Holiday 3 on 3 Tournament – December 27th (& 28th if needed) 
Sanction No. MIT150066
Saturday & Sunday (if needed) – Mite (6U & 8U) Squirt thru High School
All skill levels; House C, House B, Travel A & AA and AAA
Click here for REGISTRATION FORM

Hockey Cares House B Tournament March 13th thru 15th
Sanction No. MIT150064
Friday thru Sunday – Mite thru Midget; House B and Girls
Click here for REGISTRATION FORM


Tournament Entry Fees and Payment Policy
All Tournaments are Four Game Guarantee


NO GATE or PARKING FEES

DIVISION

BIRTH YEAR

PERIOD LENGTHS

ENTRY FEE

MITE (6U/8U)

2006 & YOUNGER

12 MINUTE PERIODS

$880.00

SQUIRT

2004 & 2005

12 MINUTE PERIODS

$930.00

 PEEWEE

 2002 & 2003

15 MINUTE PERIODS

$980.00

 BANTAM

 2000 & 2001

15 MINUTE PERIODS

$1,000.00

 MIDGET U16 AAA

 1998 & 1999

15 MINUTE PERIODS

$1,100.00

 MIDGET U18 AAA

 1996 & 1997

17 MINUTE PERIODS

$1,200.00

Division Level Defined
House B – Teams are selected through a draft and made up of multiple birth years within the division classification.  Teams are balanced with in the Association with no player cuts.
Travel A – Teams made up of the younger birth year within the Division.  In Michigan, players are allowed to play up in a birth year but not down.  Other states are classified by the division and are made up players from both birth years within the division.
Travel AA – Teams made up of the older birth year within the Division.  In Michigan, players are allowed to play up in a birth year but not down.  Other states are classified by the division and are made up players from both birth years within the division.
Travel AAA – Teams made up of the single birth years within the Division and are the highest skill level within the age group.

      

 

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HOUSE B AND HOUSE C?

"Where should my son/daughter play this season? House B or House C?"

Hopefully the information below helps, but if you have questions, please email us or call the office!

If your child has never taken a Learn To Skate or Beginning Hockey program, please register them for those this season.

ANYONE can register for and play House B or House C. Both are DRAFTED. There are NO TRYOUTS for either program.

If your skater was born in 2006 or later, they MUST play in our 6U/8U program.

If your child played 8U last season, here is the basic difference between House B and House C:

  • House B starts with Evaluation Skates at the end of August.
  • House C opening weekend is October 4th & 5th.
  • House B teams are DRAFTED based on the evaluation skate rankings.
  • House C players DO NOT ATTEND THE HOUSE B EVALUATION SKATES. Opening weekend will be the evaluation skates for House C.
    • House B teams practice Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (in Kalamazoo), and play games in the Adray League (West Division) primarily on Saturdays/Sundays against teams from other associations.
    • House C teams practice and play games on Saturdays and Sundays ONLY, in Kalamazoo, against other KOHA teams.

     

     

     

       

    2014/15 HOUSE B COACHES ANNOUNCED

    We are excited for another terrific year with our KOHA House B Bronco program, led by this group of dedicated volunteer coaches for the 2014/15 season:

    SQUIRT DIVISION
    Pete Gildea
    Thom Dukesherer
    Dave Hatton

    PEEWEE DIVISION
    Scott Dana
    Mark Rhodes
    Phil Pellerito

    BANTAM DIVISION
    Brad Taylor
    Mark Weirick

    House B Evaluation skates can be found here.

    Practices will be Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; games will be played primarily on Saturdays and Sundays. The House B draft will be Monday, September 8th with practices beginning later that week (exact start date will be announced soon).

     

    2014/15 HOUSE B EVALUATION SKATES

    REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR THE 2014/15 SEASON!

    PLEASE HAVE YOUR 2014/15 KOHA HOUSE B SKATER ATTEND AT LEAST TWO OF THE FOLLOWING EVALUATION SKATES (location announced soon), although we strongly encourage our House B skaters to attend all three evaluation skates:

    AUGUST 25, 27 & SEPTEMBER 3
    @ WINGS WEST

    SQUIRTS 5:30-6:30PM
    PEEWEE 6:45-7:45PM
    BANTAM 8:00-9:00PM

    House B Teams will practice Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. Skills Nights will be Mondays. Coaches will be announced soon.

    To register for the 2014/15 House B season, you MUST register with USA Hockey first and use your 2014/15 USAH number to register with KOHA. Click on the red "REGISTER" button on the left side of this page to get started. (Also, remember to log in as an existing user if you've registered with KOHA in previous seasons - you do not need to create an entirely new online account with us each season). 

    2014/15 House B REGISTRATION fees (if paid in full):
    SQUIRTS - $1975
    PEEWEE - $2025
    BANTAM - $2350

    2014/15 HOUSE B PAYMENT PLAN INFO

    DIVISION

    INITIAL PAYMENT

     SEPT 15

     OCT 15

     NOV 15

     

     DEC 15

     

    TOTAL AMOUNT

    SQUIRT

    $500

    $393.44

    $393.44

    $393.44

    $393.44

    $2074

    PEEWEE

    $500

    $406.56

    $406.56

    $406.56

    $406.56

    $2126

     BANTAM

    $500

    $491.88

    $491.88

    $491.88

    $491.88

    $2468

     

       

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