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LEARN TO SKATE SESSION 2 STARTS JAN. 10, 2015!

Our next Learn To Skate session starts January 10th - REGISTER TODAY! KOHA’s Learn to Skate program was designed and implemented by a Western Michigan University graduate student with a hockey and education background. Thousands of young people have learned to skate with KOHA. KOHA Learn to Skate is open to girls and boys, whether they have an interest in playing hockey or not.

Equipment: KOHA has sets of basic protective equipment available for rent, first come - first served. Skaters must have a certified hockey helmet, skates & winter gloves or mittens. Knee and elbow protection is strongly suggested.

What your child will learn: KOHA begins with teaching skaters how to stand up and fall down. Skaters are divided into groups of about 10, with an adult volunteer assisting KOHA’s program leader. Over the 8 to 10 one-hour sessions of the program, skaters will learn forward gliding and skating, backwards skating, hockey stops, left to right and right to left turns and front to back and back to front turns. Proper (efficient) skating technique is emphasized.

LEARN TO SKATE SESSION 2 (SATURDAYS ONLY - WINGS WEST - 9:15-10:15AM)
JANUARY 10 - FEBRUARY 28 (Saturdays only - 8 sessions total)
Cost: $100

AGE:
Recommended to be four (4) years old by December 31, 2014; younger players may participate with advanced approval by the program director.

If you have any questions on the Learn to Skate Program please contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (269) 349-7825.

Players must register on line with USA Hockey (Free for skaters 6 and under) prior to registering with KOHA for either Learn To Skate or Beginning Hockey.

 

D6 ASSOCIATIONS JOIN FORCES - CREATE NEW TIER 1 AAA PROGRAM

West Michigan Elite Hockey Association Awarded  as Tier 1 AAA for 2015-16

KALAMAZOO, MI -- A new opportunity for youth elite hockey development was announced today by the newly formed West Michigan Elite Hockey Association (WMEHA). Tier 1 Hockey will now be available for all levels of hockey from Pee Wee through Midget for all District 6 communities. The Tier 1 award was granted by the Michigan Amateur Hockey Association (MAHA) at its annual December meeting. The Associations include the West Michigan Hounds, Kalamazoo Optimist Hockey Association, Grand Rapids Amateur Hockey Association, Lansing Hockey Club, Grand Valley, Jackson, HAWK, Rockford,  Muskegon Chiefs, Battle Creek, GR Blades, and Kentwood. The 14 associations joined together in an unprecedented effort to coordinate their resources to support the program.  Each association will continue its house and travel programs.
 
KOHA's Director of Hockey, Brian Tulik says, "I think this is a great opportunity for the players in West Michigan who are looking to take their game to the next level. The collaboration of many of the West Michigan hockey organizations putting their egos aside and coming together for the betterment of elite hockey is very refreshing, and long overdue in our area. It's an exciting time for hockey in our communities."
 
GRAHA Director Jean Laxton  said, "This creates an opportunity for our young elite athletes to develop in their home geographic area.  It is our intention to allow these players to skate and develop within their own associations."
 
The 14 associations plan to huddle over the next few weeks to sort out logistics, programs, coaches, and expectations by age group for the elite Tier 1 program.  A joint announcement will be made in mid-January. 
 
For information, contact Tom Berry at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 

3rd ANNUAL AUTISM AWARENESS EVENT 12/13

Youth Hockey Fights for Kids with Autism

December 13, 2014; Wings Stadium 1:30pm-9pm

The 3rd  Annual event helping raise Autism awareness and benefit the Great Lakes Center for Autism Treatment and Research (located in Portage, MI), a facility dedicated to serving children with severe and debilitating autism. Providing residential, out-patient and day treatment services to children in Southwest Michigan to help them reach their full potential and live the fullest lives possible.

The Southwest Michigan High School Hockey League (SWMHSHL) and the Kalamazoo Optimist Hockey
Association (KOHA) have come together with support from Residential Opportunities Incorporated (ROI) to put together an Event that will allow our local Youth Hockey players to be part of the 3rd Annual “Youth Hockey Fights for Kids with Autism” Event that will help raise Autism awareness in our Kalamazoo community and more importantly help to raise much needed funds for the treatment of children with Autism.

The support of the hockey family has assisted three families (5 children) with the funds necessary to cover the entire cost or copays of diagnosing autism and/or behavior assessments. The results of these tests provide the necessary information to the families to receive other treatment services. Due to the age of the child and/or the insurance coverage, continued treatment at GLC was not obtained.

The cost of treatment without insurance can be (without a 15% discount):

  • Diagnostic Assessment is $1200
  • Behavioral Assessment is $500-$1000 (Child dependent)
  • Treatment using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for a child receiving 15 hours/week for one month (60 hours) is $1575

What if there was no Great Lakes Center? (Watch Video)

 

A one-time donation of $5.00 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Donor must be 18+ and all donations must be authorized by the account holder. By texting YES, the user agrees to the terms and conditions. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on most carriers. Donations are collected for the benefit of Residential Opportunities, Inc. by the Mobile Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at www.hmgf.org/t. Message & Data Rates may apply. You can unsubscribe at any time by texting STOP to short code 20222; text HELP to 20222 for help. 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS - Saturday, December 13, 2014

1:30PM KALAMAZOO UNITED vs. PORTAGE NORTHERN HS
3:25PM KOHA 6U/8U JAMBOREE (CROSS-ICE GAMES)

4:15PM KALAMAZOO EAGLES vs. KALAMAZOO BLADES (10th Annual Rivalry Cup Game)
6:10PM KOHA 8U JAMBOREE (CROSS-ICE GAMES)
6:30PM CHECK PRESENTATION

7:00PM MATTAWAN vs. PORTAGE CENTRAL HS


   

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

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

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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


Hockey Cares Tournament Entry Fees and Payment Policy
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.

      

 

REGISTER TODAY FOR BEGINNING HOCKEY!

BEGINNING HOCKEY
KOHA Beginning Hockey Program is the second part of a two-part program designed to teach your child the basic skills of ICE HOCKEY. In Beginning Hockey, your child can continue to improve upon skating skills and learn hockey basics. Beginning Hockey runs from December through March.

This program generally follows the Learn to Skate Program and is recommended before entering our House League or Travel Hockey programs. Over 80 boys and girls annually participate in this program.

Why should your child participate? Skating is fun and easy; it improves balance, hand-to-eye coordination and strength. Skating compliments other sports, and is beneficial to girls and boys alike. The program is designed to allow children to develop skills and self-confidence at their own pace in an atmosphere of positive encouragement.

DETAILS:

AGE:
Recommended to be five (5) years old by December 31, 2014; younger players may participate with advanced approval by the program director.

WHEN:
BOTH Saturdays and Sundays. 2014/15 DATES: DECEMBER 7TH (Sunday) THROUGH MARCH 7TH (Saturday). One 60-minute session both days. Due to the size of our program in recent years and the limited ice availability, we have to limit our program to skaters 11 and younger. Older players are recommended to join House C.

(Beginning Hockey sessions/ice times will vary according to team assignments.)

WHERE:
Wings West (5076 Sports Drive, Kalamazoo, MI 49009) - just off 9th Street in Oshtemo

COST:
$380

EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS:

Beginning Hockey:

Hockey skaters will need the following equipment by their first practice in December 2014.

  • Certified hockey helmet
  • Shin guards (tape ones or Velcro strapped)
  • Elbow pads
  • Protective cup
  • Hockey skates
  • Hockey gloves
  • Shoulder pads
  • Garter belt or hockey shorts
  • Hockey pants
  • Hockey stick
  • Neck guard

Note: KOHA has "One Goal" hockey equipment available for rent by Beginning Hockey players, depending on availability, first come first first serve. These sets of equipment exclude skates, helmet and a stick. Please check with the office staff for more details.

   

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