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WELCOME TO THE 2013/14 KOHA SEASON!
HOUSE B Registration Deadline: August 26, 2013 - 9am (date of first Evaluation Skate)
HOUSE C Registration Deadline: October 4th
We had some extremely exciting news over the summer: KOHA was awarded the "ADM Model Association" designation by USA Hockey and becomes one of only 8 such associations in the nation with that title!
What does that mean for our members?
KOHA has committed to utilizing the American Development Model (ADM) at all levels within our program to provide age-specific, skill-based training for long term athlete development. We believe that KOHA, and Kalamazoo, can be a hockey destination; not merely the largest youth hockey association in Michigan. And we believe that improved player development, in an age-appropriate format, will help us reach that goal.
Why the price increase for House B?
The ADM requires a practice to game ratio of 3:1 which means that, while there will be a cap on the number of games that can be played at each age division, the skaters will see a significant increase in ice touches over previous years. Practices will incorporate the principles of the ADM: primarily small-area, station-based practices that promote greater skill development and result in greater ice utilization (i.e. - your skater will be moving more and doing more during all of their practices). Along with the cap on the maximum number of games allowed, there will also be smaller roster sizes (i.e. - your skater will get more ice time opportunities during games).
KOHA will be hiring skill directors for the upcoming 2013/14 season to focus on skating, stick/puck handling and goalie coaching. The ADM requires skill directors to be on the ice at least once per week at the Travel and House B levels during their scheduled practices. We look to get skill directors on the ice with our House C group periodically throughout the season, either during regularly scheduled practices, or by offering skills & skating clinics during the season.
We are excited about the upcoming season and can't wait to see you all on the ice as we continue to uphold our Mission statement:
To provide every boy and girl in southwest Michigan the opportunity to enjoy and excel at the game of hockey.
REMINDER: You MUST register with USA Hockey BEFORE you can register for the upcoming season with KOHA.
TO REGISTER FOR THE 2013/14 KOHA SEASON, SIMPLY CLICK "REGISTER TODAY" AT THE TOP OF THIS PAGE, LEFT SIDE NAVIGATION/MENU.