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2019-2020 Adult Hockey Information

By AHAI 07/13/2019, 1:15pm CDT

All the information you need to join the action...

The 2019-20 hockey season is quickly approaching! The ice will be available mid- late August. Hockey is growing tremendously in the Panhandle, including the adult leagues. We had tremendous success with our first ever Adult LTP program last year. We offered 30 spots and had them filled in less than a week. This season our goal is to fill 50 spots. We currently have 25 or more on the waiting list. The ALTP link will be open for registration on Wednesday July 17th. This program is extremely popular, so if you have friends, family or buddies that are wanting to play- please have them ready to sign up so they don’t miss out!

Adding 50 new spots will increase our numbers significantly. We expect over 80 returning players. We will have a total of 130 adult players available for the leagues this season.   Our goal is to field eight B League teams, and three A League teams this season. That’s an average of around 11-12 skaters and a goalie per team.

SCHEDULE:

Both leagues will start on September 15th, 2019. The last regular season games will end the weekend before Hockey Day in Texas – February 15 & 16, 2020. The playoffs will begin after Hockey Day and will end by Friday April 10th, 2020.

B League Schedule Format: We will do our very best to schedule the B league games on Sunday afternoon/ evenings. The B league will play their first game at 4:15 PM and the final game will conclude at 9:15 PM on each Sunday we have available ice. Scheduling games this way will be more practical and convenient for refs, score keepers and goalies. We may have to schedule some weekday games depending on overall ice availability.

A League Schedule Format: We decided to reduce the amount of A league teams from 4 to 3 this season to maximize the competitive spirit and increase the speed of play. The A league will play Monday- Thursday evenings depending on the weekly schedule and ice availability. Each team will rotate on a three- week schedule where they play one game/ week for two weeks and on the third week the team will have 2 games. By moving the B league to Sunday- the A league will now have earlier time slots on weeknights.

New Rules/ Regulations:

There will be no affiliate players this season. Players may only stay in the league they are assigned after registration. AHAI and the Hockey Operations Board will do their very best to fit players into the appropriate league. The ranking of players, and selection of players will be based on the following:

  • During registration there will be many questions the player is responsible for answering accurately. These questions will filter a system to rank players based on where they believe they stand, their overall experience and the preference of what league they desire to play in.
  • Previous years statistics
  • Any final decisions will be made by a selection committee comprised of team captains, and the Hockey Operations Board. The Hockey Operations board reserves the right to make any roster changes necessary, at any time if it is in the best interest of the leagues.

Here is some important information, so please read carefully and understand the timeline and deadlines for registration and other events.

Registration:

Adult League Season Fee: $600 (plus 2.8% +$1.25/ transaction processing fee)

Order total:

Payment Plan Option: $624.30

Pay in Full Option: $616.80

USA Hockey Membership Number: Each player is required to have a USAH # before you are permissible to register in the AHAI system. The membership serves as an insurance policy for any hockey related injuries. It is mandatory to have this to participate in hockey throughout America. The fee is $46.00.

https://www.usahockeyregistration.com/login_input.action

You can pay in full or do an automatic payment plan:

Aug 15: $174.30

Sep 15: $90

Oct 15: $90

Nov 15: $90

Dec 15: $90

Jan 15: $90

 

Fee includes:

  • Draft party
  • 15 Regular Season Games
  • Minimum of 3 playoff games
  • Team Jersey
  • Stats, standings and live scoring
  • Post season awards party
  • Chance to playoff for the Keg Cup

The deadline to register is: Sunday SEPTEMBER 8, 2019 (You may risk the chance to play this season if you miss the deadline)

Draft:

We will not determine the draft format until registration is complete. The goal of AHAI is to create as much parity as possible between the teams and leagues. With the new format of 8 B teams and 3 A teams- we will have some adjusting to do.

  • The draft (for both leagues) will be Thursday September 12th, 2019.

Location: TBD. We will send an email with more draft details after the registration deadline.

 

 

Adult Drop In

The Bulls will place drop in hockey on the monthly Civic Center schedule as the availability of ice permits. Each session will cost $10 and will be cash only. We will not be pre-selling punch cards this season. The schedule will be updated monthly on Sport Engine and on the Bulls website.

We appreciate your dedication and commitment to hockey in Amarillo! We are very excited to start a new chapter, with more teams, and more players. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the Program Director, Austin Sutter.

asutter@amarillobulls.com

AHAI Reveals New Look!

By AHAI 07/02/2019, 3:15pm CDT

The AHAI is excited to share our new look...

The Amarillo Hockey Association (AHAI) is getting a new look. The association has decided it was time for a new and improved logo. The goal was to create some separation from the Amarillo Bulls Junior Hockey Club, that plays Tier II Junior, in the North American Hockey League. The former AHAI logo was fashioning some confusion between AHAI (non-profit 501 ©) and the Bulls. The AHAI travel teams will still participate in the traditional Amarillo Bulls uniform, colors and will still obtain their logo on the front crest. The new AHAI logo will be used in marketing, stationary, social media, proposals and other business platforms.

“We are excited about our new and professional look. We are the fastest growing sport in the Texas Panhandle and the program deserves a logo that represents that. We will be investing in the community more, increasing our awareness through marketing as we are working towards establishing the program as the premier youth organization in the city”, says Austin Sutter, the Executive Director of AHAI.

The logo uses the Bulls “Victorian D” font and has their navy blue, and red color scheme. There is also a touch of gold and silver in the colors that represents our “gold standard” as a measure of the best, quality, and excellence. The trace of silver represents prosperity and modernity. The logo features a set of Bull horns that differentiate from the Bulls Jr. team’s official logo. It was also important to represent when the Association was formed in 1994, to let people know that youth hockey has been going strong in Amarillo for 25 consecutive years.

What will youth hockey bring out of your child? If you would like more information on how to participate in any of our programs, please visit www.amarillohockey.com.

 

 

FUND RAISE 100% OF YOUR FEES- RAFFLE OPPORTUNITY

By AHAI 06/17/2019, 1:45pm CDT

Great opportunity to off-set your season fees...

RAFFLE TICKET OPPORTUNITY- OFF SET YOUR 2019-2020 FEES

We are very excited to announce that we will be continuing our raffle ticket program that helps families subsidies the cost to play hockey or figure skate. The Association used to offer scholarships to participants in need, or who couldn't afford to play. We decided to invest the scholarship budget into the raffle ticket program that now allows every member the chance to fund raise and off-set their cost to play winter sports. 100% of the tickets you sell- goes directly back to your fees. 

Over the past years the raffle would run until mid November. This year the raffle will only last for 60 days. All raffle ticket sales must be turned in on or before AUGUST 14th, 2019. Once the tickets are turned in- you will receive a COUPON CODE to apply when you register. This will be a one-time code. Whatever money you raised will be applied to your fee at registration. The remaining balance will be broken up into automatic monthly payments, or you may choose to pay your remaining balance in full at registration. CREDITS WILL NOT BE APPLIED AFTER REGISTRATION. 

 

RULES/ REGULATIONS:

  • This program is offered to anyone who is registering in the Amarillo Hockey Association for programs during the 2019-2020 season. This EXCLUDES: The Dallas Stars Learn to Play program.
  • Members will be required to sign an agreement before any raffle tickets will be issued.
  • Specific drop off/ pick up times are available: NO EXCEPTIONS!! (dates and locations listed below)
  • Tickets have to be turned in by AUGUST 14th- or you will not receive your Coupon Code. 

  • DO NOT register until you receive your coupon code. 

  • Members are responsible for setting up their own sale locations (Ex: Walmarts, Sporting events etc..). The Association will not organize sale locations this year. 

  • Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $20

 

LOCATION FOR RAFFLE PICK UP/ DROP OFFS

Amarillo National Bank, Summit Branch (ANB Conference Room in Palace Coffee) from 6:00 – 8:00 pm 

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DATES FOR PICK UP/ DROP OFF

6:00 – 8:00 pm on the following dates:

  • June 19th
  • July 3rd
  • July 17th
  • July 31st
  • August 7th
  • August 14 (final date to turn in unsold tickets and money)