GYHA Mite Welcome Session and Placements Process 2015-2016
Dear Mite Parents -
GYHA wanted to reach out to you to clarify our plans for the upcoming Geauga Hockey "Welcome Session" and ongoing "placement" process for Mites for 2015-16 season.
The April 20th session will be a "Welcome to Geauga Hockey" like last year. During that session we will run skills/drills and also scrimmage like a higher level group tryout but mainly in order to allow parents to see how there kid(s) would fit in with the Geauga Mites. At that session, we will explain our expectation of what level of skating/hockey skill we expect new players to be able to demonstrate to be a Mite at Geauga - which is focused mainly on skating skills,.
This will also offer us an opportunity to deliver information on summer Pond Hockey programs to help players with those skills in preparation for the true "placement" sessions that will take place throughout August and September.
If you have any questions, please contact Paul Chase (email@example.com) or Chris Murphy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I just wanted to shoot out a quick email about what options are available this summer with the Ohio Hockey Project. If you could please take the time to forward our information to your team it would be greatly appreciated. The new website went live last week and spots are already filling up quickly. We will be making an official press release to the Cleveland hockey community later next week, but I wanted to make sure your families were taken care of, should they be interested. We anticipate selling out of our camps & leagues again this year, so please book quickly to reserve your spot!
• Youth Development Leagues for Peewees and Squirts. These Development Leagues are located conveniently on each side of the city (Winterhurst & Gilmour). We combine high intensity weekly skill sessions with an alternating schedule of OHP coached games. This takes place throughout an 8-week period.
• Goaltending Training Camps will add a very technical dimension for the goaltenders of the Project.
• Mite/Squirt/Peewee/BantamTraining Camps are week-long and are the real deal. This total hockey experience combines, high quality coaching, committed skill development, off-ice performance training, and valuable off-ice life enhancement sessions where we focus on nutrition, injury prevention, goal setting, and self-marketing for our elder players.
• Midget Minor/“JV” Development League will be the perfect springboard for the 8th, 9th, or 10th grader preparing to make the jump to Midget or Varsity level hockey! This 8-week long program meets once a week and combines high intensity team-based practices, OHP coached games, and performance training!
• Female Training Group. Don’t worry ladies, we haven’t forgotten about you! This Saturday morning training group will meet once per week where we will have a heavy emphasis on individualized skill development, with off-ice performance training weekly.
Additional details and enrollment can be found online at
Early Bird Discount: Enroll before March 15th and save 10% on all programs.
Gettin’ After It Discount: Enroll in more than one program, and you can take an additional 10% off.
Family Discount: families enrolling multiple athletes can save an additional 10% off.
I know the demand for quality ice time in the offseason and I wanted to make sure your families were not only taken care of first, but were aware of the resources we offer. Should you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me directly at
or by phone at 440-503-3432.
We have been busy planning for the upcoming 2015-16 season. With that, we have many volunteer opportunities to help run the GYHA and implement the programs necessary to make GYHA one of the best in Cleveland! As most of you know, we are an organization run almost entirely by parent volunteers. Please consider yourself or someone you know (they don't have to be a parent!!) to help with any of the following positions:
Director of Hockey (applications must be submitted)
Coaches and Assistant Coaches (applications must be submitted)
2nd Vice President
Special Committee: Apparel Manager
Special Committee: Equipment Manager
Special Committee: Webmaster and Assistant Webmaster
Special Committee: Marketing/Communications Manager
Special Committee: Golf Outing Director
Special Committee: Safe Sport Ombudsman
Special Committee: Mite Lead Coach
We also have other opportunities throughout the year to help with other activities including but not limited to:
Try Hockey for Free events in Spring and Fall
Annual Equipment Sale
CSHL Monster Night Ticket Sales
Contact any of your GYHA board members (contact info on our web contact page here - https://leagueathletics.com/Contacts.asp?n=86510&org=geaugayouthhockey ) if you think you'd like to help.
In case you didn't know....on top of our GYHA player skills sessions withRuss Sinkewich and The Ohio Hockey Project, we have also been holding special Goalie Skills Clinics over the 2014-15 year. These sessions have been a great success and we've really created a "goalie family" by bringing our goalies together for specialized practices.
It is very important to give our goalies specific goalie skills instruction, individually and as a group, while also having their team coaches present to help reinforce those lessons in team practices and games. It is also essential to give players who want to try the goalie position a venue to learn the basics in a solid learning environment and our clinics help create that opportunity. We have many sets of goalie equipment that have been donated throughout the years and therefore GYHA can equip most any goalie at any age!! Thank you to our members, past and present, who have donated.
All of our skills clinics were in response to the GYHA end-of-year survey sent to our membership after the 2013-14 season. We have always had skills sessions but it was obvious our membership wanted more. This year we have actively sought to formalize these and will continue evolve the Geauga's skills programs going forward to give our players as much of an opportunity to hone specific skills outside of normal practice times.
Thank you to Adam Snyder, our Squirt 2 Head Coach and former University School goalie for his hard work helping and as well, we thank Paul Chase, our Mite Blue Head coach and current St. Ignatius goalie coach for his help. Of course, since we request all of our coaches to be available to participate, we thank them for their extra time!