GYHA Volunteer Opportunities - We Need YOUR Help!!
Geauga Membership -
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.
Geauga Girls Shine at Cleveland Girls Winter Classic!
We are proud to announce that our own Geauga Girls hockey players-Molly Lowe, Sarah Vince, Peyton Raypholtz and Isabelle Aerni represented well at the recent Cleveland Girls Winter Classic!
From a field of 60 players and 10 teams all the Geauga girls made it to the championship game. Molly, Peyton, and Izzy happened to be placed on the same team while Sarah competed against them playing with other Cleveland area players. Sarah's team ended up winning the championship trophy after an exciting OT and shoot-out!
The outdoor 3-on-3 cross-ice tournament was conceived and spearheaded by Cleveland Native and women's hockey success story, Seanna Conway. Seanna organized the event as a celebration of the love of hockey in general with an emphasis on girls hockey in Cleveland as an opportunity for our Cleveland area girls players to come and enjoy the day. Seanna is currently a coach for the Ohio Flames who has Division 1 College and International Hockey experience including time between the pipes for the Irish National team.
The Classic took place on Sunday 1/11/15 at the historic outdoor Halloran Ice Rink located on West 117th street in Cleveland's west-side neighborhood. On hand were Cleveland area girl hockey players who play for various teams including the Ohio Flames Tier 1 U14 and U16's, Cleveland Baron's Tier 1 U-12's, Pittsburgh Elite U14's and U16's, Gilmour Girls U14 Tier 2, and many who may or may not still play from our local Cleveland Suburban Hockey League teams including our own Geauga Maple-Leafs!!
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!