I am pleased to now officially announce that starting this season Bandits Goaltending will be the dedicated goaltending trainer for KVHA teams!
Over the last 22 years, owner Stan Matwijiw has grown Bandits into one of the most recognized goalie schools in North America. Bandits prides itself, not only for generating NHL caliber goaltenders (18 drafted into the NHL since 1999 along with 2 Stanley Cup Champions) but more importantly structuring a foundation for youth students to excel in life away from hockey by helping them to instill hard work and commitment. Bandits utilizes the USA Hockey Goaltending philosophy and works closely with Brad Johnson, our USA MI Goalie in Chief. We are excited to have the expertise of Bandits Goaltending in our effort to develop our teams and grow the association.
Many teams do not have a dedicated professional goalie trainer, and this is one of the top things that we hear that parents want, and not just goalie parents. Having a dedicated goalie professional will lead to better goaltending overall, it will attract goalies to KVHA, and help with goalie retention. With confident and skilled goalies, the overall talent level on our teams will increase, allowing our kids to realize more growth and success. Goalies are highly specialized and while our parent coaches do a fantastic job with them, it would be great to give some professional help to the teams that have not utilized a goalie coach before, or to those teams who may have gotten away from doing so. This partnership will bring a new, fresh perspective and serve as a resource for trends and guidance as our goalies reach the next level and beyond.
The Bandits trainer will come out to your practice twice per month on a pre-scheduled day of the week (M-Th). Regardless of whether you have a practice or a game, the goalie trainer will be there. During on-ice practices, they will work with the goalies as well as the day to day coaches to show techniques, helpful drills/ideas provide insight and more. During the in-game review, the goalie trainer will watch the game and make corrective and highlight notes to discuss with the goalie(s) and coaches. Each goalie will also receive progress reports and in person evaluations to discuss goals and objectives as well as achievements and shortcomings (on and off the ice) at certain intervals throughout the season. Additionally under this partnership, our goalies, parents and coaches will have the ability to participate in sessions with a certified Sports Psychologist. Additionally, during the season Bandits will offer clinics exclusive to KVHA goalies to help enforce what they are learning in practices while being with their peers. This will allow our goalies to get to know each other, which will foster continued growth and development in an additional setting.
To kick off the program, and to give all of our teams a chance to check out all that Bandits has to offer your goalies, KV plans to pay for two (2) of the initial team sessions.
To learn more about Bandits Goaltending, please visit their website. http://www.banditsgoaltending.com/#
To those of you who played at KVHA last season, we sincerely appreciate and thank you for a wonderful season despite all of the challenges. We are excited to see all of our families on the ice for another great season of KVHA Hockey!
Registration for the upcoming season will open on June 1st. ALL players (house, girls and travel) must register to be placed on their team's roster.
We have tiered registration with early reduced pricing from June 1-June 30 ($185); July 1-July 31 ($235) then full registration price after August 1st, ($285).
At KVHA we do a great job fulfilling our role as a true non-profit and making hockey as affordable as we can. Your registration fees are used for the following expenses throughout the season:
We recommend registering early to ensure that your child has a spot on a house team and to take advantage of the conditioning skates at the beginning of the season, which will prepare your child for the draft skates.
The target start date for the House Conditioning skates is July 25 and these skates give your player a chance to get back on the ice a few times and make sure all of their equipment fits before the draft or rate skates, which are held the first two weeks in August. The draft or evaluations skates are where the association is able to rate players to create even talented teams. The evaluators rate players based on different skills. These ratings will be combined to arrive at an average rating to be used in the draft.
The draft for teams is the 3rd week of August. At the draft, the coaches use those evaluations to select teams. Players who miss the evaluations skates will be assigned to teams after the draft based on their registration date, continuing in line with the team order used in the draft. This is done to avoid over/under evaluating these players. Siblings are placed on the same team.
House teams will start skating around Labor day weekend and the season goes until Mid-March.
Our House programs are as follows and all amounts quoted are from last season the 2021/2022 ice rates will be finalized soon:
Biggby Hockey for ages 8 & under
Biggby Coffee and KVHA will continue to focus on making Learn-to-Play (LTP), Mini-Mite and Mite recreational hockey the most fun experience for the kids and to support building great youth coaches. We have an in-house league for everyone 8 and under with a holiday jamboree and end of season party. With program structure all of the kids will get to know each other over the course of the season and will create lifelong friendships
Mini Mite (age 5 & 6 - birth years 2015 or later) and Mites (age 7 & 8 - birth years 2014/2013) - Teams play other KVHA teams and only skate on the weekends with ice times in the morning or afternoon; Ice time is 50 minutes; Practices are on Saturday and games on Sunday; Games begin mid-October or once jerseys arrive; Teams can enter tournaments or jamborees but this is an additional expense for parents that is not included in the monthly ice fee, which was $139/month for Mini Mites and $157/month for Mites last season.
For the 8 & Under programs, KVHA allows players to request to play with a friend. Conditions do apply, so please review the form and instructions here or you can find more information on our registration info page.
KVHA 10U & Older Recreational Hockey Program
Squirt (age 9/10 - birth years 2012/2011 ) - If we have 4 or more Squirt teams, we will have an in-house Squirt league, otherwise the teams participate in the Little Caesars league; Squirt teams schedule scrimmages with other teams and are also eligible for MAHA district play to qualify for the State Tournament; Ice times are 50 minutes; Practices are one weeknight every other week and Saturday/Sunday starting mid-October (5 ice times over a two week period); Teams can enter tournaments but this is an additional expense for parents that is not included in the monthly fee, which was $196/month last season.
Peewee (age 11/12 - birth years 2010/2009) teams participate in the Little Caesar's league with travel to other rinks, can schedule scrimmages with other teams and are also eligible for MAHA district play; There is a mix of 50 and 80 minute practices which includes two weekend sheets every week and then one week night sheet every other week. The ice times will be at Brighton or Hartland; Teams can enter tournaments but this is an additional expense for parents that is not included in the monthly fee, which was $254/month last season.
Bantam (age 13/14 - birth years 2008/2007) & Midget (age 15-18 - birth years 2006 or earlier) teams participate in the Little Caesar's league with travel to other rinks, can schedule scrimmages with other teams and are also eligible for MAHA district play; Practices are 80 minute which includes two weekend sheets every week and then one week night sheet every other week which varies. The ice times will be at Brighton or Hartland; Teams can enter tournaments but this is an additional expense for parents that is not included in the monthly fee, which was $303/month last season.
For all of the House divisions, we allow players to "play-up" a division (Squirt to PeeWee, for example), if it is developmentally appropriate. Parents can find out more and complete a request to play up here.
There really is no way to determine how many teams we will have next season, as it varies from year to year based on how many kids register, how many are moving up from one division to another, how many kids make the jump from house to travel, and how many coaches we have to fill the spots. We will add as many teams as we need if we have kids and coaches to support it. If you are interested in becoming a coach, the coaching application has been posted on www.kvhockey.org or HERE
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have more questions or would like additional information.
Thank you once again for being a part of the KVHA Family this season and being committed to the growth and development of your child, not only on the ice, but off the ice as well!! We look forward to seeing you next season.
KVHA Board of Directors