|Youth Hockey Partnerships
The creation of CYAH will lead to a stronger partnership with the RYHA. The partnership will stimulate growth and bring unity to the youth and amateur community.
The RYHA - Raleigh Youth Hockey Association - is a non-profit hockey program servicing the Triangle for the 20th season. They offer Instructional hockey, house league and travel programs to boys and girls aged preschool through 18. The coaches, managers and board of directors consist of dedicated parent volunteers whose goal is to ensure that the kids have fun playing ice hockey. For more information on the RYHA, visit www.ryha.org
Some facts about CYAH and RYHA:
- The CYAH mark will be seen on all levels of RYHA in some form, from house leagues and beginner programs through Tier I AAA.
- The Carolina Hurricanes will be outfitting the Tier I teams with Carolina Hurricanes jerseys. This will mark the first time, other than the pee-wee Junior Hurricanes Quebec team, that the Hurricanes jersey and name will be worn by a youth hockey organization.
- CYAH will host an end-of-the-year banquet for RYHA members to honor individual and team achievements. This will provide a tangible reminder to each child of the camaraderie and friendship that the sport of hockey can offer them.
- The Junior Hurricanes AAA RYHA team will be the highest-level team ever formed in a Triangle-based program utilizing mainly Triangle-based players. The Junior Hurricanes will compete at the highest international youth level and expect to be competitive in their first year.
- A new organization and board has been formed to oversee the Tier I program. This board includes former Carolina Hurricanes Captain Ron Francis as an advisor to the board, Hurricanes Youth and Amateur Hockey Coordinator Paul Strand as director of hockey, former NHL goaltender Rich Shulmistra as director at large, local businessman Jeff Maness as president and RYHA liaison David Wright as vice-president.
The Central Carolina Hockey (CCH) League offers inline hockey programs for the youth and adults of Wake County and the surrounding areas. The programs are based on our core beliefs in developing the knowledge and skills of the sport as well as developing positive attitudes. CCH offers opportunities for all ages and skill levels, including the learn to play, recreational, house, competitive travel and elite divisions. CCH is also a USA Hockey Inline-sanctioned organization.
For more information, visit www.cchl.cc.
Some facts about the CCH:
- CCH set record house league numbers with 383 players
- There was a 26 percent increase in participation since winter 2006, including
- a 15 percent increase in participation from spring 2006 to fall 2006
- a 30 percent increase in participation from fall 2006 to winter 2007
- There has been a 30 percent registration increase from spring 2006 to spring 2007
- Over 525 kids played in CCH during this past winter season alone
- CCH has been instrumental in the development of the Carolina Scholastic Hockey League for both middle school and high school teams
- CCH is a member of the Raleigh Sports Council and a sponsor of the recent Evening of Champions
The Carolina Scholastic Hockey League (CSHL) is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational youth sports organization that was formed to promote the sport of hockey as an organized and viable club sport within North Carolina public and private schools.
CSHL league activities are sanctioned by the USA Hockey Inline organization and exist through the primary support of the Carolina Hurricanes as well as through donations from corporations and small businesses all across the greater Raleigh area. CSHL is also a participating Corporate Member of the Greater Raleigh Sports Council.
CSHL provides organized seasonal competitive hockey league activities for students in grades 6-12 as well as educational programs for youth of all ages who wish to learn more about the game. For more information regarding schedules, standings or to register online, visit www.cshl.us
Some facts about CSHL:
- CSHL is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization sanctioned by USA Hockey Inline
- Student costs to participate are reduced and subsidized by corporate and small business donations
- CSHL games are played at Dream Sports Center and Jellybeans Family Skate Centers
- CSHL scholastic leagues typically have 250-300 participants organized into 25-30 teams competing in 2-3 competitive divisions and Northern and Southern conferences.
- High School hockey is open to public, private and home-schooled students in grades 9-12. Registration opens in early August, ends in late September, and the season is played from October to February.
- Middle School hockey is open to public, private and home-schooled students in grades 6-8. Registration opens in early December, ends in late January, and the season is played from February to May.
- CSHL championships are played at the end of each season in a weekend-long tournament format, which is sponsored in part by the Carolina Hurricanes.
- CSHL continues to expand scholastic programs across the state of North Carolina, and had High School teams traveling to Raleigh from as far away as Edenton, NC to participate in the 2008-2009 High School season