SSYHA Sponsored Hockey Opportunities
You can always check in with Howelsen Ice Arena to see their monthly schedule for stick-n-puck, drop-in, and public skating sessions. I am currently coordinating with the rink to offer a summer "youth drop-in" that will have some organization and supervision. As we approach the end of the summer and the start of next hockey season, there will be other optional offerings. We are looking at bringing a high level power skating coach to Steamboat, running a "season prep" mini-camp, holding a goalie camp, and running a checking clinic.
Elite Hockey Training with Ryan Dingle
This is clearly a favorite of mine and highly recommended for the value. Steamboat's own, Ryan Dingle, does an exceptional job with the kids, emphasizing some outstanding skill development, and at a really great price!
Squirt Camp - June 19-23 - $200
Girls Camp - June 19-23 - $300
Peewee Camp - June 26-30 - $350
Bantam/HS Camp June 26-30 - $350
Mite Camp - July 10-14 - $200 - (this age group not offered at all camps!)
See Elite Hockey Training for details and to register!
Rocky Mountain Hockey School
RMHS has been coming to Steamboat for some time now and holds their annual "Adventure Camp" so participants can enjoy the endless activities in Steamboat as well as get solid hockey instruction. Bryan Smith does a great job with the camp. The camp is July 2-8 for squirts through midgets. There are different pricing options available - $495 base fee. See RMHS - Steamboat for more info and to register!
Pro Ambitions Hockey
This will be the second year Pro Ambitions comes to Steamboat and brings their highly successful "Battle Camp" to town. They began with camps on the east coast and have expanded nationally. Battle Camp - Steamboat is July 24-28 for kids 6-18 yrs old. Cost is $599. See the attached flier or go to Pro Ambitions - Steamboat for more info and to register!
Planet Hockey has a long history of quality hockey camps with a solid staff of coaches. In Colorado, our USA Hockey Coach in Chief, Brian Sutton, directs operations. While they will not be in Steamboat this summer, they offer camps all along the front range, in Grand Junction, and in Breckenridge. See info on Colorado camps here - Planet Hockey - Colorado
Additionally, Brian Sutton reached out to me with a unique opportunity for those interested in combining hockey with travel and cultural experience this summer. Brian and Planet Hockey are taking teams (squirt through midget) to Esbjerg, Denmark July 28-Aug 5! Specifically looking for more Midget aged players! Players get to experience some incredible hockey while being immersed locally in Esbjerg. This is an international tournament and camp in one! For more info, check out http://www.planethockey.com/europeanhockeytour or contact Brian Sutton at firstname.lastname@example.org
The MSGHL is strong and will continue to function as it has over the past few years with potential to expand the U10 division. The spring meeting is this Sunday, May 7th at 10am at the rink in Breckenridge. I will attend and pass along any news. All are welcome to join me (but I will be traveling from other youth sports events...not from Steamboat).
The "Tier Level" hockey has announced some exciting changes. Tier hockey is AA or AAA hockey. As we have seen over time in our state, there is always pressure to get players into AAA programs without a lot of foresight and planning as to how many players are actually AAA caliber and what happens to other programs below the AAA level. Traditional boys programs have had major issues with this and the girls programs were fighting the same battles.
The girls programs got together and united under CAHA to build a better over all program. Therefore, there will now only be one true AAA girls team - Team Colorado. There will be one at the U19 level and one at the U16 level. All are welcome to tryout. Any girls making these teams from the mountains will need to billet in Denver. These are the Tier 1, full-season, elite AAA teams for our state.
Then, under this structure, there are 6 approved associations that will offer Tier 2 - AA teams as well as AAA tournament teams at the U19, U16, and U14 levels. These teams will function similar to years past where girls can still play for their home associations on MSGHL. CDYHL, or CCYHL teams.
To be eligible for Team Colorado (AAA, full-season) or the AAA tournament teams, players must make the tryouts May 19-21 in Denver. If a player desires to only play for a AA team, this tryout is not mandatory...there will be other opportunities in the fall. However, it was explained to me that the tryouts will be used to "better identify all players".
So, if you know a player (U14, U16, U19) that has the skill and interest to play at a AA level or higher, please forward this information along!!