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BAHA Youth Hockey

Letter from the Hockey Director

BAHA Youth Program Mid-season Update
With all of the activity surrounding the new rink we thought that today is a perfect time to give a mid-season Youth Hockey Program update.  Opening the doors of Ressler Motors Ice Rink at the Ice Barn doubled refrigerated ice capacity for more than 2,500 youth and adults in the Gallatin Valley who participate in hockey, curling, figure skating and public skate programs.  Doubling the amount of ice gave us the immediate opportunity to expand current youth hockey programming.

To accommodate requests from all ice users, and take full advantage of the expanded ice facilities, the 2016-17 Youth Program was provided:

  • Increased Squirt A, Squirt B, PeeWee A, PeeWee B, and High School team practice times
  • Squirt and PeeWee practices increased from (2) half ice practices, to (1) half ice and (1) full ice practice per week
  • Increased High School to (3) practices a week, adding a full ice practice
  • Three weekends of home tournaments, at no extra cost to the hockey families
  • Added (3) goalie clinics, at no charge
  • Added (4) Power Skating clinics

The above was accomplished with little to no fee increase for the 2016/17 season - something we were proud to provide to the youth families in our membership.  The first home tournament weekend was a smashing success, amounting in 28 youth games taking place in three days’ time!  In the rink business, more ice expanse holds the equivalent value of more ice time; so, where we were able, we took advantage of the opportunity to build the benefit of full-ice practices into our youth programming.

The growth continues.  To help with the positive forward movement we are experiencing, you are invited to share your hopes, thoughts, questions, concerns or requests at any time.  There are a lot of considerations and decisions we need to make throughout the year to bring the best possible product to our community.  Your input is more than welcome, and our door is always open!!

Thank you for being a part of a monumental season
for the Bozeman skating community.

Dave Weaver, Hockey Director
The Bozeman Amateur Hockey Association

Youth Hockey Program

BAHA is committed to providing young people the opportunity to have fun learning the skills of skating and the game of hockey while affording them a safe and fun environment to achieve their highest level of play. As a team sport, hockey affirms the importance of commitment, self-discipline, and sportsmanship among participants. The Bozeman Amateur Hockey Association is committed to ensuring that all young people who participate in the Youth Hockey Program will develop skills and values which will have lifelong benefit to them and to society, including:

  • development of the skills necessary to play ice hockey
  • knowledge of the rules and strategies of the game
  • knowledge of conditioning techniques that affect short and long term health and performance
  • enjoyment and recreation
  • commitment to teamwork
  • good sportsmanship

Our mission is to provide facilities and programs for the development of quality, affordable and disciplined competitive and recreational hockey. BAHA is dedicated to the development of youth through the game of hockey and committed to providing young people the opportunity to have fun on the ice, while learning the skills of skating and the game of hockey. Membership is available to all interested youth regardless of socio-economic background.

BAHA is committed to the development of youth hockey in the greater Gallatin County area and the State of Montana. The home ice of the BAHA Icedogs teams is the Haynes Pavilion located at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds. The BAHA Youth Program enrolls approximately 250 youth players each season.