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  • Billings Amateur Hockey League
    Hello From The BAHL Office! A huge thank you goes out to Al Bloomer and Joe Doyle for the wonderful ADM Clinic and presentation that they put together for us
    Message 1 of 92 , Oct 28, 2010
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      Hello From The BAHL Office! 


      A huge thank you goes out to Al Bloomer and Joe Doyle for the wonderful ADM Clinic and presentation that they put together for us this past weekend.  Everyone who attended had great things to say about the ADM program and the sweaty, red-faced kids thoroughly enjoyed their time on the ice!


      Need a fun and safe place to hang out on Halloween for your family?  ZooMontana is hosting Howl-O-Ween at the zoo Saturday & Sunday from 1:00 – 4:00 pm.  Kids dressed in costume are admitted free while an accompanying adult is $6.25.  I mention this event because the Billings Bulls & Oz Fitness players will be at this event handing out candy and brochures advertising the BAHL.  Sounds like a great opportunity to help spread the word about our great sport!


      Bahl Format:


      The BAHL Board of Directors has been discussing our current league format and ways to improve what we have in place, with a focus on our younger age divisions.  The goal of the Board is to grow our membership overall and bring back a strong house program to give families a lesser expensive opportunity to enjoy this great game without having to commit to a travel team.  We are on the right track with our free Learn to Play program which has been very strong this season, but more can be done to increase our membership.


      With those thoughts in mind, the Board has decided to consider the following format for Mites, Squirts and Peewees beginning with next season (2011-2012):


      Mites:  Officially declare the BAHL mite program as a USA Hockey ADM compliant program.  Since we already are using many aspects of this program already, you won’t see much change here.  We will begin to use cross-ice games along with the current half-ice format and per our BAHL by-laws, volunteer only travel for Mites is limited to no more than 3 tournaments outside of Billings.


      Squirts:  The BAHL Squirt division will no longer have MAHA travel teams.  This division will be a house division, with no specific travel team(s).  This division will utilize half-ice games as well as full-ice games.  Players will have the option of traveling to up to 5 tournaments outside of Billings during the season – same volunteer format as is currently used in the Mite division.


      PeeWees:  The BAHL Peewee division will participate in MAHA with one travel team.  All other Peewee players will participate in our house program.  The travel team will be determined by the try-out process.


      Your input on these proposed changes is welcome.  This format has not been voted on or set yet.  These changes will be discussed at our next board meeting November 8th.  The first hour (6:00-7:00 pm) of this meeting will be devoted to membership comments on these changes. 


      Wreath Fundraiser:


      If you have not yet received the information on our wreath fundraiser, please contact your Age Group Director, Team Manager or myself in the league office.  This fundraiser started October 25th and will continue to November 12th.  All orders must be turned in to the league office by November 12th to be included in our November 30th delivery date. Remember that $10.00 of every wreath sold is credited to your skater’s account or a refund check will be issued if your fees are already paid in full.


      Mentor Program:


      Is your skater wanting to do more than skate with his team?  Is he/she interested in helping other age divisions at practice?  USA Hockey has a mentor program in place just for these skaters.  If your skater is interested in being a mentor during another age division’s practices, please contact either myself or the coach of that division to see if there is room for him/her to help out.  Each travel team or house division is limited to 2 mentors.  Your skater must be one division older than where they want to help.  This time on the ice as a mentor is not for your skater to practice his skills or skate around the other players, it is for him/her to help a coach who wants your skater there and to learn about teaching other skaters.  There is a form which must be completed by the mentor skater before he/she can be placed with a team.




      A reminder that the Board of Directors is asking for business proposals for a hockey shop to help service our members.  If you are interested in filling this void of a local hockey shop for our players, the BAHL Board of Directors is accepting written business proposals from any of our BAHL members.  Please submit your detailed proposal to the league office no later than November 7th for consideration.  There is a small room at the top of the stairs near the league office, that could be utilized for a storefront.  Another option might be a trailer that is brought to the arena during set hours each week.


      Available Ice:


      The arena has plenty of available ice for purchase if your team is wanting some additional practice time or to invite a team in for a game or two.  Call or email me if you are interested in what dates are available.


      Until next time!


      Chandra Picicci

      Director, Billings Amateur Hockey League

      Centennial Ice Arena




    • Billings Amateur Hockey League
      Hello From The BAHL Office! Ice looks great, the arena looks great and the number of skaters on the ice has been good this week. One more week of our
      Message 92 of 92 , Sep 20 1:02 PM
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        Hello From The BAHL Office! 


        Ice looks great, the arena looks great and the number of skaters on the ice has been good this week.  One more week of our September schedule which is mainly drop-in sessions and then we move to our October practice schedule.  Don’t forget that you can view the arena schedule at any time through our website at www.centennialicearena.net, just choose the “view schedule” tab on the left side of the page. 


        Do you have a skater who is at least 16 years of age?  Does this skater need or want a job during the hockey season?  The arena is hiring for skate guards to help during public skate this season.  We will work around travel team schedules.  Send the office an email if you or your skater is interested.


        Peewee Tryouts:


        This weekend is the Peewee Travel Team tryout sessions:  Saturday @ 7:00 pm, Sunday @ 10:00 am and Sunday @ 5:00 pm.  Peewee parent meeting will be held during the Sunday 5:00 pm session.  Remember that your skater needs to attend two of the three sessions.


        Public Skate:


        Our regular season public skate sessions start this weekend!  Saturday and Sunday afternoon 1:00-2:45 pm both days.  Next week our Tuesday and Thursday noon sessions start as well (12:00-1:45 pm both days).




        Ostby Orthodontics will offer a free mouthguard fitting which includes a free mouthguard on Sunday, October 7th 3:00-5:00 pm.  This fitting will take place at their heights office which is across Wicks Lane by Wal-Mart.  All BAHL and Learn to Play skaters are welcome to take advantage of this offer!

        Rental Equipment:


        Did you miss our equipment date yesterday for the first session of Learn to Play?  Cristina will be available on Saturday during the Learn to Play session at 12:00 to fit your skater.  Please send me an email if you are in need of equipment to get started for this first session. 


        Mite and Squirt players who need equipment for this season – we will schedule an equipment date for later in October to get you covered.


        Registration Discount:


        Help grow the BAHL Girls Program by bringing another girl to the BAHL.  Earn a $50 reduction in your player fees for EVERY girl that registers (and pays) with the BAHL this season.  There is no limit to the number of female players you get credit for! 


        Dates to Remember:


        September 22/23:  Peewee Travel Team tryouts

        September 22/23:  Learn to Play and Learn to Skate starts

        October 7:  Mouthguard fitting 3:00-5:00 pm @ Ostby Orthodontics

        October 7:  Referee Clinic

        October 12:  First Bulls home game vs Yellowstone Quake

        November 3/4:  Coaches Clinic

        November 3:  Try Hockey Free Day 3:00-4:30 pm




        Keep up to date with current happenings and both BAHL and arena news by becoming a fan of the BAHL’s Facebook page.  Search for Billings Amateur Hockey League to find us or click on the Facebook link on our website!


        Until next week!


        Chandra Picicci

        Director, Billings Amateur Hockey League

        Centennial Ice Arena




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