On behalf of the Helena Area Youth Hockey Association (HAYHA), I would like to welcome you to the 2019-20 Hockey Season. HAYHA is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to improving and expanding hockey in Helena and the surrounding communities. Our goal is to provide a quality youth hockey program where participants can acquire skills, learn teamwork, and have fun while interacting with appropriate adult role models in a safe and welcoming environment. HAYHA also seeks to promote good sportsmanship, positive behavior, and a healthy lifestyle for all its participants. As with every year, the success of our organization will depend greatly upon the participation of our member families, so please ask questions and find out how you can help. Our organization continues to grow and this past year our membership included approximately 250 skaters and their families. The past year also saw HAYHA implement the first year of a house program for 10U (Squirt) and 12U (Pee Wee) age groups. This program was successful and will again be offered for the 2019-20 Hockey Season. While we do not yet have organizational numbers to offer a house league program at the Bantam and High School levels, if our numbers continue to grow, this option may be available in future.
New for this year, HAYHA will offer a one hour per week girls’ on-ice development session, to be held on Fridays, and will also sponsor a second high school team to provide more playing opportunities for our high school players.
Last year the membership added two new positions to our Board of Directors. The new HAYHA Board positions provide board-level representation to the house league and create an additional at-large director to focus on program development.
Our continued affiliation with USA Hockey and the Montana Amateur Hockey Association depends upon the conduct of our players, members, and volunteers, and our continued compliance with USA Hockey SafeSport Policies. Last year we adopted a new disciplinary policy and had a good year regarding discipline and SafeSport compliance. This could not have happened without the cooperation and efforts of our coaches, locker room monitors, volunteers, and all our member families.
Please use the website to find important information, and to answer any questions you may have about the organization or its policies. I also encourage you to contact your age-division representatives and team managers for additional information throughout the hockey season. Finally, and on behalf of the HAYHA Board of Directors, I wish all players, coaches, parents, families, and our volunteers a happy and successful 2019-2020 season.
Kurt Moser, HAYHA President