Join us for our annual Christmas Cookie Skate with Coach Lohrei on Dec. 23 from 12pm to 1pm. There's no cost, but please bring five Christmas cookies to share.
If you’ve been around the sport long enough, you may have seen the movie Slap Shot. No, it is not appropriate for your children! The movie is about hockey in the 70’s and the old Colonial Hockey League, where there were more fights than goals scored. Part of the story line is that an investor group in Florida is interested in buying the team. It’s all a ruse, but, at one point in the film, the question is asked, “Who owns the Chiefs?”
Now, you may be wondering what this has to do with Sauk Prairie Youth Hockey:
How many people in our association who know that Sauk Prairie Youth Hockey owns the rink?
We don’t rent it or lease it from the Village - we own the building. So, the question bears itself, “Who owns the rink?” WE DO! I know we all have to volunteer our time to work the concession stand and clean the lobby area. Part of our registration fees go towards a cleaning contract. Without getting into the costs of having the rink cleaned on a weekly basis - just know that it isn’t cheap.
For every game we play in our rink, we are inviting guests into our building. It doesn’t matter where they are from; our rink is the first thing they see when they arrive. They walk into the breezeway and see the multitude of trophies our children have earned. The lobby is next on the list, then, maybe the rest room - all the while, whether they know it or not, they are seeing our rink and determining if they like it here or not. The parents won’t touch the ice, so what does that leave them to judge? The building and how clean it is, the condition of the locker rooms and friendliness of the concession staff.
This fall one of our restrooms was damaged. Based on the timing of the event, we have a good idea who it was, but that doesn’t matter. We are missing something when our own folks are damaging our building. We are missing something when we walk down the corridor and just ignore that wrapper sitting on the ground. Sure we pay for the rink to be cleaned, but how many folks that get their housed cleaned, clean up before the house cleaning people arrive? Why would you do that?
Those folks clean because they don’t want the housekeeper there for such a long time and they don’t want the housekeeper to know perhaps how dirty the house may be at times. The same applies for our rink. Have a sense of pride when it comes to our building, keep it clean and remind younger children and siblings that it is not a playground. It is a hockey rink; and we own it! Let’s do our part in keeping it looking nice. Let’s leave it in better shape than was left to us. The rink was built by volunteers in 1996. 21 years later, there have been many improvements along the way. Thank you to the volunteers who have helped this building progress to what it is today!
We're excited to be sooooo close to rostering a full, all-girl hockey team at the Squirt level this season! It's our hope to field two all-girls teams next season.
Female Peers: Playing with female peers may be important for many young girls to feel like they fit in. They may have fewer self-esteem issues playing with their peers than with boys who may tease them. USA Hockey’s most recent growth and retention studies found 54% of 8U girls players quit the game before they progress to the 10U level. There are several reasons for this, including the fact that girls are social beings - they may play on all-girls team because they want to play with their friends or sisters or because the boys may intimidate them.
Read/Download the whole article from USA Hockey here:
We are closer than we have ever been to being able to put a Girls 10U (Squirt) Team on the ice. Our goal in continuing to grow the game includes a girls component. We’d love to be
able to have a Girls 10U team this season (birth years 2007 &
To help in being able to make this a reality and to grow the girls game in general, SPYHA is piloting the following growth strategy for 2017-18: Any first-time new to hockey girls for the 2017-18 season will have their skater registration fees waived.
That’s right— $0 in SPYHA skater registration fees. USA Hockey registration fees still apply, and families who take advantage of this, will still be required to meet their volunteer hour requirements.
Early projections for 2017-18 indicated that if all eligible 10Ugirl skaters were to return this season, we’d currently have a roster of 8. Please help us in encouraging any and all girls that may be interested in trying hockey to sign-up today!
Also, look for an announcement soon as SPYHA will be hosting a Girls Hockey Weekend Event at the rink on October 7th.
SPYHA GOAL-IN-THE-HOLE GOLF OUTING
JUNE 3, 2017 | 12:30PM TEE TIME
This is Sauk Prairie Youth Hockey Association's largest fundraiser.
Money raised or donated goes towards reducing fees, improving the rink, team events, scholarships and more.
Details at saukprairiehockey.com/golf
• Kohl Center Suite — Men's Hockey vs. Minnesota (16 tickets & 2 parking passes) courtesy of Troy Vest/Sysco Foods of Baraboo
• 4 tickets to Milwaukee Bucks game
• 4 tickets to Madison Capitols USHL game
• 4 tickets to Milwaukee Admirals game
• 4 tickets to Badger Football game
• Ryan Suter autographed items
• Replica 1980 Miracle on Ice Jersey
• Alex Galchenyuk autographed USA Hockey puck
• Autographed Blackhawks & Bruins pictures/Pucks
SPYHA 8U Skaters play in front of 1000s of Badger fans!
Saturday, December 24th, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
––Fee: 5 Christmas cookies per skater. After skating, kids can enjoy a cookie and hot chocolate in the lobby from 12:10 to 12:45 p.m.
Monday, December 26th, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. (Mites & Squirts Only)
Tuesday, December 27th, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. (PeeWee & Bantam Only)
** Please pay Coach Lohrei when you arrive. Thank you.
SPYHA Clothing Orders
New this year — Bauer Warm-ups. Download the order form now and turn in your completed order form with payment (checks payable to SPYHA) no later than Sunday, December 11th! Place completed form and money in Dave Jolicoeur's mailbox at the rink. No late orders accepted. Warm-ups will be available for pick-up at the rink once ready.
Also new this year — Online ordering of SPYHA gear.
Click to start ordering: https://spflyers.itemorder.com/sale Store closes on December 11th. Choose from a variety of options including colors and logo graphics. Clothing orders will be available for pick-up at the rink once ready.
Let's Try Hockey for free | Nov. 12, 9am—11am
On Saturday, November 12th, USA Hockey and Sauk Prairie Flyers will host Try Hockey For Free Day!
This event is for ages 4 to 9 to try youth hockey. So if you know anyone that would be interested, invite them to check out the Sauk Prairie Flyers.
Shooting Clinic: Sunday, October 16 from 12—3PM. More details here.
Pre-season Hockey Clinic: Bantam Oct 4, 6, 11, 13 at 7:00 PM; Peewee Oct 4, 6, 11, 13 at 6:00 PM; Squirt Oct 5, 10, 12, 17 at 7:00 PM; Mite Oct 5, 10, 12, 17 at 6:00 PM. More details here.
SPYHA Open House: Saturday, October 8 from 2—6PM at the Sauk Prairie Rink. Open hockey/skate available to all registered families. Concessions open.
Pizza! Pizza!: Future registration fees are reduced $4 per order. Forms available in the rink lobby. Checks, forms, questions go to Gordy Banta by December 2 ( email@example.com).
INCREASE YOUR POWER, QUICKNESS, AND ACCURACY
WRIST | SNAP | SLAP | BACKHAND | FLIP | DEKE | REDIRECT
Price includes On-Ice Instruction, Off-Ice Discussion, Practice Guide & Evaluation + Stick Demo
When: October 16 from 12—3pm
Who: Mites, Squirts, PeeWees & Bantams
Cost: $50 per player
Register: Please email Julie Anderson: firstname.lastname@example.org
Make checks payable to: Sauk Prairie High School Athletic Department (memo: BLC)
Group A: Mites/Squirts | Group B: PeeWees/Bantams
Group A is On-Ice
Group B is Off-Ice
Group A is Off-Ice
Group B is On-Ice
Get ready for the hockey season with Pre-Season Clinics. Each age group will get four - 1 hr. sessions with Coach Lohrei.
Mites/Squirts Clinic: Oct. 5, 10, 12, 17
Mites start at 6pm | Squirts start at 7pm
PeeWees/Bantams Clinic: Oct. 4, 6, 11, 13
PeeWees start at 6pm | Bantams start at 7pm