The following has been revamped since our recent relaunch…
We can’t tell you how excited we are to finally breathe life into American Youth Hockey Coast to Coast! As we show you around and tell you more about it, we hope you’ll agree that such an undertaking was long overdue.
First and foremost, we’re going to be all about kids’ hockey in the United States — from beginners through Midgets, and from its players to those who give them the chance to play. Yes, we’re talking about players, coaches, parents, administrators, game officials, specialists, arena personnel, and even the governing bodies. And, while we mainly want to highlight all the good in American youth hockey, we’re willing to take to task those who don’t make the grassroots levels of our game “all about the kids”.
As for the rest of our title — that “Coast to Coast” part means we’re all in this thing together. For sure, there are some true hockey hotbeds sprinkled across this continent. But we want to ensure that every state is heard from — from Alaska to Florida, from Maine to California, and from Hawaii to the District of Columbia. (Interestingly, friends from Canada, the UK and several other faraway nations have already expressed interest in what we’re doing. And, since we see them as our brothers and sisters in this great game, we’ve encouraged them to also occasionally contribute stories about hockey in their homelands.)
Without doubt, the heart and soul of American Youth Hockey will be our in-state reporting staff. So, we’re hoping that each of those individuals can keep us all informed about the goings on in their home states — when it comes to youth hockey, or anything that impacts on the kids’ games. That in mind, we’re looking for anyone who could act as his or her state correspondent. Just alert us about any news or special interest stories. Parents and coaches could make great contributors, but we’d also like to hear from arena managers, youth program administrators, game officials, and anyone else directly related to youth hockey. (At this writing, we have a number of US states covered. However, if anyone would like to become involved as an American Youth Hockey correspondent or special assignment writer, please let us know at your earliest convenience.)
We hope it makes sense that we should acknowledge the accomplishments of young players, teams and coaches, without over-glamorizing anyone too much. We think recognizing youth kids and coaches “tastefully” might be the right way to put it.
We also hope it makes sense that we’ll primarily focus on “not for profit” individuals and organizations, except when a “for profit” is involved in something truly newsworthy.
And that brings us to two different ways an organization or company might advertise with us:
If your business is basically conducted locally, we’re offering free advertising space within the state/s your services are offered. Just write us, and we’ll attempt to get the ball rolling for you.
If a company prefers national coverage (in the ads showing to the right here), an AYH representative can help provide maximum exposure.
Then, because our hope is to keep our followers well informed, we’ve developed a support system for all those involved in youth hockey. As a matter of fact, (if they’re not filled already) we might be looking for volunteers to help oversee a number of these special areas:
including a Hockey Moms’ section, a Coaches’ section, a Referees’ section, a Hockey Administration section, an Equipment section, and an Arena Managers’ section. We’re also including a Hockey Advice section authored by one of American’s top skills coaches.
Our hope is to also have the most extensive Hockey Tournament listings found anywhere. Regular listings are free — so send them along, while there’s a nominal fee if tournament sponsors wish to attract more attention to their offerings.
If there’s one other aim we have for this site, it’s that visitors should be able to stop by regularly for some fun and entertainment. Kids (of all ages) should enjoy our Hockey Poll and our Hockey Trivia Contest.
Finally, a vision is one thing, and evolution is quite another. In other words, while we the Editors — or founders — had a vision entering this undertaking, we know that American Youth Hockey should ultimately belong to you, the folks who make youth hockey go on a daily basis. So, with time, we look forward to your Letters to the Editors guiding us, and helping us evolve into something truly, truly special.