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Holiday Shopping Ideas!


Dear CVSA Families,


With the holidays upon us you may want to check out your childs hockey pictures as well as our online store front for apparel and accessories! 


Our pictures are online at AMVPhotography.com, under Enlightened Kids!  When prompted to enter a code, use skate

For apparel and accessories, go to cvsahockey2015.itemorder.com.  There were a few Black Friday specials posted today!  All orders need to be in by Sunday the 29th at 11:59pm!


Happy Thanksgiving Week! Enjoy and good luck to all teams this weekend!


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17th Annual CVMCC Fund Raiser
Hello CVSA hockey families, I've attached a note from Dave...
Anyone looking for CVSA gear?  I've been working with Jeff...
Concessions Volunteer Sign-up available Online!!
  HERE YE, HERE YE!  Concession Volunteer schedule...
Concessions Volunteer Sign-up COMING SOON
Hello CVSA Hockey Parents,   Now that clinics are finished...
Attention Coaches and Volunteers!
Dear CVSA coaches and volunteers,   With the season just...
I found this great article from USA Hockey.  Please take the...
Locker Room Policy
CVSA LOCKER ROOM POLICIES   CVSA has created the following...
CVSA Policies and Procedures
Hockey Families, Please click here to see CVSA's Policies...
17th Annual CVMCC Fund Raiser
Hello CVSA hockey families,
I've attached a note from Dave Pickel, please consider going to this event and helping them raise money for the Civic Center!  The Civic Center plays a very important role in our community and is a home away from home for many of us! 
Dear CVMCC Supporter, 
We hope you will help support the Central Vermont Memorial Civic Center this year with its 17th Annual Fund Raising Dinner and Silent Auction at Vermont College of Fine Arts on Friday, December 4th at 6:00 P.M.   We hope you will be a sponsor and/or donate an item for our silent auction.  There are two levels of sponsorship; sponsors who donate $400 will be considered a “Gold Level” sponsor (which includes four dinner tickets valued at $40 each) or sponsors who donate $250 will be considered a “Silver Level” sponsor (which includes two dinner tickets valued at $40 each).  All sponsors names are featured on table tents, are listed as honorary donors in the Washington World, and are recognized in a slide show during the cocktail hour and throughout dinner. Supporting community charitable events is proven to be an effective means of advertising your business to targeted potential customers. Compare your expense/gift to a commercial advertisement and you are way ahead. 
If you cannot sponsor and/or make a silent auction donation you can still support the Civic Center by purchasing tickets to the dinner for $40.00 each.  If you are interested in being a sponsor, donating an item for the silent auction, or simply purchasing a ticket to attend the dinner please feel free to contact me directly.  Thank you very much for your time and consideration.
Warmest Regards,
David Pickel
Vice President, CVMCC Board of Directors
U32 Boys Varsity Ice Hockey Coach

by posted 11/18/2015

Anyone looking for CVSA gear?  I've been working with Jeff the past few years and he has now launched a new website for us to order from!! 


Exciting News!

CVSA Hockey now has it‛s own Storefront

I am excited to announce that Tournament Specialties now offers Custom Storefronts for their Team Sales Programs.  CVSA Hockey Families and Friends will now be able to log-on to a secure site and shop for items, just as you are used to doing at other on-line apparel stores.

Our first sale will be offered for a short period of time, only because we want to make sure all items are ready for delivery for the Holidays!

We will re-open the Storefront Mid-December and keep it open until Mid February for those that may want items after the Holidays.  But please get those early orders in on-time, because I will not be able to add items for the Holidays after this Store shuts down on Nov. 29th @11:59PM.

How do you access this store?  Simply type the following link into your computer or Smartphone address bar exactly as shown here (No WWW before the address) cvsahockey2015.itemorder.com

Share this link with others that may want to shop also!  Grandparents and other family members that are looking for gift ideas will love this site!

We hope you enjoy this new way of ordering.  We are going to add a couple more size charts to those items that do not already have them.  We may also set-up a time for folks to try on sizing samples at your rink over the next couple weeks.  Stay Tuned for that information.

I appreciate your support and by ordering through this site, you are also supporting CVSA Hockey.  Each item has a built-in Fundraising Profit that goes directly to the program at the end of the sale.

Please feel free to call with any questions.

Happy Holidays! - Jeff Apfel - (802)272-7572

by posted 11/09/2015
Concessions Volunteer Sign-up available Online!!

by posted 10/24/2015
Concessions Volunteer Sign-up COMING SOON

Hello CVSA Hockey Parents,

Now that clinics are finished and we are a couple of weeks into practices, tryouts we are working on the concession stand volunteer sign up schedule.  Our first home games/concession shifts that need staffed are on October 31 and that is coming up quickly.
Several of you have already inquired when sign up will be available so that you can plan your fall and winter accordingly.  Here are a couple of notes to update you on this.
1) When can I sign up? We are still waiting on a couple of schedules from other teams that use our facility but expect to have things finalized this week and sign ups should be available next week.  Stay tuned, there will be an announcement on this site and a CVSA-wide email once the sign up schedule is posted and ready to go.
 2) Where do I sign up? This year the sign up will all be done ONLINE through the CVSAhockey.org website.  The process is a simple one, like most things these days only takes a couple of clicks ;-)  
3) What if I need help or don't have internet access?  If you have any questions or need help to sign up there will be folks available.  Basic information about volunteer shifts, the policy, where to find help and exactly how to sign up will all be in the upcoming email once this system goes live.
So STAY TUNED and thanks for your patience.
Now go enjoy what is left of this beautiful fall. 
The CVSA Concessions Committee
ps any questions or concerns please email Kevin Stephani at kevin.g.stephani@gmail.com

by posted 10/16/2015
Attention Coaches and Volunteers!

Dear CVSA coaches and volunteers,


With the season just around the corner we need to ensure that everyone is properly certified or is signed up for the appropriate clinics before the season starts.  This includes coaching clinics, age specific modules and safe sport training.  Your participation is greatly appreciated in helping our season run smoothly!  All of the information can be found at these links;


http://www.usahockey.com/page/show/893024-cep-list - reference this link to verify what level you are certified for.  If your certification is expired the directions are very clear as to what you need to complete to be eligible to coach for the 2015-16 season.

If your certification is expired, please use this link to find and register for your next coaching clinic; http://www.usahockey.com/coachingclinics.

If you need to complete an age specific module, you can use this link to register and complete;


Safe Sport training is good for 2 seasons.  If you did not take the course last season or have never taken it (new coaches), please use this link to complete;



If you have any questions, please contact Jason Merrill.




Thank you and see you soon!


CVSA Board of Directors

by posted 08/28/2015

I found this great article from USA Hockey.  Please take the time to read the whole thing.  It is very well written.


10U: Don't be that Parent

02/14/2014, 10:00am MST
By USAHockey.com

You might have seen one of these signs online or at your local rink:

Please Remember…

  1. These are kids.
  2. This is a game.
  3. Parents should cheer for everyone.
  4. The referees are human.
  5. You and your child do not play in the NHL.

Every year, we see a handful of stories about youth sports parents overstepping their bounds. These parents’ actions are equal parts shocking and troublesome. Unfortunately, youth hockey is frequently the setting for these disturbing situations.

It's not easy for a parent to sit back and remain silent during any activity involving their son or daughter – nor is silence the expectation – but if the comments aren’t positive, then they aren’t appropriate.

Remember, it’s just a game.

Let the Coaches Coach

Please don’t coach from the stands. Allow the coaches to do their job. Be positive, supportive and encouraging. Let the child have fun, enjoy the game and play with their friends.

Brian Copeland, hockey director for the Junior Tigers of Colorado Springs, Colo., says one issue he frequently sees is young players constantly looking to the stands to seek approval from their parents. A disapproving look or gesture from mom or dad can remove a lot of the enjoyment for a child.

Moreover, it makes it difficult for a coach to do his or her job.

"The biggest problem you see is parents trying to coach from the stands," Copeland says. "You'll see this when kids start looking for their mom or dad in the stands while they're on the ice. The issue here is that it undermines the coaching staff. We want the kids to focus on the game while they're out there. It's hard to do that if they're constantly worried about what mom or dad think."

Parents also might be tempted to do some “car coaching.” Many kids fear the car ride home after games and practices because their parents want to dissect their performance. It’s good to be supportive and listen, but silence is okay, too. There will be good games and there will be bad games, but let them know that their performance does not mean you love them any more or any less.

Chances are, the parents are more riled up about a loss than a 10-year-old kid. Don’t be that parent.


Have an issue? Talk to the coaches privately and respectfully.

Rob Blake, a 20-year veteran of the National Hockey League and current assistant coach with the Junior Kings in Los Angeles, believes communicating and involving parents helps them understand expectations.

"Something as simple as having a meeting with parents before the season to discuss what's expected of them can benefit everyone," Blake says. "No matter which youth sports you're working in, this can be issue. Just communicating expectations and the goals of your staff can help build the type of culture you want."

Ice time is one thing that frequently leads to these problems in the course of a season. Blake believes that keeping the lines of communication open during the season is the only way to avoid the type of behavior that discourages kids.

"Parents have a tendency to only watch their son or daughter," Blake says. "The thing that people are most likely to complain about is ice time. Again, communicating with parents throughout the season to express concerns or just talk about the season helps develop a good environment."

Establishing a Positive Environment

The trick for coaches is to develop an environment that creates a positive culture of encouragement and education for young hockey players to develop skills and foster a love for the game.

The work, however, can't just come during the games or practices. According to Copeland, working with parents before a season clarifies their role within the organization. Additionally, explaining that these games are for kids, not parents or coaches, can prevent a lot of these issues.

"The biggest thing we're trying to do is create a culture where kids have fun playing hockey," Copeland says. "Kids quit when they're not enjoying it anymore. You see a lot of parents who are former players or athletes in any sport, and sometimes they have a hard time letting go of their playing days. My 8-year-old daughter is playing her first year of hockey, so I get it. But I just enjoy going to the games and cheering her on. That's what's most important to remember. The games are for the kids, not the parents."

Copeland says he distributes literature from USA Hockey and other organizations discussing how parents can positively contribute to their local youth hockey community. As important as this is before the season, reminders during the year or as problems arise, help to reiterate the message.

Hockey is a team game. The players on the ice, and their friends on the bench, aren't the only people on the team. The coaches behind the bench and the parents in the stands all have roles and responsibilities for helping the team succeed. For parents, their role is to reinforce the messages and lessons taught by coaches while fostering a love for sport in their children. Please let the coaches coach and the players play.

Sit back. Cheer. Enjoy the season. Enjoy the ride.

USA Hockey has zero tolerance for misconduct and abuse. Read more about USA Hockey’s SafeSport Program, which explains the systems in place to ensure your child’s safety on and off the ice.

by posted 02/18/2014
Locker Room Policy
CVSA has created the following locker room policies in order to create and maintain a safe, clean and enjoyable environment for all CVSA members and participants at events, including games and practices. Therefore, we ask that the club members read and follow the following locker room policies.
Supervision in Locker Room
It is the policy of CVSA to have at least one responsible adult present directly monitoring the locker room during all team events to assure that only participants, (coaches and players) and family members are permitted in the locker room and to supervise the conduct in the locker room. Any individual meetings with a CVSA participant and a coach, parent coordinator (or someone other than the parent) in a locker room shall require another responsible adult be with the coach/parent coordinator/parent monitor at all times. Further, responsible adults must personally monitor the locker room environment at all times while participants are present.
Rough-housing, Cell Phone and Video Game Use in Locker Room
While many players and parents bring cell phones to hockey practices and games, CVSA will not allow cell phone use for calls or photos in the locker room. The use of cell phones can be distracting for players and interfere with coaching and player conversations. In addition, the opportunity for inappropriate locker room photos exists, and may cause harm to those that were not prepared for photos to be taken and/or shared. The supervising parent or coach will ask that cell phones be kept out of the locker room or concealed where they are not used or heard.
CVSA requests that video games are not used in the locker room at practices and games. Please keep these games in the snack area, viewing area or in the car.
CVSA is concerned with the safety and well-being of its participants and therefore our policy is that no rough housing or verbal abuse by players, coaches or parents may occur in the locker room (or other locations in the rink). Those that participate in this behavior will be warned and then asked to leave the rink.
Food and Drink in the Locker Room
At times players, coaches and their families will have food or drink in the locker room prior or post games and practices. CVSA would like to continue a positive relationship with the Central Vermont Memorial Civic Center, and encourages respect for all rink property. Therefore CVSA asks that members be sure to leave their locker room area clean and bring all food and waste out of the locker room when they leave. This is also a case where the locker supervisor can play a role and help monitor.
The implementation of these above stated policies require and deserve the assistance of all players, coaches, parents and volunteers. Thank you for supporting the safety and well-being of all players and their families.
by posted 12/05/2013
CVSA Policies and Procedures
Hockey Families,

Please click here to see CVSA's Policies and Procedures
by posted 10/17/2011
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