Ice Vault Travel Families,
Our Ice Vault staff hopes that you and your family have remained safe and healthy during this trying time of the COVID-19 Pandemic. All of you should have received an email from the Atlantic Amateur Hockey Association (AAHA) this past weekend outlining the player procurement process for the 2020-2021 season. This is a significantly different team selection process that we all will be navigating for the first time together. We support the affiliates common sense approach putting athletes and their families health, well-being and safety first. As we embark on this together, we feel it is important to summarize the Atlantic Amateur Hockey Association’s Player Agreement Process and answer some questions regarding this process.
Q. I already submitted a tryout application to the Bandits with a higher tryout fee?
Q. Will my tuition be prorated if the season abbreviated?
A. Original 2020-2021 tuitions have already been adjusted to reflect current conditions and altered training calendars. The organizations will continue to monitor circumstances and are prepared to make further adjustments should the need arise.
Q. How will the players be evaluated without an on-ice tryout component?
A. For either Tier 1 or Tier 2, the staff relies heavily on a player’s body of work which include written evaluations from previous seasons and prior coaching recommendations. While this works for returning players within our organization we realize this presents a challenge to new players entering our programs. Our cadre of coaches worked diligently in the recruiting process prior to the premature competition of the 2019-2020 season. In addition to those evaluations, our coaches will utilize a vast network of contacts from which to most accurately assess a player’s appropriate competitive level.
VISION & PHILOSOPHY:
The NJ Bandits are not a status driven organization. Letters are far less important than an athlete’s experience. Our objective is to provide leadership and create a complete hockey experience using USA Hockey’s American Development Model – Long Term Athlete Development Principals. Our goal is to cultivate each player’s passion for the sport and establish a culture of esprit de corps in a safe, clean and ethical atmosphere where athletes are empowered in an appropriately competitive environment.
SELECTION & TEAM DECLARATION PROCESS: MITES TO BANTAMS
In order to ensure athletes are placed on the appropriate team, and that the team is placed at the appropriate competitive level, we use a multi-phase selection and declaration process. It is our intention to field AA, A & B at each level based on the talent pool without compromising the integrity of the competitive component in the development process.
American Development Model (ADM):
The Bandits are proud to be one of only three organizations named as a USA Hockey Model Association Program by USA Hockey! Embracing scientific development principles and using the ten year, 10,000 hour training method. The Bandit coaching staff, takes great pride in striking a balance between letting the player be a kid and helping athletes realize their potential. There will be evaluations for the Mite and Squirt players with the intention of placing all participants on teams.
At 12U and 14U the tuition for AA and Minor is higher, why?
At these levels the teams will be participating in the NJYHL + EJEPL leagues increasing the game count. In addition, those teams will play two EJEPL showcases and one additional tournament in the 2020-2021 season.
How does placement of my child work at the 6U and 8U level work?
After signing up for the Bandits, 6U and 8U players will practice in skill development skates during the spring. At the end of the spring program, players will be split up on teams based on skill level.
For 6U and 8U, does my child need previous playing experience?
No, at the 6U and 8U levels we have multiple teams including beginner!
What are the updated tuitions for the 2020-2021 season?
6U Mite $1625
8U Mite $2750
Squirt (Skater) $3525
Squirt (Goalie) $875
PeeWee AA (Skater) $4575
PeeWee A/B (Skater) $4275
PeeWee AA (Goalie) $1325
PeeWee A/B (Goalie) $1050
Bantam AA (Skater) $4525
Bantam A/B (Skater) $4275
Bantam AA (Goalie) $2525
Bantam A/B (Goalie) $2225
Midget (Skater) $2750
Midget (Goalie) $1675