2013 NAHA Seniors
Players select the NAHA program for a variety of reasons: exposure, development, opportunities to train and play with better players, college placement, and to prepare for all aspects of college life.
Exposure: No program in the US or Canada receives more attention from scouts than NAHA. We play a schedule that takes to us to all corners of the US, and to the top tournaments in the US and Canada. Colleges from both east and west make repeat visits to our games, and often practices, to evaluate and see the development of our athletes.
Development: We have continually received feedback from both college and national team coaches that they are amazed with the development and progress of the players at NAHA. Our philosophy, which is the foundation for the template for our on and off-ice training, is focused on making players who are responsible, accountable, problem solvers, can improvise and make decisions. We also have an extensive off-ice program including a strength training, supervised and honed over the years at PhiT Sports Training. These are coupled with methods that teach players to play the game while developing game sense, and the result has been a rapid development of players while at NAHA. Some players come for one year, others for four.
Opportunities: Often girls who come to NAHA have reached the end of the development in their local, grass-roots programs. The need to play at a higher level and with better players to continue to develop. We have two teams that, for some, create a progression and a steppingstone.
College placement: We have an excellent, 100% placement record for our student-athletes in colleges. Our director and coaches work with seniors and PG's to determine the best fit for our players, then is an advocate for them during their college search. While many DI players have come out of the program, there are also DIII players, and bottom line is we work to find the best fit for out girls.
Life preparation: During their stay at NAHA, girls learn many life lessons, and mature. The NAHA experience is a great vehicle to prepare for the independence of college while receiving support, guidance and preparation for that experience.
Team levels of play:
NAHA fields 2 Tier I U-19 Teams. Both will be USA Hockey registered U19 teams. The only difference between the teams is for the most part, the ages of the players. We strive to have players learn, develop and grow together over their time in our program, so we work to keep groups of girls together for several years when possible. Our White Team is competitive with many DI college varsity teams, the elite teams in the NWHL, the best U-19 teams in the US and top Intermediate and Midget AA teams in Canada- playing at the highest levels possible for girls of this age. Our Red team is competitive with many teams in the NWHL, the best U-19 teams in the US and top Intermediate and Midget AA teams in Canada- the only difference is the Red team tends to be a little younger, and with that the White team is physically a little stronger physically.Both teams compete and train at the highest possible level for high school girls of this age. Girls must be motivated, willing to make sacrifices and driven to excel athletically, while balancing the rigors of maintaining excellence in the classroom as well.
There is movement between teams based on talent, effort, on and off ice performance, commitment and team play, and is evaluated throughout the season by the hockey staff, and is solely at the discretion of the staff.
2010 Chowder Cup AA Champions