CCYHA is proud to be the home for girls hockey in central Ohio and are proud to offer great opportunities for girls who aspire to play at all levels. We believe every girl should have opportunity to play the game at the appropriate skill level in a safe and fun environment.
There has been a lot of excellent discussion recently as to the next steps that will give our girls the best opportunities for fun, growth, and development on and off the ice. The girls’ program has progressed to the point where we have some exciting options to pursue and we know we need to continue to adjust so our program can continue to meet the needs of our players and families.
We expect the landscape to look like this:
House level girls (mini-mite through peewee) will register and play where they are most comfortable. Many of our female players have opted in recent years to play on co-ed teams in their “home” association area (e.g., CCYHA, CAHA, Easton, CIHC, Newark, travel, other) because they feel the competition is good, they are readily accepted, they are challenged in hockey, and/or the commute to and from the rink is better. This is great! She’s playing and learning and improving her skills! At the ages before checking comes into play, there is also less concern about the physicality and risk. An all-girls team is not out of the question if desired by enough to form a team, but we think the trend to playing locally at the young age levels points to happy, healthy, and improving players on co-ed teams prior to the U14 (bantam) year.
Adding Girls' Select: We also recognize that there is a need for Columbus to take an important step in a more competitive direction as we grow into a stronger girls’ hockey community. So we plan to offer competitive city-wide “select” style tournament teams at several age levels (e.g., U10, U12, U14) that will play in addition to their full-time teams. We envision these teams to be formed from competitive tryouts in the fall and will be self-coached and self-funded to practice and participate in 3-4 tournaments.
High School Age Teams are traditionally our U14—U19 teams. For 2016-17, registration is open and tryouts will be held May 15. Teams will be formed based on registration and numbers of players in each age division. The overriding focus will be to form viable teams with players on the appropriate team where they can contribute, learn, improve, and have fun. We’ve made great progress to develop a U14 regional league and we continue to participate in the Heartland Girls Hockey League as our main schedule of games, supplementing with tournaments and ad hoc games. These teams travel by necessity but we try to keep the distances manageable.
Please also see the Frequently Asked Questions document.
The CCYHA Columbus Blue Jackets Girls Hockey Program is distinguished in part by an experienced team of coaches. We invite other qualified coaches to inquire as we grow and continue to offer skills-based instruction from experienced coaches and players.
Emily Moersdorf: Emily is a veteran of the CCYHA girls’ hockey program and went on to play in college with the Ohio State University club team. Emily came back to CCYHA to coach the girls’ house team two years ago and now this year with the travel teams. Emily is a skilled player both as a skater and goal tender and has earned her level 4 USA Hockey coach certification. Given her knowledge and experience on the ice and her drive and motivation to grow the best girls’ program around, Emily is a key leader who is helping instruct and coach our players.
Jenna Kilpatrick: Jenna hails from The State of Hockey (Minnesota) where as a youth and high school player she earned a number of recognitions both on and off the ice. She came to The Ohio State University and played on the Women's Varsity team for seasons 2007-2011. She is a great complement to the CCYHA coaching team, adding instruction for defensemen as well as an overall focus on hockey skill development and game strategy.
Adam Abramowitz: Adam has been an involved parent volunteer, coach, referee and dedicated contributer to the girls' hockey program and it's direction. He plans to remain with our program as a coach and will continue to work with Emily and Jenna to develop and coach programming, skills, and hockey development.
Skills and Clinic Coaches: Additional qualified coaching resources will be on ice periodically as we can schedule them and as budgets allow.
Leslie Walker: Leslie, CCYHA girls’ hockey coordinator and USAH certified Level 4 coach. Leslie helps fulfill CCYHA’s mission to develop an outstanding program and involve coaches who are keeping it fun for the developing player.
Making It Better
Extras and female-specific training will again be a key component.
- We have partnered with the Chillers to offer Girls Pond Hockey—a new format for girls who want to continue with spring hockey but may not be able or interested in competing in the broader Chiller Pond Hockey series.
- We are again offering our Girls Summer Skills Series from June through August. Registration and schedule will be posted in (early/mid) May.
- Shooting and stick handling clinics are new to the program. Contact
for info on sessions and times.
- The Chiller remains a strong supporter and offers an excellent all-girls Hockey School camp in August. You may see some familiar faces at that camp so we encourage the girls to sign up!
Sponsorship and support for the growth and development of the girls’ hockey program continues to come from the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation. Through our partnership with the Big Club, we are able to offer introduce additional skills training sessions and put on some fun events that really set our program apart!
Please contact Leslie Walker (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions or for more information.