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Riders Challenge Cup Champions - Bantam Black!

Congratulations, players, coaches and families!

Bantam Black Win RIders Cup Challenge!

November 14, 2021 Congratulations Bantam Black - Rider Challenge Cup Champions!

Paid Position | AMHA Player Development Committee

Prior hockey coaching or playing experience, not required or a problem!  Candidates with interests and skills in the following areas are strongly encouraged to submit their information to Matt Paulsen. 

  • Interpersonal - effective communicator
  • Desire to work within a team collaborating and coordinating coach and player needs and activities
  • Great organization and attention-to-detail

Areas of focus stretch across all levels of AMHA - Travel, LTP and House League (could be one candidate or multiple candidates),

1. Assist with coach  assignments, meetings, recommendations and materials.  Association Registrar contact for coaching requirements.

2. Coordinating player camps, clinics, tryouts and equipment.  E.g. coordinate PEP camp, Free hockey for a day, event.

3. Involvement with  in-season player evaluation and team movement as well as team placement move-up requests.


Questions contact Matt Paulsen

REGISTRATION FOR 2021/2022 Season - Remains Open

Skaters at levels who did not participate in tryouts, start dates:

Mites: October 9 & October 16 Saturday times added!   Regular season starts October 18. 

House League : October 20

Learn-to-Play: October 23

Within registration you will find information on:

  • Age Requirements by Team
  • Family Volunteer Hour Requirements 
  • AMHA Pricing Details and Explanations 
  • Parent & Player Code of Conduct links
  • USA Hockey Guidelines
  • and more... 

What you'll need:

  • Your SportsEngine Login
  • 2021/2022 USA Hockey registration #
  • Credit card for payment


Get Registered with USA Hockey for the 2021-2022 Season!

USA Hockey Registration is required every year,  for every:

  • Skater
  • Coach
  • Coordinator
  • Board Member
  • Volunteer

AMHA Secretary & Registrar  board member, Tim Lillwitz, has provided this easy-to-follow guide to help you through the process. 

AMHA USA Hockey Registration & SafeSport Guide>> Online Registration>>

Get SafeSport & Background Checks

Who within AMHA needs SafeSport:

  • Skater's with 2004 or earlier birth year
  • Any Coach
  • Board Members
  • Volunteers who interact with players (i.e., locker room, penalty box, etc.) 

AMHA Secretary & Registrar's easy-to-follow guide to help you through the SafeSport process. 

AMHA USA Hockey Registration & SafeSport Guide>>

See SafeSport link on this page, bottom>>

21-22 Coaches and Coordinators Announcement

AMHA is excited to announce the 21-22 hockey season lead coaches and coordinators. No association can be successful without the dedication and commitment from our volunteers, especially at the coaching and coordinator level. On behalf of the AMHA Board and association thank you one and all for stepping up to lead our teams!

Lead Coaches:

High School – Dave Elliston
Bantam – Rick Baker
Peewee – Matt Paulsen
Squirt – Andrew Murdoch
Mites- Jamie Surovy & Mike Paulsen

Lead Coordinators:

High School – Rod Jones, Mary Pink – Co – Coordinator, Ryan Kinart, Michelle Wilson as Assistant Coordinators
Bantam – Tami Woehl & Margie Braun
PeeWee – Erikka Bouska & Julia Mason
Squirts – Kristine Loes
Mites – Michele Eaton & Kelli Downing
LTP / House League – Julie Gould

AMHA Announces New High School Head Coach

AMHA is happy to officially announce Coach Dave Elliston will be taking over as Ames High School Head Coach!! 

Coach Dave grew up playing hockey in Omaha.  First, in Omaha's youth program and then he moved on playing for the Omaha AAA program for u16 and u18. 

Dave also played for the ISU Cyclones 2009-2013.

Most recently Dave has been coaching at the bantam level for AMHA for the past 4 seasons. In the last 2 seasons, he has been head coach. During this time Coach Dave has shown his commitment to AMHA and skater development.

Again we are excited to have Coach Dave on board as High School Head Coach, please join us in giving him a warm AMHA welcome!!

AMHA Board

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What AMHA Has to Offer

We at Ames Minor Hockey Association (AMHA) pride ourselves on our motto of "Raising the Bar". This year is no different, and we are excited to announce several new opportunities within the AMHA community, while also reminding you of the already existing programs we provide our players.

The following are included in annual registration fees:

  • AMHA summer hockey program
  • AMHA weekly specific goalie practice called "Behind the Mask"
  • Team tournament fees
  • A highly trained and experienced coaching staff
  • All volunteers directly interacting with youth receive background checks and are Safe Sport certified
  • House leagues and travel opportunities
  • Up to three (3) practices a week with additional game time opportunities on the weekends
  • AMHA incorporates both the USA Hockey ADM model and the Power Edge Pro (PEP) development system for practices.

AMHA also supports our coaching staff in providing additional training and practice opportunities for optional purchase:

  • Stickhandling sessions by our Bantams coach
  • Dryland strength, endurance, and conditioning for Squirts-High School offered by our High School coach
  • On ice skating and goalie camps offered throughout the year by Top Shelf Hockey Academy
  • Summer travel teams offered by Top Shelf Hockey Academy
  • Power Edge Pro (PEP) camps offered throughout the year
  • Additional technical skills through the Learn to Skate (Hockey) sessions offered by the Ames Figure Skating Club

Women's Hockey is strong in AMHA

In honor of Athena and the many strong female hockey players that have played with AMHA, we are proud of the growth within the association related to female players. This past season AMHA had more female participants throughout the association than has been seen in years past.

Play Like a Girl!

Play Like a Girl!