To provide an opportunity for youth in the Amherst-Pelham Regional School District, Hadley, Sunderland, Belchertown and surrounding communities to play organized hockey. To instill a sense of honesty, courage, and respect in our youth, as well as teach t

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Hockey is a safe sport - players wear more protective equipment than any other sport. According to USA Hockey, a study has shown that ice hockey injuries ranked after both basketball and soccer in emergency room visits related to sport and recreational activities. Youth hockey is a different game than the NHL. With a different set of rules in place, youth hockey places a stronger emphasis on sportsmanship and friendly competition. Contact is not allowed prior to the 14U level (age 13 & 14). At Bantams, checking is allowed but NO fighting.

This page provides AHA members and other injury prevention practitioners with information to make informed decisions about child and youth injury prevention. It also provides information on injury prevention education topics and health promotion and should only be used to support- not replace- the advice of a doctor or other health professional. Additionally, the information is not intended to provide medical, legal, accounting, financial or tax advice. You should always consult your doctor for specific information on personal health matters, or other relevant professionals to ensure that your own circumstances are considered. You are responsible for obtaining appropriate medical advice from a physician or other qualified healthcare professional prior to acting upon any information available at or through the Amherst Hockey Association (AHA) or our website,

Please contact AHA President, Bill Soares at with any questions.