Curious about the history of the Blue Ridge Ice Hockey Association? The Blue Ridge Ice Hockey Association is a youth hockey association in Charlottesville, Virginia. It operates as a non-profit organization. The association was established in 2007.
The Blue Ridge Ice Hockey Association initially used the Charlottesville Ice Park as it's home rink. The Ice Park was conveniently located on Charlottesville's historic downtown mall, easily accessible from Interstate 64. Unfortunately, due to financial losses the Charlottesville Ice Park was scheduled to close permanently on June 30, 2010, forcing the Blue Ridge Ice Hockey Association to find new facilities to use for practices and as their rink for home games.
The Blue Ridge Ice Hockey Association has hockey teams for youth in several categories. These included the Squirts (usually ages nine and under), Pee-Wee (ages ten to twelve), Bantam (ages twelve to fourteen) and Midget (ages fourteen to sixteen). The current yearly membership fees and try-out fees can be found on the Blue Ridge Ice Hockey Association website, linked below.
The Blue Ridge Ice Hockey Association has a comprehensive mission statement. The mission is clearly defined in the association's charter. The main focus of the Blue Ridge Ice Hockey Association is to encourage kids to participate in team sports. They also provide quality coaching and teach the qualities necessary for a player to be a good sport and a good citizen.
The Blue Ridge Ice Hockey Association also offers financial assistance to youth who qualify. There are grants and scholarship programs which the Blue Ridge Ice Hockey Association will make available on an as-needed basis. The Blue Ridge Ice Hockey Association is a member of the United States Amateur Hockey Association.