Southpointe Rink Rats – Bantam AA Major 2006

National Bound

We will be holding an open tryout for our 2006 Birth Year Team. This team will compete in the
PAHL Bantam AA Major division as well as play a high-level independent schedule including
both home and away tournaments.

We are bringing in a paid coaching staff (funded fully by the team) to guide what we believe will be one of the top Bantam
06 Tier 2 teams in the country to hopefully compete for the USA Hockey Tier II National

Head Coach Joe Thomas has 6 seasons of coaching experience between PIHL and PAHL. Mr.
Thomas coached at the Bishop Canevin middle school (assistant and head coach) and varsity high
school (assistant coach) levels. He was previously the head coach at the 16U A Major level (Rink
Rats) and 14U A Major level (SHAHA) levels. Mr. Thomas’ playing experience includes the
Arctic Foxes and Bishop Canevin Varsity.

Assistant Coach DJ Zeh's coaching experience includes: SHAHA 14U A Major Assistant
Coach, Rink Rats 16U A Major Assistant Coach, Bishop Canevin Middle School Assistant
Coach, and Bishop Canevin Varsity Assistant Coach. DJ's playing experience includes the
Southpointe Rink Rats, Pittsburgh Predators AA, Bishop Canevin Varsity, and the University of
Pittsburgh ACHA D1.

Assistant Coach Shane Donnelly's coaching experience includes: SHAHA 14U A Major
Assistant Coach and Rink Rats 16U A Major Assistant Coach. Shane's playing experience
includes the Viper Stars AAA, Knoch Varsity, and Duquesne University ACHA D1.

We expect to have a strong core of returning players from our 2019/2020 Bantam AA Minor
Birth Year 2006 Team which had a very successful season, including winning the Congressional
Cup in Washington D.C and the Philadelphia Puck Drop (Part of the Liberty Cup Tournament
Series in Philadelphia, PA) while competing against mostly 2005 Bantam teams. The team is
currently in the playoffs competing for the AA Minor PAHL Championship.


-Detailed practice plans distributed by the coaches on weekly basis. Averaging 2-3 practices per
- Practices to focus on a mix of skill development and structured system play.
- PAHL 20 game schedule + placement games and playoffs.
- Approximately 30 game independent schedule, including single games, home/home series and
  local and away tournaments. Parents will have input on tournaments.
- Dryland and video breakdown training sessions throughout the season. All games broken down
  by coaching staff on YouTube channel accessible by players and parents.
- Expectation on players to excel/develop in a structured hockey system while still having FUN!

Southpointe Rink Rats Board of Directors