Issue #158 |  A New Look - Opening Day Itinerary
January 23rd, 2024

A New Look
158 newsletters have gone out since the Fall of 2020.  Crazy!
The newsletter is an opportunity for us, CSHL, to speak directly to you, the parents.  We want you to know this program is for - and by - your kids.  We want your feedback.  We want your ideas.  We want you to contribute.  And heck, we even want you to apply for Board positions ;)
  This is why we are changing how we do things with Winter League.  We asked parents to step up and volunteer to be coaches this season… so that we could provide your kids with an improved CSHL playing experience, potential practice times between games for player development, and perhaps most importantly a way to build community within our organization.  And coaches will have much more of a say in how we build our youth program.

After all, that's the best part!  Connecting with other link-minded individuals who find themselves in the same place at the same time as you and building a bond.

[Speaking of which, we are coordinating a CSHL family night at a Checkers game.  The game is Sunday, February 18th, and we have a whole section of tickets!  Please see details below]
This Saturday (weather permitting), we will kick off this new and improved model.  We ask that you show up early (details and itinerary below) to get checked in and get your jersey, and be open to having a new experience this season.  We are excited to kick things off!
And as always, we will continue tweaking things and making improvements along the way and in future seasons.

Thank you for being here.  We'll see you at the rink!

To buy tickets ($20 each), click 
February 18th, 2024 @ 4pm.
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Opening Day, Huntersville!
We are just a couple days away…
Saturday, January 27th kicks off Youth Winter League 2024 in Huntersville at Waymer Park!
14200 Holbrooks Road
Huntersville, NC 28078

For those that don't know, we will NOT play if the court is excessively wet or if the rain makes playing conditions unsafe.  We will make a call by 9pm the night before (Friday night) OR 7am the next morning if we're waiting to see what Mother Nature does.  

We try to let you know as soon and as transparently as possible where things stand, and if games are on or not.
8:30am - Pony Division arrives.  If you are on the Porcupines or the Fox in the Pony Division, please show up at 8:30am to get your jersey
9:00am - Porcupines vs. Fox game takes place
9:15am - ALL OTHER TEAMS please arrive by 9:00am to get your jersey - we need you checked in and with your jersey for the 
league photo at 9:45am
Ostrich and Crabs from the Mustang Division, and the Gators and Buffalo from the Stallion Division, please arrive by 9:15am
9:45am - League Photo.  ALL 6 TEAMS gather at the hockey rink to take 1 big league photo
9:50am - Ostrich vs. Crabs game takes place
10:30am - Gators vs. Buffalo game takes place
As you check in and get your jersey, we will grab individual photos of each player.  This is for a surprise at the end of the season.

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Register for Huntersville Youth Roller clinics ($10 each):
February 10th
March 9th
March 23rd

Registration is open for our Ballantyne clinics.

We are running both dek and roller clinics at $15 each.  See schedule below.
Register HERE.
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2 Volunteer Positions Open
CSHL is looking for our next:
  1. Youth Hockey Director (description below)
  2. Youth Program Coordinator (not listed).  Request for this person to have good organizational skills.  Will be providing support to the Youth Director.
Please email your interest to
The deadline to apply for these positions is January 31st.
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Rink Building Initiative (RBI)
RBI = "Rink Building Initiative" 
Open CSHL Board positions: 
o 1. Chief Administrator Officer 
o 2. Director of Youth Hockey 
o 3. Chief Executive Officer 
Mecklenburg County update (Katie and Greg Clemmer) 
- Matthews Parks & Rec (Corey King) 
YMCA update 
- Tile 
- New Executive Director coming 
- Scoreboard facelift 
- Crack fixes 
- Rink appraisal 
Roller Mini Season champions 
Adult Winter League (dek hockey) 
Youth league kickoff Saturday, 1/27 
Carolina Chops; Bye Week Bash 
NBHL – good to go May 5th and June 9th 
Carolina Beer Temple 
- CSHL-sponsored night = Thursday, January 25th 
- Come support the program and watch some hockey!


SHIN Guards

If you want to do shin guards the right way (legit street hockey shins that will last a couple
years), youre probably looking around $50+ for that too.  A good link for shins is HERE.

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Gloves are a matter of preference.  Some people have success finding either near-new or new equipment on a website called Sideline Swap.

2 locations for "Play-It-Again Sports"
- 8500 Pineville-Matthews Rd. Charlotte, NC 28226
- 539 E. Plaza Dr. Mooresville, NC 28115
Gloves can also be found on company websites of Mylec, CCM, Bauer, Pure Hockey, Hockey Monkey, etc.


As far as a hockey net, regulation size is 6 feet wide (72 inches) by 4 feet tall (48 inches)

 HERE is a good website with multiple price points/options...
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Facebook Equipment Swap
Hockey Monkey Helmets, click HERE
Ice Warehouse Helmets, click HERE

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