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2021-2022 Tryout Announcement

Hello Louisville Ice Cardinals Community:

We are excited to announce the tryout dates and times for the 2021-2022 travel teams by the age group below. Please read the entirety of this important message!

All players intending to play on a travel team MUST sign up and attend the tryouts. (This includes players interested in the B division which was previously called House Select.) Players must register for USA Hockey and KAIHA prior to attending the tryout. Please answer the question in the registration link to notify the head coach and KAIHA Board of your intent to attend the May 2021 tryouts. The cost of each tryout is $10.00 and is payable upon arrival to the rink.

2021-2022 USA Hockey, KAIHA and Tryout registration link:

Please see dates and times below:

              Wednesday 5/5            Saturday 5/8

8U             6:15 p.m.                      3:00 p.m.

10U           7:00 p.m.                       2:00 p.m.

12U           7:15 p.m.                       1:00 p.m.

14U           8:00 p.m.                      12:00 p.m.


                Wednesday 5/12            Saturday 5/15

16U              7:00 p.m.                       12:00 p.m.

18U               8:00 p.m.                       1:00 p.m.


It is the goal for KAIHA to have our travel teams play at the highest level possible in their respective age group. It is the expectation that the primary travel team will apply for and play in the Buckeye Travel Hockey League (BTHL) A1 Division at a minimum. (The A1 division was previously called the A Gold division.) It is also our goal to make sure that all players at each respective age group have a place to play hockey.  

Any player who does not sign-up for and participate in tryouts will not be eligible for selection for the upcoming season travel team (unless the player is moving from out-of-state and was not able to attend one of the scheduled tryout sessions or other extenuating circumstances). 

After completion of tryouts, the primary travel team coach will select a roster with the expectation the coach will roster a team with a minimum of 15 skaters and 2 goalies. Upon acceptance of invitations and primary travel team formation, if there are enough players who participated in tryouts to form a second travel team, the KAIHA Board will interview candidates for and identify a head coach for the second team. The second travel team will play at a level lower than the A1 division in the BTHL and will be comprised of the players who were not offered roster slots on the primary team. (BTHL has both A and B divisions. The B division was previously labeled as House Select.) Formation of additional teams in each of the age groups will be evaluated and structured by KAIHA. 

If the Board is unable to identify a suitable head coach for a secondary team or there are not enough players participating in tryouts to form an additional travel team, the players not selected for the primary team have the option to play in the 8U-12U House League. It is very important for your player to participate in the tryouts. Your attendance will notify the head coaches and KAIHA Board of your interest in playing on a travel team which will also help the Board in the formation of a secondary team.

The goal of this communication, similar to the head coach selection process shared previously, is to provide clear and transparent processes for the KAIHA community. 

Thank you for your attention and interest in competitive youth hockey in Louisville and we look forward to a successful start of the 2021-2022 season!

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Thank you. 
KAIHA Board 

Please click on the arrow below to be directed to the KAIHA Registration page:

2021-2022 USA Hockey Age Divisions

Birth Year Age Division
2003-2004 18U
2005-2006 16U
2007-2008 14U
2009-2010 12U
2011-2012 10U
2013 and younger 8U
2015 and younger No USA Hockey fee required

2021 Summer Development Camp

There will be a 3 week Power Skating Camp in June which will focus on the fundamentals of skating, as well as a lot of balance and edge work. Skating is the most important skill for young players to learn. The better you can skate, the better you can play, shoot, pass, and stickhandle. This is why we will focus on skating first in the camp series. 

There will also be a 3 week Skills Camp in July that will focus on individual skill sets such as passing, shooting, stickhandling, and general game play type skills. The skills camp is designed so that players will progress from week to week building on what they've learned in the previous week. Week 1 will be focused on fundamentals, Week 2 will be focused on putting those fundamentals into game play type situations, and Week 3 will be focused on perfecting what they've learned at learning to do it at faster speeds. 

The camps are both designed to maximize the number of reps that each player gets. There is nothing I hate more than seeing kids waiting in line on the ice for their turn to do a drill. Each night we will have as many stations as we can, as well as drills designed to minimize how long the kids are waiting in line so that each player gets the most out of their time on the ice. 

See PDFs below for both camps as well as the registration form and the waiver. If you want to register your child please fill out the registration form and forward it to Braden Zehner.


KAIHA is pleased to announce the 2021/2022 Season Head Coaches for all age groups. We are targeting the 2nd or 3rd week of May for the travel tryouts. More to follow. 

8U Travel Head Coach: Derek Steinbrecher

10U Travel Head Coach: Luke Hogan

12U Travel Head Coach: Mark Kaminski

14U (Gold) Travel Head Coach: Drew Dow

14U (Silver) Travel Head Coach: Roger Wallin

16U/JV Travel Head Coach: Don Burton

18U/Varsity Head Coach: Adam Swiergosz


LIC players, parents and coaches -
Please find below a summary and reminder of required COVID-19 protocol for the Louisville Ice Cardinals as assembled by KAIHA. All teams governed by the association are expected to follow the below protocols and adhere to the guidelines at the rink as posted. It is imperative that all players, parents and coaches abide by these requirements so we can continue to participate in ice hockey activities.
What to do in the event of a positive case of COVID-19?

Step 1)  Parents / players must notify team representative if a player or family member who was at a team event has tested positive

Step 2)  Team representative should distribute information of a known positive COVID case to all family members of the affected team keeping the identity of the individual(s) ANONYMOUS & CONFIDENTIAL.

Step 3)  Team representative must identify folks that were in close contact with a person that tested positive while symptomatic and up to 48 hrs. prior to being symptomatic. Teams are encouraged to use the event RSVP feature of the Sports Engine app for a digital record of player and coach attendance at team events.

What counts as close contact?

·         You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more

·         You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19

·         You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them)

·         You shared eating or drinking utensils

·         They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you

Step 4)  If you have been identified as someone in close contact, you must stay away from the rink for at least 14 days and quarantine. A negative COVID test does not constitute grounds for re-entry to the rink.

Please find attached a comprehensive guide for steps to take in the situation of a positive case. All coaches & team managers are expected to review in detail.

Reminder of mandatory requirements while at the rink can be viewed @  All participants are required to adhere to these guidelines.



Iceland Sports Complex-Youth Ice Hockey Covid-19 Return To Play Guidelines

Youth Ice Hockey COVID-19 Return To Play Guidelines Iceland Sports Complex

The steps below will be in place at Iceland Sports Complex, Louisville, KY in order to continue to enjoy the fun and excitement of youth hockey. Please be advised, this is not a comprehensive list and individuals should continue to follow all CDC, federal, state and local orders and guidelines regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

• Individuals will take an illness self-assessment at home and stay at home if any COVID-19 signs and/or symptoms. Temperatures will be taken upon entering

Iceland Sports Complex.

  • Individuals with risk factors for COVID-19 medical complications should not enter

    Iceland Sports Complex.

  • Face coverings/masks will be worn by all individuals within Iceland Sports

    Complex including the locker rooms. Players/coaches/on-ice officials (referees)

    may remove masks just prior to fastening their helmets and skating onto the ice.

  • Coaches will wear masks while on the players’ bench. Penalty box attendants,

    game timekeeper, and official scorer will wear masks. The head coach, and other team officials, will remain at least six feet from the on-ice officials when the on-ice officials introduce themselves at the beginning of the game, or during a conversation during a stoppage of play.

  • Players and on-ice officials will arrive no more than 15 minutes prior to their on- ice activity and will be fully dressed with the exception of helmets, gloves and skates. Goalkeepers may need to put on additional equipment in their locker room.

  • Players and on-ice officials will bring their own labeled water bottle to the rink.

  • Player locker room capacity is limited to 6 players with overflow utilizing chairs

    inside the ice area.

  • The officials’ locker room is limited to 4 individuals. No one other than the 4

    officials are allowed in the officials’ locker room. Please knock on the door if you wish to speak to an official, and the official will come to the door, while maintaining 6-foot physical distancing.

  • Handshakes have been eliminated and teams should consider alternative ways to acknowledge each other at the end of an ice session.

  • Only 1 parent/guardian/spectator per player is permitted inside Iceland Sports Complex.

  • A maximum of 2 adults/parents acting as a game timekeeper and official scorer are allowed in the scorekeeper box at one time.

  • A maximum of 1 adult/parent is allowed in the penalty box and will serve as the penalty box attendant. No photographers/videographers are allowed in the players’ bench, penalty bend or scorekeepers box.

  • At the conclusion of the ice session, players and on-ice officials will remove skates, helmets and gloves and leave the facility within 15 minutes of the ice session. Please exit Iceland Sports Complex through the designated exits for the North and South rinks. Please do not exit through the lobby. The lobby is the designated entrance into Iceland Sports Complex.

  • Spitting is not allowed anywhere on Iceland Sports Complex property, including the parking lot.

  • Players, team officials, on-ice officials, timekeepers, scorekeepers and penalty box attendants will complete a COVID-19 waiver and it will be kept on file at Iceland Sports Complex.


The KAIHA Board wants to share information with you regarding teams playing in non-sanctioned USA Hockey games and tournaments. If a USA Hockey registered player and/or team chooses to participate in an unsanctioned event/tournament, they must participate without any connection to USA Hockey and the KAIHA. This means they cannot use their USA Hockey team roster, team name, team jerseys and colors or any other reference to the USA Hockey registered team and to KAIHA. Additionally, the USA Hockey medical and liability insurance is voided; therefore, the coaches and player families take on full responsibility for anything that may happen. It is important to note that the tournament may or may not have insurance coverage for teams and participants. Finally, MidAm & the KAIHA discourages teams from being involved in unsanctioned events, but they also recognize that all participants are free to make their own decisions and adjust to the current situation in the manner they determine is fit and appropriate.