Get Real @ Hockey Michigan - AAU (aka Real Hockey). For Elite, Travel, House & Scholastic.
Facebook Groups for AAU Parents & Coaches within Metro Detroit
Hockey Michigan has created 7 separate Facebook Group pages. Six of these Group pages covering portions of Metro Detroit as well as another covering Mid-Michigan (primarily the Bay City, Flint, Lansing, Midland, Pt Huron & Saginaw areas). These current Facebook Groups now generally divide up Southeatern Michigan into 3 localized areas listed below: the Southern Detroit communities
Hockey Downriver AAU covering southern and eastern Wayne County and Monroe County (including the Wayne County communities of Allen Park, Brownstown, Dearborn,Detroit, Ecorse, Flat Rock. Gibraltar, Grosse Ile, Huron Twp, Lincoln Park, Mevindale,Southgate, River Rouge, Taylor, Trenton, Woodhaven & Wyandotte).
Hockey Washtenaw AAU covering all of Washtenaw and Lenewee Counties.
Hockey Western-Wayne AAU covering western Wayne County (including the Wayne County communities of Canton, Garden City, Inkster, Livonia, Northville, Plymouth,
Redford, Romulus, Wayne & Westland).
the Northern Detroit communities
Hockey Livingston AAU covering all of Livingston County.
Hockey Macomb AAU covering all of Macomb County and northeastern suburbs of Detroit (including the Wayne County communities of Grosse Pointe, Grosse Pointe
Farms, Grosse Pointe Park, Grosse Pointe Shores, Grosse Pointe Woods & Harper Woods).
Hockey Oakland AAU covering all of Oakland County.
the Mid-Michigan (or Central) communities
Hockey Mid-Michigan AAU covering all of Bay, Eaton, Genesee, Huron, Ingham, Lapeer, Midland, Saginaw, Sanilac, Shiawassee and St Clair, Tuscola Counties.
Facebook members can pick the community closest to your family and then search within Facebook. For example, if you live in the Downriver area then search for: Hockey Downriver AAU. Remember to look for or select Groups when you search. Then simply join the Group!
Watch for additional Group pages, which will be coming soon.
Of course, most Travel teams have been forming without much difficulty. Yet it is hoped that these sites will make the process even easier. However, over the years we've noticed that House level teams and families are very often left behind. By the time that potential Coaches and Parents learn of the AAU Real Hockey option, the season may have already begun. We hope these pages can address this problem and provide better information in a more timely manner for all AAU members.
Please be aware that AAU Hockey is currently revising all Registration processes. The procedures described below will end following the Spring 2016 season and will be replaced for the Fall 2016-2017 regular season with an AAU Hockey specific Registration and Rostering system, which will be far easier for Parents, Coaches and Managers. Watch for the coming details.
In addition, the AAU Hockey fees for Registration will be standardized to $20 (including Youth Players, Coaches, Managers and Referees).
Spring 2016 in Michigan
Dear new AAU coaches and teams,
Although I'm no longer the AAU Hockey State Director, I'll be happy to give you all a very quick run-down ahead of the Spring season.
First off, during most years the AAU Spring Hockey operations have been rather informal (meaning that there are no formal league schedules). All merely become AAU members, exchange contact information and then schedule games to fit their own preferences. I suspect this will be the same for this year.
This means that it is critical for all new teams to get listed on the AAU contact sheet, so that other teams can find them. I strongly recommend that you keep in contact with Lee Shifflett at the MAYHL (734) 341-5893 and assure that he has the current name and contact information for your team. The MAYHL has an online process available to get listed at: pointstreaksites.com/view/mayhl/registration-sign-up-information This is always important (Spring, Summer and Fall) so that you are kept up to date.
Joining & Rostering
Joining AAU and forming an AAU team is fairly easy (although I've been trying to talk AAU into making it even easier). Consider the following:
An adult (coach or manager) first joins AAU online as a non-athlete member and selects the Extended Benefits option ($18). Please remember to select Hockey (HO) as your primary sport and Youth as the program.
That same member then creates an AAU Club also online ($30 for a Level 1 club). Most teams use their team name such as "(City Name) 08" or the "(City Name) 09" as their name (although club names and team names can be different). However, some clubs do have multiple teams (such as teams for separate 09, 08 & 07 birth-years) and in such a case the club could be something like the "(City Name) Hockey Club". Please be aware that you are not required to use a 'City' within your team name, yet it does help everyone when you do so.
Once you have completed your club membership then you'll receive an AAU Club Number (usually 7 characters, alpha-numeric). This club number should be given to all other coaches and players for use when they register.
Please ask all members to select the Extended Benefits (meaning $18 for an adult and $16 for a youth athlete) and that they input the correct Club Number during their registration.
The Club Representative (the person that creates the team) can log in as the Club rep to view and/or print the Club Membership list. FYI only teams members may participate on the ice and/or player's bench. All coaches, trainers, instructors must be AAU members prior to their participation (keep in mind that AAU performs a background check on all adults who are to have any contact with youth athletes, which is why no non-members may participate). Again, non-members are not permitted on the ice, on the player's bench or within the penalty box.
FYI, as the former State Director I used to issue a formal roster that was required by the league (MAYHL). For now, I believe that Lee Shifflett of the MAYHL is issuing formal rosters for league purposes. However, for practice and scrimmage purposes, a formal roster isn't required (you are eligible to participate as soon as you are AAU members).
Please help your kids to have a fun spring,
Hockey Michigan - Handbook (747KB pdf rev.7-25-15)
This handbook contains the recently updated materials concerning the AAU Michigan - Hockey Committee's By-Laws as well as; statewide Rules & Regulations, rostering information, relevant national policies, player transfer form and Match Penalty Report form.
Neither AAU or Hockey Michigan (AAU) are affiliated with USA Hockey or their state affiliate the Michigan Amateur Hockey Association (MAHA). Rather, Hockey Michigan is the Ice Hockey program for the Michigan District of the Amateur Athletic Union, which provides Sports For All, Forever.