Brick Stars Challenger Hockey
Working Towards a Brighter Future
Brick Stars is an ice hockey program for children and young adults with developmental disabilities. It was started by Alex DePalma and Dina Crepaldi in 2009. The program teaches skating, hockey skills and game skills. All are welcome to join and/or become a hockey helper/volunteer. Please join us by supporting our efforts to make a measurable difference in the lives of others.
2021-2022 SEASON UPDATE
NEW SEASON NEW RINK
We are starting our NEW SEASON on SUNDAY, September 12, at OUR NEW LOCATION Howell Ice Arena located at 269 Squankum Road, Farmingdale, NJ 07727. Also, note we have a new email "BrickStarsChallengerHockey@aol.com".
Our time slot has been adjusted slightly as follows:
Travel Advanced 8:00-8:45 am
Beginner/Learn to Skate 8:45-9:30am
Click on forms to find the Brick Stars Registration Forms as well as the tentative pratice schedule for the 2021-2022 season. The schedule is tentative at this time.
There are additional forms and waivers required in order for your child/adult's participation. You will also need to register with USA Hockey for insurance purposes, please go to USA HOCKEY website www.usahockey.com and click on the link "Register Now", continue to click on the ice players/coaches. There is a registration fee. Once the process is complete you will receive a confirmation number with bar code. PLEASE FORWARD THIS CONFIRMATION NUMBER WITH BAR CODE to BrickStarsChallengerHockey@aol.comby EMAIL and or BRING A COPY WITH YOU Sunday, September 12.. YOUR CHILD WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PARTICPATE WITH OUT IT.
The Travel Team will also need to register with ASHA (American Special Hockey Association) instructions are also attached. This is necessary in order for us to schedule games/tournaments with other ASHA teams. If you have any questions regarding ASHA registration please contact Dona Yasser, directly, (firstname.lastname@example.org) it is my understanding she is the Registrar for ASHA.
You may pay the brick stars program fee of $225.00 online at our website http://brickstarschallenger.wixsite.com/brickstarschallenger:
through the donate button, or mail forms and payments to Brick Stars Challenger Hockey, PO Box 1737 Brick NJ 08723. Or bring a check with you at the start of our season on September 12.
If anyone has any questions, Regarding Registration forms or fees, please do not hesitate to call me or please email me separately at BrickStarsChallengerHockey@aol.com. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Enjoy the rest of your summer!
Professional Disability Advocate
Brick Stars Challenger Hockey
Operations Manager, Co-Founder
Who We Are
Registered as a 501(c)(3) public charity ("Brick Stars") is committed to improving the quality of life of individuals with disabilities by providing a special needs ice hockey program designed to meet the needs of the developmentally challenged athlete with a range of developmental disabilities such as Down syndrome, Autism or any other learning delays that prevent these disabled players (ages 5 to adult) from participating in any other existing organizations, by maximizing their development, productivity and social action on and off the ice. In order for the Brick Stars to achieve this objective, our approach is to utilize the support services of Certified USA Hockey screened coaches, junior coaches and professional physical therapists teaching a wide range of skating ability from learn to skate to partaking in the game of "Special Hockey" in a fun filled atmosphere. Comprised of a dedicated Director and group of passionate volunteers who strongly portray the vision that developmentally challenged athletes can learn to play the fundamental game of "Special Hockey" and the initiative exits that "hockey is for Everyone".
Special Hockey is a discipline sanctioned by USA Hockey, the national governing body of Hockey in the United States. There are approximately 50 special hockey teams located in 30 cities throughout the United States as part of the American Special Hockey Association. The Brick Stars is a member of the American Special Hockey Association.
Starting Sunday 09/12/2021
As Per the Atlantic District: (AAHA)
Your child’s participation in any sport, and in particular, organized amateur hockey under the auspices of USA Hockey and the AAHA, is a personal choice for all parents and/or guardians. Exposure to COVID-19 is possible, even using the most extreme caution. Information regarding COVID-19 is constantly changing. We encourage our hockey families, coaches, officials, and volunteer and paid administrators to stay current on the latest developments and information on COVID-19.
CDC – If You Are Sick https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html
USA Hockey https://www.usahockey.com/playersafety
CDC Considerations for Youth Sports
State of NJ COVID-19 Dashboard https://covid19.nj.gov
NJ Guidance for Sports Activities July 9, 2020 (Links to pdf) https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/nj-information/reopening-guidance/can-organized-sports-practices- resume
Please go to www.usahockeyregistration.com and click on the link "Register Now", continue to click on the ice players/coaches. There is a registration fee. Once the process is complete you will receive a confirmation number with bar code.
PLEASE FORWARD THIS CONFIRMATION NUMBER WITH BAR CODE to me by EMAIL or BRING A COPY WITH YOU SEPTEMBER 12.
YOUR CHILD WILL NOT BE ABLE TO STEP ON THE ICE WITHOUT IT
Reinforcing our Commitment
Our Travel Team is for the advanced skaters and will be able to participate in travel games and events with other teams.
One Step at a Time
The program teaches skating, hockey skills and game skills.
“Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do”
Contact Brick Stars Challenger Hockey
If interested in joining and are unsure if we are equipped to handle your child's needs please contact Dina Crepaldi for further information at email@example.com
For those interested in helping as Jr. Coaches please contact Alex DePalma at firstname.lastname@example.org
PO Box 1737 Brick NJ 08723