Southern Tier Hockey Association: Welcome

Last Updated:  01 May 2016 @ 10:10 PM


The Southern Tier Hockey Association is a Youth Hockey Organization located in the Southern Tier of New York State.  We offer both House and Competitive Tier II Travel Programs ranging from Mini-Mites through Midgets, ages 4 to 18. 

STHA Address:  P.O. Box 2765, Binghamton, NY 13902


Sunday, May 1


The 2016-2017 Travel Team Rosters have been posted on the Travel Information page, with the exception of the Mite C and the 18U Non-State Bound rosters, as those rosters are still in the process of being finalized.  The 18U NSB roster is expected to be posted by May 4th, and the Mite C roster is expected to be posted by May 10th.    


 We would like to thank all the players who tried out. As expected, the coaches had to make some difficult decisions. We wish all the players good luck in the upcoming season. We hope they work hard and have successful seasons.

Anyone with questions regarding the tryout and/or selection process is asked to contact the STHA VP of Travel, Pat Basile.

Monday, April 18





The STHA is now accepting Letters of Intent for open seats on the Board of Directors.  There will be (4) 3-year positions available.


In addition to duties in assigned positions, the role of Board Member also requires volunteering time to staff Chuck-a-Puck/50-50 tables at the B-Sens home games and other STHA activities (i.e. Hockey Swap, tryouts, STHA-hosted tournaments, Try Hockey Day, etc.).

Any member interested in running for the Board of Directors must submit a Letter of Intent to Beth Patrick (, no later than 11:59 PM on May 10th, 2016. 


 Please note NO Letters of Intent will be accepted after this date.


The list of candidates will be posted on the website by May 17th, 2016. 
Voting by the STHA Membership* for the open seats will take place at the Annual Meeting, to be held May 31st, 2016, 7PM at The Relief Pitcher, Binghamton. 
* Members must be in good standing as of May 1, 2016 in order to participate in the vote. 

Monday, April 18
Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors




The Annual Meeting of the STHA Board of Directors will be held on Tuesday May 31st, at 7:00pm at the The Relief Pitcher in Binghamton, NY.     



Please attend and support youth hockey in the Southern Tier.


Wednesday, April 20
Mite C Team to be Added for 2016-2017



After reviewing the number of players that registered for and attended the Mite travel tryouts, the STHA has decided to field a third travel team at the Mite level for the 2016-2017 season. The team roster will be determined following the completion of tryouts, and a head coach will be subsequently named.


Anyone who is interested in coaching the third Mite travel team is requested to complete the STHA coaching application, as well as a Letter of Intent, and send them to Patrick Basile, VP of Travel Operations.


Applications and Letters of Intent must be received by Wednesday May 11th.


Applicants names will be posted to the STHA website for a period of 7 days (after the 21 day submission period) for submission of letters of support/other by the Membership, after which the Board's Coaching Selection Committee will meet and select a coach.



Contact Patrick Basile with any questions.  


Wednesday, April 20
Level 1, 2, and 3 Coaching Clinics - May 21, 2016


On Saturday May 21, 2016 the NYSAHA Coaching Education Program will be presenting Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 clinics during the NYSAHA Annual Meeting at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino, in Verona, NY.
You can register for these clinics on the USA Hockey clinic registration site. The link to register is
These clinics will be strictly classroom orientation, no on ice sessions.
This is a great opportunity to complete your clinic requirement during the off season.

Thursday, April 14
STHA 2016-2017 Travel Plans

2016-2017 Travel Team Plans


The head coaches for each of the 2016-2017 travel teams have provided high-level plans for their teams for the upcoming season, in order to provide potential travel parents information on what you can expect if your player makes a travel team this season.  Please note that these are tentative plans that are subject to change, and are only provided on an informational basis.


You can access the travel plan document by clicking below:



If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact Patrick Basile, Travel VP by email at



Saturday, April 9


Below is the list of head coaches for Travel Team Head Coach positions for the 2016-2017 season.  Please refer to the STHA Travel Policy for additional details on the coaches selection process and timeline of events.  

Listed by team:

MITE A:                                                                    Robert Matson

MITE B:                                                                    Vinnie Polacek

SQUIRT A:                                                             Joseph Roberto 

SQUIRT B:                                                                         Eric Kelly

PEEWEE Tournament Bound:                                Piero Lisio 

PEEWEE Non-Tournament Bound:                   Todd Macan 

BANTAM Tournament Bound:                                 Eric Miles

BANTAM Non-Tournament Bound:                Patrick Basile

BANTAM Non-Tournament Bound:         Patrice Robitaille

MIDGET 16U Tournament Bound:                        Kirk Avery     

MIDGET 18U Tournament Bound:                       Jim Maerkl*

MIDGET 18U Non-Tournament Bound: Edward McGrady



* - Al Gorick, who was originally selected to be the head coach for the 18U Tournament Bound team has stepped down.  The Coaching Selection Committee has approved Jim Maerkl as the new head coach, and Coach Maerkl has agreed to take the team. 


Please note:  The STHA Board has decided to field two Non-Tournament Bound teams at the Bantam level for this coming season.  The two Bantam Non-Tournament Bound  teams will be coached by Patrick Basile and Patrice Robitaille. 


Tuesday, April 5
No Bantam Select Team for 2016-2017 Season




With the STHA fielding one State Bound Bantam team and two Non-State Bound Bantam Teams for the upcoming 2016-2017 season, please be advised that there will be no Bantam Select team.
The Bantam State Bound and Non State Bound tryout times are Saturday April 16th 2016, 02:15pm to 03:30pm, and Sunday April 24th 2016, 11:45am to 01:00pm.
This year the STHA is requiring members to complete an online registration process for travel tryouts. Online registration is now open, and will run through April 14th. You can access the online registration form through


Wednesday, February 24
Maximum Athletic Performance at Binghamton University

Maximum Athletic Performance at Binghamton University


Maximum Athletic Performance at Binghamton University is a program for boys and girls aged 13 to 18 geared to improve overall athletic ability.


Attendees will be trained in strength training, core strength, flexibility, and agility/speed drills.


Sessions run this Spring/Summer from May 16th until August 18th, and this Winter from December through February.


Please contact BU Head Strength Coach Bryan McGovern at 607-777-6652, or or log onto for more information. 

Tuesday, February 2
Fastrac 2016 Summer Hockey Schools










July 18-22, 2016

August 29 – September 2, 2016

Open to all age groups and skill levels, players will be grouped according to their ability.

Hockey schools will include on-ice training at Ice House Sports Complex, off-ice training at FasTrac Hockey Training Center, videos (analysis and training) and outdoor hockey activities (weather permitting).

OFF-ICE at FasTrac includes:

- State of the art skating treadmill

- Hockey specific plyometrics and strength training (“dryland”)

- Skating stride and Russian Box for explosiveness

- Skills training (shooting, passing, shot accuracy) using synthetic ice

Head Instructors: Rich Laganiere and Pierre Laganiere (former Broome Duster and coach of STHA and Junior teams for over 25 years)

Special instruction for goalies with goalie coach

First come-first serve, limited spots available (Each day is ~8 hours, drop-off at ~8am)

*Registration requires $100 deposit;  Full payment required by 4/1 for discounts to apply.

$350 for each week (lunch each day is included in cost)

15% discount for players who register* for both schools by Feb 15 - $595

10% discount for players who register* for one (1) school by Feb 15 - $315

15% discount for siblings who register* by Feb 15 - 2 siblings - $595, 3 siblings - $890, 4 siblings - $1,190


Please see the flyer for more info.


Registration form


Wednesday, October 14
SIHA Summer 2016 Clinic


 The Sport International Hockey Academy will be returning to the Ice House Sports Complex July 25 – 29 & August 22 - 26, 2016 for two exciting 40 hour summer hockey camps (ages 6 – 17 yrs; all players grouped by age and ability).  SIHA is entering their 27th year of hockey instruction, conducting summer camps in 33 locations. 


Online registration for the SIHA 2016 Summer Clinics is available here, with a 7% discount being offered until December 31, 2015.  


For additional information about the SIHA Summer 2016 Instructional Tour, please visit the SIHA Website or call 1-800-724-6658.


You can also email local representative and Regional Director Eric Kretzmer with any questions.

Tuesday, September 8
STHA Equipment Rental




New to the STHA? In need of equipment?
The STHA has a rental program that you can take advantage of. Email Equipment Director, Piero Lisio for more information.
The rental equipment form can be found under the Handouts/Forms section of the website, or by clicking here





Monday, June 29


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Monday, July 22





Any member wishing to purchase customized warm up suits, sweatshirts, shirts or other items that contain the Binghamton Senator Branding shall obtain approval from the STHA Equipment Director prior to placing any orders to ensure appropriate license requirements are met.  Binghamton Senators merchandise, including Binghamton Jr. Senators merchandise, is only available through authorized dealers.  The STHA Equipment Director shall seek approval of the Binghamton Senators if their branding is being requested.


For more information, please contact Piero Lisio.


Tuesday, October 23


Interested in purchasing Jr. Senators apparel?  


The Binghamton Senators have recently added new Jr. Sens items to their on-line store, some of which can be customized with your favorate players name and number.  Click here to view a list of current items available for purchase.



Sunday, May 3

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