Arrows National Bound Program

The Armstrong Arrows "National Bound" Program is an elite Tier II Hockey Program with the intent of their teams competing for the USA Hockey Tier II National Championships each year. This is the Armstrong Arrows “National Bound” Program’s 7th year of existence and the 16U “National Bound” Team qualified for the USA Hockey Tier II National Championships in each of their first 3 years. The 18U "National Bound" Team qualified for the 2019 USA Hockey Tier II National Championships. In just the first season, the newly formed U16 “National Bound” Team made it to the USA Hockey Tier II National Championship Game! The goal of each “National Bound” Team is to qualify for the USA Hockey Tier II National Championships March 31 - April 4, 2022. USA Hockey 2022 Tier II National Championship Locations: 14U - Kalamazoo, MI; 16U – Troy, MI; 18U - Irvine, CA

You must click on and read the AAHL Tryout & Travel Hockey Guide 2021-2022 before registering.

Ages

14U Develop: 2007 to 2008 Birth Years___ 16U: 2005 to 2006 Birth Years___________ 18U: 2003 to 2004 Birth Years

When

Tryouts will be in May with team workouts starting in the summer at the coaching staff's discretion.

Where

The Armstrong Arrows National Bound Program is based and operated from The Belmont Complex located at 415 Butler Rd. Kittanning, PA 16201.

Practices

Ice practices will begin in July at Pittsburgh Ice Arena or Belmont Complex. Regular season ice practices will be at the Belmont Complex. National Bound Teams will have 2 ice practices per week (set weekday practice schedule after season begins). “National Bound” Teams are High School Friendly. Players are permitted to miss practice for High School Games. Players are expected to attend the “National Bound” practices if there are any other conflicts in schedule such as practice.

Games

Approximately 45 - 50 games (Teams could participate in more games) including: PAHL, Tournaments/Showcases, Independent Games (“National Bound” Coordinator will select Tournaments/Showcases and Independent Games for each “National Bound” Team), Mid Am State Playoffs if eligible.

Jerseys

Armstrong Arrows "National Bound" Teams are required to wear navy blue helmets and navy blue gloves. Player uniforms also consist of home / away jerseys, socks, and shell. Each player will be required and responsible for the purchase and care of their Arrows uniform. Costs associated with their uniform are not included in the season fee. National Bound Players will receive a team issued hockey bag and practice jersey at no additional cost.

Additional Costs

All payments will be made online through the online registration via a scheduled payment schedule. A pay in full option will be available as well as a payment plan option. Also, please see the pane on the right under fees.

2021 - 2022 Season

** Please download and read the "AAHL Tryout and Travel Hockey Guide 2021 - 2022" found on the home page.

If registering before April 1, 2021, your USA Hockey confirmation number will not be required to complete the online registration.  Your 2021-2022 USA Hockey confirmation number will be required before tryouts. Either bring a paper copy to tryouts to turn in at sign in, or alternately, the option to upload it to your AAHL registration will be available. 

If registering after April 1, 2021, your USA Hockey confirmation number for the 2021 - 2022 season will be required to complete the online registration. 

Please register now for the upcoming season! 

Due to Covid extending our hockey season and USA Hockey Tryout Rules in regards to National Bound Teams, the Armstrong Amateur Hockey League (AAHL) will be conducting Non-National Bound Team Tryouts prior to 14U/16U/18U National Bound Team Tryouts this upcoming season.

The AAHL understands that this could cause confusion in regards to which team your player should tryout for this upcoming season.

To alleviate some confusion on who to tryout for, The AAHL will permit any player that attends a Non-National Bound Tryout and is placed on a Non-National Bound Team to also tryout for a National Bound Team. Players will be required to pay both tryout fees. Your 2nd tryout fee will be credited to your July 1st AAHL payment. If your player is not rostered on an Armstrong Arrows Team, your 2nd tryout fee will be refunded to your credit card. If the player is offered a roster spot on a National Bound Team, the AAHL will release the player from the Non-National Bound Roster and permit the player to be rostered on the National Bound Roster.

During the registration process, you must register for both Non-National Bound and National Bound Tryouts to allow the AAHL to see your players intentions for the upcoming season.

If your player is only interested in playing for a Non-National Bound Team or a National Bound Team, then only register for that team's tryouts.

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Coaching Staff:

14U NB Head Coach - Tyler Snyder

16U NB Head Coach - Lee Grafton

18U NB Head Coach - Steve Agnello 

Refer to the "Resources" tab then go to "For Parents" and select "National Bound Coaching Staff" for  National Bound Head Coaches Bios.

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AAHL reserves the right to hold supplemental tryouts to fill any & all open roster positions post open tryouts.

AAHL will adhere to all policies of USA Hockey and Mid Am in regards to tryout dates.

Tier II / PAHL Team Placement:

AAHL will make a placement recommendation, but the PAHL determines the final placement of ALL teams in the league. AAHL cannot guarantee the level of play for any team playing in PAHL.


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