Hello RoughRiders Family, 

I hope this finds everyone well and enjoying the early summer. Today, I update you on the following items:

  • Travel & High School Tryouts & Season Planning
  • IP & RYHL for July-August
  • Advisory Board of Directors
  • Academy Camps

I will be sending Director Updates every Wednesday as we move through the planning and finalization of all the details of the upcoming season. Stay tuned as more information will be coming out. 

RoughRider 1st Annual Golf Outing

Date: August 22, 2021
Location: Hunters Ridge Golf Course in Marion, IA

  • 11:00am Check In
  • 11:15am Range Time
  • 12:30pm Shotgun Start
  • 5:00pm Social
  • 5:30pm Dinner
  • 6:00pm Awards & Special Speaker

Travel Hockey & High School Hockey

Travel & High School Tryouts

RRHC will offer programming, either Instructional Program or a pre-tryout camp leading up to tryouts for 8U thru 14U in August. All tryouts will take place at ImOn Ice Arena

    • 8U – TBA – late to mid-September
    • 10U – August 23 thru August 26 – 5:45-7:00pm
    • 12U – August 30 thru September 2 – 5:45-7:00pm
    • 14U – August 30 thru September 2 – 7:15-8:30pm
    • High School – August 23 thru August 26 – 7:15-8:30pm

12U & 14U AA Program

For the last three seasons we have seen our program grow from 72 players at the end of the 2017-2018 season to 223 players this past 2020-2021 season. The number one reason for that is our core values and overall philosophies as a program. One of which, is that we offer a strong development program, culture, and overall professional operations.  Because of those reasons, our retention is over 95% and growth has been consistent.  We want to attract players and families for the right reasons, for development of the player, and more importantly, development of the person to be a productive member of society and leader in all areas of their lives later as an adult. That is our responsibility as a youth sports club.

With that said, we will not be doing a specific AA tryout. We want players and families that want to be a part of our club for all the aforementioned reasons. If we go through the tryouts listed above, and the teams are good enough we will compete in AA tournaments and friendlies.

Two years ago, we had our 12U Black team that was 20-2-0-0 going into the Holiday Break, and at that time we moved the team up into AA divisions and highest level of A tournaments to increase their competition they faced. We want to push our players and we will push them any all our teams up when needed.

Season Registration

We are currently working through the updates of budgets, RRHC Policies, and SafeSport Policies. Once we have all these items completed, we will be opening registration. Our goal is to have registration up and open by July 9th.

Travel On-Ice Division Directors

    • 8U – Coach Martina Kleinova
    • 10U – Coach Zack Stommen
    • 12U – Coach Dustin Timm
    • 14U – Coach Dustin Timm
    • High School – Coach Jeff Stack

Non-Parent Head Coaches, and we are in the process of interviewing 2 more potential candidates for the 2021-2022 season.

    • James Myrick
    • Ryan Buec
    • Steven Shapiro

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board of Directors are our volunteers that work the closes with the On-Ice Division Directors, Assistant Directors, and Executive Director on the management of the day-to-day operations of the club. The application process and job descriptions are currently being reviewed and will be available in the coming weeks.

We are looking to add two more positions for this upcoming year:

  • Social Media Manager
  • Webmaster

Please be on the lookout for these job descriptions in the next Director Update.

Instructional Program (IP) & RoughRiders Youth Hockey League (RYHL)

Tonight and tomorrow concludes the April-June session of RYHL and IP respectively. RRHC will start these programs back up in mid to late August. Be on the lookout for an update on that as we move through the scheduling of the season at ImOn Ice Arena.

Academy Camps

All Academy Camps will take place at Coral Ridge Ice Arena in Coralville.

High School Skills Session July-August

Dates & Times: 7:30-9:00pm

Wednesdays July 7th through August 18th

Monday July 19th through August 16th


Location: Coral Ridge Ice Arena

Description: The high school skills session will consist of 7 weeks of 90 minutes of skill development. This camp is open to all high school aged eleigible skaters and goalies. Players outside of RRHC are welcomed.

12, one and a half hour long ice sessions working on general skills with the High School coaching staff at Coral Ridge Ice Arena in Coralville.

Sniper and Scoring

Dates: July 9-11 2021 | Birth Years: 2007-2012

Price: $185/player *Maximum capacity of 50 players.

Location: Coral Ridge Ice Arena, Iowa City

The Sniper and Scoring camp will focus on the fundamentals of scoring and being able to snipe. However, the game of hockey is won in between the dots. Drills will focus on players being able to get into the middle of the ice and playing under pressure. This camp will focus on positional and individual skills that will make a player more confident and an offensive threat.

Defense Skills or Body Contact

Dates: July 16-18, 2021 | Birth Years: 2007-2012

Price: $185/player *Maximum capacity of 50 players. 

Location: Coral Ridge Ice Arena, Iowa City

This camp is defense specific, but all players of all positions are encouraged to attend. Focusing on the defense position players will learn the importance details of the position such as good stick position, playing defensive side of the puck, backwards skating, deception on breakouts, and scoring fundamentals along the blue line.

The body contact camp is specific for upcoming first and second year 14u players.

Deception, Dangles & Dekes

Dates: July 23-25, 2021 | Birth Years: 2007-2012

Price: $185/player *Maximum capacity of 50 players.

Location: Coral Ridge Ice Arena, Iowa City

This camp will focus on players having the ability to use their skating and stick skills to create time and space. The game of hockey is faster than ever, the players are bigger and stronger than ever, and the best can create time and space using deception, dangling, and dekes. This camp will provide fundamentals on how to use these fakes in game like scenarios and small area games on rushes and in the corners.

Power Skating Camp

Dates: July 30- August 1, 2021 | Birth Years: 2005-2011

Price: $185/player *Maximum capacity of 50 players. 

Location: Coral Ridge Ice Arena, Iowa City

The Power Skating camp will focus on all of the basic fundamentals of being a good skater. The fundamentals will be taught in an environment that focuses on the use of the skills within the context of game situations.