Hybrid and Birth Year Teams

Birth year hockey is offered to members who are looking for more ice-time and development. Each team will consist of players who are from one specific birth year and will play a PAHL schedule, as well as multiple tournaments and independent games throughout the season.  Not all teams are guaranteed to play in a AA PAHL division.  SCIR does not control placement, the Final Decision is made by the PAHL Placement Committee. The commitment level for these teams is higher, and players are expected to make every effort to attend all team activities.

 

Each birth year team will have a $4,000 tournament budget included in the season fees, as well as a budget for scheduling home independent games.  Please note that travel costs are not included in the SCIR season fee. There will likely also be some additional cost associated with tournaments and independent games which stretch beyond the built-in budget. Many teams elect to collect funds at the beginning of the season to use as payment for independent games and tournaments, but that is up to each individual team coach and manager. Tournament selection and overall game schedule is at the discretion of the head coach of the team. All of the SCIR certified coaches bring with them their own style and season plans.

Team Information

10U Hybrid

10U Hybrid Coach for 2020-2021 Season: CJ Stellabotte

CJ Stellabotte was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. He grew up playing locally with the Pittsburgh Hornets and Junior Penguins organizations. At the age of 15 CJ joined the Junior Hockey ranks. As a smaller sized defenseman CJ played 4 years of Junior hockey. He made the decision to forgo playing NCAA hockey in light of trying his shots as a professional. CJ played two seasons before injures ended his career.

CJ then began coaching back in Pittsburgh with the Team Pittsburgh AAA girls program. In his first year behind the bench Team Pittsburgh competed at USA Hockey Nationals placing 3rd at the 16u level. CJ is currently a skills, power skating, and edge work instructor for Top Speed Hockey International backed my True Hockey!

 

10U families should expect the following:

  • Will include top talent from 2010 and 2011 birth years
  • At least 2 weekly practices
  • 2-4 tournaments (may require overnight travel)
  • 6-12 independent games (may require overnight travel)
  • Team will participate in PAHL

2009 Birth Year

2009 Birth Year Coach for 2020-2021 Season: CJ Patrick

CJ played his youth hockey for the Pittsburgh Amateur Penguins as well as his junior hockey. He attended Penn State University where he was the captain his junior and senior seasons capturing an ACHA National Championship while earning a spot in the Penn State Hockey Hall of Fame as well as the Fox Chapel Hall of Fame. His coaching resume includes 8U Coordinator and 10U coach for the Steel City Ice Renegades, Head Coach for Patrick Hockey Camps (patrickhockey.com) and Coach for Penn State Hockey Camps.  CJ strongly believes in skill development and hockey awareness at the 12U level while limiting travel as much as possible.

 

2009 families should expect the following:

  • At least 2 weekly practices
  • 3-5 tournaments (may require overnight travel)
  • 8-18 independent games (may require overnight travel)
  • Team will participate in PAHL

2008 Birth Year

2008 Birth Year Coach for 2020-2021 Season: Bob Kozak

Bob has been coaching with the Renegades since 2010, starting at the 8U level.  Bob served the organization as ADM Director for 6 years before moving to the 2007 Birth Year team.

 

2008 families should expect the following:

  • At least 2 weekly practices
  • 3-5 tournaments (may require overnight travel)
  • 8-18 independent games (may require overnight travel)
  • Team will participate in PAHL

2007 Birth Year

2007 Birth Year Coach for 2020-2021 Season: Bryant Hank

Bryant Hank Age 32 Born in Pittsburgh.  Started playing at age 4.  Played for NHAHA, Junior Penguins Empire West League, and Freeport High School.  3rd season as an SCIR non parent coach and also an instructor at Alpha Ice Complex.

 

2007 families should expect the following:

  • At least 2 weekly practices
  • 4-6 tournaments (may require overnight travel)
  • 10-20 independent games (may require overnight travel)
  • Team will participate in PAHL
  • Team may also participate in MidAm/National Tournament

2006 Birth Year

2006 Birth Year Coach for 2020-2021 Season: Brian Smith

Brian has been involved in hockey since 1976. He is currently the Middle School Head Coach for Pine Richland along with his role as Ice Scheduler for the SCIR organization. I have loved this great game since the very first time that I stepped on the ice at 9 years old and I use that passion for the game when I Coach. The 14U age group is a critical one for player development as an understanding of how to play the game begins to be as important of a skill as skating, shooting, passing and puck control. I call it learning how to play “above the shoulders”. Players that play for me can expect to be pushed hard to reach their full potential in the sport. It can be a bumpy road at times but in the end it is about reaching the goals which we set as players and as a team. Players will be expected to buy in to the concept of team hockey and if that is not something that they or their parents are interested in, then this probably isn’t the team for them.

 

2006 families should expect the following:

  • At least 2 weekly practices
  • 4-6 tournaments (may require overnight travel)
  • 10-20 independent games (may require overnight travel)
  • Team will participate in PAHL
  • Team may also participate in MidAm/National Tournament

2005 Birth Year

2005 Birth Year Coach for 2020-2021 Season: Pat Martin

Coach Martin grew up playing hockey in the Pittsburgh area for both Central Catholic and Taylor Allderdice High Schools as well as the Amateur Penguins.  Coach Martin has been coaching at SCIR since 2012 and has also coached the Central Catholic middle school team the last 2 seasons.  Coach Martin emphasizes skill development, hard work, and a team first mentality.

The 2005 team plans to compete in PAHL U16 division striving to play at AA level. We believe that playing in the U16 PAHL would provide a high level of competition without the need to travel extensively to play an extremely competitive schedule.

The team plans to play 4-5 U15 AAA Tournaments giving the team the opportunity to compete against other U15 teams at tournaments such as:
CCM World Invites. (Chicago, Nashville)

  • Superseries AAA (Rochester, New Jersey, Green Puck…)
  • Motown Classic
  • Silversticks
  • Harbor Center
  • West Michigan Invite
  • Nations Cup

Play in Local U16 Tournaments such as My Hockey and Hockey Time.

Play 15-20 Independent games against AAA/AA competition such as teams from:
Pittsburgh
Columbus
Buffalo
Cleveland
Detroit
Philadelphia

We would project this team will play 30 plus games locally within western PA.

2-3 Practices per week including Skill type Sessions
50+ Games schedule
15-18 Skaters and 2 Goalies.