The Carolina Lightning is a boys and girls hockey program based in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Lightning organization believes in developing young people’s hockey skills through a positive, educational and safe environment.
For information about joining the Lightning program, please email Don Schaap (
Email from Don to schedulers\hotel coordinators and team cadre (U16AA girls/boys, U16A, PW A) this morning at 9:04 am.
Given the fact that the State of Virginia is already under a State of Emergency because of the approaching hurricane, there is obviously a serious concern in Virginia about the potential impact of the storm and for the public safety, and I would think nowhere more so than the coastal areas of Virginia, where many of our Lightning families were scheduled to travel to and play exhibition games this coming weekend.
The weather is beyond anyone's control but we are not going to compromise anyone's safety, and therefore we are going to cancel the exhibition games scheduled in Virginia this weekend and reschedule.
Cindy/Kim, please contact the folks from the Ashburn, Potomac, Howard, Montgomery, Peninsula organizations (and the associated hotels) and reschedule the exhibition games for the PW A Black, Bantam A Gold and U16AA boys teams.
I have a call into Steve Henley at the CHL to determine whether the U16A CHL games are still on, and would ask that Coach Marc Genest and Manager Cindy Jacobson from the U16AA Girls team gauge the weather conditions and contact the Tournament Director to see if your Philadelphia tournament is still on.
If you have any questions, please call me directly anytime.
We are working on a promotional video to help the organization explain to "Outsiders" (that would be potential sponsors and future players) what Carolina Lightning means to us. We would like for Coaches, Parents, Players, or even entire Teams to submit up to 20 seconds of video about "What Does Carolina Lightning Mean to you" Please post it on our Facebook page or tag it with #LightningStrikes on Twitter or Instagram. We will choose from the submissions for the 2-3 minute video (so don't delete the original please).
Here is an example that we have included below and probably embarrassed(again) my own daughter. We really want to encourage the off the wall, out of the box thinking that we know hockey players can do. All submissions will get something for their efforts. The deadline will be Oct 10th.
My name is Donna Lamm and our son, Holden Lamm is on the Lightning U16A team. As most of you know, Holden was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes (T1D) in April 2008. To read Holden’s story go to : http//www2.jdrf.org/goto/holdenlamm
Type 1 diabetes is an auto-immune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone that enables people to get energy from food. There is nothing you can do to prevent it and currently there is no cure. Holden is insulin dependent and will be until we find a cure. He has to prick his fingers and give himself multiple injections every day. Everything affects blood sugar… moods, puberty, food, stress, sickness, exercise…just to name a few. Hockey can be very challenging but we all know these hockey boys…anything for the game!!! He loves hockey and loves his Lightning friends and this organization.
Every year since 2008, our family has participated in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes to raise money for research for this life changing and very challenging disease. We would like to invite all of our Lightning family to join us this year and walk with us on October 24, 2015 at Walnut Creek. JDRF currently funds more research toward curing Type 1 diabetes than any other non-profit in the world. Please join us on that day! Bring your entire team!
The Carolina Lightning organization and Don have graciously made JDRF one of the fundraising/community service projects they support. Over the last three years, our teams raised over $6000 on a hockey weekend goal challenge. We will be sending details out to all coaches and managers soon to send out to their teams. This is a great community service project for our boys. It is fun to challenge them to see who can score that weekend and to educate them on Type 1 diabetes. We are also selling Holden’s Heroes t-shirts as a fundraiser. Short sleeve is $15 and long sleeve is $20. $10 of every shirt goes to JDRF. Please contact me if you would like to order one.
donnalamm@gpsmobilesolutions or 919.612.5099
We are grateful to Don, The Lightning organization and all of you for your support of Holden, our family, our Holden’s Heroes team and JDRF! Together, we will find a CURE!
CAHA Coaching Education Program – Clinic Dates Announced
Carolina Amateur Hockey Association is pleased to announce Coaching Education Program Clinic dates for the 2015-2016 season. If you are coaching this season, please check with your local association to determine if a clinic is necessary. As a reminder, if your CEP Level is expired or is expiring on December 31, 2015, you must attend a clinic or recertify your Level 3 (if eligible) by December 31, 2015.
The Level 4 Clinic will be held September 26-27 in Raleigh, NC and is open to all coaches who hold a current or expired Level 3 certification. Coaches of national tournament bound teams (Youth Tier I 14U, 16U and 18U; Youth Tier II 16U and 18U; Girls Tier I 14U, 16U and 19U; Girls Tier II 16U and 19U) must complete Level 4 in their fourth season of coaching, or first season of eligibility, regardless of their expiration date. All other coaches must complete Level 4 in their ninth season of coaching (Youth and Girls Tier I 12U and below; Youth and Girls Tier II 14U and below; and all Travel, Recreational or House). There is one Level 4 Clinic held in CAHA each year. If you need to certify at Level 4 and miss this clinic it will be necessary to travel outside of the Affiliate to obtain your certification. Level 4 does not expire -- coaches who attain Level 4 are not required to attend any further certification clinics.
The Carolina Lightning is proud to announce our social media coordinator: David Reaugh has volunteered to wrangle the CLH social media channels. Below are our links to twitter, instagram and facebook. Follow the links and sign up for feeds. There is alot going on already!
Also note that there is a social bar on top of page as well as just under our Wall of Champions.
For access and questions contact
directly. Here are the Best Practices for using these tools wisely:
Be Content Creators, not re-tweeters
Do not follow players
Follow and retweet appropriate and relevant material.
Do not expose kids’ identifiable content without parent permission
Represent CLH organizational mission to the best of our abilities
Basically avoid posting anything that you wouldn’t want your mother to read! (That goes for all ages).