week of March 13, 2023

Save The Dates….

March 18: Last day of the Season! // Registration Closes

March 21: Patrick Division Year End Banquet (sign up here)

March 22: Norris Division Year End Banquet (sign up here)

March 23: Girls Division Year End Banquet (sign up here)

March 27: Campbell Division Year End Banquet (sign up here)

March 28: Adams Division Year End Banquet

August 15-17: GYF Summer Camp


2023/2024 Season Registration

Registration for current GYF players for the 2023/2024 season closes this Saturday!    Please make sure to read the directions below and fill out the correct registrations to ensure your players spot gets held correctly!  Please make sure to closely verify all information is up to date and accurate or this WILL hold up your players registration!

To register, please go to https://www.griffinskids.org/registration/, and find the correct division.  Please make sure to register as follows:

-Boys and Girls, 1st-12th grade, playing in the Co Ed Divisions, click on Co Ed Grades 1-12

-Girls only, 7th-12th grade, click on Girls Grades 7-12

*if your player will be playing in both girls and co-ed divisions, you will need to fill out both registrations!*

If your child(ren) have decided not to play next season, please let Nichole know asap.  If you are unsure of if they will be returning- our suggestion would be to save their spot and reach out to Nichole later if you decide to drop.  We do have a waitlist already for next year, so if you do not fill out a registration, you could lose your spot in the program! 


Playoff  Schedules

Playoff games continue this week for all divisions Adams & higher!

***Please remember, our refs are all parent and player volunteers.  That young ref may be your player or the player of a parent standing next to you.  Use a light touch and remember why we are all here!
Please see the game schedules for this week.  Next week,  the winners of each game will play each other for first place! The TeamSnap calendars have been updated to reflect these games.
3/14 Patrick Division
Red vs Blue @ 7:00pm
Green vs Orange @ 8:20pm
3/16 Girls Division
Orange vs Blue @ 7:00pm
Green vs Pink @ 7:50pm
3/18 Adams Division  
Red vs Green @ 11:00am
Blue vs Yellow @ 12:20pm
3/18 Campbell Division 
Green vs Blue  @ 1:40pm
Red vs Gold  @ 3:00pm
3/11 Norris Division 
Black vs Yellow  @ 4:20pm
Red vs Green @ 5:40pm


Year End Banquet Schedules

The end of the season is here. Please read below for the info for the end of the year party/banquets for each division- for Adams and up, please make sure to check the sign up genius’ listed and sign up for something to bring!  We need everyone’s help for the banquets next week!

Olympian Division: Cookies & punch at the west rink warm area 9:15-10:00.  Parents & siblings welcome.

  • For families A-K, please bring one dozen cookies (prepackaged or homemade) per player. (NO cupcakes, please)
  • For families L-Y, please bring one 10 count package of drinks such as Capri Sun, Kool Aid Jammers or juice boxes, per player.
World Junior Division:  Cookies & punch at the west rink warm area 10:15-11:15.  Parents & siblings welcome.
  • For families A-J, please bring one dozen cookies (prepackaged or homemade) per player (NO cupcakes, please)
  • For families K-W, please bring one 10 count package of drinks, such as Capri Sun, Kool Aid Jammers or juice boxes, per player.
Please bring your items to the west rink warm area. Looking for a few parents to set out cookies & drinks, supervise & clean up afterwards. Please contact me directly (programmanager@griffinskids.org) if you are able to help or if you have any questions.
Adams Divisions and higher will have their banquets at the same location & the same time each day:
Location: Fraternal Order of Police
Address: 1753 Alpine Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504. Tan building with Blue stripe at the top 
Time: 6:00-8:00 pm 
Due to limitations with the size of the facility, we are asking that two parents or significant persons accompany each player. No siblings or extended family members allowed.
Patrick Division: Tuesday, March 21:  Please RSVP & sign up to help/bring something here
Norris Division: Wednesday, March 22: Please sign up to bring something for the Taco Bar here
Girls Division: Thursday, March 23: Please sign up to bring a dish here
Campbell Division: Monday, March 27: Please sign up to bring something for the Taco Bar  here
Adams Division: Tuesday, March 28: Pizza Banquet- please make sure you turn in $8 to Ms. Eileen by Wednesday’s practice & make sure your players name is checked off the list!
If you selected that you would like to assist with volunteering at registration, this is the opportunity to do so. We need a total of 12 volunteers (4 for setup, 4 for cleanup and 5-6 to help serve) at each banquet!


Raffle Basket Fundrasier

Each year, baskets of miscellaneous hockey or Griffins related goodies are put together & raffled off. The last day to get Raffle tickets is tomorrow!  Tickets will be sold at the front table, the drawing will take place at the end of the day on Tuesday, March 14. Winners need not be present to win & baskets will be available for pick up March 15-18. We will have two t-shirts autographed by the Griffins team as well!  Please contact Eileen directly with any questions. (programmanager@griffinskids.org)


Community Room

The 2022-23 season is officially over today and we’ve had a great time in the community room!! Stop in to make a treat and celebrate with the friends you’ve made! Remember to turn in your final reading slips this week and collect your end-of-season prizes.


Volunteers Needed 

-Scoreboard/Announcers- We need help for the following games (Sign Up Here!)

  • 3/14 Patrick- 7:00 pm Game (Red vs Blue)- 2 people needed.  8:20pm Game (Orange vs Green) 1 person needed.
  • 3/16 Girls- 7:50pm- 1 person needed
  • 3/18 Games:
    • Campbell *(Red vs Gold)- 3:00pm- 1 person needed
    • Norris 4:20pm and 5:40pm – 1 person needed for each game

-Refs Needed This Week- We need help for the following games, if you or your player has taken a ref class, please considering signing up for a time to help out this week!

  • 3/18 Games- (Sign Up Here):
    • World Juniors 9am game- 3 refs needed
    • Adams- 1 ref needed for each game (11am and 12:20pm)
50/50 volunteers at the Griffins games are needed!  We are in need of 2 more people for each of the following games: 3/22, 3/29, 3/31.  We lose money if we do not have all 6 spots filled!  If you are interested in volunteering in this capacity, please sign up here.
Please contact Ms Eileen directly (programmanager@griffinskids.org) if you have any questions. Volunteers are expected to arrive at the Van by 5:30 & volunteer to sell raffle tickets until the end of the second intermission. Three tickets to the game & a parking pass are given to each 50/50 volunteer.


Summer Camp Sign Up

This year GYF is bringing back our summer camp!  This is not mandatory or part of our regular season.  Spots are limited! If you have a player who plays in multiple divisions- they should choose one division to participate in during the camp.

When: August 15-17  *players must come for an equipment fitting on August 9th.

Olympians/World Juniors 5:00-5:50 pm
Adams/Campbell 6:00-7:15 pm
Girls/Norris & Patrick 7:30-8:45pm

Cost: $30/player

Registration and payment can be submitted here:
Calling All Seniors & Alumni
We are thrilled to announce the formation of the Griffins Youth Foundation Alumni Association, to enable former GYF players and coaches to foster connections with friends and teammates, celebrate our history, share your stories, and take part in alumni events and reunions.

You are still part of our family- don’t lose contact with us just because you’re graduating!  Fill out this short form to be added to our GYF Alumni list: www.griffinskids.org/alumni

*If you are interested in helping us with this outreach process please let us know.  Feel free to pass this information along to anyone you know who is an alumnus of GYF.