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You are Invited to Summer Picnics

By YAIA 05/20/2019, 8:30am CDT



The YAIA Vision Committee invites you and your family to join us for some off-season fun and friendship!

The YAIA Board will be providing hot dogs for this potluck-style picnic. Please bring a side dish to share in addition to beverages for your own family.

We understand the summer is a busy time, and we have chosen different days of the week to attempt to accommodate as many schedules as possible. We hope you can join us! The dates and times are listed below.


Picnic #1:

Saturday, June 15th

Pierson Ranch (PSH-1)

Time: 4 pm

Pierson Ranch has tennis, soccer, baseball, and basketball courts nearby, so bring balls, frisbees or your child’s hockey stick and street hockey pucks.


Picnic #2

Thursday, August 8th

Riverside Park (Shelter 3)

Time: 6 pm

Riverside Park has a terrific playground that the younger kids will love and lots of open space to run around!


Picnic #3

Late September.

Date and location: TBD


Questions? Contact

Shawn Weber 605-691-0026

Karen Schleiger 970-481-9097


***The Vision Committee is seeking volunteers to join the Social Committee! So those of you who like to plan or just know how to party… put those skills to work! Let us know if you are interested

Summer Hockey Program

By YAIA 03/18/2019, 12:15pm CDT

Summer Ice Hockey Program

WHO: 2019/20 Season – Birth Years 2004 to 2011 (They will play with kids their own age groups or as close as possible when teams are split up)

WHERE: Scheels Ice Plex - Sioux Falls, SD

HOW MUCH: $100.00 / Player Registration Fee (for all 10 sessions /20 Hours of ice time) Does not include equipment rental if needed

USA Hockey Registered for 2019/20 Preferred.

Registration Date: (This will be scheduled in the next couple of weeks)

Play at your own risk. We will have a registration form, a waiver as well as a medical form for everyone to sign so if there would be a situation and the parents are not there we can make sure everything is covered.

Full Hockey Gear Required (Equipment can be rented out from YAIA for the offseason at the time of equipment check-in dates)

We will have locker rooms to change in at the Ice Plex

Spring Schedule: Sioux Falls Ice Plex (6:30 to 8:30 Ice Time) *Except May 3rd

  • April 19th
  • May 3rd (6:15 to 8:15)
  • May 17th
  • May 31st
  • June 7th

Basically, all of June and July off

Fall Schedule: Sioux Falls Ice Plex (6:30 to 8:30 Ice Time)

  • July 26th
  • August 9th
  • August 23rd
  • September 6th
  • September 13th

I know that Friday is not ideal for everyone. It worked great for the last couple of years. We will not be taking personal attendance. We understand that not everyone will be there every time.

It is a onetime registration for the entire program (Both Sessions Spring and Fall). That’s 20 hours of ice time for $100 bucks (and you can drop them off and run errands or go out to eat in Sioux Falls)

We may have to adjust ice time based on registration $$ if necessary. (Hopefully, we will have enough kids involved to cover the cost of the ice like last year)

Dryland - We are not doing formal dryland again this year.

We encourage the kids to do stick handling and shooting on their own.

(YAIA always has the 10,000 pucks challenge every summer, it would be a great way to increase YAIA shooting)

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Chad Renken

Thanks, and have a great day!

YAIA Coaches




Thank you Lou Ella

By YAIA 03/04/2019, 9:30am CST

Lou Ella Machin and her late husband Victor have been tremendous supporters of our ice rink, well before it was built.  Lou Ella first saw YAIA along the parade route at a Riverboat Days Parade, and upon her accepting a flyer announcing our group was working to build an indoor skating rink, she contacted us and offered their help.  Lou Ella quickly referred to her days growing up in Yankton and ice skating at the local outdoor ponds and she loved the game of hockey.

Lou Ella has a unique background with the sport of hockey.  Her first husband, Lou Prohut, was a Chicago entertainer.  Lou and Lou Ella had six children and they grew up in the entertainment world.  Amongst Chicago athletes they became acquainted with were Chicago Blackhawks stars, Stan Makita and Bobby Hull. Lou even went to the effort to write a Chicago Blackhawks theme song "Here Come the Hawks".  Lou died at an early age from leukemia.

Lou Ella's love for hockey continued and upon marrying Victor Machin, they retired to Yankton.  Victor's career was with Shure Communications and was instrumental in developing microphone communications used in the airplane bombers of WW II.  Lou Ella and Victor had a special place in their hearts for The American Hearing Impaired Hockey Association, of which Stan Makita also supported.  Makita died in August 2018.

The Machins have not only been moral supporters of YAIA's mission to build a rink, but they have also contributed financially every year to our efforts to get the rink built and continued that support well after our facility was up and running.  Their support helped us keep our "dream" alive in our founding days and they enjoyed seeing the community enjoy ice skating sports that weren't possible before our facility was built.  

YAIA is so ever grateful for the support of Lou Ella and her family over all of these years!