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24 Tips for Raising Young Hockey Players
03/25/2015
Here are 24 tips for parents raising young hockey players: 1.   ...
Tryout Schedule Update
03/24/2015
To all Wilmington Youth Hockey parents and players, We had to...
Board of Directors Meeting NEXT week
03/23/2015
Just a quick note that the BOD meeting scheduled for this Wednesday...
RedCat Tryout Dates Announced
03/23/2015
THE REDCATS GIRLS HOCKEY WOULD LIKE TO ANNOUNCE TRYOUT DATES...
Tryout Schedule
03/22/2015
To all Wilmington Youth Hockey parents and players, We are currently...
2015-16 Coach Registration Page is now open!
03/19/2015
The coaches application for the 2015-16 season is now open.  This...
WYHA Awarded 2015 Cheevers Grant
03/19/2015
The Board of Directors of Wilmington Youth Hockey is proud to announce...
Tentative Tryout Dates Announced
03/13/2015
Wilmington Youth Hockey is in the process of securing ice time at...
Chicks with Sticks Donation Drive
02/05/2015
Click here to download the form or click here...
 
24 Tips for Raising Young Hockey Players

Here are 24 tips for parents raising young hockey players:

1.    The kids pack and prepare their own hockey bag.

2.    Always be on time for practice.

3.    Make them put their dirty training undergarments in the wash.

4.    Tell them to give 100 percent at practice and games.

5.    The kids carry their own hockey bag in and out of the ice rink. That’s carry, not wheel.

6.    Teach them how to tighten their own skates.

7.    Play hockey with them, where they want and when they want to.

8.    Make them wear their equipment until it’s been outgrown, then buy new equipment.

9.    Buy them new skates when they need them, not when they want them.

10.  Buy second-hand skates and save yourself a fortune.

11.  Teach them not to hate other teams.

12.  Win or lose, remind them to love the game, and the game will love them back.

13.  They will respect teammates, the opposition, the refs, the other team’s coaches. If you don’t teach them this, the coach will have to do it.

14.  Let them dream they can be a Patrick Kane, but don’t give them any expectations.

15.  Blaming teammates, blaming the ref, blaming anything is out. This goes for the players and parents. Set a good example.

16.  Let them play hockey at home with a tennis ball.

17.  Take them to hockey games and let them watch the pros.

18.  Tell them hockey is for fun. Practice is for fun. If it isn’t fun for them, talk to the coach/club or move to another club.

19.  Encourage them to watch hockey training videos on YouTube and let them try and perfect some of the moves.

20.  Encourage them, support them, but never ever shout out instructions from the bleachers.

21.  Don’t car-coach after practices or games. It sucks the fun out of the game. They know if they played well or poorly.

22.  Encourage them to play other sports.

23.  Don’t try to “train” your kid. Take them out, ask what they want to do and let them do it.

24.  Tell your kids that you love watching them play.


by posted 03/25/2015
Tryout Schedule Update

To all Wilmington Youth Hockey parents and players,

We had to change the original Squirt through Bantam tryout schedule slightly due to Valley playoffs.  Below is the same email that went out on Sunday but the schedule has been modified for Squirts through Bantams (Mites did not change).  Please note that as teams progress into the playoffs, there is a possibility of a final tryout change or additional date needed.  Keep in mind that tryouts are only part of the evaluation process; the players are also being evaluated by their current coaching staff and the evaluators are watching them play in games.  Thank you for your patience as we work around the Valley playoffs.

We are currently finalizing the fee structure for each level; however the board of directors is pleased to announce that the season fees will not increase next year.  We will be releasing the final fees very soon.  Also, included with the fees for next season, each player will receive a newly redesigned WYH game jersey.  In the past, this has been an additional cost for each player.

Below is the finalized tryout schedule.  The cost to tryout will be $50.  This is a non-refundable fee and will cover the costs of running tryouts.  Any outstanding balances from this season must be paid off prior to trying out.  Payment for tryouts is also due before first tryout date.  The schedule is listed below.  We will also add these dates and times to the website general events calendar.

Levels for 2015-16 season:

Mite - Birth year 2007 and younger
Squirt - Birth year 2005 & 2006
Pee Wee - Birth year 2003 & 2004
Bantams - Birth year 2001 & 2002

Schedule:

LEVEL

DAY 1

DAY 2

DAY 3

Mites

March 31st
Group A - 6:00 PM - 6:50 PM

Group B - 7:00 PM - 7:50 PM

April 2nd
Group A - 6:00 PM - 6:50 PM

Group B - 7:00 PM - 7:50 PM

April 3rd
All Groups 6:20 PM - 8:10 PM

Squirts

April 7th
5:30 PM - 6:50 PM
(1:20 minutes)

April 9th
6:00 PM- 7:20 PM
(1:20 minutes)

N/A

PeeWees

April 9th
7:30 PM - 8:50 PM
(1:20 Minutes)

April 16th
7 PM - 8:20 PM
(1:20 minutes)

N/A

Bantams

April 7th
7:00 PM - 8:20 PM
(1:20 minutes)

April 10th
6:20 PM - 7:40 PM
(1:20 Minutes)

N/A


*****Mites will be notified of which group you are in via email, prior to the tryout (so please be sure your email is correct in your account). *****

To register for tryouts, go to our website and click REGISTER NOW!!!.  Or you can click this link and be taken directly to the registration page.  Please note, there is only one tryout registration form for all levels.  You will need to select which level your child will be trying out for which is a field in the registration form.   Please complete the entire form which will take you to the payment screen to finalize the registration.  If your child's USA Hockey ID is not currently in their profile, you may need to go to USA Hockey HERE to find it first before being able to finalize their registration.  Please forward this email to any other players that might be interested in trying out for WYHA.

You should arrive at least 30 minutes early to the first tryout day as you will need to check-in your child and also be fitted for the jersey.

As always, if you have any questions or problems using the registration form, please contact  .

Thank you,
WYHA Board of Directors
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by posted 03/24/2015
Board of Directors Meeting NEXT week

Just a quick note that the BOD meeting scheduled for this Wednesday 3/25 has been moved to the following week, 4/1 at 7:30pm in the 4th of July Building.  We will then have our regularly scheduled meeting on 4/8.

Thank you,
WYHA BOD


by posted 03/23/2015
RedCat Tryout Dates Announced

THE REDCATS GIRLS HOCKEY WOULD LIKE TO ANNOUNCE TRYOUT DATES FOR THE 2015-2016 SEASON.

U10 & U12 AGE BRACKET (2003/2004/2005/2006/2007 BIRTH YEARS)

3/28/15 @4:50PM
3/29/15 @4:00PM

U14 & U16/U18 (half season team) AGE BRACKET (2002/2001/2000/1999/1998/1997 BIRTH YEARS)

3/28/15 @5:50PM
3/29/15 @5:00PM

ALL TRYOUTS WILL BE HELD AT THE JANAS RINK IN LOWELL.

PLEASE REGISTER AT WWW.TYSAREDMEN.COM prior to tryouts.  Nonrefundable registration fee of $250 will be applied to next year’s bill.

ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE CONTACT HERB POST AT


by posted 03/23/2015
Tryout Schedule

To all Wilmington Youth Hockey parents and players,

We are currently finalizing the fee structure for each level; however the board of directors is pleased to announce that the season fees will not increase next year.  We will be releasing the final fees very soon.  Also, included with the fees for next season, each player will receive a newly redesigned WYH game jersey.  In the past, this has been an additional cost for each player.

Below is the finalized tryout schedule.  The cost to tryout will be $50.  This is a non-refundable fee and will cover the costs of running tryouts.  Any outstanding balances from this season must be paid off prior to trying out.  Payment for tryouts is also due before first tryout date.  The schedule is listed below.  We will also add these dates and times to the website general events calendar.

Levels for 2015-16 season:

Mite - Birth year 2007 and younger
Squirt - Birth year 2005 & 2006
Pee Wee - Birth year 2003 & 2004
Bantams - Birth year 2001 & 2002

Schedule:

LEVEL

DAY 1

DAY 2

DAY 3

Mites

March 31st
Group A - 6:00 PM - 6:50 PM

Group B - 7:00 PM - 7:50 PM

April 2nd
Group A - 6:00 PM - 6:50 PM

Group B - 7:00 PM - 7:50 PM

April 3rd
All Groups 6:20 PM - 8:10 PM

Squirts

April 7th
5:30 PM - 6:50 PM
(1:20 minutes)

April 10th
6:20 PM- 7:40 PM
(1:20 minutes)

N/A

PeeWees

April 9th
6 PM - 7:20 PM
(1:20 Minutes)

April 16th
7 PM - 8:20 PM
(1:20 minutes)

N/A

Bantams

April 7th
7:00 PM - 8:20 PM
(1:20 minutes)

April 9th
7:30 PM - 8:50 PM
(1:20 Minutes)

N/A


*****Mites will be notified of which group you are in via email, prior to the tryout (so please be sure your email is correct in your account). *****

To register for tryouts, go to our website and click REGISTER NOW!!!.  Or you can click this link and be taken directly to the registration page.  Please note, there is only one tryout registration form for all levels.  You will need to select which level your child will be trying out for which is a field in the registration form.   Please complete the entire form which will take you to the payment screen to finalize the registration.  If your child's USA Hockey ID is not currently in their profile, you may need to go to USA Hockey HERE to find it first before being able to finalize their registration.  Please forward this email to any other players that might be interested in trying out for WYHA.

You should arrive at least 30 minutes early to the first tryout day as you will need to check-in your child and also be fitted for the jersey.

As always, if you have any questions or problems using the registration form, please contact .

Thank you,
WYHA Board of Directors
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by posted 03/22/2015
2015-16 Coach Registration Page is now open!

The coaches application for the 2015-16 season is now open.  This registration is exclusively for future Head and Assistant Coaches with Wilmington Youth Hockey.  Please complete the registration as soon as possible or by March 31st.

Click this link to begin your REGISTRATION.  You will be asked to login to your account on the WYH website and will need your USA Hockey Confirmation number if it is not already available in our system.  Please fill out the forms in their entirety so that we can expedite your application and thus finalize coach selections.  

If you have any questions or problems registering, please send an email to .

Thank you,

WYHA BOD


by posted 03/19/2015
WYHA Awarded 2015 Cheevers Grant

The Board of Directors of Wilmington Youth Hockey is proud to announce that the program has been awarded a Mike Cheever "Grow Hockey" Development Grant for 2015.  The purpose of the grant Program is to seek, fund, and share within Mass Hockey, innovative methods for growing ice hockey participation in our Town, Girls/Women and Disabled Hockey Programs. Funds received from the Mike Cheever "Grow Hockey" Development Grant shall be used to increase the number of new players or retain existing players in the submitting Program.  The Cheever Program may also be used by programs to adopt and implement practices consistent with ADM.

Wilmington Youth Hockey will grow the game by providing more “Try hockey free” events throughout the year. Currently, we follow USA Hockey’s model of just two events a season, but we feel more would be better.  We will target the age groups of 4 - 9 years old so that we can potentially grow our Learn to Play or Buzzer level with kids who come to an event and want to join our program. We will add two more try hockey free events - one in the fall and one in the spring – to give us a total of 4 events a year. All events will use ADM practice plans directly from the USA Hockey website. 

Below is a picture of our president, Eric Packer and vice president, Marc Gallucci at the award recipient event on March 17, 2015 at the TD Garden.


by posted 03/19/2015
Tentative Tryout Dates Announced

Wilmington Youth Hockey is in the process of securing ice time at Ristuccia for tryouts.  Tentatively, the following weeks are being finalized as we speak for tryouts:

Mites - March 30th to April 3rd
Squirts, PeeWees and Bantams - Weeks of April 6th to April 10th and April 13th to April 17th

Once the specific times are ironed out for each level, we will communicate it out and add them to the calendars.  Keep these dates in mind as it is recommended to have your child at all tryout dates.  

Thank you,

WYHA BOD

 


by posted 03/13/2015
Chicks with Sticks Donation Drive

Click here to download the form or click here to go to the online donation website

For more information, please send an email to .  Please forward this on to other family and friends and thank you for your support!

WYHA


by posted 02/05/2015
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