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Want To Play Hockey Next Season, This Is What You Need To Know
It has come time to prepare for next season. Tomorrow we will begin our online registration for the 2015-2016 season. The online registration period will begin Sunday, February 22nd and will end Sunday, March 8th. You must register before evaluations to be placed on a team next season.
Families looking to register their skater for the 2015-2016 season can go to the www.westfieldhockey.org web-site and click on the "Register Online" selection in the left-hand side navigation bar on the home page.
Registration Process (Mite through Bantam):
In order for a child to register with Westfield Youth Hockey Association, the following items must be completed by March 10th:
1. Select the appropriate level of play below and register online.
Novices & Mites: birth years 2007 and sooner
Squirts: birth years 2005 & 2006
Peewees: birth years 2003 & 2004
Bantams: birth years 2001 & 2002
2. USA Hockey Consent to Treat Form (see Documents)
3. Copy of Birth Certificate (If new to WYHA)
4. Jersey Order Form (if needed) & Payment
Approximately, $178/set is the cost for purchase of home and away jerseys
5. Payment of WYHA Registration Fees
$75 per skater for the first 2 skaters in a family
$37.50 for each additional immediate family member
The following items must be completed for September 1st
1. USA Hockey Registration
All skaters and coaches are required to register directly with USA Hockey. Online registration is available beginning in April. Payment of $48 is made online via credit card.
Registration will not be complete and players will not be allowed to skate until registration number is submitted online through our website or the bar coded confirmation page is turned in.
2. First ice payment completed and paid in full.
For those who are not familiar with our evaluation process, this is not a "try-out". All registered skaters will be placed on a WYH team . . . no skater will be "cut". The evaluation process allows us to place your skater on the appropriate team with players of comparable skill level.
Evaluations will run between Monday, March 16th and end on Thursday, March 26th. The schedule is posted on the our web-site. Please consult the web-site periodically for schedule updates and pay attention that e-mail blasts that come from the association regarding evaluations.
All players at Squirt level and higher must declare if they are going to tryout for Goalie or Skater. Peewees and older skaters can choose to evaluate as either Defense or Forward. A player may only try out for one position, Goalie or Skater, and that is the position they will play for the entire season.
The cost of registration will be $75. There is not a registration fee for Novice (Mini-Mite) players. We have a 3rd skater discount of 50% for families with 3 or more players.
Registration fees are due the first night of your skater's evaluation session. A Westfield Youth Hockey representative will be on hand to collect payment at that time. Only check payments will be accepted in person. No cash will be accepted. Credit card payment is available in advance for the registration fee only. Registration fees are non-refundable.
The evaluation registration process does not include the USA Hockey registration for the upcoming season. After April 1st, but before the start of your first practice in September, you must register your skater online with USA Hockey, a separate $48 registration fee. Parents will then need to edit their skater's WYHA record on the web-site and enter the assigned USA Hockey number.
We have heard your requests to know roster spots earlier and not wait until September for final roster placements. As such we will be moving the date of releasing the initial rosters to April 10, 2015 and moving up the final roster placement date.
WYHA will continue with the process of placing more players on the lower teams until final rosters are set, however we will be making these final roster spots earlier than ever. The final roster spots will be announced on June 15, 2015. To make this possible though, WYHA will be instituting a commitment payment that is due by June 1, 2015.
Mites: $200 Squirts & Peewees: $300 Bantams: $375
Please understand this is not an additional cost, but an adjustment of the ice bill process. There will now be 3 payments to be made (June 1, September 1, and January 15). The costs per age level are listed below, please notice the final January ice bill is still estimated and will be set at the October board meeting.
This change will allow you, the members, to know which team your player is on earlier and allow teams to begin the process of planning their seasons far in advance to organize fund raisers and build team chemistry. The commitment process also allows WYHA to purchase the appropriate amount of ice which helps us control our costs and keep ice bills appropriate.
2015-2016 Ice Payment:
The first ice payment schedule for 2015-2016 is below. The first ice payment is due into Westfield Youth Hockey by September 1, 2015.
The second payment will be determined by October 1, 2015 and be due on January 15, 2016. Below is an estimate of the 2nd half ice payment:
Squirts & Peewees: $350
Breast Cancer Awareness Program Donation: New this year we are offering families registering with WYHA the opportunity to donate $10.00 to our Breast Cancer Awareness Program. Funds are used to bring awareness to Breast Cancer during the month of October when we supply pink hockey. We also provide assistance to families impacted by Breast Cancer. This year every donation will be matched by WYHA. You can donate by checking the box in the registration form and providing the donation at registration check-in.
Please consult the WYHA web-site or e-mail your questions email@example.com. If you have additional questions please feel free to reach out to a WYHA board member.
As we approach the final weeks of the season and with evaluations for next season around the corner there are a couple of important documents for you to consider.
First, is the Parent Opinion Survey which is used to provide the Executive Board feedback on your child's coaching staff. The results are only seen by the President and held in complete confidence but help to ensure that our coaches meet the overall goals and standards of our program. Your comments are very important and this is one way we gather information to make our organization better for all players. These forms can be submitted in the Parent Survey Box at the sign-in desk during the evaluation session, submitted to WYHA President Kevin Chrisanthopoulos or placed in his folder at the front desk prior to the evaluation period ending on March 26th.
Second, is the Coaching Application for those who would like to help out on the ice next season. All prospective coaches must declare their intentions each season. These forms should be submitted to WYHA President Kevin Chrisanthopoulos prior to the evaluation session ending on March 26th or placed in his folder at the front desk.
Lastly, is the WYHA Executive Board Nomination Form for those who would like to support our organization. The six elected positions serve for a period of 2 years with the election cycle alternating for half of those each year. This year the position of President, 2nd Vice-President, and Secretary are to be elected. Our current elected officers are stepping down.
We thank Kevin Chrisanthopolous, Todd Jensen, and Sheila Bennett for their years of service to Westfield Youth Hockey.
For a description of these roles you can view a brief write-up on the board positions under documents.
Nominations forms forms are to be completed by March 10th and submitted to the Secretary, Sheila Bennett if you would like to run for one of these positions. The elections will take place during evaluations on March 17th and 18th. Ballots will be available at the registration table.
Please, take some time to view these necessary documents which can be found under the documents tab on the left side of the webpage.
If you have any questions, feel free to talk to any Executive Board Member.
Thank you for taking the time to make our organization the best it can be.
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WE NEED YOUR HELP! Nominate AMELIA PARK ARENA and give the WESTFIELD community the opportunity to host an NHL Pre-Season game and receive $150,000 in rink improvements.
Log on to www.krafthockeyville.com before March 18, 2015 and tell them in 2,500 characters or less what makes your community so passionate about hockey. Thank you for your support of your community non-profit rink!
Boston Bruins Legends Clinic & Charity Game - 3/1/15
Join as Boston Bruins Legends come to Westfield to support the Westfield Fire SAFE program on Sunday, March 1, 2015. The clinics are open to Mites, Squirts, PeeWees and Bantams and will be held prior to the game starting at 2pm. The Legends will take on members of Westfield Fire Department at 4pm. All proceeds will benefit the Westfield SAFE program.
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PROPER STICK LENGTH IS CRITICAL FOR SKILL DEVELOPMENT
One of the most important development tools for any young player is to have a hockey stick that suits him/her. A long stick (at or above the chin on skates) can be detrimental to a child's development. A stick of proper length should lie with the blade flat on the ice when standing on skates, while holding the knob in the palm of the hand (for most, this is a stick cut shoulder height on skates). A stick of proper length will enable players to handle the puck close to their body, make back hand passes, develop more power in their shot and help them control the puck when moving laterally.
More importantly, proper stick length is required to develop proper skating mechanics. Players with sticks too long for them, straighten up to compensate and do not acquire the deep knee bend vital to improving stride length and frequency. Forward skating requires players to have a 45 degree upper body lean and obviously a long stick impedes this as well.
You can confirm the correct stick length by looking closely at the wear of the tape on the underside of the stick. If the tape is worn close to the tip, then you should probably consider a long stick. If the tape is used in place near the heel, then you probably should consider a shorter stick.
If you have questions regarding your players proper stick length speak with your child’s coach.