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Weymouth Youth Hockey Registration for 2018/2019

Register online with Weymouth Youth Hockey

ONLINE REGISTRATION OPENS FEBRUARY 16, 2018

Please see below for age specific programs and additional information.
All programs are by birth year.
Learn to Skate and Learn to Play will Start in November 2018
Learn to Skate will take place at 10am Saturday @ Shea Rink in Quincy
Learn to Skate Pricing Options; Pay in full for $85 or Pay $25 registration fee and $5 / week
Learn to Play has two sessions:
1. 11am Saturday @ Shea Rink in Quincy /Skills and Drills

2. 6pm Sunday @ Connell Rink in Weymouth / Game Day

Try Hockey For Free - Click here to register (Registration not yet open)
Try Hockey for Free will be at the Connell Rink in November 2018

You can only use credit cards for online sign up - if you do not enter a credit card at the time of sign up your registration will be REMOVED.
 

Learn To Skate (born in 2014 or after) begins Nov 2018

Learn To Play (born in 2010 or after) begins Nov 2018
Learn to Play Including One Goal Equipment Package
(born in 2010 or after) begins Nov 2018

 Mite U6 House (born in 2012 or 2013)
 Mite U8 House (born in 2010 or 2011)

Mite U8 Travel (born in 2010 or 2011)
Squirt (born in 2008 or 2009)
Peewee (born in 2006 or 2007)
Bantam (born in 2004 or 2005)
Midget "B" Full Season (born in 2000, '01, '02 or '03)

Midget Short Season (born in 2000, '01, '02, '03)

 Girls U10 (born in 2008, 2009 or 2010)
Girls U12 (born in 2006, 2007 or 2008) 
Girls U14 (born in 2004, 2005 or 2006)
Girls U19 (born in 1999, 2000, '01, '02 or '03) 

  

Please note the following;

  • NEW FOR THIS SEASON - The Non-Refundable, Registration Deposit is $100.
  • Tryouts are optional for Squirt, Peewee and Bantam programs.
  • We expect to host a tryout / evaluation for Girls U12 & U14
  • No tryouts are required for Learn to Play, Mite House, Girls U10, Girls U19 and Midget B Full Season
  • Tryouts are required for A & B Level teams playing in South Shore Conference and, potentially, for Midget Short Season
  • Girls' teams (U10, U12, U14 and U19) will be offered based on registrations received by 5/1/2018. If sufficient registrations have not been received, teams may be removed and money returned.  Teams may also be combined based on registrations.

    Wait listing is done to determine interest in additional teams


Click here to pay a previous balance

PDF Versions of Registration Materials

WYH 2018/2019 Program Overview

Tryout Procedures

Financial Assistance Application

Full registration Package

Coaches Application
 

Please contact the  with any questions about this season.
Notes and adjustments:
Upfront Fees for the 2018/2019 Season
Tuition
  • Skaters
  • Full season players at all levels, except for Midgets and Mites is $1,250
  • Full season Mite players is $1,150
  • Full season Midget players is $1,150
  • Short season teams (Midget and Girls U19) are $625
  • Learn to Play tuition is $300
  • Learn to Skate TBD
  • Goalies with their own equipment
  • Full season goalies from Squirt to Midget is $625.
  • The tuition for goalies for short season teams will be $325.

If your child is already registered in Weymouth Youth Hockey and you forgot your password please go here and enter your email address and your password will be emailed to you. You don't have to re-enter all the information every year.
  • You can only use credit cards for online sign up - if you do not enter a credit card at the time of sign up your registration will be DELETED after about 45 minutes.  If you wish to pay by check please download the registration package and bring it to the walk in session the first night of tryouts.  Walk-in registrations will not be accepted unless the prior year's balance is satisfied in full.
  • Parents/guardians of players participating in try-outs must acknowledge that they have read the current season's try-out procedures.
  • Online registration for USA / Mass hockey will begin AFTER April 1st, 2018 a link and instructions will be emailed out to everyone and you will have to register online with USA/Mass hockey. The cost is $48 and is NOT included in your tuition.
  • No REFUNDS after REGISTRATION.  The initial, $100 registration deposit is non-refundable and non transferable.
  • Registration will be done by age bracket - this will give the WYH Board of Directors better accuracy in determining the number of teams at each level.
ALL 2018/2019 SEASON BALANCES MUST BE PAID BY SEPTEMBER 1, 2018
  • If you failed to pay your balance for any prior season by September 1st, 2017 you may be required to pay your 2018/2019 season tuition in full at registration.
  • Failure to pay your 2018/2019 season tuition by September 1st means your child may be removed from his/her team.
Register Online With USA Hockey for the 2018/2019 Season
 
Each player must register online with USA Hockey prior to the start of next season.  Please send confirmation code to our
 

 

 
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Spring/Summer Drop in Skills.

A few of our coaches will be running a skill session that is open to all players from U6 to U10 looking to stay on the ice during the off season. This program is not a WYH sponsored program, we just wanted to make you aware of this opportunity for the kids to skate. Here is the information on the session:  

 

Hello Everyone,

 

The season is finally over.  It was a fun season and we saw all our players have fun and improve their hockey skills. 

 

We want to continue the fun and help the development of the players by having the 2nd year of On Edge Summer Skills sessions. 

 

These are skills sessions focusing on edge work, power skating, passing and shooting for ages U6 through U10

 

The skills session are Sundays at Pilgrim rink in Hingham starting April 29th and go through August 26th.  The times vary and are listed below:

 

Date

Day

Hingham Rink

Start Time

End Time

4/29/2018

Sun

Rink C

6:00 PM

6:50 PM

5/6/2018

Sun

Rink A

2:00 PM

2:50 PM

5/13/2018

Sun

Rink A

6:30 PM

7:20 PM

5/20/2018

Sun

Rink A

6:00 PM

6:50 PM

5/27/2019

Sun

No Skills session

 

 

6/3/2018

Sun

Rink C

6:00 PM

6:50 PM

6/10/2018

Sun

Rink C

6:00 PM

6:50 PM

6/17/2018

Sun

Rink C

7:00 PM

7:50 PM

6/24/2018

Sun

Rink C

7:00 PM

7:50 PM

7/1/2018

Sun

Rink C

7:00 PM

7:50 PM

7/8/2018

Sun

Rink C

7:00 PM

7:50 PM

7/15/2018

Sun

Rink C

7:00 PM

7:50 PM

7/22/2018

Sun

Rink C

7:00 PM

7:50 PM

7/29/2018

Sun

Rink C

7:00 PM

7:50 PM

8/5/2018

Sun

Rink C

7:00 PM

7:50 PM

8/12/2018

Sun

Rink C

7:00 PM

7:50 PM

8/19/2018

Sun

Rink C

7:00 PM

7:50 PM

8/26/2018

Sun

Rink C

7:00 PM

7:50 PM

 

The skills session cost is a $10 drop in cost per session.  There is no prior commitment to the sessions.  We know it is challenging during the summer.  Show up to summers skills when your schedule allows for it.

 

You can pay by cash or check.  I cannot accept credit cards.

 

This is a good way to keep the hockey skills sharp and cool off at the rink. 

 

We hope to see you at the rink.

 

Please click the link below if you have any questions:

 

 

Thank you,

 

Tim Falasca


by posted 04/23/2018
WYH 50th Anniversary Party

Weymouth Youth Hockey's 50th Anniversary!

Join us for a night of celebration as we honor Weymouth Youth Hockey's 50th Anniversary!

For 50 seasons, Weymouth Youth Hockey has delivered a recreational outlet for the youth of our community. Countless individuals have dedicated their time and resources to delivering an enriching experience for the children of Weymouth. Come share your memories and make new ones as we toast the past and look to the future.

DJ...Auction...Raffles...Cash Bar

Date: Saturday, May 12

Time: 7:00pm - 11:00pm

Location: Knights of Columbus @ 25 Chauncey Street, Weymouth, MA 02190

Tickets:  $25

Click on the link below for more info and to purchase your tickets:

WYH 50th Anniversary!


by posted 04/18/2018
2018-19 WYH Mite Rosters

2018-19 WYH Mite Rosters

    MITE A
Head Coach: 
JR Raulinatis 
 
     
Player Last Name First Name
1  Matthews Austin
2 Johnson Logan
3 Long Declan
4 Long Tyler
5 Manning Nolan
6 McFarland Cameron
7 McFarland Caleb
8 O'Brien Brendan
9
Raulinatis 
James
10 Reed Charles
11 Rotondi Devin
12 Walsh Russ
13 White Jack
     
     
    MITE B
Head Coach: 
John Gladu
 
     
Player Last Name First Name
1 Berry Ryder
2 Bigelow Matt
3 Crowley Brayden
4 Donovan Anna
5 Gladu Derek
6 Johnson Declan
7 Krol Victoria
8 McLeod Colin
9 Murphy Emma
10 Pessia Luca
11 Powell Christina
12 Whipple Caitlyn
13 Young Sam
     
     
    MITE C
Head Coach:  Artie Mathews  
     
Player Last Name First Name
1 Bivins Joseph
2 Christopher Emily
3 Duff Eddie
4 Eleuteri Francesca
5 Gates Ryan
6 Greene Talon
7 Heath Hunter
8 Hess Aiden
9 King Stephen
10 McCarthy Joseph
11 Miller Aidan
12 Powers Ava
13 Theriault Shane
14 York Tristan

by posted 04/16/2018
2018-19 WYH Pee Wee Teams

2018-19 WYH Pee Wee Teams

  PEE WEE A  
Head Coach: Steve Buccigross
Asst. Coach: John Doyle  
     
Player Last Name First Name
Fwd Abboud Wren
Fwd Atharva Naik
Fwd Deardon Brody
Fwd Mulkern Jake
Fwd Nigro Cameron
Fwd O'Brien Thomas
Fwd Pickering Kaden
Fwd Priolo Scott
Fwd Ward Ryan
  Last Name First Name
Def Buccigross Jake
Def McCartin Martin
Def Murphy Colin
Def Snell Matthew
  Last Name First Name
Goalie Doyle John Henry
     
  PEE WEE B   
Head Coach: John Bates  
Asst Coach: Fran Palmer  
     
Position Last Name First Name
Fwd Ahl Thomas
Fwd Bates Ella
Fwd Gates Anderw
Fwd Grable Cavan
Fwd Krol Joseph
Fwd Loud Nicholas
Fwd Primo Michael
Fwd Sargent Mary-Hanna
  Last Name First Name
Def Leach Caden
Def Mullin James
Def Padula Luca
Def Palmer Angelina
  Last Name First Name
Goalie Pittman Michael
     
  PEE WEE B2 - GOLD  
Head Coach: Arthur Mathews
     
Player Last Name First Name
Fwd Coughlin Molly
Fwd Hajjar Alexandra
Fwd King Nathan
Fwd Mathews Chase
Fwd Mckernan James
Fwd Neenan Brody
Fwd O'Donnell Hailey
Fwd Patterson-Maney Matthew
Fwd Perry Ryan
Fwd Silva Carly
  Last Name First Name
Def Anderson Jacob
Def Cordner Oscar
Def McCarthy Bryan
Def Stiles Matthew
  Last Name First Name
Goalie Palhete Brandon
     

by posted 04/15/2018
2018-19 WYH Squirt Teams

2018-19 WYH Squirt Rosters

  SQUIRT A  
Head Coach: Tim Falasca  
Asst. Coach: Liam O'Connell
     
Player Last Name First Name
1 Coughlin Sean 
2 Curry  Michael 
3 Doyle Michael 
4 Falasca Aiden 
5 Freeman Luke
6 Gentry Cole
7 McLeod Sean 
8 Mirowski Max
9 Nicholas Shawn 
10 O'Donnell Darragh
11 Quill Ronan
12 Sousa Roman
13 Thompson Marshall
Goalie Last Name First Name
1 O'Connell Dermott
     
  SQUIRT B   
Head Coach: Mark Johnson  
     
Player Last Name First Name
1 Borgia Diego
2 Glover-Muh Brendan
3 Hunt Cameron
4 Johnson Joshua
5 Kane, Jr Sean
6 Keller William
7 Perry Nicholas
8 Sciarappa Cole
9 Snell Nathan
10 Stone Brady
11 Tremblay Nicholas
12 Vail Judd
13 Walsh Owen
Goalie Last Name First Name
1 Meagher Hamparsoum
     
     
  SQUIRT B2 - GOLD  
Head Coach: Jeff Whipple  
     
Player Last Name First Name
1 Ahearn Philip
2 Cheever Brendan
3 Connolly Mason
4 Julian Brendan
5 Kearns Eoin
6 McDonagh Michael
7 Nantel Max
8 Reed Emma
9 Rice Matthew
10 Whipple Cameron
11 York Raina
Goalie Last Name First Name
1 Fiori-Hess Dylan
     
  SQUIRT B2 - MAROON  
Head Coach: William Murphy
     
Player Last Name First Name
1 Antonius Nicolas
2 Gavin Matthew
3 Hogan Tyler
4 Kilroy Maggie
5 Lipner Jordan
6 Mikhaylov Stefan
7 Moore Matthew
8 Murphy Will
9 Nagle Sebastian
10 Robinson Troy
11 Tonello Luke
Goalie Last Name First Name
1 Reardon Liam
2 Ryan Michael 
     

by posted 04/15/2018
2018-19 WYH Bantam Teams

2018-19 WYH Bantam Teams

  BANTAM A  
Head Coach: Mike Grady  
     
     
Player Last Name First Name
Fwd Grady James
Fwd Guadiano Ryan
Fwd Kane Ryan
Fwd Legere Corey
Fwd Lindblom Ryan
Fwd McHugh Connor
Fwd O'Brien William
Fwd O'Connell Thomas
Fwd Prioli AJ
  Last Name First Name
Def Coldwell Thomas
Def Hayes Aedan
Def McDonald Luke
Def Pittman, Jr David
  Last Name First Name
Goalie Malone Joey
     
  BANTAM B   
Head Coach: Jeremey Lamothe
     
     
Position Last Name First Name
Fwd Chaney Lucas
Fwd Curry James
Fwd Manfredi David
Fwd Murphy Joshua
Fwd Palmer Dominic
Fwd Reed Sean
Fwd Reichardt Liam
  Last Name First Name
Def Bates Owen
Def Connolly Liam
Def Deleire Sean
Def LaMothe Braeden
Def Ward Riley
  Last Name First Name
Goalie Hart Chris
     
  BANTAM B2 - GOLD  
Head Coach: John Reichardt
     
Player Last Name First Name
Fwd Cowan Connor
Fwd Daley Ryan
Fwd Freeman Jake
Fwd McLeod Matthew
Fwd O'Rourke Jack
Fwd Suplee Matthew
Fwd Yeo Jason
  Last Name First Name
Def Cassidy Ryan
Def Davis Colin
Def Kilban Shawn
Def Nantel Michel
  Last Name First Name
Goalie Salfity Grady
     
  BANTAM B2 - MAROON  
Head Coach: Rick Kelley  
     
Player Last Name First Name
Fwd Abbott Chucky
Fwd Benotti Dominic
Fwd Cromp Daniel
Fwd Fahie Sean
Fwd Kunz Addison
Fwd Marshall Michael
Fwd Walsh Finn
  Last Name First Name
Def Egan Liam
Def Kelley Tammy
Def Mackintire Paul
Def Notaro Gianluca
  Last Name First Name
Goalie McGrath Russell

by posted 04/15/2018
2018-19 WYH BOD Elections - RESULTS

Here are the results from our Elections last night. Congratulations to all our new members. Thank you for volunteering your time for our program.

WYH 2018-19 Board of Directors Ballot

Position
 
President Steve Buccigross
Vice President Steve O'Connell
Treasurer Michelle Keller
Secretary Mike Laubenstein
Registrar Stephen McGowan
Travel Director Tim Falasca
Fundraising Director Andy Donovan
Equipment Director Brian Hayes
Snack Bar Director Kelly Pittman
Instructional Director Lori Thompson
Girls Director Joe Hajjar
Mite Director Arthur Matthews
Squirt Director Liam O'Connell
Pee Wee Director John Doyle
Bantam Director John Reichardt
Midget Director Mike Grady
 3 on 3 Director Cathy Gaudiano

 

To those BOD members who are leaving this year (Amy Gildea, Ken Padula Paul Litwinczuk, Paul Murphy and Steve Rogers), we thank you for all you've done during your time on the Board. We appreciate all of the time and effort you dedicated to WYH and our members. 


by posted 04/12/2018
WYH By-Law's - UPDATED

The WYH By-Law Committee has proposed some changes to the league By-Law's and those changes will be presented to the membership tonight during our Annual Meeting and voted on for approval.

Please click below to review the changes:

WYH Proposed By-Law Changes


by posted 04/11/2018
Girls Drop-In Summer Skills

A few of the coaches from our Girls program will be running a skill session that is open to all girls looking to stay on the ice during the off season. This program is not a WYH sponsored program, we just wanted to make you aware of this opportunity for the girls to skate. Here is the information on the session:  

 The Spring/Summer drop in skills hour has been booked again this season.  We will be starting Wednesday, April 11, at 7pm in Hingham rink C.  The skill sessions will run from April 11 through August 30th all at Hingham Arena.  From April 11 through June 13th the sessions will take place Wednesday's at 7pm. From June 13 through August 30th, the sessions move to Thursday's at 5:50pm. Please click here for the full schedule: Summer Schedule

 Cost will be $10 per player. We will have all levels on the ice, from learn to play all the way up to high school.  We will be focusing on edge work, power skating, stick skills and shooting.

 Please let me know if you have any questions, and I look forward to seeing you all summer long!

 

Joe Hajjar

 

 


by posted 04/09/2018
USA Hockey SafeSport Requirements for the 2014-15 Season

 

Dear USA Hockey Program,

As you know, the USA Hockey SafeSport Program was implemented in full last season and included online training that was available to all coaches, officials and volunteers. This email is to let you know about the requirements for the 2014-15 season.

As background, the USA Hockey SafeSport Program is designed to prevent abuse and maximize the safety of our participants in the off-ice environment. The SafeSport Training is part of the program and is intended to heighten awareness of those that are in supervisory positions over youth participants. We recognize that adding additional educational requirements increases the burden on our coaches and other volunteers, but as the primary and most direct leaders and supervisors of our youth teams, it is critical that they are trained in ways that can help prevent abuse within our programs. Additionally, providing a safe environment for your participants helps recruit and retain players, and enhances your program in the eyes of parents.

Requirements for Coaches

In the 2013-14 season, all coaches were strongly encouraged to complete the SafeSport training, though some Affiliates did require that their coaches complete the training. For the 2014-15 season, all coaches will be required to complete the SafeSport Training. The SafeSport Training is valid for 2 seasons. Thus, if a coach or volunteer took the training for 2013-14, he or she will not need to take the training again until the 2015-16 season (at which time a shorter “refresher” course will be available). USA Hockey strongly encourages and supports policies requiring that coaches complete SafeSport training prior to being added to a roster (and many Affiliates have adopted such policies). However, for this season only, Affiliates may choose to extend the deadline for a coach to complete the training until 12/31.

Requirements for Other Program Volunteers

Other volunteers in USA Hockey programs that have regular, routine or frequent access to or supervision over youth participants ,such as team managers, locker room monitors, chaperones, etc., are required to complete the SafeSport Training prior to such access.

In the 2013-14 season, USA Hockey also required that at least one person from each USA Hockey program complete the SafeSport training. While we strongly encourage that all board members and other program administrators complete the SafeSport Training, for the 2014-25 season, each program must once again have at least one person complete the training. We do believe that programs that extend the training out to their board members and administrators will benefit by strengthening their program and making it a safe place for participants. As the leaders of local programs, board members and administrators should possess the information to monitor their organization and enforce policies, and should also complete the same training as is required for coaches and other volunteers.

How to Take the Training

The SafeSport Training is available to take right now so your program, coaches and other volunteers can get a head start on the season. The training is available at no cost. The training was produced by the United States Olympic Committee and is comprised of short video segments that take approximately 90 minutes to complete, however, not all training needs to be completed in one session. You will need your USA Hockey Member Number, which can be obtained at www.usahockeyregistration.com (under Member Options, click on ‘Request Duplicate Registration Confirmation’).

If an employee or volunteer in your program is not currently a USA Hockey Member, they can obtain a Member Number to take the training, by registering with USA Hockey at no cost in the Ice Managers/Volunteers category.

Information on how to register and access the SafeSport Training can be found on our website at http://www.usahockey.com/page/show/909009-safesport-program-training-. Also, please be sure to select the USA Hockey SafeSport course as there are multiple courses available. The website also has links if you have questions about the training or on registering for the training.

We strongly encourage that all of your coaches and volunteers get a head start on the season by completing the SafeSport Training this summer. Thank you for your diligence in helping make our sport as safe as possible!

More information on the USA Hockey SafeSport Program can be found at www.usahockey.com/safesport.

Sincerely yours,
 

Ron DeGregorio
President, USA Hockey
       


Dave Ogrean
Executive Director, USA Hockey

by posted 07/24/2014
USA Hockey Safesport Information

The safety of its participants is of paramount importance to Weymouth Youth Hockey along with Mass Hockey and USA Hockey.   This includes not only on-ice safety, but also off-ice safety in any part of USA Hockey’s programs.  

 
USA Hockey has long had systems in place to protect its participants from physical abuse, sexual abuse and other types of abuse and misconduct that can be harmful to youth hockey players.  These include without limitation Physical Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Screening, Locker Room Supervision and Hazing Policies, in addition to Codes of Conduct applicable to administrators, coaches, officials, parents, players and spectators.  The USA Hockey SafeSport Handbook is intended to update and collect USA Hockey’s various policies to protect its youth participants from all types of misconduct and abuse.  

All Coaches, Assistant Coaches, Team Managers and Board Members are required to take this training

USA Hockey has ZERO TOLERANCE for abuse and misconduct.


This SafeSport Handbook includes the various Policies that apply to all USA Hockey Member Programs.  Those Policies address

  • Sexual Abuse
  • Physical Abuse
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Bullying, Threats and Harassment
  • Hazing 

The Policies also address areas where misconduct can occur and are intended to reduce the risk of potential abuse, including:

  • Locker Room Policy
  • Social Media, Mobile and Electronic Communications Policy
  • Travel Policy
  • Billeting Policy

In addition to Policies, the Safe Sport Handbook includes the available and required Training of USA Hockey’s and its Member Programs’ employees, volunteers, administrators, coaches, parents and players on recognizing and reducing circumstances for potential abuse to occur; information on USA Hockey’s Screening and Background Check Program; the availability and procedures for any person to Report suspected abuse or misconduct (including protections from any retaliation or repercussions for such reporting); the procedures and means by which USA Hockey and its Member Programs should Respond to allegations of abuse and misconduct; and how USA Hockey and its Member Programs will Monitor and Supervise the SafeSport Program to help ensure its effectiveness.  

For more information visit the following link http://usahockey.com/SafeSport.aspx

To take the Safesport Training please see instructions on this link http://usahockey.com/Safesport/Training.aspx

Parents are encouraged to take the training as well

by posted 06/11/2013
Great advice for your season
Great Advice to Start the Season - by Dan Bauer

It is official, all youth athletics are nuts. Hockey may have earned the right of getting there first, but every other sport has now fallen in place. They are all too organized, travel too much, too expensive and too time consuming. We place put too much emphasis on keeping score and winning and too little emphasis on having fun.

As another youth hockey season descends upon us I have some simple advice for parents to help make your hockey experience more enjoyable.

Skip tryouts. Leave the rink, go to a movie, have dinner with your spouse, just stay away. If your child makes the A team, be happy and humble. If your child makes the B team, be happy and calm. Next to skill, the most important quality of a good athlete is confidence. Benefit: Stress Reduction.

Every rink has a water fountain. Save time and money on the Gatorade, because I'm not certain that 10 year-olds even have electrolytes. And if they do, I bet they have a lot of them. We only start losing things when we get older. Savings: 80+ games & practices @ $2.00 = $160.

They can carry their own bag and if they can't it's too big. You don't carry your kid's backpack to school for them; you shouldn't have to carry their hockey bag either. Donate your wheelie bag to a stewardess and get one that has to be carried. Benefit: Increased leg strength.

Kids can dress and undress themselves - go get a cup of coffee and relax. Once they have been through it a few times they can figure it out. And if they can't, that is why they have teammates. Eventually they will get it on or off. Be patient. Benefit: Team Unity. (PS: Coffee is cheaper then Gatorade)

Teach them to tie their own skates as soon as possible - good skaters have loose skates, so let them get used to it early. As long as you keep tying them they are going to let you. Haven't we learned this "helpless" lesson before? Benefit: Ankle strength.

New equipment is for Christmas, maybe a birthday?but should not be a birthright of every new season. Buy used equipment?a 58lb squirt doesn't need the support of a $300 pair of skates. A $300 pair of skates could be worn by a 58lb squirt for ten years and still not be worn out?it's basic physics. Today's skates are as rigid as marine core training. Savings: $200+.

On the subject of skates, as soon as they are old enough to drive, they are old enough to get their own skates sharpened. If they tell you they don't have time, compare your schedule to theirs, then hand the skates back to them. Benefit: Time for you & responsibility for them.

Buy wooden sticks. Force dealers to put them back on the stick rack; it is supply & demand economics. A 9 year old doesn't need a composite stick unless he is 6' and 200lbs, or you can buy a 10 flex. A wooden stick will do fine. Save me the sales pitch on response and feel. Until they can feel the difference between clean and dirty hair save your money. And like tying skates, they can learn to tape their stick much sooner than they would like you to believe. Savings: $200+. Benefit: Wrist strength & eye-hand coordination.

Kids believe that the concession stand is an essential part of hockey - like their skates. If they go out and skate well, have fun and come off with a smile on their face - they don't need a reward, except maybe a pat on the back. Walk past the concession stand a few times; I know we need to support the rink, but it shouldn't be the place where you eat most of your meals. They also don't need breakfast at Perkins or lunch at Mc Donalds after every game or practice. Let them learn that the reward is hockey! It is a privilege to be able to play and if they don't make their bed and feed the dog you will take it away. Benefit: Discipline, help around the house, more money for coffee.

Herb Brooks said it best, "The name on the front of the jersey is a heck of a lot more important than the name on the back". This is a team sport; the sooner kids learn that, the better. Names on the back of jerseys are for when you get to the NHL. You should be able to figure out which one is yours without that visual aide. If you can't, remember that is why we put numbers on the jerseys - those numbers aren't a ranking system - they are for identification. Nobody wears two nametags at work, right? Benefit: Team Unity & Humility.

Don't watch every practice - let them tell you about a few - they'll enjoy it. Send them the message that you have more important things to do than watch the practice. This is not neglect, but common sense. If parents spent as much time helping kids with their homework as they do watching practice, our kids would all be getting straight A's. This is their experience; not yours. Turn them loose. Benefit: Time.

Let your kids have fun. If their best friend calls on a Friday night and wants them to: a) go to a movie, b) go to the outdoor rink, c) go sledding, don't say no because they have a game tomorrow, or in most cases three games. They are kids, if you haven't noticed they don't get tired. Do you ever remember being too tired as a kid? Let them go swimming at the motel, play football in the snow. AJ Hawk might need to sleep in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber, but your kid doesn't. Benefit: Balance, & a Happier Child.

Don't try to coach - your team already has one. Pat them on the back after a tough loss and thank them for their time and effort. Buy them a cup of coffee and talk about anything, but hockey. Benefit: Respect.

Last, but not least, at an athletic contest you can be a player, a coach, a fan or an official?but you can only be one. For those parents who are confused, you are a fan. Cheer when your team does something well. Drink coffee the rest of the time, it tastes better than your foot. Benefit: More friends, fewer enemies.

Enjoy your season!

by posted 01/16/2012
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