What's the difference between in-house and development?
In-house is what you have now: 2 touches per week (1 for beginners until 10 weeks in), almost all at St. Sebs, all really regular and convenient. Development adds about one more touch every other week (on average). Still really regular with practices every Saturday morning (earlier) and games are at Fessy using the really great boards system. If you are interested in taking the next step, you need to register in February.
Can I register directly for Development? Are there try-outs?
You will have the option when you register for mites or squirts to choose not to travel/try-out. In this case you will be registering directly to join the development program, and you won't need to try-out.
Why do I need to register in February as opposed to in the fall like for in-house?
Because the development program plays in a league (the MCIHL), we need to register our program by May, so we need to know how many teams we are entering. Like its name implies, in-house is run by us, so we can organize it all in the fall.
Can I continue with in-house if my child is 06/07/08?
Children born in 07 and 08 have the most choices as they can try out for mite travel, enter mite development, or continue with in-house. If you want to stay in in-house, simply register in the fall. Children born in 06 really should be in squirts, so we would recommend that they register in February for either travel or development. We will make some exceptions for younger, less experienced squirts, but it's probably better for them to be with their own age group.
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Happy New Year. Hope everyone had a safe and relaxing holiday season, and are now back into the full swing of school and hockey. With the New Year upon us, it is now time to update everyone for next season (2015/16). Based on feedback received, looking at other organizations, and assessing potential changes for next season, the board has voted to keep the general structure of the travel, development, and in-house program the same for 2015/16. We will be updating the parent guide with any minor changes in time for registration. The primary changes you will see are:
Registration will open on February 11th and run until late February. The registration process will be the same as the past 2 years. Returning players NYH (travel, dev, and in-house) will have the right to register for travel/dev first, and then the program will become first come first serve. If we reach capacity at an age level we will start a waitlist. In-house registration will be in September.
Tryouts for SQ thru Midget and Girls will be in early March. Mite / Mite Dev will have tryouts / placements in the fall. Dates and additional tryout information will be posted in February.
We are still reviewing the best mix of girls’ teams for next season. The Girls Program Director (Fred Cromp) will be reaching out to families to gain feedback and looking to host a parent meeting to discuss plans prior to registration.
Tweaks to the payment process. In general, the new program worked well this year, but at times it has been challenging managing the total number of payments. We will be looking to simplify the payments further and have the Midgets and Mite Development make two payment and have Girls and all other travel programs have 3 payments. Final fees for 2015/16 will be set shortly, but expect an increase due to the projected increases in ice costs and league fees.
Other minor changes we plan for next year include: names and numbers on mite dev shirts, updated goalie equipment for mites and dev teams, additional goalie skills, and further expansion of the winter skills program started this season.
We have chosen to change the timing of registration and tryouts based the feedback that our tryouts conflict with the start of spring sports. With all the pending holidays and private school vacation in late March and early April. We have decided to run the tryouts in early March. This may have some impact on team practices during that time, but believe this is the best time to hold the tryouts to address past concerns raised by families.
Current year team placement does not guarantee the next season placement. This applies at all age levels, but we will be having a large group of PW players move up to Bantam and likely have more Bantam teams in 2015/16 than this past season. This means that some returning Bantam players may not be placed on the same team as this current season. It also means that some PW players may be placed on a lower team than they have been in past years. Tryouts for this age level will be especially important in determining placement. We will not be doing parity B teams like we did in 2013/14 for PW age level the last time the 2001 & 2002 were in the same age level.
We are a volunteer led non-profit town program and our approach to hockey and player development is outlined on the website. Each player and family has the right to choose which organization they want to play for in 2015/16, but please make sure you understand our registration process, fee structure, and refund policy. Our registration process and tryouts are based on placing all kids who register on a team. We assume that if you register your player, your intention is to play NYH, and your registration fee is a financial commitment to NYH. If your child is trying out for multiple teams this spring and NYH is just one of the potential options, make sure you understand the refund policy. The approach town programs and select teams take are very different. We have this policy in place because it is very challenging to manage the registration, tryouts, and roster process without commitment from families.
To be eligible to register and tryout – all payments must be up-to-date for the 2014/15 season. All final payments for 2014/15 are due by 2/1. If you had a balance due, you should have received a notification on 1/21.
The Needham Youth Hockey PW3 Team took home the Gold this weekend during Falmouth Youth Hockey’s Clipper Classic. The team went to the finals undefeated, beating the Taunton Brewins, Falmouth Clippers and the North Attleboro Devils. Needham PW3’s scored 17 goals while allowing only 2 in a total of four games with our ever protecting goalie at the helm, Aiden McInerney. All four wins were due to a total team effort with solid passing, consistent effort and puck movement throughout the tournament.
Aiden McInerney (G)
Defense: Tom Casey, Timmy Walsh, Caden Popiel, David Schmaltz, Colm O'Malley and Andre Crowell
Power Forwards: Michael Berejik, Miles Ziskin, Jack Jervis, PJ McKeigue, Peter Nowlan, Tom Lucey, Madeline Ledbury, Miles Hartung and Connor McNaughton.
Led by: Phil Berejik, Dan Walsh, Rick Ledbury, Teddy Crowell and Brian Popiel
All - Just a quick reminder about registering for supplemental skills. If registrations are low, we will assign teams to the skills to fill-up the sessions. This may mean a team has a game or practice the same day in addition to the skills session.
These sessions will be based on the camps that pro ambitions run and are a great opportunity for kids to get focused attention on skills development.
If your team gets assigned to a session you already registered/paid for then you may attend another session of your choosing.
See information below on the sessions - go the main page of the NYH website to register and get more detailed information.
Happy Holidays from Needham Youth Hockey
A few quick updates for our families as we head into the 2nd half of our season.
Supplemental Skills – NYH will be hosting 7 supplemental skills sessions (led by pro ambitions) on Saturday mornings at Dexter from 9am to 11:15am starting 12/27 through 2/7. These skills are in addition to the regular practices and games on your team schedule during that time. Each session has limited capacity and a small cost ($20). We have setup registration for each session, and ask that you limit signing up to no more than 3 sessions initially to give everyone a chance to hopefully participate. If the sessions do not fill up, we will allow players to attend more than 3 sessions. Each session has a skill focus – Battle, Sniper, or Defenseman. Descriptions of each session is listed on the registration page. The target audience is players in the travel program born between 1/1/2000 and 12/31/2006 (this includes girls u10 & u12s). Players will be grouped by age and ability during the sessions. Note: your child does not have to be a defenseman to benefit from the defenseman skills. Please refer to the registration page for more details and to sign-up. The fee is non-refundable, so if you sign up and later can’t attend – please find your own replacement. These sessions are only for players registered with Needham Youth Hockey.
Practice Ice –Due to historical limitations on weekday ice we have in January and February, NYH will be experimenting with putting 3 teams on the ice for some of the weekday practices in attempt to get more touches for our players. Teams will continue at times to get sheets with 2 teams on the ice or even full sheets on the weekends, but we are looking at creative ways to add ice touches for teams and players without impacting the quality of the practices. This approach is based on feedback we received from families and coaches at last year’s open meeting that more ice touches were important and we should experiment with three teams on the ice this season. 3 teams on the ice is also consistent with usa hockey ADM model for player development.
Registration and Tryouts – Based on feedback we have received the last few seasons and due to the dates of school vacations (private and public) and religious holidays, NYH will be hosting our tryouts for 2015/16 season in early March. Registration will need to be in mid to late February. Additional details will come out in January. Team placements will not be announced until after the 2014/15 season is over, but it is necessary to hold the tryouts earlier in the spring than in prior years. Mite tryouts will continue to be in the fall.
Open Meeting – NYH will be hosting are annual meeting in late January. More details to follow in early January.