In a nutshell, development is a half-touch more per week (on average) and plays in the MCIHL, a cross-ice league out of Fessenden. In-house is all at Sebs and is a lower level of commitment. If you registered for in-house, the season will start 10/17 and you can expect to show up and get your jersey/team assignment on the first day.
Sorry for the confusion; there are a lot of options for mites and I know it's not easy to keep it all straight.
Volunteers Needed: Especially for Tournament Committee
Many of you are aware of the annual Frank Bell Tournament that we host in Needham. For several years, this has been organized and run by Kim Christie (for a few years, co-led by Laura Hasenfus). We owe them a debt of gratitude. Kim is now passing the baton, but we haven't identified a hand for her to pass it to. Last year, we re-structured the tournament so that the tournament director has much less of a burden: mostly, he or she needs to solicit directors for each of the three weekends, and take care of registering the tournament with USA Hockey, fielding requests to enter, etc. It is certainly not the 100+ hours at the rink that it once was.
Please consider volunteering to be a member of this committee. This organization is almost entirely run through volunteerism and its future depends on continuing participation by all its members.
Here are some other areas for which volunteers are needed:
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.
If you still have any questions, feel free to contact me: email@example.com.
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.