Evaluations Start Next Week and What You Need to Know to Prepare
This Monday, March 16th, marks the start of our evaluation period for the 2015-2016 season. The evaluation period will end on Thursday, March 26th.
To help your family and skater prepare for evaluations, here are a couple of things to keep in mind:
1. Know Your Evaluation Schedule
Please check the evaluation schedule on the web-site and be aware of what days and times your skater needs to be at Amelia Park.
Clickherefor a link to the WYHA Events Calendar where you can see all of the evaluation dates and times listed for the various age divisions.
Please note at the Mite age level all players will attend the first session unlike previous years split by last name. The second and third night of Mite evaluations all players in the age group will be on the ice at the same time unless specified.
Also, for the Squirt and Peewee divisions, there are separate evaluations for players trying out for the "A" team and for those trying out for the "B/C" teams. Only those skaters seriously considering an A level should attend the A evaluation however you must attend A evaluations to be considered for a A team.
There is a separate evaluation session for Squirt, Peewee and Bantam goalies.
For reference you can review the 2015 evaluation procedureonline.
2. Dress at Home
With the number of skaters at evaluations and the expected congestion in the locker rooms, it is highly recommend that skaters come to the rink dressed ahead of time. Skates can be put on and laced at the rink. Goalies are an exception.
Players should not wear their WYHA hockey jersey’s to tryouts or any jersey that has their name on it. (This includes turning a jersey inside out.)
3. Be on Time
Please plan on arriving 30-40 early, especially on the first night of your evaluation session. You will need to sign-in at the registration table and will need to present several items (see list below). At this time, your skater will be given a pinney and a set of numbers that will need to be pinned to the front and back of the pinney.
4. What to Bring When Registering
A. $75 registration fee (no cash).
B. Printed and signed "Consent to Treat Form" downloaded from WYHA web-site for new players
C. Copy of Birth Certificate only if new to WYHA
D. Printed and filled out "2014-2015 Jersey Order Form" with payment if necessary
E. Printed and filled out "Parent Evaluation Form" for families whose skater(s) participated in WYHA in the 2013-2014 season.
Each of the above forms can be accessed by going to the Documents page on the Westfield Youth Hockey Association web-site or by clickinghere. You can get to the Documents page on the left-hand navigation bar on the home page of our web-site.
5. Watching Evals
Parents are reminded that cheering is not appropriate during the evaluations and that if they want to watch the evaluations they should sit in the designated areas. (Standing at the glass is not allowed.)
Throughout the evaluation process the website will be updated with information from the evaluation committee regarding players who have completed their evaluation or those who have to return. Be sure to check the website for updates regarding your evaluation level.
Coaches if you intend on coaching next season your application needs to be submitted to President, Kevin Chrisanthopoulos as soon a possible. Coaches are also reminded that player evaluations for 2014-2015 season are due to Kevin by Friday, 3/13/15.
Steve Strunk, VP of Planet Hockey called me yesterday to let me know they have received a great response from our younger players (2004 and younger) for the August camp. There are only a few spots remaining. So if you are waiting don't otherwise you could miss out. He did mention the older group (2003 and older) has a few more openings. Grab and buddy and make a great week of hockey at the end of the summer before the season starts.
See details below:
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We invite you to join WYH, Amelia Park Arena and Planet Hockey in the upcoming 2015 Planet Hockey Super Skills Summer Camp, returning to Westfield, MA. We are now accepting registrations.
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Supplemental Training Program (STP) offered at this camp! Receive 1 additional hour of on ice skills training the first 4 days of camp (4 day program). This optional 'add on' program will conveniently extend your day by 1 hour. Players LOVE this program. Limited to 32 total players. Learn more
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We expect this camp to fill quickly, so register before it’s too late. Planet Hockey limits group sizes, so REGISTER NOW to ensure your spot and discount in the upcoming 2015 Westfield, MA Planet Hockey SUPER Skills Camp.
LAST Day to Register for the 2015-2016 Hockey Season
Reminder, Today is the LAST day to complete registration for next season. Deadline is Sunday, March 8th.
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 8th:
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.