ABOUT OUR PROGRAM
Become a better offensive and defensive player ! Strong emphasis on specific trainning for the defensemen and forward. All players enroll will benefit from the forwards and defensemen skill development. Each session will be divided based on age and level.
HIGHLIGHTS OF TRAINNING: Power skating and edge control, quickness and over speed, explosive starts and stops, power turns, puck control, shooting, passing and receiving, puck protection.
Forwards skills development: Deking, quick hands, touch passing, attacking net and scoring drills, rebound drills, drop passing, screening and tips, backchecking, cycling.
Defensemen skills development: Backward skating, backward crossovers, transition skating, pivots, defending the one-on-one, two-on-one, front net coverage, gap contro and angling.
Each player enrolled in the defensemen and forwards program will receive shooting and scoring development. our professional coaching staff will provide you with the teaching to allow each player to develop quickness, accuracy and speed on their shot.
Video analysis: Each student will receive personal video analysis on their skating and shooting technique by a Professional coach.
Steve Strunk, VP of Planet Hockey called me yesterday to let me know the summer camp is filling up fast 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 a buddy and make a great week of hockey at the end of the summer before the season starts.
See details below:
DON’T MISS OUT…ONLY 7 OPENINGS AVAILABLE!
Dear Westfield Youth Hockey players and families,
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.
Westfield, MA | Amelia Park Arena | August 17-21, 2015
WESTFIELD YOUTH HOCKEY & FRIENDS DISCOUNT
CAMP DISCOUNT - Thank you to WHA and the Amelia Park Arena for hosting this 2015 Planet Hockey Summer Camp. We invite you to join us this summer for a world-class hockey skills training camp…and receive a $30 discount.
WYH Discounted Camp Fee: only $439. Save $30| Regular Camp Tuition: $469
Join our International skills training staff August 17-21, 2015, IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD, for an innovative Planet Hockey Summer Camp…all at a discounted tuition!
Westfield, MA FILLING FAST! (Space is limited)
Planet Hockey TOTAL Player Development SuperCamp Camp Focus/Features: Power Skating – Quickness, Mobility, Speed & Efficiency | Stickhandling | Scoring | Small Games | Team Play | Body Contact, Battles & Puck Protection | Professional/Certified International Staff | Dryland Training | Video Lectures & Focus Sessions | Personalized Player Evaluation & Video | Free Camp Jersey | STP Program | Pre-Camp Preparation Workbook | Final Day Game & much more!
SPECIAL CAMP FEATURES 3 ELITE Camps in 1 | TOTAL Player Development
· SUPER Skills Camps provide Planet Hockey students with the most COMPLETE hockey skills training & innovative training methods available: Power Skating, Stickhandling, Scoring, Small Games, Body Contact, Puck Protection and Team Play. Plus, each player will receive our exclusive pre-camp preparation workbook, post camp player evaluation, video & video training tips and a free camp jersey. View camp features
· 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
· All New ELITE SuperCamp format - All 2015 Summer programs are ELITE workshops specifically designed for players who are serious about improving their hockey skills. These ELITE camps follow the same format and methods we use when training NHL and European professional players.
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.
With the hockey season over, many of us have put the hockey equipment for the summer as our kids begin to transition to baseball, softball, lacrosse and other spring sports. While you may be putting that equipment away for a few months, it is important to make sure that the equipment is properly cleaned, sanitized and dried so that it will be fresh for the upcoming season.
To do so, please follow these steps.
Step 1: Fill a bathtub or sink with hot water. It should be about a third full and should not be so hot that it hurts to touch the water. Your hands will need to be in the tub for a fair amount of time, so be aware of the temperature.
Step 2: Add about 1/4 cup of laundry detergent to the bathtub while the water is running. This will allow the detergent and water to mix.
Step 3: Put the hockey gear in the soapy water and make sure all of it is completely covered with water. Allow it to soak for 30 to 45 minutes.
Step 4: Drain the tub, clean out the soap, and then rinse all of the gear out with room-temperature water to get all of the detergent out of the gear.
Step 5: Squeeze the water out of any gear that you can, including the jersey, socks and other loose items. Hang all of the equipment on a dryer rack, a shower stall, a door or in a closet. Anything that cannot be hung up, prop up in the bathtub to dry properly.
Step 6: Spray the inside of your hockey bag with a disinfectant such as Lysol or Febreze, then wipe it dry. Make sure all of your gear is dry, then place it all back in your bag in a moisture free location.
Note: The above method is not suited for leather items like skates and gloves. Liners can be removed and washed. The rest of the skates and gloves should be sprayed with disinfectant. The palms of the gloves can be washed and dried.
If your player's equipment still has a stench that you can't get rid of or if you just feel like having the gear professional cleaned, please consider taking to Sentry Cleaners at 476 East Street in Chicopee, phone (413) 535-1234 or (413) 592-7291. Sentry has an "Esporta" cleaning machine designed to clean, sanitize and dry specialized gear such as hockey equipment.
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.