Our Intro to Hockey program (formerly Pre-Hockey) focuses on the basic skills needed to prepare players for Youth Hockey. We encourage both boys and girls to participate between the ages of 4 to 9. Participants should be able to skate forward prior to enrollment. In addition to Intro to Hockey, we encourage skaters to come to Public Skate (free of charge during time of enrollment).
Limited sets of rental equipment is available for a returnable $150.00 deposit and a $20.00 rental fee. ($170 total) Rental equipment does need to be returned at the end of the season.
ADM is for boys and girls age 8 and under. The American Development Model (ADM) was introduced by USA Hockey to prepare players for travel youth hockey. There is an emphasis on the development of skating and hockey skills in a noncompetitve, cross-ice, in-house environment which allows for more "touches" by the number of players on the ice. We are in agreement with USA Hockey's philosophy that this environment best facilitates the development of players for a travel team environment.
ADM skaters will have two (2) full ice practices per week. We will begin games in late November, and participate in a couple area ADM Jamboree's after the New Year.
These teams are for experienced skaters. Tha travel teams often encounter extensive travel during the season. Our Travel Teams practice two (2) nights per week, and play games/tournaments on weekends. Travel teams play an average of 30-40 games. The team you are placed on is determined at try-outs; which are conducted under the supervision of WCYHA coaches. The evaluations and ratings of players are done by independent, experienced hockey coaches, who are not affiliated with WCYHA. Travel teams require a committment - both from a parental support standpoint, and from a financial standpoint, as most teams participate in 2-3 tournaments per season - all of which are funded by the members of the team or their sponsors. See our online handbook for futher details.
Most players with WCYHA will have an opportunity to play hockey at the high school level. Our association is affiliated with the Germantown Ice Bears Co-Op program, and the Lakeshore Lightning Co-Op girls program. Both are WIAA affiliated teams. Please click on the links below for more information about the Ice Bears program and the Lakeshore Lightning Program, including participating high schools.